Thursday February 26th, 2015
Thursday February 26th, 2015
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US wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

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Medics in full gear to avoid contracting the virus

The United States staged a military ceremony Thursday to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus. A force that at one point reached 2,800 has been gradually scaled back since the epidemic began to recede, and the Pentagon has announced that “nearly all” troops will be gone by the end of April.

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Nigeria, Turkey collaborate on Ebola, health insurance

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President Goodluck Jonathan

Still basking in the euphoria of its successful defeat of Ebola Virus Disease , EBV, a 10-member high level healthcare delegation from the Nigerian health public sector was in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss ways to build ties between public and private Nigerian and Turkish Healthcare institutions. Nigeria was declared Ebola free on October 20, 2014, by the World Health Organization.

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Experts raise concerns over TB management

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*Doctors strike : A cross section of nurses at discussing

With Nigeria ranking amongst 22 top countries with high burden of Tuberculosis globally, experts have raised concerns over substantial gap between the effective management of TB at health facility levels in the country.

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Facts about breast cancer you should know

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File Photo: Breast examination

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women globally. Incidence of breast cancer is increasing rapidly in developing countries to which otherwise second common next to cervical cancer. This could be due to adoption of urban life style in developing countries like Nigeria.

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Glaucoma: Loss of vision is preventable —Solanki

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Imagine waking up one day and found out that you can no longer identify colours? Imagine being hungry and alone with food stock in your kitchen you cannot help yourself but continue to yawn. This is the situation currently experienced by 52 years old Mr Ejiro. A father of three children can no longer use his sight no thanks to Glaucoma, the second most common cause of blindness.

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No bird flu in Obasanjo Farms— FG

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How birds are slaughtered: Medical exprets say this procedure could create challeneges

The Federal Government yesterday denounced media reports that bird flu attacked Obasanjo’s farm in Otta, Ogun State. In a press statement made available to Vanguard, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture described the publication in a national daily, (not Vanguard) as false noting that the write-up, captioned “Bird flu hits Obasanjo’s Otta farm,” has since been found to be a false alarm, misleading assertion and an attempt to exaggerate the bird flu outbreaks within the nation to set off undue panic.

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FGM: Any end to a needless practice?

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• Female circumcision has no known health benefit, yet it is still widely practiced in Nigeria and other African countries.

If Chiamaka Agwu had a choice about whether or not to be circumcised 40 years ago, certainly, she would have chosen not to be circumcised

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Succour for pregnant women at internally displaced persons camps

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Displaced Chibok people in a camp in Kuje

Expectant mothers at Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, Camps at Damaru and St Joseph’s Catholic Mission in Adamawa State have obtained safe motherhood kits (popularly known as Mama Kits) — a crucial intervention tool which contains essential items used by midwives to assist in the safe delivery of babies.

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In Lagos, women shun family planning services

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pregnant-woman

A new survey carried out in Lagos has shown that over 67 percent of women in the state are not accessing family planning services due to health – related concerns.

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We’re working with partners to make life better in Nigeria— Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Ayo Ajayi

THE Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, B&MGF on January 22 launched its annual letter for the year 2015. An annual event, the letter lays out the view of Bill, Melinda and the Foundation on key development issues. This year’s letter focuses key breakthroughs in development. The 2015 Annual Letter, tagged “Our Big Bet for The Future”highlighted achievements of the foundation in many areas, and expectations in the months ahead. Vanguard interrogated the letter, and Ayo Ajayi, B&MGF’s Director for Africa provided answers to questions in a cyber conversation

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Preterm birth, largest killer of newborns on the rampage

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pregnant woman

By  Sola Ogundipe “I WAS just 23 weeks into my pregnancy when I began feeling severe abdominal pains that seemed very much like labour contractions,” said Funke, a 28-year-old housewife. Initially, Funke, who was pregnant for the first time, tried to bear the discomfort, but the pains got worse and gradually unbearable. “That same day,

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Rotary tasks African govts on quality surveillance against polio

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A member of Rotary International’s Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee, Marie-Iréne Richmond Ahoua, has called on African governments to maintain high quality diseases surveillance in order to protect the fragile gains made on polio eradication, adding that “no cases of polio have been reported in Africa since August 2014.”

