Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    Nigeria: Big economy, high maternal mortality

Nigeria: Big economy, high maternal mortality

Nigeria, now Africa's biggest economy after it rebased its gross domestic product in 2014, is still battling with high maternal mortality rates with as much as 560 women losing their lives per 100,00o births.This statistic makes Nigeria the 12th worst place to give birth in Africa, with countries a quarter of its size, such as Gambia, having less women dying from child [...]

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    Borno hospital records 28 severe VVF cases

Borno hospital records 28 severe VVF cases

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    Ambode absent as BBOG protesters visit his office

Ambode absent as BBOG protesters visit his office

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, did not receive the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) protesters, who claimed there was an official notification and a subsequent appointment to receive them.The protester marched from the Obafemi Awolowo roundabout in Ikeja around 9:55 am to the government house in Alausa, but were prevented by security agents from entering the premises.The state house [...]

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    Over 1m children in north-east have no access to education

Over 1m children in north-east have no access to education

Boko Haram attacks and the Nigerian military tactics are depriving over 1 million children in the north-east an education, a research, done by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), has shownBoko Haram, translated to mean 'western education is a sin', targets schools and teachers for its attacks and abducts school children, mostly girls who are forcefully married and raped, at will.According [...]

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    Equal opportunity bill ‘not in conflict with constitution’

Equal opportunity bill ‘not in conflict with constitution’

Oby Nwankwo, the coordinator, National Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA), said the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill recently rejected by the national assembly was not in conflict with the 1999 constitution.[...]

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    Ambode asked to reject ‘toxic’ water scheme

Ambode asked to reject ‘toxic’ water scheme

The Environmental Rights Organisation/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, to publicly shun the public private partnership (PPP) water scheme "promoted" by the World Bank.In a statement, Akinbode Oluwafemi, ERA/FoEN's deputy director, described the world bank's privatisation initiative around the world as "toxic" and said access to water, a free gift of nature, is [...]

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    Child suicide bombers ‘on the rise’

Child suicide bombers ‘on the rise’

Children as young as eight years old are being used as Boko Haram suicide bombers, UNICEF has told Thompson Reuters Foundation.The Nigerian government under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, had an announced that it had "technically defeated" Boko Haram.Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's President, had said the group is unable to carry out "conventional attacks" in the north-east.Critics have faulted [...]

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    With RDT, even patent medicine vendors can test for malaria

With RDT, even patent medicine vendors can test for malaria

The Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) is 100 per cent accurate and can be administered by pharmacies or patent medicine vendors in order to reduce the malaria burden in Nigeria. Nnamdi Nwaneri, the case management officer of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), said this in Abuja at a two-day data analysis and report writing meeting on the use of RDT.[...]

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    Report: One in 2 underage girls ‘married’

Report: One in 2 underage girls ‘married’

Nearly one in two girls under 18 years and one in five girls under 15 are married, entrenching poverty among women, a research has shown.The research, done by the Africa Health, Human & Social Development Information Service (Afri-Dev. Info) & Africa Coalition on Maternal Newborn & Child Health, reveals that Nigeria is among the top 20 of countries with the highest [...]

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    Six things to know about diabetes

Six things to know about diabetes

Annually, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates the world health day on April 7 to mark its founding in 1948.This year focuses on diabetes because of its increasing occurrence, especially in low and middle-income countries.More than 40,000 diabetes deaths are recorded annually in Nigeria. And according to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), most of them are avoidable with the availability [...]

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    Diabetes killed over 40,000 Nigerians in 2015 under ‘avoidable circumstances’

Diabetes killed over 40,000 Nigerians in 2015 under ‘avoidable circumstances’

Over 40,000 people died of diabetes in 2015, majority of whom could have been saved, Kayode Obembe, the president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has said.Obembe (pictured) said this on the sidelines of the celebration of 2016 World Health Day with the theme: "Diabetes: Halt the rise - Beat Diabetes’’."We note with indignation that due to inequities in availability, affordability [...]

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    Nigeria: World’s 20th ‘worst country’ for women!

Nigeria: World’s 20th ‘worst country’ for women!

If you are a woman living in Nigeria, your life is among the most difficult for women all over the world - and that was before the senators threw out the gender equal opportunity bill in March.Nigerian women have it tough living in terms of indexes as economic, educational, health and political opportunities, a World Economic Forum (WEF) research has [...]

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    School-to-work transition ‘slow or impossible’ in Nigeria

School-to-work transition ‘slow or impossible’ in Nigeria

It has been four years since Tim Nwankwo graduated from the Yaba college of technology in Yaba Lagos, Nigeria. He still has not got a job he is qualified for.He has worked as caregiver for a relative, a security officer for another relative, and is now looking for N70,000 to start up a catering business after he decided to learn [...]

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    Autism not the devil’s work, say caregivers

Autism not the devil’s work, say caregivers

"The boy was beaten to a pulp. I saw terrible injuries on his back and his dad, a pastor in the Mountain of Fire and Miracles church, said 'if I can deliver other people, why can't I deliver my son,'" Ranti Bala-Gbogbo, a special needs interventionist, talks about the ignorance and stigma autistic children often face.The story of this abused [...]

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    RESEARCH: One in two Nigerian children experience physical violence

RESEARCH: One in two Nigerian children experience physical violence

One in two Nigerian children experience violence and are left to suffer in silence, a research titled 'Nigeria: Violence Against Children', has shown.This is mostly fuelled by a culture that believes in the communal raising of children and the slogan of "spare the rod, spoil the child".As shown in the survey launched in February 2016 by the National Population Commission, [...]

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    SHOCKING: Women more likely to justify gender-based violence

SHOCKING: Women more likely to justify gender-based violence

Four out of 10 young girls, aged 15-19, believe a man is right to hit his wife if she burns his food, argues with him, goes out without telling him, neglects the children or refuses to have sex.This was made known in the 2015 Africa scorecard on violence against women and girls – highlighting male and female attitudes to gender based violence [...]

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