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Stop stigmatising sickle cell patients- EYUM

September 16, 2020 Helen Oji 0

The founder of EYUM sickle cell Anaemia Foundation, Sandra EYUM, said during the week that sickle cell patients are stigmatised in the society. She made this statement during a television interview Tuesday in Abuja. She added that sickle cell patient should be cared for and people should stop the stigmatization against them. EYUM said the progress in combating sickle cell Read More

CISHAN: 10m Nigerians to know status through HIV self testing

September 16, 2020 Helen Oji 0

The Nigerian AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (2018) Tuesday stated that results so far shows that Nigeria was lagging behind in the move to achieve the 1st of the 95-95-95 target by 2030. The executive secretary of Civil Society for HIV/AIDs in Nigeria, Mr. Walter Ndukwe Ugwuocha, said getting 10million Nigerians to know their HIV status through HIV self testing Read More

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Nigeria to ban alcohol in sachets, polythenes, pet bottles

September 16, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

The federal government has said it will completely phase out high concentration of alcohol in sachet and small polyethylene, Terephthalate and glass bottles. A statement on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health quoted the  director-general of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, as saying during the week in Abuja that: Read More

Similarities, differences between influenza and COVID-19

September 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, comparisons have been drawn to influenza. Both cause respiratory disease, yet there are important differences between the two viruses and how they spread. This has important implications for the public health measures that can be implemented to respond to each virus. How are COVID-19 and influenza viruses similar? In the first place, COVID-19 Read More

Health sector unions’ strike’ll reduce COVID-19 gains, increase loss of lives – PTF

September 14, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 said Monday that the declaration of industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is capable of reducing the gains recorded so far on the fight against the virus and lead to more loss of lives. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of Presidential Task Force, Mr Boss Read More

Help halt spread of COVID-19, NCDC appeals to returning travelers

September 14, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has appealed to all returning travellers to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols in order to ensure that no positive case is imported into the country.The Head of Department, Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, NCDC, Elsie Ilori, made the appeal at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Control COVID-19 pandemic. She said there’s Read More

Breaking: Health workers begin nationwide strike

September 13, 2020 Editor 0

Health workers associations under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) will as from midnight on Sunday proceed on nationwide strike after their talks with the federal government broke down. All the leadership of JOHESU has asked its members to withdraw services from beginning of the current week. Thid was revealed through a statement the union issued on Sunday Read More

Coronavirus: Bollywood star Kumar drinks cow urine in search of cure

September 11, 2020 Agency Report 0

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has revealed that he drinks cow urine daily, joining a growing number of Indians who believe it has medicinal benefits – including against the coronavirus. Kumar is considered a staunch supporter of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which has earmarked millions of dollars for research into products using bovine waste to cure diseases like Read More

How safe is Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine?

September 10, 2020 Duro Joseph with BBC health news 0

Russian scientists have published the first report on their coronavirus vaccine, saying early tests showed signs of an immune response. The report published by medical journal, The Lancet, said every participant developed antibodies to fight the virus and had no serious side effects. Russia licensed the vaccine for local use in August, the first country to do so and before Read More

Diagnostic equipment: Borno to train academics at BOSU

September 10, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state Tuesday directed the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salihu Kwaya Bura, to make submission detailing specialised training that would be required for the operation of high-tech medical equipment to be installed when a teaching hospital is established to enable the take-off of college of medical sciences at the Borno state University. Zulum, who directed Read More

FG approves new test kit for HIV

September 10, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

To check the spread of the HIV virus, the federal government has approved the inclusion of “Wondfo HIV I and II rapid test kits” for use in the country. The national coordinator, National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NASCP),  Dr.Akudo Ikpeazu, stated  this while presenting the evaluation report on the kit, Tuesday in Abuja. “The Wondfo rapid test kit could be used Read More

UNFPA organises free VVF for women, girls

September 10, 2020 Helen Oji 0

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Bauchi state Ministry of Health Wednesday organised a four-day free Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) repair camp at Gamawa General Hospital. The VVF repair camp in Gamawa local government area of Bauchi state, in collaboration with Fistula Foundation Nigeria (FFN), is funded by the Canadian government, under the Global Affairs Canada Gender-Based Read More

Breaking: FG, doctors reach truce, NARD to call off strike

September 9, 2020 Editor 0

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will on Thursday announce immediate termination of their strike. This followed fruitful meeting the leadership of the association reached Wednesday night with striking doctors, Blueprint reports. Details loading…

