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Malaria Cases Rise as Insecticide Resistance Spreads

Malaria Cases Rise as Insecticide Resistance Spreads

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* With N23bn funding gap, crisis for anti-disease efforts, more deaths loom in Nigeria * FG urged to prioritize funding for mosquito-borne ailment with World Bank IDA18 loan The World Health Organisation (WHO) has alerted to rise in malaria cases and the fears of resurgence as progress in the fight against a curable disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children has stalled. The WHO, in a recent report, said the number of malaria cases rose in many countries in 2016, suggesting that progress has halted in the global fight against the disease. The apex United Nations (UN) health agency found that globally, malaria infections increased by about five million from 2015 to 2016, for a total of 216 million, with apparent jumps in parts of Asia, Africa and South America and that t...
HIV/AIDS kills 41.5m Persons Worldwide in 2017—WHO

HIV/AIDS kills 41.5m Persons Worldwide in 2017—WHO

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No fewer than 41.5 million persons have died as a result of HIV and AIDS epidemic in 2017 worldwide, the World Health Organization, WHO, has said. A representative of WHO, Akim Bursali, stated this  at yesterday’s commemoration of 2017 World AIDS Day, with the theme, “Right to health-making it happen”, organized by wife of  Bauchi State governor in collaboration with Bauchi State Agency for the control of HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria, BACATMA, in Bauchi.  Bursali said an estimated 36.7 million persons were currently living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues recorded in history. He added that the death rate of the epidemic has decreased since it peaked in 2005 with one million deaths in 2016, compared to 1.9 million deaths in 200
Why Nigerians Have Lower Cancer Rates Than Europeans

Why Nigerians Have Lower Cancer Rates Than Europeans

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* How hotter climate makes Africans less likely to get tumour * Genes of people from colder nations put them at greater risk * Alcoholism, diabetes drugs prevent untreatable breast cancer Living in a cold climate could make people more likely to get cancer, a study has found. Inuits have the highest rate of cancer, followed closely by Scandinavian people, while chilly Britain has a cancer rate three times higher than that of India and twice the rate of Thailand. Evidence now suggests people are at greater risk in colder countries because of their genes. The same genes, which stop our cells dying in freezing temperatures are also linked to breast and bowel cancer and leukaemia. A researcher says the genes contributing to cooler climates are the same, which increase the risk...
Health Insurance Struck from Gov’s Office at Kwara Budget Defence

Health Insurance Struck from Gov’s Office at Kwara Budget Defence

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The Kwara State House of Assembly, has directed that the new state Community Health Insurance Agency, be moved from the Governor’s Office , to the supervision of the Ministry of Health, as stated in the law recently assented to, by the State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed. The House gave the directive in Ilorin, during the Ministerial budget defence of the Governor’s Office, before the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary, led by its Chairman, Barrister Kamaldeen Fagbemi. Fagbemi, said the directive was the position of the entire members of the committee and directed that the budget of the agency, be considered under the budget of State Ministry of Health. In their remarks, member representing Owode/Onire, Oke Ero, and Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe Constituencies, Hon Abdul Rasheed
Delta: Mothers, Children to Get Free Medicare

Delta: Mothers, Children to Get Free Medicare

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Delta State Government has directed all primary health care centres in the state to give free health care services to mothers and children between 0 – 5 years, as part of activities marking the second round of Mother and New-born Child Health Week MNCHW.  Chairman of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Isioma Okobah, who gave the directive while speaking in Asaba, said the weeklong activities would be flagged off on December, 15, 2017 at the Arcade Asaba, by the wife of the state governor, Dame Edith Okowa. Dr. Okobah explained that during the week all primary health care centres would provide free ante-natal and maternal services, immunization, free folic acid ABD iron tablets, deworming, and distribution of free treated mosquito nets. The Vanguard  News
Senate Begins Hearing On Petition Against Registrar Of Nigerian Medical and Dental Council

Senate Begins Hearing On Petition Against Registrar Of Nigerian Medical and Dental Council

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The Senate Committee on Health on Tuesday commenced an investigative hearing regarding allegations levelled against the acting Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, Tajudeen Sanusi. The allegations against Mr. Sanusi ranged from extortion to massively failing Nigerian students who schooled abroad and recently sat for the MDCN examination. Mr. Sanusi was earlier invited by the committee but failed to show up. His not answering phone calls put across to him further angered the members of the committee who took turns to scold him, stating that he had no respect for authorities. In his defence, Mr. Sanusi apologised and claimed that he was not with his phone for two days, adding that by the time he got the letter of invitation, he had already concluded plans to tr...
FMC Umuahia Performs Kidney Transplants

FMC Umuahia Performs Kidney Transplants

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UMUAHIA—THE Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State, has carried out two successful kidney transplant surgeries in collaboration with a team of doctors from University of Toledo Medical Center, Ohio United States of America. The surgeries were carried out last week by the medical team led by Dr. Obi Ekwenna and both the donors and the receivers are said to be doing well at the hospital’s intensive care unit. The kidney transplant surgeries were performed on a 37 year old businessman and native of Ohafia Abia state whose name was simply given as Mr. Oji and a 68 year old Medical Doctor and native of Umuahia whose name was identified as Dr. Charles. A 57 years old civil servant named simply as Mr. Kalu donated the Kidney for Oji, while a 41 year old security man, named Innoce
Nigeria Takes Steps to Curb Tuberculosis

