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Coronavirus: Lagos Provides More Information About Nigeria’s First Case
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Coronavirus: Lagos Provides More Information About Nigeria’s First Case

The Ministry of Health in Lagos State has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 and reported it to the Federal Ministry of Health. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020. The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of Feburary from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infecti...
Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory
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Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory

In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby advises passengers and other 2...airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation's airports. All the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports. 3. FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and If too high, they are pulled aside for observation. 4. Recently, a deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, wi...
Reps Okay Compulsory Genotype Test For Intending Couples
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Reps Okay Compulsory Genotype Test For Intending Couples

The House of Representatives has okayed compulsory genotype tests for intending couples as part of measures to prevent sickle cell disease. The House charged government registries, churches and mosques with demanding the tests before joining persons as husband and wife. This is part of the resolutions passed by the lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday when they unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Umar Sarki, titled ‘Call on the Federal Ministry of Health to develop an efficient system for management of sickle cell disease in Nigeria.’ Adopting the motion, the House called on the Federal Ministry of Health to introduce free and compulsory new-born screening programme, which will include screening for sickle cell disease in all hospitals in Nigeria. The House also called on ...
Lagos Records Lowest Birth Rate, Katsina Is Highest
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Lagos Records Lowest Birth Rate, Katsina Is Highest

Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos State, has the lowest number of births at 3.4 children per woman. Conversely, Katsina State in the North-West has the highest birth rate at 7.3 births per woman. The information is contained in the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey key findings launched on Tuesday. The report states that the birth rate in urban areas is much lower than that of rural areas. According to the survey, the total birth rate in Nigeria is 5.3 children per woman. The second lowest birth rate in Nigeria is Akwa Ibom which is 3.6 births per woman followed by Cross River which is 3.7 births per woman. Other states with high birth rates include Bauchi and Jigawa which have a birth rate of 7.2 and 7.1 respectively. The troubled North-East states of Adam...
Buhari Sacks Usman Yusuf As NHIS Boss, Appoints Sambo AS Replacement
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Buhari Sacks Usman Yusuf As NHIS Boss, Appoints Sambo AS Replacement

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Current Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary. This was made known in a statement on Monday night by Mrs. Boade Akinola, the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health.recalls that Prof. Yusuf has been on administrative leave sequel to crisis rocking the leadership of the lacklustre health agency. According to the statement, the change at NHIS followed the recommendations in a report by an Independent Fact Finding Panel on the leadership of the health agency. The statement added, “Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the Governing Board of NHIS and di...
FG Debunks Ebola Rumour In Nigeria
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FG Debunks Ebola Rumour In Nigeria

The Federal Government has debunked rumour making the rounds in the social media of purported case of Ebola Virus Disease in the country. Debunking the story, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, urged members of the public to disregard the rumour and discourage the circulation of any unverified information, which he said, could cause harm to innocent people and unnecessary panic among the citizens. He also assured that since the reports of outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo, heightened surveillance had been on-going at the various points of entry by officials of the Port Health Services division of the Ministry to prevent importation into Nigeria. To this effect, he said every sick passenger has been properly sc...
Babatunde Omidina Has Been Admitted At The Lagos University Teaching Hospital
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Babatunde Omidina Has Been Admitted At The Lagos University Teaching Hospital

Ailing Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, has been admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Qed.ng has learned. The 60-year-old was taken to the hospital in Idi Araba, Lagos State on Friday. His admission was facilitated by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) with the assistance of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Despite 9M Pregnant Nigerian Women, Only 2.4M Gets HIV Testing
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Despite 9M Pregnant Nigerian Women, Only 2.4M Gets HIV Testing

With over nine million Nigerian women said to be pregnant every year, only about 3.6 million have access to antenatal care and about 2.4 million of them tested for HIV. This was disclosed by Head, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Ijaodola Olugbenga. He said of the 2.4 million pregnant women that get testing for HIV/AIDS in the country annually, at least 64,000 of them are positive to the virus every year. Stating this during a two-day media dialogue on PMTCT in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, recently organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC), he said the gap between pregnant women and those who are eventually tested for HIV is big because only 3...
Nigerian Institute Develops Drugs For Ebola, Malaria
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Nigerian Institute Develops Drugs For Ebola, Malaria

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Special Assistant, Communication and Strategy to the Minister of Health, Kazeem Akintunde, on Sunday. The statement quoted the Director General of the agency, Karniyus Gamaniel, in his retirement speech and presentation of achievements of the institute as saying the institute developed and completed Phase I study of a fixed dose combination drug for the treatment of Ebola. Mr. Gamaniel, who spent eight years in office (2009 to 2017) said the institute among other drugs developed an anti-malaria drug for treatment of uncomplica...
Nigerian Returnees From Libya Are Buhari’s Children – Nigerian Government
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Nigerian Returnees From Libya Are Buhari’s Children – Nigerian Government