Fresh deal as striking doctors get N9bn added allowances, set to call off strike

September 9, 2020 Duro Joseph and Moses John 0

The threat by the federal government to replace striking medical doctors with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members may have fizzled out, Blueprint can authoritatively report. Indication to this emerged Wednesday night after a stakeholders’ meeting called to resolve the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja. A major resolution of the meeting was the approval and consequent Read More

In Anambra, Resident doctors set to join strike over unpaid COVID-19 allowances

September 8, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

 Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the Anambra state government owned  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching hospital (COOUTH), has vowed to embark on industrial action on September 30 over unpaid COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowance. President of ARD-COOUTH, Dr Obinna Aniagboso, told Blueprint in an interview that members of the association working at various isolation (protective) centres in the state have been complaining Read More

Mbappe contracts Coronavirus in France

September 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

French football star Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday. Mbappe took a test on Monday morning that returned positive, the FFF said, and was then isolated from the French national team. France is scheduled to play at home in Paris on Tuesday against Croatia in a UEFA Read More

Hope as FG accepts Covid-19 vaccine from Russia

September 4, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

There’s hope for the cure of Covid-19 as the federal government on Friday received the sample Covid-19 vaccine from Russia. The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin, who delivered the vaccine, said the purpose of presenting the sample vaccine to Nigeria was for study, further researches, patronage, and application. This was contained in a statement issued Friday in Read More

IGP orders enrolment of retired officers on NHIS

September 4, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has directed the enrolment of retired police officers on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as approved by the federal government. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, in a press statement, Thursday in Abuja, said the IGP has ordered a nationwide registration and capturing of all retired police officers with Read More

Covid-19: Ooni launches herbal medicine

August 31, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

Ooni of Ife,  Oba Adeyeye Enitan  Ogunwusi, Monday, launched an herbal medicine, Virasol herbal, to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. Oni, who addressed a world press conference in Lagos in commemoration of the 2020 African Traditional Medicine Day, said Covid-19 had put orthodox medicines on trial. The monarch also launched the Pan African Foundation for Traditional Medical Research and Development (PAFIMERD), Read More

Rotary has spent $2.2b on polio eradication, says committee chairman

August 28, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

Chairman of the Nigeria National Polioplus Committee of Rotary International, Dr. Tunji Funsho, said the organisation has spent $2.2billion to eradicate wild poliovirus. He said about $298m was committed to anti-polio campaign and vaccination in 15 years in Nigeria.  He also said about $17billion was spent by nations and global community on Polio eradication. He made the disclosures while speaking Read More

UCH begins production of reusable PPE

August 26, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan, has commenced the production of reusable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the first in Nigeria. A statement on the Website of the Federal Ministry of Health said the  Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Professor Jesse Otegbayo, unveiling 2000 pieces of the reusable PPE on Tuesday, said the materials were made by the hospital as Read More

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Nutritionist, others raise awareness on protein deficiency

August 26, 2020 Helen Oji 0

A Nutritionist, Mr. Collins Akanno, has said there is need to educate Nigerians on healthy nutrition as it would help tackle the burden of malnutrition in the country. Akanno stated this Tuesday at a protein challenge webinar organised by Media Craft Associates with the theme, ‘The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition: Connecting the Dots for Nigeria.’ He said: “To Read More

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Nigeria’s polio-free status a collective effort-NPHCDA boss

August 26, 2020 Mohammad Ohitoto 0

The historic certification of Nigeria and Africa as a polio- free country and continent, respectively, took place in a virtual event on 25 August 2020. This is a glorious day for Nigeria and a fulfillment of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise when he said, ‘My government shall provide the necessary resources and commitment required to strengthen the health system, Read More

Ogun immunises 2 million children against polio

August 25, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, Tuesday disclosed that over N2 million children, under five years, have been immunised during the supplemental immunisation campaign, under the polio eradication programme in the country.Governor Abiodun stated this at a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the African Region for Eradication of Wild Polio at the state secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital. He also Read More

Breaking: Nigeria, Africa declared polio-free

August 25, 2020 Editor 0

Nigeria and the entire African region under the World Health Organisation (WHO) have been officially declared polio-free by the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC). A statement by the ARCC Chairperson, Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke, said: “Today is a historic day for Africa. The African Regional Certification Commission for Polio eradication (ARCC) is pleased to announce that the Region Read More