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FAMILY PLANNING MEETING: From left: Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates; Executive Director, UNFPA, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin and Youth Representative, FP 2020 Reference Group, Margaret Bolaji, during the High Level media briefing held in Nairobi, Kenya, recently.

‘We can provide family planning services for additional 120m women if…’

“FAMILY planning is about saving the lives of women and children. Family planning is one of the keys that unlocks the potentials of women and girls. If a girl or woman is able to voluntarily space the births of her children, it frees her and her family from the cycle of poverty.” These remarks by the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BMGF, Melinda Gates, set the tone for a High Level media briefing recently,

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MALNUTRITION: Newborns and pregnant women most at risk.

Will malnutrition be permanent in Nigeria?

LAST week, reports of cases of malnourished children at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in Borno State, caused a stir. Footages of persons in the camps suffering from acute malnutrition, were displayed by the Doctors Without Borders- (Médecins Sans Frontières), MSF. The photographs were accompanied by reports that an average of eight children were dying daily from malnutrition in the state.

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EAR SCREENING: Universal newborn hearing screening and management is desirable for early detection and treatment of hearing disorders.

8.5m Nigerians suffer hearing disorder- Shomefun

A Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Professor Abayomi Somefun, has raised alarm over high prevalence of hearing disorder, disclosing that over 8.5 million of the population suffer from the problem. Somefun identified children as the most vulnerable group to ear defects. He said no fewer than 3.5 million Nigerian children have hearing problems.

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DRUG ABUSE: The  implication of drug abuse on the individual, family and the society is quite enormous. Drug abuse damages the central nervous system that is the major organs of the body thereby resulting to brain, Liver damages among others.

We must stop drug abuse among youths now- CRH

On this year’s International World Drug Day, stakeholders have raised alarm over the rising cases of drug abuse in Nigeria, describing the trend as a threat to nation building. This is coming on the heels of the 2015 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, which estimates that 246 million people, or 1 in 20 people between the ages of 15 and 64 years, consumed an illicit drug in 2013. Findings show that many Nigerians youths are now being exposed to drugs earlier in life.

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Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann

We are narrowing the poverty gap in Africa

POLIO eliminationLet me just start by saying how incredibly pleased we are with the progress in polio. You know very well that we don’t want to be premature in celebrating or declaring victory, so to speak, but polio progress and our colleagues in Nigeria and our colleagues at WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, deserve much credit for the hope we have now in polio.

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How certain foods, drinks affect fertility

As the world is facing challenges of infertility, scientists are looking into the role of nutrition in improving fertility and supporting healthy pregnancies. Most of the time, people only think of fertility treatment and imagine sophisticated diagnostic testing, powerful medications, and high-tech procedures, but hope is here as science has found that choosing certain foods and drinks can influence your ability to become pregnant.

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