Angola: Over One Million Cases of Malaria in First Half in Angola

Jun 16, 2018 0

At least 1.5 million cases of malaria that resulted in 3,853 deaths were recorded in the six months in Angola, exceeding the 1.3 million cases in 2016 when the country was hit by yellow fever epidemic. Alike in 2016, the Angolan health authorities described 2018 as an epidemiological year. The provinces of Cuanza Norte, Bengo and Huambo are the most endemic regions, according to data released by the Secretary of State for Health, José Vieira Dias da Cunha. José Dias da Cunha was speaking on the theme “Malaria in Angola in the current context: strategies”, at Methodological Meeting on Malaria. The event gathered more than 300 technicians from 17, of the country’s 18 provinces of Angola. Luanda government and the Ministry of Health launched in May the Contingency Plan for Malaria Control aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality from malaria. The objectives of the plan include meeting World Health Organisation goals, reducing the burden of malaria by 90 percent by 2013, putting Angola on the list of the positive countries in... ...

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Suicide Bomber killed 1, Injured 4 in Borno State

Jun 13, 2018 0

A suicide bomber has killed a member of the civilian joint task force, a vigilante at a military checkpoint in Baga, Borno state, on Monday. This was made known by Bello Danbatta, the spokesman for the joint task force (JTF). He said four people sustained injuries from the attack that was targeted at a Muslim assembly. He also said those that sustained injuries had been taken to a hospital for treatment.  A witness and resident of Maikore, Bello Danjuma, said the attack which took place around 1am which was targeted at a mosque at Ibrahim Taiwo federal housing low cost unit. “He might also deliberately targeted the victims at Maikore which was a stone throw distance from the recently demolished ‘Barka Da Zuwa’ area. We had to cut our prayers and run to our various residence for safety because nobody knows how many suicide bombers were around”. Edet Okon, spokesman of the Borno state command also confirmed the attack and said officers of the explosive ordinance department (EOD) have been dispatched... ...

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Children being use as Slaves in Mines in Ebonyi

Jun 13, 2018 0

It has come to light that children are used as cheap labor in stone crushing sites and lead mines in Ebonyi. The children are hired by artisan miners to work during school hours and with the virtue of the hazardrous substances they are exposed to, the children become susceptible to tuberculosis, kidney disease and lung cancer According to Kelechi Okezie, founder of Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation, the problems are still there and the children working in the mines are in danger He said: “Now that the rains have come, most of the sites are flooded and it causes more danger. This is the period where you have a lot of children and women getting drowned. We have cases of children who die as a result of being exposed to lead, getting drowned at the mines, and other occupational hazards.” He further said nothing has been done by the government yet to assist this children. ...

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Jun 7, 2018 0

World Environment Day or WED as it is always referred to is a Day set aside to create awareness on issues concerning the environment. It is observed on the 5th of June every year. WED was established in 1972 but was first held in the year 1974 serving as the flagship campaign for raising awareness on environment and emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation and global warning to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. World Environment Day is the “people’s day for doing something to take care of the Earth. The theme for 2018 WED is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, and this call for individuals to take charge of their surroundings and realize the severity of using plastic in daily life. Plastic is rampantly polluting our bodies of water, harming marine life and posing serious threat to human health. A large part of the world population depends on plastic for their daily use with plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, nearly 1/3rd of this isn’t disposed-off properly thus clogging... ...

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Ekiti shooting: Bamidele flown to Lagos for post-surgery treatment

Jun 4, 2018 0

Opeyemi Bamidele, a former House of Representatives member, has been moved to Lagos for post-surgery treatment, says Ahmed Salami, his media aide. Salami said there are no equipment and personnel to treat his principal in Ekiti. Bamidele was hit by bullets on Friday when a policeman released sporadic gunshots at the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Ado-Ekiti. The incident took place on the campaign trail of Kayode Fayemi, the party’s candidate for the July 14 governorship election. According to his aide, Bamidele was immediately taken to the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and was reported to be responding to treatment. But in a statement on Sunday, Salami said Bamidele had to be relocated for follow-up treatment. ...

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Government Affirms Continuous Screening of Passengers at Airport against Ebola

May 30, 2018 0

In a bid to prevent the spread of Ebola virus to Nigeria, the federal government on Monday 28th May 2018 affirmed the continuous screening of passengers at the nation’s airports.Also the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole paid an unscheduled visit to the Port-Health Service (PHS) stand of the Nnamdi International Airport Abuja, explaining that all passengers must be screened and checked in order to keep Ebola out of Nigeria. Speaking while touring the PHS facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Prof. Adewole said, “The visit was part of the Minister’s effort to ensuring that screening measures are heightened and health security infrastructures are strengthened particularly at all ports of entry.” ...

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Kaduna Warn of Flood flash in 5 Local government

May 23, 2018 0

Kaduna State Government has warned of an imminent flood in five local government areas of the state. Malam Abdullahi Rigasa, the General Manager, Kaduna Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA), made this known at a news conference on 2018 flood outlook projection on Tuesday in Kaduna. The affected council includes Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Soba and Kaura local government areas. He urged residents of the five flood-prone areas to be at alert and to take proactive measures such as clearing water channels and avoid activities that could block the free flow of water. Rigasa said the mandate of KEPA was to prevent the occurrence of flood and ensure that residents were well prepared for any imminent floods. ...

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President Buhari Refusal to Address JOHESU Strike is Height of Insensitivity

May 17, 2018 0

The People Democratic Party (PDP) has said the refusal of the president to address the strike action taken by the health workers is a clear manifestation of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians. The party lamented the hardship and anguish of hundreds of Nigerians who are abandoned and dying by the day in public hospitals saying this act shows the level of concern the president have toward importance issues that concern average Nigerians. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan asked, “Is it not the height of insensitivity that while Nigerians in dire need of medical attention are languishing, President Buhari abandoned them without any form of intervention and embarked on medical tourism in London with our common patrimony?” “AS if that wasn’t enough, upon his return to Nigeria, instead of summoning an emergency meeting of critical stakeholders to find solution to the problem, Mr. President abandoned the striking health workers and chose to organize and attend political rally in Jigawa State for a doomed 2019 re-election bid.... ...

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