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FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN
FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN
World Blood Donor Day: Only 10% of Nigerians donate blood ‘freely’ — FG

To mark this year’s World Blood Donor Day, Nigerians have been urged to donate blood more.

The Nigerian government said while men should donate blood once every four months, women should do so every three months to meet Nigeria’s estimated blood needs which stands at 1.8 million units of blood per annum.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, while commemorating the 2018 World Blood Donors’ decried the low percentage of free blood givers in the country.

Mr Adewole said statistics show that only 10 per cent of Nigerians donate blood freely while 60 per cent do it for money. The remaining 30 per cent of blood donors only gave to relatives in need.

Diarrhoea kills six in Niger state — Official

The Executive Director, Niger state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Yahaya Na’uzo, has confirmed the death of six out of the 43 people suffering from diarrhoea in three local government areas of the state.

According to Mr Na’uzo, the outbreaks occurred in Bida, Gbako and Katcha Local Government Areas and the affected persons were on admission at Bida General Hospital and the Federal Medical Center, Bida.

He advised those living in rural areas to be hygienic and avoid drinking unclean water.

Immunisation: GAVI extends funding to Nigeria till 2028

Global Alliance for Vaccines Initiative (GAVI), has extended its funding support for immunisation in Nigeria until 2028.

The decision, which followed a plea by the Nigerian government will see the body, which is the largest global coalition of the public and private sector in the health sector, commit about $1.03 billion.

Mr Adewole said GAVI board approved the funding envelope and extension of transitional period from 2021 to 2028.

Scientists develop bandage ‘more effective’ for wound recovery

A Northwestern University team in the U.S. has developed a regenerative bandage that can quickly heal painful, hard-to-treat sores and wounds without using drugs.

The new device reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is good news for diabetic patients since a mild untreated scratch for them may turn into an open wound that could potentially lead to a limb amputation or even death.

The bandage can be used to heal all types of open wounds, according to the study.

The regenerative bandage uses laminin, a protein found in most of the body tissues, including the skin.

U.S. announces $102 million humanitarian assistance to Nigeria

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has announced $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria.

The funds will be administered primarily through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) offices of Food for Peace (FFP) and Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), as well as the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Mr Symington said the funds will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in the North-east.

Early childhood growth: UNICEF wants investment in friendly policies

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged countries to invest in family-friendly policies that support early childhood development.

Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, said such investment should include paid paternity and maternity leaves, free pre-primary education and paid breastfeeding breaks.

He added that, “implementing national family-friendly policies that support early childhood development, including paid paternity leave, the government can provide parents the time, resources and information to take care of their children’’.

35 containers of Tramadol seized at ports-NAFDAC

The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Moji Adeyeye, said about 35 containers of Tramadol have been seized at various ports in the country.

Mrs Adeyeye said nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and have been destroyed by her agency.

She, however, decried the delay by the Customs in handing over the remaining containers to her agency. Tramadol, a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youthwho use it without prescription.

HIV-positive man arrested for allegedly infecting 200 sexual partners

An HIV-positive man who might have consciously passed on the deadly virus to more than 200 sexual partners has been arrested in Italy.

A spokesman for police in Ancona, a city on Italy’s eastern Adriatic coast, told DPA on Thursday that 35-year-old Claudio Pinti was arrested two days earlier.

Despite having been diagnosed “for at least 11 years,’’ he did not take precautions nor warn his partners about his condition, Ancona police said in a written statement.

When officers apprehended him, Mr Pinti declared himself a “negationist’’ on the existence of HIV, police said. The virus is known to cause AIDS.

19 new cholera cases reported in Adamawa

The Adamawa State Ministry of Health has confirmed 19 new cases of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government areas.

A statement on Monday by the information officer of the ministry, Mohammed Abubakar, said that 16 of the new cases were recorded in Mubi South while three were reported in Mubi North.

Mr Abubakar said 1,227 cases were recorded within the past one month with 20 deaths while 19 patients were still on admission at the treatment centre in Mubi General Hospital as at June 10.

Vietnam pilots oral HIV testing

Vietnam is conducting 80,000 HIV tests via saliva in high-risk populations in Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City.

The self-test method shows 99 per cent of accuracy in detecting HIV antibodies in high-risk populations, those who inject drugs or engage in unprotected sex and are homosexual men.

This will also be applied in northern Thai Nguyen province, southern Can Tho city and southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province, according to the Vietnam Administration for HIV and AIDS Control under the Health Ministry.

Vietnam currently has 258,586 HIV carriers, mainly in the age of 20 to 49.

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