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Death toll in Sokoto meningitis attack now 21
Balarabe-Kakale

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 21. The state Health Commissioner, Dr. Balarabe Kakale, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Sunday, March 26 2017. Kakale gave an update on the state of high alert declared by the Ministry since March 20. ...

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Biogaran takes over Swipha’s activities in Nigeria
Pascal-Brière

Biogaran, a French pharmaceutical company specialised in generic and biosimilar medicines, on Friday, March 24, 2017 announced the takeover of all the activities of Swipha, a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical products. The firm sees the development as an important step forward in its internationalisation, as well as the development of new markets. The Biogaran portfolio is said ...

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World Tuberculosis Day: TB Alliance sublicenses anti-tuberculosis drug
Greg-Perry

Agreement announced on World Tuberculosis Day revitalises efforts to develop sutezolid as effective response to infectious disease killer On Friday, March 24 2017, the World Tuberculosis Day, TB Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced a licensing agreement for the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate which demonstrated encouraging results in early studies. The sublicense pertains to ...

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World Oral Health Day: NMA underlines need for regular checkup
Oral-Health

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Saturday, March 18, 2017 advised Nigerians to visit the dentist every six months in order to check gum diseases and tooth decay. Dr. Abdulkadir Katagum, the Dental Health Coordinator for the FCT chapter of the NMA, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He spoke ahead of ...

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Cholera kills 80 in Zamfara
Cholera

Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State, Alhaji Suleiman Gummi, has said no fewer than 80 people were killed by a cholera outbreak in the state in the last one month. The commissioner told newsmen on Tuesday, March 14 2017 in Gusau, the state capital, that 500 others were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities in the state. He said ...

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Flagship child advocacy centre opens in Lagos
Mrs Bola Tinubu

The Cece Yara foundation, an advocacy organisation, in line with its aim and vision to effectively tackle the menace of child sexual abuse, is set to open the doors of its ultra-modern relief and support centre in Lagos. In recent times, research has shown that the incidence of child sexual abuse in Nigeria is growing exponentially, as statistics precisely state ...

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Borno reports first Lassa fever outbreak in 48 years
Lassa-fever

Borno State in northeast Nigeria has recorded its first Lassa fever outbreak in almost five decades. The last confirmed outbreak of the deadly disease was in 1969. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it is supporting the government to contain the outbreak in an area of the country which is already coping with a humanitarian crisis resulting from ...

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Ekiti, Nasarawa to introduce sex education in curriculum
Nigerian-Academy-of-Science

In collaboration with the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and Ford Foundation, the governments of Ekiti and Nasarawa states recently in Lagos publicly presented the Family Life Health Education (FLHE) Curriculum that will be used in secondary schools to teach students. The development, which is in apparent response to the rampant cases of sexual abuse among youths, now sees three ...

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Kano Specialist Hospital rehabilitation gulps N200m
Kano-hospital

To complement its N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) currently under construction, the Dangote Foundation has concluded the renovations of some sections of the Murtala Muhammed Specialists’ Hospital, Kano which gulped over N200 million. The 900-bed capacity hospital, reputed for highest number of in-patients in sub-Saharan Africa has been lacking facilities that may detract from the new SDC being ...

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Fresh concern over drug-resistant tuberculosis

TB Alliance and the broader TB community are asking the World Health Organisation (WHO) to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the critical group within the list of drug-resistant bacteria identified as urgent priorities for research and development. “The absence of TB from this list is shocking,” said Mel Spigelman, President and CEO of TB Alliance. “The effort to develop new drugs to cure TB has ...

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