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Nigeria Becomes First Country To Roll Out New Meningitis Vaccine

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Nigeria has become the first country in the world to roll out a new meningitis vaccine (called Men5CV) recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a historic move. According to WHO, this is especially important for countries like Nigeria where multiple serogroups are prevalent. The new vaccine uses the same technology as the meningitis A conjugate vaccine (MenAfriVac®), which wiped out meningococcal A epidemics in Nigeria.

NCDC Raises Alarm On Outbreak Of Strange Disease In Sokoto State

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has confirmed the outbreak of a disease of unknown origin which is said to have infected a total of 164 persons and killed four in six wards of Isa local government area of Sokoto State. The director general of the agency, Dr Jide Idris, said so far, a total of 164 suspected cases had been identified in six (6) wards of Isa local government area in the following wards: Bargaja (22), Isa North (17), Isa South (98), Tozai (12), Tsabre (4), and Turba (11), adding that four deaths had been recorded amongst the suspected cases. He said the agency was notified by the Sokoto State Ministry of Health on March 21, 2024, of reported cases of children presenting with symptoms that include abdominal distension due to rapid onset of fluids in the abdomen (ascites), fever, vomiting and weight loss from Isa LGA of Sokoto State.

3-Day Thunderstorms, Sunshine- NiMet

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has envisaged a 3-day thunderstorms and sunshine across the country from Friday 5th April, 2024.

FG To Health Workers: Resign, No more Leave Of Absence To Japa

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Nigerian health workers seeking greener pasture has been directed to gladly resign their appointment with Federal Government before leaving the country. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa stated this in a directive by the FG, that health workers seeking employment opportunities abroad must resign their appointments before leaving. Alausa revealed this on Saturday, stating that the era where health workers could apply for leave of absence and pursue opportunities in other countries has ended. He disclosed that the ban on leave of absence for health workers resulted from an Executive Order issued by President Bola Tinubu, who aims to combat the ‘Japa Syndrome’ facing the nation’s health sector. The ‘Japa Syndrome’ refers to Nigerians leaving the country in search of better opportunities. 

Tinubu Appoints NAFDAC Chairman, DG, name New NCDC Head

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President Bola Tinubu has appointed Dr. Mansur Kabir as the Chairman of the Board of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and re-appointed Prof. Moji Adeyeye as its Chief Executive Officer.

Medical Expert Caution Nigerians with Health Condition on AFCON Finals

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Professor Ranti Familoni, an expert in Medicine and Cardiology from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, has advised Nigerians with “unstable cardiovascular conditions” to stay away from the Sunday African Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. This was due to the issues surrounding people collapsing while watching football, leading to sudden death. Following the just concluded AFCON semi-final games on Wednesday, between the Super Eagles of Nigeria, and the Bafana Bafana of the South African, several death cases were recorded due to the effect of how competitive it was. an All Progressives Congress chieftain, Cairo Ojougboh, a serving National Youth Service Corps member, and three others slumped and passed away while watching the Nigeria vs. South Africa football match.

As Drug Price Sour Amidst Poverty, Drop In Life Expectancy Eminent In Nigeria – Expert

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The shutting down of some pharmaceutical companies leaving the country coupled with the hyper inflation that has hit the country after the removal of fuel subsidy by President Tinubu administration, prices of malaria, antibiotics, anti-diabetes, hypertension drugs and other related products have soured leading to fears of increased mortality and reduced life expectancy among Nigerians.The danger has manifested more vicious as retail prices for the most commonly used medication in country have skyrocketed by at least 300 per cent in the last six months unchallenged. 

WHO Raises Awareness On 'Likely' Contaminated J&J Syrup

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The World Health Organization is likely to issue a wider warning about contaminated Johnson and Johnson-made children's cough syrup found in Nigeria last week, it said in an email. On Wednesday last week during a routine test, Nigeria's regulator recalled a batch of Benylin syrup, having found a high level of diethylene glycol in the product. Diethylene glycol is toxic to humans when consumed and can result in acute kidney failure, although there have been no reports of harm in the latest incident. The contaminant, alongside another closely related toxin, has been linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in Gambia, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and Cameroon since 2022. However, there is no evidence that these incidents are linked to the new recalls.

FG To Launch National Cancer Registry

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In an effort to address the rising number of cancer cases in Nigeria, the Federal Government (FG) has announced plans to launch a comprehensive national cancer registry and data system. This was revealed by the Director-General of the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (NICRAT), Dr. Usman Aliyu during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday. He said a centralized cancer registry is necessary, adding that lack of funding from government and private health centres has impeded its establishment.

NAFDAC Warns About Toxic Cough Syrup, Benylin

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the general public about the cough syrup, Benylin Pediatrics Syrup manufactured by Johnson & Johnson with batch number 329304 and manufactured in May 2021 due to expire this month, April 2024. The cough syrup was found to contain unacceptably high level of Diethylene glycol and caused acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals. In an effort to halt its circulation, the agency has recalled the product, which is a vital method of managing risks associated with an unhealthy/faulty product.

NiMet Predicts Heat Stroke in Abuja, Kano, Others

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) in its weather prediction alert, warns of impending heat stroke in Abuja, Kano, and many other northern states due to the scorching heat waves. Heat stroke, also known as sunstroke, is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature. According to the meteorological agency, on Saturday 6th April, residents of these states might suffer extreme heat, which would make them prone to heat-induced conditions. It notes that Abuja, Kano, Sokoto, and Kogi states were categorized under Extreme Danger, and residents were advised to take precautionary steps as they were likely to experience heat or sunstroke. Some other states in this category are Kebbi, Katsina, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba, Niger, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Benue, and Kwara.

Cases Of Prostate Cancer To Double Over Two Decades - Study Reveals

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A study has revealed that the number of new prostate cancer cases across the globe will more than double over the next two decades as poorer countries catch up with the aging of richer countries. Researchers behind the Lancet study published on Friday said the rise in cases is linked to the increased life expectancy and changes in the age pyramid around the world. “Our findings suggest that the number of new cases annually will rise from 1.4 million in 2020 to 2.9 million by 2040,” said the medical journal, based on a study of demographic changes. As life expectancy improves in developing countries, the number of prostate cancer cases also increases, the researchers said.

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.

Cervical Cancer: FG To Vaccinate 7.7m Girls Against HPV

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced the Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, vaccine into its routine immunization system, to protect over 7.7 million girls between aged 9 to 14 years as part of Renewed Health Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.