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Health Minister Disowns Essay Competition

Health Minister Disowns Essay Competition

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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has disassociated himself from an essay competition being organised in his name by a group under the guise of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). The Minister, in a press statement by his Special Assistant Communication and Strategy, Kazeem Akintunde, said he was not aware of the competition. “It is allegedly being put together by a fake group of students using my name. It is fake and I know nothing about it. I urge members of the public not to take part in the fake essay competition”, Adewole said. “A group had posted on social media that it is organising an essay competition titled: Professor Isaac Adewole Essay Competition, If I were the Minister of Health. “It was signed by one Adebola Mercy Adeola, Secretary to
Nigeria’s Disease Control Agency Unveils New Strategies, Fights Infections

Nigeria’s Disease Control Agency Unveils New Strategies, Fights Infections

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Nigeria’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has released its 2017–2021 horizon thematic strategy to tackle prevention and control of disease in the country. The new strategy incorporates a new vision and mission that cascades into 5 Strategic Goals, 22 Objectives and 89 Activities. It includes accurately measure the burden of infectious diseases and ensure Nigeria meets its international obligations under the International Health Regulations (IHR). Others are to develop a public health laboratory network to support the detection, prevention and response to critical infectious diseases, reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies, and create an efficiently managed and evidence-based organisation with a clear focus on health promotion and dis
Healthy Habits For Children: Deputy Governor Lauds Peak 456, NSN’s Nutrition Initiative

Healthy Habits For Children: Deputy Governor Lauds Peak 456, NSN’s Nutrition Initiative

Children's Health, NEWS
Oluranti Adebule, The Deputy Governor of Lagos State has reiterated the need to ensure that children especially at their early stage in life are well nourished, healthy and educated saying that the future of every nation lies with her children. No nation can achieve greatness either economically or politically without the children. Adebule also commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO for her Peak 456 healthy eating and lifestyle initiative, which she said would have a far-reaching effect on both the physical and mental development of the Nigerian child. She said this in a goodwill message delivered on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Adebunmi Adekanye at the media launch of the initiative held in Lagos. Nigeria’s leading dairy company, FrieslandCampina
Fast Facts On How To Increase Sperm Count

Fast Facts On How To Increase Sperm Count

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Sperm count or total sperm count refers to the average total number of sperm present in one sample of semen. Sperm count is one of the several qualities that are assessed during routine semen analysis and is considered an important factor for fertility.Based on the most current World Health Organization guidelines, a healthy sperm count is 15 million per milliliter (ml) or at least 39 million per sample. A sperm count lower than 10 million per ml is considered abnormal and commonly associated with male infertility. Anything that impacts the hormones that control the production of sperm or acts as an anti-oxidant may aid the healthy development of sperm and help improve sperm count. Overall, factors that influence testosterone levels are thought to have the most significant impact on sperm...
One Million Premature Babies Die Annually’

One Million Premature Babies Die Annually’

Children's Health, NEWS
No fewer than one million premature babies die annually due to complications, the founder of Abiye Maternal and Child Health International Foundation (AMCH), Dr Elizabeth Disu, has said. Disu, according to a statement on Wednesday, stated this at the AMCH World Prematurity Day celebration in Ikeja, Lagos, adding that prematurity was one of the leading causes of newborn deaths in the world. “Prematurity is the most single cause of newborns deaths. About 15 million preterm babies are delivered worldwide, out of which one million die and three quarters of the deaths are preventable. Most of these deaths are in the developing countries. “Nigeria has the highest number of preterm babies and the highest number of newborn deaths in the world. If preterm babies survived, we will be able t
Take Care Of Primates Or Something Deadlier Than HIV, Ebola ‘ll Ravage Nigeria — FUTA don

Take Care Of Primates Or Something Deadlier Than HIV, Ebola ‘ll Ravage Nigeria — FUTA don

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This warning was given by a Professor of Primate Community Ecology, George Ogunjemite, while delivering the 92nd inaugural lecture at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, on the topic Monkeys and Apes: Man in Its Reminiscence. Professor Ogunjemite said man must handle primates and other mammals in his environment with utmost care to maintain quality of life and the peaceful co-existence of all living things and prevent catastrophic diseases and plaques that can debilitate the human race. Similarities with humans According to him, the remarkable genetic and physiological similarities between chimpanzee and humans explain why they may be easily affected by the same disease causative agents. He cited the example of the HIV-1 and HIV-2, which are of zoonotic origin with their ...
How You Can Prevent Tooth Loss

How You Can Prevent Tooth Loss

Dental Health, NEWS
Have you lost one or more teeth? For most kids losing a tooth is normal. Historically, kids who lose teeth will throw their teeth onto their roof, or even under it (the idea is the new tooth will emerge from the old tooth). They sometimes yell out a wish that the missing tooth be replaced. Beyond all the myths and fairy tales, you will find family, friends, and colleagues etc, who have lost three or five teeth or even more! While losing milk teeth for kids is normal, losing your permanent teeth is not. Losing a tooth as an adult can be an incredibly stressful experience. The risk of losing a tooth tends to increase as you age. But ageing and tooth loss don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand. In fact, it is usually other factors that contribute more to adult tooth loss than ageing alon
Shocking Figures Show There Are Now 124 Million Obese Children Worldwide

