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Cholera Claims 3 In Gombe, 27 Hospitalised

Cholera outbreak at Tsangaya Islamic school, Madaki, in Gombe, has led to the death of three pupils while 27 others were hospitalized.   Gombe state Commissioner of Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, confirmed the outbreak to newsmen in Gombe on Sunday during an inspection visit to Madaki Primary Health Care facility where the victims are hospitalised.   He said within three days, 30 children from Tsangaya Islamic school had contracted the disease out of which three had died.   Ishaya said 15 were treated and discharged while 12 were still receiving…

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WHO Says Search For Hepatitis B Cure Continues

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the collaboration between global health partners to discover a cure for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) has shown promising results.   In a statement released in Abuja on Friday ahead of the “World Hepatitis Day” celebrated yearly on July 28, WHO said 50 new anti-HBV and hepatitis D virus treatments were currently being investigated.   The organisation said that 17 of these treatments were already undergoing phase II clinical trials.   It said however, that a major challenge in the process was finding an approach…

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Drugs Are Poison, Warns West African Postgraduate Pharmacy College

The West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Kwara/Kogi zone has warned against indiscriminate use of drugs, saying that they are poison.   Former Chairman, National Drug Distribution Committee, Dr Lolu Ojo, gave the warnings on Tuesday during a press conference organised by the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists in Ilorin.   The Pharmacist explained that drugs are poison, and only confer benefits to the body when used in measured quantity for measured period of time.   He described drugs as chemical substances which synthesize or semi-synthesizes.   According to…

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Woman Bags 2-Year Jail Term Over Fake Medical Report

For being in possession of fake medical reports from a Maitama, Abuja district hospital, a woman, Miss Inaku Victoria Oko, has been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Olukayode A. Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.   Miss Oko was brought before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and accused of procuring a fake medical report in the name of one Aniukwu Richard Chinonso, which was intended to enable him to travel to India for…

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WHO, Partners Need $26m For Ebola Response In DRC

The WHO and partners will need $26m for the Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the next three months. WHO said on Monday that funding had been received from Italy, UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance. The others are the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Wellcome Trust and UK Department for International Development. WHO said it had also released two million dollars from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies, to scale up the Ebola response. The Government of DRC,…

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2018 Budget: NASS Explains Inclusion Of More Funding For Primary Healthcare

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, has explained why the National Assembly, included funding for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the 2018 Appropriations Bill. In a press statement delivered to newsmen in Abuja, Senator Tejuoso stated that: “While the Executive did not include the BHCPF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill submitted to the National Assembly, the Senate embarked upon a phenomenal task of ensuring the inclusion of BHCPF in the 2018 appropriation and its effective implementation. “The Senate mandated its Committee on Appropriation to work…

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Court Adjourns Melaye’s Case Indefinitely On Health Condition

The trial of the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the senate, Dino Daniel Melaye in the alleged false information dissemination brought against him by the Federal Government suffered a major setback in Abuja. An Abuja high court trying the senator in the alleged offense adjourned the trial sine die (indefinitely) following the confirmation by the National Hospital, Abuja, which the lawmaker was on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Dino was billed to appear for trial yesterday but his lead counsel, Mr Rickey Tarfa (SAN),…

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NDDC Donates N50m For Malaria Research Programme

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated N50 million to fund Commission’s Professorial Chair on Malaria Elimination and Phytomedicine Research programme at  the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).   The commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Ibitoye Abosede, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday  that  NDDC’s Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, inaugurated the governing board for the research programme.   Ekere, who was represented by Mr Samual Adjogbe, the commission’s Executive Director of Projects, said the fund would be used to fight malaria in the region.   He also said…

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Ebola: WHO To Assist DR Congo For Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it hopes to be able to send an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as this week to deal with an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s thought 4,000 doses will be sent to the remote north-western province of Equateur. WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has visited the region, where 35 suspected cases have been reported so far – more than half of them fatal. Congolese and United Nations agencies have begun sending emergency teams of specialists to the area to try to…

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Unilorin Produces 4461 Medical Doctors Since Inception – Provost

Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulwahab Johnson, says the institution has produced 4,461 medical doctors since its establishment in 1977.   Johnson said this at the induction of 20 members of the Batch ‘B’ 2018 medical graduands of the college on Monday in Ilorin.   According to him, 3,446 of the medics are male while 1,015 are female, and had been inducted since the inaugural event in 1983.   He noted that under his tenure from August 2014 to date, the college had produced 541 graduands,…

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