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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.
BREAKING : Ghana records five cases of monkeypox in three regions
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BREAKING : Ghana records five cases of monkeypox in three regions

Ghana has recorded five cases of monkeypox in the Eastern, Western and Greater Accra regions. Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye made the announcement at a press briefing on Wednesday, June 8. He revealed that “one of the cases was recorded in a Ghanaian who travelled from the United States of America to Ghana". It was also disclosed that 12-suspected cases have been investigated since May 24, 2022. According to Dr Kuma Aboagye, there is currently no treatment for Monkey Pox. However, he said there is a vaccine available but not in Ghana. "But I don't think we have reached a stage where we will call for vaccination in Ghana," he said. He further noted that the cases being recorded were mild to moderate.  Monkeypox ...
Cancer treatment records breakthrough as US drug trial records ‘100% success’
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Cancer treatment records breakthrough as US drug trial records ‘100% success’

For the first time, a small clinical trial in the United States showed 100% eradication of the cancer disease in patients at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Although the trial was done on a small scale, it has raised hopes that the world may soon be able to get rid of the dreaded cancer disease. The small group of people suffering from rectal cancer witnessed that their cancer vanished completely after the experimental treatment. According to reports, the 18 patients in the small clinical trial took Dostarlimab for around six months and after over 12 months the doctors found that their cancer has disappeared. Researchers said this was the first time that all the patients in a cancer trial were completely healed with medication and they did n...
World Food Day : Nigerians don’t need medicines, if they eat right — NAFDAC
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World Food Day : Nigerians don’t need medicines, if they eat right — NAFDAC

By Esther Onyegbula The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has urged Nigerians to always ensure that only safe and wholesome foods were consumed to boost the immunity and improve the body’s natural defences in fighting diseases. She also said Nigerians do not need medicines, if they ate right, stressing that eating right meant making healthy food choices from safe, wholesome, and nutritious foods. Adeyeye, who gave the admonition at NAFDAC celebration of the 4th World Food Safety Day 2022, with the theme “Safer Food, Better Health,” opined that where food was unsafe, nutritional goals could not be achieved. Adeyeye noted that safe food was an essential component of sustainable development and c...
Former Man United goalkeeper, Andy Goram reveals he has just weeks to live because his terminal cancer has ‘spread quicker’ than expected
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Former Man United goalkeeper, Andy Goram reveals he has just weeks to live because his terminal cancer has ‘spread quicker’ than expected

Former Man United goalkeeper, Andy Goram has revealed that he has been given 'around four to six weeks' to live amid his ongoing battle with cancer. The 58-year-old announced he had been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer at the end of last month and had been given a prognosis of six months to live, admitting he had turned down chemotherapy because it would only extend his life by three months.  Goram has now confirmed that he has 'taken a turn' after his condition was leaked online, and said that his cancer had spread to his lymph nodes.  'It's now thought I have four to six weeks,' he told the Daily Record. 'It was a private message I sent someone who shared it and it ended up online. It's disappointing that someone would do that. 'The cancer h...
Ex-Chelsea defender, Alex undergoes heart bypass surgery to clear four blocked arteries
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Ex-Chelsea defender, Alex undergoes heart bypass surgery to clear four blocked arteries

Former Brazil and Chelsea defender, Alex has revealed that he has undergone heart bypass surgery to clear four blocked arteries.  The 39-year-old footballer retired in 2016 after a long and successful career playing for Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven, Paris Saint-Germain, and AC Milan. Alex's former club, Santos shared a video of the former defender at a hospital in an undisclosed location as he recovers.  'I came here to deny reports saying I had a heart attack. I found a (health) problem a few days ago, doctors decided to give me a bypass surgery. I had four blocked arteries,' Alex said. I just left the intensive care unit, I will stay at the hospital for another six days.' he added  The club posted the video with a c...
Monkeypox can be transmitted through sex – NCDC
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Monkeypox can be transmitted through sex – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has warned that monkeypox can be transmitted through sex.  The NCDC in a statement shared on its website, also listed some symptoms of the disease.  It read;  “Symptoms of the illness include fever, headache, body aches, weakness, swollen lymph nodes (glands) and a rash. After about 1 to 3 days of fever, the rash erupts, beginning on the face and then spreading to the body with the face and palms/soles being mostly affected.“They can also occur in and around the genitals which is why contact during sex is one mode of transmission. It is mostly a self-limiting illness that often lasts for two to four weeks.” Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW...
Monkeypox: FG bans sale and consumption of bush meat
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Monkeypox: FG bans sale and consumption of bush meat

