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Shell’s healthcare drive in Bayelsa reaches 5,000 beneficiaries


About 5,000 persons in Oloibiri area of Bayelsa State have benefitted from a health outreach organised by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture in furtherance of its Health-in-Motion campaign. Working closely with the Bayelsa State Government, Ogbia Local Government Council and other partners, SPDC took the comprehensive health outreach to 18 communities giving the beneficiaries ...

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Civil society charts Africa’s path to mercury-free dentistry


To celebrate Africa’s second annual Mercury-Free Dentistry Day, the African Centre for Environmental Health on Monday October 13 joined civil society groups across the continent by releasing a plan on how the continent can leapfrog into pollution-free dentistry. According to scientists, dental amalgam is 50% mercury, considered a dangerous neurotoxin. The pollution-free alternatives to dental amalgam are affordable, effective, and ...

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‘Cholesterol in egg prevents heart disease, breast cancer’


Stakeholders in poultry farming on Friday gathered to mark the World Egg Day to promote consumption of one-egg-per-day, saying cholesterol in egg prevents heart disease, breast cancer. The stakeholders included farmers, students, markets and egg merchants. They expressed the belief that an egg has many nutritional benefits like protein, vitamins, and cholesterol, which can reduce the risks of heart diseases. The News ...

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One out of every six people in Africa suffers mental disorder – WHO

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa,on Friday said one out of every six people in the African continent suffers mental disorder. This was contained in a press statement issued in Abuja by Charity Ahrey, the Communications Officer of WHO, to commemorate the World Mental Health Day. The statement said the theme of this year’s commemoration: ...

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19m children blind globally – Opthamologist


An ophthalmologist, Dr. Jaiyeola Adido, has said about 19 million children are blind globally. Adido, who disclosed to newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Saturday, noted that children and the aged were usually vulnerable to eye diseases in Nigeria. He identified cataract, glaucoma and diabetes as major causes of blindness world over. He emphasised the need for people to ...

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Scientists who developed malaria, elephantiasis drugs win Nobel prize for medicine


Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases, including malaria and elephantiasis, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering avermectin, a derivative of which has been used to treat hundreds of millions of people ...

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Why President Buhari should prioritise maternal, child health


The Development Communications (DevComs) Network / NOTAGAIN Campaign team insists that high maternal and child mortality rate, ineffective implementation of health policies, security threats constituted by maternal deaths, and citizens’ fundamental rights to health are major reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari must invest in maternal health in Nigeria Maternal death is one of the daunting consequences of inadequate health care ...

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ERA/FoEN, 40 others back Kenya over BAT litigation


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and about 40 other organisations from across Africa and around the world have submitted a letter of support to Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, as the Kenyan Ministry of Health prepares to defend itself from litigation brought by British American Tobacco (BAT) which the groups accuse of employing litigation to ...

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Bangladesh may ban mercury dental amalgam


Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organisation (ESDO) have urged the government to create policies in order to ban mercury dental amalgam in the country by 2016. Syed Marghub Murshed, former Secretary of Government of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO and Dr. Humayun Kabir Bulbul, the newly elected President of BDS, made the demand in a meeting ...

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‘Nigeria must not miss 2017 Polio-free certification’


President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that he will not tolerate any gap that might prevent Nigeria being certified polio-free by World Health Organisation (WHO) by the year 2017. He has, therefore, ordered the relevant agencies in the country to increase tempo of the fight against the polio virus nationwide. He gave the directive at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja ...

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