Shocking Figures Show There Are Now 124 Million Obese Children Worldwide

Children's Health, NEWS
Childhood obesity is soaring across the world, increasing more than tenfold over the past four decades, putting many millions at risk of poor health and an early death, according to the biggest ever analysis of the data. Alongside the report, and also a recent story in the Guardian - revealing that the global cost of obesity will be $1.2tn by 2025, the World Health Organisation is calling for every country to act, taking on Big Food to avoid the mounting human and economic costs of obesity-related ill-health in years to come. The new data from Imperial College London, which is published in the Lancet medical journal, shows that in 1975 there were five million obese girls, but by last year there were 50 million. The number of obese boys has risen from six million to 74 million in the same...
Eye Cataract:104 Persons Benefit from Surgical Operations

Eye Cataract:104 Persons Benefit from Surgical Operations

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Over 104 persons suffering from eye cataract have benefitted from surgical operations carried out by the Africa Eye Laser Centre in Benin-City in collaboration with Sight Foundation, New Delhi, India. This partnership was also supported by St. Jude Eye Clinic Missions Corporation, United States of America in commemoration of the World Sight Day. Chief Executive/Medical Director of the Center, Dr. Stanley Godwin Okoye who addressed newsmen in Benin, said with the World Sight Day theme that showcased the continuous effort to defeat avoidable blindness, the management of the center decided to mark the occasion by utilizing the opportunity to organize a surgery camp targeted at providing the community with low cost laser cataract surgery with a view to bring cutting edge surgery to the comm...
Men Living Near Busy Roads may Become Infertile Due to Pollution –Study

Men Living Near Busy Roads may Become Infertile Due to Pollution –Study

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Experts found those exposed to high levels of air pollution were more likely to have poor quality sperm. The research suggests moving to the countryside could boost their chance of conceiving. There is growing evidence linking tiny particles of traffic fumes, known as particulate matter, to a wide range of health dangers. Researchers looked at the sperm quality of nearly 6,500 men in Taiwan. They also assessed smog levels near each participant’s home address. Those with the highest exposure to fine sooty particles – known as PM2.5 – were most likely to have abnormally-shaped sperm. And increasing levels of pollution also resulted in a significant drop in healthy sperm. One theory is that the heavy metals in dirty air damage DNA and alter sperm production. Scientists from the Chine
Nigerians will Continue to Travel Abroad for Medical Treatment’

Nigerians will Continue to Travel Abroad for Medical Treatment’

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• NTDC’s Tour to boost country’s GDP with domestic tourism The Director General of Nigerian Tourism and Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Coker has said that Nigerians would continue to travel abroad for healthcare services if nothing is done to save the system soon. Addressing journalists at the strategic meeting towards promoting historical and cultural exchanges between South Africa and Nigeria, Coker added that health issues should be taken more seriously in the country because it tends to affect tourism. “Reports on communicable disease outbreak would definitely scare tourists and investors away from Nigeria and the synergy with other countries that we intend achieve would remain impossible,” he added. Urging the media to be wary of propaganda health reportage, Co
How Cultural, Religious Beliefs Hamper Medical Research in Nigeria, by NIMR

How Cultural, Religious Beliefs Hamper Medical Research in Nigeria, by NIMR

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Without appropriate interventions, the rate of people who die of sudden death would be 83 per cent by 2020 in developing countries. Sudden death has been identified as a leading health challenge accounts for over 7 million deaths annually, which represent 40 per cent of the annual global deaths according to research. The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in its research findings by the Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) Research Group had said that sudden death in developing countries, including Nigeria remains on the rise and has become a formidable health challenge in need of urgent interventions. Head, NCD research group, NIMR, Dr. Nkiruka Odunukwe has decried the dearth of autopsy result and that there is a huge number of sudden death as defined by the pathologist in the...
NCDC Launches Five-Year Plan on Disease Control

NCDC Launches Five-Year Plan on Disease Control

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has launched a five-year strategy and implementation plan to ensure a healthier and safer Nigeria through the prevention and control of diseases of public health importance. The document, launched by the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole,  indicated NCDC’s five strategic plans in ensuring this. The plan included accurate measurement of the burden of infectious diseases in Nigeria, development of a Public Health Laboratory network to support the detection prevention and response to critical infectious diseases as well as ensuring that Nigeria meets its international obligations under the International Health Regulations. NCDC said it also intend to reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies as
Scientists Discover Plant That Prevents Bone Loss

Scientists Discover Plant That Prevents Bone Loss

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Bone loss is a silent condition. It has no symptoms and occurs slowly over the years. Many women have no idea that they have suffered bone loss until the day they trip, fall, and fracture a bone. Until now several medicinal plants have been found useful in preventing bone loss. Topmost on the list is Chenopodium ambrosioides that experts considered useful also in dressing of wounds, bone regeneration and fracture healing. In a new study, researchers’ assessment of the effect of Chenopodium ambrosioides in animals, indicate that its water extract can help to promote new bone formation, and thus fracture healing. Under laboratory conditions, the researchers evaluated the effect of an aqueous extract of Chenopodium ambrosioides on the bone repair process in 36 male Wistar rats that w
Ahmed Signs State Health Insurance Bill into Law with N200m Support

Ahmed Signs State Health Insurance Bill into Law with N200m Support

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Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has signed the State Health Insurance Agency Bill into law with a promise to support it with an initial N200 million. Speaking during the signing ceremony at Government House, Ilorin, he said the agency would operate with contributions from other sectors like the consolidated funds, grants from donors and other agencies. The governor said the State Health Insurance Agency is part of the government’s commitment to human capital development noting that it has quality healthcare service and functional education as its main components. He stated that the agency is saddled with provision of qualitative, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery for all the people of the state adding that apart from the N200 million grant from the state