Codeine : Lagos Unveils New Strategy To Address Mental Health

The Lagos State Government on Friday said comprehensive plans are currently being put together to generally address the prevalence of drug abuse under the mental health policy in the state. It said a law to that effect has already been updated. The Federal Government had on Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control to stop further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for the preparation of cough syrup in response to the gross abuse of the substance in the country.…

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APC To Hold Convention May

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission on its plans to hold congresses and convention across the country. Investigations in Abuja on Tuesday showed that the letter was written to the commission on Monday. A member of the National Working Committee of the party said the letter was sent to the electoral body immediately after the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, which was also attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), and governors elected on the platform…

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Plastic Surgeon: Patients Are Asking To Look Like Their Snapchat-Filtered Selfies

Photoshopped magazine faces of celebrities have long been the inspiration for patients seeking out plastic surgery, but now one New York surgeon says patients are now asking to look like the Snapchat-filtered version of themselves. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Dr. Matthew Shulman said that while patients have always often brought in images, they are now using Snapchat filters as examples of how they want their skin, eyes or lips to look. Several Snapchat filters, like that crown of flowers, will smooth out skin while many will also…

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 NAFDAC alerts public of counterfeited Coartem malaria tablets

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised an alarm over the circulation of a fake anti malaria drug, Coartem, in the country. The agency stated that the use of the fake Coartem tablets may result in poisoning (due to toxic substances), treatment failure, development of resistance and even death. In a series of tweets via its social media handle, @NafdacNigeria, the agency urged healthcare providers and other members of the public to be on alert for such dangerous products. The tweets read: ”NAFDAC hereby…

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 HIV/AIDS: How stigmatisation can worsen patient’s health WELLNESS

Nigeria is the most populous African nation and of all people living with HIV globally, 9% of them live in Nigeria. The official HIV prevalence, according to UNAIDS in Nigeria is 3.2% of the adult population. Nigeria has an estimate of 3.4 million people living with HIV, second only after South Africa. The diagnosis of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) can be improved with anti-retroviral treatment. Yet, they still have to face condemnation and isolation from colleagues, family and community. HIV/AIDS-related societal stigmatization is a great injustice against…

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Pollution Is The Biggest Killer On Earth’

Humans are poisoning their environment and themselves at an alarming rate, with pollution of the oceans, soil, and air now the biggest killer, a UN conference heard Monday. Urging rapid and united action from governments, businesses and individual consumers, envoys underlined that nine million people are now killed by pollution every year — one in six global deaths. “Pollution is the biggest killer on the planet and we need to defeat it,” UN Environment Programme head Erik Solheim said at the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Of…

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 HIV is High Among African-Americans 

Launched nearly 30 years ago, World AIDS Day is observed annually on Dec. 1. Since its inception in 1988, the goal has been to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and commemorate the 35 million people who’ve lost their lives to the epidemic. Today, nearly 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — one in seven individuals aren’t aware they are infected. It is estimated more than 36 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2016. Jesse Milan,…

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Over 300,000 living with HIV in Benue – AHF

More than 300,000 people are said to be living positively with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with about 140,000 HIV patients undergoing treatment in Benue State. Acting Country Programme Manager of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Dr. Greg Abiaziem, who gave the figure, on Friday, in a chat with newsmen, in Makurdi, on the occasion of the World AIDS day celebration, also put the prevalence rate of the virus in the state at 15.4 percent. While describing the development as unacceptable, Abuaziem said it was consequent upon that that his organisation…

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Gyneacologist tasks pregnant women on malaria preventive measures

  A Gynecologist, Dr Osundu Agu, on Sunday, urged pregnant women to always sleep under Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets in addition to keeping their surroundings and drains clean to prevent malaria infection. Osundu, who is the proprietor of a maternity hospital, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. He said that the presence of malaria parasites in the placenta of a pregnant woman could be life-threatening to both mother and the baby. According to him, malaria in pregnant women contribute to maternal…

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