The federal government has banned the sale and consumption of bush meat in a bid to curb the spread of monkepox disease.  Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar on Tuesday May 31, directed hunters and dealers of bush meat in the country to stop the business. Abubakar also urged Nigerians to avoid contact with persons suspected to be infected with monkeypox. Veterinary epidemiology officers, field surveillance agents and veterinarians have also been asked to step up surveillance to pick any possible case of Monkeypox in animals. The statement read;   “Following the recent confirmation of Monkeypox (MP) resurgence in Nigeria on May 29, 2022, involving 21 persons, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), where it was...
UPDATE : Monkeypox outbreak reaches 257 confirmed cases worldwide as WHO experts explain the risk factor
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UPDATE : Monkeypox outbreak reaches 257 confirmed cases worldwide as WHO experts explain the risk factor

Health experts with the World Health Organisation (WHO) have explained the risk factors associated with Monkeypox as the virus continues to spread globally.  This is coming after  WHO received report of 257 confirmed monkeypox cases and about 120 suspected cases in 23 nations were recorded. The United Kingdom topped the infection log with 106 cases, followed by Portugal and Canada with 49 and 26 cases respectively. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 12 cases in eight states. In five African countries, the WHO said it has received reports of 1,365 cases and 69 deaths due to the virus. These illnesses were reported in various periods ranging from mid-December to late May.  Speaking during a ...
U.S did not spread monkeypox in Nigeria – Embassy
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U.S did not spread monkeypox in Nigeria – Embassy

The United States Embassy has stated that recent outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria has no link to the North American country. An Information Specialist at the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General, Temitayo Famutimi, said that a statement was released  in reaction to claims that the U.S. government was using some laboratories under its control to spread monkeypox disease in Nigeria. The embassy which said that the U.S. government has continued to support Nigerian health authorities with technical assistance and funding to tackle disease outbreaks such as COIVD-19 and monkeypox, among others, added that sponsors of such claims have also called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate these laboratories. The statement read;&nb...
‘Smoking Kills 29,000 Nigerians Annually’
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‘Smoking Kills 29,000 Nigerians Annually’

A research associate, the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa, Austin Iraoya, says smoking kills about 29,000 Nigerians every year.  According to him, Nigeria’s health system spends about N526bn annually on tobacco-induced diseases “Most of this money comes from out of pocket expenditure. This is a serious economic burden to Nigeria. Government makes only 10 per cent from tobacco taxes from this expenditure,” Iraoya said.  He spoke in Abuja on Monday at a press briefing marking this year’s World Tobacco Day. Executive Director, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, Akinbode Oluwafemi, said smoking had been on the increase in Africa with Nigeria still importing tobacco leaves from about 44 countries.  “In the manufacturing of...
GEM Foundation distributes free pads to female students in Lagos
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GEM Foundation distributes free pads to female students in Lagos

The Godliness, Equity and Moderation (GEM) foundation on Monday distributed free pads to school students in Lagos State to mark this year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day. School children from Easy Flow College, Meiran area of Lagos were given free pads by the foundation after health seminars were held. The distribution was done in conjunction with Baos Health Care Services. Chief Executive Officer, GEM Foundation, Jemima Akomaye said the foundation was birthed from a heart burdened with care for the girl-child, saying she had always sought for a better means to reach out to them in their numbers. Akomaye said about 100 pads were distributed to students of the school from 11 years and above. “The foundation officially began on the 13th of May 2020. It started off as an...
Former Man United goalkeeper Andy Goram given just six months to live with terminal cancer
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Former Man United goalkeeper Andy Goram given just six months to live with terminal cancer

