March 24, 2017

Review Category : HEALTHY LIVING

Nigeria on the verge of being polio-free – UNICEF

Sokoto – UNICEF has declared that Nigeria was on the verge of being declared polio-free. UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Mrs Jean Gough, disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday. Gough spoke when she addressed the planning meeting of the members of the Journalists Against Polio ( JAP), for the September 2013 sub-polio immunisation plus days ( SIPDs). “Nigeria is in the eyes of the world as we are close to the end of the last journey and it is the most difficult. ‘’ More efforts should be in this direction to ensure the success of the last game. Polio is debilitating ...

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Nigeria loses N125billion annually to medical tourism

NAN – The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said on Sunday that Nigeria was losing some $800 million (about N125 billion) annually to medical tourism. The National President of the NMA, Dr Osahon Enabulele, made the announcement in Sokoto at a news conference at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association. According to him, no fewer than 5,000 Nigerians travel to India annually for medical tourism. “That is why we are commending Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi State for heeding our advice when he had an accident and he stayed back in Nigeria for treatment. “Other ...

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health resigns, to take up position at Duke University

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Muhammed Pate, resigned on Wednesday from his position. His resignation letter, dated July 22, was sent to the President Goodluck Jonathan and is effective as of today. In the letter, Mr. Pate explained that he was resigning to take up a position as a professor at Duke University’s Global Health Institute in the United States. In this new position, he will serve as a Senior Adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation based in Washington D.C. and participate in a university-wide Africa initiative. Pate, who also served as chairman of the presidential Task Force ...

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Ghana official wants legal age for marriage raised from 18 to 23

A chief government statistician in Ghana is recommending that the legal age for marriage in the country be raised from 18 to 23 years old. According to the BBC, Philomena Nyarko is pushing for the increase in the legal age to give women more time to become “physically and mentally” prepared for childbirth. “It is well known that health outcome for both mother and child improve, if pregnancy is delayed until when the young woman has matured for marriage and childbearing, to help save the lives of both mother and child,” Ms Nyarko said. It could also slow population growth ...

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Lagos lab assistants arrested for buying blood from secondary school students

Lagos State police arrested Shola Opeyemi, a laboratory assistant who allegedly purchased pints of blood from secondary school students in the Orile-Agege area. A traditional leader in the community tipped off the police about Opeyemi’s bloody trade. According to Punch Metro, Opeyemi was a former employee of a medical lab that supplied blood to hospitals in Lagos, but he started his new venture when he was fired from that job late last year. Secondary school students looking to make a quick buck sold their blood of their own accord and the suspect sold the pints to hospitals for a sizeable ...

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Local hospital in Zimbabwe charges women extra for screaming during childbirth – Transparency International

Mothers, is the exquisite pain of childbirth so severe you want to scream your head off? Well, don’t! Especially in Zimbabwe where screamers pay extra. No joke! The Washington Post gleaned this bizarre (and we must add, criminal) trend from the Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer. According to the extensive report (download here), corruption is so ingrained in the southern African country that it affects the lives of its citizens from “birth until death”. The report states: “In Zimbabwe, women giving birth in a local hospital have been charged US $5 every time they scream as a penalty for ...

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Ladies! The harsh truth about that guy who tells you “let’s just see how it goes”

The truth that will set you free might first sting like a bee, but popular Nigerian relationship video blogger Toke Makinwa doesn’t shy away from stinging a little. In her latest vlog (WATCH BELOW), Toke takes on the “let’s just see how it goes” guys. The fellows who take, take, take and give nothing back; who, months into a relationship with all the benefits, still find it impossible to define the relationship. They shy away from the “where is this going?” question, or worse yet come back at you with that witty rejoinder, “I don’t like to label things”. Suddenly, ...

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