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Russian woman faces court for fleeing virus quarantine

A Russian hospital on Friday filed a lawsuit against a woman for escaping her coronavirus quarantine, complaining of being forcibly held and given inedible meals. The head doctor of the Botkin hospital in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg took the highly unusual action against Alla Ilyina to force her to return and undergo medical […]

New China figures highlight toll on medical staff

Chinese officials have given figures for health workers infected with coronavirus, amid concerns about shortages of protective equipment. Six health workers have died and 1,716 have been infected since the outbreak, they said. The death a week ago of Doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn authorities early on about the virus, provoked a burst […]

NAFDAC confiscates 3 vehicles loaded with counterfeit fake drugs

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated three vehicles loaded with fake and substandard drugs in Asaba. Dr Christiana Esenwah, Deputy Director, NAFDAC, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Asaba. Esenwah who heads Investigation and Enforcement on Counterfeit and Fake […]

China removes two Hubei leaders as virus crisis deepens

The two most senior health officials at the epicentre of China’s deadly virus outbreak have been sacked, state media said Tuesday, as pressure mounts over the way local authorities have handled the epidemic. Zhang Jin, the Communist Party boss of the provincial health commission in Hubei, and its director Liu Yingzi have been removed from […]

FMC says Bayelsa has no case of Lassa fever

The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa on Monday, confirmed that no confirmed case of Lassa fever had been recorded in Bayelsa. The centre clarified that clinical tests on a suspected case earlier reported on Jan. 30 had turned out to be negative. Mr Ben Akpedi, the spokesman for FMC, Yenagoa, told the News Agency of […]

WHO warns virus spread may be “tip of the iceberg”.

The head of World Health Organisation has warned that confirmed cases of being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s remarks come as members of a WHO-led “international expert mission” flew to China on Monday to help coordinate a response to the outbreak that has so far […]

Pangolin identified as potential link for coronavirus spread

The endangered pangolin may be the link that facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus across China, Chinese scientists said Friday. At least 31,000 people have been infected and 630 killed by the virus, which has spread to two dozen countries. Researchers at the South China Agricultural University have identified the scaly mammal as a […]

African swine fever kills hundreds of pigs in Bali

Hundreds of pigs have died from African swine fever in Bali, authorities said Wednesday, marking the Indonesian holiday island’s first recorded outbreak and after the virus claimed some 30,000 hogs in Sumatra. Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana, Bali’s agriculture and food security agency chief, said nearly 900 pigs succumbed to swine fever since mid-December. “The results are […]

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the mysterious sickness that has killed hundreds. But the science is inconclusive on whether they are actually effective and experts say the successful treatment could take years. Here is what we know […]

Why kidney, liver diseases are on the rise, by NAFDAC boss

Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has stated that illicit cooking practices, poverty and ignorance are fuelling the rise of kidney and liver diseases in the country. According to her, many people due to ignorance use paracetamol as tenderiser in cooking meat and also use dye to […]

Garlic, salt water will not protect against coronavirus- WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that eating garlic and regularly rinsing nose with saline solution will not guard against coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV). Information obtained from WHO’s website on Monday dispelled various myths and rumours surrounding the 2019-nCoV that could potentially harm the public’s health. WHO refuted some of the myths and rumours, noting that […]

Fruits That Help You Achieve Optimal Health

A fruit a day can help you to keep the doctor away and this is why it is essential to include fruits in your diet to help the body ward off illnesses and diseases. The fruits listed below are the best to include in your diet for optimal health according to Healthline. Apples You have […]

Osun Government confirms 2 cases of Lassa fever

The Osun Government on Monday confirmed two cases of Lassa fever in the state. Dr Rafiu Isamotu, the state Commissioner for Health, made this known on Monday in Osogbo, at a news conference also attended by Dr Olasiji Olamiju, the Special Adviser to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola on Public Health. Isamotu said the two affected victims […]

China virus cases up sharply as infection spreads

China has reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major Chinese cities. Beijing, the capital, reported two cases, while the southern tech hub of Shenzhen reported one case. The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 200, and three have died from the […]

UNICEF moves against yellow fever in Ekiti State

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has planned to immunise two million persons to curtail the spread of yellow fever killer disease in Ekiti State. A World Health Organisation (WHO) State Technical Officer, Ekiti State, Mr. Ayomide Aibinuomo, who described yellow fever as a killer disease, said it had claimed the lives of many people […]

