Friday May 29th, 2015
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Group offers free blood pressure checks

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Team Up For Health, TUFH, a Carlisle Healthcare initiative has start a free blood pressure check campaign aimed to nip in the bud chronic diseases that may result from high blood pressure.

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Scientists investigate why the Ebola virus ‘hides’ in the testicles

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: A young man, dressed in a biohazard costume, stands on the corner of 546 West 147th Street on October 25, 2014 in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea, where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing where he was officially diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 23.   Bryan /AFP

EVER since a Liberian woman was diagnosed with Ebola after having sex with her spouse who is a survivor of Ebola, doctors can no longer tell for certain when it’s safe for Ebola survivors to return to a normal sex life.

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Dearth of midwives, threat to maternal/child survival – Bauchi PHCDA

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The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, BPHCDA, has identified shortage of midwives at the primary health care level as the major factor threatening maternal, new born and child survival in the state.

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I’ll pay every HIV-positive South African N0.84m to wear a tatoo — ZUMA

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*President Zuma

CONFIRMED HIV positive South Africans that volunteer to be marked near their genital area with a tatoo depicting their status, will in addition to free counselling and medication. be paid an equivalent of N840, 000 (50 000 Rands) each, according to a bill newly signed by President Jacob Zuma.

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Oncologists urge Buhari to prioritise cancer care under NHIS

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President-elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) waves in Abuja on April 1, 2015. Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. AFP PHOTO

With over 80 percent of Nigerian cancer patients paying out of pocket, the need for the incoming administration of General Mohammadu Buhari to include cancer care under the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, has been stressed.

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Family planning: Yes for women, no for men

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UNlike women, a greater percentage of men detests the family planning. To many of them, family planning is like a suicide mission which may terminate the life of any man that tries it. As Vanguard went round Ibadan city to seek the opinion of married couples on why some homes don’t subscribe to family planning, various reasons were given. They specifically complained about a particular method called vasectomy which means male sterilization. It is a procedure performed on a man that will permanently keep him from being able to get a woman pregnant.

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Africa’s sustainable development begins with local capacity

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Over the last decade, there has been a gradual, yet significant shift in the way large international donors give foreign aid in countries like Nigeria. Increasingly, major development donors, such as the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, have begun giving money directly to developing country governments and local non governmental organisations, NGOs.

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NAFDAC, 42 schools to fight against fake, counterfeit foods, drugs in Anambra

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EKWULUOBIA-MORE than 42 secondary schools in Anambra State have been mobilized by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for the fight against fake and counterfeit drugs and food products. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, said that the students were being mobilised through the NAFDAC Consumer Safety Clubs, NCSC, in secondary schools, “which as a catch them young programme,” was yielding the needed positive results as hundreds of schools had key-in into the programme nationwide.

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Way forward for polio–free society, by experts

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Former First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu administering Oral Polio Vaccine to a child in Lagos.

AWKA- ANAMBRA State has been polio free for the past eight years, but the state government and its agencies are not relenting to ensure that the disease did not return. As part of the sustenance effort, the state has religiously observed the immunization programmes and recording impressive participation by the various segments of the society.

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Malaria: WDI facilitates free treatment in Alimosho

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In a bid to reduce absenteeism from work and eliminate the scourge of malaria, Westfield Development Initiative, WDI a non-governmental orgainsation has offered free malaria treatment to the resident of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos state. The programme which has over 700 people in attendance offer free malaria treatment, HIV/AIDs screening, blood pressure test, blood sugar tests, and free insecticide treated mosquito nets.

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Malaria: 500 households ‘Net it Out’ in Ibafon

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IT was a day to remember for residents of Ibafon Community, in Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos recently when in partnership with the Total Group in Nigeria, in partnership with the Lagos State Government, as 3,250 residents in 500 households were provided Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets, LLINs, in line with the global recommendations for malaria prevention.

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Chicken pox virus can cause HIV

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Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. A Loyola University Medical Center case study demonstrates that a virus called varicella-zoster can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the brain.

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Life expectancy: Top 20 diseases Buhari’s govt must tackle

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feat: The surgical team that performed the feat at University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.

One of the tasks that await the incoming administration is the urgent need to improve the country’s life expectancy of Nigerians. This expectation is based on latest findings that show that currently, Nigerians are not living optimally due to preventable natural and man-made causes.

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Vets task Buhari on farmers, cattle rearers’ war

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Presidfent-elect, Buhari

The President-Elect, Mohammadu Buhari has been urged to wade into the long-standing war between farmers and cattle rearers in the northern part of the country. Making the call in Lagos weekend, National President of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, NVMA, Dr. Edgar Sunday, said an intervention by Buhari would put a decisive end to the spate of clashes between the warring parties.

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Malaria vaccine: NIMR upgrades facilities

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As the world awaits a potential malaria vaccine, Nigerian scientists have explained that Nigeria was not included in the ongoing malaria phase 3 vaccine trial in seven African countries because the country (Nigeria) did not meet the laid down criteria at that time.

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Bode, Grillo take over administration of LUTH

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Prof. Chris-Bode

THE Federal Government has approved the appointment of Prof Christopher Bode as the new Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH. The appointment is effective from March 25, 2015. In a similar announcement, Mr. Babajide Lukman Grillo has been appointed Director of Administration/Secretary to the Management Board of LUTH.

