Coalition counters beverage industry, wants increase in soft drink taxes

December 7, 2022 Tope Sunday 0

A coalition, the National Action on Sugar Reduction, has staged a peaceful display in Abuja to urge the government to increase taxes on sugary drinks and invest the revenue into public health. Recall that last year a 10 naira per litre excise tax on non-alcoholic, carbonated, and sweetened beverages were passed through the 2021 Finance Act, and the coalition commended Read More

Obasanjo to deliver lecture at Bowen University’s 16th convocation

November 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo will deliver lecture on ‘The Nation and University System’ at the 16th convocation ceremony of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state, Saturday. The University will also honour the Ebola heroine and physicians, late Stella Adadevoh, with a Doctor of Science in Public Health.  The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, disclosed this during a press Read More

Rotary spends $2.2bn to end polio, immunises 400m children annually

October 24, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As the world mark World Polio Day on Sunday, Rotary International said it has spent $2.2 billion globally to end polio across the world, while immunising with its partners over 400 million children annually. The 2021 PolioPlus key message made available to Blueprint in Kaduna, said Rotary has been fighting to eradicate polio for over three decades and remains fully Read More

Stemming the search for greener pastures by Nigerian healthcare professionals

October 20, 2021 Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu 0

On July 10, 2020, agents of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) prevented the departure of 58 Nigerian medical doctors from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on a chartered aircraft bound for London, United Kingdom. This was at a time when the Nigerian airspace  was closed to international air travel as part of the public health measures put in place by the Government Read More

Breaking: Buhari orders Twitter back if…speaks on COVID-19, agriculture, insecurity, others *Read President’s full speech on Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary

October 1, 2021 Admin III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a conditional lifting of ban on micro-blogging site, Twitter. Buhari who disclosed this during his broadcast on Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday.The President also spoke on other crucial National issues. Read his full speech… INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY Read More

NAFDAC raises alarm over dangers of self medication, fake drugs

September 24, 2021 David Agba 0

In a bid to ensure a good life for all Nigerians, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has flagged off a campaign against dangers of public health challenges. The campaign is aimed at addressing the following health challenges: dangers of buying medicines from hawkers; abuse of Codeine and self-medication especially among youths; dangerous effect of using Kerosene Read More

Expert lists causes of environmental degradation in Nigeria

September 23, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

An environmental expert and Professor of Geography and Regional Planning at the Department of Geography, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun state, Bamidele Badejo has listed the problems of poor planning and weak regulations as the major causes of marine environmental degradation in the country. He stated this in Lagos at the Annual International Environmental Management Stakeholders’ Conference organised by Read More

Danger looms as SON loses war with fake products dealers

September 17, 2021 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

… 64% anti-malarial drugs substandard – WHO ‘…N612bn ICT revenue lost annually’ ‘… Nigeria, target destination, transit route for counterfeit goods’ …SON failing in its mandate – Reps … Fake products importation bane of local producers – Expert Nigerians have continued to question the effectiveness of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and other regulatory agencies as sub-standard and harmful Read More

Saving Nigerians from food poisoning

September 10, 2021 Admin III 0

Nigerians are still groaning under the throes of food poisoning despite the government’s enlightenment campaigns against it; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Over and over again, the blames for food poisoning are heaped on the government/regulating agencies who are accused of not doing enough to mitigate such occurrences. Investigations by this reporter have, however, revealed that carelessness and general poverty, among other Read More

COVID-19: 27 dead, nearly 1000 new infections recorded in 24 hours as cases soar in Nigeria

September 5, 2021 Admin III 0

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control says the country’s total infection toll now stands at 195,052, with a fatality toll of 2,522. The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Sunday morning, adding that Nigeria recorded 27 more Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths and 964 new infections from 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The 964 fresh Read More

NAFDAC alerts on falsified medical products

September 3, 2021 Patrick Ahanor, 0

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians not to patronise falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products. This is as the agency disclosed that the advent of Covid-19 Pandemic has aggravated the problem of substandard and falsified Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Director General, NAFDAC, Prof.  Mojisola Adeyeye, stated this Read More

Insecurity: FG, NSCDC plan strategic meeting on protection of National Assets

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) are making efforts to further safeguard Nigeria’s critical assets and infrastructure across the country against backdrop of insecurity confronting the Nation. Some of the critical infrastructure including; Chemical Sector, Commercial Facilities Sector, Communications Sector, Critical, Manufacturing Sector, Dams Sector, Defence Industrial Base Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Energy Sector, Read More

