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Disease outbreak looms as floods spread

Scientists have predicted an increase in cases of water and mosquito-borne diseases as flood spreads. The forecast followed flooding in several communities across the country and the consequent contamination of water sources. With the likelihood of more rains, amid a [...]

September 19, 2018 Health issues

Experts caution over dietary supplement containing higenamine

Public health researchers have warned against taking weight-loss and sports/energy supplements containing higenamine, a potentially harmful cardiovascular stimulant. According to a new peer-reviewed published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology, the international researchers urged consumers to use caution when consuming [...]

September 18, 2018 Health issues

Heavy caffeine consumption may extend life expectancy for people with kidney disease

A new study in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation indicates that consuming more caffeine may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease. An inverse relationship between coffee consumption and mortality has been reported in the general population. [...]

September 18, 2018 Health issues

ABUAD’s 43 pioneer doctors inducted

The Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) yesterday inducted its 43 pioneer medical graduates. The university’s Best Graduating Student, Azom Esther Adaobi, was the cynosure of all eyes as she received a brand new MG3 automobile valued at N5.7 million, courtesy [...]

September 14, 2018 Health issues

UN blasts Nigeria for human trafficking

The United Nations on Monday criticised Nigeria for failing to tackle human trafficking, after a human rights mission looked at efforts to stamp out the organised trade in people. “What is being done is not enough,” the world body’s special [...]

September 11, 2018 Societal issues

Plane crash kills 19 in South Sudan: regional official

Nineteen people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan, while four survived, a regional official told AFP. Regional information minister for the Eastern Lakes state Taban Abel Aguek said [...]

September 9, 2018 Incidents

‘Lagos generates 0.17 million metric tons of global marine plastic wastes’

Lagos State generates 0.17 million metric tons of global plastic wastes, according to a 2010 data captured in a Wall Street Journal publication of February 12, 2015. The report showed that Nigeria ranked ninth among countries that pollute oceans and [...]

September 7, 2018 Health issues

FG moves to end cholera outbreaks in 2023

The Federal Government is putting in place measures to end cholera outbreaks nationwide in the next five years. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, dropped the hint yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of weekly Federal [...]

September 6, 2018 Health issues

Ambrose Alli varsity ASUU threatens strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma Chapter, yesterday gave the Edo State Government a 30-day ultimatum, effective September 3, 2018 to address the issue of under-funding and reconstitute the Governing Council of the university. [...]

September 5, 2018 Education

ECOWAS, NAE partner on quality of education for member states

The Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE) has expressed readiness to partner with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift the quality of education at all levels in the sub-region. President of NAE, Professor Elizabeth Eke, who disclosed [...]

September 5, 2018 Education

15 die from suspected gastroenteritis outbreak in Katsina

Fifteen people have been confirmed dead from suspected gastroenteritis in Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State. The Chairman, Transition Committee of the council, Alhaji Yusuf Radda, disclosed the deaths to newsmen through his Information Officer, Mannir Idris in Charanchi. [...]

September 3, 2018 Health issues

NHIS best vehicle to attain universal healthcare coverage — HCPAN

Healthcare Provider’s Association of Nigerian (HCPAN) has charged government at all levels to review the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act, as this is the only way Nigeria could achieve universal healthcare coverage. At an extraordinary General Meeting of the [...]

September 2, 2018 Health issues

NHIS best vehicle to attain universal healthcare coverage — HCPAN

Healthcare Provider’s Association of Nigerian (HCPAN) has charged government at all levels to review the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act, as this is the only way Nigeria could achieve universal healthcare coverage. At an extraordinary General Meeting of the [...]

September 2, 2018 Health issues

SON alerts on cancer-causing substance in school uniforms from China

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned importers of school uniform materials into Nigeria about some cancer-causing substances found in some school uniform materials made by two China-based companies. A statement issued by the Director General of SON, Mr. [...]

September 1, 2018 Health issues

SDP ‘ll check challenges in health sector, says Omisore

Standard-bearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, has pledged to revive the health sector, if elected. He gave the promise in a chat with journalists in Osogbo, shortly after a debate organised by the national body of [...]

