WHO chief says confident in China’s ability to contain virus, urges calm

The World Health Organisation’s Director-General has said he is confident in China’s ability to control and contain the spread of a new coronavirus, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday. At a meeting with authorities in Beijing, Tedros Ghebreyesus said he approved of the Chinese government’s measures to curb the outbreak so far, according […]

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Plateau govt confirms 7 Lassa fever cases, says no death recorded

The Commissioner for Health in Plateau, Dr Ndam Lar, on Tuesday, said that the state had recorded seven confirmed cases of Lassa fever from November 2019 to date. Addressing a news briefing in Jos, Lar said that the state had 21 suspected cases but seven have been confirmed positive. According to him, eight other persons […]

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Global Fund offers Nigeria $417m to tackle Malaria

The National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme, NMEP, Dr Audu Mohammed, on Tuesday said Nigeria would get three-year grant of $417 million from the Global Fund to tackle malaria. Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that Nigeria accounted for 25 per cent of Global Malaria burden. NAN reports that NMEP is responsible […]

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Lassa fever: Stop eating rats, Minister advises Nigerians

Francisca Oluyole Dr Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment has advised Nigerians to stop eating rats for now as 29 deaths cases have been recorded due to Lassa Fever outbreak in the country. Abubakar gave the advice, while briefing the newsmen on the ongoing Lassa Fever outbreak in the country on Monday in Abuja. According […]

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Lassa fever: Health minister visits Kano

The Federal Government has commended the Kano State Government for taking proactive measures to curb Lassa fever in the state. “We can see that the level of the state preparedness to contain the situation so quickly is highly commendable. “We are therefore commending the government for taking proactive measures. “So also the quick release of […]

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Another viral hemorrhagic fever hits Ogun

Another life-threatening hemorrhagic disease has been detected in Ogun State. The management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, on Sunday alerted that Dengue Fever is now in the state capital. The disease, it was learnt, has claimed one life in Ogun. The FMC said the 26-year-old woman, who was reported to have died […]

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BREAKING: Ogun Records First Case Of Lassa Fever

Abeokuta – The first case of Lassa fever has been confirmed in Ogun State, INDEPENDENT can confirm. The case was discovered at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Although the details are still not clear as at the time of filling in this report, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the […]

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How Nigerians spend over N300bn yearly on malaria treatment

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal Prof. Olatunji Kolawole of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, says Nigerians spend over N300 billion annually on malaria treatment. Kolawole disclosed this in his paper presentation at the 190th Inaugural Lecture of the university entitled: “Transcending the Viral World: a Tale of Mimicry, Knockdown and Knockout”. […]

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Medical practitioner wants laws reviewed to curb abortion deaths

By Ikenna Osuoha Dr Okechi Ogueji, Health Advisor, International Physicians Associations (IPAS), on Wednesday said that only review of Nigeria’s law could act as antidote to deaths from abortion. Ogueji told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Ministry of Health should rise up to the occasion to stop deaths being orchestrated by abortion. He […]

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Tiny air pollution particles may trigger heart attacks

S cientists in the United States (US) have found that even a few hours’ exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger a nonfatal heart attack. Their new study is published in the journal ‘Environmental Health Perspectives.’ The study’s first author, Kai Chen, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Yale School of […]

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