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52% of people confirmed to have monkeypox are living with HIV – WHO
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52% of people confirmed to have monkeypox are living with HIV – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that 52 percent of people confirmed to have mpox (monkeypox) are living with HIV. In a statement released on Thursday, December 1, in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2022, the health organization noted that HIV remains a major public health issue with 5.9 million people who know they have HIV not receiving treatment. The statement read;  “A further 4 million people living with HIV have not yet been diagnosed. “While 76 percent of adults overall were receiving antiretroviral treatment that helps them lead normal and healthy lives, only 52 percent of children living with HIV were accessing this treatment globally in 2021. “70 percent of new HIV infections are among people who are marginalised and often crimi...
BREAKING : UDUTH To Begin Kidney Transplant 2023
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BREAKING : UDUTH To Begin Kidney Transplant 2023

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, is to begin kidney transplants next year. The director, Institute of Urology and Nephrology of the university, Professor Isma’ila Mungandi, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the instructional course on Basic Laparoscopic Surgery on Wednesday. “We have all the facilities required for kidney transplant in our theatre. “We are collaborating with the Urology and Nephrology Centre of Mansoura University in Egypt. We have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “So we are going to visit them to consolidate and also have a refresher training for two months so that we understand their protocols and when they join us, we will be able to operate seamlessly in Sokoto, hopefully in 2023, another ...
1.6 million Nigerians with HIV are on treatment – NACA
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1.6 million Nigerians with HIV are on treatment – NACA

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS has revealed that 1,619,133 out of the 1.9 million Nigerians living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus are now on treatment. Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, disclosed this on Thursday, November 24, in Abuja in commemoration of the World AIDS Day themed ‘Equalise to end AIDS: Equal access to treatment and prevention services.’ Aliyu further revealed that new HIV infections gradually declined from 103,404 in 2019 to 92,323 in 2021. He also disclosed that there's been significant growth in key population treatment centre. He said;  “Nigeria’s success story is evident from the significant dip in the HIV prevalence of 3.4 per cent in 2017 to a population-based prevalence of 1.3 per cent in 2018....
JUST IN : Lagos introduces rotavirus vaccine to curb under 5 deaths
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JUST IN : Lagos introduces rotavirus vaccine to curb under 5 deaths

Rotavirus vaccine being administered on an infant. The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB) says the state has introduced Rotavirus vaccines into its routine immunisation (RI) programme to avert deaths of under five-year-old children. Mrs Taiwo Onoro, State Immunisation Officer, disclosed this during the LSPHCB sensitisation meeting on the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccination on Wednesday in Lagos. Rotavirus is a contagious virus that causes severe diarrhoea diseases (watery stool), vomiting, and fever mostly in infants and young children. Onoro noted that rotavirus caused 40 per cent of diarrhoea in children, adding that without proper treatment and care, children who got the disease could become dehydrated or hospitalised, and could even lead to death. She ...
Here’s why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others
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Here’s why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others

If you have always suspected that you might just be a mosquito magnet, scientists now have evidence for you: Mosquitoes indeed are attracted to certain humans more than others, according to a new study. A research team led by Leslie Vosshall, a professor at Rockefeller University and head of its laboratory of neurogenetics and behavior, sought to identify why certain people seem to draw more mosquitoes than others. The research findings were published in the journal Cell on October 18. Over the course of three years, researchers asked a group of 64 volunteers to wear nylon stockings on their arms for six hours a day over multiple days. Maria Elena De Obaldia, the study’s first author and former postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University, constructed a “two-choice olfactometer...
JUST IN : Adamawa records 197 cholera, 102 monkey pox cases
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JUST IN : Adamawa records 197 cholera, 102 monkey pox cases

No fewer than 197 cases of cholera and two deaths have been recorded across six local government areas in Adamawa state. Dr Celine Laori, the Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, disclosed in an interview on Friday in Yola. She identified the affected local government areas as Shelleng, Guyuk, Yola North, Yola South, Numan and Girei, saying that the two deaths were recorded in Guyuk and Shelleng. Laori said that the government had intervened and provided relevant drugs and other preventive and curative measures against the disease in the affected communities. However, the director stated that the ministry had administered treatment on many of the victims. According to her, the victims have been receiving antibiotics, intravenous fluids (IVF) and oral rehyd...
Betsy Obaseki urges medical practitioners to accord value to human life
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Betsy Obaseki urges medical practitioners to accord value to human life

Wife of Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, on Tuesday during a visit to the Edo State College of Nursing Sciences, in Benin City, where she commissioned the institution’s new ICT Hub. Wife of Edo Governor, Betsy Obaseki, has charged medical practitioners to treat their patients with care and accords value to human life. She gave the charge on Tuesday during a visit to the Edo State College of Nursing Sciences, in Benin City, where she commissioned the institution’s new ICT Hub. She also declared open a one-day capacity building workshop for the students of the school. The Edo First Lady while addressing the students, urged them to take their profession as their calling and to place human life above pecuniary benefits. Commenting on the quality of the upgraded in...
Nigeria may get Lassa fever vaccine by 2030 -Researchers
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Nigeria may get Lassa fever vaccine by 2030 -Researchers

