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24 Million Nigerians To Suffer Mental Disorder-WHO

The 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 professionals. With 12.1 percent rate of mental disorder in Nigeria, WHO said the situation would record high cases in states like Borno, Adamawa and Yobe with 650,!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launched In Malawi

The 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 the life of one child every two minutes. WHO further stated that the vaccine which will be made available to children between 5 months and 2-years-old is expected to strengthen their!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Adewole Launches HIV Self-Testing Guideline

The Minister of Health, Mr. Isaac Adewole, on Friday, launched the HIV self-testing (HIVST) operative Guideline and the dissemination of Alere HIV Rapid Test Kit. In a statement via his twitter handle, Adewole urged Nigerians to take the test in the comfort of their homes and if positive should visit any government clinic as treatment is free. https://twitter.com/IsaacFAdewole/status/1116661258349109249 He further said the launch of the initiative is in line with Nigerians focus to rapidly increase intake of HIV!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

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:…
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