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Ethiopia enacts law to curb growing tobacco epidemic

tobacco smoking

Ethiopia’s parliament has approved a public health legislation that observers believe will become one of Africa’s strongest laws on reducing tobacco use. Passed unanimously by parliament, the Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation is expected to save lives and protect over 105 million people in Africa’s second most populous nation. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The new ...

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WHO increases support on Lassa fever in W/Africa

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday, February 10, 2019 said it has increased its efforts to support West African countries in the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Photo credit: pbs.twimg.com This was made known in a statement by the Communications Manager, Collins Boakye-Agyemang, in Abuja. Boakye-Agyemang said that ...

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Rotten tomatoes can cause cancer, says expert


A nutritionist, Mrs Toyin Aliu, has said that the consumption of rotten tomatoes, popularly known as “esa”, can cause cancer. Tomatoes. Photo credit: authorityngr.com Aliu, who is of the College of Health Technology, Offa, Kwara State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 that maggots infested tomatoes could cause bacterial poisoning when consumed. “The fungi ...

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UK varsity partners FIIRO, others on Nigeria’s green economy transition


The University of Reading in the United Kingdom says it is partnering with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) to achieve green economy transition in Nigeria. Cross section of participants at the workshop Prof. Chuks Okereke of the university made this known on Monday, February 4, 2019 at a forum held in Lagos. The theme of the workshop was: “Green ...

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Concern over poor implementation of urban planning law

Awa Kalu

A legal practioner, Awa Kalu, has decried a drawback in the implementation of the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Act of 2004 by the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP). Awa Kalu Kalu made this known while delivering a lecture entitled “Professionals and Leadership’’at the investiture of the 23rd National President of NITP, Mr Lekwa Ezutah, and its executive members ...

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Japan battles influenza epidemic, Cold snap hits Britain

UK snow

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said on Friday, February 1, 2019 that the nation is contending with a flu epidemic with a record-high number of patients being diagnosed. Heavy snowfalls in Britain as blizzards make walking and driving treacherous. Photo credit: Mirror According to the ministry, an average of 57.09 patients were diagnosed with influenza at each medical ...

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Ibrahim Thiaw emerges new head of UNCCD

Ibrahim Thiaw

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, following consultations with the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), on Thursday, January 31, 2019 announced the appointment of Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as the next Executive Secretary of the UNCCD. Ibrahim Thiaw He will succeed Monique Barbut of France, to whom the Secretary-General is ...

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Nigeria gets $29m grant to fight TB

Isaac Adewole

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) says the Global Funds has provided 29 million dollars grant to help fight against Tuberculosis (TB) in the country. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole Dr Patrick Dakum, Chief Executive Officer, IHVN, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, January 39, 2019, stressed that ...

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Top EU Court upholds regulations on flavoured tobacco

Flavoured tobacco

An EU regulation that phases out the sale of flavoured “roll your own’’ tobacco is valid, the Top EU Court said on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Flavoured tobacco The decision concerns a German firm, Planta Tabak, that filed a lawsuit protesting a 2014 EU prohibition on the sale of certain flavoured tobacco products. The ban was justified on the grounds ...

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Kenya set to launch food safety authority

Kenya farmer

Kenya is set to launch the Kenya Food and Drug Authority (KFDA) to help promote food safety, a government official said on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. A Kenyan smallholder farmer Harry Kimutai, Principal Secretary of the State Department for Livestock, said this during a forum on milk quality and safety in Nairobi. “The authority is expected to ensure that populations ...

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