Scientists from West Africa have said Nigeria may get a Lassa fever vaccine by 2030. The scientists made this known after a three-day workshop to discuss and review the progress on the largest-ever Lassa fever study, ‘the Enable Lassa Research Programme’, held in Abuja. The National Coordinator, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Enable Study in Nigeria, Prof. Bola Adeyinka, said the study will help in developing a safe vaccine for the populace. Adeyinka said though Nigeria is not directly involved in the development of vaccines, it contributes to the information needed for the study. The don said, “The importance of this study is that we are contributing to the information they need,  that the world needs to develop an effective vaccine. Nigeria is crit...
NAFDAC warns Nigerians against fake antibiotic in circulation
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NAFDAC warns Nigerians against fake antibiotic in circulation

Nigerians have been alerted by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) about a fake Augmentin 625mg tablets in circulation within the country. The health agency in a statement released on Monday October 24, said the falsified antibiotic has the batch number 562626, a manufacturing date of April 2021 and expiry date of April 2024. The product also has a fake NAFDAC registration number of 04-1928. The statement read;  “No inscription “manufactured by” is written on the label, only the address. Manufacturing and Expiry dates do not meet the acceptable format. No MAS scratch number for verification. The logo “gsk” is not properly positioned as on the original.“Please note that the genuine Augmentin 625mg has legible product la...
Uganda announces lockdown as Ebola cases rise
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Uganda announces lockdown as Ebola cases rise

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has declared an immediate three-week lockdown in two high-risk districts as the country battles a rise in Ebola infections. President Yoweri introduced the lockdown for the two districts worst affected by the killer virus, where dozens have already been infected and nearly 20 patients have died. There is now an overnight curfew, while bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, and places of worship have been closed in Mubende and Kassanda. Curfews will also be imposed. Places of worship, bars, gyms, saunas and other entertainment venues will close but schools will remain open, he added. “Given the gravity of the problem and to prevent further spread and protect lives and livelihoods, the government is taking extra measures that require ...
NBA Hall of Fame, Dikembe Mutombo diagnosed with brain tumor
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NBA Hall of Fame, Dikembe Mutombo diagnosed with brain tumor

 NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The NBA made the announcement in a statement on Saturday, October 15. They also disclosed that the 56-year-old has started receiving treatment in Atlanta. "NBA Global Ambassador and Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. He is receiving the best care possible from a collaborative team of specialists in Atlanta and is in great spirits as he begins treatment. Dikembe and his family ask for privacy during this time so they can focus on his care. They are grateful for your prayers and good wishes," the league said. Mutombo was one of the most prolific defenders in the history of the NBA. He spent 18 seasons in the...
Check out some benefits of going braless
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Check out some benefits of going braless

Bras and women have a troubled connection. A great bra might provide fantastic support and shape but on other days, bras can stab you and cause discomfort. Numerous studies over the years have found that wearing a bra may not be physiologically, anatomically, or psychologically necessary and may not significantly benefit your health (keep your breasts young and healthy). They might not be the most comfortable though, depending on the sort of cloth used to make them. To raise awareness of breast cancer, ladies are asked to forego wearing bras on October 13 of each year. The first No Bra Day was celebrated on July 9, 2011. However, after three years, it was relocated to October, on the thirteenth day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are six benefits of going br...
Cholera kills 233 in 31 states, 173 die of Lassa Fever – NCDC
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Cholera kills 233 in 31 states, 173 die of Lassa Fever – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that a total of 10, 217 suspected cases of cholera, including 233 deaths, have been recorded in 31 states this year. Speaking at a ministerial briefing where he gave an update on COVID-19 response and development in the health sector, Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa said on Tuesday October 11, that there's a 47 percent increase in the number of new suspected cholera cases in August epidemiological week 36-39 (4017) compared with July epidemiological  week 31-35 (2151).  Adetifa also said there's been 933 confirmed cases and 173 deaths from Lassa fever as at Week 39, from 25 states. Out of all the confirmed cases, 71 percent were from Ondo, ...
Pancreatic cancer: The toilet problem that can signal a spreading tumour – ‘See a GP’
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Pancreatic cancer: The toilet problem that can signal a spreading tumour – ‘See a GP’

Although you might not pay too much attention to your bowel habits, they can reveal a lot about your health. One telltale sign indicating a spreading tumour can appear on the toilet. Here's how to identify this symptom of pancreatic cancer. While pancreatic cancer starts in the long, flat gland behind the stomach, it can also spread to other parts of your body. This type of cancer that has travelled to a different location is known as advanced pancreatic cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. The telltale signs of this tumour spread can be exactly the same as pancreatic cancer that hasn't advanced. However, they can also include other symptoms depending on where the disease travelled. Interestingly, one sign of a spreading tumour in your bones appears when you go ...
FG plans ban on ‘ponmo’ to revive leather industry
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FG plans ban on ‘ponmo’ to revive leather industry