Rangers legend and former Manchester United goalkeeper, Andy Goram has been given six months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The 58-year-old reportedly turned down chemotherapy after being told it would only give him another 12 weeks. Goram initially mistook his illness for bad indigestion, but a scan at Monklands Hospital revealed he had level four oesophageal cancer. Speaking to the Daily Record, Goram said: 'I thought I had severe indigestion. It was as though my gullet was blocked. After a few weeks, it got worse and nothing was getting through. 'Everything I ate or drank didn't get halfway to my stomach and I threw it back up. I couldn't get a face-to-face with my GP for two weeks, by which time I was in total agony. I'...
Spain donates 4.4m COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria
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Spain donates 4.4m COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria

The Spanish government has donated 4.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the Federal Government towards containing the spread of the Coronavirus This is contained in a statement by the embassy titled “No one will be safe until we are all safe” in Abuja on Wednesday. The statement from the Embassy of Spain in Nigeria explained that the donation was in line with its unconditional defence of fair, equitable, and universal access to vaccines against COVID-19. The mission also disclosed that the ceremony to hand over the vaccines took place on the premises of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), with the support of UNICEF. The statement said, “With this donation, Spain stands out as the third donor of COVID vaccines to Nigeria. ...
Canada confirms 15 cases of monkeypox
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Canada confirms 15 cases of monkeypox

The health department in Canadian province of Quebec on Tuesday May 24, confirmed 15 cases of monkeypox.  Canada's federal health minister also disclosed that more samples from other parts of the country were being sent to a laboratory in Winnipeg for testing. Jean-Yves Duclos said;  "We expect more cases to be confirmed in the coming days." Duclos also disclosed that the federal government began "pre-positioning of the vaccine Imvamune and therapeutics from our National Emergency Strategic Stockpile in jurisdictions across the country." A small shipment of the Imvamune vaccine was sent to Quebec on Tuesday, he said. "I want to reiterate to Canadians that this is a different situation than we saw ourselves in with the emergence of COVID-19," Duclos a...
5 reported Ebola cases die in DR Congo
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5 reported Ebola cases die in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported five cases of Ebola virus disease amid the latest outbreak in the northwestern part of the country. This is the 14th outbreak being witnessed in the northwestern province of Equateur, according to the DRC office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday. WHO noted that all five patients have died and 234 contacts have been identified and are under surveillance, while 1,013 people, including frontline workers, have been vaccinated. Patient Zero, a 31-year-old man, started experiencing symptoms on April 5 and after more than a week of care at home, sought treatment at a local health facility. On April 21, the patient was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre for intensive care but died later that day, according ...
No specific treatments for Monkeypox, NCDC warns
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No specific treatments for Monkeypox, NCDC warns

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has warned that there are no specific treatments available for the monkeypox infection following the outbreak in Europe and other countires.  The centre also urged Nigerians to take certain measures to prevent contracting the disease. The NCDC’s post on its website read: “There are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection, although various novel antiviral have in-vitro and animal data supportive effects such as Brincindofocir and Tecovirimat. “Measures that can be taken to prevent infection with monkeypox virus include: avoiding contact with animals that could harbour the virus, both sick or dead animals in areas where monkeypox cases have occurred; avoiding contact with any material that has been in contac...
Lagos shuts 14 health facilities
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Lagos shuts 14 health facilities

The Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) has said it shuts down 14 health facilities in the last four months. The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Abiola Idowu has reiterated the Agency’s commitment to delivering its statutory roles and responsibilities towards improving the health of the citizens. Speaking in Ikeja, Lagos, Idowu disclosed that 14 facilities were shut down between January and April 2022 for various infractions, including quackery, operating beyond schedule, lack of qualified medical personnel as well as non-registration of facilities and lack of basic medical equipment. She said among the sealed facilities were Felobam Alpha Convalescent Home located at 15, Adesanya Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi and Medville Global Health ...
Monkeypox spreads to two more countries after cases double in UK
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Monkeypox spreads to two more countries after cases double in UK

Two more countries have confirmed cases of monkeypox as the global outbreak continues. Previous cases outside Africa have been confirmed in the UK, US, Canada, Spain, Italy and more in recent weeks. While the UK Health Security agency announced that cases in the UK have increased to 20, Germany and Belgium have both confirmed they have detected cases of the smallpox-like disease. Germany’s armed forces’ medical service confirmed it had found a single case of the ‘virus beyond doubt for the first time in Germany on May 19 in a patient with characteristic skin lesions’. Belgian health authorities said they had confirmed two cases of the viral disease. According to a Flemish broadcaster, both were found in different cities in men who had attended the same pa...
Jumia launches e-doctor in Nigeria
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Jumia launches e-doctor in Nigeria

Jumia, the leading pan-African e-commerce platform, on Thursday, announced the launch of e-doctor, a telemedicine service which aims at providing quality, affordable and digital real-time healthcare consultations in Nigeria. Consumers will have access to a licensed doctor through the e-doctor service on the JumiaPay app. This medical consultation service seeks to address healthcare access issues faced by Nigerians including crowded hospitals and long wait times. “We’re excited to offer consumers a platform to connect with an online e-doctor easily and conveniently. Aside from paying for utility bills, buying tickets, data, and airtime on the JumiaPay app, consumers can now benefit from high-quality healthcare on their terms. Whether they want to inquire about or ask a doctor abo...
Monkeypox hits Europe as five gay or bisexual men in Portugal test positive with Spain probing eight suspected cases in men
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Monkeypox hits Europe as five gay or bisexual men in Portugal test positive with Spain probing eight suspected cases in men

Monkeypox has now been detected in Portugal and Spain in what could be the first global outbreak of the  disease. Spain is monitoring eight men who it believes are infected, with tests being carried out to confirm the virus. All of the men are believed to be gay or bisexual, according to local media, and most were detected at sexual health clinics in Madrid. But it is not yet clear how they caught the virus. Five men in Portugal have tested positive and more than a dozen more are under investigation, health officials there said today. Experts fear it is spreading far wide after seven Britons were diagnosed in the past fortnight. Six of them appear to have been infected in the UK and the majority are not linked, which suggests more cases are goin...
Woman, 76, is mauled by a huge rat while she was asleep
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Woman, 76, is mauled by a huge rat while she was asleep

A 76-year-old pensioner woke up covered in blood after she was mauled by a huge rat. Diana Kirk, 76, was left with horrific injuries after the rat clawed into her face and neck at her home in Nottinghamshire, England, on Monday, May 9. Her husband John, 85, found her drenched in blood downstairs in her hospital bed, where she sleeps due to her medical condition. She is looked after by John and a care team who come into the house to help. John recalls hearing what he believed to be a big rodent "scratching around" by his feet, but said he brushed it aside as it was in the middle of the night. Then, at around 1.30am, he noticed the sound again, before he fell asleep and woke up as normal just before 6am, reports Nottinghamshire Live. He went downstairs...
Gay and bisexual men are urged to look out for ‘unusual rash’ as four men are infected with Monkeypox
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Gay and bisexual men are urged to look out for ‘unusual rash’ as four men are infected with Monkeypox

