August 28, 2014

Review Category : HEALTH

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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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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Meet the girl who is crying blood; parents are pleading for help

A 20-year old woman in Chile is crying blood and doctors are unsure how to fix the mysterious condition. Yaritza Oliva, who lives in Purranque, Chile, developed the condition earlier this month and bleeds from her eyes several times a day. She has visited doctors who can only send her home eye drops to deal with the “indescribable” pain. While the doctors she has visited have found no infections, her parents are eager to send her to appropriate medical experts but can’t afford it. They are asking friends and neighbors to help raise funds for her, the Mail reports. Miss ...

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Nigerian billionaire donates $1 million to fight polio

The Associated Press reports that Nigerian billionaire Sir Emeka Offor is donating over $1million toward the nation’s plans to eradicate polio. The donation is being made to the Rotary Club’s PolioPlus program, according to the AP. In a statement received Wednesday the oil and gas tycoon says “polio should have no place in our world.” Nigeria is one of the three countries where the disease remains endemic, the other two are Afghanistan and Pakistan. The fight to eradicate polio in Nigeria has been met with stiff resistance from Muslim leaders who preach against vaccinations, claiming it will lead to sterility ...

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Fewer Nigerians defecating in public – UNICEF

Here’s some good news for Nigeria: fewer people are defecating in public, opting to use a toilet instead. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNICEF Communication Specialist Geoffery Njoku revealed this in Abuja on Wednesday as the world celebrates World Environment Day. In a statement, Njoku linked the reduction in public defecation to reduced incidences of diarrhea. “Open defecation causes contamination to water bodies and is a serious threat to public health, especially during flooding. “We know that by improving sanitation, we can improve child survival as well as the environment,” it said. Public defecation is a major problem ...

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