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Malnutrition: NGO unveils 3-year nutrition project for children

Kaduna A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Save the Children International (SCI), based in Kaduna, has inaugurated a Nutrition Advocacy Project from 2018 to 2020 for child survival through the provision of adequate nutrition. SCI’s Nutrition Advocacy Adviser, Malam Isa Ibrahim, said at the inaugural meeting yesterday that the project would be implemented at the national level […]

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Minimally invasive spine surgery in Abuja, by Dr. Biodun Ogungbo

Spine surgery is an individual thing. Operations are designed specifically for each patient and what Joe had may not be suitable for Adamu. Operations are often designed to achieve one of two results: remove pain or to free the nerve from compression. The pain may be coming because of instability of the bones or pressure […]

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Passing healthy habits on to your children

Part of your responsibility as a parent is to teach your children how to lead healthy lives. The best time to start teaching these lessons is when they are young. This helps them avoid making unhealthy choices and developing lifelong bad habits. It is important that parents set a good example. Telling your kids what […]

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Meningitis claims 4 in Niger

Minna At least four persons have been confirmed dead due to the outbreak of cerebro-spinal meningitis “Sterotype C” in Niger State. The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril, said 31 cases have been reported, out of which there have been nine laboratory confirmed cases. Confirming this yesterday at a press briefing in Minna, Jibril […]

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Edo records 521 suspected cases of Lassa fever

Benin The Director of Disease Control in Edo State, have said the state has recorded 521 suspected cases of Lassa fever this month. The Director, Dr. Osamuwonyi Irowa, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Emergency Operation Centre on Lassa fever, yesterday in Benin, the Edo State capital. He said 124 cases have been confirmed […]

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Epidemics: ECOWAS opens regional centre for surveillance, disease control in Nigeria

Abuja The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has opened its Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) office in Abuja. The centre will work with ECOWAS to promote health security in the region, and will begin operation with 11 staff recruited from across the region. While declaring the centre open yesterday in […]

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WHO donates N8.4m facilities for disease surveillance in Jigawa

Dutse The World Health Organisation (WHO) has donated 28 fleet of N8.4million worth motorcycles to Jigawa state for surveillance and monitoring of impact of strategies aimed at tracking and reducing disease burden in the state. Presenting the 28 motor cycles to the state government through the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Zakari Umar, the WHO […]

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9,800 Zamfara patients with eye defects receive free treatment

Gusau Zamfara state government has concluded arrangement to render free eye treatment and special clinical operation services to over 9,800 people suffering from eyes problems across the state. Speaking at the formal flag up of the free eye treatment held at King Fahad Women and Children Hospital in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital yesterday, state […]

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Lassa fever: Delta records 3 deaths, 7 cases

Delta state has recorded three cases of deaths since the outbreak of Lassa fever while 24 persons have been placed under surveillance. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, who stated this in a press release in Asaba disclosed that since the outbreak on January 26, two of the three deaths were from Anambra […]

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NHIS controversy: Yusuf’s long-drawn battle with minister, HMOs

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been dogged by several crises since the appointment of Prof. Usman Yusuf, as the Executive Secretary (ES) by President Muhammadu Buhari, majorly as a result of long-drawn battle him and the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) as well as staff of the agency. […]

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Bayelsa state embarks on measles vaccine exercise.

Bayelsa state yesterday said it will embark on measles vaccination campaign starting from 1st to 13th of March, 2018. The commissioner for health, Proffessor Ebitimitula Etebu  in the company of his Education and information counterparts made this known in Yenagoa during a press conference. The exercise the commissioner said will be in two phases staring […]

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Participants brainstorm on sickle cell detection

Members of Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria (SCSSN) in conjunction with Silver Lake Research Corporation, Asuza, California, have brainstormed on Haemo TypeSC, a novel point of care test for the detection of sickle cell disease. Presenting a lecture entitled Newborn Screening, the Vice-chairman of Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria (SCSSN), Prof. Obiageli Nnodu, […]

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Oyo approves compulsory health insurance for workers, students

The Oyo State Executive Council has said it has made the enrolment for its health insurance compulsory for all civil and public servants in the state. It stated that this decision was is in line with the provision of Section 16, Sub Section 1 of the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) Law of 2016. […]

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How Kano CSOs mobilised to get state’s 2018 health budget pushed to 13%

ADAM ALQALI reports on how the efforts of civil society organisations in Kano state led to increase in the state’s 2018 health budget from less than 10% to over 13%, which saw the state edged closer to achieving the 15% target of the 2001 Abuja Declaration Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is one of the […]

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Lagos donates N365m mobile clinic for cancer treatment

Lagos Lagos state government, yesterday, handed over a mobile cancer centre for the diagnosis and treatment of residents afflicted with cancer-related diseases. The effort, according to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, would as well increase advocacy in the area and prevent the spread of the scourge. Governor Ambode, who spoke while handing over the facility to representatives […]

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Infertility: NGO alerts on rising PDI in females

Women Connect Initiative (WCI), an NGO, has alerted Nigerians on the increasing spate of Prolonged Diagnosed Infections (PDI). Mr Victor Osae, the NGO’s Director of Programmes, said this at the launch of an awareness campaign to reduce its prevalence in rural areas of Kaduna State, yesterday in Zaria. According to the NGO, if PDI is […]