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NAFDAC warns against patronising hawkers of herbal concoctions

Nigerians have been warned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), against patronising hawkers of herbal concoctions.
NAFDAC DG, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said such concotions lack storage standards and might be coming from a non-credible source.

Adeyeye added that though some herbal medicines work, consumers must ensure that they had passed NAFDAC’s safety and efficacy tests.


New Zealand Moves To Close Cigarettes Sales For The Next Generation

New Zealand plans to ban young people from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime in one of the world’s toughest crackdowns on the tobacco industry, arguing that other efforts to extinguish smoking were taking too long.
People aged 14 and under in 2027 will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes in the Pacific country of 5 million, part of proposals unveiled on Thursday that will also curb the number of retailers authorised to sell tobacco and cut nicotine levels in all products.

“We want to make sure young people never start smoking so we will make it an offence to sell or supply smoked tobacco products to new cohorts of youth,” New Zealand Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall said in a statement.

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Is there any cure for Mkpurummiri addiction? Find Out Now

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned against the adverse effect of consumption of methamphetamine, popularly known as mkpurummiri.

Speaking during a one-day security sensitisation campaign organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Tuesday December 7 in Abakaliki, Mr Isah Adoro, Commander of NDLEA, Ebonyi Command who was represented by Mr Owunwa Ibezim, Assistant Commander, Training, NDLEA in the state, expressed the agency’s worry over the consequences of mkpurumiri on the mental health of youths.

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Omicron reinfects people at three times the rate of other Variant – South African experts finds

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 appears to be reinfecting people at a higher rate than previous strains, experts in South Africa have said, as public health officials and scientists monitor developments in the country where Omicron was first identified.
This comes after the EU’s public health agency recently warned that Omicron could cause more than half of all new Covid infections in Europe within the next few months.

“We believe that previous infection does not provide protection from Omicron,” said Anne von Gottberg, an expert at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa.
In mid-November South Africa was reporting about 300 Covid cases a day. On Wednesday it reported 8,561 new cases, up from 4,373 the day before and 2,273 on Monday.

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Nigeria detects three cases of Omicron Variant

Nigeria is the first West African country to have recorded the omicron variant since scientists in southern Africa detected and reported it and adds to a list of nearly 20 countries where the variant has been recorded, triggering travel bans across the world.

Nigeria has detected three cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in travelers in the past week.

The national public health institute who revealed this on Wednesday urged the general public to be on alert and called for improved testing amid concerns that the country’s low testing capacity might become its biggest challenge in the face of the new variant.

Testing for the virus is low in many states and even in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

For instance, in parts of Kuje, a suburb of Abuja, Musa Ahmed, a public health official, told The Associated Press that no one has been tested for the virus for weeks.

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Joke Silva reveals husband, Olu Jacobs is suffering from Lewy body dementia

Joke Silva reveals husband, Olu Jacobs is suffering from Lewy body dementia. Actress Joke Silva has revealed during an interview with Chude Jidonwo that Olu Jacobs has dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). She said: “He is dealing with issues and it is been going on for a couple of years. It is known as dementia with lewy body.

“It is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and it is almost like a Parkinson type of disease, it affects the brain and affects the person.

She added: “First time i’m saying this publicly… that is what we have been dealing…but the thing is, it is hard on him because he doesn’t understand what is going on and it is hard on us family members as well.
“We have gone through it over the past couple of years but we thank God.”

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Another Strike looms as ASUU gives FG three weeks to meet demands

Another Strike looms as ASUU gives FG three weeks to meet demands. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given the Federal Government a three-week ultimatum to meet its demands contained in the Memorandum of Action (MoA), signed by both parties on December 23, 2020.
Failure to comply, it said, ASUU could resort to industrial action.
The Union also set up an independent committee to probe what it described as questionable appointment of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, as a Professor of Cyber Security at the Federal University of Technology Owerri.

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FG can’t use bond to keep us in Nigeria, doctors reply Ngige

FG can’t use bond to keep us in Nigeria, doctors reply Ngige. Doctors in Nigeria have rejected a proposal by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, for physicians trained in Nigeria to work in the country for at least nine years before being allowed to migrate.

This came after it was discovered that the number of Nigerian doctors practising in the United Kingdom had hit 8, 983 as of Saturday and is likely to hit 9,000 this week.

A council showed that as regards the number of foreign doctors working in the UK, Nigeria comes third, only behind India and Pakistan which have 30,388 and 15, 962 doctors respectively operating in the UK.

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Chris Ngige suggests doctors trained by government should sign bonds to serve for 9 years before relocating abroad

Health Minister, Chris Ngige, suggests doctors trained by government should sign bonds to serve for 9 years before relocating abroad.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has proposed that medical personnel including doctors trained by the government should be made to serve the country for at least nine years before they can consider relocating to another country.
Ngige said this on Wednesday, November 10, while speaking at the 2022 Budget Defence of his Ministry at the House of Representatives.

Thousands of Nigerian medical practitioners every year relocate to other countries where they would offer their services for better remuneration and working conditions.

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Going to sleep between 10pm and 11pm could lower risk of heart disease

The study found compared to falling asleep between 10pm and 10.59pm there was a 12% greater risk for 11pm to 11.59 pm, and a 24% increased risk for falling asleep before 10pm.

Meanwhile, there was a 25% higher risk of cardiovascular disease associated with falling asleep at midnight or later.

“The body has a 24-hour internal clock, called circadian rhythm, that helps regulate physical and mental functioning.