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Reducing malaria burden through increased research

Isaac Adewole

The war against malaria has been on for long, but still seems far from ending as malaria remains endemic and life-threatening in developing countries including Nigeria. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole Medical experts blame malaria prevalence on several factors including inadequate funds, drug counterfeiting, malaria resistance to drugs, mosquito’s resistance to insecticides and global warming. Analysts also identified dearth of ...

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WFP secures $7m from China for food aid in South Sudan

Adnan Khan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it has received $7 million contribution from China to bolster its food and nutrition assistance in South Sudan where some five million people are food insecure. Adnan Khan, WFP country director in South Sudan Adnan Khan, WFP country director in South Sudan, said in a statement on Thursday, January 3, 2019 that ...

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Mozambique launches contingency plan against water-borne diseases

Filipe Nyusi

Mozambican health authorities on Thursday, January 3, 2019 in Maputo launched a contingency plan to prevent water-borne diseases particularly cholera, by activating treatment centres and awareness campaigns as the second rainy season began in January. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique Sheila Castro, the Chief Medical Officer of the Maputo City Health Directorate, made the disclosure. “We have started with campaigns ...

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Physicians seek law to curtail environmental carcinogens


Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decried inadequate cancer reportage and legislation and called for laws to curtail environmental carcinogens in the country. Dr Francis Faduyile, President, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) at a press conference The association made the call in a communiqué issued by Dr Francis Faduyile, NMA President, at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on ...

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Government inaugurates four-year Action Plan for Health Security

Isaac Adewole

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated the National Action Plan for Health Security for the Year 2018 to 2022, to strengthen response in 19 public health threats and improve response to health emergencies. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole Inaugurating the plan on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Abuja,the minister said the implementation would help to entrench and ...

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Tons of antibiotics harmful to human health found in pork

Victor Yamo

More than 12,000 tons of antibiotics that are harmful to human health has been found in pork in Kenya, an official with the World Animal Protection said. Victor Yamo Victor Yamo said that symptoms of the overuse of antibiotics in pig farming are now contributing to the superbug crisis. “Traces of antibiotics have been traced in supermarkets where pork is ...

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Drug abuse threatens Africa’s security, health, rule of law

Jane Marie Ongolo

Drug abuse is a significant threat to security, health, rule of law and sustainable development in Africa, an African Union (AU) official has said. Jane Marie Ongolo Jane Marie Ongolo, head of the Social Welfare Division at the AU Commission, said that Africa is faced with many problems lately because it has become a major transit route in the global ...

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U.S. official calls for joint efforts in management of drugs abuse

Kirsten Madison

A senior U.S. government official has called for joint efforts in the management of drugs abuse. Kirsten Madison Kirsten Madison, U.S. Department of State’s Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), said that, with the increasing cases of alcohol and drug abuse, there is need to combine skills, experience and knowledge to help tackle ...

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Scientists to test tailor-made vaccine tech to fight flu, Ebola, Rabies


A global coalition set up to fight disease epidemics is investing up to $8.4 million to develop a synthetic vaccine system that could be tailor-made to fight multiple pathogens such as flu, Ebola, Marburg and Rabies. The deal, between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and a team of scientists at Britain’s Imperial College London, is aimed at progressing ...

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Chinese scientists develop bioactive material for skin regeneration

Skin regeneration

Chinese scientists have designed a new biodegradable and bioactive material that can enhance wound-healing and skin regeneration. It is difficult for skin wounds to completely heal in cases of large-area burns, severe microbial infections and diabetes. Chronic wounds greatly increase the pain and medical costs of patients. There is, therefore, a great need for biomedical materials that can facilitate wound-healing ...

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