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Army Sets Up Rehabilitation Center For Injured Soldiers

Army Sets Up Rehabilitation Center For Injured Soldiers

NEWS
Nigerian Army has set up a modern rehabilitation centre for soldiers injured in combat and non-combat operations in the country at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. The centre was established with support from the German Government under an agreement signed in December 2017, through the instrumentality of the German Technical Assistance Group (GTAG). Speaking at the occassion, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, who inaugurated the centre in Kaduna on Wednesday said the GTAG had also reflected positively in key sphere of capacity development and expansion in the armed forces. Represented by the Chief of Logistics, Defence Headquarters, Major General Mohammed Garba, Dan-Ali said the centre is remarkable and fully equipped with state of the art facilities. “It is yet another major
Initiative Launches Mobile Application For Emergency Health Services

Initiative Launches Mobile Application For Emergency Health Services

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Doctors on Call Health Support Initiative has launched an electronic medical application to fast-track emergency services in the country. Speaking during the launch of the application yesterday in Abuja, Chief Executive Officer of the organization, Dr Adejobi Adeloye said the application called Amba is the country’s first emergency coordinating system aimed at reducing maternal mortality, reducing downtime in ambulance and fire services response, and improving emergency response gap. He said about 2 million people representing 1% of the population are being targeted for now, adding that with appropriate referral services it will grow to a 100%. He said, “Emergencies strike without warning , and we are trying to prevent situations where people don’t know what to do or not being abl
Over 50% of Nigerians Abuse Alcohol – CRISA

Over 50% of Nigerians Abuse Alcohol – CRISA

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While only ten percent of adults are said to be officially using cannabis in Nigeria and less than one percent of cocaine use, studies have shown that over 50% of Nigerians are into alcohol abuse, experts have said. Prof Isidore S. Obot, Director, Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) who stated this at the opening of the 13th Biennial International Conference in Abuja yesterday, however said the figures could be lower in some states because of religious injunctions He said, “We have a problem with drugs but we don’t know the extent of the problem, especially the upsurge in the use of drugs like Codeine, Tramadol and substances like cocaine, cannabis and alcohol and their effect on the society at large”. He said after the recent ban on codeine by government, whi
Birth Registration Still Low in Ogun —NPC

Birth Registration Still Low in Ogun —NPC

NEWS
The National Population Commission has described the rate of birth registration in Ogun State, which stands at 38 per cent, as low. The Director of the NPC in the state, Mr Gbolahan Olude, said this during a stakeholders’ strategic meeting for media campaign on birth registration in Ogun State held on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the capital of the state. The event was jointly organised by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and the commission. Olude said that many parents, especially in the rural areas, still did not see the importance of registering the births of their children under the age of five and obtaining the required birth certificates. He called on the Ogun State Government to support the agency with ad-hoc staff at the ward level, who would help coll
WHO Calls for Urgent Action to End Tuberculosis

WHO Calls for Urgent Action to End Tuberculosis

NEWS
The World Health Organisation has warned that despite the fact fewer people than anticipated fell ill and died from tuberculosis in 2017, countries still need to do more to end the disease by 2030. The organisation stated that although global efforts averted an estimated 54 million TB deaths since 2000, it still remained the world’s deadliest infectious disease. WHO, in its 2018 Global Tuberculosis Report, released in New York on Monday, called for an unprecedented mobilisation of national and international commitments. It urged more than 50 heads of states, governments and political leaders gathering for the first United Nations high-level meeting on TB, to take decisive action by building on recent moves by the leaders of India, the Russian Federation, Rwanda and South Africa.
BNHA Passes Health Management Agency Bill

BNHA Passes Health Management Agency Bill

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The Benue House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the Benue Health Management Agency bill, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The bill, when signed into law, will facilitate the establishment of the Benue State Health Management Agency and institute a health insurance scheme for all residents of the state. Addressing the House shortly before passing the bill, Chairman, Committee on Health, Mr Adoga Onah (Oju 1/PDP), said that the bill had passed through public hearing and was widely accepted. Onah stated that the bill, if signed into law, would ensure that every Benue resident had ready access to health care services. He said that the bill would protect families from huge medical bills and minimise the cost of healthcare services.  The lawmaker stated that the bill, when s
Positive Thinking: Stop Negative Self-Talk To Reduce Stress

Positive Thinking: Stop Negative Self-Talk To Reduce Stress

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Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided. Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health. Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair – you can learn positive thinking skills. Understand
Experts Urge Collaboration In Herbal Medicine

Experts Urge Collaboration In Herbal Medicine

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The Hall of St Leo Catholic Church,Ikeja, Lagos was filled to capacity as different people- men, women, priests, and youths adorned in various attires took their seats inside the expansive hall. They were Pax Herbal products distributors and it was their conference. They were there to listen to efforts being made to improve traditional medicine. The the keynote speaker, Director- Genera/CEO of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, Prof Babatunde Salako, urged researchers in Traditional Medicine (TM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to improve their networking at the national level as it has been very poor. Salako spoke on the theme: Strengthening capacity for clinical research in herbal medicine: Challenges and opportunities, adding that network...
Hand Washing Facilities in Nigerian Hospitals below Standard—UNICEF

