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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
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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
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Monday, 11 July 2016 05:51

Ebola deaths: Failure of states

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
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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
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The World Health Organisation, WHO, has come out with its latest data on the havoc being visited upon West Africa by the Ebola Virus Disease. In the figures released Thursday, the global health watchdog said that that as of 26 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four worst-hit countries stands at 3,069, including
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 04:53

Don’t waste your waste

Before you finish reading this article, around 50,000 tons of solid waste - an amount equivalent to the weight of 15,000 lorries - would have been dumped into landfills across the world. Among the largest global dumpsites are the Great Pacific Garbage Patch landfill (about the size of Texas), the Bordo Poniente landfill, the Fresh Kills landfill
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