‘We Are Not Satisfied,’ NARD Appeals Court Ruling Directing Doctors To Resume

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 750 total views,  19 views today The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has faulted the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing its members to return to work. A communiqué jointly signed by NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, and the union’s Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun, on Friday revealed that the doctors have begun the process to appeal the ruling. “As we are all aware, especially those that were present in court today (Friday), the NIC has given a ruling on the application for interlocutory injunction filed by…

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NCDC DG Ihekweazu Appointed Assistant DG Of WHO

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 1,209 total views,  19 views today The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has been appointed as the Assistant Director General of Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation (WHO). Ihekweazu’s appointment – which comes into effect on November 1, 2021 – was disclosed in a letter signed by the WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus. “I am pleased to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021. “He will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic…

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COVID-19: Obaseki Challenges Court Injunction On Compulsory Vaccination

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 1,230 total views,  18 views today Governor Godwin Obaseki has said that his administration would challenge the injunction of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt stopping him from going ahead with the restriction of people without vaccination from accessing public places starting second week of September. It would be recalled that the court in Port Harcourt gave an interim injunction restraining Obaseki and the Edo state government from going ahead with any compulsory vaccination and restriction of people without evidence of vaccination from entering public places. In a statement issued Wednesday…

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NAFDAC To Clamp Down On Illegal Herbal Medicine Dealers In Kaduna

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 643 total views,  2 views today The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  says it will clampdown on unethical and illegal advertisement of herbal medicines in Kaduna State. The State Coordinator, Mr Nasiru Mato, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna. He said the excesses and arbitrary advertisement of herbal medicine products in the state were quite alarming and needed to be checked. “Herbal medicines or traditional medicines as they are often called are as old as man himself, in…

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Vanguard Health Summit: Over 40m Nigerians Suffer Mental Disorders — Prof Osibogun

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 314 total views Professor of Public Health and Chairman, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, Prof. Akin Osibogun has expressed concern over increasing cases of mental health issues in Nigeria, disclosing that more than 40 million Nigerians are suffering from mental health disorders. Speaking during the maiden edition of Vanguard Mental Health Summit in Lagos, Osibogun said that the situation was made worse with the current insecurity in the country while the country continually experiences brain drain in the area of medical experts. He noted that the predicament of people suffering mental…

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COVID-19: Edo Govt Imposes Restriction On Mass Gathering

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 377 total views,  2 views today The Edo State Government has restricted mass gatherings across the state in a bid to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed this while flagging off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Monday. “Beginning from the second week of September 2021, large gatherings, as well as high traffic public and private places will only be accessed by persons who have proof of taking at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination. People who have not yet been vaccinated at all will depend on…

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COVID-19: 1,094 Returning Travelers Have Absconded From Isolation, Says Sanwo-Olu

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 266 total views Over 1,000 returning travelers from red-listed countries – India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey – have absconded from isolation in Lagos State, the government alarmed on Monday. The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, raised the alarm while giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and how the government is working to curb the spread of the disease. He revealed that a total of 1,073 inbound passengers out of 88,847 who arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport between May 8 and August 21 – have tested positive.…

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How To Access Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine In Lagos

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 168 total views Lagos State will commence the administration of the Moderna vaccine for citizens who have not received any of the earlier COVID vaccines from Wednesday, August 25, 2021. A statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Health noted that doses of the vaccine will be available at 183 designated vaccination sites across the State. Eligibility – People aged 18 years and older – Healthcare workers who are at a high risk of exposure – Senior Citizens with or without underlying health conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension etc – Persons…

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Third Wave: 500 Deaths Recorded At Lagos Isolation Centres, Says Ministry

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 113 total views The Lagos State Ministry of Health has said that over 500 deaths have been recorded in isolation centres across the state. Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Health, Lagos State, ‘Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, made this known in a press statement on Sunday, titled, “COVID third wave mitigation: Lagos to sanction erring inbound passengers”. Ogunbanwo explained that inbound travelers contributed to the increasing fatalities recorded in the state. Though he said over 500 had been recorded, data on the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed that Lagos has…

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Striking Doctors Refuse To Sign New MoU With FG After Six-Hour Meeting

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 90 total views The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has refused assent to a new memorandum of understanding brokered by the Nigeria Medical Association to end the three weeks old strike that has crippled medical services in government hospitals across the country. NARD President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, declined his assent owing to an undisclosed clause. According to Okhuaihesuyi, NARD’s leadership has to consult with members of the association before he appends his signature. Addressing journalists after the over six hours closed-door meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment,…

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NARD Strike: Why I Invoked “No Work, No Pay”, Ngige Tells Buhari -As NMA Intervenes