Nigeria Takes Steps to Curb Tuberculosis

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The federal government has deployed health officers, resources and strategies to all the states to investigate, test and treat tuberculosis patients for free. The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTLCP) identified low case finding and contact tracing as the major challenges hindering the eradication of tuberculosis in Nigeria. Dr Adebola Lawanson, the Programme National Coordinator, disclosed at the review meeting organised by Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria and the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme in Lagos. Lawanson said the challenges had forced the Federal Ministry of Health to embarked on the massive deployment of personnel and material to confront the menace of tuberculosis. “The review is to enable stakeholders at all levels and partner
FG Directs Teaching Hospitals to Treat Obstetric Fistula Free of Charge

FG Directs Teaching Hospitals to Treat Obstetric Fistula Free of Charge

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The Federal Ministry of Health has directed all teaching hospitals in Nigeria to embark on fistula repairs free of charge as part of efforts to reduce the backlog of the number of women living with the health condition, the Country Project Manager, Fistula Care Plus, Chief Iyeme Efem has said. Stating this during a two day Media Roundtable Discussion on Fistula Intervention in Lagos yesterday, he said the directive by the federal government to the tertiary hospitals in the country will help in increasing the number of fistula repairs from 5,000 to 12,920 every year. According to him, “Nigeria currently has a backlog of between 150,000 to 200,000 Nigerian women living with obstetric fistula in the country, with 12,000 new cases added every year. This alarming figure is still worrisome
Young Pharmacists Group Launches An Innovative And Interactive Website

Young Pharmacists Group Launches An Innovative And Interactive Website

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In line with the fulfillment of campaign promises, the Pharm. Ekomobong Hanson led PSN-YPG has launched a website www.psnypg.org for the organization barely 30 days after assumption of office. The YPG Chairman Stated this when the Group paid a Congratulatory visit to the Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mrs Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye in Lagos yesterday. The interactive website which is designed and developed by Young Pharmacists led by Pharm. Edifofon Akpan is a Must log-in for all Young Pharmacists and Partners. With over 15,000 Young Pharmacists expected to sign up before February 2018, the website will link Young Pharmacists to Mentors, Jobs, Internships, Scholarships, Capacity Building programs and Trainings, Entre...
Patronise Govt Health Care Facilities

Patronise Govt Health Care Facilities

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Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called on expectant mothers to patronise primary health centres and skilled birth attendants to reduce the incidence of maternal and infant mortality. She gave the charge at a town hall meeting on reduction of maternal and child mortality in Epe Local Government organised by the state’s Ministry of Health. Mrs. Ambode observed that the refusal by expectant mothers to access obstetric services was a major contributor to the maternal mortality rate in the state. She said: ‘’Almost every minute, somewhere in a corner of the world, a woman dies as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman that dies, about twenty others survive but suffer from serious diseases, disability or physical damage,
Eating Frozen Food is Embalming Self Before Death – Lokpobiri

Eating Frozen Food is Embalming Self Before Death – Lokpobiri

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The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has said that anyone eating frozen food is rather embalming self before death as the chemical (Formalin) used to embalm corpses are equally used to preserve these foods. Lokpobiri was speaking yesterday at the headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja during a stakeholder’s Consultative meeting on Illegal Importation of Food items into Nigeria conference said: “If we stop importation of frozen foods and poultry items, we have succeeded in creating more than a million jobs. Unemployment is the highest problem we have, we will create jobs by stopping importation and smuggled items”. The Minister revealed Federal Government’s plan to engage stakeholders meeting all over the country with a view to stop im
Foundation Partners GE Healthcare to Train Nigerian Nurses

Foundation Partners GE Healthcare to Train Nigerian Nurses

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General Electric (GE) in partnership with the Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation (GAMSU) has announced the completion of a training programme to improve the skills of Nigerian nurses and midwives. The programme included both theoretical and practical training for 40 student nurses and five nurse tutors of the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital. The five-day programme was geared towards significantly reducing the Maternal Infant Mortality indices in Nigeria by applying the right skills and education to frontline staff who attend to women and children at birth. According to the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second lar...
EU, UNICEF Celebrate Hand Washing Day in Bayelsa

EU, UNICEF Celebrate Hand Washing Day in Bayelsa

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The European Union/United Nation Children Fund (EU/UNICEF) Niger Delta Support programme (NDSP) in collaboration with the Bayelsa state government, yesterday celebrated this year Global hand washing day with children from Kolukuma/Opokuma local government area of the state. With the theme, ‘Our Hands, Our Future’ children from the various primary schools in the local government were taught on the importance of washing their hands regularly to avoid diseases that could hamper their future. The event which began on Monday with awareness and sensitization campaign carried out by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) unit of the local government area, was rounded off at the headquarters in Kaima. Speaking at the occasion, the Bayelsa State Consultant for UNICEF, Bright Nwaonu, said
FRC Wants Increased Funding, Expansion of Calabar Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital

FRC Wants Increased Funding, Expansion of Calabar Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital

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The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) wants increased funding and expansion of the 104 years old Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar, Cross River State. The Director, Internal Audit of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Dauda, made the call recently when he led a team from the commission on an inspection tour of projects undertaken by the hospital for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. Dauda stated that the hospital was in serious need of facilities to run as a fully fledged Psychiatric hospital. “Having gone round some projects, I can say that we are satisfied with what is on ground but there are still more to be done. “This hospital was established in 1903 by the then colonial administration. It needs urgent expansion and I believe that the only way this hospital can fulfill it