Gay and bisexual men have been urged to look out for 'unusual rash' after four men were diagnosed with monkeypox in the UK, bringing the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to seven. All four new patients are gay or bisexual men who were infected in London and had no travel links to Africa, health chiefs have confirmed after MailOnline broke the news earlier today. Two are known to each other but have no connection to any of the previous cases, in a sign the virus is spreading in the community for the first time. Nurses and doctors are being advised to stay 'alert' to patients who present with a new rash.  Monkeypox is often mistaken for more common rash illnesses like chickenpox, measles, scabies, and syphilis, which makes it difficult to diagnose ...
Newborn gets 11 stitches after she fell out head first when her pregnant mum was forced by nurses to walk to another ward
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Newborn gets 11 stitches after she fell out head first when her pregnant mum was forced by nurses to walk to another ward

A newborn baby had to get 11 stitches after she fell out of her pregnant mum head first. Mum Josian Marques Pereira has slammed the Sofia Feldman Maternity Hospital in Brazil for "negligence". Her baby Olivia needed stitches after she fell head first onto the hospital floor while her mother was standing, on May 6. Officers have launched an investigation to the south-eastern Brazilian hospital. According to an incident report, heavily pregnant Josian began to have contractions and was rushed to the hospital. She claims she begged for help as soon as she arrived but was left waiting for around 40 minutes. When a nurse finally came over, she was told she’d have to walk to another room but Josiane said she couldn’t because she could feel her child...
Putin has blood cancer – report claims
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Putin has blood cancer – report claims

Multiple reports on Saturday have reinforced earlier hints that Russian leader, Vladimir Putin may be suffering from cancer. Indeed the sources are linking the invasion of Ukraine to the disease, which has made the Russian strongman behave erratically. The Times of London reported today Putin is “very ill with blood cancer”, quoting an oligarch close to the Kremlin. The unidentified oligarch was recorded discussing Putin’s health with a Western venture capitalist in mid-March in a recording obtained by New Lines, a US magazine. The Russian says in the recording that Putin had surgery on his back linked to his blood cancer shortly before ordering the invasion of Ukraine. He complains that the president has gone “crazy”. He says that there is deep dissatisfaction in Mo...
Women with lupus disease can marry, have kids -Experts says
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Women with lupus disease can marry, have kids -Experts says

Medical experts in Lagos on Friday said pregnancy is achievable in women with lupus, a chronic, auto-immune disease that affects more women than men. The experts said this at a panel discussion at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), to mark the 5th annual World Lupus Day. It was hosted by The Labalaba Foundation, an NGO in collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Rheumatology and the Rheumatology clinics of LUTH and LASUTH The panel session, titled “Sexual Health in Lupus”, featured Dr Joseph Olamijulo, a consultant gynaecologist at LUTH, who said that lupus was predominantly common in women. Olamijulo said that women in their reproductive years suffered more from lupus. If a patient has lupus, the patient’s risk is higher for other health problems that are...
LASUTH launches new dialysis unit to improve kidney disease treatment
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LASUTH launches new dialysis unit to improve kidney disease treatment

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has launched a new Dialysis Unit to improve health outcomes for patients battling kidney diseases. The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, disclosed this in a statement issued by Oluwaseyi Adewale, the Head of the Public Affairs Department of LASUTH on Friday in Lagos. Fabamwo said the dialysis unit would enhance health outcomes for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), acute kidney injuries, and end-stage renal disease. According to him, the unit has eight dialysis stations that cater for a minimum of 22 sessions daily and 660 dialysis sessions monthly. He explained that the latest unit was in addition to the existing six dialysis machines in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of the hos...
Spain to offer menstrual leave to women who suffer severe period pain
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Spain to offer menstrual leave to women who suffer severe period pain