Over 500 Lagos residents empowered with free HIV/AIDS test

Over 500 members of Ilaje Community in Bariga, Lagos have undergone sensitization, test and counselling exercise on HIV/AIDs to commemorate the 2019 World Aids Day during a seminar organised by HACEY Health Initiative with support from Access Bank. Adults and children were sensitized on the mode of contracting HIV/AIDS, preventive measures and the importance of […]

Diet Decisions You Can Make To Live Longer

If you are to ask many people to make one wish, it is certain that quite a number would wish for long life. However, we already know that if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. You don’t have to rely on wishes to live long when there are conscious diet decisions you can make to […]

China believes new virus behind mystery pneumonia outbreak

China believes a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that struck 59 people is caused by a new strain of virus from the same family as SARS, which killed hundreds of people more than a decade ago. Lead scientist Xu Jianguo told the official Xinhua news agency that experts had “preliminarily determined” a new type of coronavirus was […]

AI ‘outperforms’ doctors diagnosing breast cancer

Artificial intelligence is more accurate than doctors in diagnosing breast cancer from mammograms, a study in the journal Nature suggests. An international team, including researchers from Google Health and Imperial College London, designed and trained a computer model on X-ray images from nearly 29,000 women. The algorithm outperformed six radiologists in reading mammograms. AI was […]

Measles death toll in Samoa rises to 15: UNICEF

The death toll from a measles outbreak raging in the Pacific nation of Samoa has risen to 15, with most of the victims young children, UNICEF said Tuesday. The UN children’s agency said that suspected measles cases had topped 1,000 in the island nation, which has declared a state of emergency and launched a compulsory […]

Swine flu kills fourth person in Vietnam in 2019

A 37-year-old Nun in Vietnam’s central highlands has died of swine flu, bringing the total number killed by the disease this year to four, authorities said on Tuesday. The patient initially experienced mild fever and fatigue before growing malnourished. She was then taken in for a private health check-up, the Kon Tum Centre for Disease […]

‘Game changing’ tuberculosis vaccine a step closer

A vaccine which could “revolutionise” tuberculosis treatment has been unveiled by researchers. It is hoped the vaccine will provide long-term protection against the disease, which kills 1.5 million people around the world each year. The highly contagious disease is caused by bacteria, and the current vaccine, the BCG jab, is not very effective. However, while […]

‘Stroke kills 88,000 Nigerians yearly’

Stroke affects about 200,000 people in Nigeria yearly while 88,000 die in the first three months. The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed this yesterday in commemoration of the World Stroke Day. Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Action Nigeria, Rita Melifonwu, said the day focused on stroke risks and prevention. According to WHO, stroke is the global […]

Fat found in overweight people’s lungs

Fatty tissue has been found in the lungs of overweight and obese people for the first time. Australian researchers analysed lung samples from 52 people and found the amount of fat increased in line with body mass index. They said their findings could explain why being overweight or obese increased asthma risk. Lung experts said […]

Scientists seek clues to how Cancer ‘is born’

British and American scientists are teaming up to search for the earliest signs of cancer in a bid to detect and treat the disease before it emerges. They plan to “give birth” to cancer in the lab to see exactly what it looks like “on day one”. It is just one of the research priorities […]

Air pollution ‘triggers hundreds more heart attacks and strokes’

Sudden spikes in air pollution in the UK trigger hundreds more heart attacks, strokes and acute asthma attacks on those days, research suggests. A team at King’s College London looked at data from London, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton. Days when pollutant levels were in the top half of the annual […]

Monkeypox hits Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday confirmed five news cases of Monkeypox in Lagos, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. The resurgence comes two years after the index case was reported in the country. While Lagos, in the current reappearance, recorded three cases, Rivers and Akwa Ibom have one each. According to the latest […]

World leaders meet in U.S. on access to health services

Ahead of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which begins today in New York, United States, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have advised that an additional $200 billion (N70 trillion) should be invested yearly to scale up primary health care across low and middle-income countries, including […]

How method of birth alters babies’ bacteria

Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early encounters with microbes may act as a “thermostat” for the immune system. And they may help explain why Caesarean babies are more likely to have some health […]

India announces ban on e-cigarettes

India’s cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health. An executive order had been approved banning vaping products because of their impact on young people, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. It is not clear if the order will also prohibit the use […]

Regular intake of bitter kola cures glaucoma – Ophthalmologist

A Professor of Ophthalmology, Adebukola Oshintelu, says regular intake of African native nut, bitter kola, helps to treat and manage glaucoma disease. Oshintelu, who works with Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Lagos. NAN reports that glaucoma is a condition […]