At 30, Kogi pacesetter for good governance, security – Bello

August 27, 2021 Adoyi M. Aba 0

The Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, Friday said the state remained the safest and peaceful in Nigeria. The governor, who stated this in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the state’s creation, said his administration took the security, unity, peace and prosperity of the people seriously right from inception. “Today, our state is arguably the safest in the entire country, Read More

NAFDAC flags off sensitisation against chemicals, drugs

August 11, 2021 Sidi A. Umar 0

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Tuesday, flagged off public awareness campaign against the indiscriminate use of drugs and chemicals. NAFDAC said it causes harms to human’s health. Speaking during the ceremony, the Director-General of the agency, Professor Christianah Adeyeye said the agency, under her leadership will leave no stone unturned to rid the country Read More

Breaking: Consider Nigerians, call off strike, Senate, Reps tell residents doctors

August 4, 2021 Admin III 0

Both the Senate and House of Representatives have jointly called on the resident doctors to call of their strike and return to negotiation table with the federal government. The residents doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had resumed strike on Monday August 2, 2021. Already, the strike action is affecting medical services at various government-owned Read More

No Delta variant of Covid-19 in Ogun- Health commissioner

July 15, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro, 0

The Ogun state government has said that there is no confirmed case of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in the state.  This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker in Abeokuta while reacting to the news in some quarters where her earlier call for strict adherence to public health guidelines and report of 15 new cases in the isolation Read More

China, ASEAN to jointly take strategic partnership to higher level

June 15, 2021 He Yin 0

During the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations and the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, both held in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality from June 7 to 8, participants reached a general consensus on enhancing China-ASEAN cooperation and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, showing their wish to jointly create a brighter future through solidarity Read More

Silk road community building initiative facilitates people-to-people exchanges among BRI countries

June 11, 2021 Admin III 0

Friendship, which derives from close contact between the people, holds the key to sound state-to-state relations. Since it was put forward in 2019, the Silk Road Community Building Initiative has facilitated non-governmental exchanges among countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), consolidated the friendship among peoples, and driven BRI countries to reach a broader consensus on building a Read More

Breaking: 20 dead as cholera hits 322 in Bauchi

May 25, 2021 Najib Sani, Bauchi 0

At least 20 people have died while 322 have been infected with cholera following the outbreak of the disease in Bauchi state. State commissioner of health Dr Aliyu Maigoro disclosed this Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the epidemic at the ministry of health headquarters Bauchi. Maigoro explained that nine of the people who died hailed from Bauchi local government, four Read More

Covid-19: ITUC-Africa demands compensation for workers infected at workplace

April 29, 2021 Moses John 0

The Africa regional office of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-AFRICA) has urged employers of labour to extend compensation to workers who got infected with covid-19 pandemic at workplace. According to a statement to commemorate the International Workers Memorial Day 2021, the general Secretary of ITUC-AFRICA, comrade Kwasi Adu-Amankwah also demanded adequate and quality PPEs for workers at the workplace. Comrade Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Tackling malaria scourge in Nigeria

April 27, 2021 Admin III 0

The World Malaria day was observed on Saturday, April 24, 2021. It is necessary to draw the attention of the Nigerian government to the devastating effect of and the dire need to curb malaria as millions of Nigerians die yearly from the scourge. Malaria remains one of the most infectious diseases in the world, being a major public health problem Read More

Ensure safe blood transfusion practices, commissioner urges health workers

April 22, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has urged health workers and stakeholders in the blood transfusion chain on the need to strictly adhere to safe blood transfusion practices and ensure patient safety in blood transfusion procedures. He stated this during a virtual workshop on safe blood transfusion practices organised by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS) Read More

Nigerians in throes of food poisoning

April 16, 2021 Admin III 0

Recently, many Nigerians have died from food poisoning and one wonders whether or not there is proper regulation of food supplies in the country. ELEOJO IDACHABA reports. Last week, news filtered in about a reported case of food poisoning in Kano state. As at the time the discovery was made, four persons had already died while nearly two hundred others Read More

In Kaduna, El-Rufai preaches peace, harmony at Easter

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has appealed to all citizens of Kaduna state to embrace their common humanity and uphold their obligations for peace and harmony in their various communities. Speaking in an Easter message to Christian faithful in Kaduna state on Saturday, the governor advised citizens to isolate and expose the criminals in their midst. ‘’While we all do our utmost Read More