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Drug resistant malaria sweeps through South-East Asia

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Scientists said in a study published on Friday in Bangkok that a drug-resistant strain of malaria has spread through South-East Asia and was on the verge of reaching India.

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Patients throng Kwara hospitals as health workers resume duty

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HOSPITAL

Following the suspension of strike by the Kwara branch of health workers under the umbrella of Coalition of Health Sector Unions (COHESU) on February 3, patients are now patronising public owned hospitals in the state for medical treatment.

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Nano-drones may knock cholesterol out of bloodstream: study

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Tiny nano-particles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knock-out punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by US scientists on Wednesday.

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Obesity and the Nigerian

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Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. It associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDS) like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. At an individual level, obesity is as a result of the combination of excessive food energy intake and a lack of physical activity. Other causes include inactivity, pregnancy, and lack of sleep, genetics, medical reasons, or psychiatric illness. According to research carried out on Nigeria in the past, over a quarter of Nigeria’s population is obese.

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Ranbaxy tackles malaria with novel drug

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Mosquito

Indian registered pharmaceutical company in Nigeria, Ranbaxy Laboratories, has promised to kick out malaria in Nigeria with its first ever New Chemical Entity (NCE), which according to the CEO and Managing Director of the company, Mr. Arun Sawhney, would address the existing challenges of resistance to available drugs, price fluctuations, supply constraints and high pill burden“.

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Talking about Abalaka is taking us 10yrs back

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*Professor John Idoko.

Almost 15 years after Dr. Jeremiah Abalaka’s claims of developing curative and preventative vaccines for HIV/AIDS were rejected, the ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, that the ban on the vaccine was illegal and inconsequential, has reopened a new wave of commentary on the controversy.

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End in sight for producers of fake sachet water

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Pure (sachet) water peddlers in the Sun in Lagos

THE end of the road appears to have come for producers of fake, substandard and unregistered producers of packaged water sachets popularly known as “pure water” as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC, in collaboration with Emani Global Network, EGNL, is carrying out on- the- spot analysis of packaged water in Rivers state.

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12 diabetes, hypertension clinics coming as Sanofi, govt partner

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TWELVE new dedicated diabetes and hypertension clinics are in the pipeline for 2015, in selected states of the Federation as part of efforts to support patients with the disorders to enable them better manage and control the burden of the two ailments.

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Give cancer greater priority, FG tasked

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File Photo: Breast examination

With 10 Nigerians dying of cancer every hour, Nigerian researchers are seeking the inclusion of cancer on the Federal government priority list with a view to tackling the recent epidemic of the disease in the country.

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2,000 Makoko residents benefit from free health care

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IT was a big relief for residents of Makoko, a slum settlement on Lagos mainland, last week as no less than 2,000 persons benefitted from a free medical intervention mission organised by the National Association of Seadogs, NAS.

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NHIS subsidises maternal, child healthcare

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child-immunisation

The prospects of health insurance cov erage for 40 percent of Nigerians by the end of 2015 has been taken to the next level with the nationwide clamour for the Community-Based Social Health Insurance Programme of the NHIS.

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Handwashing: Dettol targets school pupils

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In its bid to promote healthier lifestyle and reduce absenteeism of pupils from school due to sickness, Dettol, an anti-germ health and hygiene brand from the stable of Reckitt Benckiser has commenced fresh rounds of visit to schools to promote the benefits of hand hygiene.

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ISO accreditation will ensure quality medicines— ORHII

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NAFDAC DG, Paul Orhi.

