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UNODC restates need to check rising menace of drug abuse

Yury Fedotov

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has stressed the need to check the rising menace of Pharmaceutical drug abuse among youths in Nigeria by the government at all levels. Mr Sylvester Atere, the Communication Officer of the UNODC, made this call in a statement on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Abuja. He said the presentation of the ...

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Groups fault MAN on new excise duty on tobacco


The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has called on the Federal Government to discountenance the call by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) for a reconsideration of the new excise duty on tobacco products. Minister of Finance, Dr. Kemi Adeosun, had last month announced that, under the new excise regime, in addition to an existing 20 per cent ad-valorem rate, ...

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World TB Day: Pathologist advocates measures to curb misdiagnosis

Isaac Adewole

Misdiagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) cases remains one of the major challenges in the treatment of the disease, says Mr Chidobu Anayo, Chemical Pathologist, El-Lab Medical Diagnostics and Research Centre, Lagos. According to him, lack of trained personnel, limitation in diagnostics tools and lack of follow-up are issues that need to be addressed in managing the disease. While speaking on World ...

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Cholera, Lassa fever kill 14 in Bauchi

Zuwaira Hassan

The Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Zuwaira Hassan, on Friday, March 23, 2018 confirmed that 14 people died in the state following outbreak of cholera and Lassa fever. Hassan made this known while briefing newsmen at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU- TH) Bauchi during her visit to the cholera quarantine ward. According to her, nine people died as a ...

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On the trail of Lassa fever in southern Nigeria


Nafissa Ikerodah is both a detective and diplomat of sorts. On a Saturday morning in early March, the Disease Surveillance Officer in Edo State area rushes to a household where a man has just died of Lassa fever. The young father left behind two sons who show symptoms of the infectious disease. Nafissa wants to get the children to a ...

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Government told to distance Nigeria from Ugandan position on ILO partnerships with tobacco industry

Dr. Chris Ngige

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and other delegates attending the meeting of the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to support calls for the ILO to cut ties with Big Tobacco. ERA/FoEN said that Nigeria has to declare its stand unequivocally in ...

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Inhaling of particulate matters can cause cancer, says NiMET

Generator Pollution

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has advised Nigerians to be cautious of Particulate Matters (PMs) caused by air pollution, saying it can cause cancer. Mrs Olaniyan Olumide, the Assistant General Manager, Central Forecast Office of NiMET, gave the advice on Friday, March 16, 2018 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Anyigba, Kogi State. Olumide spoke ...

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ERA lauds upward review of excise duty on tobacco


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has commended the Federal Government over the increase of excise duty on tobacco products in the newly-announced approved amendment of excise duty rates which also affects alcohol. Under the new dispensation, in addition to the existing 20 per cent ad-valorem rate, each stick of cigarette will attract N1 specific rate (N20 ...

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Egypt becomes first Eastern Mediterranean nation to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

Jaouad Mahjour

Egypt has become the first country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the latest in the world to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem. Egypt’s success, according to the WHO, comes after almost two decades of implementing sustained control and prevention measures (including mass treatment of populations) and surveillance in affected/at-risk ...

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ILO told to sever ties with tobacco industry


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has thrown its weight behind global calls for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to cut ties with Big Tobacco. The group insists that the ILO engagements with Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation, a non-profit funded by tobacco companies since 2002, reflects a conflict of interest in the United Nations ...

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