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    5.8 million Nigerians ‘may face acute food shortage’

5.8 million Nigerians ‘may face acute food shortage’

Global food agencies have warned of a possible food shortage that could affect 5.8 million people in 16 northern states and the federal capital territory (FCT).The agencies include the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).The warning was issued on Thursday in Abuja at the presentation of the results of the March 2018 Cadre Harmonisé (CH) [...]

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    Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

The practice is prevalent in Oko Baba destitute home in Ebute Metta, Lagos. Neonates, delivered by untrained birth attendants who are usually older women in the community, are bathed using a cloth dipped in hot water.It is a practice that has existed as long as the community. The babies are cleaned and massaged that way to “clean the mother’s blood [...]

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    How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

While Nigeria’s culture largely celebrates fertility, pregnancy and childbearing, there is currently little institutional investment in early child care, particularly breastfeeding. Nigeria’s rate of exclusively breastfed babies is only 23.7 percent, according to the 2016/2017 multiple Indicator Cluster Survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) with technical support from UNICEF. What this means, according to UNICEF, is that 5.4 million children [...]

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    How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

Adijat Adigun, a second-time mother, sat on a white plastic chair at the Maternity Hospital, Yemetu in Ibadan, Oyo state, for a post-natal session.She curved the little crying baby on her arm, put her to her breast and listened, keenly, to the midwives and other facilitators of a lecture on what she would describe as “vital information” that helped her [...]

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    AfDB says Africa’s growing population is a time bomb

AfDB says Africa’s growing population is a time bomb

The African Development Bank (AfDB ) says unless the government of African countries match the continent’s growing population and youth unemployment, the continent could trigger a time bomb.Akinwunmi Adesina, president of the bank, said this a recent meeting which had government officials from east and north African countries in attendance.He described the continent’s growing young population as a potential growth engine [...]

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    African leaders’ wives to converge for summit on women’s development

African leaders’ wives to converge for summit on women’s development

In April, Nigeria will host wives of African Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other female leaders for the 2018 African Women Summit.The summit, which will be chaired by Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi, is put together by the Coalition of Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa (COWAP).According to the organisers, the summit will be live-streamed to more than three [...]

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    Tunde Kelani commits to SDGs, says ‘Arugba’ inspired by the UN

Tunde Kelani commits to SDGs, says ‘Arugba’ inspired by the UN

Tunde Kelani, legendary filmmaker and recently appointed chairman of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), says his 2008 classic, Arugba, was inspired by the United Nations millennium development goals.Kelani made this known via his social media accounts, after uploading the full movie to YouTube, ten years after its production."Unknown to the audience, the 10-year-old ARUGBÁ which starred Bùkó̩lá Awoyẹmí and [...]

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    UN says 10.2m people in need of humanitarian  assistance in Nigeria

UN says 10.2m people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria

The United Nations says a total of 10.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in various parts of the country.Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, disclosed this on Thursday during the launch of the 2018 humanitarian response plan (HRP) launch in Abuja.He said the affected states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.He gave the breakdown [...]

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    FG: We’ve released $1m for delivery of free contraceptives

FG: We’ve released $1m for delivery of free contraceptives

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, says the federal government has released $1 million for the delivery of contraceptives to improve family planning.The minister made this known while addressing state house correspondents after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting.According to him, procurement for the implementation of the plan led by a committee chaired by a director in the ministry had equally [...]

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    16 deaths recorded as Lassa fever spreads to 10 states

16 deaths recorded as Lassa fever spreads to 10 states

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says 107 suspected cases of Lassa fever virus have been recorded in 10 states across the country. In a statement on Wednesday, the center said there the total number of confirmed cases had risen to 61 as of Sunday, with 16 deaths recorded.The statement issued by Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC chief executive officer, lister the [...]

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