Nigeria’s Rotten-Sweet Yams

By Oji Odu Ferdinand Akuso was not surprised after he discovered that about 70 percent of the tuber of yam which he was preparing to boil was rotten. “ I had to salvage what was left of the remaining 30 percent before I had something to eat of the yam that night. It was not strange because sometimes you may not know the rotten yams by mere looking,” he lamented. His experience is not isolated, as he only ate about 30 percent of the N500 yam. Since the rejection of…

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State House Hospital of Pity

By Oji Odu Why should President Muhammadu Buhari and other highly placed government officials, including the well-to-do in the society not seek foreign medical attention for the slightest headache when the neither N30 sachet of 12‘paracetamol’ tablets nor syringes are available at the State House Clinic? This is when billions of naira have been allegedly spent to make the hospital efficient and effective. The outburst of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari at a stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal,Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health Nutrition organised by her pet project, Future Assured…

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Stampede in South east over military vaccination

The army claim that they are on medical mission to effect vaccination in the South east has bred panic and controversies within the region culminating in panic withdrawal of children from school in the south east. The army had besieged schools and demanded immediate vaccination of pupils and secondary students without consent from their parents and taking most school authorities by surprise.This was days after the army raided Nnamdi Kanu’s house claiming they are looking for weapons, an act that the banned Indigenous People of Biafra saw as an avenue…

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Aisha Buhari Berates Aso Rock Clinic

The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, on Monday publicly upbraided the Chief Medical Director of the State House Clinic, Dr. Husain Munir, over the poor state of the health facility established to take care of the President, Vice-President, their families as well as members of Staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She spoke at the opening of a two-day stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Mrs. Aisha Buhari said a situation where constructions were…

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Resident Doctors Calls Off Nationwide Strike

Dr.Ladi Awosika, Dr.Tolulope Adewole, Mrs.Clare Omatseye, and Dr.Orode Doherty

The National Association of Resident Doctors has called of it’s nationwide strike that grounded the smooth delivery of health services in tertiary hospitals in the country. The NARD President, Dr John Onyebueze, in a statement on Thursday, said that the National Executive Council of the association took the decision to call of the 10-day strike after a careful consideration of the renegotiated agreement with the Federal Government. He said,” We met from 6pm in Tuesday to 12:15am, Thursday to review the status of our nationwide strike and the offer from…

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FGC: Female Genital Cutting in Ekiti State-A Tale of Three Kings

The advocacy to end Female Genital Cutting in Nigeria may take longer than anticipated. This is despite it being outlawed in May 2015. According to a latest report by 28 Too Many, an End FGC charity, the estimated prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting among Nigerian women aged 15 to 49 is 24.8 per cent with states in the south-west zone accounting for 54.5 per cent. A visit to Ekiti, one of the south-west states with a 72.3 per cent prevalence rate, shows that the law may not be enough to…

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LASSA Fever Resurfaces In Lagos

Two persons were Tuesday confirmed dead from Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, even as a resident doctor has been infected with the disease. Confirming the development, the Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof Chris Bode, said no less than 100 hospital workers exposed to the index case are currently being monitored. According to Bode, the patients who presented very late died after spending a few days in admission. “Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them. The first…

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Starving the Babies of Breast Milk

By Oji Odu As the world celebrates World Breastfeeding week, Nigeria, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico have been described as baby starving countries by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and lose approximately $119 billion annually due to lack of investment in breastfeeding. Sadly, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and this ranks the country as the second largest contributor to under–five mortality rate in the world. Over two-thirds of the deaths are associated with inappropriate feeding/poor practices. Investigations show that complementary feeding begins too early because the babies are…

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Starving the Babies of Breast Milk

By Oji Odu As the world celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, Nigeria, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico have been described as baby starving countries by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and lose approximately $119 billion annually due to lack of investment in breastfeeding. Sadly, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and this ranks the country as the second largest contributor to under–five mortality rate in the world. Over two-thirds of the deaths are associated with inappropriate feeding/poor practices. Investigations show that complementary feeding begins too early because the babies are…

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Sahara Reporters Claim Aisha Buhari Did Not See Her Husband In London

Sahara Reporters has dropped another bombshell. The Online medium alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was not allowed to see his wife during her recent visit to the United Kingdom. This the online platform claimed was disclosed by presidential sources.   In the stunning disclosure, the sources affirmed that the president has been kept away from several of his aides and even those bodyguards who supposedly traveled with him.  Furthermore, SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Buhari has not spoken to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for several weeks following his departure from Abuja…

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Coroner Reveals That Drug Overdose Killed Adeleke and Not Poison

