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NNEWI — The Chief Medical Director – CMD of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital – NAUTH, Dr. Joseph Ugboaja has paid a working visit to the Premium Kidney Hospital in Nnewi, Anambra State. The visit was upon invitation by the management of Premium Kidney Hospital led by Dr. Okey Chidolue, a US-trained attorney and former Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority. The visit was initiated as an on-the-spot assessment of the quality of work at...

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ABUJA — The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib has debunked the report of an outbreak of a new polio virus in some states. In a statement, it explained that “For the avoidance of doubt, no case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) has been reported anywhere in the country since the last case in 2016. We currently have 395 cases of Circulating Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) across 27...

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It has been gathered that the Federal Government has increased the hazard allowance for medical doctors and other health workers in the country. It was also learnt that while the government increased the doctors’ allowance from N5,000 to between N32,000 and N40,000; other health workers like nurses, laboratory workers among others had theirs reviewed to between N15,000 and N34,000. This was according to a circular with reference number SWC/S/04/S.218/11/406 dated December 22, 2021 and signed...

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People Living with Disabilities in Bauchi State have lamented that the stigmatisation and maltreatment they encounter in their homes, which often leads them to beg for alms, thereby making them vulnerable to sexual abuse. The representative of a Non-Governmental Organization, Heal Initiative Development, Aisha Adamu, stated this in a goodwill message during a one-day programme to mark 16 days of activism organized by the Development Exchange Center, Bauchi. She said, “Most of the challenges we...

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LAGOS — Mr. David Anyaele, Executive Director of Centre for Citizens With Disability (CCD), has canvased for equal opportunities for Persons With Disability (PWDs) and access to participate in the political and governmental activities in the country. Obinna made the appeal in Lagos as part of activities to mark the International Day For Persons With Disabilities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2021 edition of the global celebration marked annually on Dec.3...

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YOLA  — The Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ADSACA), Mohammed Chubado Abubakar, on Wednesday disclosed that the rate of people infected with HIV in Adamawa State has dropped to 0.8 percent among men and 1.4 percent among women. Abubakar who spoke during the HIV/AIDS Day in Yola said the rate is as contrasted from 7.6 percent average rate less than 20 years ago, added that the spread of HIV has...

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ABUJA  — The Nigerian government has expressed concern that malaria disease is still responsible for the death of most Nigerians despite concerted efforts to cure it. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria Minister of Health stated this at the launch of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), a campaign to end malaria, tagged “Mama Put”. Represented by the director of public health, Dr. Morenike Alex-Okoh said malaria was still the leading cause of death in the country...

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BAUCHI — The Benue state programme manager, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Dr. Igbabul Ishember says no fewer than 41,000 people in Benue State are at the risk of being infected by Tuberculosis (TB) at the end of 2021. Ishember, who is also the Deputy Director, Public Health, in the Ministry of Health and Human Services, in an interview said, from January to date only 4,135 TB patients representing 28 percent have been identified and placed...

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Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, a Nigerian social crusader and widow of the late spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, was delivered of twins – a boy and a girl – at a hospital in the United States of America on Wednesday. The PUNCH gathered that both mother and the babies are in excellent health condition. The ‘miracle’ birth fulfilled the wishes of the late Odumakin to have another baby to be named after him. The couple who...

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari says over 12 million Nigerian children, mostly girls, are currently traumatized and afraid of going to school, as a result of the incessant attacks on the education system. The President while flagging off of the 4th International Conference on Safe Schools Declaration in Abuja on Tuesday said the abduction of pupils/students, increased activities of insurgence, and general insecurity in schools had exacerbated factors responsible for the growing number of out-of-school...

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