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NPHCDA Targets Over 288,000 Girls For HPV Vaccine In Kogi

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is targeting more than 288,000 girls for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine against Cervical Cancer in Kogi beginning May 27. Mr Mohammed Bala, the Technical Assistant on HPV Introduction, John Snow Incorporated (JSI), made the disclosure in an interview in Lokoja on Saturday.

Nigeria To Unify National Blood Database

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated steps to unify national blood database to ensure safe and reliable supply of blood for patients in need.

UBTH Plans Mass Burial for 270 Unclaimed Corpses, Gives Six Weeks Ultimatum

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The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has concluded plans to conduct a mass burial for 270 unclaimed corpses if not claimed within the next six weeks. Ehizogie Adeyemi, coordinator of mortuary Services of the hospital, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Benin on Tuesday. Mrs Adeyemi gave the breakdown of the corpses as 201 infants and 69 adults, noting that the hospital had in a statement given six weeks ultimatum to the owners of the corpses to claim them.

African First Ladies Joins Forces To Combat Cancer

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First Ladies across Africa have joined forces to accelerate cancer prevention and treatment. They are focusing on promoting early detection and treatment to reduce the disease in the continent. The First Ladies announced their resolve to battle the disease during the third Regional Seminar on Cancer Awareness, hosted by the Nigeria’s First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, yesterday in Abuja.

FG Bans Foreign-Made Syringes, Needles In Hospitals

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The federal government has instructed all chief medical directors and medical directors of federal tertiary hospitals to procure needles and syringes solely from NAFDAC-approved local manufacturers. The new directive was stated in a circular addressed to all medical directors signed by the Minister of State for Health, Tunji Alausa, on Friday.

Yobe Hit With Cerebrospinal Meningitis; 85 Deaths, 2510 Recover In 4 Months

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Yobe State government said 85 persons have died from Cerebrospinal Meningitis in the state while 2,510 have recovered from the disease between January 2023 to April 2024. The Commissioner for Health in the State, Dr Lawan Gana while addressing journalists in Damaturu also refuted the purported social media report on the alleged deaths of 200 persons in Potiskum and Nangere local government areas of the state.

Nigeria Losing Its Health Professionals To Countries That Did Not Invest in Their Education – FG

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The Nigerian Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Pate, says that health systems in Nigerian will remain weak as long as developing countries like Nigeria continue to lose its trained health professionals to developed countries that did not invest in their first professional education. Pate made these remarks at the opening plenary of the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) yesterday, saying half the world’s population is still facing “health poverty”, deprivations of access to affordable basic health care, such as immunisation, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care. 

SFH Decries Rising Cases Of Abortion Among Married Women

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Society for Family Health (SFH), has decried rising cases of abortion among married women in Nigeria, attributing the development to the rise in inflation and love for their families. The nonprofit, non-political, non-governmental organization which intervenes in various health fields, added that many married women undertake to abort pregnancies without the knowledge of their husbands.

NAFDAC Warns Public of Europe's Recall of Caro White from Nigeria

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a public notification on its website, 'Public Alert No.15/2023, regarding the recall of Caro White Skin Lightening Beauty Lotion by the European Union (EU) Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Non-Food Products (RAPEX). This action comes as the product fails to comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation due to its high Kojic Acid concentration, surpassing the allowable maximum concentration of one percent. This conclusion was drawn by the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

HPV: 21 States To Commence Phase II Vaccination Exercise In May 27

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The Phase II of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination exercise will commence on 27th May, 2024 with Twenty-one states of the federation.

MeCure to Produce First Local Antibiotics, Gets NAFDAC Nods

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MeCure Industries, a pharmaceuticals company in Nigeria, has revealed it has secured approval from the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to launch production of the first locally manufactured alternative Amoxicillin-Clavulanic acid tablets, Amoxyclav 625mg. This was made known in a recent statement.“MeCure Industries completed its Beta-lactam plant (Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid also known as Amoxyclav) and, in the first quarter of 2024, secured approval from NAFDAC to launch production of Amoxyclav 625mg tablets (the first locally manufactured alternative antibiotic tablets following the departure of major manufacturers of similar variants),” the statement said.

Scientists Develop New Vaccine Against Future COVID Viruses

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Scientists have created a vaccine that has the potential to protect against a broad range of coronaviruses, including varieties that are not yet known. The scientists from the University of Canbridge, the University of Oxford, and Caltech in the US are developing a novel approach called "proactive vaccinology" which aims to train the body's immune system to recognise several different coronaviruses. The vaccine is made by attaching harmless proteins from different coronaviruses to minuscule nanoparticles that are then injected to prime the body’s defences to fight the viruses should they ever invade. Because the vaccine trains the immune system to target proteins that are shared across many different types of coronavirus, the protection it induces is extremely broad, making it effective against known and unknown viruses in the same family.

Pollution: Shell! Clean Up Host Communities Before Leaving Nigeria

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Activists and community leaders have called on oil company, Shell; to clean up communities it had allegedly polluted in the cause of its oil extraction before leaving Nigeria.

Resident Doctors Commence 3-day Strike Over Attack On Member

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Medical doctors under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan in Oyo State have commenced a three-day strike over alleged assault on one of their members by relatives of a patient in the hospital. 

NAFDAC Shutdown Aba Market Over Production Of Fake Beverages

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down the Eziukwu Market, popularly known as Cemetery Market, in Aba, Abia State, following production and selling of dangerous fake beverages.

Transport Infrastructure: Austrian, Nigerian Gov’ts Join Forces

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The acting Head, Media and Publicity, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Manji Yarling, has disclosed the collaboration of the Austrian and the Federal Government of Nigeria on Transport Infrastructure and other Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

UNICEF Hint On Sexual Violence Against Children In Benue IDP Camps

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed in its safety audit report, incidences of sexual violence against children living in some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Benue State.

Abduction Of 10 Doctors In Enugu, NMA Threatens Industrial Action

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The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Enugu State Chapter has threatened an industrial action over abduction of members in the state and the need for the State Government and security agencies to emplace measures to safeguard Medical and Dental Council workers in the State.