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World Breastfeeding Week: Husbands urged to encourage exclusive breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Some health stakeholders in Nasarawa State have urged husbands to help promote and support six months exclusive breastfeeding by encouraging their wives. The stakeholders made their opinions known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state where the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week was kicked off ...

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Researchers link dangerous foodborne pathogen to centipedes

Centipede

A dangerous foodborne parasite typically found in snails and other mollusks was detected in two patients in a Chinese hospital and traced to their consumption of raw wild centipedes, according to a new case report published on Monday, July 30, 2018 by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Researchers from the Southern Medical University and Zhujiang Hospital in Guangzhou ...

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World Hepatitis Day: Urgent increase in hepatitis testing, treatment needed – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have called on countries to urgently increase hepatitis testing and treatment services in order to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The calls come in the lead-up to World Hepatitis Day 2018 to be observed on Saturday, July 28, The Day focuses on the theme: “Test.Treat.Hepatitis.” WHO Director-General, Dr ...

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WHO declares DRC Ebola-free

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been declared over by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Speaking from the country’s capital, Kinshasa, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, hailed the “tireless efforts” of local teams in combating the deadly disease, which claimed 29 lives, and infected dozens more. The WHO chief also commended the concerted national ...

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123m infants received vaccine in 2017, WHO, UNICEF say

Polio

UN agencies said a record-breaking of about 123 million, or nine out of 10, infants, received at least one dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2017 globally. The vaccines protected the 123 million children from deadly infectious diseases, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The data said an additional 4.6 million infants were vaccinated globally ...

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WHO, partners reiterate commitment to improved health globally

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will continue to work to ensure that people everywhere in the world, especially in middle income countries, are able to obtain quality health services when and where they need it. The organisation said this in a New Joint Report released recently by it, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World ...

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World Population Day: Family planning key to addressing population explosion

Family planning

As the world celebrates the 2018 World Population Day on July 11 with the theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”, the Development Communications (DevComs) Network says it supports the promotion and mainstreaming of information and service delivery on family planning as one of the key strategies to control the continuous population growth in Nigeria. This, adds the group, is especially important ...

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72,000 cancer patients die annually in Nigeria

Isaac Adewole

Former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi, says that out of 102,000 cases of cancer recorded annually, 72,000 patients die. Rafindadi, a Professor of pathology at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, made the disclosure at the 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAM) in Birnin Kebbi, capital of Kebbi State, ...

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How abandoned ‘heavily pregnant, physically-challenged woman’ got a lifeline

LASAM

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Lagos State Accountability for Maternal and Newborn Health (LASAM), appears to have gone beyond its call of duty to rescuing and bringing hope to a physically-challenged woman, abandoned by her husband on the last week of pregnancy. LASAM, which is visibly known for aggressively championing adequate budgetary allocation to the health sector with particularly interest ...

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Air pollution contributes to diabetes – Study

Air pollution

A research of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis links outdoor air pollution, even at levels deemed safe, to an increased risk of diabetes globally. Researchers at the university, in collaboration with scientists at the Veterans Affairs’ Clinical Epidemiology Centre, examined the relationship between particulate matter and the risk of diabetes. They first analysed data from 1.7 million ...

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