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By Anastasia Mbabie and Handel Patrick (Staff Reporters)   In its efforts to eliminate malaria, the Anambra State Government in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), and Malaria Consortium (MC) with support from GiveWell Open Philanthropic funding is set to distribute 3.8 million insecticide-treated nets to residents, to reduce the scourge of malaria in the state. Speaking at the media orientation roundtable on the implementation of the Insecticide-Treated Net Campaign, in Awka, on...

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ENUGU — The healthcare centre in Orba Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State has received some medical equipment from Dave Ogbonnaya Ugwu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dumaco Best Properties Limited. Some of the equipment includes two Neonatal incubators, phototherapy machine, two Radiant warmers, a portable Anesthetic machine, and others. Presenting the equipment to Udenu Type-3 Healthcare centre in the presence of the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, and the management team of the...

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ABUJA — The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has launched a compendium of Best practices of the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme in Abuja to serve as a reference point for other public health responses. At the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister said the document which was a compilation of strategic interventions in the fight against TB would be useful for stakeholders in the sector. He explained that it was in...

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022. The newly signed Act has repealed the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 2004. Speaking during the signing of the bill, Buhari said the new law makes provisions for the setup of a trust fund “to ensure the coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission”. “For the large number of...

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A public health physician, Dr. Chinonso Egemba, popularly known as ‘Aproko Doctor’, has warned women against smoking shisha, noting that indulging in the act can make their breasts sag. Dr. Egemba also noted that those smoking shisha—a single- or multi-stemmed instrument for heating or vaporising and then smoking either tobacco, flavored tobacco, or sometimes cannabis, hashish, and opium through a water basin, often glass-based, before inhalation—are equally more at risk of looking older than their...

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Nigerian LGBTQ rights activist, Bisi Alimi is celebrating 18 years of living with HIV. Alimi, who gained international recognition when he became the first Nigerian to come out as gay on television, said he hid his HIV status for five years because of shame and stigma. “Eighteen years ago, at the national AIDS conference in Abuja and with nudging from friends, I walked into a testing booth for the first time,” his post on Facebook...

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“Spit don’t rinse” is the message from a medical practitioner, Dr. Olufunmilayo Adeniyi as she reveals many of us could be putting our oral health at risk by making the mistake of rinsing after we brush our teeth. Speaking in an interview on Your View – a TV programme on Television Continental – Dr. Adeniyi said rinsing the mouth immediately after brushing washes away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste by diluting it and reducing its preventative effects...

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YOLA — About 4,000 lives were lost daily due to Tuberculosis infection with 28,000 people falling sick to the disease globally. Adamawa State Programme Manager, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Doctor Boniface Gundiri disclosed this at a one-day sensitization programme to educate the public about the ailment to commemorate this year World TB Day. The programme which took place Thursday at the premises of the Out-Patient Department, OPD, of the Specialist Hospital Yola, was organized by...

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There has been an outbreak of measles in some of the Benue State’s camps of the Internally Displaced Persons It was gathered that about 60 children were down with measles at the Otese IDP camp, while other children were reportedly down with the sickness at the Bawa and Daudu camps, all in the Guma Local Government Area of the state. It was learned that most of the affected persons were children between the ages of...

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Dr. Martin Adejo, a medical expert, has debunked the belief that grey hair is only for the aged. Responding to the News Agency of Nigeria’s survey on grey hair in Jos on Friday, Adejo attributed grey hair in people to genetics, stress, disease, and deficiency of vitamins. He said that some people could have grey hair very early in life from their primary or post-primary schools but that did not imply they were diseased. “I said earlier,...

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