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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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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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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre and the constitution of a 12-member board. The Centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater to the needs of senior citizens (70 and above) in the country. Those appointed by President Buhari include AVM M. A. Muhammad (rtd) as the Board Chairman; Dr. Emem Omokaro as the Director-General. Members are Mansur Kuliya – Ministry...

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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 joint World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) report on Friday said long working hours led to 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016. According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization, published in Environment International, this represents a 29 percent increase since 2000. In a first global analysis of the loss of life and health associated with working long hours, WHO...

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Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, the Emir of Zazzau has expressed concern over the rising cases of drug abuse among married women. The Emir was speaking when the management of the Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (KADBUSA) paid him a courtesy visit in Zaria, noted that some of those who engaged in the use of illicit drugs might be doing so out of frustration. Ambassador Bamalli who is also the Chairman of the...

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YOLA — Adamawa state Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has reassured the citizens that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe devoid of any health implications. The governor re-echoed this while speaking to Journalists at the Government House Yola on Thursday. “People should avail themselves and take COVID-19 vaccine willingly, is not by force, but it will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus across the globe”. “For those of us that have taken...

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A News Analysis by Sumaila Ogbaje, NAN   Unarguably, mental health conditions are similar among sufferers, irrespective of class, profession or other instances. Similarly, neurologists note that mental health conditions experienced by military personnel are the same among the public, although transition from military to civil life may contribute to the frequency of the condition among military officers. According to them, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and substance abuse affect a significant minority of...

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Taraba State branch Secretary of the Nigeria Red Cross Martin A. Mania has lamented the lukewarm attitude of the state government towards the organization. He disclosed this in a chat with Journalists in Jalingo, explained that their efforts in the state had not been recognized by the Taraba state government unlike in other states. Affirming that the state government has not deemed it fit to “make any commitment” to the organization, he believed it is...

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YOLA — Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has restated the resolve of his administration to remain consistent in every facet of human endeavor remains unshakeable despite daunting challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the attendant economic crunch. He appreciates the organized Labour in the State for towing the path of industrial harmony and embracing dialogue as an imperative to resolving disputes and acknowledged the eternal contributions of workers. The Governor stated this Saturday...

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