•Says it has no nutrition THE Federal Government has said it was proposing a legislation to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, in the country to revive tanneries. Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology, NILEST, Zaria, Muhammad Yakubu said this in  Abuja  on Sunday. NILEST was set up to promote leather production as provided in the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975. The institute conducts research the production and products of leather and the utilisation of local tanning materials in the country. Yakubu, who said the litigation was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country, said the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to save the i...
No monkeypox vaccines in Nigeria – NCDC
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No monkeypox vaccines in Nigeria – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed the absence of monkeypox vaccine in the country. The agency stated this in response to concerns that the ongoing monkeypox pandemic might become more fatal, as vaccines, treatments and tests are unavailable in much of the world, especially Africa . A report published, last week, by The New York Times showed that African countries don’t have monkeypox vaccines, treatments and tests. But on Sunday, September 18, the Director General, NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, said: “The NCDC has testing and genomic sequencing capacity for monkeypox at our National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Abuja. Monkeypox diagnostic capacity is also being rolled out at Central Public Health Laboratory, Lagos, a campus of the NRL, as a first step to ...
Ex-Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette ‘to have surgery to remove a small growth on his vocal chords’ after losing his voice in post-match interview {VIDEO}
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Ex-Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette ‘to have surgery to remove a small growth on his vocal chords’ after losing his voice in post-match interview {VIDEO}

Former Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette will reportedly have surgery to remove a small growth on his vocal chords after he lost his voice in a post-match interview over the weekend.  The striker's post-match interview after Lyon were beaten 2-1 by Monaco attracted a lot of attention due to his high-pitch voice during his conversation with the reporter. The 31-year-old has had issues with his speech since the start of summer due to a polyp, a tissue growth on his vocal chords, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. He is scheduled to have the surgery during the international break so he will not miss out on any football for Lyon.  The Frenchman re-joined Lyon this summer on a free transfer after his contract expired at Arsenal. He had spen...
Gambia suspends sales of paracetamol after dozen of child deaths
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Gambia suspends sales of paracetamol after dozen of child deaths

Gambia has ordered importers and shops to suspend sales of all brands of paracetamol syrup while the government investigates a suspected link between the medicine and the deaths of dozens of young children. Last Thursday, the west African country’s health service said it had launched the probe after a spike in cases of acute kidney injury among children under the age of five was detected in late July. The medicines regulator, known as the Medicines Control Agency, said there was insufficient data to warrant a general ban on paracetamol syrups, a painkiller often used to treat fevers in children. The children suffered symptoms including an inability to pass urine, a fever and vomiting that quickly led to kidney failure. It did not name any specific brands, but said some...
Monkeypox cases in Nigeria hits 277 as the disease spreads to 30 states
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Monkeypox cases in Nigeria hits 277 as the disease spreads to 30 states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed that there are 277 monkeypox cases in the country.  While the disease has now spread to 30 states, the report also revealed that six deaths have been recorded so far in six states in the country. The suspected cases stand at 704 from January 1 to August 28, 2022. The report read;  “100 new suspected cases reported in Epi week 34, 2022 (22nd to 28th August 2022) from twenty-one (21) states – Lagos (17), Abia (16), Imo (14), Delta (7), Ondo (7), Bayelsa (5), Gombe (5), Rivers (4), Benue (3), Ebonyi (3) , Edo (3), Plateau (3), FCT (2), Katsina (2), Osun (2), Taraba (2), Anambra (1), Enugu (1), Kano (1), and Oyo (1).“Of the one hundred (100) suspected cases, thirty-six (36) new confirmed cases have been reco...
Lassa Fever Kills 170 Nigerians In 9 Months As 6 Die Of Monkeypox
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Lassa Fever Kills 170 Nigerians In 9 Months As 6 Die Of Monkeypox

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Lassa fever has claimed 170 lives in 25 states since the beginning of this year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said. NCDC, in its situation report Friday, said 909 cases were confirmed out of 6,547 suspected cases recorded during the period. It said, “Cumulatively, from week 1 to week 35, 2022, 170 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.7% which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (22.7%). “In total for 2022, 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 local government areas.” The report said of all confirmed cases, 70 percent were from Ondo (31%), Edo (26%) and Bauchi States (13%). It said the number of suspected cases had increased compared to that r...
Reaction as a Nigerian man suffering from Monkey Pox cries out and narrates how he was misdiagnosed by multiple doctors as {VIDEO}
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Reaction as a Nigerian man suffering from Monkey Pox cries out and narrates how he was misdiagnosed by multiple doctors as {VIDEO}

A Nigerian man diagnosed with Monkeypox disease has shared his experience. In a video shared on social media, the man who resides in Aba, Abia state recounted how he was misdiagnosed by some doctors until he went to the Federal Medical Center in Aba where a doctor made the right diagnosis of Monkeypox disease. Nigeria now has the highest number of Mokeypox deaths in Africa. Some facts about MonekyPox disease; Monkeypox is caused by monkeypox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks. Severe cases can occur. In recent times, the case fatality ratio has been around 3–6%.Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or...
Yellow Fever: 14 dead in 10 Nigerian states
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Yellow Fever: 14 dead in 10 Nigerian states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of yellow fever from January to July 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Sunday. It listed the affected states as Abia -one, Bayelsa -one, Benue- one, Imo- one, Kaduna- one, Katsina – two, Kebbi -two, Taraba -two, Yobe -one and Zamfara -three. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) described yellow fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients. The symptoms of yellow fever include headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. A small proportion of patients w...
Health Minister Warns Agencies Against Irrelevant Expenses
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Health Minister Warns Agencies Against Irrelevant Expenses

The Minister of State for Health, Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, yesterday asked heads of agencies and units under the ministry to do away with irrelevant expenses. Speaking in Abuja at a bilateral session on the 2023 budget preparation organised for the agencies under the ministry, he charged them to cut the cost of governance. He noted that the government’s finances were “highly stressed by the present economic situation in the country”. He said the ministry, in conjunction with the relevant MDAs, would upscale the financial prudence geared towards quality and effective healthcare system Share this Story Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STREAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YO...
200 patients benefiting from Borno’s free kidney dialysis monthly
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200 patients benefiting from Borno’s free kidney dialysis monthly