The Coroner Inquest setup by the Osun State Government to investigate the cause of the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke in its verdict yesterday said the first civilian governor of the State died of drug overdose and not poison. Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, the coroner, said all evidence and accounts of witnesses before him indicated that Adeleke died of drug overdose, contrary to wide spread insinuation that the Senator was poisoned. Ayilara upheld the autopsy reports carried out on the late Adeleke at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology…

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Ebola: Security beef up at Nigerian entry points

Memories of the 93 days of horror during the outbreak of Ebola Virus in Nigeria i 2014 is being resuscitated with the current news of a new Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. World Health Organization has reported two cases of Ebola in the DRC following reports of confirmed case by the country’s Health Ministry. The Magazine can report that there has been increased security awareness using the 2014 template.For example, additional personnel and equipment has been at these Airports.deployed to both The Nnamdi Azikiwe airport , Abuja…

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LPTC Partners International Health Organisation on Infection Prevention in Schools

By Akinwale Kasali Following the recent epidemic outbreak at Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, that led to the death of three students, with over 100 students hospitalised in the school, the London Professional Training Center in Nigeria, in partnership with the International Health Organisation in United Kingdom is offering a free UK awarded training in Infection Prevention and Control on schools and other childcare settings to all professionals working in the educational sector in Nigeria. The Nigeria center manager of the LPTC, Francis Aleji said that the recent outbreak of meningitis…

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Anti-smuggling: A cry For Help

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, solicits public support to break into the rank of the smugglers’ cartel. This is because of the ambush of Customs personnel by smugglers to carry out their nefarious activities across the cross. Most worrisome was the confrontation of Customs personnel on border patrols resulting in the team personnel running for their dear life. They muster the courage to attack Customs personnel because of the sophisticated weapons used by them to carry out their trade. Many…

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“Doctor Ordered That My Body should Be Taken to the Morgue”-Julius Agwu

By Akinwale Kasali For several months, multi-talented Nigerian comedian, Julius Agwu, has been bed ridden. Many thought he wouldnt survive it after going through two surgeries. Recounting his ordeal while dealing with brain tumors, Agwu said he almost lost the battle, but God showed him mercy. Speaking publicly for the first time about the condition in an interview with Inspaya TV, Agwu ascribed his miraculous survival of the ordeal to God. In the video interview which also featured his wife, Ebere and elder sister, Theresa Agwu, it was revealed that…

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Malaria Kills Over 150 People

At least 150 people have died of malaria in Zimbabwe over the past two months, with nearly 90,000 infections recorded, a government official said Monday, blaming the upsurge on intense rains. “We have seen increased cases of malaria due to the more rains received this year that increased the breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” Joseph Mberikunashe, malaria director in the ministry of health, told AFP. Mberikunashe said 151 deaths and 89,261 malaria cases had been recorded in the past two months following heavy rains that also caused deadly floods. He said…

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Police Arrest Trader who Sells Beans Preserved with Sniper Insecticide

If not for the observation of a woman who noticed a beans seller applying an insecticide on his wares, more than hundreds of innocent Nigerians would have died or hospitalized. Three siblings trading in beans on Adenekan Street, Alagbado, Lagos State, have been arrested by the police for allegedly selling “poisonous beans” to members of the public. It was learnt that the traders – Faith Ogbona, Chidioke Ogbona and Sunday Ogbona – were arrested by policemen from the Alagbado division after being alerted by a woman, who caught Chidioke applying…

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Scientists Says Overweight Teenage Boys Risk Liver Cancer as Adults

Is your teenage son overweight? If yes, researchers have a dire warning for you! A new study suggests that men who are overweight in their late teens have a distinctly higher risk of developing liver cancer later in life. Worse still, obese teenage boys are also more likely to suffer from other severe liver diseases, many of which are often fatal, scientists warn. According to a research published on Tuesday in peer-reviewed journal Gut, experts examined data from more than 1.2 million Swedish men enlisted for conscription between 1969 and 1996. This was…

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LASG Seals over 100 Tables Water Factories

In celebrating the 2017 World Water day, the Lagos State Government has announced that it has sealed off over 100 table water factories across the state over production and distribution of substandard drinkable water in the state. The government added that no fewer than 200 houses in the state had been sanctioned for discharging their sewage and wastewater into public drains. Speaking at the 2017 World Water Day with the theme, ‘Wastewater,’ the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commissions, Kabir Abdullahi, said the state would make sure…

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Toxin Lingers in Homes Long After Smokers Quit

Houses where smokers have lived remain polluted with tobacco smoke for at least six months after the smoker has quit and may continue to pose a threat to nonsmokers who live there, a new study found. The report, in Tobacco Control found that small particles from burning tobacco penetrate multiple surfaces — carpets, upholstery, pillows, blankets, clothes, even wallpaper and ceiling tiles — and remain long after smoking has stopped. Researchers studied 65 smokers who were quitting. Periodically over six months, they measured levels of nicotine and other tobacco-specific compounds…

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