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‘Cancer Crippling Global Economy with N417.6 Trillion Lost Yearly’

‘Cancer Crippling Global Economy with N417.6 Trillion Lost Yearly’

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* Nigeria loses over N2.1tr annually to disease The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have alerted that the economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing as the total yearly economic cost of disease was estimated at approximately $1.16 trillion (N417.6 trillion). A new study published Thursday in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, evaluated, for the first time, the cost of productivity lost due to premature cancer deaths in several major emerging economies.Led by the IARC in partnership with leading cancer research institutions in these countries, the study shows that the productivity loss in Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China, and South Africa, collectively known as the BRICS countries, reached $46.3 bill...
Prof Chris Bode CMD Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Commends Staff

Prof Chris Bode CMD Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Commends Staff

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The workers of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba are its best assets, its Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, has said. He spoke at the awards for the workers and corporate partners of the hospital. He said the workers had been outstanding in the discharge of their duties. Bode said they had proven this by, among others, curtailing many infectious diseases, especially communicable ones. He urged the workers not to rest on their oars. He said though as a tertiary institution, the hospital could do with its high-tech equipment, its human resource is the force that makes LUTH stand out. He said it was for the reason that the hospital recognised them and gave awards of excellence to the achievers. “LUTH is presenting awards of excellence to staff that dilig
#LassaFever: Akeredolu Confirms 9 Deaths, 102 Cases in Ondo

#LassaFever: Akeredolu Confirms 9 Deaths, 102 Cases in Ondo

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A total of 102 suspected cases of Lassa Fever have been reported in 8 Local Government Areas of Ondo state. Out of the figure, 36 of the 79 cases with laboratory results have been confirmed, including 9 deaths. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu made the revelation in a state broadcast on Lassa fever outbreak in the state on Satuday night. Akeredolu said at present, 127 Hospital Contacts and 308 Community Contacts were line-listed in all the affected Local Government Areas while thirty have completed their follow-up. He revealed that patients are being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while confirmatory tests are done at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State. To contain the spread of the disease, Akeredolu said an Emergency Preparedness and Response Tea...
Ex-NMA Chairman, 4 Doctors Docked Over N21.7m Fraud

Ex-NMA Chairman, 4 Doctors Docked Over N21.7m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned a former chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo State chapter and four other doctors over alleged theft of about N27.7 million. Emmanuel Ighodaro was arraigned on 21-count charge before a Benin High Court alongside Anthony Owolabi, Quincy Atoghengbe, Raymond Ogieva and Oseremen Gabriel Ogbegbor for allegedly diverting funds belonging to the NMA. The accused persons, who were executive members of the Edo NMA, were alleged to have committed the fraud between 2013 and 2014, but they pleaded not guilty to the charge. They were accused to have conspired among themselves “to make a false entry in the audit report of the accounting year, 1st  August, 2013-31st July 2014 of the association by insertin
Yellow Fever: WHO to Donate 20 Million Doses of Vaccines to Nigeria Annually

Yellow Fever: WHO to Donate 20 Million Doses of Vaccines to Nigeria Annually

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) will be donating 20 million doses of vaccines annually for the eradication of yellow fever in Nigeria. The WHO Representative, Dr. Fiona Braka, who disclosed this in Abuja, said efforts must be geared towards containing the outbreak. This is as the government commences the phase two of vaccination against yellow fever in four states: Kogi, Kwara , Zamfara and Borno states, where the country has recorded outbreaks of the disease. Braka noted that the phase 1 was completed in 2014 covering 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory with about 10.4 million people vaccinated in the exercise. She noted that the phase 2 preventive mass campaign is targeting between 09 months to 45 years of age in the vaccination campaign which kicked off recently....
Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

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When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may be around eight times more effective for halting the development of aggressive breast cancer tumors than those from plant-based sources. Study co-author Prof. David Ma, who currently works in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. One of the most aggressive types of breast cancer is HER2-positive breast canc...
FG Bans Open Drug Market In 2019

FG Bans Open Drug Market In 2019

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The Federal Government says it will shut down all open drug markets this year to curb unwholesome drug distribution system. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this in a statement issued after a ground breaking ceremony of the Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) in Abia. Adewole, in the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) on Wednesday, frowned at the chaotic drug distribution system in the country thereby endangering the lives of the populace. He noted that the closure of all open drug markets would immediately kick start full implementation of the CWC component of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG). The minister, who identified unsatisfactory drug distribution system as one of the chal...
Benue targets 900, 000 children for vaccination

Benue targets 900, 000 children for vaccination

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Wife of the Governor of Benue State, Eunice Ortom in conjunction with development partners have expressed determination to ensure that at least 900, 000 children in the state benefits from the forthcoming Measles Vaccination exercise. Ortom made this known on Tuesday during a meeting with female Chairmen of Local Government Councils, Wives of LG Chairmen, Heads of health departments, Supervisory Councillors and Principal Officers in the health sector of the state. She urged all stakeholders to work towards the success of the programme while quoting from 2016 datas of WHO and UNICEF, the governor's wife said Nigeria has the highest number of un-immunized children against measles globally ahead of India and Pakistan. "As mothers, we know the pains of carrying and birthing a child after ni...
Lassa Fever Kills Three in Taraba

