World Health Organisation
Classifying diseases to map how humans live, die
There are renewed efforts to classify diseases and to map how humans live and die. According to latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are few truer snapshots of a country’s wellbeing than its health statistics. While broad economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) may skew impressions of individual prosperity, data…
After tests, WHO rules out return of polio to Venezuela
Tests carried out by the World Health Organization following a suspected case of polio in Venezuela have ruled out any return of the crippling childhood disease, the UN agency has said. Polio has been eradicated for decades in the crisis-wracked country, with the last case of acute poliomyelitis reported in 1989, a former health minister…
Proffering solutions to cancer scourge
The scourge of cancer treatment in Nigeria can be described as appalling due to the numerous challenges that surrounds it. These include the cost of drugs, diagnosis,late presentation, inadequate basic research and clinical application, and poor data representation.
UN, Lions Club, stakeholders preach diabetes free society
Diabetes is one of the top four non-communicable diseases killing people in the world today. The others are cancer, heart diseases and chronic lung disease.
Lassa fever: Prohibitive cost of treatment engendering high mortality
High cost of managing Lassa fever (N180, 000 for uncomplicated cases, and much more for complicated ones that need dialysis), as well as, late presentation, slow identification and poor management of cases, range top among reasons for the high mortality rate being recorded this year.
Destruction of health facilities by insurgents weakens sector in North East
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the “massive destruction of 788 health facilities in North East by Boko Haram insurgents has weakened health system in the region.” In its 2017 yearly report made available to newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday, the global agency noted that the development had left Borno State and the entire zone with…
WHO alerts to global rise in ‘untreatable’ infectious diseases
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500 000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries.…
‘Why Nigeria needs to switch from dirty fuels’
Cleaner fuels will reduce the negative impact of bad cooking fuels on the environment and the people. Cooking with cleaner fuels like Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will reduce the chances of inhaling dirty fuels, which in turn....
2017 to be among three hottest years in history
It is likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact incidents, including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heat waves and drought.
You, your health and body - Part 1
As I had previously stated, the strange dimension the issue of health is taking, today, has made even health experts to concur that attention should now be focused more on the PREVENTIVE rather than the CURATIVE approach.
Food marketing, policies, pricing behind tenfold rise in childhood, adolescent obesity in four decades
Obesity rates in the world’s children and adolescents increased from less than one per cent (equivalent to five million girls and six million boys) in 1975 to nearly six per cent in girls (50 million) and nearly eight per cent in boys (74 million) in 2016.