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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Nigeria Must Maintain The Momentum On Zero Case Of Polio- Ki-Moon


United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, has assured Nigeria of global commitment to assist the country mobilise resources to continue to tame poliomyelitis in view of achieving certification by 2017.
On a field visit yesterday to a family health centre at Abuja’s Area 2, Ki-Moon stated that Nigeria’s recent effort acquired status after exiting the list of polio-endemic countries would help in “mobilising the necessary resources and financial support” needed to push through.
“What’s most encouraging at the time is Nigeria has experienced the zero case of polio, exiting the list of endemic countries, but it must maintain the momentum,” Ki-Moon stressed.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Reflections:The Power Of Attitude


By Leena Pekkalainen:

When my brother and I were children, we spent a few weeks each summer in the countryside. Our childless uncle owned a big house there and didn´t mind having children around, so of course our parents were happy to let us visit him for a few days at a time.
  Our uncle was a geologist and he loved to go on long walks to find stones for his collection at the university.  More often than not, we followed him. He had a housekeeper who could cook like an angel and always gave uncle big basket full of good food for those trips. We didn´t mind sharing those goodies, and we eagerly awaited those excursions.
   One day we left early and this time uncle had bought us backpacks. “You can help me carry the samples,” he explained.  “Sure. Why not?” 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

VVF:Well done Stephanie Okereke-Linus for the movie 'DRY'


About 158,000 Nigerian women are living with VVF disease with every 30,000 cases added yearly.
Nigeria account for 40% of Vesicovaginal fistula VVF worldwide and about 158,000 Nigerian women are living with the disease.

VVF is a hole in the bladder through the vagina that allows uncontrollable leakage of urine to the outside through the vag­ina.

You need to see someone suffering from VVF to really understand the gravity of this disease, the stigma, the smell, the pain and the isolation: VVF is caused mainly by difficult or prolonged obstructed la­bour; the impacted fetal head presses the vagina and bladder wall against the pubic bone.

FG need to audit all 55 federal health institutions - Pharmacists


The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged the anti-graft agencies to audit all the 55 federal health institutions across the country and sanction all culpable Chief Medical Directors (CMD) and Chief Executive Officers (CEO).

It equally stated that since the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and all its appendages are not trade unions, they should not be bargaining for privileges for their members, much less undertake industrial actions.

NAFDAC Certifies Bread In Rivers State 'Bromate Free'


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified breads in Rivers State free from potassium bromate following its on-the-spot test of bread from over 180 registered bakeries in the state.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Women In Abusive Relationships:How You Can Help


Anybody can be abused, and it’s not about who or what the person is or not doing right.

If you think or suspect a friend, relative, co-worker or fellow student is being abused, you're not powerless. You need to realize that there are things you can do to help.

But first, you need to understand that it won't be easy and it's not going to be about you. You need to be strong, stable, caring and have true compassion.
A victim of abuse, for example, is often unaware that she is being abused. She may think she caused the problems in the relationship. 

Ebola Survivors Clinic Now Opened In Liberia


A health centre, named Ebola Survivors Clinic, has been opened in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which made the disclosure, many patients experience “post-Ebola” symptoms which include joint pain, dizziness, blurred vision, inability to concentrate and headaches?

Monday, 17 August 2015

NMA Supports FG In Privatization Of Government Hospitals


Medical doctors and dentists have backed plans of the Federal Government (FG) to privatise public health institutions for better services.
Health workers under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) had last week raised alarm over plans by the Federal Government to sell public health institutions across the country, which they said was capable of causing crisis in the sector.

But doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in a statement, yesterday, signed by the Chairman of the Committee on Clinical Governance, Dr. Joseph Ana, accused JOHESU of raising false alarm and nefarious claim capable of generating public breach of peace and disaffection against the government and capable of causing distress among the population and discord against a popularly elected government.

Sokoto State To Begin State Health Insurance Scheme


Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said that he will introduce a state version of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Sokoto state.

