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Chibok girls: We’re happy they were released –  UNFPA Deputy Rep.

Out of over 276 Secondary School girls that were abducted by Boko Haram fighters in Chibok community, Borno State, in April 2014 no fewer than106  have regained freedom and are

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Keep the pressure down!

Experts say Lowering blood pressure’s top number could prevent over 100,000  deaths a year More than 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually if adults with specific common risk factors for

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Midwives decry poor infrastructures in Nigerian hospitals

Say hospitals need more skilled birth attendants Now, Nigeria has more male midwives The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Friday, denounced the poor state of infrastructures in

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There’s significant reduction in malaria menace in Nigeria –  MSN President

The malaria Society of Nigeria (MSN) took the campaign against the disease to a rural  riverine community of Badagry, Lagos State, as part of its activities to commemorate the 2017

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We’ll stop malaria from the earth – Gates Foundation Country Rep

  …says Foundation spends N250m on health, other interventions in Nigeria yearly Can you imagine the earth without the malaria scourge? Dr Mairo Mandara, Country representative, Bill and Melinda Gates

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Depression comes to town, still the old story

Twenty-two years ago (how time flies), a multinational company introduced a new drug for the management of depression. It was the first of its kind and quite different from the

Tales from dental clinic

My first encounter with a dentist was quite memorable. I had this excruciating toothache that just wouldn’t respond to simple analgesics and for two days or so I couldn’t chew

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10 Ways to improve quality of care in health facilities, by WHO

There is increasing global awareness that good quality care is key to keeping mothers and babies alive and well. Today, each year there are 303 000 deaths of women during

Laugh your way to good health in 2017!

It’s still the best medicine Experts say you need it to protect your heart. It lowers blood pressure, enhances blood flow to essential organs and boosts your immunity “The most

World Cancer Day: For Nigeria, Ignorance remains obstacle to control

Few people aware that early detection could save life Doctors need retraining about cancer No sustainable cancer prevention programme Nigeria joined the rest of the world Saturday to mark the

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Do traditional healers really know what they treat?

Some years ago, a young girl developed epilepsy and the family was thrown into confusion about what to do, considering people’s reaction.  Everyone in the village advised the mother to

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‘We are winning against the AIDS epidemic but…’

World AIDS Day Message by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations * Michel Sidibé Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million

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Merck empowers African women cancer survivors

… Launches Merck-More-than-a-Patient Initiative NAIROBI, Kenya, November 2, 2016: Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced the kick off of “Merck More than a Patient,”  a new initiative

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You should be dancing!

… To reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain forms of cancer According to experts, the human body is not designed to be still for a long time.

Family Planning saves women, booms economy

  With the many misconceptions that have reduced the use of family planning methods among couples in Nigeria; thereby, increasing the deaths of pregnant women in childbirth, medical experts have

Get to know signs of heart failure

By them, any one sign of heart failure may not be cause for alarm. But if you have more than one of these symptoms, even if you haven’t been diagnosed

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Wanted: Nigeria’s own Surgeon General

Like our constitution, this is one office we need to borrow from the United States of America as a matter of urgency. In the US, the Surgeon General is a

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When government lives off the sick

Have you bought a drug lately? From “simple” analgesic to the complex ones for serious ailments such as cancer, asthma, diabetes or hypertension, the prices are now so outrageously out

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Sordid state of Lagos FP clinics

Most facilities lack consumables for modern contraceptive procedure Some have no dedicated FP room to ensure privacy for users Some operate with old or incomplete equipment Many can’t offer implant

About 5000 Lagosians may lose homes to flood in 2016, says LASEMA operations boss

  Following the prediction by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), that high level of flood will occur in Lagos and other states this year, Head Operations and Logistics, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA),

Stroke on increase in Nigeria

Dr Biodun Ogungbo is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Director, Stroke Action Nigeria. He currently practices at Lifebridge Diagnostic Centre, Abuja. A passionate crusader against stroke, Ogungbo says incident of stroke

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How Nigeria loses 800,000 U5 children annually

… Malnutrition is underlying cause in 50% of cases In Nigeria, about 12.3million children suffer from chronic malnutrition, out of which 300,000 are at risk of dying. For those that

Why we adopted Nigeria’s CDC for Africa – Amb Maiyegun

The African Union last weekend adopted the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, as one of its five Regional Collaborating Centres for Disease Control. It is part of the AU’s

How diabetes causes blindness

For the diabetics – experts say there are over twelve million of them in Nigeria – how they will control the disease to ensure that they avoid complications often associated

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Nigeria’s number 1 disease

Sam Eferaro This Week As the remains of mama Rebecca Eferaro, my mum was being lowered into the grave penultimate Saturday, some pictures and memories of her very active life