I’m Finally Back On My Feet After Fighting Skin Cancer – Banky W

RnB music sensation, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, is full of gratitude to God for seeing him through a health challenge. He took to social media where he explained in a lengthy post that he had been away for some time because he was undergoing surgery for a “rare strain of skin cancer tumours” on his shoulder.

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6 Side Effects of Eating too Much Salt

Wonder whether you’re eating too much salt? The more salt you consume, the higher your blood pressure and excessive levels of it in your body over time can increase your risk of osteoporosis (a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue) and other chronic conditions, so it’s important to restrict your daily intake to no more than a teaspoon’s per day. In line with this, we reveal 6 side effects of

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Delta Initiates Vaccine Production Facility In DELSUTH BY ROSEMARY NWAEBUNI

The Delta State Government has initiated a project for the development of Vaccine Production Facility in Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, who stated this during the 2017 World Malaria Day broadcast in Asaba, said the project was championed by the Ministry of Health which initiated collaboration between DELSUTH and Merck Biopharmaceutical Company.

Azinge, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Minnie Oseji, noted that the project, in line with Governor Okowa administration’s SMART Agenda, will create job opportunities and generate income for the state, once it was actualised.

He also disclosed that the project will further provide an enabling environment to attract researchers to Nigeria for the development of new vaccines.
While calling on local and international investors to contribute to the venture, he revealed that Ghana, Kenya and Malawi have been selected to pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine (Mosquirix) from 2018.
Azinge disclosed that through the timely intervention of Governor Okowa, the state became a beneficiary of the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results, a programme initiated by the Federal Government on maternal and child health, supported by the World Bank.

According to him, “The programme is financed by a US$ 500,000,000 International Development Association credit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over a period of four years with each state receiving US$1,500,000.

He said that malaria control was one of the six pillars the programme was expected to address, adding that it will provide for strengthening community participation in distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets with the use of trained community volunteers, who will distribute, install and conduct house to house sensitisation on the use of the nets.

The Commissioner said that the programme will also ensure the provision of long lasting insecticide treated nets to all pregnant women and children under-five who attend Ante-natal and Child Welfare Clinics, as well as collaborate with Private Health providers for wider distribution of the long lasting insecticide treated nets.

He called on the general public to cooperate with the health ministry and ensure judicious utilisation of the nets to enable the state score high enough and attract more funds when the programme is evaluated.
“This is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 which aims to end the epidemic of Malaria and other communicable diseases by the year 2030,” he said.

— with Olorogun Kent Akigho Okiemute.

Reps to meet with minister over resurgence of lassa fever

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to meet the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, ‎over recent resurgence of Lassa fever in parts of the country.

The resolution followed a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) on the need to investigate the resurgence of the fever in Nigeria.

Ogun explained that one of the important areas of focus for any government was the health sector.

This, according to him, is because of its importance to citizens and the dangers that disease and ill-health pose to the safety and security of the populace.

He expressed concern that in recent times, one of the virulent forms of fever plaguing the nation was Lassa, similar to the Ebola fever.

“We are aware that the first case of Lassa fever reported in Nigeria was in 2015 and between August, 2015 and May, 2016, 273 cases, including 149 deaths were recorded by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“We are also aware of a report published on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 by the Technical Assistant on Communication of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, urging Nigerians to be at alert.

“This is because Lassa fever is on the rise again with 19 cases and five deaths reported between 2016 and 2017 in seven states,’’ he said.

Ogun emphasised the need for the Federal Government to address the resurgence of the fever by coming up with a sustainable plan for the eradication of the scourge in Nigeria.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

The House, therefore, mandated a joint committee on Health Institutions and Healthcare Services to find out from the minister the steps taken to tackle the fever.

The joint committee is to also meet with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (CDC) on the matter and report back in six weeks.

‘Fanta, Sprite are safe to drink but NOT with any Drug,’ FG says

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The Federal Government has warned Nigerians not to drink Fanta and Sprite with any medicine.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who gave the warning on Friday, March 17, said the two beverages are safe for human consumption but poisonous if taken with any drug.

Adewole stated this after a meeting with the Department of Food and Drug Services, Federal Ministry of Health; National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC; and Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON; to address the concerns raised over the drinks by a judgment of a Lagos High Court.

The Court had ordered NAFDAC to direct the Nigeria Bottling Company Plc, manufacturers of the products, to include a warning on the bottles of the products that the contents cannot be taken with Vitamin C.

The judgment was the outcome of a suit filed by a Lagos-based businessman, Emmanuel Adebo, and his company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited, against NBC Plc and NAFDAC.

In the suit, Adebo asked the court to declare that NBC was negligent to its consumers by bottling Fanta and Sprite with excessive levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives.

He had tried to export Nigeria-produced Fanta and Sprite to the UK, where they were described as poisonous by authorities there and destroyed.

Benzoic acid is a white, crystalline powder with a faint, non-offensive odour. Though it serves as preservative, if used excessively causes cancer and has been linked to asthma problems and increased levels of hyperactivity in children.

Benzoic acid is also used in the manufacture a wide variety of products such as perfumes, dyes, topical medications and insect repellents.

Sunset yellow is a dye that can be found in foods like orange juice, ice cream, canned fish, cheese, jellies, soft drinks and many medicines. It can also be dangerous for human health as it causes urticaria, rhinitis, allergies, hyperactivity, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in some individuals.

NAFDAC on Thursday said it has filed an appeal and a motion to stay execution of action on the judgment.

The NBC, bottlers of Coca Cola products in Nigeria, has also said it is appealing the judgment.