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Preeclampsia: Silent killer increasing maternal, foetal deaths in Nigeria


Tolani Funsho, 28, recalls how she survived preeclampsia after an emergency C-Section was conducted on her eight months into her pregnancy. “My ordeal started when I started noticing that my legs and other parts of my body were swollen every day I woke up,” said the mother of one, which prompted her to complain to her doctor. The doctor advised ...

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World Migratory Bird Day: Guterres clamours birds’ safety

Migratory Birds

As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. That’s one of the key messages from United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, for the 2018 World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on Saturday, May 12, with the soaring message: “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation.” “Migratory birds connect people, ...

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Gender equality dominates discussions at Bonn climate talks


Experts from all around the world gathered at the UN intersessional climate talks in Bonn, Germany to step up action on gender and climate change with a series of workshops and dialogues. The two-week summit held from April 30 to May 10, 2018. The Gender Action Plan (GAP) of UN Climate Change recognises the differentiated impacts of climate change upon women and men and supports ...

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Three-man delegate to represent Nigeria at Thailand dental amalgam use summit

Towards promoting the phase-down measures under the Minamata Convention on Mercury signed and ratified by Nigeria in February 1, 2018, three Nigerians have been selected from the government, academia and civil society to attend the Global Workshop on Ending Dental Amalgam Use in Children holding in Bangkok, Thailand from May 14 to 15, 2018. The bigwig Nigerian team comprises Mr ...

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JTF adopts ‘green’ method in shutting illegal refineries

Niger Delta refinery

The Joint Military Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta says it has adopted environment-friendly methods in combating oil theft and illegal refining in the region Brig.-Gen Kevin Aligbe, Land Component Commander of the joint force code-named “Operation Delta Safe,” disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. Alighe ...

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Bonga achieves 763m oil barrels production since inception in 2005

Bayo Ojulari

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) delivered a total of 763 million barrels of oil from the Bonga field between first production in 2005 and 2017, while at the same expanding the field with further drilling of wells in Bonga Phases 2 and 3 and through a subsea tie-back that unlocked the nearby Bonga North West field in August ...

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WHO D-G arrives Kinshasa, assesses needs of Ebola response

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has arrived Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), to assess the needs of Ebola response first-hand. The director general announced this on his Twitter handle @DrTedros on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He said WHO staffers were in the team that first identified the outbreak, adding that the organisation ...

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Flooding displaces 220,000 in Somalia


Heavy rains in Somalia’s Juba and Shabelle river basins continue to cause flash and riverine flooding displacing an estimated 220,000 people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday, May 11, 2018. Jens Laerke, Deputy spokesperson for OCHA, said at a regular UN briefing that a total of 718,000 people have been affected by the ...

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ECA Conference of Ministers calls for bold action to drive AfCFTA

ECA Conference of Ministers

The potential for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to become a powerful tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development has been highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The four-day event, holding from May 11 to 15, aims to advance the ambitious initiative to form ...

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Water scarcity: Borno turns to abandoned Biu Dam for succour

Ali Ndume

A dam project that was abandoned 37 years ago may be resurrected in the bid to provide succour to a thirsty neighbourhood in Borno State. Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) has appealed to the Federal Government to complete the Biu Dam project to address water scarcity in the area. Ndume made the appeal in an interview with the News ...

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