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ABUJA —  Malam Shehu Mohammed, author of the book on sickle cell anaemia titled “I Am A Survivor,” has called on Nigerians to create more awareness and sensitisation exercises to sickle cell disease. Mohammed made the call on Saturday in Abuja at a public presentation of the book stressing that in spite of the prevalence of the disease the society still misunderstood the issue. “Many are still ignorant of what genotype is all about. Couples...

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The Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Kebbi State has called on Nigerians to show love, care and support for the people living with Albinism, as the world marks the 2021 Albinism Awareness day. The Medicaid Foundation Chief Executive who is also a strong advocate of social inclusion of vulnerable groups and a strong campaigner against all forms of discrimination against Albinos and other vulnerable in the society wants society to...

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The National Council of Pharmacists cancelled the ‘Pharmacy Technician programme’ course previously accredited to be studied in the School of Health Technology, Kano for alleged violation of regulations. The development will affect 50 final year students of the institution who may have wasted their academic years. The students who were said to have written their final examinations at the Institution received the news recently. The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria had initially accredited the Course for...

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DAMATURU, YOBE —A farmer in Yobe state has attempted to annihilate residents of Kasesa village and their herds near Damaturu, the state capital with poisoning nine wells in the village being the sources of water to residents and herds in the area. Already, Police have arrested the suspect and no incident occurred related to the crime. Confirming the development to newsmen in Damaturu, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim spokesman for the Police Command in the state said...

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ILORIN — Dr. Ademola Popoola, a Consultant Urologist with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has advised men to go for early screening to prevent prostate cancer. Popoola, who teaches at the Department of Surgery of the university, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ilorin. According to him, prostate cancer is a cancer of the prostate gland, which is an accessory sexual organ that...

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ABUJA — Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has, over the years, deployed significant resources to address challenges in education and healthcare. He said that the Federal Government was committed to addressing human capital development and related issues in the country with the same zeal it showed in the implementation of the Social Investment Programmes. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president virtually-delivered a keynote...

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NEW YORK — The World Health Assembly, the main governing body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has adopted a new resolution on malaria. WHO, in a statement on Friday, stated that the new resolution was aimed at revitalising and accelerating efforts to end malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives annually. The resolution is led by the USA and Zambia – and co-sponsored by Botswana, Canada,...

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AWKA — Workers in the Nigerian healthcare sector will begin to earn improved hazard allowance soon, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige. Ngige gave the assurance while speaking at the 41st Ordinary General Meeting of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Awka on Thursday. Ngige was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Azuike, the Acting Chairman of the Chief Medical Advisory Committee at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka....

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An outbreak of cholera has killed seven people, while others are still receiving treatment at a Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Garko Ward of Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State. The state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, in a statement on Thursday, said the outbreak was confirmed by the ministry’s Rapid Response Team deployed, which eventually established a treatment centre at Bogo Model PHC. “The cholera outbreak was attributed to the drinking of...

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A fresh cholera outbreak in Bauchi State has infected 322 persons with at least 20 deaths in some parts of the state. The first index case was a 37-year-old patient, who was admitted to Burra General Hospital on 24 April 2021. Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Maigoro, the State Commissioner for Health gave the update on the situation during a media briefing on Tuesday morning. Maigoro said the outbreak has spread across nine local government areas since...

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