Lassa Fever Kills Three in Taraba

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• LG officials to supervise burial of sudden death victims Three people have been reportedly killed by Lassa fever in Taraba State following the outbreak of the disease in the state. Besides, three other persons who tested positive to the killer disease have been placed under close monitoring as the total number of cases reported in the state rose to 12. This is coming just as the Chief Epidemiologist of the state, Dr. Udi Aketemo, warned indigenes and residents of the state against eating rat which is a common delicacy in the state. The Surveillance Officer of World Health Organisation (WHO) in the state, Dr. Bello Ahmed, who disclosed this yesterday in Jalingo at a sensitisation workshop on Lassa fever organised by the state ministry of health, stated that two people died in
Malaria Elimination: Nigeria Faces N504bn Financial Gap

Malaria Elimination: Nigeria Faces N504bn Financial Gap

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With the largest funding gap in malaria elimination in Africa, Nigeria currently faces a financial gap of N504 billion ($1.4 billion) to implement its national malaria strategy by 2020, according to new data from the 2017 World Malaria Report, a publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) presented at the ongoing African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition to constituting 27 percent of malaria cases worldwide, out of 30 African countries analysed in the report, Nigeria alone accounts for 53 percent of the $1.3 billion funding gap for essential commodities that include 76 percent of the funding gap in Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) and 86 percent of the funding gap for Rapid Diagnostic Test kits (RDTs). At a high level briefing attended by senior health, f...
WHO Reports High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

WHO Reports High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

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There is high level of resistance to antibiotics by a number of serious bacterial infections. This is happening in both high- and low-income countries, the World Health Organization, WHO’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals. The report – Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) published on WHO’s website, Monday, reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500, 000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries. The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmonella spp. Among patients with suspected bloodstream infection, the proportion that had bacteria resistance to at least one of the most
Teaching Hospitals to Get N300m, FMCs & Others N120m to Improve Healthcare Delivery

Teaching Hospitals to Get N300m, FMCs & Others N120m to Improve Healthcare Delivery

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The Federal Government on Tuesday announced special intervention funds for tertiary and specialist hospitals in the country. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known at the opening ceremony of the National Executive Council Meeting of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja.  Adewole said each teaching hospital would get N300 million, Federal Medical Centres N120 million each, while each Fistula Centre and Specialist Hospital would receive N120 million to improve healthcare delivery. He said beyond the intervention in the federal facilities, the federal government would also make a special intervention at hospitals in each zone of the six geo-political zones in the country. “In our 2018 budget proposal we plan to install chemotherapy centres i
Lassa Fever: FG Apologises for Late Response

Lassa Fever: FG Apologises for Late Response

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Federal government yesterday admitted its late response towards the revival of the south east virology centre which would have helped to tackle the unfortunate outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi state. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isac Adewole made this known in Abakaliki during his one day assessment visit to the state. He,however, commiserated with the state governor, Chief David Umahi, for the loss of valuable health workers especially the Doctors in the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki. “Our visit to Ebonyi state is to do an assessment and also brainstorm with you about what we told you and to put behind us the unfortunate incidents move forward. “I want to commiserate with the governor and the entire state about the loss of lives of our people. And the outbreak of Lassa
Nobody is Immune to Lassa Fever Infection – Commissioner

Nobody is Immune to Lassa Fever Infection – Commissioner

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The Commissioner for Health in Bayelsa State, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, has warned that nobody, irrespective of age, is immune to Lassa fever. The commissioner, who was represented by an official in his ministry, Dr. Yorin Stow, said this during a briefing held in Yenagoa, the state capital, as part of the activities to sensitise the people on the deadly disease. Etebu identified those who are more predisposed to contracting the disease as people who live in a dirty environment, family members taking care of infected relatives and health workers. He said the incubation period for Lassa fever was between six and 21 days after which the victim would start manifesting symptoms of the disease. Giving an insight into the disease, Etebu said, “We all know that Lassa fever is a very da
FMC Dismisses Lassa fever Worries in Umuahia

FMC Dismisses Lassa fever Worries in Umuahia

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The management of Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, says no case of Lassa fever has been recorded in the hospital. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Mr Darlington Madubuko, told newsmen on Tuesday in Umuahia that it was untrue the reported death of a suspected Lassa fever patient in the centre. He described the report as false and implored reporters to always cross-check their facts before publishing. According to him, the report is capable of causing fear and panic among patients and hospital workers. Madubuko said that the hospital already had a committee on Lassa fever cases in place to keep regular surveillance against the outbreak of the disease in the hospital. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rumour of the death of a suspected Lassa fever patie...