Health & Living – The Whistler NG Exclusive Stories and Top News In Nigeria And Around The World Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:26:13 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 FG Approves New HIV, Syphilis Testing Kits Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:45:12 +0000 HIV-testingThe Federal Ministry of Health has approved the  Insti HIV ½, Insti Multiplex Dual HIV1/2 and Syphilis antibody rapid tests kits as a first-line kit in the national HIV testing algorithm. The National Coordinator of the National AIDS, STI and Hepatitis Control Programme, Segilola Araoye, disclosed the approval while giving a report of the laboratory […]]]> 0 WHO Approves Two New Drugs For Ebola Treatment Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:55:44 +0000 ebolaTwo of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced. WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in […]]]> 0 Why Open Defecation Thrives In Ibadan – Traders Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:13:43 +0000 Open DefecationOpen markets are prone to abuse and this is because some people inhabit in the place after trading has ended and sellers return home with their goods. It is easy to find faeces littering many areas in open markets which sellers have to contend with before resuming trading the next day. Open defecation in some […]]]> 0 Yellow Fever Outbreak Kills 16 In Ebonyi Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:42:03 +0000 YELLOW-FEVER-DISEASEThe Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Ebonyi state, Dr. Chris Achi, has confirmed the death of 16 persons in a yellow fever outbreak in the state, to journalists on Friday in Abakaliki. According to Achi, the outbreak occurred in the Izzi Local Government Area, with several other patients receiving treatment at the Virology Centre […]]]> 0 Attaining Sustainable Population Growth Through Increased Access To Family Planning Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:05:04 +0000 family-planningAlarmingly, the world population has surpassed the seven billion mark and is projected to grow to over nine billion by 2043. Population trends today are characterized by an increasing divergence across countries and regions. Whereas many of the poorer countries continue to be characterized by rapid population growth, while other countries that are more advanced […]]]> 0 New Study Says Men Who Go To Bed Early Produce Better Sperm Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:39:02 +0000 Man - SleepingA new study by researchers from an institution in Denmark, Aarhus University, has disclosed that men who go to bed early could have better sperm compared to those who sleep late. The study according to revealed that men who go to bed before 10.30pm were up to four times more likely to have good […]]]> 0 Gates, Dangote, Restate Commitment To Polio Eradication In Nigeria Sat, 20 Jul 2019 14:54:17 +0000 Bill GatesThe Bill & Melinda Gates and Dangote foundations have restated their commitments to sustaining the fight against polio in Kano State and other parts of Nigeria. This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Govrrnor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Abba Anwar, on Saturday in Kano. ‎ ‎According to the […]]]> 0 Ebola Outbreak Declared Global Health Emergency In DR Congo Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:55:12 +0000 ebolaAfter more than 1600 deaths have been recorded since August 2018, the World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the global emergency. The Director-General, of the united nation health organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the declaration after meeting with the Emergency Committee in Geneva on Wednesday. According to him, […]]]> 0 Lagos Community Where ‘Shit’, Filth Serves As ‘Meal’ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:31:17 +0000 Ago-Egun-community-in-Makoko-water-front“There is hardly anything you people enjoy that we don’t enjoy here. As far as we are concerned, there is nothing wrong with using this water, except that we don’t drink it. When it rains, we always dive into it to swim. It is in this water that we all learnt how to swim and […]]]> 0 Researchers Discover Gene Responsible For Deafness Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:32:38 +0000 Hearing-loss-deafnessChinese researchers have recently made a breakthrough in discovering a gene responsible for deafness, providing a target for treating hearing impairment. The study published online earlier this month in the international journal Genetics in Medicine described the gene as ABCC1, which has variants associated with hearing loss and plays a key role in maintaining cochlea […]]]> 0 Family Planning: Low Support Of Men Pose’ Barrier In Badagry Community Sun, 07 Jul 2019 13:30:56 +0000 COntraceptiveMen’s participation is crucial to the success of family planning programs as it’s associated with better outcomes in reproductive health such as contraceptive acceptance, continuation, as well as safer sexual behaviors. Men are also recognized to be responsible for the large proportion of ill reproductive health suffered by their female partners. Men’s knowledge, attitude, and […]]]> 0 The Growing Drug-Resistant Strains Of Malaria Parasite Fri, 14 Jun 2019 22:29:52 +0000 malaria-mosquitoMalaria is fighting back! Recently, the World Health Organization declared that Algeria and Argentina have eliminated malaria. They joined 38 other countries that have bade malaria farewell. Algeria will be regarded as a particular success because it is in Africa as the continent suffered 90 percent of an estimated 219 million cases worldwide in 2017. […]]]> 0 Polio Vaccination: Lagos Kicks Off Second Phase Weekend Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:57:33 +0000 Polio-vaccine-in-Nigeria.With the aim to halt the spread of polio virus, the Lagos State government with support from partners kicks off campaign this weekend to increase coverage of immunized children against vaccine preventable diseases. The vaccination campaign is targeted at reducing the number of unimmunized children as well as improving the herd immunity of the environment […]]]> 0 World Food Safety Day: How To Reduce 200, 000 Annual Food Poising Deaths In Nigeria Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:34:17 +0000 Food-SaftyFood safety is the handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk of consumers becoming sick from food borne illnesses. In Nigeria, this is not the case as 200,000 persons have been reported to die of food poisoning annually. According to a Professor of Food Science and Technology, Alfred Ihenkuronye, “There […]]]> 0 Contaminated Food Kills 420,000 People Worldwide Per Year – WHO Fri, 07 Jun 2019 13:11:00 +0000 FoodEvery year, an estimated 420,000 people around the world lose their lives from eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses or chemical substances, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The global health organisation disclosed this in a tweet to commemorate the inaugural