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Water expert says dehydration causes memory loss

Water bottles

The Chief Medical Director, Living Standard Hospital, Benin City in Edo State, Jide Owolana, said on Tusday, October 9, 2018 that dehydration of the human body could lead to memory loss. Owolana, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), also said humans should reduce the amount of soft drinks and alcohol they take. The medical ...

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Malaysia eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

Shin Young-soo

Malaysia has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, October 8, 2018 in Manila. “Malaysia today became the first country in the WHO Western Pacific Region to be certified as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis,’’ WHO said in a statement. Shin Young-soo, WHO regional director for the Western ...

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Governments wary of new products as tobacco talks close


At the end of the eighth session of the global tobacco treaty (WHO- FCTC) negotiations on Saturday, October 6, 2018, governments unanimously adopted policies that eliminate loopholes Big Tobacco allegedly use to gain access to the talks, redouble defenses against evolving industry tactics, and mandate a study on new tobacco products, which are said to pose a threat to public ...

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WHO launches vaccination drive in Zimbabwe to stem cholera outbreak

Emmerson Mnangagwa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 started a drive to vaccinate 1.4 million Zimbabweans amid a cholera outbreak that has killed 49 people in the capital Harare so far. Almost 140 people have been infected with the disease that is most often transmitted by contaminated water, according to the WHO. The vaccination campaign will be rolled ...

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Nigeria showcases tobacco control progress, commits to curb use

Nigeria tobacco

Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has urged the global community to promote guidelines and international cooperation that will protect public health policies from commercial interests of tobacco companies. Ehanire, who spoke at the ongoing Eight Conference of Parties of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) holding in Geneva, Switzerland, disclosed that Nigerian has ...

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UNICEF decries lack of awareness on maternal neonatal disease

maternal mortality

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) health specialist, Mr Hilary Ozoh, has decried the low-level public awareness of the deadly Maternal Neonatal Tetanus disease (MNT) ahead of the Oct. 18, commencement 2018 MNT elimination campaign. Ozoh made the assertion at the opening of a one-day media orientation forum for 2018 MNTE campaign holding in Benin City, Edo State. MNT is a ...

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Industry infiltration dominates debate as tobacco treaty talks begin

Nigerian delegation at COP8

Nigeria and 180 other countries meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) have expressed worry about tobacco industry influencing the talks. At the conference which began on Monday, October 1, 2018 (and is billed to end October 6), calls for live-streaming of the discussions ...

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181 countries to tackle Big Tobacco at global treaty talks


In a few days, as many as 181 countries will converge on Geneva, Switzerland, for the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) to shut off one of the last avenues of influence the tobacco industry has to interfere with public health policymaking at the talks. At the conference holding ...

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1,000 children die of diarrhea daily

Displaced children

Secretary to the Cross River State Government, Mrs Banku Agbor, has said that no fewer than 1,000 children die daily worldwide due to preventable diarrhea. She stated this on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the celebration of the Validation and Confirmation of Open Defecation Free (ODF) Status for Bekwarra Local Government Area, held at the Council Headquarters. According to her, ...

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Nigeria, world leaders commit to action to end TB

Muhammadu Buhari TB

To rally funding to implement the prevention and cure of tuberculosis (TB), President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other Heads of State and Government attending the ongoing and first-ever UN High-level meeting on TB to mobilise $13 billion a year by 2022 to implement TB prevention and cure, and $2 billion for research. The leaders also committed to take firm action ...

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