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Lagos to launch disaster, disease outbreak prevention tech

AlertClinic Pilot begins at Yaba The Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Primary Healthcare Board, in collaboration with EpidAlert, seek to use technology to reorganise communities’ response to disaster prevention, warning, response and recovery. Called AlertClinic, the technology will have its test run at Yaba in Lagos. AlertClinic is a communication and notification system designed with algorithms around information ...

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Kano State Government distributes N351m worth of drugs, test kits to 748 healthcare facilities

Kano state government has distributed drugs, malaria test kits and treated mosquito nets worth over N350m to 748 healthcare facilities across the 44 local government areas of the state. It also engaged the services of 1000 sanitation workers and procured 11 motorized fumigation machines for regular fumigation of the environment against mosquitoes. Speaking yesterday during the distribution of the materials at the government house, Governor ...

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Scientists begin trial for multi-drug resistant malaria in Africa

Medical scientists on Monday launched a patient trial for “KAF156”, a next-generation anti-malarial compound with the potential to treat drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite in Africa. Global healthcare firms, Novatis and Medicines for Malaria Ventre (MMV) said in a joint statement on that the trial will test the efficacy of “KAF156” in combination with a new, improved formulation of ...

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Revolutionary malaria tests have unexpected downsides

A simple fix to a major public health challenge has turned out to be not so simple after all. In the early 2000s, researchers developed rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria, a major childhood killer. Simple as a home pregnancy kit, RDTs need just one drop of blood from a finger prick to detect the malaria parasite. They enabled health ...

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WHO: Nearly 900,000 Children in Nigeria Receive Anti-malaria Drugs

GENEVA — The World Health Organization reports it has provided anti-malaria drugs to nearly 900,000 children in areas in northeast Nigeria formerly held by Boko Haram militants. The effort is part of a new strategy to tackle malaria, a major killer of children younger than 5 years old. The director of WHO’s Global Malaria Program, Pedro Alonso, tells VOA the agency ...

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Malaria drug protects fetuses from Zika infection

Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death.Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, United States (U.S.), have learned that the Zika virus infects the fetus by manipulating the body’s normal barrier to infection. Moreover, they showed that a malaria drug ...

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UNILAG invents new method of diagnosing malaria

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has invented a new method of diagnosing malaria, following intensive research by its Department of Medical Micro Biology and Parasitology. The Director of Research and Innovation of the institution, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, broke the news yesterday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Oyibo, a lecturer in the department, said the university’s research ...

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Malaria: Nigeria, other sub-Saharan countries receive low research funding

In-spite of having a high death rate related to malaria, a quarter of countries in sub-Saharan Africa receive very little funding for research into the deadly disease. A recent study showed that most of the countries with the highest prevalence of malaria-related cases and death received little funding from major public and philanthropic health institutions to research on combating the ...

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Nigeria to Witness More Malaria Cases As Mosquitoes Develop Resistance

The Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, has raised alarm over the increasing incidence of mosquito resistance to Long Lasting Insecticide Nets, LLINs, in 18 states of the federation, even as over 50 million Nigerians still test positive to malaria annually. In a new report released, yesterday, by the institute, it was revealed that Lagos, Ogun and Niger states have ...

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Over 100 million Nigerians can’t afford treatment in hospitals – Dogara

• Reps vow to expose NHIS saboteurs The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has said that over 100 million Nigerians cannot afford to pay bills for treatment of illnesses in public health facilities.Dogara spoke while declaring open an investigative hearing by the House of Representatives committee probing into the compliance rate of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) ...

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