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Killer – Zika Fever : Mosquito–borne virus is potential death sentence


THIS is the season of fevers. The menace of fevers is rocking the world. True, yellow fever is no longer a global threat, but malaria fever is still with us while typhoid fever remains on the prowl . Sierra Leone is still at alert for Ebola fever and Saudi Arabia is wary of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome a.k.a MERS – a viral respiratory illness that is relatively new to humans.

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LASSA, ZIKA FEVERS: Poor disease control fuels killer-viruses in Nigeria —Prof. Ugbomoiko

Professor Uade Sam Ugbomoiko is a parasitologist and former Head of Department of Zoology, University of Ilorin. His research focus covers parasites of small mammals, epidemiology and control of zoonotic parasites. Ugbomoiko gives a fresh insight into the treatment of diseases in Nigeria and how to stem the tide. He speaks against the backdrop of the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria.

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FCMB promotes healthy lifestyle

Management of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Limited has described employee health as key priority even as they pledged to execute programmes that would promote healthy living for employees and their families. Speaking during the bank’s Health Week, the Divisional Head, Human Resources and Strategy, Felicia Obozuwa, said the Health Week was one of the initiatives instituted to promote a healthy lifestyle for employees and their family members.

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ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: Pregnant women are urged to stay away from regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak due to the risk of brain damage to foetuses.

What you need to know about Zika virus

The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could cause birth defects. Until recently, global health officials paid little attention to the Zika virus that circulated in the same regions as Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. It is estimated that four million people could be infected by the end of the year. Pregnant women have been urged not to travel to about 24 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America, where the outbreak is growing. Zika infection appears to be linked to the development of unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns.

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Pain can drive you crazy

There are more chronic pain sufferers than diabetics, stroke and cancer patients added together. In 2012, the American Academy of Pain Medicine published figures that showed 27 percent of reported pain was backache, 15 percent was neck pain, 15 percent was for severe headaches and 4 percent for facial pain. The same publication stated that among chronic pain sufferers, 86 percent report poorsleep, 75 percent report depression, 74 percent complain of low energy, 70 percent report poor concentration and 59 percent complain of decreased enjoyment of life.

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PARTNERSHIP: L-R: Environmental Surveillance Officer, Mr. Haliru Usman;  President, Dangote Group Ltd, Aliko Dangote and Co-Chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, during a visit to Rigasa Environmental Surveillance site, Igabi  LGA, Kaduna State.

POLIO: Dangote, Gates commit $42m to routine immunisation

To maintain the success of Nigeria’s delisting from the group of polio-endemic countries and ensure global-level standards of surveillance, Dangote Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have extended their existing partnership on routine immunisation and strengthening of primary health care in Kano and Bauchi states to four additional states of Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto and Yobe.

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Gov Mimiko

Ondo explains rationale behind massive investment in health

Ondo State Government has explained the rationale behind its continued massive investment in the state health sector, saying, it was to ensure that the citizenry enjoy optimum health for maximum productivity. The Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who gave the explanation while declaring open the State Council on Health meeting, weekend also disclosed that a bill on the State Health Insurance Agency is being drafted and would soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.

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FAMILY PLANNING: More Nigerians are getting access to contraceptives.

Nigeria tops list of countries providing contraceptives

Nigeria provided 22 per cent of the contraceptives provided by the top 10 contraceptives providing countries in 2013 and 2014. Out of a total of 8,153,431 contraceptives provided for the two years, Nigeria provided 3,873,115. In 2013, Africa’s most populous country provided 1,835,966 contraceptives, a figure that increased to 2,037,149 in 2014 according to data released by the Family Planning 2020, FP2020, at the just concluded 4th International Conference on Family Planning, ICFP 2016, held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.

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Poor health system responsible for difficulty in containing Lassa fever – AGBAJE

As Nigeria continued to battle the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, a renowned Pharmacist, and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos, Mr. Olujimi Agbaje has blamed the difficulty in containing the outbreak of Lassa fever on poor health system among other issues affecting smooth access to quality care.

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Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin

Global leaders seek $9.4bn to meet family planning needs

Global leaders have called for greater investment and urgent action towards increasing access to family planning services worldwide, even as an estimated US$9.4 billion is required annually to meet all women’s needs for modern contraception in the developing world. Making the call for more commitment to family planning initiatives Monday at the opening of the 4th International Family Planning Conference, ICFP, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, government, health and development leaders from around the world, unanimously agreed that the way to truly ensure sustenance of family planning programmes is to mobilise funds locally.

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