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, has described Nigerian returnees from Libya as “President Muhammadu Buhari’s children.” The Minister made the remark while warning Nigerians against stigmatizing the returnees who are arriving Nigeria from Libya to reunite with their families in various states across the country. Speaking during a stakeholder’s meeting held at the returnees’ camp in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday, Adewole advised the public not to condemn the returnees for their mistakes which, according to him, was caused by ignorance. The Minister urged stakeholders to ensure the welfare of the returnees while in camp. He called on stakeholders made up of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Ministry of Health, the Red Cross Society...
Federal Govt Raise Alarm Over Nigeria’s Population Growth
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Federal Govt Raise Alarm Over Nigeria’s Population Growth

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the weekend raised a fresh alarm over Nigeria’s rate of population growth. According to him, if the rate was unchecked, the explosion in the nation’s population would impact negatively on the country’s economy and welfare.. To this end, Adewole called for the use of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS) to address the problems of shortage and misdistribution of manpower needed for the provision of access to family planning services in rural communities and other hard to reach areas. He made the call in Abuja while speaking on the topic: “The Relevance of Operations Research in Family Planning Programming in Nigeria” during the formal presentation of the report of a study by a non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria.” The st...
Strange Illness Kills 3 In Sokoto
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Strange Illness Kills 3 In Sokoto

The Sokoto State government has confirmed three deaths, including two students, following a strange illness that occurred in two neighbouring houses at Mabera in the state A mechanic and father of five, one Malam Abdullahi Lawal, 58, died as a result of a severe headache, convulsion, and bleeding from the eye on Nov. 11. Two students, who were neighbours to the deceased, Bello Aminu, 15, and Nasiru Kamba, 14 also died at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto on Monday after exhibiting similar symptoms. Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Deputy Director Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abbas Aliyu, confirmed the three deaths noting that preliminary investigation conducted by some doctors, suspected malaria as the cause for the deaths. Aliyu said a...
Minister Osagie Ehanire Flags Off Nationwide Laboratory Inspection
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Minister Osagie Ehanire Flags Off Nationwide Laboratory Inspection

Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has stressed the importance of medical laboratory inspection as a very important quality management measure and one of the statutory functions of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) as a regulatory entity. He said this while flagging off the nationwide inspection of medical laboratories by the regulatory body at the Sokoto Specialist Hospital, Sokoto. According to him, the inspection exercise, which is fully supported by the Ministry, is also essential to ensuring that test results from medical laboratories in the country are accurate, reliable, reproducible and timely. “Therefore, MLSCN’s mandate is to ensure that medical laboratories offering services to Nigerians attain and maintain global best practices,” h...
No Monkeypox In Lagos – Isaac Adewole
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No Monkeypox In Lagos – Isaac Adewole

The Federal Ministry of Health says all the Monkey Pox test samples obtained from Lagos tested negative. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Monday. He said only four cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Nigeria. Adewole said, “As of October 13, 2017, there were 17 SUSPECTED cases reported from Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State. “We have received laboratory confirmation for Monkeypox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. Samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative. “With these results, four suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa have been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, w...
Fed Govt Canvasses Support Against Diabetes, Other Non-Communicable Diseases
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Fed Govt Canvasses Support Against Diabetes, Other Non-Communicable Diseases

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has urged health partners to support the Federal Government’s efforts in tackling the menace of non-communicable, NCD diseases in Nigeria. The Minister made this call while speaking at the World Diabetes Foundation Nigerian Partner and Stakeholders meeting with the theme: Diabetes and Non-Communicable Diseases in Nigeria – Perspectives, challenges and way forward, organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, World Diabetes Foundation, WDF and Strategies for Improving Diabetes Care in Nigeria, SIDAIN. The minister, who was represented by the director, public health in the ministry, Evelyn Ngige, expressed his appreciation to partners who were working with the Federal Ministry of Health on diabetes care and prevention. He urged more partners to...
No Intention Of Promoting Tobacco With ‘Wo’ – Olamide
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No Intention Of Promoting Tobacco With ‘Wo’ – Olamide

YBNL boss Olamide whose latest song Wo was banned and tagged not fit for broadcast has reacted to the news. Olamide’s reaction came on Tuesday, shortly after the track was banned from being aired nationwide by National Broadcasting Commission. “No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed, I love my people, I love my country,” Olamide tweeted. Wo which was banned along with four other songs by Davido and 9ice was first flagged as unfit for broadcast by the Federal Ministry of Health. The ministry twitted at the weekend that the music video is in violation of Tobacco Control Act 2015. The ministry tweeted at the weekend that the music video is in violation of Tobacco Control Act 2015.
Olamide Responds To NBC Banning His Song
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Olamide Responds To NBC Banning His Song

