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National Hospital celebrates ’13 years of uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation’

The National Hospital, Abuja, celebrated 13 years of providing uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation Services (IVF) to Nigerians.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Jaf Momoh, said lot of pregnancies had been achieved at the IVF centre which had served as encouragement to lots of women, couples, families and Nigeria at large.

Mr Momoh also added that IVF children are not defective children. But normal children who can attain their full potentials as normal human beings.

He decried the negative perception and stigmatisation of children delivered through the IVF process, saying that it was a technology and knowledge given by God that should be appreciated by everyone.

Nigeria To Produce Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

There is hope for sickle cell anaemia patients in Nigeria following an agreement to start commercial production of a home grown drug for the disease.

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) signed the agreement with a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, to produce the drug called Niprisan.

This is aimed at reducing the burden of the disease in Africa and other parts of the world where the disease is common. Sickle cell anaemia is a common problem particularly among Africans, South-east Asians and Latin Americans.

Mobile Tuberculosis Facility In Kano


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Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated a Tuberculosis mobile detection facility in Kano State.

The facility was inaugurated under the Wellness on Wheels (WoW) programme at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Kano to improve detection of the infectious killer disease across the state.

Mr Adewole at the inauguration of the TB mobile facility lamented that Nigeria is one of the countries with large number of undetected TB patients in the world. He said only 25 per cent of TB cases have been detected with many of the remaining unaware they are TB patients.

12 New Cholera Cases In Adamawa

No fewer than 12 new cholera cases have been recorded in Adamawa, the state government has said.

The Information Officer of the state’s ministry of information, Mohammed Abubakar, said in Yola that 12 new cases were recorded on June 20 but with no death.

Mr Abubakar said that so far, 1,349 cases were recorded with 25 deaths since the outbreak started in May in the affected local government areas of Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha and Hong.

Nigerians Should Donate Blood

Health experts have urged Nigerians to voluntarily donate blood regularly because the national blood bank is gradually drying up.

They said people should not wait until emergencies to donate blood.

The National Blood Transfusion Service in collaboration with the Trauma Care International Foundation (TCIF) also intend to recruit 10,000 new voluntary blood donors across the country.

Polio: Over 100,000 Children Yet To Be Immunised

Polio remains a threat in Nigeria as over 100,000 child are yet to be immunised against the disease in the north-eastern part of country, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says.

The minister said this is despite the government making considerable progress in immunisation programmes in the region.

Mr Adewole however stated that in spite of the setback in Nigeria largely due to the Boko Haram insurgency that makes some areas inaccessible to health officials, Africa has made remarkable process towards eradicating poliomyelitis.

Pharmacists Destroy N452m Drugs

Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has destroyed expired drugs worth N452 million in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The destruction of the drugs was carried out in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAFDAC, NDLEA, among others.

Sunday Ike, FCT Chairman of ACPN, said the drugs destroyed were willingly submitted by its members for destruction.

This he explained is in compliance with professional ethics. He explained that throwing away expired products is dangerous because drugs are poison.

Why Women Are At Higher Risk Of STIs

Women are more prone to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) due to their anatomy, a physician, David Bawa, has said.

Mr Bawa said women were more susceptible to infections due to the open structure of their genitals.

“A woman’s anatomy alone makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections than a man. Unlike the relatively thick skin of the male organ, a woman’s cervical is covered by a thin, more delicate mucous membrane that more easily allows viruses and bacteria to pass through and cause infection.

He noted that most STIs were treatable while some have no cure.


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