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Measles Outbreak Kills 13 Children In Borno

Measles has made a comeback in Nigeria as it killed 13 children in Borno State. The epidemic outbreak was revealed by the United Nations Children’s Fund. This is coming few days after the international body made a wakeup call on vaccinating children who have been described to be more vulnerable to the epidemic as it is making a comeback in many countries. https://twitter.com/UNICEF/status/1107635886584487938 However, a statement by Eva Hinds, a Communication Specialist with United Nations Children’s Fund,!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Infant Mortality – Gynaecologist

A consultant gynaecologist with Hope Hospital in Osogbo, Dr Tunde Aromire, has called on nursing mothers to help reduce infant mortality in the country by making exclusive breastfeeding a priority. Recall that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended six months exclusive breastfeeding for nursing mother. Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Aromire said exclusively breastfed babies had a lower risk of gastrointestinal infection and stand a chance of regaining weight lost at birth than a formula fed…

30 Million Babies On The Brink Of Death – UN-Backed Report

Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialised care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new UN-backed report. The report, ‘Survive and Thrive: Transforming care for every small and sick new born’, was released by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO). UNICEF deputy executive director, Omar Abdi said: “When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right…

Fresh Cholera Outbreak Claims 5 Lives In Gombe

A fresh outbreak of cholera has killed five people, leaving 16 others hospitalised at the Primary Health Centre, Kembu in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State. Confirming this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, the state Acting Epidemiologist, Dr Nuhu Bile said 70 patients were treated and discharged, while five people died before the state Rapid Response team alongside World Health Organisation (WHO) visited the scene. According to him, the fresh outbreak has brought the number of cholera…

Air Pollution Kills 600,000 Children Yearly – WHO

Exposure to toxic air both indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Monday. Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of children under the age of 15 — a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five — breath dangerously polluted air. This has tragic consequences: In 2016 alone, some 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, the WHO report found.…

Average Life Expectancy In Nigeria Now 55 Years – WHO

The average life expectancy for Nigerians is now 55 years, World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The global health organisation revealed this in the 2018 global data for life expectancy in where Nigeria ranked 178 out of 192 ranked countries. According to the data, a 2018 Nigerian male born is expected to live approximately 54.7 years, while a female is expected to live approximately 55.7 years in good health. Meanwhile, the statistical report by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for 2017 records that females…

Common Mental Health Disorders Start Before Age 14 – WHO

Half of all mental disorders begin at the adolescent age – before the age of 14 – but most cases go undetected and untreated, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The global health organisation said this in a report: ‘Coming of age: Adolescent health’ to mark the World Mental Health Day commemorated on Wednesday. Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain under-diagnosed and untreated. Tarun Dua, mental health expert at WHO, explained:…

WHO Kicks Off Global Project On Childhood Cancer

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has kicked off a new Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer. The initiative aimed at reaching at least a 60 percent survival rate for children with cancer by 2030, was unveiled on Wednesday as the global health body stated that about $15 million has been donated by the global agency to better foster the initiative which will save an additional one million lives. “To increase prioritisation of childhood cancer through awareness raising at global and national levels and to expand the…

Report: Cancer To Kill 9.6m Globally In 2018

Some 9.6 million people will die of cancer in 2018, according to a report of the Global Cancer Statistics 2018 released on Wednesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of people around the world, who have cancer is growing rapidly, with 18.1 million new cases, the report said. Cancers of the lung, female breast, and colorectum are the top three cancers in terms of incidence and are ranked within the top five in terms of…

Nigerian Celebrities Speak Out: ‘Our Fans Make Us Depressed’

Some of us who watch our favourite celebrities – singers, actors, and comedians – on television may find it hard to understand why some of them plunge into depression despite their different roles and successes as entertainers. According to researchers at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, depression is “a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.” Our favourite celebrities appear pretty and in shape,…
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