No fewer than 200 patients are benefitting from free kidney dialysis instituted by Borno governor, Babagana Zulum every month. Dr Garga Adama, Head of Department, Internal Medicine, at the State Specialist Hospital where the dialyses take place, made this known in Maiduguri on Monday. He said Gov. Babagana Zulum instituted the free dialysis programme two years ago following an upsurge of kidney diseases in the state. “When we started two and half years ago with 10 machines, we were doing an average of 40 sessions per week, but now we do more than 90 sessions per week; that is 360 sessions per month. “There is no discrimination. You don’t have to be an indigene of Borno to benefit. “Dialysis costs about N40,000 per session and many patients need to do two session...
WHO approves 1st African malaria prevention medicine in pregnant women, infants
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WHO approves 1st African malaria prevention medicine in pregnant women, infants

The World Health Organisation, WHO, issued a quality pre-qualification to the first African manufacturer of a key antimalarial drug used to prevent infection in pregnant women and children. This certification will enable Kenyan manufacturer Universal Corporation Ltd (UCL) to support regional efforts to combat malaria through local production of high-quality sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP). The pre-qualification was achieved with funding from global health agency Unitaid and support from MMV. Pre-qualification is a service provided by WHO to assess the quality, safety and efficacy of medicinal products. The quality assurance of UCL’s SP product Wiwal® opens a route for procurement by global scale-up partners that will improve access and help strengthen Africa’s ability to c...
3 Foods Most Women Should Eat Regularly To Reduce The Risk Of Having Fibroid
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3 Foods Most Women Should Eat Regularly To Reduce The Risk Of Having Fibroid

According to Medicalnewstoday,fibroids are abnormal growths in the uterus, which may cause a number of health issues and complications. Affecting between 70-80% of women, this uterine condition is also genetic. While there is no particular cause of this condition, certain foods have proven to reduce the risk of developing uterine fibroids. Here are 3 superfoods that’ll greatly reduce your risk of having fibroids: Vegetables Cabbage, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, radish, turnip, carrot, kale, and pumpkin help in reducing the risks of having fibroid and also improves healthy uterus. These vegetables also minimize the level of toxins and enable the body to keep the estrogen level balanced. Beans Legumes are an excellent source of fiber and protein, plus they have ...
5 Things Your Yawns Might Be Telling You
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5 Things Your Yawns Might Be Telling You

Yawning has been viewed as a sign of exhaustion and, in some cases, boredom. Yawning or oscitation is an involuntary act of opening the mouth and taking a deep breath of air which is then exhaled. While it is considered a sign of fatigue, it is also viewed as a sign of disrespect in social gatherings. However, this simple bodily function may also be a sign of underlying health concerns. Here are five things your consistent yawns might be trying to tell you: You need to slow down: More specifically, your brain needs rest. Yawning moves hot blood from the brain and replaces it with cooler air from the lungs, which is why yawns are sometimes referred to as the body's natural radiator system. You're tired: Getting only a little sleep causes the brain temperature to increa...
BREAKING : Abia confirms nine cases of Monkeypox
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BREAKING : Abia confirms nine cases of Monkeypox

Nine cases of monkeypox has been confirmed in Abia state.  The state’s epidemiologist, Peace Nwogwugwu made the announcement at a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in collaboration with Abia Ministry of Health. Nwogwugwu said;  “Currently, 40 suspected cases have been investigated and nine confirmed in five local government areas of the state,” said Mrs Nwogwugwu, a medical doctor.“Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano and Umunneochi local government areas had two cases each, while Aba North had one case.“Government has ensured that all necessary outbreak response activities have been activated.“This is to quickly contain the outbreak within the shortest period.”  Kindly leave your comment, like ...
US first lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in rebound case
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US first lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in rebound case

US First Lady, Jill Biden tested positive again for Covid-19 in a rebound case after she had tested positive earlier this month. The White House released a statement on Wednesday, August 24, saying she had tested positive through antigen testing. “This represents a ‘rebound’ case positivity,” said Kelsey Donohue, deputy communications director for the First Lady. “The First Lady has experienced no reemergence of symptoms and will remain in Delaware where she has initiated isolation procedures.” Ms Donohue said that the White House Medical Unit had already begun contact tracing. Dr. Biden, 71, had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month and was prescribed a course of Paxlovid. She is vaccinated and has received boosters. The first lady had isolated in South Carol...
Common diseases or pathogens that can be transmitted through Kissing {PHOTOS/VIDEO}
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Common diseases or pathogens that can be transmitted through Kissing {PHOTOS/VIDEO}

fbsharetwsharepinshare 01. Risk of exchanging infections Whenever we think of kissing a person, the risk of getting a disease never crosses our minds. A kiss is a display of affection and we hardly associate it with contracting health conditions. Perhaps, this is because the prevalent ideology only bewares us of having sex with someone we don’t know the medical history of. But even before we go for kissing, there’s need for a similar knowledge. This is because the following health conditions could follow a kiss with an unhealthy person. 02. Influenza Influenza can be transmitted through an infected person. This can happen when one gets in contact with his mucus or saliva. Typically such a contact can occur via three ways: sneezing, coughing or kissing. Symptoms in...
Joy as Eedris Abdulkareem undergoes successful kidney transplant
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Joy as Eedris Abdulkareem undergoes successful kidney transplant

