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World Polio Day: Rotary advocates clean environment


As the world prepares to mark the 2018 World Polio Day, Rotary International clubs have advocated for clean and hygienic environment to end transmission of the ailment. Flagging off the World Polio Day programme on Saturday, October 29, 2918 in Abuja, the incident manager, National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio, Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Usman ...

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Nigeria got it right at tobacco treaty talks, says ERA/FoEN

Nigeria tobacco

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has eulogised the Nigerian delegation that attended the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) that held recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The ERA/FoEN in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, October 15, 2018 said that, with the strong stance of ...

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World Bank commits $120m for diseases surveillance in ECOWAS countries, Mauritania

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank [resident

The Word Bank Board of Directors says it has approved the third Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) Project and committed additional $120 million to the work plans. Mr John Paul Clark, the World Bank Senior Health Specialist, made the disclosure on Monday, October 16, 2018 in Lagos at the opening of the ongoing technical sub-committee meeting of the REDISSE ...

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WHO vaccinates 377,000 against cholera in Adamawa

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

No fewer than 377,000 people have been vaccinated against cholera in Adamawa State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. This was contained in the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Health Emergencies Programme report, titled “Mid-Year Report 2018”, made available to newsmen on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Yola, the state capital. The report indicated that WHO provided the technical ...

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Water expert says dehydration causes memory loss

Water bottles

The Chief Medical Director, Living Standard Hospital, Benin City in Edo State, Jide Owolana, said on Tusday, October 9, 2018 that dehydration of the human body could lead to memory loss. Owolana, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), also said humans should reduce the amount of soft drinks and alcohol they take. The medical ...

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Malaysia eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

Shin Young-soo

Malaysia has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, October 8, 2018 in Manila. “Malaysia today became the first country in the WHO Western Pacific Region to be certified as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis,’’ WHO said in a statement. Shin Young-soo, WHO regional director for the Western ...

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Governments wary of new products as tobacco talks close


At the end of the eighth session of the global tobacco treaty (WHO- FCTC) negotiations on Saturday, October 6, 2018, governments unanimously adopted policies that eliminate loopholes Big Tobacco allegedly use to gain access to the talks, redouble defenses against evolving industry tactics, and mandate a study on new tobacco products, which are said to pose a threat to public ...

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WHO launches vaccination drive in Zimbabwe to stem cholera outbreak

Emmerson Mnangagwa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 started a drive to vaccinate 1.4 million Zimbabweans amid a cholera outbreak that has killed 49 people in the capital Harare so far. Almost 140 people have been infected with the disease that is most often transmitted by contaminated water, according to the WHO. The vaccination campaign will be rolled ...

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Nigeria showcases tobacco control progress, commits to curb use

Nigeria tobacco

Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has urged the global community to promote guidelines and international cooperation that will protect public health policies from commercial interests of tobacco companies. Ehanire, who spoke at the ongoing Eight Conference of Parties of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) holding in Geneva, Switzerland, disclosed that Nigerian has ...

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UNICEF decries lack of awareness on maternal neonatal disease

maternal mortality

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) health specialist, Mr Hilary Ozoh, has decried the low-level public awareness of the deadly Maternal Neonatal Tetanus disease (MNT) ahead of the Oct. 18, commencement 2018 MNT elimination campaign. Ozoh made the assertion at the opening of a one-day media orientation forum for 2018 MNTE campaign holding in Benin City, Edo State. MNT is a ...

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