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has declared that the accreditation of its Central Drug Control Laboratory, Yaba with ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and U.S Pharmacopeial Convention, USP, will ensure that only safe and quality medicines are available and distributed in the country.

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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body. The Chinese believe this restores the body’s natural energy called “Chi”. Chi flows along invisible channels in the body called “Meridians”. The Chinese have used acupuncture as an effective form of treatment for over 3000 years.

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Bleak future for orphans …As finances dwindle for orphanages

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ORPHANS and Vulnerable Children, OVCs, in Nigeria face an uncertain future as the availability of funds for their care and support continues to dwindle. The Association of Orphanages and Homes in Nigeria which raised alarm over the implication of lack of government support in operation of private homes and orphanages across the country, warned that failure of government to address the current financial predicament of orphanages over the next decade, could potentially spell doom for many OVCs who are likely to die off as a result of lack of placement and rescue opportunities

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14 IDPs test positive to HIV in Yobe

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FOURTEEN out of the 2,109
Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, screened for HIV in Yobe State, have tested positive to the virus. Following the screening carried out by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, among those who tested positive were 10 in Nguru and four in Gashua, have been referred to Anti Retroviral Therapy, ART, at the Federal Medical Center, Nguru.
Project Coordinator, NACA, Dr Aminu Fikin, said the exercise which was designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate the risk of transmission of HIV in the state, covered Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
So far, 759 people in Nguru, 850 in Jakusko, 400 in Gashua, 400 in Yusufari and, 250 in Jajimaji have been screened.
Fikin said the IDPs were from Baga, Malum Fatori and Askira in Borno state, Michika, Uba and Mubi in Adamawa state and, Buni Yadi, Damaturu and Giedam in Yobe state.“”The project was targeting 6,000 people, but, because there is no IDP camp in Yobe, most of the IDPs are staying with relations in individual houses in villages scattered across the state.
“We are also constrained by the difficult terrain to reach some of these villages” Aminu said.“ Rakiya Sherrif, a healthcare provider said intensive counselling was used to convince the IDPs to volunteer for screening.
“We had to provide some basic needs like treated mosquito nets, soap, detergents and other toiletries to woo them for the screening exercise, ” she noted, saying most of those screened complained of assistance for food, beddings and clothing as their immediate needs and, there is the need for government, NGOs and philantropic individuals to assist these displaced persons.
Ibrahim Dankanawa, spokesman of the IDPs, commended the screening exercise but appealed for government aid with food, clothing, bedding and, other healthcare needs.
Hauwa Usman, a widow and mother of six, urged other agencies to emulate the quick response demonstrated by NACA, saying such quick response with food, clothes and beddings would substantially address the problems.

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David, 17, seeks N5m to treat cerebal palsy

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• David Chibuzo, down with cerebral palsy.

David Sopuruchi Chibuzo faces a bleak future. At the age of 17, David is still very much like a baby, unable to perform simple everyday functions. Most of his young life, he has been down with Cerebral Palsy, and is presently in anguish from a fall sustained during one of the numerous seizure attacks that has left him with a dislocated hip and shattered bones.

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Tougher times ahead for Nigerians (3)

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• Cross section of doctors during a strike action in Lagos recently

When you look at it government still spend a lot of money to train our graduate but at the end you don’t have them staying back and this can be attributed to poor governance over the years.

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Partners seek better management of post traumatic stress disorders

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Participants at a national workshop to discuss the management of post traumatic stress disorders, PTSDs, in Nigeria, say strategic partnerships among stakeholders, coupled with improved capacity building and increased funding, are key to delivering efficient post traumatic response to victims of natural and man-made disasters in the country.

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‘10 years after my wife died of cancer, early diagnosis saved me’

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Pastor Alfred Ohiami.

Precisely 14 years ago, Alfred Ohiami, a Pastor of the Fountain of Life Church Ilupeju, had a personal encounter with cancer when his 33-year- old wife died of the disease as a result of late detection.

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