Nigerian singer, Eedris Turayo Abdulkareem Ajenifuja popularly known as Eedris Abdulkareem has successfully undergone kidney transplant. On Wednesday, July 6, Eedris disclosed he had kidney failure and was being treated in a hospital in Lagos. He recently had a kidney transplant that was successful. In a post shared on his Instagram page, the singer thanked God for a successful surgery, as well as his wife for her support.  His post reads; ''THANK YOU GODI am specifically giving Thanks and Praises to the Almighty God for my successful kidney transplant surgery over the weekend...may HIS Holy Name be Glorified forever and forever.Words cannot express my love, devotion and commitment to my adorable, loving, supportive and compassionate wife, Yetunde, with whom G...
JUST IN : 13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed in Bayelsa
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JUST IN : 13 Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of monkeypox in the state, saying so far about 13 persons have been infected by the disease. The Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Dr Jones Stow, revealed that the viral disease is more prevalent in males than females. Stow stated that monkeypox as a viral animal disease is an infection when transmitted from the products of animals or contaminated surfaces to humans causes skin rashes which develop into bigger sizes of blisters particularly on the face region, resulting in scars on the face. He also highlighted that at the emergence of the disease in the country, the preventive measures were; proper handling of food while cooking; fumigation, and setting death traps for rodents which ...
Jill Biden, U.S First Lady tests positive for COVID
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Jill Biden, U.S First Lady tests positive for COVID

First lady Dr. Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, her spokesperson said Tuesday August 16.  Jill tested positive for COVID-19 on the last day of a family beach trip to South Carolina, days after President Biden fully recovered from a weeks-long illness. Though she is double-vaxxed and boosted, she returned a positive PCR test after developing “cold-like symptoms” on Monday evening, according to a statement from her spokesperson, Elizabeth Alexander. The first lady, 71, has been prescribed the antiviral Paxlovid and will isolate from others for at least five days, the statement added.  "Close contacts of the First Lady have been notified. She is currently staying at a private residence in South Caroli...
NCDC confirms 15 Monkeypox cases in one week
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NCDC confirms 15 Monkeypox cases in one week

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said 15 new cases of Monkeypox disease were reported in seven days between August 1 and 7, in 10 states in the country.  The affected states and the number of cases they recorded was listed as follows; Imo (three), Federal Capital Territory (two), Ondo (two), Rivers (two), Abia (one), Anambra (one), Ebonyi (one), Edo (one), Ogun (one) and Nasarawa (one). Since the beginning of the year, a total of 172 confirmed cases of the disease have been recorded. Six states accounted for 50 per cent (86 cases) of the disease burden in the country. They are: Lagos (20), Ondo (16), Rivers (13), Adamawa (13), Bayelsa (12) and Delta (12). Sadly, four Nigerians have died of the Monkeypox disease. The statement added; ...
New Langya virus found in China could be ‘tip of the iceberg’ for undiscovered pathogens, scientists say
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New Langya virus found in China could be ‘tip of the iceberg’ for undiscovered pathogens, scientists say

Scientists say more research and monitoring is needed for a new virus detected in dozens of people in eastern China that suggests just how easily viruses can travel unnoticed from animals to humans. The virus, named Langya henipavirus, infected nearly three dozen farmers and other residents, according to a team of scientists who believe it may have spread directly or indirectly to people from shrews. Shrews are small mole-like mammals found in a wide variety of habitats. The pathogen did not cause any reported deaths, but was detected in 35 unrelated fever patients in hospitals in Shandong and Henan provinces between 2018 and 2021, the scientists said. The finding reveals that animal viruses are regularly getting transmitted undetected into people around the world. Up to 2...
Five side effects of energy drink
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Five side effects of energy drink

Energy drinks belong to a class of products in liquid form that typically contain caffeine, with or without other added dietary supplements. Energy drinks are designed to give an "energy boost" to the drinker by a combination of stimulants and energy boosters. The major constituent in most energy drinks is caffeine. while energy drinks might benefit performance and possible detrimental health problems. Here are five side effects of excessive intake of energy drinks: Irregular heartbeat Irregular heartbeat is a common concern for regular energy drink consumers and general caffeine consumers alike. So if you are choosing an energy drink with excessive amounts of this stimulant, you may notice your heart beating in a way that you are not used to. Difficulty falling asl...
US hits record 1,424 new monkeypox cases in a single day
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US hits record 1,424 new monkeypox cases in a single day

The U.S. logged a record 1,424 monkeypox cases on Monday, the highest total since the global outbreak. Monday's figures bring America's overall case total to 8,934, putting the U.S. on track to be the first nation to eclipse 9,000 confirmed infection when officials report new figures on Tuesday. 'As we head into the fall, I'm concerned about outbreaks on college campuses as they are often a place where individuals engage in higher risk sexual activity and are in close contact with many different people,' Dr Rachel Cox, an assistant professor in at the Mass General Health Institute of Health Professionals, told CNN.  'We need to make sure we're prepared to allocate resources like tests, vaccines, and antivirals to places that may become hotspots.'  Not all experts...
Doctors Found The Cause Of Bad Breath! Read Here
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Doctors Found The Cause Of Bad Breath! Read Here

