SEMA: Windstorm kills six in Bauchi

About six persons have been reportedly struck to death just as property worth millions of naira were destroyed following a windstorm that ravaged some parts of Bauchi Metropolis on Saturday. The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Shehu Ningi, disclosed this while speaking to Journalists in his office on Monday. According to him, the casualties were recorded in Tirwun and Kandahar area of Bauchi Metropolis. Ningi said that SEMA was yet to ascertain the level of destruction but it has been compiling a number of…

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High level of vitamin D ‘linked’ with strong muscles in girls

A link between vitamin D levels and muscle strength has been found in girls, according to researchers from the Odense Child Cohort. The ODD is a research initiative set up to detect specific health problems in children. In the study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 881 five-year-old children had their muscle strength measured with a standardised test for hand grip strength. The statistical analyses were adjusted for height, weight and body fat percentage and were statistically highly significant. The researchers said girls with low vitamin…

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Early childhood growth: UNICEF wants investment in friendly policies

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged countries to invest in family-friendly policies that support early childhood development. Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He emphasised that such investment should include paid paternity and maternity leave, free pre-primary education and paid breastfeeding breaks. He added that “implementing national family-friendly policies that support early childhood development, including paid paternity leave, the government can provide parents the time, resources and information to take care of their children’’. Quoting recent analysis conducted by UNICEF, Fall noted…

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Study: Blood test may find if pregnant women are at risk of premature births

A study published in the journal Science revealed that blood tests can accurately identify if pregnant women will deliver babies up to two months prematurely. The blood biomarkers, maternal blood could also estimate gestational age or delivery date with comparable accuracy to ultrasound, but possibly at lower cost, according to the study funded by March of Dimes, a New York-based nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. Biomarkers are a naturally occurring molecule, gene, or characteristic by which a particular pathological or physiological process, disease,…

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Don: Nigeria has highest cancer related deaths in Africa

Nigeria has the highest number of cancer related deaths in Africa, with about 10,000 cancer deaths and 250,000 new cases each year, according to Dr. Emmanuel Tembe, a university don. Tembe, who disclosed this in a lecture titled “Beating the Plastic Pollution” to mark this year’s World Environment Day at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (FUAM), said that cancer related deaths are increasing in urban areas and cities, with pollution and chemical exposure being major risk factors. He explained further that plastics used in wrapping hot foods, water and…

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TB kills 1.6m yearly, UN calls for action

The UN has said no fewer than 1.6 million people are killed annually by tuberculosis(TB) and the disease would cost about one trillion dollars in economic loss by 2050. “Despite being curable and treatable, TB kills more than 1.6 million people every year and only about half the cases are diagnosed properly. “The disease also takes an enormous financial toll on economies: it is estimated that TB will cost about one trillion dollars by 2030,” the UN said. Secretary-General António Guterres said at an interactive dialogue with civil society groups…

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UN says 12.6m deaths annually caused by environmental risks

The UN  says that 12.6 million deaths annually is caused by extreme weather effects, Pollution among other environmental risks. It announced that the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution  remained a challenge in the world.ear. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) said they were combining their expertise to counter the environmental threats. The two UN agencies signed a legal agreement, which committed them to protect communities using “relevant and authoritative” data on the weather, climate and atmosphere. WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis…

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WHO deploys 39 staff to combat Cholera

As cholera epidemic continues to ravage some local governments in Adamawa state, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has deployed 39 personnel to assist in combating the menace. They were deployed in Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas to control a recent outbreak of cholera in the state, an official said. Ms Charity Warigon, the WHO Communications Officer, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that as of May 26, about 434 cases of cholera had been reported in the areas, leading to 13 deaths. Warigon said the…

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Two new Ebola deaths recorded in Congo

Two new deaths from Ebola and seven new confirmed cases have been recorded in Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said on Tuesday. One of the deaths occurred in the provincial capital of Mbandaka, according to a daily bulletin. A nurse also died in the village of Bikoro, where the outbreak was first detected, ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told Reuters. The seven new confirmed cases were registered in Bikoro, the ministry said. Health officials administered an experimental vaccine on Monday to 33 medical workers and Mbandaka residents, WHO spokesman,…

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Congo begins Ebola vaccinations today

Health workers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin a vaccination campaign today  aimed at containing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. A spokeswoman for the health ministry, Jessica Ilunga said 4,000 doses of vaccine were shipped on Saturday to Mbandaka, which last week registered the first cases in an urban area since the latest flare-up of the disease was announced earlier this month. Cases in Mbandaka, a port city on the Congo river, have raised concerns that the virus could spread downstream to the capital Kinshasa, which has a…

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