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UN identifies antimicrobial resistance from pollution as biggest emerging health threats

Erik Solheim

Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to discharge of drugs and particular chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from UN Environment that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in the environmental space. Launched during the United Nations Environment Assembly at UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi, “The Frontiers Report” looks at six areas: ...

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Two million children immunised against polio in four states

Polio immunisation

The Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in conjunction with UNICEF said it immunised more than two million children against polio in rural communities of Jigawa, Niger, Taraba and Zamfara states in the past one year. Dr. Esther Obinya, a UNICEF health specialist and the National Coordinator of the Hard To Reach (HTR) project, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in ...

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World AIDS Day: Government urged on healthcare insurance for sufferers

Isaac Adewole

A non-govenmental organisation (NGO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has urged Federal Government to adopt healthcare insurance scheme for people living with HIV/AIDS to reduce dependency on donor funds for its treatment and prevention. Dr Kema Onu, the Site Coordinator of AHF Nigeria, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Onu spoke on ...

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10,000 Nigerians die of cancer annually


The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday, December 1, 2017 in Abuja said 10,000 people die annually due to agony and lack of basic equipment for treatment of cancer. Adewole said at the inauguration of the National Hospital’s Radiotherapy Centre with new Multilleave Lenear Accelerator for cancer treatment. He attributed the number of deaths to lack of necessarily equipment ...

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AIDS still an epidemic among children – UNICEF


Eighteen children in every hour were infected with HIV last year. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that this was a sign of scant progress in protecting the world’s young from the deadly AIDS-causing virus. At the current rate of infection, there will be 3.5 million new cases of HIV among adolescents by 2030, according to projections in the ...

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FCTA to immunise 1m children against polio, other diseases


The Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Development Board says it is targeting one million children in the territory to immunise against polio and other childhood diseases. Dr Mathew Ashikeni, the Executive Secretary of the Board, disclosed this at the inauguration of the 16th round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in Abuja on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Ashikeni ...

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World AIDS Day: Group wants government commitment to health of Nigerians


A non-governmental organisation (NGO), APIN Public Health Initiative, has called on government at all levels to invest in the health of Nigerians by showing commitment to ownership and sustainability of HIV and AIDS response. Dr Prosper Okonkwo, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, said this on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Abuja, while briefing newsmen as part of activities ...

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Global malaria control progress stalls, says report


After unprecedented global success in malaria control progress has stalled, according to the World Malaria Report 2017. There were an estimated five million more malaria cases in 2016 than in 2015. Malaria deaths stood at around 445,000, a similar number to the previous year. “In recent years, we have made major gains in the fight against malaria,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom ...

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One in 10 drugs sold in developing countries fake or substandard – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says one in 10 drugs sold in developing countries is fake or substandard, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, many of them of African children given ineffective treatments for pneumonia and malaria. In a major review of the problem, the WHO said that bogus drugs are a growing threat as increased pharmaceutical trade, including ...

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Misuse of antibiotics in livestock, poultry causes resistance in humans

Poultry farming

A medical laboratory scientist with the National Veterinary Research Institute, Mr Solomon Chollom, says the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry can also make humans resistant to the drug. Chollom made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Jos, Plateau State. He explained that not many people pay ...

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