I nearly lost my husband due to dangerous infectious disease: 80% of the population of Nigeria is infected from the parasite without knowing it! This can happen to anyone. Hi, everybody Do you know the feeling of guilt for the person you love, when he feels bad but you can not help, just only see him suffer? I have experienced it and I want to tell you about the suffering that has happened to my family so that you do not repeat my mistake. John and I have been living together for 27 years, and during that time we never quarrel. Our friends still call us "newly weds". We have many plans ahead. Yet, nothing can happen. It all started when my husband started complaining about bad breath. I used to be a doctor so we went to check the teeth and stomach and did not ...
FG warns over outbreak of monkeypox in villages
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FG warns over outbreak of monkeypox in villages

 Share The Federal Government has charged Community Health Officers (CHO) to be prepared for the outbreak of monkeypox disease in villages. Minister of State for Health Barrister Ekumankama Nkama gave the charge at the 2021 induction of 477 Community Health Officers (CHO) by the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria in Abuja. According to the Minister, the outbreak of monkeypox and other diseases have made it necessary for the country’s health sector to be ready to track any possible challenges. He noted that Community Health officers, being among the first-responders because they are closer to the people, must respond appropriately. The Minister urged the graduates to be more responsive and operate within their level by making the necessary ...
Governor Newsom declares state of emergency for California in response to Monkeypox
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Governor Newsom declares state of emergency for California in response to Monkeypox

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in response to the monkeypox outbreak, becoming the second state in three days to take the step. Governor Gavin Newsom said the declaration will help California coordinate a government-wide response, seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on where people can get treatment and vaccination. “We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community-fighting stigmatisation,” Mr. Newsom said in a statement announcing his declaration. “Public health officials are clear: stigma is unacceptable and counterproductive in public health response,” Michelle Gibbons, executive director of the County Health Executives A...
12.7 million Nigerians living with hepatitis B –WHO
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12.7 million Nigerians living with hepatitis B –WHO

About 12.7 million Nigerians live with Hepatitis B, the World Health Organization has said. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is caused by a variety of infectious viruses and non-infectious agents, leading to a range of health problems, some of which can be fatal. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D, and E. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and viral hepatitis-related deaths. According to the 2021 viral hepatitis scorecard by the World Health Organisation an estimated 998,000 children under five years in Nigeria are chronic carriers of Hepatitis-B antigen while 11,679,000 Nigerians are chr...
Edo confirms eight Monkeypox cases
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Edo confirms eight Monkeypox cases

Eight persons have tested positive for Monkeypox in Edo state as confirmed by the state's ministry of health.  Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof. Akoria Obehi told newsmen on Monday July 25 that the Ministry has ramped up surveillance and other activities to curb the spread of the infectious disease. Obehi also urged residents to observe safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus and other infectious diseases in the state. The commissioner noted that symptoms of Monkeypox include fever, headache, weakness of the body, sore throat, and enlargement of glands under the jaw and in the neck. She said;   “Amid the rise in the number of confirmed cases of Monkeypox in Edo, it has become imperative to warn on the health risks that...
Eedris Abdulkareem has recently been diagonized of kidney failure and have
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Eedris Abdulkareem has recently been diagonized of kidney failure and have

ASKING FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR EEDRIS ABDULKAREEM! The Nigerian Hip Hop Czar, Soicial Crusader and Rights Activist, Eedris Abdulkareem of "Nigeria Jaga Jaga" fame needs the sincere and unalloyed prayers of all Nigerians and his fans around the world in this hours of his travails. The Lakreem Entertainment Inc. boss has recently been diagonized of kidney failure and have been the detection at a reputable hospital here in Lagos, Nigeria. The date for the transplant surgery is now fixed for the end of this month of July, and all arrangements and texts have been concluded, including certifying the compatibility status of the gracious donor (a family member). Therefore, on behalf of the Abdulkareem family and Lakreem Entertainment Inc., we most sincerely ask for prayers and good ...
BREAKING : Katsina records first case of monkeypox
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BREAKING : Katsina records first case of monkeypox

Katsina state has recorded its first case of monkeypox.  The state @## Commissioner for Health, Yakubu Danja, confirmed this at the distribution of medicare and free medicines to the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.  Revealing that the state government had proactively activated all emergency response teams to curtail the spread of the disease in the state, Danja further disclosed that patient has been treated and discharged.  He also revealed that about 15 suspected cases whose samples have been taken to Abuja, are awaiting results. Danja concluded by saying the distribution of the medicines was to proactively deal with the disease, as well as cholera and other rainy season-related diseases. Kindly leave your comment, ...
JUST IN : Kwara Confirms First Case Of Monkey Pox
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JUST IN : Kwara Confirms First Case Of Monkey Pox

Monkeypox Kwara State on Thursday confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the state. Based on the recent development, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasaki, implored residents to step up efforts at personal and community hygiene in an effort to fight the disease. It was gathered that the patient, is a 29-year-old driver from Gbugbu in the Edu Local Government Area of the state. In a statement by the ministry of health, “The patient developed symptoms of fever, generalised rash and weakness in the last two weeks after he was kept under surveillance.” However, in a telephone chat with Daily Trust, Rasaki said the victim’s wife and four other neighbours with similar symptoms who had contact with him have been isolated by the health team. “The patient has bee...
Pope Francis is helped to his feet at weekly audience days after speculation he plans to resign (photos)
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Pope Francis is helped to his feet at weekly audience days after speculation he plans to resign (photos)

