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WHO to declare Africa polio free as Nigeria marks 3 years without cases 

By Sola Ogundipe Africa is set to be declared polio-free as Nigeria marks three years without recording a single case of polio infection, thus moving a step closer towards polio-free certification by the World Health Organisation, WHO, in early 2020. The last time a case of the wild poliovirus was reported in Nigeria was August […]

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REPORT: Venezuela women getting pregnant because they ‘don’t have option’ 

Dr Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighbourhood armed with one of Venezuela’s most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the shantytown on the outskirts of Venezuela’s capital spreads quickly. The lucky get on a list run […]

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New NHIS boss adopts aggressive three-point agenda

The newly appointed Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, says he has adopted a three-point aggressive and purposeful strategy to rebrand the scheme. Sambo disclosed this at a two-day retreat for the top management committee of NHIS in Kaduna on Tuesday. He said the scheme has a presidential mandate […]

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Disease epidemics: Shameful that Nigeria still sends specimens abroad — Dr Casmir Ifeanyi

By Chioma Obinna The bedrock of every National health system is a strengthened medical laboratory system, however, the laboratory structure in Nigeria is very weak because most of the recommendations in the National Medical Laboratory Science Policy 2007 are not implemented.  Currently, Nigeria has  52 Federal Teaching Hospitals and 22 Federal Medical Centres but none […]

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Succour as FG strengthens diabetes care at PHCs

…Rainbow Specialist Hospital makes case for podiatry, diabetes foot services in Nigeria By Sola Ogundipe TOWARDS stemming the increasing incidence of diabetes in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health is strengthening the primary healthcare system to include diabetes management  with foot care – assessment and referral – into the existing health care service at the […]

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When a couple suffers ‘genital lock’

Genital lock By Sola Ogundipe Tiara discovered she suffered from a silent but serious sexual dysfunction quite accidentally. When she was a teenager, she noticed that it was painful to insert a tampon. Even her first gynaecological examination ended abruptly because it was so painful and embarrassing. sex Father, son docked for allegedly raping, impregnating […]

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NHVMAS seeks policy change on sexual reproductive health

By Gabriel Olawale New HIV Vaccine and Advocacy Society, NHVMAS, has urged the Federal government to embrace a policy change on adolescents’ age of access to Sexual Reproductive Health, SRH and HIV services to 14 years. The Society who made the call during a media roundtable on ‘adolescents’ sexual reproductive health and age of consent […]

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Scientists record major breakthrough in Ebola treatment after trials of drugs in DRC

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in the search for the cure of the deadly Ebola disease.Therefore it can no longer be called an incurable disease. A Ugandan health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a man in Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, 16 June 2019. Scientists announced the breakthrough after […]

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Finally, FG, WHO respond to Yellow Fever outbreak in Ebonyi

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ebonyi Government are responding to the outbreak of yellow fever in the state, an official says. In a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Ebonyi Public Health team commenced investigation on suspected case on July, […]

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PREGNANCY FROM RAPE: Tackling the unsafe abortion challenge

PREGNANCY By Sola Ogundipe Theresa was serially raped by her uncle until she became pregnant at 14. When her parents and other family members found out, they didn’t hesitate before deciding that she would not keep the unintended pregnancy. Pregnant-mother Boko Haram: More children die from lack of access to safe water than by bullets […]

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How yellow fever killed 16 persons in Ebonyi

The Ebonyi Government has confirmed the death of 16 persons from a yellow fever outbreak in the state. Yellow Fever Dr Chris Achi, Permanent Secretary Designate of the State Ministry of Health, who confirmed the development to newsmen on Friday in Abakaliki, stated that the outbreak occurred in Ndungele community of Izzi Local Government Area […]

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Illicit drug sales: PCN Seals 210 patent medicine stores, 8 pharmacies in Calabar

…arrest seven persons By Ike Uchechukwu CALABAR-The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has sealed 218 drug stores including 10 pharmacies, and 210 patent medicine shops operating and selling illegal drugs. File: Drugs Seven persons were also arrested during the operation and will be charge to court as soon as possible the council revealed. The Director, […]

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53.9% of Nigeria’s Open Defecators live in North Central Nigeria – UNICEF

By Victoria Ojeme CALABAR- United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF new data on percentage of Nigerians practicing open defecation across the geopolitical zones, has revealed that the North Central region topped the chart with about 59.9 per cent. Unicef Out of the 47 million Nigerians that practice open defecation, 16 million live in the North Central. […]

