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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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    1 in 5 African children ‘does not get vaccines’

1 in 5 African children ‘does not get vaccines’

One in five children in Africa does not receive basic life-saving vaccines, resulting to the loss of many lives to vaccine-preventable diseases.The World Health Organisation says while Africa has made gains in the last 15 years, toward increasing access to immunisation, progress has stagnated, and the continent is falling behind on meeting global immunisation targets.The organisation therefore charged African leaders to [...]

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    97% rate of unsafe abortions ‘occur in Africa’

97% rate of unsafe abortions ‘occur in Africa’

Up to 97 percent of unsafe abortions occur in African countries, including Nigeria, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).The organisation said it is important for women to have access to safe abortions because the complications associated with unsafe abortions – not carried out under medical supervisions – are dire and among the most common causes of maternal mortality in Africa.In [...]

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    UNICEF begs Trump to consider 28 million refugees

UNICEF begs Trump to consider 28 million refugees

UNICEF has asked President Donald Trump to open the US to the 28 million children who have been displaced by the conflicts in their countries.The organisation made this appeal following Trump's executive order to temporarily ban refugees from seven war- torn countries."The needs of refugees have never been greater," UNICEF said.“Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven [...]

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    UN releases $100m for relief operations in Nigeria, 8 countries

UN releases $100m for relief operations in Nigeria, 8 countries

Antonio Guterres, United Nations secretary general, on Monday, released $100 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to sustain operations in Nigeria and eight other countries that are in conflict but have been "neglected"Guterres said the levels of vulnerability in Nigeria, Cameroon, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Somalia and Uganda are alarmingly high [...]

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    ‘You’re exploiting IDPs’… Shettima asks UNICEF to leave Borno

‘You’re exploiting IDPs’… Shettima asks UNICEF to leave Borno

Kashim Shettima, Borno state governor, has accused UNICEF and some aids group in north-east of spending money meant for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency. Telling the aid agencies "exploiting" the crisis to leave the region, Shettima told journalists in Maiduguri, the state's capital, that only eight of 126 registered agencies in the state had "truly assisted" internally displaced persons (IDPs). He listed [...]

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    Ebonyi gov: We’ll vote Buhari in 2019 but APC will never have breathing space

Ebonyi gov: We’ll vote Buhari in 2019 but APC will never have breathing space

Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, says President Muhammadu Buhari has led well, so the Ebonyi people will vote him if he contests in the 2019 presidential election.Umahi, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Buhari had won the hearts of Ebonyi people and had become the only recognisable figure in the All Progressives Congress (APC).The governor [...]

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    Fayose: The God of Adeboye, Kumuyi will bring down the enemies in this government

Fayose: The God of Adeboye, Kumuyi will bring down the enemies in this government

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    OBITUARY: Abdulkadir Kure, the man who threatened ‘agricultural war’ by the north

OBITUARY: Abdulkadir Kure, the man who threatened ‘agricultural war’ by the north

Abdulkadir Kure, former governor of Niger state who died in a German hospital on Sunday, was never given to political correctness. He was a fierce fighter, an advocate of Sharia, an opponent of resource control and a believer in northern solidarity. And an ardent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), you may add.Elected governor in 1999 under the umbrella of PDP, he [...]

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    NUPENG shuts down Total Plc over sacked workers

NUPENG shuts down Total Plc over sacked workers

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Thursday ordered stoppage of loading activities at all Total Nig. Ltd depots nationwide over termination of workers' appointments.This is according to a statement signed by Tokunbo Korodo, south-west chairman of the union, and made available to journalists in Lagos.Korodo said the management of Total had been resisting the unionisation [...]

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    10,800 Bauchi residents to receive FG’s N5000

10,800 Bauchi residents to receive FG’s N5000

The Bauchi state government says at least 10,800 poor people in 360 communities will benefit from the federal government's conditional cash transfer programme.Mansur Soro, special adviser on development partners to Mohammed Abubakar, governor of the state, made this known in an interview with NAN in Bauchi on Wednesday.Soro said that each of the beneficiaries would receive N5, 000, and the disbursement would [...]

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    BBOG to resume protests on 1,000th day of Chibok girls’ abduction

BBOG to resume protests on 1,000th day of Chibok girls’ abduction

The Bring Back Our Girls campaigners say they will resume a fresh round of protest to demand the release of the remaining 196 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.The group, in a statement on Tuesday, said the protest will commence on January in commemoration of the 1000th day since the girls were abducted.“Painfully, we are only a [...]

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    Happy ‘Mother’s Day’! Zambian women to get a day off during periods

Happy ‘Mother’s Day’! Zambian women to get a day off during periods

Zambian women can now call in at their offices to take a day off work in a month when they are menstruating, the BBC is reporting.The day is known as Mother's Day and according to law it applies to women whether they have children or not.The women do not have to provide any medical evidence before they call in any [...]

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    State govts are to blame for ghost workers’ syndrome, says NLC

State govts are to blame for ghost workers’ syndrome, says NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says state governments and employers are to blame for the ghost workers’ syndrome in the country’s public service.Ayubba Wabba, the NLC president, said this in an interview with NAN in Abuja.Wabba said once the computer system used to capture the biometric data of workers was compromised, the data collected would become unreliable.“The ICT system is about [...]

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