World Food Safety Day themed “Food Safety, everyone’s business”. The first-ever celebration of […]]]> 0 Over 1 Million Sexually Transmitted Infections Reported Daily — WHO Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:45:38 +0000 WHOThe World Health Organisation (WHO) has said Over 1 million sexually transmitted infections are reported daily. According to the health organisation’s research, 127 million new cases of chlamydia in 2016, 87 million of gonorrhoea, 6.3 million of syphilis and 156 million of trichomoniasis were reported among men and women aged 15–49 years. The data further […]]]> 0 Clean Nigeria: Why Toilets Are Important Sat, 01 Jun 2019 18:58:17 +0000 Open-ToiletFor many of us, toilets are ordinary everyday items that we take for granted. Toilets are essential for clean, and healthy communities and contribute to the social as well as economic development in Nigeria. It is important to note that, the use of toilet is crucial to saving the lives of thousands of children from […]]]> 0 Why Nigerian Children Are Vulnerable To Killer Diseases Tue, 28 May 2019 15:46:53 +0000 Africa-childrenPoor vaccination coverage is one of the strongest reasons for child mortality in Nigeria, statistics gathered by the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) have suggested. The 2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of the NBS indicates that childhood Vaccination coverage, known to be one of the most important means of preventing childhood morbidity and mortality is on […]]]> 0 24 Million Nigerians To Suffer Mental Disorder-WHO Wed, 15 May 2019 13:46:27 +0000 WHOThe World Health Organisation has said over 24 million Nigerians may suffer from various mental illnesses. This was contained in the global agency’s 2018 report released at a workshop on health reporting during emergencies in Yola. The health organisation further said the disorder has become worse due to the depressing number of health institutions and […]]]> 0 Dementia: Number Of Cases To Triple In The Year 2049 Wed, 15 May 2019 09:21:50 +0000 DementiaThe number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to triple in the next 30 years, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The organisation disclosed this in a statement announcing new guidelines to tackle the ailment, on its website on Tuesday. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia,” […]]]> 0 FG Spends Over N5bn On Health, Humanitarian Response In Borno – Minister Tue, 14 May 2019 12:55:31 +0000 Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole (1)The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said the Federal government has expended over five billion naira on provision of health and humanitarian services in response to the effects of insurgency in Borno. Adewole, made the disclosure during the Nigeria Humanitarian Response Dialogue organised by the ministry on Monday in Abuja. The conference with […]]]> 0 World Asthma Day: 15 Million Nigerians Have Asthma Tue, 07 May 2019 14:55:43 +0000 woman-with-inhaler-Asthma (1)The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) on Tuesday in Abuja said that no fewer than 15 million people have Asthma in Nigeria, based on numerous studies. Olanisun Adewole, Secretary General (NTS), made the disclosure in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in commemoration of 2019 World Asthma Day. World Asthma Day […]]]> 0 Ramadan: What Happens To Your Body When You Fast Mon, 06 May 2019 16:16:16 +0000 Ramadan-FastThe Holy Month of Ramadan is here! The Ramadan, which begins today May 6, is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It entails abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from dawn to sunset, for a month. In the hopes that this holy month will lead to greater consciousness of God, the Muslim’s […]]]> 0 Nigeria To Pay N1bn To Manufacturers Of Seized Codeine Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:31:17 +0000 Youth-abusing-codeineMoji Adeyeye, the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Monday said the federal government would pay more than N1 billion as compensation to the companies that had their codeine impounded more than a year ago. Mrs Adeyeye disclosed this on Monday in Lagos at a news conference to debunk […]]]> 0 Word Malaria Day: WHO Calls For Leaders Commitment To Eliminate Disease Thu, 25 Apr 2019 15:44:13 +0000 WHOThe fight against malaria is one of the biggest tasks Nigeria is faced with. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. According to UNICEF, Nigeria accounts for 30% of estimated deaths in children and 11% among pregnant women while the world […]]]> 0 21.1m Children Denied First Dose Of Measles Vaccine Yearly On Average — UNICEF Thu, 25 Apr 2019 11:19:22 +0000 VaccinationThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says an estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 or 21.1 million children a year on average. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, made this known on Thursday in commemoration of the World Immunisation Week marked annually between April […]]]> 0 World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launched In Malawi Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:15:30 +0000 WHOThe World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to roll out the world’s first malaria vaccine in Malawi. According to the director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the RTS,S vaccine, is a new response solution that promises to reduce the menace of the epidemic which is known to be one of the world’s leading killers, claiming […]]]> 0 Long Periods Of Sleep Harmful For Men – Study Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:19:57 +0000 Sleepless-ManA new study has disclosed that while extra minutes of sleep in the morning is healthy for women, it is harmful for men. The study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, sated that women require longer periods of sleep to lower their risk of diabetes. but that was the opposite for men […]]]> 0 Caesarean-Section Should Be For Special Reasons- Gynaecologist Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:16:33 +0000 Baby Born ‘Pregnant’ With His Twin Stuns DoctorsAdebayo Bamisebi, a gynaecologist, on Tuesday, advised pregnant women to go for delivery, through cesarean section with special reason for it. Bamisebi of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ibeju-Lekki General hospital, Akodo, Lagos who gave the advice in an interview with NAN said that some women who delivered through cesarean-section did so on flimsy […]]]> 0 Study Reveals Impact Of Poverty On Children’s Brain Activity Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:04:51 +0000 Freshly-Removed-Human-Brain (1)A new research has revealed that children from low-income backgrounds, where parents have a low level of education, have weaker brain activity and are more likely to be distracted. The lead researcher, John Spencer, a professor from University of East Anglia’s School of Psychology, and his team studied the brain function of children aged between […]]]> 0