Nigeria: Bridge Collapses in Taraba

Jun 21, 2018 0

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has notified Nigerians of a bridge collapse at Maraban Gassol in Taraba State. The collapse occurred on Wednesday evening after a heavy downpour. The bridge links Jalingo and Wukari and further into Benue State. Mr Fashola has directed the federal contractor on that axis to mobilise immediately to site and commence emergency remedial works by Thursday in order to normalise the flow of traffic. “Motorists are advised to use the alternate route through Jalingo – Garba Cheda – Bali – Takum – Katsina Ala,” the works ministry said in a statement by its spokesperson, Theodore Ogaziechi. He said the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, has deployed road marshals from Mutum Biyu Unit Command to divert, control and ease traffic on that route. “Motorists and the general public will be informed of further developments on the route as work will commence immediately,”the spokesperson said. ...

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Nigeria: NHIs Executive Secretary in Fresh Trouble Over N25 Billion ‘Investment’

Jun 20, 2018 0

Less than four months after his controversial reinstatement, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, is again in trouble over a N25 billion investment scam. The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the agency has accused Mr Yusuf of misleading it to act against the policy directive of government, by fraudulently obtaining its approval to invest the sum in securities. The council also said the Executive Secretary concluded the arrangement for the investment before seeking its approval, contrary to the laws governing the scheme, and ignored key conditions it attached to the approval. Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017, following allegations of gross misconduct. The minister then set up a panel to investigate the allegations. The panel reportedly indicted the Executive Secretary, following which the minister forwarded the report to the presidency. But in February, without informing the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated Mr Yusuf into his office. The development ignited an uproar, with a group of workers staging... ...

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Nigeria: 3 Months Maternity Leave – Mothersbond Seeks 6-Month Policy

Jun 19, 2018 0

Chief Executive Officer of mom and baby care company, Mothersbond Limited, Mr Michael Osuji, has said that government’s recent approval of 30 days extension to the three months maternity leave is commendable but still falls short of appropriate recommendation. According to Osuji, government should still look into the six months maternity leave recommended by several health bodies and medical experts, if Nigeria has hopes of having healthy children. He said that exclusive breastfeeding of babies in the first six months helps them balance physically, mentally and emotionally, even as it gives them the best start in life. ...

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Billy Caldwell: ‘Let me treat epileptic son at home’, says mum

Jun 17, 2018 0

The mother of a severely epileptic boy who had his cannabis oil medication confiscated wants to meet the home secretary to discuss reforming the law. Charlotte Caldwell’s son Billy, 12, uses the oil as his anti-seizure medication and she wants to be able to treat him with it at home. The Home Office has granted a limited licence for the drug to be administered to the child in hospital for 20 days. Billy is being treated at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Ms Caldwell says her son’s seizures dramatically reduce when he takes the oil, which contains a substance called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is illegal in the UK. On Monday Heathrow airport officials confiscated Billy’s supply – which Ms Caldwell had tried to bring in from Canada – and he was admitted to hospital after his seizures “intensified”. Home Secretary Sajid Javid later approved the use of cannabis oil after doctors made clear it was a medical emergency. The situation is under review. Ms Caldwell, from County Tyrone in... ...

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Majority of young children not doing enough exercise and physical activity, UWA study

Jun 15, 2018 0

Monique Robinson assumed her four-year-old son Teddy was getting more than enough exercise, comparing him to a border collie that needed to run twice a day. But when researchers tracked his physical activity for a week, it was a big surprise to discover she was wrong — that he was actually doing less than the nationally-recommended three hours of daily activity for children aged 2-5. And far from being alone, the Robinsons are in the majority. The study, led by the University of WA,found two-thirds of children in Teddy’s age group aren’t getting enough physical activity needed for their growth and development. Over a two-year period, researchers used activity monitors to track 1,600 children attending Perth childcare centres over the course of a week. They found toddlers aged 1-2 years were on average getting 150 minutes of daily physical activity, while preschoolers aged 3-5 years were getting 174 minutes. Over an eight-hour day at early childhood education centres, the activity was 123 minutes for toddlers and 139 minutes for preschoolers.... ...

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 Malawi: Chilumba Barracks Hospital Stop Offering Services to Patients Without National IDs

Jun 14, 2018 0

Officials at Chilumba Barracks hospital in Karonga the northern border district of Malawi have advised patients to carry their national Identity Cards especially when seeking medical services at the facility, saying the hospital will only entertain patients with national IDs. Speaking during the burial ceremony of Mrs Mkoko who was one of the elderly in Principal GVH Mponera the area of Senior Chief Wasambo, the chief’s advisor Chimungoyera Mhango said time is over for patients without national IDs at Chilumba Barracks hospital. According to Mhango, they got the message from the officials to tell their subjects about the development. However, Mhango said only those who were not eligible to take part in the national IDs will be given the services at the facility. “We have been informed by the Chilumba Barracks hospital to tell you that the facility has stop offering services to patients without national IDs. Therefore, if you know that you don’t have the national IDs despite being an eligible person forget about receiving medical services at Chilumba... ...

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Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

Jun 13, 2018 0

A spit test to detect men at increased risk of prostate cancer hasstarted early trials.  The new DNA test looks for high-risk genes that are thought to affect one in every 100 men. Three hundred men are taking part in the trials, from three London GP surgeries.  Developing better diagnostic tests that could be used as part of a nationwide screening programme is a research priority for prostate cancer. At present, there is no single, reliable test for prostate cancer. The PSA blood test, biopsies and physical examinations are all used. But the PSA can give false positives and sometimes misses more aggressive cases.  The new DNA test was created by a group of international scientists based at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London. They studied more than 140,000 men and identified 63 new genetic variations that can increase the risk of prostate cancer.  The DNA test combines those variants with more than 100 others previously linked to prostate cancer.  Ros Eeles, professor of oncogenetics at the ICR,... ...

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Malawi Striker Gabadinho Unveiled As Hope for Cancer Ambassador

Jun 12, 2018 0

Malawi and Bidvest Wits striker Gabadinho Mhango has been appointed as brand ambassador for the Hope for Cancer Foundation (Hocaf). The footballer was unveiled in Blantyre at an event held at Ryalls Hotel where ex-Miss Malawi, Blandina Khondowe, the foundation’s initiator said Gaba was the right personality for the position due to his hardworking spirit and fame. “Gaba has a larger following and with the initiatives we have put in place to raise awareness about cancer, we believe he will be influential in helping us reach out to such masses,” said Khondowe. According to Hocaf, Mhango and Khondowe’s partnership is ideal considering that both have overcome adverse challenges in life to become stars. The former Nyasa Big Bullets forward said he was happy to be a part of the fight against cancer in Malawi and that as a footballer would love to reach out to people especially those facing social and health problems. “A lot of people don’t have the right information about so many diseases such as cancer. So... ...

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