Women who suffer from severe menstrual pain could be allowed to take up to three days off work each month under a reform plan due to be approved by Spain's government next week. Spain would be the first European country to do this, although there are several countries in Asia - including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - that offer similar leave. Previous studies estimate that 60% to 90% of young women worldwide suffer from dysmenorrhea - severe period pain - and in Spain, approximately 75% of women are affected, according to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The Secretary of State for Equality and against Gender Violence, Ángela Rodríguez, told El Periodico the new laws would benefit those suffering from particularly painful periods. "It...
Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19
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Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has disclosed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. Gates shared the news on Twitter, adding that he is fortunate to be vaccinated, boosted and have access to testing and great medical care. He tweeted;  “I've tested positive for COVID. I'm experiencing mild symptoms and am following the experts' advice by isolating until I'm healthy again.I'm fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to testing and great medical care. Gates’ global health charity organization the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had pledged in January a $150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to fund its COVID-19 pandemic response. The f...
BREAKING : Monkeypox cases confirmed in Nigeria
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BREAKING : Monkeypox cases confirmed in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced that 15 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in seven states between January 1 and April 30, 2022. The confirmed cases were from the 46 suspected cases recorded during the period, and it was also gathered that Lagos and Adamawa states have the highest figures of three each.  This is coming after the United Kingdom Health Security Agency announced that a traveller from Nigeria was confirmed to have monkeypox.  In a statement released by the NCDC, it was stated that no death has been recorded this year as a result of the disease. The health agency said it would conduct active case searches in facilities and communities that have been reporting positive cases in the country. The ...
Halsey diagnosed with multiple ailments after giving birth
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Halsey diagnosed with multiple ailments after giving birth

American singer, Halsey took to social media on Tuesday May 10 to share their health challenges with their fans.  The singer who uses “she/they” pronouns, has been "in and out" of the hospital multiple times, owing to their health struggles.  27-year-old Halsey posted a series of videos to their Instagram Story on Tuesday explaining some of the symptoms they've experienced and the multiple syndromes they've been diagnosed with.  The singer who welcomed a baby boy, Ender Ridley Aydin, with partner Alev Aydin, in July last year, wrote;  “Obviously my health has changed a lot since I got pregnant and gave birth.“I started getting really, really, really, sick… I was hospitalized for anaphylaxis, a few times, and I had...
2022 World Hand Hygiene Day: Dettol Donates to Federal Medical Centre Abuja
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2022 World Hand Hygiene Day: Dettol Donates to Federal Medical Centre Abuja

Living up to its brand purpose, to protect life by reducing the burden of illness and its fight to make good hygiene a reality that everyone can achieve, Dettol Nigeria recently made product donations to the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja as part of its activities to mark the 2022 World Hygiene Day which holds on the 5th of May annually. L-R: Area Sales Manager, Reckitt Nigeria, Mr. Okpanachi Simon; Deputy Head of Clinical Services, Research and Training Federal Medical Center Abuja, Dr. Bioku Muftau; Deputy Head of Clinical Services, FMC, Abuja Dr. Omage Christopher, and Reckitt Regional Manager, North, Mr. Victor Okafor, during the Reckitt donation of items to FMC in commemoration of world hand Hygiene day in Abuja. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that “Every ye...
‘Go home!’ COVID-hit Shanghai, Beijing tell residents to avoid social contacts
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‘Go home!’ COVID-hit Shanghai, Beijing tell residents to avoid social contacts

© Reuters/ALY SONG COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's two biggest cities tightened COVID-19 curbs on their residents on Monday, raising new frustration and even questions about the legality of its uncompromising battle with the virus.© Reuters/ALY SONG COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai As authorities wrestle with China's worst COVID outbreaks since the epidemic began, authorities in its most populous city of Shanghai have launched a new push to end infections outside quarantine zones by late May, people familiar with the matter said.© Reuters/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing While there has been no official announcement, over the weekend some residents in at least four of its 16 districts received notices saying they were no...
Monkey pox patient in London travelled from Nigeria, UK says
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Monkey pox patient in London travelled from Nigeria, UK says

