700 babies die daily in Nigeria—FMOH
About 700 babies are lost daily in Nigeria due to preventable diseases and avoidable conditions. This was stated by an official of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Evelyn Agbanyim, in Awka, Anambra State, South east Nigeria, during an awareness campaign on neonatal deaths.
According to her, the causes of the deaths which occur within the first 28 days of life (neonatal deaths) include low birth weight, inability to breathe and infections (tetanus, bronchopneumonia etc); she added that neonatal deaths account for about 80 percent of deaths in children.
The campaign is meant to highlight the magnitude of the problem and adise on preventive measures.
Zika virus: Pope ponders relaxation of contraception ban
Pope Francis has hinted that the use of contraception by women at risk of contracting the zika virus maybe permissible.
Roman Catholic teachings currently ban the use of contraception, but the Pope said that abortion remains a crime, but avoiding pregnancy is “not absolute evil”.
300-level Benue State University student crushed to death by okada
A 300-level student of the Benue state University, Markudi, Identified as Samuel Agbajiri of the Geography department has been crushed to death on his way from school.
According to the daily post, he was knocked down by a motorcycle while trying to cross the road.
Early detection can prevent cervical cancer–Expert
Cervical cancer is second only to breast cancer in women in Nigeria, yet it is largely preventable.
The Medical Director of Optional Cancer Care Foundation, Dr. Olufemi Olayeye says that early detection can help to reduce cervical cancer and also by vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus in teenage years..
Doctors, health workers differs over strike
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has postponed strike for 21 days to allow the Federal Government meet their demands.
Doctors under Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) have however distanced themselves from the strike, they have promised to work during the strike.
Three health facilties shut down in Jigawa state
The Jigawa State Government has shut down three private facilities flouting operational rules The public Relations Officer, Mallam Musa Aliyu disclosed that the facilities were violating the rules and regulations governing the operation of health facilities in the state.