Last week, the Federal Ministry of Health led by honourabe Minister Isaac Adewole said Olamide's new street anthem 'WO' is in violation of Tobacco Control Act 2015. Not long after, NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) also banned the song form getting airplay and now Olamide has responded. The rapper tweeted moments ago saying he has no intention of promoting tobacco to get people killed with his music.
Medical Directors Decry Current Situation Of NHIS
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Medical Directors Decry Current Situation Of NHIS

The Guild of Medical Directors has expressed dissatisfaction with the current situation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and called for a speedy resolution of the face off between it and the Federal Ministry of Health. The guild called on government to decisively and speedily intervene to rectify all anomalies hindering the smooth functioning of the scheme in the country. In a communiqué issued after its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, President of the guild, Prof. Femi Dokun-Babalola, noted that the guild has no objection to the current structure of the scheme involving the NHIS, the Health Management Organisations (HMOs), the service providers (hospitals) and the enrollees. He added that there is however a need to fine-tune the relationship between the...
Obaseki Flags Off Distribution Of 2.6m Insecticidal Nets
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Obaseki Flags Off Distribution Of 2.6m Insecticidal Nets

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has flagged off the distribution of 2. 6 million insecticidal nets across the 18 local government areas of the state. The event, which held on Friday at the Urhokpota Grounds in Benin City, the Edo State capital, was part of measures put in place by the government to rid the state of malaria. In his address, Governor Obaseki said his administration wants to ensure a 100% coverage of net distribution and utilisation by residents, especially the pregnant women and children under age five. He also reiterated the desire of the state government to improve on the 2012 statistics of 20% utilisation to a new rating of at least 80%. “If we succeed in the replacement of the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in Edo State, it will translate to rapid s...
Lassa Fever: Lagos Places 22 More Persons Under Surveillance
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Lassa Fever: Lagos Places 22 More Persons Under Surveillance

The Lagos State Government swelled the number of persons placed under surveillance over the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state by 22 yesterday, stating though, that none of the 100 workers of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) under watch since Tuesday had tested positive for the deadly disease. The fresh 22 were persons from Ikorodu who had contact with the index case and are currently under close observation, the Director of Disease Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Eniola Eniosho, said. He noted that the index case was originally being treated in Divine Grace Hospital, Imota, Ikorodu, where about 22 persons had direct contact with her, adding that such suspected cases had been put on close monitoring since the past two weeks. Stating this during a press ...
UNFPA Spends $12m For Contraceptives In Nigeria Yearly
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UNFPA Spends $12m For Contraceptives In Nigeria Yearly

The United Nations Population Fund on Monday said not less than $12 million is earmarked to be spent annually on contraceptives for Family Planning in Nigeria. The UNFPA National Programme Specialist, Olanike Adedeji, disclosed while briefing journalists on the line up programme to mark 2017 World Population Day in Abuja. Adedeji explained that the Nigerian government committed only $2 million for the procurement of contraceptives for FP until 2011, when the government proclaimed such FP commodities to be free in public health facilities. She said that since that declaration, many donors like USAID, DFID and UNFPA contributed resources to ensure this pronouncement became reality. According to her, all this effort was to ensuring that the commodities were all over public facilit...
Fed Govt Signs MoU With UNFPA On Procurement Of Contraceptives
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Fed Govt Signs MoU With UNFPA On Procurement Of Contraceptives

The Federal Government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, for the procurement of contraceptive in the country for four years. The Federal Executive Council, FEC also approved the inclusion of member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Odewale disclosed this while briefing the State House Correspondent in Abuja. According to him, “Council received memoranda from the Federal Ministry of Health. One has to do with the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the Federal Ministry of Health and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA. “This MoU has to do with the procurement and dis...
1,166 Nigerians Die In Cerebrospinal Meningitis In 25 States
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1,166 Nigerians Die In Cerebrospinal Meningitis In 25 States

No fewer than 1,166 persons have died of cerebrospinal meningitis across 25 states in the country. This was revealed in the latest report by the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on the ongoing subtype C of the disease in Nigeria. The report, which indicated that over 14,518 have been affected, said there has been a decline in the outbreak. The EOC was established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and some partner organisations. According to the statement: “The outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks and the affected states have recorded fewer new cases. In the last four weeks, no local government area has reached outbreak alert threshold.” But the centre’s claim was contradict...
How To Defeat Breast Cancer – Betty Akeredolu
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How To Defeat Breast Cancer – Betty Akeredolu

