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Govt urged to ban e-cigarettes amid increasing vaping deaths

Tobacco Harm Reduction

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the Nigerian government to place a ban on e-cigarettes, shisha and other so-called novel products from the tobacco industry in the wake of mounting deaths attributable to vaping across the globe. Alternatives to cigarette smoking can create a big impact on health in society In the United States ...

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Polio: Nigeria gets €30.5m Germany lifeline, Kwara embarks on immunisation

Polio immunisation

The German Minister of Health, Mr Jens Spahn, has announced €30.5 million support to Nigeria to end polio, enhance health security and strengthen the country’s health system. Polio immunisation in Nigeria. Photo credit: Spahn made the disclosure during a bilateral dialogue between Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health of Germany on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in ...

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Petitioners seek increase in tobacco taxes to fund national health coverage

tobacco smoking

Signatories in Nigeria and across the globe have petitioned the House of Representatives to earmark tobacco taxes for health coverage and tobacco control. The petitioners, in an online action coordinated by the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA), are demanding, among others, that the Nigerian government should tax tobacco products and earmark the taxes to fund tobacco control and health coverage for ...

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Lagos raises concern over respiratory disease outbreak in schools

Prof. Akinola Abayomi

The Disease Surveillance Team of the Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH) says it has identified what appears to be a sporadic increase in upper respiratory tract infections characterised by cough, catarrh, fever and weakness across some schools in the state. Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Abayomi Health Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Abayomi, who made the disclosure in a statement ...

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Prince Harry inaugurates ‘looking up’ campaign to preserve trees

Prince Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry on Monday, September 30, 2019 inaugurated a “looking up” campaign to preserve trees, urging people to post their photographs to a National Geographic Instagram account that he would guest-edit. Prince Harry with his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex Harry, who is on a tour of southern Africa, wants to “encourage people from all over the world ...

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Philanthropists tasked on humanitarian intervention in health sector

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

The Federal Government has called on philanthropists and wealthy Nigerians to continue to support it through humanitarian intervention in all sectors of the country. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, cutting the tape for the shipment of first batch of 14 containers of medical equipment/supplies and educational materials by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation to Nigeria. Sir Emeka Offor and ...

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58% of Europe’s native tree species under threat – Report

Nigeria REDD+

More than half of the tree species that only grow in Europe are at risk of going extinct, according to a study published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Friday, September 27, 2019. Over half of the trees that grow only in Europe are at a risk of going extinct. Photo credit: UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay/Oddar Meanchey ...

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Industry leaders want Africa’s Great Green Wall actualised by 2030

Great Green Wall

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit, global leaders from government, business and civil society have issued a call to action to grow an 8000 kilometre wall of trees across the entire width of the African continent. Great Green Wall The Great Green Wall, an African-led movement, aims to, at once, drive forward climate-smart solutions and bring back life to ...

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Sanwo-Olu: Don’t ban okada, fix the roads, enforce traffic law – Abiodun

Okada in Lagos

The current public debate among Lagosians is about the news that the Lagos State Government (LASG) is considering total ban on the use of commercial motorcycle (popularly called okada) for public transport in Lagos State. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, gave the hint that the total ban on okada is among options being considered as a last resort in taming ...

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Inadequate funding, policies, others hamper patient safety in Africa – WHO

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lamented that there are many challenges confronting the strengthening of health systems, hence, frustrating patient safety in Africa. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Photo credit: Patient safety, according to the WHO, is the absence of preventable harm to a patient and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm ...

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