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Kaduna teachers given free eye screening

Eye_Screening

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has provided  free eye screening exercise for its members in the Jaba Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. NUT state chairman, Titus Amba, commended the union branch office in the LGA for its foresight. NUT State Public Relations Officer, Dauda Bahago, represented the chairman at the event held in Kwoi town. He said ...

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2,239 pregnant women tested HIV positive in 2014, says report

preg-women

No fewer than 2,239 women where tested HIV positive in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria in 2014. This was contained in a report released on the update of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS in the state. Malam Lawal Abubakar, Secretary Kaduna State PMTCT, TWG disclosed this while Presenting a paper at a  one day seminar on (PMTCT) ...

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TB drug candidate advanced into clinical testing

A TB patient

TBA-354 is the first potential tuberculosis drug to advance to Phase 1 trial in six years The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) has announced the start of the first human trial of a new tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate, designated TBA-354. It is the first new TB drug candidate to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial since 2009. “There ...

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Human health benefits from protecting biodiversity, says report

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary

A report on biodiversity and health launched on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health. The report, titled: “Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health,” demonstrates that the relationship between biodiversity and human health is extensive and complex. It ...

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Kaduna offers free health insurance care

Alhaji Samaila Aliyu

Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Samaila Aliyu, has facilitated the enrolment of 2,000 people into the Community-Based Social Health Insurance Scheme in Makarfi Local Government Area of the state. The Commissioner, who hails from the local government, also settled their contribution to enable them enjoy free access to health care services for the next one year. He said, “Two thousand people ...

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Rotary releases $8.1 million to end polio in Nigeria

Polio immunisation

Nigeria marks progress, having gone six months without a case of polio As Nigeria marks six months without a new case of polio, Rotary has announced $8.1 in grants to help the country in its final push to eradicate the disease within its borders. The funds will be used by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF to support polio ...

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Worry over mother-to-child HIV transmission

HIV-AIDS

Against the backdrop of the World AIDS Day 2014, Development Communications (DevComs) Network and its partners on the NOTAGAIN Campaign urge the Nigerian government to save women and children’s lives by adequately investing in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PTMCT) and maternal health care for a healthy nation. This appeal is premised on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation in the Global ...

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Reports link US health challenges to GM crop, mobile tech, others

A new study has exposed the risks of genetic contamination from GM crop pollen. Results from 10 years of monitoring finds that the EU 20-30 meter buffer zone recommended to protect against genetic contamination from Bt maize crops is well below the distances pollen is able to travel. Authors conclude that a buffer zone of 1 km is needed if ...

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Mercury: CSOs demand end to Africa’s use of dental amalgam

Over 30 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), including the Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev) Nigeria, have signed a declaration calling for Africa to be the first continent on the planet to end the use of mercury in dental care. Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury, a major neurotoxin. According to the activists, its continuous use is not justified because ...

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World Contraception Day: Experts clamour improved access to contraceptives

In a bid to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, experts have urged government to increase access to family planning commodities on this year’s World Contraceptive Day. The need to increase contraceptive use among sexually active people in Nigeria is critical to reducing unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. According to the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2013), about 23 ...

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