Polio vaccine campaign targets 100m African children to stop Nigeria outbreak spreading

  Health workers are preparing to vaccinate more than 116 million children against polio across West and Central Africa in a drive to contain an outbreak of the disease in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria. Vaccination teams are aiming to reach every child under five in 13 countries from Mauritania to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said on Friday. Fighting between jihadist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian army has caused mass displacement, raising fears the polio outbreak could spread across borders and throughout the region….

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S’Africa to try Japanese drug against resistant form of TB

South Africa launched a new drug programme to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) on Friday in a bid to combat the leading cause of natural deaths in Africa’s most industrialised economy. The Health Department said it will run a clinical research programme for the drug Delamanid, made by Japan’s Otsuka Holdings Co Ltd, involving 400 patients over the next two years. “Resistance is very minimal to it. The added advantage of this drug is it is more tolerable,” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told a briefing for World TB Day in Johannesburg….

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Foster parenting promotes sound mind for the aged

To age gracefully, a Public Health Practitioner, Mr. Alamiyo Idowu ,has advised the elderly persons to involve in foster grand parenting as it helps develop their mind and help them to look healthy. Idowu said this while addressing participants mainly from age 60 and above on a topic Life Expectancy, Wellness and the Senior Citizen at the Women of Essence free health car service for the aged which took place at Onilekere , Lagos recently with the theme, ‘Age in Grace.’ According to him, foster grand parenting involves using their…

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Newborn screening needed for sickle cell anemia

President of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in Abuja, Bujola Bolarinwa has raised the alarm on the increasing number of Nigerians living with sickle cell disorder, saying that newborn screening for sickle cell anemia has become necessary to address the problems. Bolarinwa made these assertions on’ The Stream’, a programme on Al Jazeera, after suggesting the talk show explores an experimental gene therapy that is offering hope to those who suffer from sickle cell anaemia, an inherited condition that can cause crippling pain and shortened lifespans. He said, “You have…

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Oguntona: Developed countries know contents of soft drinks

A recent High Court judgement has brought benzene, a chemical used in the production of soft drinks and confectioneries to the public lexicon. A Professor of Nutrition and Chairman of the Nigerian Beverage Panel, Babatunde Oguntona, explains the content, use, and role of government in regulating benzene in this interview with APPOLONIA ADEYEMI What is Benzoic acid? In the food industry benzoic acid is used as a preservative. It has been used for a long time not only for the production of beverages but in food industry. It has been…

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Fanta, Sprite: NBC didn’t breach any law – FG

  The Federal Government has stated its position on the judgement that ordered the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control to compel the Nigeria Bottling Company Plc, manufacturers of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks, to include a written warning that the content of the bottles cannot be taken with Vitamin C. Justice Adedayo Oyebanji of a Lagos State High Court made the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by a Lagos businessman, Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, and his firm, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited, against the NBC…

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NHA: Dogged by organ donation controversy

The National Health Act (NHA) has been in the cooler since it was signed into law. That was occasioned by stakeholders’ wrangling over key aspects of the law. Current committees put in place to begin its implementation have raised hope of harmonising grey areas in the Act, reports APPOLONI A ADEYEMI   Controversy has continued to trail the National Health Act, NHA, which stakeholders widely believe would rejuvenate the health sector through the revitalisation of the primary health care, PHC, centres. While the majority in and outside the health sector…

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