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NAFDAC staff seeks N30m to treat liver disease

By Chioma Obinna Unless there is urgent assistance, Mr Ephraim Anjembe Terkula, a middle-level staff of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, who has been diagnosed with liver disease may not live tell his story. *Mr. Ephraim Anjembe Doctors managing his case say a total of N30 million is required […]

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Access Bank, GE Healthcare ease financial burden on healthcare providers

By Juliet Umeh To remove challenges currently faced by private healthcare providers accessing financing for the purchase of healthcare equipment in Nigeria, GE Healthcare and a full-service commercial Bank, Access Bank Nigeria, weekend, entered into a partnership to provide innovative equipment financing models for the providers. General Manager for GE Healthcare West, Central & French […]

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WHO steps up campaign to end hepatitis, releases 6 preventive measures

Worried by the growing reported cases of hepatitis globally, World Health Organization, WHO, has intensified awareness campaign aimed at enlightening people on how to prevent themselves from the deadly viral infection. The latest of this campaign was a comprehensive tips released by the apex health institution on Monday. WHO confirmed that, hepatitis can be spread […]

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Horrors of stealth pregnancy – Victims

By Perez Brisibe  ON June 12, 2019, a team of policemen, headed by ASP Abubakar Clement and operating under the Safer Highway Squad, arrested one Ijeoma Ibeh with a three-day-old twin in her custody along the Ughelli/Evwreni axis of the East-West Road in Delta State. An investigation by Sunday Vanguard revealed that upon interrogation of […]

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More investments, implementation of policies area needed — Enabulele, ex-NMA President

By Chioma Obinna A former President of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Osahon Enabulele and the only African on the Executive Committee of the World Medical Association, in this interview, demand an improved political commitment to the health of all Nigerians. He also speaks on other issues in the sector and on NHIS. *Dr. Osahon Enabulele, […]

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Health Alert: Drinking Zobo, Kunu in reused bottles can expose consumers to TB, hepatitis – Medical professionals

By Charles Agwam Zobo (hibiscus) and kunu drinks mean different things to many Nigerians depending on where they belong in the social strata in the society. While the rich may consume the popular drinks for pleasure or because of their natural medical benefits, they serve as alternatives to expensive meals for poor Nigerians – most […]

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Breaking: Doctors discover 526 teeth in boy’s mouth

By Nwafor Sunday Doctors have discovered about 526 teeth inside a 7-year-old Indian boy’s mouth.  “He always complain of jaw pain”,  the hospital that treated him said. The boy whose name was not mentioned, was admitted last month in the southern city of Chennai because of swelling and pain near his molars in his lower […]

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Keep your married sex life healthy

By Sola Ogundipe Lack of sex brings more dissatisfaction in marriage than almost any other issue. But there is really no reason why you can’t have an active and healthy sex life for many, many years. sex Activist urges DTHA to pass Coastal Areas Devt Agency Bill(Opens in a new browser tab) A lack of […]

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Hair loss prevention

By Sola Ogundipe Hair loss may be caused by stress. Everyone sheds hair daily, which is perfectly normal. It’s common for people to lose around 100 hairs a day. hair Akinloye Oyebanji: It’s a sad day for sports journalism in Nigeria- Gov Makinde(Opens in a new browser tab) Some shedding is temporary and may respond […]

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Tips for preventing acne

By Sola Ogundipe Keep your face clean. Wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser. Using a harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can hurt already inflamed skin and cause more irritation. Acne Sanitation council […]

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20m Nigerians on hepatitis’ death list, says Anambra Health Commissioner

By Vincent Ujumadu NO fewer than 20 million Nigerians are believed to be on the hepatitis death list, with the country contributing significantly to the global chronic viral hepatitis infection. Hepatitis LASG rescues mother of twins, three others from uncompleted building(Opens in a new browser tab) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, who […]

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Our husbands want sex, not family planning — Lagos housewives cry out

…As Providers lament poor male involvement in contraception By Chioma Obinna Mrs Sakinat Azeez will not forget in a hurry her experience with her husband the first time she tried to initiate a discussion about family planning. Sakinat said the encounter was discouraging and scary. She narrated her encounter with Good Health Weekly at one of […]