Test before Marriage to Prevent Sickle Cell Says Emir of Gwandu

Jun 21, 2018 0

The emir of Gwandu in Kebbi and chairman Kebbi State council of chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar has called on intending couples to go for blood screening in order to know their genotype before marriage. The emir made this call while receiving members of Kebbi State Sickle Cell Association (KESCA) which was led by the State Coordinator, Hajiya Hadiza Yahaya Shantali while paying the Emir a courtesy visit at his palace in Birnin Kebbi. Also Bashar has charged parents to ensure that before giving out their children in marriage, the genotype of their wards is determined through blood screening as a way of curbing the menace of sickle cell disorder amongst children.”If we have our way, all emirs will order for blood test to be carried out by couples before marriage in order for them to know their genotype so as to be free from sickle cell disorder and other diseases like HIV AIDS” ,he stressed. While also commending the association for creating awareness on sickle cell disorder and how... ...

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Uganda: 54% of Goods On Ugandan Market Are Substandard – UNBS

Jun 18, 2018 0

Kampala — More than half of the products sold on the Ugandan market are substandard, according to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). According to a countrywide baseline survey conducted by thestandards agency in February, 54 per cent of products on the market are either fake or counterfeits, which places them at a high probability of being substandard. However, in an interview last week, Mr Paul Musimami, the UNBS deputy executive director compliance, said the rate has improved from about 80 per cent in about five years due to vigilance and deliberate measures that have been deployed over the years. “Our a baseline survey conducted in February found that 54 percent of goods on the market are substandard. Many of these,unfortunately, are locally made. We have stopped many [substandard] imports through PVoC [Pre-import Verification of Conformity] programme,” he said. Substandard products, according to a Standard Bank Group report published recently, have become a serious problem to economic growth, costing Uganda more than Shs1 trillion in annual revenue. The 54 per... ...

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 Lagos State might experience Cholera Outbreak due to dirt environment

Jun 13, 2018 0

Cholera, a poverty-induced disease, has continued to ravagecommunities across the country. The disease which is preventable and treatable, has remained a major problem in Nigeria for years and the World Health Organization, WHO, says Nigeria has the highest burden of cholera in Africa. Lagos State has witnessed series of cholera outbreaks in the past, but the persistence of dirty environment with heaps of refuse on the streets and the roads, the blocked drains, poor sanitation facilities, lack of potable water and generally poor hygiene habits of many residents, are strongly pointing to another looming cholera outbreak. Coupled with restricted access to potable water and reliable toilet facilities, millions of Lagosians are at risk of cholera attack. Ignorance about proper personal and environmental hygiene practices as well as lack of prompt diagnosis only contribute to the problem. The UNICEF Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, specialist, Drissa Yeo, said that lack of safe water and poor sanitation are important risk factors. ...

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Nigeria: Chinese Investors Plough N108 Billion Into Fish Project

Jun 11, 2018 0

Investors from China have offered to fund the ambitious Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) project launched last year by the Head of Service of the Federation (HoS), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, with a commitment of $300 million (approximately N108 billion). The two Chinese firms, Global Hint Construction Company Limited ( GHCCL), and One Belt and One Road Financial Project Operation, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the HoS to construct over 5,000 housing units for civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State under the mass housing programme for civil servants. They will collaborate on the task with local real estate firm, ZVECAN Consulting and Engineering Limited. According to the terms of the MoU, the Chinese firms will deliver 700 units of houses on 100 hectares of land in each of the housing estates in Apo Resettlement Scheme and Imperial City, Mpape in Abuja. In addition, the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation will liaise with Dangote Cement Company and other manufacturers to bring down the... ...

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Rwanda: Price for DNA Test to Reduce By Half

Jun 9, 2018 0

Rwandanswill be paying less for DNA tests to establish parentage for children or get proof for rape and other gender-based crimes among other forms of evidence, thanks to a new forensic laboratory launched in Kigali. The Kacyiru-based National Forensic Laboratory, unveiled by the Ministry of Justice yesterday, has started receiving requests for DNA tests at the cost of Rwf270,000, a price that is nearly half what it would cost to conduct one test in foreign countries, like Germany. Offering DNA tests in Rwanda will also cut the time it would take to get results, from about two to three months for tests ordered in Germany to between one day and three weeks. Built at the cost of over Rwf6 billion, the laboratory will also be conducting tests in many other areas, such as establishing the authenticity of documents, the presence of drugs, alcohol, or poison in one’s blood, fingerprint analysis, autopsies, and ballistics to identify firearms in case of crimes among other tests. Officials said that the lab is a... ...

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South Africa’s Henri van Breda given life sentence for axe murder of family

Jun 7, 2018 0

A South African court has sentenced former Perth student Henri van Breda to three life sentences for murdering three family members with an axe in South Africa. •    Van Breda murdered his parents and brother with an axe at the family’s mansion outside Cape Town in 2015 •    Family moved to Australia but returned to South Africa several years ago •    Judge said van Breda misled police, alleged family was attacked by intruder Van Breda was also sentenced to 15 years for the attempted murder of his sister Marli, who was unable to remember the attack. He received an additional 12-month sentence for obstructing the course of justice. Van Breda murdered his parents and brother with an axe at the family’s mansion in Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town, in 2015. In sentencing Van Breda, Judge Siraj Desai said the attacks displayed a high level of innate cruelty and almost unprecedented degree of disregard for the welfare of his own family. “Each murderous attack upon a family member constitutes a very... ...

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Study links excess sugar in pregnancy with cognitive delays

Jun 4, 2018 0

Researchers have suggested that excessive sugar consumption during pregnancy may harm children’s cognitive development, Ingredients. News reports. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looked at sugar in the diets of 1,234 pregnant women. It found children of those with the highest sugar consumption during pregnancy, particularly from sugar-sweetened beverages, had lower cognitive scores for memory, verbal skills and motor skills. Consumption of artificially sweetened drinks also was linked to lower scores, while children who ate the most fruit had higher cognitive scores. While researchers adjusted their results to account for a range of other health and socioeconomic factors, mothers who consumed the most sugar were more likely to have smoked during pregnancy, have lower education levels and lower incomes. Consumers continue to be wary of sugar and artificial sweeteners, spurring manufacturers to look for alternatives. According to Mintel data, 84% of Americans say they are limiting the amount of sugar in their diet, and 79% check labels for the types of sugar or sweetener used. There... ...

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 Dr. Thomas Savino, aged 59 sentenced in medical lab bribery scheme

Jun 1, 2018 0

Dr. Thomas Savino, convicted of involvement in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme with a now-defunct New Jersey firm is headed to prison. Federal prosecutors say Thomas Savino received a four-year sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old New York man had pleaded not guilty but was convicted last October on charges including conspiracy and wire fraud. His medical practice was based in Staten Island. Prosecutors say from July 2012 through April 2013, Savino received cash bribes totaling at least $25,000 from employees and associates of Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services. Savino’s referrals generated $375,000 in lab business for the company. Fifty-three people, including 38 physicians, have pleaded guilty or been convicted. The scheme involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and private insurers. ...

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