Pope Francis was helped to his feet during his weekly audience as speculations continue to grow that he may resign.  Rumours that the 85-year-old, who has been the pope for nine years, may resign began after he postponed a trip to Africa and announced an unusual meeting of cardinals. At his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday, June 22, the Argentine spoke about how old age is ‘a time to find strength in frailty’ and encouraged the elderly to embrace their frailty and helplessness. The pope appeared to be in discomfort while getting in and out of his chair accompanied by two aides. Despite the visible challenges, he still gave his weekly talk and greeted the audience. He spoke about victims of the de...
Entire British Airways crew put in isolation over monkeypox fears after one tests positive for the infection
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Entire British Airways crew put in isolation over monkeypox fears after one tests positive for the infection

An entire British Airways crew has been put into isolation in Singapore after one of them tested positive for monkeypox. The two pilots and nine stewards and stewardesses have all been put in quarantine for 21 days, according to Mail Online.  Health officials detected the infection in one steward when staff were tested after landing on Sunday evening. A BA insider said: 'One of them had it, so they impounded the whole crew. Now they have got to spend 21 days in quarantine.  'Everyone has been told not to talk about it – but it's all everyone is talking about.' The flight is on British Airways' flagship London to Sydney route, which goes via Singapore.  The crew are believed to have completed the outward journey and had a 2...
Martha Stewart ‘heartbroken’ after testing positive for COVID-19
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Martha Stewart ‘heartbroken’ after testing positive for COVID-19

TV personality Martha Stewart has said that she is “heartbroken” after being forced to skip out on hosting a skincare launch party for Mario Badescu on Tuesday June 21, just after testing positive for COVID-19. Martha Stewart who shared a video from the event she didn't attend, wrote “This evening, I planned to host a garden party at The Plaza on behalf of my favorite skincare line, @mariobadescu. But I’m sad to report that I tested positive for Covid-19.” She added that she was “heartbroken” to miss the event, but also said, “I am feeling fine but I am sticking to the rules and isolating.” An insider told Page Six that guests were informed Stewart, 80, was no longer able to attend just minutes before she was set to speak. “A crowd gathered around ...
British PM Boris Johnson undergoes sinus surgery
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British PM Boris Johnson undergoes sinus surgery

UK prime minister Boris Johnson underwent a scheduled operation on his sinuses on Monday morning, June 20, Downing Street has said. It was described as a “very minor routine operation” under general anaesthetic at a London hospital. Mr. Johnson, who turned 58 on Sunday, is resting at home and is planning to chair Tuesday morning’s Cabinet meeting and travel to a gathering of Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda later this week. “He went to hospital around 6am and the operation was carried out first thing this morning,” the prime minister's official spokesman said. “He was back in Downing Street shortly after 10am.” Asked how Mr. Johnson was feeling, the spokesman said he had not spoken to him since his return to his official residence but that he was resting there. The timing...
North Korea reports outbreak of unidentified intestinal disease after Covid-19 wave
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North Korea reports outbreak of unidentified intestinal disease after Covid-19 wave

North Korea has reported an outbreak of an unidentified intestinal disease in the country following the outbreak of covid-19 . At least 800 families suffering from what North Korea has only called an "acute enteric epidemic" have received aid so far in South Hwanghae Province, about 75 miles south of the capital Pyongyang. State media reported on Sunday, June 19 that North Korea dispatched medical crews and epidemiological investigators to a province battling the outbreak of an intestinal disease. The new outbreak, first reported on Thursday, puts further strain on the isolated country as it battles chronic food shortages and a wave of Covid-19 infections. On Sunday, state news agency KCNA detailed prevention efforts, including quarantines, "intensive screening for all res...
One billion people worldwide have mental disorder: WHO reveals
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One billion people worldwide have mental disorder: WHO reveals

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that nearly one billion people out of an estimated 7.95 billion worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder. According to latest UN data released on Friday, one in seven teenagers is said to have mental issues. “To make matters worse, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of common conditions such as depression and anxiety went up by more than 25 per cent,’’ the report said. WHO has urged more countries to get to grips with worsening conditions. According to the data, social and economic inequalities, public health emergencies, war, and the climate crisis are among the global, structural threats to mental health. It offered examples of good practice that should be implemented as quickly as possible in r...
Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria
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Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that as many as 141 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported in-country, up from the previous 110 cases. The NCDC, via its verified website, disclosed this on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that when scientists investigate the spread of infectious disease, one area they look at is the genetic sequences of the pathogen. But there’s a snag when it comes to the monkeypox virus, which is now causing an unprecedented outbreak of several hundred infections in some 30 countries where it’s not typically seen. The DNA viruses, particularly those with relatively big genomes like poxviruses (the family that includes monkeypox), generally accrue mutations much more slowly than, say, an RNA virus-like SA...
UPDATE : Monkeypox cases rise to 574 in the UK as 46 new infections detected
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UPDATE : Monkeypox cases rise to 574 in the UK as 46 new infections detected