Betty Akeredolu, the wife of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has said that the major way women can defeat the scourge of breast cancer among ladies between the ages of 18 and 20 is to check their breasts regularly. Akeredolu, who is the Founder, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), declared that breast cancer was not a death sentence, as many people believed. She stated this while speaking at the launch of Ondo State chapter of BRECAN. According to her, with good medical care, the disease could be controlled. The first lady, who has been suffering from cancer of the breast herself for 20 years, said women needed proper sensitization and awareness on the control of breast cancer, hence the formation of the association. She said: “Breast cancer can be controlled...
Meningitis: Death Toll Hits 328
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Meningitis: Death Toll Hits 328

The Federal Ministry of Health has said that 328 deaths associated with Meningitis have been recorded in the country since November 2016. The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry. Adewole assured Nigerians that the ministry would curtail the outbreak of meningitis ravaging some states. “We have started working with the affected states on massive awareness and sensitisation, laboratory investigation and analysis, proper documentation and disease surveillance techniques.’’ The minister added that ministry through the National Centre for Disease Control and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), had been oftremendous supp...
Nigerian Lawmakers Could Override Buhari If He Vetoes Peace Corps Bill – Dogara
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Nigerian Lawmakers Could Override Buhari If He Vetoes Peace Corps Bill – Dogara

Nigerian legislators could override President Muhammadu Buhari if he vetoes the Nigerian Peace Corps bill which seeks to make the private organisation an agency of government, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said on Tuesday. In an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, the speaker said the National Assembly believes the Peace Corps will bolster Nigeria’s current security and law enforcement capabilities. If the president “doesn’t assent for whatever reason” to the Peace Corps Bill, “we are at liberty to recall it back to parliament and muster the two-thirds in the House and Senate and pass in spite of Mr. President’s veto,” Mr. Dogara said. Mr. Dogara, however, said any action to be taken by the lawmakers would be determined by Mr. Buhari’s reaction to the bill, already passed by ea...
Queen’s College Shut Over Death Of 2 Students
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Queen’s College Shut Over Death Of 2 Students

The management of Queen’s College, Yaba, in Lagos, has sent senior students home, after two students allegedly died of diarrhoea, between Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2017. Two female boarding students, Vivian Osuinyi and Bithia Itulua reportedly died after vomiting and stooling after they allegedly ate Spaghetti and drank water served in the Refectory by the college cooks. The school sent the students home on the directive of officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and their colleagues from Lagos State who have opened investigations into the deaths. Already, the officials from the Federal Ministry are in the school, to determine what allegedly killed the two female students. Following outbreak of diarrhoea in the school, parents, whose wards resumed on Mo...
House Of Reps Orders Closure Of Unregistered Pharmaceutical Outlets
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House Of Reps Orders Closure Of Unregistered Pharmaceutical Outlets

Worried by the nefarious activities of unqualified individuals in the trade and distribution of drugs , House of Representatives has mandated the Federal Ministry of Health and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, to immediately shut down all unregistered pharmaceutical shops within the country and discipline the culprits accordingly. Pursuant to Act P17 LFN 2004 and other relevant Pharmacy and Drugs Laws of the Federation, the PCN has mandate to inspect, approve and license premises where pharmaceutical activities take place (manufacturing, importation, distribution,wholesale and retail pharmaceutical premises and patent and proprietary medicine vendors shops). Deliberating on the “need to regulate the establishment of pharmaceutical shops and drug stores” on Thursday December 1...
Lassa Fever Hits Plateau State, 4 Dead, 5 Cases Recorded
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Lassa Fever Hits Plateau State, 4 Dead, 5 Cases Recorded

The Commissioner for Health in Plateau, Dr Kunden Deyin, said the state recorded four deaths, while laboratory tests confirmed five cases of Lassa fever since December 2016. The commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday via telephone interview in Jos that 80 per cent of the mortality rate was due to late presentation of patients to health care facilities. Deyin said “the mortality rate is as high as 80 per cent; the reason is that people are reporting very late, Lassa fever is best managed when patients start taking the drug within the first week of contracting the disease. “The symptoms are similar to that of malaria such as nausea, body weakness and joint pains; it is at advanced stage that symptoms such as bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth or private ...
USAID Unveils Nigeria’s First Ultramodern Polio Modular Laboratory
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USAID Unveils Nigeria’s First Ultramodern Polio Modular Laboratory

The United States Government, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), Friday inaugurated a state-of-the-art polio modular laboratory at University College Hospital, Ibadan, to improve the efficiency of polio diagnosis in Nigeria through reliable environmental sampling. While examining the ultra-modern amenities with representatives of the Federal Government, U.S. Consul General John Bray observed that the new facility, which cost an estimated $400,000, exists alongside a World Health Organization (WHO) accredited polio laboratory in Ibadan, but is the first one in the country equipped to detect the wild polio virus from waste water. “This new facility will enhance Nigeria’s ability to respond to polio outbreaks quickly, by promptly diagno...

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