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Lead poisoning: Artisanal mining and matters arising

Lead poisoning in Nigeria

On many occasions, stakeholders have criticised the activities of artisanal gold miners with an observation that they process their gold ores within areas where citizens, especially children, are exposed to lead-laden dust. 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 ...

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UN chief mourns Ethiopian Airlines crash victims

Ethiopian Airlines crash

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed sadness at the tragic loss of lives in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday near Addis Ababa. The site where an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on March, 10, 2019. In a statement in New York by Mr Stephane Dujarric, his spokesman, Guterres conveyed his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims’ families and loved ...

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Fight against Ebola in Congo hinges on development aid – WHO

Ebola victim

The fight against Congo’s Ebola outbreak could fail unless the overall living situation in affected areas is improved, a senior World Health Organisation (WHO) official says on Sunday, March 10, 2019. A health worker feeds a boy suspected of having the Ebola virus “In parallel to efforts to rein in the deadly virus, it is necessary to build up local ...

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Women’s Day: Women crucial in tobacco control – ERA

Female smoker

As the world commemorates the 2019 International Women’s Day, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged women and gender rights groups across the country to support the federal government’s current tobacco control efforts and calls for speedy approval of the Regulations for full enforcement of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015. A young breast-feeding mother smoking: ...

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A case for effective regulation of tobacco products

Tobacco Harm Reduction

The article titled “A case for Prudent Regulation of the Tobacco Industry” written by one Akeem Ogunlade of the Centre for Promotion of Enterprise and Business Best Practices is a fascinating read for followers of the public discourse about getting Nigeria to implement effective measures towards reducing tobacco addiction and its associated public health impacts. Alternatives to cigarette smoking can ...

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Children living near green space less likely to develop mental health disorders – Study

LUFASI Nature Park

Children who grow up near green space have up to 55 per cent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life, a Danish study suggested. Children at a nature park in Lagos The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. of America. Based on satellite data from 1985 to ...

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Two-thirds of Germans favour tobacco advertising ban, says study

tobacco smoking

More than two-thirds of Germans are in favour of a complete ban on advertising for tobacco products, a study released on Monday, February 25, 2019 showed. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health Sixty-nine per cent of respondents to a survey commissioned by the German Insurance Association said they would favour a ban, while only 27 per cent ...

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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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