The United Kingdom Health Security Agency has said that an individual diagnosed with Monkeypox in London had a travel history from Nigeria. The patient was admitted to the expert infectious disease unit of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. The Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA Dr. Colin Brown said in a statement on the agency’s website on Sunday, May 8: "UKHSA can confirm an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. "The patient has recent travel history from Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK. "The patient is receiving care at the expert infectious disease unit at the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London." Brown added that meas...
Pope Francis seen using wheelchair for the first time following knee surgery announcement
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Pope Francis seen using wheelchair for the first time following knee surgery announcement

Pope Francis was seen in public using a wheelchair on Thursday, May 5, days after he said he was having a minor knee operation. The pontiff, who has been suffering from pain in his right knee for some time, was wheeled into the Paul VI hall in Vatican city for a meeting with nuns and mother superiors from around the world. The newspaper, Il Messaggero, said the nuns applauded the pope at length as he was wheeled into the room by his most trusted assistant today, May 5. In an interview with Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, May 3, Francis, 85, said he was about to undergo a minor "intervention with infiltration" due to a strained ligament. At the end of an audience with bishops from Slovakia last week, the pope, seated in a chair, apologised for not being able to rise to ...
COVID-19 Pandemic Killed Close To 17 Million Within Two Years – WHO
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COVID-19 Pandemic Killed Close To 17 Million Within Two Years – WHO

The COVID-19 pandemic killed 13.3 to 16.6 million people in 2020 and 2021, the WHO estimated Thursday – up to triple the number of deaths attributed directly to the disease. The World Health Organization’s long-awaited estimate of the total number of deaths caused by the pandemic – including lives lost to its knock-on effects – finally puts a number on the broader impact of the crisis. “New estimates from the World Health Organisation show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million),” the UN health agency said in a statement. The figure calculates what is termed as excess mortality due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has upe...
DR Congo confirms third case of Ebola
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DR Congo confirms third case of Ebola

A third case of ebola has been confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the city of Mbandaka in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo.  The patient is a 48-year-old man deemed a "high-risk" contact of the first Ebola patient identified in the DRC's latest outbreak, who died on April 21, according to an official Twitter post from the WHO Africa Region. "Responders have identified 444 contacts and continue to monitor their health," it said.  Responders have identified 444 contacts of the confirmed cases and are monitoring their health, the WHO said. The current outbreak is Congo's 14th in the history of the hemorrhagic fever. The second victim of the virus died on April 25, after experiencing symptoms for more than a week, the WHO said ...
Bisi Alimi marks 18 years of testing positive to HIV
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Bisi Alimi marks 18 years of testing positive to HIV

Bisi Alimi has taken to his Instagram page to reflect on his journey as an HIV-positive man. In his post, the Nigerian gay rights activist recounted how he tested for the virus in 2004 and kept it to himself until 2009 when he came out openly to identify as an HIV patient. He said he came out with his status after he realized it is the stigma, the shame and the discrimination that kill and not the virus. Read what he wrote below... Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THANKS AND GOD BLESS https://youtu.be/EmD6FSuOK_c
Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children has now been spotted in 20 countries, WHO says
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Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children has now been spotted in 20 countries, WHO says

The World Health Organization has confirmed eight more countries have reported cases of mystery hepatitis in children.  It brings the total number of countries with cases to 20.  Globally, 228 children have been sickened with an unusual form of liver disease and another 50 suspected cases are being probed. One death has been confirmed but four more are suspected, and 18 children have required a liver transplant. Most of the cases have been detected in Europe but there are others in the Americas, the Western Pacific, and Southeast Asia.  Scientists are bemused by the spate of cases because none of the affected children have tested positive for normal hepatitis-causing viruses. Adenoviruses, which normally cause the common cold and stoma...
It is Cost-Effective to Prevent Than to Treat Malaria – Reckitt Marketing Director
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It is Cost-Effective to Prevent Than to Treat Malaria – Reckitt Marketing Director

