Friday 22nd February 2019
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Africa requires bold leadership to eradicate Ebola – ECA

Giovanie Biha

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Africa requires bold leadership at different tiers of government and society. ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha Ms Giovani Biha, the Deputy Executive Director, said this in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a meeting to share information with member States on EVD, preparedness, vaccines and therapeutics. ...

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How weather affects Nigeria’s electoral processes, by environmentalist

Helicopter crash

An environmentalist, Mr Toyin Oshaniwa, has said that weather could play a fast one on the electoral process in Nigeria. Oshaniwa, founder of Nature Cares Resources Centre, a not-for-profit organisation, said in Lagos on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 that the year’s electoral process had in one way or another sparked surprises due to weather conditions. Owners of the helicopter that ...

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Health workers who steal drugs culpable for deaths, says Ugandan minister

Uganda health

Minister of health, Dr. Jane Aceng, has said some of the deaths that happen in Uganda are as a result of health workers who steal drugs from government facilities. L-R: NMS board chair, Dr Jotham Musunguzi; health minister, Dr Ruth Acheng; American ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac; and NMS general manager, Moses Kamabare, on arrival for the launch of the ...

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Hong Kong proposes to ban E-cigarettes

Tobacco Harm Reduction

The Hong Kong Government has proposed to ban E-cigarettes and may impose a maximum penalty of a fine of $6,370 and six months’ imprisonment on anyone who sells or promotes E-cigarettes. E-cigarette: An alternative to cigarette smoking The government has prohibited bringing in, making, selling, distributing, or promoting alternative smoking products including E-cigarettes in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ...

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AU, AfDB launch scorecard to track nutrition progress

King Letsie III

The African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and global partners on Monday, February 11, 2019 launched the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard to raise awareness and reinforce commitments by African governments to help end malnutrition. King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho and African Union Champion for Nutrition, and Dr. Akinwumi ...

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Ethiopia enacts law to curb growing tobacco epidemic

tobacco smoking

Ethiopia’s parliament has approved a public health legislation that observers believe will become one of Africa’s strongest laws on reducing tobacco use. Passed unanimously by parliament, the Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation is expected to save lives and protect over 105 million people in Africa’s second most populous nation. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The new ...

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WHO increases support on Lassa fever in W/Africa

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday, February 10, 2019 said it has increased its efforts to support West African countries in the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Photo credit: This was made known in a statement by the Communications Manager, Collins Boakye-Agyemang, in Abuja. Boakye-Agyemang said that ...

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Rotten tomatoes can cause cancer, says expert


A nutritionist, Mrs Toyin Aliu, has said that the consumption of rotten tomatoes, popularly known as “esa”, can cause cancer. Tomatoes. Photo credit: Aliu, who is of the College of Health Technology, Offa, Kwara State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 that maggots infested tomatoes could cause bacterial poisoning when consumed. “The fungi ...

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UK varsity partners FIIRO, others on Nigeria’s green economy transition


The University of Reading in the United Kingdom says it is partnering with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) to achieve green economy transition in Nigeria. Cross section of participants at the workshop Prof. Chuks Okereke of the university made this known on Monday, February 4, 2019 at a forum held in Lagos. The theme of the workshop was: “Green ...

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Concern over poor implementation of urban planning law

Awa Kalu

A legal practioner, Awa Kalu, has decried a drawback in the implementation of the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Act of 2004 by the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP). Awa Kalu Kalu made this known while delivering a lecture entitled “Professionals and Leadership’’at the investiture of the 23rd National President of NITP, Mr Lekwa Ezutah, and its executive members ...

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