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 183 total views Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, yesterday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on why the government invoked the “no work, no pay” policy against the striking resident doctors. The resident doctors on the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, had embarked on strike since August 2 over the inability of the government to meet with their demands. This is as the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA has waded into the industrial face-off between the resident doctors. Briefing State House correspondents after meeting…

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Strike: Court Adjourns Case Against Resident Doctors To September 15

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 281 total views There seems to be no immediate end to the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, as the National Industrial Court, Monday, adjourned the case brought against the association by the federal government. The case which came up without the presence of the Minister of Labour and Employment, or officials of the ministry, was adjourned to September 15,2021.On the other hand, officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and NARD were in the court. Recall that following declaration of strike by the aggrieved medical practitioners,…

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Grandmothers Breast Milk Better For Babies Than Infant Formula-Nutritionists

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 284 total views Nutrition experts say breast milk of grandmothers is recommended for babies who cannot be breastfed by their biological mothers for whatever reason, noting that contrary to assumptions, women who are over 60 years can still produce breast milk and effectively breastfeed infants. According to the experts, instead of feeding babies with an infant formula, surrogate nursing – either by a grandmother or any other woman – should be instituted for babies whose mothers have died or have health complications that make breastfeeding impossible. The experts, a Consultant Public…

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Working 55 Hours Or More Weekly Kills 745,000 People —WHO, ILO

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 2,212 total views The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) say 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease occurred in 2016 as a result of long work hours. WHO, in a statement from its headquarters in Geneva on Monday, said that the figure was the first global analysis of loss of lives and health associated with working long hours. “WHO and ILO estimate that in 2016,398,000 people died from stroke and 347,000 from heart disease as a result of having worked at least 55 hours a…

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Ondo Nurses Reject Payment Of 60% Of February Salaries In May

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 2,288 total views Nurses in Ondo State on Friday rejected payment of 60 per cent of their February salaries in May asking Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu to pay them fully. The Ondo State government paid the nurses 70 per cent of their salaries in December 2020 and paid the balance of 30 per cent alongside their January 2021 salaries in March. Percentage payment of salaries in Ondo State is not peculiar to nurses and midwives as teachers had been getting percentage payment of salaries for as far back as eight months. At…

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How Chudi Izuwah Brought Awareness To The Plight Of Autistic Children

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 2,317 total views In a country saddled with a high dose of religious and superstitious beliefs, many ailments or conditions have always been seen as something spiritual or supernatural. One of the ailments that people are yet to come to terms with is autism or ASD. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, interact socially with his environment and also involves unusual behavior that might be repetitive and rigid in nature. This particular ailment has been viewed from different lenses ranging from superstitious to spiritual. This…

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Kanyechukwu’s Solo Art Exhibition Beams Searchlight In Autism

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 1,136 total views Anthony Nwosu Living with autism is an extremely challenging situation for a child, the parents and care giver(s). Speaking incoherently, not smiling back when smiled at, avoiding eye contact, not responding to their names when called and much more, are only a few of the behavioural traits of a typical autistic and if one has never met one, spent some time with one, you might be a little bit confused when you do, and that is if you actually notice the traces easily and quickly. The average day…

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Sex Enhancement Drugs, Risk Factor To Cardiovascular Diseases, Experts Warn

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 1,177 total views Some medical experts say use of sex enhancement drugs have both positive and negative implications on human health. They told newsmen in Lagos, that though, the drugs have benefits to human health, its negative implications far outweigh its benefits. NAN reports that sex enhancement drugs also known as “Erectile Dysfunction Medication” are majorly patronised and used by men than women. It also reports that Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Commenting, Dr Ayodele Ademola, a Consultant…

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Coronavirus: Nigeria Has Vaccinated Over 1 Million People – NPHCDA

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 1,181 total views The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that Nigeria had so far vaccinated over a million eligible people out of its target of 70 percent of the nation’s population. The NPHCDA disclosed this on its official Twitter handle, on Thursday. Newsmen report that for the country to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, it had set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 40 per cent of its over 200 million population before the end of 2021, and 70 per cent by the end of 2022. The country…

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FG Set To Dump Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine For Astrazeneca

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 644 total views The Nigerian Government says it is dumping the Pfizer Covid19 vaccine for Astrazeneca, another Covid19 vaccine, with sixteen million doses expected this February. This is coming a day after the World Health Organization, Africa Regional Director, announced that Nigeria failed to meet the storage capacity criteria, to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The authorities had promised that the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in the country at the end of January. Nigeria had announced, through the PTF on COVID19, that it will receive its first supply of the COVID19 vaccine…

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