AIDS deaths down a third since 2010: UN

HIV-related deaths last year fell to around 770,000 — some 33 percent lower than in 2010 — the United Nations said Tuesday, but warned that global efforts to eradicate the disease were stalling as funding dries up. An estimated 37.9 million people now live with HIV — and a record 23.3 million of those have […]

Five-year-old boy dies from Ebola in Uganda

A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Wednesday, in the first spread of a deadly outbreak in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. “The boy who tested positive for Ebola in Kasese yesterday passed on last night in the isolation unit,” the official told […]

Singapore reports first case of rare monkeypox virus

Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, brought in by a Nigerian man thought to have contracted the rare virus by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in humans of monkeypox — which is endemic in parts of Central and Western Africa — include lesions, fever, muscle ache and chills. Transmission is usually […]

Nigeria may be certified polio-free in December

Nigeria may be certified polio-free this December when it would have accomplished interruption of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) transmission for over three years. By July and August, the country would have gone through 36 months without reporting any case of WPV. The last cases were recorded in Borno State between July and August 2016. According […]

Tuberculosis, a global public health threat

Tuberculosis is a serious bacterial infection that is fast becoming a public health disaster. Currently, tuberculosis is responsible for an alarming 4,500 deaths globally every single day, making it the world’s deadliest infectious killer. What’s worse is that it’s showing no signs of slowing down! Each year, on March 24, we commemorate World Tuberculosis Day, […]

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports cholera cases

Five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique following the cyclone that ravaged the country killing at least 468 people, a government health official said on Wednesday. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique on March 15, unleashing hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that flooded much of the centre of the country and then battered eastern […]

Health minister, experts decry rising cases of Tuberculosis in Nigeria

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, as well as local and international medical experts have expressed concern over rising cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria, especially among the country’s productive workforce. Speaking in Abuja yesterday while launching a roadmap that would enable the country to tackle the scourge, Adewole and the global health experts said […]

Talcum powder may cause cancer, experts warn

Researchers are unanimous that talc or talcum powder can cause lung, ovarian, stomach and endometrial (uterine) cancers. They said talc consisting of asbestos is generally accepted as being able to cause cancer if it is inhaled or/and used regularly in the genital area. Evidence on asbestos-free talc is however less clear. “The health implication of […]

Agency decries increasing use of generators

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says the increasing use of power generators across the country is a time bomb on the environment. Mr Daniel Wuave, the Coordinator of NESREA in Gombe State made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday. Wuave noted […]

FG announces decline in Lassa fever cases

The Federal Government has announced a decline in number of new cases of Lassa fever in the country. Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said that the country had witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died […]

UK man ‘free’ of HIV with new stem cells

A UK patient’s HIV has become “undetectable” following a stem cell transplant – in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature. The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs. The researchers say it […]

Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ blindness

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world. Surgeons injected a synthetic gene into the back of Janet Osborne’s eye in a bid to prevent more cells from dying. It is the first […]

Bollywood star’s cancer posts inspires India fans

Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre has returned to India after undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of cancer in New York. Social media users are full of praise for the 43-year-old actress, who has been candidly documenting her cancer journey for months. The star’s husband Goldie Behl told local media that she was “recovering” but would […]

Babies’ cold recovery ‘all in the nose’

Babies who are born with a wide variety of bacteria in their nose are more likely to recover quickly from their first cold, research suggests. It is hoped the findings may help in the fight against the common cold. The common cold is caused by a virus, but scientists want to understand how such illnesses […]

FG plans to facilitate local manufacture of HIV medicines

The Federal Government has said that it is set to facilitate local manufacture of medicines and other relevant commodities needed for the treatment and care of people living with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and inaugurate an HIV Trust Fund. Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu, […]

African swine fever spreads in China

African swine fever has spread rapidly to more than half of China’s provinces despite measures to contain it, the government said, warning that a situation previously described as under control had become “very serious.” The disease has already caused a spike in pork prices in China since first emerging in August, and fuelled growing fears […]

‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size. The researchers said the findings were a “huge surprise”. And […]

Scientists near malaria elimination

Scientists are getting closer in efforts to eliminate malaria with new genetic engineering tool. Scientists have devised a gene drive that wiped out the mosquito’s populations in lab tests. They say gene editing may push a species of malaria-carrying mosquito to extinction. These new results come from a small-scale laboratory study. Researchers used a genetic […]