APC controlled states propose 6 months maternity leave, exclusive breastfeeding

By Godwin Amunde In a move to promote a framework for promoting child nutrition, Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled states have proposed to implement six months maternity leave as well as exclusive breastfeeding for children from birth, stressing the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to the growth and general health of a child. The proposal was contained in a communiqué issued Thursday in Abuja at the end of a virtual meeting of Secretaries to State Governments of APC-controlled states held under the auspices of the Progressive Governors’ Forum…

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First man cured of HIV/AIDS dies of cancer

The first person to be cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown — known as the “Berlin Patient” — has died after a battle with cancer, the International Aids Society (IAS) announced Wednesday. Brown made medical history and became a symbol of hope for the tens of millions of people living with the virus that causes AIDS when he was cured more than a decade ago. He had been living with a recurrence of leukaemia for several months and received hospice care at his home in Palm Springs, California. “On behalf…

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COVID-19: Why Nigerians should avoid imported frozen foods now – NCS

As part of moves to permanently flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, health experts have cautioned Nigerians on the consumption of imported frozen foods for now. The warning is coming on the heels of a circular issued by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), recently, on a planned importation or smuggling in of frozen chicken from China and Ecuador. In the memo dated September 9, 2020, and signed by the acting deputy comptroller in charge of enforcement, I.T Magaji, addressed to all zonal coordinators, Area comptrollers and…

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Vitamin D reduces risk of COVID-19 deaths, study reveals

There’s new evidence that getting enough vitamin D provides significant support in protecting hospitalized individuals infected with Covid-19 from adverse outcomes. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient needed for bones, muscles and teeth health. It also helps in supporting lung function and cardiovascular health. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) analyzed data from 235 people who were admitted to the hospital with Covid-19. They found that patients older than 40 years old were 51.5 percent less likely to die from the infection if they had a sufficient level…

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Nigeria shuts two COVID-19 isolation centres due to lack of patients

Authorities of Federal capital territory have shut two of the four isolation centres for coronavirus patients in the Nigerian capital. COVID-19 isolation centres located inside Karu and Asokoro general hospitals are now closed following the reduction in the number of patients. Only the treatment centres in Idu and THISDAY Dome will now hold COVID-19 patients in Abuja. There has been a significant reduction in the number of daily infections across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Lately Nigeria has recorded low cases of COVID-19. There is also…

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NCDC warns of second wave of Coronavirus

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has warned that there is likely to be an even more devastating second wave of coronavirus in the country due to non-compliance to COVID-19 health guidelines. A technical adviser in the implementation of NCDC’s action plan in Adamawa State, Fahad Mohammed, who dropped the hint during the sensitisation of officials of the Nigerian police, civil defence, immigration and correctional services, and road safety personnel in Yola, said that the NCDC was driven to ensure more persons are tested so that the spread of…

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JOHESU suspends warning strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions have suspended their seven-day nationwide warning strike. The National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr. Josiah Biobelemoye disclosed this in a statement released at the end of its expanded National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, on Sunday. The JOHESU chairman directed all members of the union to return to work by Sept. 21, adding that its members should also await further directives from the leadership of the union. Recall that members of JOHESU and the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations had embarked on a seven-day warning strike…

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About 900,000 people living with HIV/AIDs in Nigeria unaccounted for – Group

A non-governmental organisation, the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN), says about 900,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS in the country are yet to show up for treatment and are currently unaccounted for. The Executive Secretary of CiSHAN, Walter Ugwocha, said this in Abuja at a virtual media round table for the commencement of the national campaign for HIV self-testing in the country. “Out of the 1.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, about 900,000 are yet to show up for treatment and are currently unaccounted for,” he said.…

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FG inaugurates committee on COVID-19 herbal cure

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu on Monday,  inaugurated the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) ministerial committee on COVID-19 herbal remedies and natural compounds. This is in a bid to find a home-grown solution for COVID-19. Dr. Onu stated that COVID-19 remains a threat to the health and well-being of Nigerians and the national economy and reiterated an urgent need to develop a home-grown remedy and vaccine to tackle it. Inaugurating the Committee, Dr. Onu said the Committee, made up of eminent scientists and fellows…

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JOHESU declares nationwide strike

Following its deadlocked meeting with the Federal Government, the Joint Health Sector Unions have resolved to proceed with its strike with effect from midnight of Sunday, September 13, 2020. This was the decisions reached after its expanded National Executive Council meeting held on Saturday.  JOHESU leaders, at the end of its meeting with government representatives, including the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); and Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora, were given Saturday, September 12 to report back to the government’s negotiation team. But…

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