Reflections:Leave At Peace With Others-Tolerance

If you judge people you have no time to love them.—Mother Teresa
The human family is very diverse. Many conflicts in our world are caused when people are intolerant of the ways that others see the world. Learning tolerance is an important cornerstone to creating a better world.—Robert Alan

Friday, 14 August 2015

COLLETTE NATURE BLOG (CNB): Reducing Lead In Paints:SON Partner With Stakehold...

COLLETTE NATURE BLOG (CNB): Reducing Lead In Paints:SON Partner With Stakehold...:                 The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with stakeholders in the paint industry said it has pl...

Abandoned Health Centre In Edo,Community Cry Out For Help


I don't understand why a health center will be built and later abandoned because there were no medical personnel posted to the community by the local council. I just don't understand!

Read this report I found in The Nation News:

There was so much joy and hope among inhabitants of Avbiama community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State in 2013, when local authorities, with the support of an international agency, commenced the construction of a health centre in the rural community. The people saw the development as the answer to their prayer for an accessible and affordable health care.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Reducing Lead In Paints:SON Partner With Stakeholders To Ensure Compliance


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with stakeholders in the paint industry said it has planned effective measures to checkmate the use of lead in paints.
 Lead in paints, according to experts, remains life-threatening, especially to children and the young at heart.
At a joint stakeholders meeting in Lagos, Director General of SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu sounded it loud and clear that the organisation was out to ensure that paint manufacturing in the country was conducted in line with global best practices, stressing that SON has the mandate to ensure quality and safety of end-users of products.

What Is That Bad Habit? See Ways To Overcome Them


Habits can be acquired by conscious repetition and desire to achieve proficiency in an activity.
Many habits are acquired, often without awareness, from influences in the environment. A child, for example, having heard others constantly use meaningless phrases, such as “ in,” may begin to use them himself to such an extent that the use becomes habitual. Some habits develop in response to a person's unconscious needs.
Thumb-sucking and nail-biting, for example, are usually attempts to relieve tensions of which the individual is not aware. Such habits ordinarily disappear when the tensions causing them are discovered and eliminated.

Delta Governor Wants Healthcare Act Implemented

The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for a full implementation of the universal healthcare system as encapsulated in the National Health Act 2014.

Okowa said that if the bill is passed into law, it would increase the demand for health services in the state, so he solicited the partnership of the college in attaining of this goal.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Health And Nutrition:UNICEF Spends N1.01bn In Jigawa

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Field Officer for Bauchi Zone, said it spent N1.013 billion on the provision of health and nutrition services in Jigawa within four years.

The Chief Field Officer, Mr Abdulai Kaikai, said this on Wednesday during a courtesy call on Gov. Muhammad Badaru in Dutse.

Kaikai said that the programme covered immunisation, maternal and child health as well as the treatment of more than 40,000 severely malnourished children in the state.

USAID Decries Shortage Of Skilled Health Personnel In Rural Communities


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has noted that in many parts of Nigeria, a shortage of skilled doctors, nurses and midwives had severely constrained the delivery of timely, high-quality health care, especially in rural communities.

Wow! Open Heart Surgery Done At The National Hospital Abuja-Tweeted Live


The National Hospital Abuja had become the first in the country to live-tweet an operation, reports the BBC's Nasidi Adamu Yahya from the city.
It was an open heart surgery for ventricular septal defect repair on an eight-year-old patient.
The tweet was done to show Nigeria's expertise to the world, hospital spokesman Dr Tayo Haastrup told the BBC.
See more tweets:

Alert! Shortage Of Vaccine For Meningitis C In NIgeria


International health officials are scrambling to find meningitis C vaccines as an outbreak of the child-killing disease threatens to balloon.

The first large-scale outbreak of the C strain in decades has already killed 800 of 12,000 people infected this year in Nigeria and neighboring Niger.

Monday, 10 August 2015

NEMA Urges Imo State Residents To Be Alert


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Imo State operations office, has warned Imo residents living in flood prone areas to be conscious of their environment and report any overflow of their river to appropriate authorities.

Ex-NHIS Boss Surrenders To EFCC Over $2.1m Seized Cash


Former Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Olufemi Thomas has voluntarily submitted himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to clear the air on the $2.1million cash seized at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja- Lagos.

Reflections:What is Character?


