Health

Trees in cities reduce air pollution, absorb carbon and protect people during heat waves, saving megacities more than $500 million a year in healthcare, energy costs, and environmental protection, according to new research. With one in ten people predicted to live in cities of more than 10 million inhabitants by 2030, urban forests can make these spaces healthier and more affordable, a study by the State University of New York (SUNY) said. Abuja is one of such cities that can…
Pneumonia and Bronchitis have overtaken Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as the leading cause of death for people in Africa. According to news reports, a new statistics published yesterday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed the crippling illness is now the second killer in Africa after years of campaigning for better contraception and education about the sexually transmitted disease. According to the most recent WHO data from Africa Check, an African fact-checking organization, lower respiratory tract…
The lamentations of women living with Vesico-Vaginal Fistula, VVF, leave much to be desired. The stories of rejection and mental frustration abound of these helpless women are commonplace. And between 120, 000 and 150, 000 Nigerian women and girls out of the two million worldwide live with the despicable disease caused by obstructed labour. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable group is the young, poor, illiterate and rural women, who are economically disadvantaged.“The unacceptable situation has risen to a level where the…
Governor Yahaya Bello, has expressed deep concern over 62 dead victims of an unknown disease and has directed that all the affected patients be treated at no cost. A strange disease struck the eastern part of Kogi State few weeks ago, claiming the lives of both children and adults within the area. Ongoing medical investigations have shown that it is not Lassa Fever, or any known epidemic. According to reports, the State Commissioner for Health Dr Saka Haruna, said information…
A suspected case of Lassa fever has been reported in Borno State, the Commissioner of Health, Haruna Mshelia, declared.    Mshelia told journalists in Maiduguri that the case was reported in Zabarmari community of Jere local government area of the state.   According to him, the patient was initially quarantined but discharged after medical examinations. “The patient was discharged after medical examination certified him free of Lassa fever infection. It is medically proven that the case was not Lassa fever…
Health experts have identified consumption of contaminated food, unclean water and intake of drugs as the major causes of various categories of hepatitis. Recently, the disease has been a scourge as it has gained prevalence in the past few years. Federal Government has also embarked on immunizing people, especially children and young adults, freely against the viral disease. According to Healthline, Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection. However, there are…
World Health Organisation, ‎WHO, has disclosed that many hepatitis cases could be prevented if hospitals reduced the vast number of reused injection tools and injection treatments, that help spread the disease. The UN agency launched a broad campaign against unnecessary injections on the eve of World Hepatitis Day, which is celebrated every year on July 28. “Every year, contaminated needles and transfusion equipment cause nearly 2 million infections with the virus causing chronic liver disease, as well as nearly 34,000…
A new treatment for Hepatitis C has been recommended to be extended, to other Sub-Saharan African countries, after clinical trials proved effective in three countries of the region. Karine Lacombe, an associate professor at Saint-Antrine Hospital, Inserm, France, made the disclosure at the ongoing Ninth IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris on Monday. She said the test conducted in three African countries – Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal – revealed that the efficacy achieved was very close to that…

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