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Please help – Doctors cry out to federal government as 250 Nigerians die in just 21 days

Doctors say Nigerian hospitals ran out of anti-venom drug since around October and patients need them seriously - The hospitals visited say an average of 6 people die daily from snakebites Experts say snake attacks in the harvest season is not unusual but there were anti-venom vaccines for treatments in the past - Doctors say they have to watch helplessly as patients die slowly The medical experts say the situation is much worse than the deadly Ebola, HIV/AIDS and Monkeypox and must not be allowed to continue Two hundred and…

Rumoured vaccination in the head may affect success of measles immunization, Borno Government cries

Borno State Government has raised an alarm that the forthcoming immunization against measles may fall short of anticipated level of coverage due to rumour going round in the state that school children were last week vaccinated on the head and lower abdomen. The state government had planned to achieve between 95-100 per cent coverage during the three phases of immunization scheduled between 30 November and 12 December in all local government areas of the state. Addressing journalists at a parley in Maiduguri at the weekend,…

RONALDO DREAMS OF SUPER EAGLES’ ENCOUNTER AT RUSSIA 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency on Thursday, according to senior White House officials, the next step in targeting the drug crisis in America but one that differs from the national emergency the president had previously promised. Trump and first lady Melania Trump will address the drug crisis, which took the lives of 64,000 Americans last year, in a speech from the White House on Thursday afternoon. The declaration of a public health emergency will "reorient all of…

Cholera outbreak has been arrested in Borno, says UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that the outbreak of cholera, which led to the death of about 50 people in Borno State, has been arrested. Speaking in Maiduguri during this year's celebration of the Hand-washing Day, the Field Officer of UNICEF in Borno State, Geoffrey Ijumba said for the past one week no new death has been recorded as a result of the recent cholera outbreak. He said as simply as it may sound, routine hand-washing with water and soap had saved many lives of people as it had…

Trump order could upend Obamacare

With Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare stalled, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order on Thursday that could undermine the law without Congress. "Seven years ago, congressional Democrats broke the American health care system by forcing the Obamacare nightmare onto the American people. And it has been a nightmare," Trump said at the White House, adding that the order represented the first step "to providing millions of Americans with Obamacare relief." Experts say it has the potential to upend the current…

7 states in Nigeria where suspected cases of monkeypox have been recorded

The monkeypox outbreak is reportedly spreading fast in Nigeria The NCDC reported that the virus may have spread to no less than 7 states Samples from the suspected cases have been sent to laboratory for verification The national coordinator of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Monday, October 9, announced that the monkeypox outbreak may have spread to 7 states in Nigeria. The Cable reports that Ihekweazu said suspected cases of the disease have been reported in 6 states after the initial…

Nigerians beware! 7 key ways monkeypox can be transmitted

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced that there is a suspected outbreak of a viral disease called monkeypox in Bayelsa state. In the press release, members of the public were urged to remain calm, alert and know the signs and symptoms of the disease Crestnewsng.com earlier reported that a medical doctor and 10 others were down with the disease and were being quarantined in an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa local government area of the state. The Center…

Fresh panic hits residents as Monkey pox disease spreads to Rivers state, 3 cases discovered

From Bayelsa, the monkey pox disease has spread to Rivers state - Currently, three people have been infected and are currently in the hospital The health commissioner in the state, Professor Princewill Chike, confirmed the incidents The government of Rivers has confirmed that the state has recorded three cases of the monkey pox disease, an outbreak that began in Bayelsa recently. The cases were reportedly recorded in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state. Leadership reports that the state’s health commissioner, Professor…

Trump loosens Obama-era birth control rule

The Trump administration loosened Obama-era birth control requirements on Friday, saying most providers of health insurance could refuse to pay for an employee’s birth control if the provider shows “sincerely held” religious or moral objections. The new regulations, which take effect immediately, protect groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor from litigation if they refuse to provide contraceptive coverage, but widen the pool of those shielded to include nonprofits, for-profit companies, other nongovernmental…

Borno Cholera case could have be worse, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said the death toll of 48 recorded from outbreak of cholera in Borno State, North East Nigeria could have been more but for early preparation to combat the disease. The disease, which afflicted about two thousand people mostly at the internally displaced persons camps scattered all over the Boko Haram ravaged state, was combatted with vaccines. Speaking in Maiduguri after assessing the ongoing cholera vaccination exercise in Borno State, the World Health Organisation…

Nigeria’s medical city project attracts major investor

Thompson & Grace Medical City project, has attracted Hamburg-based “Universitätskrankenhaus Eppendorf” (UKE) one of the world’s leading Medical Faculties and University Clinics, as a major partner for the planned Thompson & Grace Medical University and hospitals, tapping into Nigeria’s $1billion medical tourism market. The Medical City is a business idea created by the Thompson & Grace Group (T&G), proprietors of Thompson & Grace Medical City (TGMC) and Thompson & Grace Medical University (TGMU). To…

NHIS’ turmoil reveals critical operational lapses

A raging storm at Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is revealing critical administrative lapses, which have made it difficult for some Health Management Organisations (HMOs) to run effectively, hindering universal health coverage. At the heart of the crisis is the high level of incompetence at the NHIS, as well as recurring cases of corruption. The NHIS was meant to be a regulator but unable to keep its fingers away from the over N100 billion of funds under its management, as the regulator now wants to be an…

Resident Doctors Give FG 21-day Ultimatum to Avert Nationwide Strike

Resident doctors have issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to meet their demands, else they will embark on a nationwide strike. The decision was made at the end of the national executive council meeting of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Calabar, Cross River State. In a communique signed by its President, Onyebueze John; Secretary General, Aneke Emmanuel, and Publicity Secretary, Asinobi Ugoeze, the resident doctors urged the government to address “the circularisation of house officer…

FG committed to elimination of viral hepatitis in Nigeria by 2021

Minister of Health,  Isaac Adewole has reiterated the commitment of Federal Government towards the elimination of viral hepatitis in Nigeria by 2021. At a press briefing to commemorate the 2017 World Hepatitis Day with theme ‘’Eliminate Hepatitis’’, in Abuja, Adewole noted that the First Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016-2021, was approved during the Sixty- Ninth World Health Assembly in 2016. He said there was need for all stakeholders to take proactive steps of knowing their status by getting tested…

Senate Opens Debate on Health Care, Votes Down Repeal and Replace

WASHINGTON — With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday as the Senate successfully opening debate on the issue. But just six hours later, Republicans faced their first defeat in that process, failing to pass a measure that they've been working on that would have partially repealed and replaced Obamacare. The vote earlier in the day was a major victory for Republicans, who have struggled to find 50 votes to get this far, but the final product is likely…