Hand Washing Facilities in Nigerian Hospitals below Standard—UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says only 33.6 per cent of health facilities in Nigeria have hand washing facilities with soap and water accessible to both patients and staff. Zaid Jurji, UNICEF Chief of WASH disclosed this at a European Union Niger Delta Water Project media dialogue organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in Port Harcourt. The figure emanated from the 2018 National Outcomes Routine Mapping (NORM) survey conducted by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with UNICEF and implemented by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Jurji noted that NORM survey was conducted to know whether the trend of water and sanitation in the country is improving or not
Cannabis and Cannabis-Based Drugs Usage Impairs Memory –Research

Cannabis and Cannabis-Based Drugs Usage Impairs Memory –Research

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Researchers studying the use of cannabis or cannabis-based drugs say applying the use of these drugs over a long period of time has the capability to damage memory. According to them the study carries significance that hinge on both people who use the drug for fun as well as those who use it in fighting epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. In the cause of the study which was published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, it was discovered that rats exposed to the drug over a long period of time showed “significant ... memory impairments” and as such was not able to even distinguish between a well-known object and a new one. Experts say not much is known about the inherent negative side effects of being exposed for a long period of time to cannabinoid; nevertheless it is common kno
‘Blood Pressure Drug Does Not Trigger Tumour In Short Term

‘Blood Pressure Drug Does Not Trigger Tumour In Short Term

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A blood pressure drug recalled worldwide amid fears it could cause cancer does not increase the risk of the disease in the short run. Valsartan, which can be prescribed under the brand name Diovan, was recalled in 22 countries, including the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (U.K.), in July. A change in manufacturing in China caused N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – a potent chemical also used in rocket fuel – to trickled into the supply. Yet, a Danish study released last week found no link between NDMA exposure through valsartan and a person developing cancer over four years. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark analysed 5,150 people over 40 with no history of cancer. The participants had taken valsartan at some point between 2012 and 2017. Zhejiang Hu
Checklist to Healthy, Fertile Sperm

Checklist to Healthy, Fertile Sperm

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Fertility challenges can be tough. On top of the emotions and impact on your relationship, sperm health has historically been tied to the concept of male virility, or “manliness.” Even though that isn’t the case, it can make sperm health a difficult subject to bring up. But being proactive about your sperm health is more important than ever. A 2017 analysis of nearly 43,000 men found that worldwide sperm counts declined significantly from 1973 to 2011. Sex, fertility, and pregnancy is a tricky process, dependent on many factors. Taking measures for healthy sperm is just one small but positive step toward growing your family. Here are some changes you can start implementing right away to keep your sperm strong and your sex drive on full speed. Why healthy sperm matters Infertility isn’
Are Dairy, Meat Beneficial For Your Heart, Longevity

Are Dairy, Meat Beneficial For Your Heart, Longevity

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The current guidelines about your diet may need to be revised to take into account the dietary habits of modern populations across the globe, suggests new research.The research suggests red meat and dairy, for instance, should be included as part of diet healthy for the heart, according to the study published in the Lancet. For long, many studies that suggested diets that avoid red meat and dairy but are rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains are the best. But the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study suggests that the results of these traditional studies may be biased and outdated. It explains previous studies were based on dietary habit of high-income countries and rely on decades-old data. Now new studies are hoping to give a more comprehensive analysis of d...
CHILD LABOUR: Travails of Children Who, Like Adults, Must Work In Order To Survive!

CHILD LABOUR: Travails of Children Who, Like Adults, Must Work In Order To Survive!

Children's Health, NEWS
The strength and future of any society lie in its ability to promote the health and well – being of its next generation. It has to do with the saying that ‘children are the future leaders’, which means, tomorrow, the children, today, will become parents, citizens and workers. Also, the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”, are apt. And, according to an article by the National Scientific Council on the developing child, when a country invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. These and more articles have pointed to the fact that children are the future pillars of a nation. But how well is Nige
Cultists Allegedly Kill Final Year Medical Student, Nine Others During Graduation Party

Cultists Allegedly Kill Final Year Medical Student, Nine Others During Graduation Party

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A final year medical student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, simply identified as Dr Einstein, alongside nine others were allegedly killed by cultists on Tuesday. It was reported that the deaths resulted from a fight between two men at the venue of the graduation party of the students at Judges quarters in Ekpoma. However, as other people attempted to stop the fight, one of the men, said his clothes had been torn by the peacemakers and he promised to make them pay for it. It was reported that he left and later returned with his friends. They were all allegedly armed with guns. The angry man searched for the man, he had been fighting with earlier and on sighting him, he and his friends shot him and those, who had tried to make peace between them. According to reports, about 10 peopl...