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Lagos warns on new deadly virus, ‘Coronavirus’

The Lagos State Government of Nigeria has alerted resident to the existence of a new virus in the world known as Coronavirus, which has claimed many lives in areas it has so far been reported. The state government thus called for the observance of a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene in order to reduce the risk of infection ...

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Secret of healthy living at Makoko

One thing I have noticed during my visits to Makoko in Lagos is that the people are ever smiling, lively and vibrant; and they look well fed. MakpI also noticed that they look younger than their age. Alhaji Ibrahim Aladetan, a leader in the waterside community, is 80 years old but you would take him for someone in his 50s. ...

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Remediation of lead-poisoned Bagega completed

The remediation (environmental clean-up) of Bagega, a community affected by lead poisoning, is rounding up. Located in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria, Bagega has a population of about 7,535, with about 1,500 children awaiting urgent treatment for lead poisoning. “The people of Bagega are quite happy remediation is turning out successful, thus allowing hundreds of children to get screened for lead poisoning,” ...

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Nigeria: Why polio persists

A child is born every day in Nigeria. After the birth, the mother is expected to immunise the child against some preventable childhood diseases such as polio. Polio is an infectious disease that is caused by a virus which lives in the throat and intestinal tract of an infected person. According to Dr. Ahmed Abduluahab, the Deputy Programme Manager for ...

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Lassa fever: Watch what you eat

In this era of erratic power supply, getting home at night after a hard day’s work and retiring to darkness could be depressing. For most women, the culture of buying gifts or appetizers for the kids is a time of joy and celebration as they would gladly eat whatever you present to them. But if you happen to get home ...

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Social media and creative technologies: A recipe to save Bagega

In October 2012, when members of the ‘Follow The Money Team’ were developing their website, little did they know that the hashtag #SaveBagega was going to reach a staggering 600,000 people from over 100 countries, consequently, putting more pressure on the government of Nigeria to attend to the urgent need of this ailing community. Bagega is a village community in ...

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Maternal mortality and frightening reality

In the last couple of days, I have been so close to people who lost their loved ones in the course of childbirth. The first was a friend’s cousin who went into comma after childbirth at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). She died a month later, leaving behind husband and children, among other family members. The other person was ...

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Towards a treaty to curb mercury exposure

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is seeking the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the adoption of an international agreement on mercury. In a recent correspondence to Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia, the ZMWG wants the government to be actively involved when governments meet in Geneva, Switzerland, this month for the fifth and final negotiation on the issue. ...

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Rotary commits $75 million to end polio

Rotary International has announced plans to contribute $75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as part of a worldwide effort to close a $945 million funding gap that threatens to derail the 24-year-old global health effort, even as new polio cases are at an all-time low. Rotary, which already has contributed more than $1.2 billion to stop ...

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Mailafia tasks environmental health officers

Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia, has tasked Environmental Health Officers to rededicate themselves to their work by inspecting at least 50 houses per day to remove environmental nuisance and reduce the incidences of communicable diseases, diarrhea, cholera and malaria. She said in Abuja on Monday during the inauguration of Environmental Health Practice Monitoring Committee that the officers should “abate the nuisances ...

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