Monday, September 3, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    Girls missing school five days a month, as inflation doubles prices of sanitary pads

Girls missing school five days a month, as inflation doubles prices of sanitary pads

Chaste Inegbedion is resolute and determined. He is passionate and has got the drive to push his ideas to fruition, and he is willing to go all out with his pad man initiative.The initiative is aimed at increasing awareness on the challenges school girls face regarding hygiene during their monthly periods and the provision of free sanitary pads to these [...]

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    Measles outbreak, return to polio endemic countries list… why EU gave Nigeria €70m

Measles outbreak, return to polio endemic countries list… why EU gave Nigeria €70m

In September 2000, the United Nations signed the millennium declaration - a total of eight development goals to - make leaders of all 191 UN member states committed to combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by the year 2015.The development goals -- the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, promotion of gender equality [...]

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    Boko Haram recruited nearly 2,000 children in 2016, says UN

Boko Haram recruited nearly 2,000 children in 2016, says UN

In Nigeria and neighbouring countries, data verified by the United Nations and its partners show that nearly 2,000 children were recruited by Boko Haram in 2016 alone.The children were recruited to fight in a war that has lasted over seven years in the north east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe,  Doune Porter, the spokesperson of the UN body for [...]

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    UNICEF: 1.4m children risk death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia

UNICEF: 1.4m children risk death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia

Famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan with close to 1.4 million children at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF has said.UNICEF revealed this via a statement by Doune Porter, UNICEF spokesperson, on Tuesday.“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director.“We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and [...]

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    FG must protect rights of all Nigerians, says NHRC 

FG must protect rights of all Nigerians, says NHRC 

Oti Ovrawah, executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), says Nigeria needs to step up in its effort to uphold social justice, development and the advancement of human rights.Ovrawah said this in a statement signed by Fatima Mohammed, the chief press officer of the commission, in commemoration of the 2017 international day for social justice.The international day for [...]

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    Host communities evict IDPs over inability to pay N1,000 rent

Host communities evict IDPs over inability to pay N1,000 rent

Some internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno state got evicted from their homes over their inability to meet up with rents of N,1000.The displaced persons had no where to go after their landlords ejected them, but the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiatives (PCNI) and Victim Support Fund (VSF) came to their rescue.They were relocated to Shuwari Medinatu resettlement camp in [...]

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    EU supports health sector with €70m

EU supports health sector with €70m

The European Union (EU) has donated 70 million euros to strengthen Nigeria's health systems and eradicate the polio virus in the country.The donation is the first phase of a project to support maternal, new-born and child heath, strengthen Nigeria's health sector and eradicate the polio virus in the country.According to a statement, the federal government, through the ministry of health, [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Does gender equality bill seek to erode the rights of men?

FACT CHECK: Does gender equality bill seek to erode the rights of men?

Contrary to the belief that the gender equality bill seeks to violate religious laws, the legislation just promotes fairness and justice for both sexes and adherents of all religions in Nigeria.Biodun Olujimi, a senator from Ekiti state, first presented  the bill in March 2016, but it was shot down by a faction of senators led by Ahmed Yerima from Zamfara state.Yerima [...]

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    Malnutrition: Nigeria in a state of double emergency, says senator

Malnutrition: Nigeria in a state of double emergency, says senator

Lanre Tejuoso, a senator, representing Ogun central, says Nigeria’s response to malnutrition is inadequate and does not match the “severity of the problem”.In an article published on Thompson reuters foundation, Tejuoso said of the 2.5 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition each year, Nigeria only treats about 500,000 leaving a huge gap that calls for more commitment.“Up until now, our response to [...]

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    Lai tells broadcast stations to accommodate children on March 5

Lai tells broadcast stations to accommodate children on March 5

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has asked broadcast organisations to give children the opportunity to work with them on March 5, the international Children’s day of broadcasting.Mohammed said this in a statement issued on Tuesday.He called on the media to work with children on this day for national development."In this era of change, children's voices can bring in [...]

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    UNFPA says family planning can lead to economic boom

UNFPA says family planning can lead to economic boom

Family planning is not only a human right but also a development imperative, especially in Africa, which has large numbers of young people.UNFPA said said this in a statement released on its site."Family planning can play a central role in helping to harness a so-called “demographic dividend," the statement read."A demographic dividend is a massive economic boom that can take place [...]

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    ‘Companies need policies that won’t deny parents time for their families’

‘Companies need policies that won’t deny parents time for their families’

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of leanin.org, says companies need policies that will enable parents work and be there for their families.Sandberg said this in a post on her organisation's Facebook's page.She spoke about the family friendly policies at Facebook, explaining she took time off during the birth of her children, and a bereavement leave her [...]

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    Osun has the ‘highest rate’ of circumcised women in Nigeria

Osun has the ‘highest rate’ of circumcised women in Nigeria

Nearly eight in 10 women have undergone circumcision in Osun, according to UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).The statistics of Ebonyi was also rated next to Osun, with Ekiti coming third, Imo, fourth, and Oyo, 5th."FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other cutting of or injury to the [...]

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    WHO: Two thirds of all cancer deaths occur in Africa, Asia

WHO: Two thirds of all cancer deaths occur in Africa, Asia

There are over 8.8 million deaths from cancer yearly and two-thirds occur in Africa and Asia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.In a statement released in commemoration of world cancer day, WHO noted that “less than 30% of low-income countries have generally accessible diagnosis and treatment services, and referral systems for suspected cancer are often unavailable resulting in delayed [...]

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    Stay away from harmful alcohol, engage in physical activity… ways to prevent cancer

Stay away from harmful alcohol, engage in physical activity… ways to prevent cancer

February 4 is world cancer day, a day set aside to raise awareness for cancer prevention, detection, especially early detection and then treatment.With more people dying of cancer especially in low income countries due to a lack of access to healthcare facilities and in the case of Nigeria, only one functioning radiotherapy machine to attend to over 180 million [...]

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    Did you know that suffficient water intake can prevent measles?

Did you know that suffficient water intake can prevent measles?

Last week, the federal government and UNICEF announced an outbreak of measles in the north-east, mostly occasioned by the seven-year crisis in the region.There were so many areas that were hard to reach, making it difficult for health workers to administer vaccines to vulnerable children.According to UNICEF, insecurity limited vaccination efforts in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. [...]

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