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Time to act on Tobacco Act Regulations

When former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, signed the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 into law four days to the end of his administration, most Nigerians heaved a sigh relief. The exhilarating feeling among Nigerians was not unanticipated as the law had gone through a tortuous road, almost declared missing at a point before resurrecting to become a reality. The ...

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Ivorian, Kpokro, joins mercury-free dentistry alliance exco

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry has named Domimique Bally Kpokro of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to its five-person Executive Committee. Mr. Kpokro is president of the African Centre for Environmenal Health and vice president for Africa, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.  He will remain in Abidjan in these positions. Mr. Charlie Brown, American, President of the World Alliance, said, “It ...

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Nigeria reports third polio case

Nigeria has reported its third polio case in the northeastern state of Borno, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, September 5, warning more cases could appear in a major health setback. Two other polio cases were reported in August. Nigeria was on track to be certified free of the virus next year. “A third child has been paralysed ...

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Female mosquitoes can transmit Zika virus to eggs, offspring

Killing only adult mosquitoes may not end Zika outbreaks As the recent Miami outbreak of Zika virus, transmitted by the bite of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, prompts an all-out war on the pest, new research reveals that female mosquitoes can pass the virus on to their eggs and offspring, bolstering the need for larvicide use as an integral part of the effort ...

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Alert issued on falsified anti-malaria drugs in circulation

The Federal Government has stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country on the circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate. A statement said the Federal Ministry of Health received a medical alert that the two falsified drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients. The statement, signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations ...

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Lassa fever kills doctor, two others in Anambra

Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, the Director of Public Health, Anambra State Ministry of Health, on Thursday confirmed the death of a medical doctor and two others due to new cases of Lassa fever in the state. The director confirmed the report at a one-day workshop on Lassa fever organised by the ministry to sensitise health professionals in the state on the ...

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Breast cancer care partnership launched in Kenya

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inaugurates partnership between government of Kenya and Roche to improve care of women with breast cancer First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya Ministry of Health and Roche Pharmaceuticals Limited on Monday in Nairobi launched key activities that will facilitate access to improved care for patients with breast cancer in Kenya. The launch reportedly builds on the country’s ...

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Concern as wild polio virus resurfaces

On the brink of eradicating wild polio, Nigeria suffers a major setback as an outbreak of the virus is confirmed Minister of Health, Prof.Isaac Adewole, has confirmed an outbreak of wild polio virus in Borno State. The outbreak has reportedly affected two children from Gwoza and Jere Local Government Areas of the state. The discovery and confirmation of the outbreak ...

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Nigeria to end malaria mortality by 2020

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said on Tuesday in Abuja that Nigeria would end malaria mortality by 2020. The minister stated this at a town hall meeting and policy dialogue for good governance jointly organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. Adewole said: “We have set some time frame for ourselves. We ...

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Osinbajo calls for public engagement to avert ills of tobacco

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the reduction of tobacco use among citizens particularly exposure of underage children to smoking. Osinbajo, who spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving leaders of anti-tobacco civil society groups, lamented inadequate information about the dangers of smoking “which has made it difficult to convince ...

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