Sunday 8th December 2019
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Malaria increasingly a disease of poverty, inequity – Report


The RBM Partnership to End Malaria has welcomed the publication of the World Malaria Report 2019, which demonstrates that global investments and action against malaria are making a big difference, yet half the world – overwhelmingly the most vulnerable – are still at the greatest risk of dying from a mosquito bite. The malaria-causing anopheles mosquito feeding on a victim ...

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Nigeria battling growing obesity numbers


Obesity – a condition that is tied to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer – used to be an issue affecting mainly western countries but, in modern-day Nigeria, it is proving to be a nationwide epidemic. Obesity The World Cup Scorecard on Obesity, which was conducted based on data from the 32 countries that took part ...

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Pneumonia Day: Expert warns against exposure to tobacco smoke, indoor air pollution

tobacco smoking

A pulmonologist, Dr Abel Kanji, has stressed the need to avoid tobacco smoke and reduce exposure to indoor air pollution to check the risk of pneumonia in children. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health Kanji, a physician who specialises in the respiratory system, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, November ...

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Protecting children’s health with better food safety

School children

Some 45% of deaths in children aged 5 and under could be prevented by better nutrition, according to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Umar. Poor diet, bad hygiene, and a lack of education are contributing to Nigeria’s child mortality rate which currently sits at one in five. As such, it’s crucial that parents do all ...

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Nigerians tasked on environmental sanitation to prevent diseases outbreak

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

An epidemiologist with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Mr Biodun Ogunniyi, has called on Nigerians to ensure proper environmental sanitation in their surroundings to prevent diseases outbreak. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Ogunniyi made the call on Saturday, November 2, 2019 in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to him, most infectious diseases ...

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Relationship between breast cancer and oral hygiene

Breast cancer

October is dedicated to advocacy and creating awareness on Breast Cancer, the most common cancer in women globally (including Nigeria). Breast cancer also occurs in men, but it is 100 times more common in women. However, because most people are not aware that breast cancer can occur in men, the disease tends to be picked up much later and is ...

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South-East stakeholders want dental amalgam phased out in Nigeria by 2022

Dental Amalgam

Stakeholders in the medical and civil society sectors in Nigeria’s South-East region have called for an end to dental amalgam use in children under 16, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women by December 2020. Participants at the South-East Stakeholders’ Summit on Phase-Down of Dental Amalgam held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Enugu, Enugu State They also want amalgam, ...

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Rotary tasks stakeholders on effort to end polio by 2020

Polio immunisation

Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir Emeka Offor, has charged stakeholders to continue to work hard and collaborate to ensure that the successes recorded in the fight against polio over the years are sustained. Polio immunisation in Nigeria. Photo credit: He gave the charge while responding to questions from journalists during the celebration of the World Polio Day in ...

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Addressing environmental causes of Nigeria’s pregnancy problems


For all of Nigeria’s social and health progress over the past few decades, there remains a significant problem in the care of pregnant women. According to new statistics reported in the US-based Borgen Magazine, approximately 40,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes every year in Nigeria – 14% of the world’s total. Some 40,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes every year in Nigeria ...

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WHO to declare global eradication of poliovirus type-3

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the world will soon be left with only one remaining wild poliovirus as it is expected to announce the eradication of the type-3 virus. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images According to WHO, since the UN health agency launched ...

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