Thursday 18th April 2019
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Health Day: AfDB joins call for universal health coverage for all

Akinwunmi Adesina

On the occasion of World Health Day 2019, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is renewing its call for firmer commitment to pledges made by countries for universal health coverage for all individuals and communities. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina In a statement issued on Sunday, April 7, 2019, Oley Dibba-Wadda, Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development at the bank, said: ...

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UNICEF commits to addressing children health challenges in Nigeria

Anthony Lake

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is committed to addressing the health challenges of children, especially malnutrition, in Nigeria to improve on their health status. Anthony Kirsopp Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Dr Zakari Adam, the Chief Field Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, gave the assurance at Akwanga, during the six-day capacity building for 32 ...

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Govt, CSOs back draft tobacco rules, Reps promise speedy adoption

ERA/FoEN tobacco

The Federal Ministry of Health and hundreds of civil society and youth groups have defended the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations 2018 Bill currently before the National Assembly, cautioning that delay in its passage will open the nation to massive health catastrophe. Delegates at the interactive session Some of the groups that align with the ministry’s position are the Environmental ...

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Campaigners urge legislators to approve draft tobacco rules


Activists on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Abuja besieged the outgoing 8th National Assembly, demanding approval of the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations, which they say would be a legacy of its achievements. The anti-tobacco protest march on the National Assembly in Abuja by ERA/FoEN and NTCA Led by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and the ...

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Over 150 children undergoing treatment for lead poisoning in Zamfara

Lead poisoning in Nigeria

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), says no fewer than 150 children affected with lead poisoning in Zamfara State are still undergoing treatment. Men work in the mines where they dig deep to find the rock and then crush these rocks to find the gold ore. Inside the rocks there is also deposits of other metals, ...

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CPC cracks down on tobacco law violators in Lagos, Port Harcourt

CPC enforcement

In continuation of its enforcement of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act which commenced in January 2019, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) this week carried out a raid of lounges, bars and open markets in Port Harcourt and Lagos where cigarettes and shisha are openly sold. CPC officials during the enforcement exercise The nine provisions of the NTC Act that ...

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Malaria Day: A call for united action against malaria


With one month to go until World Malaria Day 2019, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria is mobilising leaders and citizens to work together towards a malaria-free world. The malaria-causing anopheles mosquito feeding on a victim Culminating in events in Paris on the April 25, this year’s World Malaria Day seeks to encourage as many people as possible across the ...

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Tuberculosis Day: Nigeria needs help to find, treat TB cases – DevComs

Isaac Adewole

As Nigeria joined the world to celebrate the 2019 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on Sunday March 24, Development Communication Network (DevComs) has called on all Nigerians to protect their family members from the menace of the highly infectious disease. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), TB kills 18 Nigerians every hour and 4,500 people ...

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Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report launched in Kenya

Professor Gerry Stimson

Public health experts from UK-based Knowledge∙Action∙Change recently visited Nairobi, Kenya to launch No Fire, No Smoke – The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018 (GSTHR), a landmark report on the worldwide availability, regulation, and use of lower-risk alternatives to tobacco, such as e-cigarettes (vapes), heat-not-burn devices, and Swedish snus (pasteurised oral tobacco). Professor Gerry Stimson, Director of Knowledge Action Change, launching the Global State of ...

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ERA flays Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report

tobacco smoking

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has joined in the worldwide condemnation of last week’s launch of The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report in Lilongwe, the Malawian capital. Tobacco smoking At the launch of the initiative, the Malawi government announced that it was committed to promoting the implementation of policies, regulations and programmes aimed at ...

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