46 new cases of monkeypox have been announced in the UK today, bringing the total to 574, with Brits being urged to look out for any new rashes or blisters. There are currently 550 confirmed cases in England, 16 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 6 in Wales. In recent weeks around 1,600 cases have been detected globally - something experts say is "concerning", The Sun reports. In the US, 100 cases have been confirmed, with New York and California being the worst hit places. A report by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) last week revealed that most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men. Dr William Welfare, Incident Director at UKHSA, said: "As case numbers of monkeypox continue to rise and with many summer e...
Actress Empress Njamah updates fans on Ada Ameh’s battle with her mental health {VIDEO}
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Actress Empress Njamah updates fans on Ada Ameh’s battle with her mental health {VIDEO}

Actress Empress Njamah updates fans on her older colleague, Ada Ameh’s battle with her mental health.  Recall that Ameh who lost her only child in 2020, had revealed that she was being sued by a client for failing to deliver a particular job despite having mental health issues.  “I have an issue right now and it’s taking my life, but I no go die. We would get over it. I was given a job, but I didn’t do it because I have mental health issues. Will people understand it if you have mental issues? No, they wouldn’t. They are slamming me with a bill, suing me. It’s okay”. Giving an update on Ameh, Njamah revealed that she is feeling better now. She also thanked those who have supported her.  Njamah wrote; All we can say is thanks for all your prayers...
Rapper Doja Cat undergoes second throat surgery after Infection
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Rapper Doja Cat undergoes second throat surgery after Infection

American rapper, Doja Cat has undergone her second throat surgery. The 26-year-old's medical challenges stem from an infection she contracted before the Billboard Music Awards, which were held on May 15 and saw Doja win three gongs. On May 19 she tweeted: 'dr. just had to cut into my left tonsil. i had an abscess in it. my whole throat is f***ed so i might have some bad news for yall coming soon.' A few minutes later she explained: 'nah so my tonsils got infected before bbmas and i was taking f***in antibiotics but forgot that i was taking them and then i drank wine and was vaping all day long and then i started getting a nasty a** growth on my tonsil so they had to do surgery on it today.' Doja announced that her medical issues had driven her to give up...
Being fat as a child may raise risk of dementia in old age, 30-year study reveals
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Being fat as a child may raise risk of dementia in old age, 30-year study reveals

Overweight children may be more prone to getting dementia in old age, a 30 year old research suggests. A study of 1,200 children, who were followed for 30 years, found fitter and skinner youngsters had better thinking skills later in life compared to father youngsters. Scientists say they believe their enhanced cognitive ability could go on to shield them losing their memories in their old age. One third of youngsters become fat by the time they start secondary school according to the WHO who claim child obesity rates have soared the last decade due to junk food diets and sedentary lifestyles. However there is no proven way to prevent dementia though health experts believestaying healthy and exercise in middle-age wards off the neurological disorder. Fresh research ...
Dr. Fauci tests positive for COVID-19
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Dr. Fauci tests positive for COVID-19

Chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and a leading official in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Fauci has tested positive for COVID-19. U.S National Institutes of Health said in a statement that 81-year-old Fauci is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is experiencing mild symptoms, and has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other top government officials, the agency said. Fauci, the director of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) since 1984, received his positive result on a rapid antigen test, and will return to work at the NIH when he tests negative, the agency added. Fauci is reportedly taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which has been proven to reduce the risk of hospi...
Blood Donor Day : Prioritise national blood transfusion services, WHO urges African Govts
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Blood Donor Day : Prioritise national blood transfusion services, WHO urges African Govts

By Chioma Obinna As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Blood Donor Day, today, the World Health Organisation, WHO has urged African governments and political leaders to prioritise the provision of adequate human and financial resources to secure the future of national blood transfusion services. Making the call in her message to mark the day, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti also called for more people to become regular blood donors. According to her,  a blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products, in sufficient quantities, is a key component of an effective health system. The theme of this year’ is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save liv...
Judge rules 12 year old boy’s life support be turned off despite his ‘devastated’ family begging to continue it
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Judge rules 12 year old boy’s life support be turned off despite his ‘devastated’ family begging to continue it

?????? A High Court judge in the UK has ruled that a 12-year-old suffering from brain damage is dead and that life support treatment should stop, despite his ‘devastated’ family begging to continue it because they believe a miracle can happen. Archie Battersbee was found unresponsive with a ligature around his neck at his home in Essex on April 7. Doctors initially assumed to be a ‘freak accident’, but his family say they suspect he may have been taking part in a dangerous online challenge. Doctors treating him at Royal London Hospital believe the young man is brain dead and should be disconnected from a ventilator but his parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, say their son’s heart is still beating and he could still fight his way back to life. The court ruling on ...
Singer, Ozzy Osbourne to undergo major surgery that could ‘determine the rest of his life’
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Singer, Ozzy Osbourne to undergo major surgery that could ‘determine the rest of his life’

English singer, Ozzy Osbourne will have a major surgery today, June, 13,  which will 'determine the rest of his life'. Sharon, the wife of The Dreamer hitmaker revealed that she is heading back to Los Angeles from London to be there for her spouse as he undergoes the life-changing operation next week.  Speaking on the UK's The Talk on TalkTV, she said: '[Ozzy] has a very major operation on Monday, and I have to be there. 'It’s really going to determine the rest of his life.' Ozzy, 73, has Parkinson's disease and previously suffered a nasty fall and dislodged metal rods placed in his spine following a quad-bike accident in 2003. Ozzy was last publicly seen in May with the frail singer leaning on a cane as he walked.