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Panic as LUTH confirms Lassa fever outbreak in Lagos

• Resident doctor infected, isolated in hospital’s ward  There is the fear of an outbreak of Lassa fever in the country as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) yesterday confirmed that two patients treated have died within a few days of admission in the past one week. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, told journalists that ...

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Staying free from antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea

The World Health Organization has reported a widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics. This general resistance, is making Gonorrhoea much harder, and sometimes impossible to treat. Developed countries that are able to carry out proper surveillance and research have reported cases whereby affected patients have been given all the known antibiotics, still, the gonorrhoea infection remains untreatable! For this ...

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Red alert to rise in untreatable gonorrhoea

Oral sex, decline in condom use, antibiotic resistance implicated by WHO Oral sex is causing the spread of a dangerous gonorrhoea superbug, experts have warned. The untreatable strain of gonorrhoea is rapidly spreading across the world putting millions of lives at risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Experts said that incurable gonorrhoea has started to spread after becoming ...

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Oral sex can give you untreatable ‘super gonorrhoea’ —WHO

The World Health Organisation has warned that those who engage in oral sex risk contacting what it describes as ‘super gonorrhoea.’ The untreatable strain of gonorrhoea is rapidly spreading across the world, putting millions of lives at risk, WHO warns. Experts said that incurable gonorrhoea has started to spread after becoming resistant to antibiotics. The world health body has attributed ...

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Ebola outbreak in Africa ends, gaps in public health leave region vulnerable

Epidemiologists Anne Rimoin boarded a flight to Kinshasa on 19 May with a precious cargo in her luggage: the components of a diagnostic test for Ebola. Rimoin hoped that the test, the GeneXpert Ebola Assay, would help officials to track cases in the latest Ebola outbreak, which was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on May 11. ...

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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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PMGMAN tasks Minister on medicines’ access plan

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) has tasked the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) on the proposed Expedited Medicines’ Access Programme (E-MAP), which is a collaborative contractual partnership between the Ministry and local manufacturers. PMG-MAN in a letter to the Minister of Health, which was jointly signed ...

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Firm introduces early cancer detection machine to save lives

The Houston Holistic Health Company Limited, a promoter of medical equipment for early cancer detection, has announced the availability of a biological risk marker called Breast Thermography in response to the cancer epidemic that consume about 80,000 lives yearly in Nigeria. Breast Thermography is an imaging technology that uses advanced computerised infrared camera systems to detect heat patterns in the ...

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WHO Updates List of Essential Antibiotics for Treatment of Infections

The World Health Organisation has released a new advisory on antibiotics for treatment of common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances. A press statement by the agency on Tuesday said the updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children. The list also specifies new uses for nine already-listed products, bringing to 433 the ...

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Appointments: Pharmacists urge FG to emulate WHO

The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to take a cue from the recent appointment of an Ethiopian, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. The association said that members of the organisation elected Tedros as the head, in spite of the fact that he was not a ...

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