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Scientists call for coordinated action on obesity, under-nutrition, climate change

Prof. Boyd Swinburn

A new international report linking obesity, under-nutrition and climate change is calling for strong global actions to address all three issues at once. Prof. Boyd Swinburn The Lancet Obesity Commission report published on Monday, January 28, 2019 argued that, to address the three interconnected pandemics, leaders must take a hard line against powerful vested commercial interests. Prof. Boyd Swinburn from ...

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Forestry institute crucial to Ogoniland cleanup – Zarma

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

Minister of Environment, Hassan Suleiman Zarma, has said that the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria Ibadan (FRIN) has a very crucial role to play in the cleanup of Ogoniland especially in the re-establishment of the mangroves and general restoration of remediated land. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment The minister who stated this at the weekend during his working ...

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Lassa fever: Centre advocates personal, environmental hygiene

Isaac Adewole

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is creating more awareness to educate Nigerians on the prevention of Lassa fever. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole Ms Elsie Ilori, Head, National Working Committee on Lassa fever, said this while giving update on the latest outbreak of the disease in the country on Channels Television on Saturday, January 26, 2019 ...

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CPC begins clamp-down on violators of Tobacco Act

CPC Enforcement Team

In line with a recent submission by its Director-General, Babatunde Irukera, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has began enforcing the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act provision banning sale of cigarettes in single sticks and to minors. CPC Enforcement Team in Jabi Market, Abuja The CPC in a two-day exercise on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, 2019 in Abuja ...

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Food packaging said to be safer in glassware than plastics

glassware packaging

An ecologist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, says that it is safer to use glassware in packaging or storing food instead of plastic materials. Glassware food packaging Inyamkume, the Executive Director, Ambassadors of Dialogue, Climate and Reintegration, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), said this on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that ...

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Government, Global Fund sign $71.2m agreement to fight TB, others

Dr Osagie Ehanire

The Federal Government and Global Fund has signed a funding support agreement worth $71,216,215 for the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire A statement signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations in the Ministry of Health, quoted the Health Minister of State, Dr Osagie Ehanire, as saying that ...

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Hot foods in polythene bags are contaminated by chemicals, says ecologist

Food in polythene bags

An ecologist, Mrs Nnenna Didigu, says hot foods packaged in polythene bags are harmful to human health because they are usually contaminated with the chemicals used in producing the bags. Hot food in polythene bags Didigu, the Executive Director, Developing Communities for Sustainability Organisation, an NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, January 21, 2019. ...

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Global health threats: WHO to implement new strategic plan

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will in 2019 commence the implementation of the organisation’s new five-year strategic plan to address some of the major global health threats. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images The WHO, which disclosed this in its newsletter on Thursday, January ...

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Utilising cowpea for national nutritional enhancement


A recent review of the National Nutritional Report from 2003 to 2016 has shown that about 70 percent of children ages six to 23 months in Nigeria are not receiving the minimum acceptable diet as the nation’s overall child nutritional status is on a serious decline. Cowpea These children have severely low weight for their height and are at risk ...

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Uganda intensifies Ebola screening at international airport

Entebbe International Airport

Uganda has intensified Ebola screening at Entebbe International Airport to prevent the disease from spreading from the neighbouring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Entebbe International Airport Emmanuel Ainebyoona, ministry of health spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone on Monday, January 14, 2019 that all passengers arriving through Entebbe airport, about 40 km south of the capital, Kampala are screened of ...

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