Latest health news from Nigeria, Africa and around the world.

Unsafe Blood Transfusion Responsible For 18% HIV Infections

Temie Giwa-Tubosun, a former Fellow of the World Health Organisation, says 18 per cent of HIV infections in Nigeria resulted from unsafe blood transfusion. Giwa-Tubosun...

FG Urges Nigerians To Donate Blood

Minister of Health Isaac Adewole has called on Nigerians to donate blood three to four times yearly so as to meet the country's blood demands. 

Inhaling Smoke Can Cause Dementia – Study

Inhaling smoke from the indoor wood fires may not only cause asthma and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, but can also enhance the risk of the onset of dementia, Swedish researchers said.

JOHESU Begs FG For Payment Of Two Months Salary

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has appealed to the federal government to pay its members April and May salary in line with their agreement to suspend their strike.

Breast Milk Reduces Risk Of Infant’s Allergy – Study

The unique composition of sugars in a mother’s breast milk may prevent food allergies in her infant, according to a study published in the latest issue of Allergy.

Improve Healthcare At Grassroots, Medical Experts Task Govts

Government at all levels in Nigeria have been urged by medical experts to ensure people at the grassroots get easy access to cheaper healthcare...

Ebola Outbreak In DR Congo Could End Soon – WHO

The director general of the World Health Organisation said Sunday he believed a swift end could be put to the outbreak of Ebola in northwestern DR Congo.

Researchers Develop Prediction Model For Cardiovascular Disease

Chinese researchers have created a model for cardiovascular disease risk prediction among citizens, which will help improve the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.

Scientists Find More Than 100 Genes That Affect Hair Colour

Scientists have found more than 100 genes that affect hair colour, China Youth Daily reported on Monday.

NAFDAC Confiscates 35 Containers Of Tramadol

Director Genera of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, says the agency has seized not fewer than 35 containers of tramadol at various ports in the country.

Gynaecologist Decries Rising Rate Of Abortion Among Young Nigerian Ladies

A Gynaecologist, Prof. Gboyega Fawole, on Friday decried what he described as the alarming rate of abortion among young girls in Nigeria.

There’s ‘Strong Progress’ In Fighting Ebola In Congo – WHO

Congo has made great strides in fighting Ebola, but the virus is not yet under control, a senior WHO official said on Friday, a month after an outbreak was declared in the country.

Cholera Epidemic Claims Five Lives In Plateau

Five persons have died following a fresh outbreak of cholera epidemic in Jos North area of Plateau state, commissioner for health in the state, Dr Kuden Kamshak Deyin, has revealed.
Scientists identify part of brain responsible for spiritual experiences

Scientists Identify Part Of Brain Responsible For Spiritual Experiences

A group of scientists have identified a possible neuro-biological home for spiritual experiences -- the sense of connection to something greater than oneself.

DR Congo Approves Five Drugs For Ebola

Five investigational therapeutics have been approved by the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the treatment Ebola Virus Disease.

Nasarawa Govt Denies Cholera Report

The health ministry in Nasarawa state on Tuesday said dismissed reports of Cholera outbreak in Keffi area of the north-central state.
Ebola quarantine center

WAHO Calls For Regional Awareness Against Ebola

Director-General of West African Health Organisation (WAHO) Stanley Okolo has called for regional countries to stay alert with the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN Says Tuberculosis Kills Over 1.6m People Annually

The United Nations has said no fewer than 1.6 million people are killed annually by tuberculosis and the disease would cost about one trillion dollars in economic loss by 2050.

One Killed, 55 Hospitalised In Kaduna Cholera Outbreak

At least one person has died following an outbreak of cholera in the Government Girls Secondary School, Kawo, Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

FG Urges Police To Enforce Ban On Shisha, Others

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called on the Nigeria Police Force and all other government agencies to enforce the ban on flavoured tobacco products including Shisha.
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