Good character is the quality which makes one dependable whether being watched or not; which makes one truthful when it is to one’s advantage to be a little less than truthful; which makes one courageous when faced with great obstacles; which endows one with the firmness of wise self-discipline. –Arthur S. Adams 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Photo:Breastfeeding And Work?-See These Promotional Clips To Know How You Can Help A Mother


Annually, we celebrate the World breastfeeding week from 1-7 of August.
The team for this year is Breastfeeding:Lets make it work.
 It focuses on helping millions of working mothers give their babies the best start in life, by supporting stronger work place policies that promote breastfeeding.
Here are more promotional clips from World Health Organisation (WHO):

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Imo State Nursing School To Be Upgraded To Poly- Rochas


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that arrangements have been concluded to upgrade the Imo State College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Amaigbo in Nwangele local council, to a polytechnic.

 The governor, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Emma Ibediro, disclosed over the weekend during the school’s 14th matriculation ceremony that the upgrade would be done before the year ends.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Research Group Rank Some Nigerian Hospitals As Best In Africa


The Ranking Web of World Hospitals based in Spain ranked some hospitals in Nigeria as best in Africa.
CSIC is the largest public research body in Spain.

NAN learnt that the Ranking Web of World Hospitals is an initiative of Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the ``Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)’’.
Some of the hospitals ranked high include, Abuja Clinics and St Nicholas Hospital, others are:

Vaccine Therapy For Malaria?


The days of malaria, one of Africa's main health challenges - and equally that of swathes of South and Central America and other tropical environments across the world - appears to be gradually coming to an end with the recent approval, for use, of the malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, which had undergone development and generally successful trials, in the past 28 years.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Institute Of Virology Strenghtens 260 Laboratories In Nigeria


The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) said on Sunday that it had strengthened the capacity of over 260 laboratories across the country since 2014 through the provision of apparatus and staff training.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the institute, Dr Patrick Dakum, who disclosed this at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, said that the affected laboratories cut across tertiary, secondary, and primary health facilities in Nigeria.

Dakum said that in 2004 when the institute was incorporated as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), it set out to be part and parcel of the Nigerian response to the HIV scourge.

Kaduna Launch Polio-Free Tree Planting Campaign With WHO


The World Health Organization (WHO) and The Kaduna State Government, last week, launched the polio-free legacy tree planting campaign; a symbolic strategy that is geared towards nurturing progress achieved in the polio eradication initiative of one year without any recorded case for the first time.

Delta State Govt Say There Is No Cholera Outbreak In The State


The permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Sunday Otobo, said that although several cases of "stooling and vomiting were recorded in Aladja in Udu, the incidents were not of cholera.

Speaking with newsmen in Asaba on Friday, Otobo said that samples from patients taken to Lagos for laboratory analysis did not confirm outbreak of cholera in the area or any other parts of Delta State.

WHO Awards Scholarships To 26 Nigerian Nusing Students


In a bid to train frontline health workers in Nigeria, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has awarded N3375, 000 scholarships grant to 26 Nigerian students.

Sixteen of the awardees are from Bauchi states while the remaining 10 are from Cross River states.

Only 17% Of Children Are Exclusively Breastfed In Nigeria,Poorest In Africa


Mr Linus Awute, says Nigeria has the poorest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Africa with only 17 per cent of the children being exclusively breastfed.

Awute, who is the Permanent Secretary of The Federal Ministry Of Health, made this known at the ministerial launch of the 2015 World Breastfeeding Week in Abuja on Monday.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Reflections:Do This To Stay Younger


Sorry friends for my long absence, I have been under the weather but thank God for the gift of life. Sometimes we worry so much about money and stuff,  the gift of life is the highest blessing of all, so, count your blessings.

Food for taught:
Are you getting along in years and haven't yet made a name for yourself? Here are some words of comfort from some research people who looked into the histories of about 400 famous men, each one the most outstanding statesman, painter, warrior, poet or writer of his time. Of the group's greatest achievements, 35 per cent came when the men were between 60 and 70; 23 per cent when they were between 70 and 80; and 8 per cent when they were more than 80. In other words, 66 per cent of the world's greatest work has been done by men past 60. See these steps, follow them and feel better?

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