August 31, 2018 Health issues

World Water Week: How two-third of Nigerians survive without potable water

Nigerians survive without potable water: Lola Owoade spends about N1,500 monthly on sachet water. This is because she is not sure if the water in her residence is safe for drinking. Mrs Owoade’s house has a borehole. On Arab Road [...]

August 29, 2018 Health issues

Harvard Professor Claims Coconut Oil Is “Pure Poison”

 Coconut Oil Is “Pure Poison”: Claims surrounding coconut oil might not be true as widely believed. Contrary to health claims about the wonders of coconut oil, a Harvard university professor Karin Michels has said that the oil is infact “pure [...]

August 28, 2018 Health issues

How Lagos hospital injected patient with ‘formalin’ during surgery, crippling her

Lagos hospital injected patient with ‘formalin’ during surgery: May 30, 2017 was supposed to be the start of a new beginning in her marriage. Weeks earlier Christina Ohunyan, 40, had been diagnosed of myomectomy, commonly known as fibroid. Doctors had [...]

August 26, 2018 Health issues

Gunmen slay security guard, Plateau Assembly Speaker’s driver

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers slayed two men in Jos, Plateau State, on Saturday, the police said. One of the victims was a security guard working with University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH), while the other was a driver [...]

August 26, 2018 Crime

Fire guts Ex-UBTH CMD’s residence

Fire guts Ex-UBTH CMD’s residence Property worth millions of naira was destroyed on Thursday night by fire, which razed the residence of the immediate past Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof Michael Ibadin. The [...]

August 25, 2018 Incidents

Sokoto zonal ASUU condemns 300% hike in LAUTECH fees

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday condemned a 300 per cent hike in school fees of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The union also berated owners of the institution- Oyo and Osun state [...]

August 25, 2018 Education

Bread shortages hit Sudan

Bread shortages have hit Sudan, with wheat traders blaming a foreign currency crisis for shortages of the staple that have left people queuing for hours outside bakeries. Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south seceded in 2011, taking with [...]

August 15, 2018 Health issues

SPECIAL REPORT: Forgotten Communities: How displaced children, other IDPs suffer in Lagos

This is the second and concluding part of a report focusing on Internally Displaced People (IDPs). This series focuses on malnutrition ravaging children of former residents of Otodo Gbame, who were forcefully evicted by the Lagos State Government. No Food [...]

August 14, 2018 Societal issues

Johnny Rockets: The Best Burger In Lagos?

The very first time I entered the famous Johnny Rockets, located at 1411 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, was to meet a friend and her cousin. I loved the classic diner vibe as it transported to an old movie with [...]

August 12, 2018 Health issues

Archbishop decries spate of IDPs in Nigeria

Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Prelate and Catholic Archbishop of Jos, has decried the spate of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in different parts of the country. Kaigama said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in [...]

August 11, 2018 Societal issues

Police arrest ATM fraud syndicate, recover 30 ATM cards in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested a three-man Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud syndicate operating within Enugu city. In a statement on Friday in Enugu, the command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said the police operatives recovered 30 ATM [...]

August 10, 2018 Crime

10 feared dead in bank robbery in Edo

No fewer than 10 persons were killed following a robbery attack at two banks in Igarra, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. when the robbers [...]

August 10, 2018 Incidents


Here is an inspiring story of a Nigerian Student, Livinus Obiora Nweke, who was denied admission for a masters’ programme in Computer Science at Nigerian Universities because his bachelors’ degree was obtained online but was admitted by one of the [...]

August 9, 2018 Education

Alleged fraudsters nabbed over fake U.S. Dollars

Two suspected fraudsters have been arrested while producing fake US Dollars with a view to defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. The suspects, according to the police are also known as “wash wash” and they use the fake currencies for [...]

August 9, 2018 Crime

ASUU threatens to embark on fresh strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rose from its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Calabar yesterday and said it could no longer guarantee that its members would continue to work if Wole Babalakin, negotiating on the part of [...]

August 8, 2018 Education