Mortein insecticide has identified prevention as one of the major cost-effective ways against the spread of malaria in Nigeria. In line with this year’s world malaria day theme, “Advance Equity. Build Resilience. End Malaria”, Mortein partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health through National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and other stakeholders to upscale awareness, action, and sustain the commitment for the elimination of malaria in Nigeria. World Malaria Day is an international annual event commemorated by Mortein and the Reckitt team in the quest to eradicate malaria from Nigeria, and Africa.  Speaking at the press briefing in Abuja to commemorate the 2022 World Malaria Day, Marketing Director, Reckitt Sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Tanzim Rezwan, said community ...
JUST IN : U.S. confirms first human case of H5 bird flu
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JUST IN : U.S. confirms first human case of H5 bird flu

The United States on Thursday April 28, reported its first case of H5 bird flu in humans.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a Colorado resident in his 40s, tested positive for the H5 bird flu disease, marking the first known confirmed case of the flu in the country.  The Colorado Department of Public Health also said the infected person is largely asymptomatic, reporting only fatigue. The department said that the person was isolated and has been receiving the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu).  Dr Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said;  "We want to reassure Coloradans that the risk to them is low."I am grateful for the seamless collaborati...
Hailey Bieber had a heart surgery after ‘scary’ blood clot caused mini stroke
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Hailey Bieber had a heart surgery after ‘scary’ blood clot caused mini stroke

Hailey Bieber has revealed that she underwent a heart surgery after suffering a “mini stroke” last month. She said she underwent a patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure procedure to mend a hole in her heart. The supermodel noted that after being rushed to a Palm Springs area hospital last month with stroke-like symptoms, she discovered she had a blood clot which travelled to her brain and caused a transient ischemic attack (TIA). In a new YouTube video titled “telling my story", Hailey said;  “It went very smoothly … I’m recovering really well, really fast.“When I went to UCLA we did more in-depth testing … to find a PFO, a flap between the right and left chambers of the heart.“Typically at birth it’s supposed to close on its own.“The...
Reaction as Health center in Lagos allegedly refuse to attend to pregnant teenage girl
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Reaction as Health center in Lagos allegedly refuse to attend to pregnant teenage girl

Two health centers in Lagos have been accused of refusing to attend to a pregnant teenage girl. A Twitter user @litionee who made the allegation said the teenager was referred to the Oshodi Health center for her antenatal care, however, she was allegedly rejected. She went to the Isolo health center where she was also allegedly turned down by the officials on grounds that they only attend to pregnant ladies from 20 years old and above. Read her tweets below Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THANKS AND GOD BLESS https://youtu.be/EmD6FSuOK_c
JUST IN : China Detects First Human Case Of Bird Flu
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JUST IN : China Detects First Human Case Of Bird Flu

China has confirmed the first known human case of the H3N8 strain of avian flu, but health authorities say there is a low risk of widespread transmission among people. H3N8 is known to have been circulating since 2002 after first emerging in North American waterfowl. It is known to infect horses, dogs and seals, but has not previously been detected in humans. China’s National Health Commission on Tuesday said a four-year-old boy living in central Henan province tested positive for the strain after being hospitalised earlier this month with a fever and other symptoms. The boy’s family raised chickens at home and lived in an area populated by wild ducks, the NHC said in a statement. The boy was infected directly by birds and the strain was not found to have “the ability t...
WHO confirms Ebola outbreak in Africa after second person dies from the disease
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WHO confirms Ebola outbreak in Africa after second person dies from the disease

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed another outbreak of Ebola in Africa. WHO sounded the alarm after a second person died from the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This marks the 14th breakout of the disease that the country has seen since 1976, with WHO beginning preparations for a vaccine rollout in the country. The National Institute of Biomedical Research reported a 31-year-old patient had died on Sunday, April 24, in the north-western city of Mbandaka, with the man reportedly showing symptoms on April 5 but not seeking treatment until a week later. A 25-year-old woman has also died of the disease, with WHO confirming on Twitter that at least 145 people "came into contact with the confirmed cases". The woman was sa...