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On 1 February 2016, I declared that the Zika outbreak sweeping through the Americas was a public health emergency of international concern. That was not an easy call. But looking back, it was the right one. At that time, the disease itself, long dismissed as an obscure medical curiosity, could hardly be described as
Biologists have used genetic engineering since the 1980s in crop plants to alter characteristics such as; higher vitamin content, longer shelf life and resistance to diseases. The only characteristics that have been introduced through genetic engineering into commercial use are those that confer insect resistance and herbicide resistance which
Biotechnology refers to any technique that uses living organisms ranging from virus, bacteria, plants and animals or parts of the organisms to derive other products for the benefit of mankind. It is not a new technique. Traditional biotechnology such as the use of yeast to make bread or wine has been applied for thousands of years. Since the
Professor Nwaorgu Onyekwere Benjamin, a specialist otorhinolaryngologist in the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, ENT, of the University College Hospital, University of Ibadan, has recommended accurate diagnosis in the treatment of diseases that affect the ear, nose and throat.Prof. Nwaorgu gave the recommendation in his inaugural lecture
Monday, 11 July 2016 05:51

Ebola deaths: Failure of states

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On Thursday, June 9 this year, Liberia formally rolled out the drums in celebration of their being Ebola – free.According to medical science, Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus (Ebola virus), whose normal host
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has released its global report on the outbreak of Yellow Fever. For Africa, it was not good news as Angola, Democratic Republic of The Congo, Ghana, Chad, Guinea and Uganda remained at risk.WHO, in the report dated July 8, listed Angola as with the highest record of suspected cases put at 3552 while DRC has
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 01:52

Total Health Trust wins year’s best award

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Total Health Trust (THT) Limited, a leading Health Maintenance Organization, HMO, has emerged winner of the Health Maintenance Organization of The Year Award at the 2016 Nigeria Health Care Excellence Awards held at Eko Hotel in Lagos.The Health Care Excellence Awards, which had four main categories and 31 sub-categories, saw the organization
It is my pleasure and pride to make comments at this year’s World Environment Day (WED) celebrations. This is so because of the significance of this year’s celebrations to us in the Niger Delta region and especially at the NDDC as it marks the beginning of the fulfilment of the Federal Government’s promise to clean up the
The World Health Organization, WHO, working in concert with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has intensified its intervention in tackling the Zika virus disease. The WHO is sending its DG, Margaret Chan, to Brazil, and will be joined by the director of the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, Carissa F. Etienne. Both are meeting
          It has been about a year now since Nigeria recorded any case of polio.  For over 17 years, the disease was on rampage, especially in the northern part of the country. The country accounted for about 50% of global and 80% of African polio cases. Nigeria was the face of the
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