Five ways to improve your Mental Health

It is important to take care of yourself and get the best from life. Below are five ways to look after your mental health. 1. Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people. Talking about your feelings can help you stay in a good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 14th June 2019

Confirmation of case of ebola virus disease in Uganda. NCDC and RKI Launch New Project to Strengthen Health Security in Nigeria. Rotary announces $100 million funding to help eradicate polio. How personnel shortage, ‘internal brain drain’ threaten primary healthcare in Niger. What Nigeria must do to combat HIV/AIDS- U.S. Diplomat. What Pro-Vaccination Campaigns Can Learn from Nigeria. New data supports claim that 15 men die every day from prostate cancer in Nigeria. NAFDAC recommends best practices for food manufacturers. Abia benefits N1bn from basic health care fund. Why doctors are…

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Kenya: Tanzania and Kenya Face Big Cuts in US Anti-Aids Funding

By Daily Nation New York — Failure to provide essential data or to serve especially vulnerable groups will result in deep cuts in US anti-Aids funding for Kenya and Tanzania, a global development NGO said on Wednesday. The President’s Emergency Programme for Aids Relief (Pepfar), a US initiative launched in 2003, plans to reduce spending for Kenya from 2018’s level of $505 million to $395 million in 2020. For Tanzania, Pepfar funding is set to drop from $512 million to $395 million. “With these cuts, Pepfar is intensifying its message…

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Nutrition as your recipe for good health (4)

In spite of our cultural differences across the world, the basic contents of all human foods are the same. The differences occur because of weather conditions which make some of the fruits in Asia or Africa look different from the ones Europe or United States. The second point is that, the method of preparation of our food is culturally different. In the end, we are all eating the same fat, protein, water, carbohydrates and vitamins: after all we are human beings!   Dealing with obesity: Ideal body weight No two…

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High alert at Kenyan boarders as Ebola hits Uganda

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27 Kenyan health officers have intensified screening for killer Ebola at Kenya-Uganda boarder following deaths of two people as a result of the disease in neighbouring Uganda. A 5-year-old boy and his grandmother were reported to have died at Kasese in Western Uganda after they crossed the border from Democratic Republic of Congo. Health officer, Joshua, Arusei, who worked at the Busia One Stop Border, disclosed that they are examining all travelers from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Southern Sudan citing that more than three hundred…

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Health Alert: 137,000 people in Africa die annually from contaminated food

By Jessica Ahedor Dr Owen-Laws Kaluwa — WHO Country representative to Ghana A World Health Organizations latest report on food security has revealed, the African region has the highest burden of food-borne diseases with about 91 million people falling ill from consuming contaminated food. As such, an estimated 137,000 people in Africa die annually from contaminated food. According to the WHO representative in Ghana, Dr. Owen Kaluwa  who was speaking at the maiden commemoration of World Food Safety Day in Accra said  Children under five years of age carry 40%…

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UCH oversubscribed, overwhelmed by patients — CMD

The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, has said that high patient influx and inadequate personnel prevents the hospital from meeting the demand for high quality and optimum healthcare. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, told reporters in Ibadan that the inadequacies of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and secondary health facilities, including the General Hospitals in many states of the federation has imposed a heavy burden on UCH. Oyegbayo, spoke at a news conference to herald the activities marking his first 100 days in office,…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 7th June 2019

Polio Vaccination: Nigerian soldiers to lead health workers to hostile locations – Buratai. Community Pharmacists reject FG’s proposal on drug distribution, to seek legal action. Lassa fever: NCDC announces end of emergency phase in Nigeria. Buhari, where is the $16m for mosquito nets? FG inaugurates gov boards of health regulatory boards, councils. Over 1 million sexually transmitted infections reported daily — WHO. Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Cameroon. Manpower, equipment shortage hampers health care delivery in Nigeria. WHO empowers 5,500 health workers through capacity building interventions across the North-east…

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Nigeria: Tackling the Menace of Substandard Sanitary Pads in Nigeria

By Omolabake Fasogbon With the theme of this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day as ‘It is Time for Action’, Omolabake Fasogbon writes that it’s time for the government, regulators and stakeholders to rise to the challenge of curbing the infiltration of substandard sanitary pads in the market Menstruation, as defined, is the process where a woman discharges blood and other materials from the lining of the uterus at intervals, of about one lunar month from puberty to menopause, except during pregnancy. It is considered as one of the most normal biological…

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WHO focuses on food safety to reduce preventable deaths

The World Health Organization is promoting the first-ever World Food Safety Day, a United Nations initiative rooted in the theme that “food safety is everyone’s business.” Every year, an estimated 600 million people become ill after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Unsafe food also hinders development in many low- and middle-income economies, which lose around US$95 billion in productivity associated with illness, disability and premature death suffered by workers, WHO said in its statement. “Unsafe food kills an estimated 420,000 people every year. These deaths…

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