Cocaine, whisky not scientifically proven as Coronavirus cure – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said the use of cocaine and whisky had not been scientifically proven as cure to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Speaking during an sensitisation exercise with newsmen in Abuja, the  WHO Technical Officer Health Emergencies, Dhamari Naidoo, said there was need for enhanced coordination, cooperation and global solidarity amongst its member states and the global community  to work together to support China, while ensuring systems were in place and ready to detect early Importation. She further stressed on the need to conduct refresher training for…

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Coronavirus: WHO lists Nigeria, 12 others as top-risk Africa nations

The World Health Organisation (WHO), yesterday identified 13 high-risk African countries for coronavirus, which include Nigeria. Aside Nigeria, the report also listed the other African nations as Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. A statement from WHO, according to the report, said the identified African nations had direct links or a high volume of travel to China. The statement read in part: “WHO has identified 13 top priority countries (Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia,…

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WHO classifies ‘Gaming disorder’ as illness

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially listed ‘gaming disorder’ as an illness based on the addictive behaviours the disorder brings. According to the 11th revision of WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), the ‘gaming disorder’ addition on the list includes both offline and online gaming that points out habits that could either be both continuous or episodic. The ‘gaming disorder,’ which the WHO lists next to ‘gambling disorder’ as damaging to health, will take effect on January 1, 2022. According to the WHO, ‘gaming…

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WHO: 850,690 Nigerians at risk of mercury poisoning

Niger, Osun, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, 7 other states affected   The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm that 850,690 persons in 12 states in Nigeria have been exposed to mercury poisoning, as a result of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) activities. The National Consultant, Public Health and Environment of WHO, Dr. Edwin Edeh, who made this known at a one-day health sensitization programme to flag-off field assessments of ASGM activities in the country, noted that ASGM was the main source of the largest release of mercury emissions…

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Limiting screen time for infants cut diseases in adulthood

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised an alarm over the harmful effects of electronic screens in children under five years old, saying infants under one year old should not be exposed to them as well. In a similar vein, the WHO cautioned that children between the ages of two and four should not have more than one hour screen time. To this end, limiting, and in some cases eliminating, screen time for children under the age of five would result in healthier adults, the WHO stressed. The world body…

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10m Nigerians have hearing loss, says ENT Surgeon

An Otorhinolaryngologist, Prof. Titus Ibekwe of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, has said at least 10 million Nigerians have “disabling hearing loss.” Ibekwe made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja on the occasion of the commemoration of the 2019 World Hearing Day. The surgeon, who is the head of Department Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery at the hospital, said the figure was obtained from a survey conducted by the Otorhinolaryngology Society of Nigeria in 2018. He defined Otorhinolaryngology…

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Cancer: Nigeria recorded 41,000 deaths, 116 new cases in 2018 – WHO

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As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2019 World Cancer Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that no fewer than 41,000 people lost their lives to cancer while 116,000 new cases of the disease were recorded in the country in 2018. WHO Officer-In-Charge, Dr. Clement Peters, who made this known in Abuja, raised the alarm that given the rate of tobacco use, alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets, environmental pollution and sedentary lifestyles found to be abound in the country, Nigeria was at risk of increased…

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WHO’s maternal, newborn, child health week holds in Benin

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The second batch of the 2018 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), has been scheduled to hold between November 19 and 23, across all the 18 local governments areas in Edo State. The programme bankrolled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Edo State Ministry of Health, is targeted at immunising children from 0-59 months, and women of child bearing age from 15-49 years. WHO representative, Mrs. Kate Oguigo, while speaking at the one-day sensitisation meeting and media orientation workshop held in Benin City, spoke on…

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WHO: air pollut ion kills 600,000 children yearly

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm over the deadly impact of air pollution, saying, exposure to its toxic air kills 600,000 children under the age of 15 every year. Going by the data issued by the world body, every day, 93 per cent of children under the age of 15, a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five – breathe dangerously polluted air. In 2016 alone, some 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, the data shows.…

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Floods: WHO steps up disease prevention efforts

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is stepping up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care to flood victims in Nigeria to prevent disastrous epidemics. At least, 826,000 Nigerians are severely affected by heavy flooding after the banks of the country’s two main rivers – the Niger and the Benue – bursted following heavy rain, which began falling in August. “The disaster is now affecting 12 out of 36 states according to the National Emergency Management Agency, with 176,300 people displaced, more than 150,000 hectares of farmland…

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