Friday, November 16, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    Many states on high alert as meningitis death toll rises to 438

Many states on high alert as meningitis death toll rises to 438

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the death toll from the dreaded meningitis disease has risen to 438 from the 336 it was three days ago.Many states across the country have put health workers on alert, and have also been sensitising residents on measures to adopt in order to avoid the disease.NCDC said so far, 3,959 cases have [...]

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    WHO: Depression leading cause of illness worldwide

WHO: Depression leading cause of illness worldwide

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.According to the organisation, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.Depression is a common mental illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally [...]

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    Meningitis vaccination commences in Zamfara 

Meningitis vaccination commences in Zamfara 

Reactive vaccination for meningitis C commenced in Zamfara on Wednesday as the federal and state governments battle to quell the outbreak of the disease.Zamfara has been the worst hit in the current outbreak of the disease.So far, 336 people have died while 2,997 cases have been recorded in 16 states and 92 local governments of the country.According to who the [...]

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    US decision to cut funds to UNFPA ‘will cost lives’

US decision to cut funds to UNFPA ‘will cost lives’

Katja Iversen, president/CEO of  Women Deliver, global advocate for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, says the decision of the US to cut funds to UNFPA will cost women their lives.On Tuesday, the Donald Trump administration decided to stop funding the UNFPA  over what the UNFPA described as the "erroneous claim that UNFPA supports, or participates in [...]

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    Children, adolescents worst hit by meningitis outbreak

Children, adolescents worst hit by meningitis outbreak

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says children and adolescent are the worst affected by the current outbreak of meningitis in the country.The organisation said this in a series of tweets updating Nigerians on the outbreak of the disease and its response so far.“In this outbreak most affected are around ages 5-20. What differentiates meningitis is neck stiffness and extreme [...]

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    NCDC: We are focusing on immunisation, early detection to curtail meningitis outbreak

NCDC: We are focusing on immunisation, early detection to curtail meningitis outbreak

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the meningitis outbreak control team is focusing on communicating prevention messages, case detection, verification and management to curtail the outbreak.The organisation said this in a statement released on Thursday.“The Outbreak Control Team is focusing on communicating prevention messages, strengthening surveillance, case detection, verification and management as well as communication and coordination across [...]

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    Lagos ‘unilaterally withdrew’ from mediation process on waterfront demolition

Lagos ‘unilaterally withdrew’ from mediation process on waterfront demolition

The Lagos state government withdrew from a court ordered mediation process on finding a solution to the ongoing demolitions of waterfront communities in the state, the Nigerian slum and informal settlement federation in Lagos has said.The organisation said this in a statement released on Wednesday."Today, the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation – comprising dozens of waterfront communities and scores of other [...]

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    Current meningitis outbreak worst in 8 years – 211 people killed so far

Current meningitis outbreak worst in 8 years – 211 people killed so far

The outbreak of meningitis in some northern states in Nigeria is the worst since 2009 when about 156 people died.Since December 2016 when the current outbreak was noticed, meningitis has killed 211 people (a case fatality rate of 15%), with a total of 1407 suspected cases of meningitis in five states of Nigeria.The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Zamfara, Katsina and [...]

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    90% of Lagos residents will know their HIV status by 2020

90% of Lagos residents will know their HIV status by 2020

The Lagos state HIV/AIDS control agency says 90 percent of Lagos residents should know their HIV status by 2020.Th agency said this at a HIV intervention programme for motorcycle owners and riders association."We are now penetrating the informal sector which includes tricycle and motorcycle riders, market women and men with many wives and those who are more prone to other [...]

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    3.5m people in north-east don’t have access to safe water

3.5m people in north-east don’t have access to safe water

In north-east Nigeria where Boko Haram insurgency has caused the damage of 75 percent of water and sanitation infrastructure, 3.8 million people have no access to safe water.UNICEF said this in a statement released on Tuesday, revealing that up to one third of the 700 health facilities in the hardest hit state of Borno have been completely destroyed with about [...]

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    Malnutrition ‘could kill’ 1.4m children in Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen in 2017

Malnutrition ‘could kill’ 1.4m children in Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen in 2017

Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition in 2017 if there is no immediate intervention, UNICEF has said.In a statement released by the organisation on Tuesday, UNICEF says about 22 million children are sick, hungry, displaced and out of school in four countries, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen."More than a month after famine [...]

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    Handling a strong willed pre-schooler

Handling a strong willed pre-schooler

"...My three year old is heady, a lot of the times, he will not listen to me or his teachers and he can often be defiant."Your son is not heady. He is a strong willed child, who with love, connection and respectful guidance, will turn this "strong willedness" to a wonderful leadership attribute. All children deserve to be respected, [...]

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    In Bauchi, no water, no romance

In Bauchi, no water, no romance

Nafisatu Yunusa is a 23-year-old mother who lives in Marafa, a village of just over 600 people in Bauchi state. In  her community Marafa -- like many other rural communities in Bauchi where the harmattan can be tense and no rain for months -- access to water or toilets is an issue with open defecation being a norm, UNICEF says. “Most households [...]

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    Kaduna: We will vaccinate 3m children in five days

Kaduna: We will vaccinate 3m children in five days

The Kaduna state government has called on parents and caregivers to make their children  available for polio vaccination on March 23 to 28.Hamza Ikara, the deputy director of the Kaduna state primary health care development agency(KDPHCDA), said this in a statement on Thursday.The government says it will immunise three million children under the age of five years against polio within [...]

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    WHO: Isolating TB patients must only be last resort

WHO: Isolating TB patients must only be last resort

Ahead of the World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released five new ethical standards to protect the rights of Tuberculosis patients.The guidelines include providing patients with the social support they need to fulfil their responsibilities, refrain from isolating TB patients before exhausting all options to enable treatment, adherence and only under very specific conditions, enabling “key populations” to [...]

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    Children bearing the brunt of Otodo Gbame demolitions

Children bearing the brunt of Otodo Gbame demolitions

The sight of children sprawled across what is left of the Otodo Gbame community is heart wrenching.As the community faces one demolition after another, the latest being on Tuesday morning, and which went largely under reported, several children have been forced to flee their homes, injured and traumatised."Tell me that a state like Lagos is concerned about children, especially, the [...]

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