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Food hygiene: Eat right, eat safe

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Good food

VACCINATION of food handlers and food vendors is one of the requirements in the food industry essentially to ensure protection of public health. Health officials say it is mandatory for all food handlers to get properly screened and routinely vaccinated in this regard. The reason is obvious. For instance, if a food handler is sick with a food borne disease such as cholera, typhoid or hepatitis A, the food prepared by such handler could be contaminated and thousands of people could become infected.

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Breast feed more, risk breast cancer less

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It’s no secret that breastfeeding benefits babies. There is huge evidence that breastfeeding helps improve healthier immune systems and fewer breathing difficulties. Breastfeeding is also protects the mothers’ health. The longer the duration of breastfeeding, the lower the chances of developing breast cancer. Most women who breastfeed their babies and stop after several months, or breastfeed less frequently as they start to supplement with formula and baby food may not be as protected.

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Glo launches mobile health insurance

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Globacom, Nigeria’s National Carrier, has berthed the National Mobile Health Insurance product which would afford Nigerians the opportunity to have quality access to quality health care delivery system.

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No child needs to be crippled by polio

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Over the past eight months, Nigeria has not recorded any case of polio. If this continues, in a few months, the country will attain status of “non endemic country”. Chairman, Polio Plus Committee, Dr. Tunji Funsho, says its the first time Nigeria has attained such feat.

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World Day for Safety: Stakeholders advocate zero hazard in workplace

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As the world marked this year’s World Day for Safety and Health, stakeholders have called for the promotion of zero hazard in workplace. This is coming on the heels of the urgent call for the review of the country’s Factory Act which governs operational health and safety in Nigeria. In Lagos, stakeholders from the Bank and Health & Safety organisations maintained that health and safety issues are yet to take rightful place in the society.

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Ebola-hit countries launch immunisation drives

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Health workers evacuating the remains of an Ebola  Virus Disease victim.

For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are conducting nationwide immunisation campaigns aimed at vaccinating more than three million children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases.

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How dirty Anambra abattoirs forced commissioner to stop eating meat

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AWKA—IF the environment around abattoirs in most parts of Anambra State is anything to go by, most people in the state concerned about their health would soon stop eating cow meat slaughtered in those abattoirs. However, one person who has already stopped eating meat as a result of the worrisome condition of most abattoirs in the state is the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike.

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Anambra Business Coalition trains 100 health professionals

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ONITSHA—About 100 health professionals were, last weekend, trained in various health fields by members of Anambra Business Coalition, ABC, a Public Private Partnership, PPP, formed by the state government in collaboration with RISE Health Corporation, RHC, a non-governmental organisation, based in the United States of America, USA

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600 PHCs tackle child-killer diseases in Imo

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In its resolve to fight child-killer diseases, Imo State government sometime ago directed that all the over 600 primary health centres,PHCs, in the state would serve as centres for all primary healthcare activities in the state. ‘’The 600 health centres in the state will serve for the purpose of all primary healthcare activities, including routine immunisation, ante-natal, maternal and child care activities, including deliveries,” the government said.

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IoD preaches healthy living with ‘walk for life’

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The Institute of Directors, IoD, Nigeria, penultimate week, embarked on a health walk tagged “Walk For Life” (WFL) to ensure healthy living among directors and participants.

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PSN tasks FG on commercialisation of phamacies in FHIs

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*Drug store

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has reaffirmed its call to the Federal Ministry of Health to halt the commercialisation of pharmacy facilities in Federal Health Institutions once and for all in the interest of national health.

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Mortein partners Lagos Govt to tackle malaria

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As part of activities marking this year’s World Malaria Day, Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of anti-malaria powerbrand, Mortein has joined forces with the Lagos State Government to up scale action for the elimination of malaria in Nigeria through community engagement.

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MAY 29 HANDOVER When kidney patients lament Uduaghan’s exit

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OGHARA—PATIENTS at various stages of dialysis and kidney transplant in Delta State are finding it difficult to hold back their emotions, as their chief source of hope and sponsor, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, prepares to vacate office next month. The cause of their expression of grief is not far-fetched. Uduaghan, a medical doctor, has been subsidizing whatever amount it was costing them in their battle for survival from kidney failure by 75 percent. They have actually been undergoing dialysis every two or three days or weekly, depending on the gravity of the deadly ailment because of the governor’s support.

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Children living with cancer: Alive today, dead tomorrow?

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“We do not know why we were born with cancer. Did we or our ancestors wrong the gods? Even scientists have no acceptable explanation,” they ask. “Thousands of us are born every day. Right now, we have no idea how many we are. Our plight is overshadowed, perhaps because no one understands what we go through. “We have suffered much and for long, and now, we wish to let the society know what it is like to be a child living with cancer in the hope that this will bring us attention and succour.”

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Mortein partners Lagos Govt to tackle malaria

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‘‘Mosquitoes are carriers of malaria parasite and they breed in dirty environment. Keeping the environment clean means that mosquitoes have no breeding place, if we can stop the life circle of the insect through constant cleaning of our environment and application of the insecticide that have the ability to kill mosquitoes 100 percent, that means we have succeeded in killing the disease,”

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IoD preaches healthy living with ‘walk for life’

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* Staff of Vanguard Media Ltd. on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway during the 10km “Walk for Life” activity held over the weekend. Photo: Chioma Obinna.

The Institute of Directors, IoD, Nigeria, penultimate week, embarked on a health walk tagged “Walk For Life” (WFL) to ensure healthy living among directors and participants. The fitness exercise which lasted for about 1hr, 45minutes took off from IoD’s office at 53 Glover Road, Ikoyi-Lekki, with participants going through Malverton and Alexander roads, across Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge.

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