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Ebola virus found hiding in lungs of health-care worker
A victim of Ebola virus

Ebola has proven itself a tricky foe to get rid of in the human body. In numerous cases in which it was thought to be gone and patients fully recovered, the virus has been found in the eyes, semen, amniotic fluid, placenta, breast milk and central nervous system. Now a paper published in the journal PLOS Pathogens describes another possible hiding place for ...

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WHO, WMO, UNEP join forces on health, environment
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As three United Nations bodies come together to work as one to address the root environmental causes of ill health, Dr Margaret Chan (Director-General of the World Health Organisation – WHO), Erik Solheim (Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP) and Petteri Taalas (Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation – WMO) stress the need to clean up ...

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Stakeholders underline need for mercury-free products
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Against the backdrop of global concern on the adverse health and environmental effects of mercury, stakeholders have underlined the need to embrace items that are mercury-free. At a stakeholder sectoral workshop on “Mercury added products in Nigeria” held recently in Lagos, participants recommended the banning and phasing-out the importation, sale, transfer and use of mercury containing products and equipments. “Beside ...

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Lagos intensifies clampdown on auxiliary nurses
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The Lagos State Government wants the collaboration of residents of the state in its effort to stop auxiliary nurses and other unqualified medical practitioners from operating in the state. Director, Family Health and Nutrition, Lagos Ministry of Health, Dr. Folashade Oludara, who made the call at a recent forum in Lagos enjoined residents to report any private institutions still making use of auxiliary ...

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Group demands information on tobacco firms’ tax waivers, grants

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has requested that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) release detailed information on tax waivers, grants and other benefits that British America Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) and other tobacco companies benefited under the now-rested Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme introduced by the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2002. The EEG scheme is an ...

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NNPC, Shell embark on Lagos health outreach
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Thousands of residents in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, benefitted from a health outreach organised by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company (SNEPCo), which offered free medical services and education at strategic areas in the mega city. The Health-in-Motion programme took the team of doctors and nurses to Lagos Island East Local Government Area and the ...

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How multinationals lure African kids into smoking, by study
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A report released recently by the Africa Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) shows a tactic tobacco companies in Africa use in addicting kids. The report investigates developments in Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Uganda An Africa regional survey conducted by the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) reveals that multinational tobacco manufacturing companies are systematically targeting children as young as six years old ...

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Community, workers collaborate to tackle infant, maternal mortality
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In a bid to check high child and maternal mortality in Lagos, locals in communities have forged a harmonious collaboration with health workers in government health institutions to ensure that health institutions are well funded and their workers improve on their service delivery. The collaboration was announced in Lagos during a campaign on “Saving the lives of mothers and babies ...

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Michael Bloomberg to commit $360m to global tobacco fight
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Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist, Michael R. Bloomberg, on Monday, 5 December 2016, announced that he is committing an additional $360 million to the global fight against tobacco use, bringing his total commitment to nearly $1 billion. Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, pointed out in a statement that Monday’s announcement continues the visionary leadership Mayor ...

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Africa’s top female medical researchers decorated
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Science and technology company, Merck, in partnership with the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), African Union, Ethiopia Ministry of Health, University of Cambridge and Institute Pasteur International has announced the 2016 UNESCO-Merck Research Award winners. The nine winners under two categories, ‘Best Young African Researchers Award’ and ‘Best African Women Researchers Award’, were announced during the 2nd UNESCO-MARS Summit 2016 ...

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