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Cholera Outbreak in Nigeria: Expert Calls for Improved Waste Management

By Ify Onyekwere On the 6th of January 2024, “The Development Report” on People’s 105.5FM delved into the escalating cholera outbreak in Nigeria and the critical role of waste management in curbing the outbreak. The program featured Dr. Chimere May Ohajinwa, an Environmental Toxicologist and Public Health Expert, who provided an in-depth analysis of the […]

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How Cellulose-Based Filtration is Rising to the Challenge of Water Contamination

By David Arome Access to basic drinking water is still a challenge in Africa especially in rural communities. The trend is quite alarming and has exposed the locals to water-borne diseases. According to the WHO/UNICEF Progress Report 2020, about 387 million people lived without access to basic drinking water services in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a

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Combating Malaria in Nigeria: Observing World Malaria Day

By Cecilia Attah Malaria is a deadly disease caused by the Anopheles mosquito’s bite, which transmits plasmodium parasites into the human bloodstream. This disease makes an individual feel very sick with a high fever. Other than fever, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, abdominal pain and fatigue are a few symptoms of malaria. The disease

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Local Communities Turn to Herbal Remedies Amidst Healthcare Infrastructure Gaps in PHCs in Benue State

By David Arome In the face of glaring infrastructural deficiencies within Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs) and health outposts in Benue State, communities are increasingly embracing herbal remedies as a viable option in response to the deficit in local healthcare systems. The pitfalls include grappling with a critical shortage of resources and proper healthcare infrastructure,

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Challenges in Infrastructure Plague PHCs Efficiency in Benue State

By David Arome Despite being the first point of contact for local communities, primary healthcare clinics (PHCs) in Benue State grapple with notable deficiencies in basic infrastructure, hindering their ability to effectively meet the health needs of the people. These substantial gaps have triggered an increase in the demand for services at secondary and tertiary

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Weighty Challenges: Escalating Battle against Obesity-Related Chronic Diseases

By Cecilia Attah The global surge in obesity is a pressing concern, with predictions indicating that one billion people worldwide will grapple with this health issue by 2030. No longer confined to affluent nations, obesity is increasingly prevalent in lower and middle-income countries, particularly affecting vulnerable communities. Obesity, characterised by excess body fat posing health

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Nigeria Embarks on HPV Vaccination: Shielding Millions of Girls from Cervical Cancer

By Cecilia Attah Nigeria has taken an unprecedented leap towards eradicating cervical cancer, which has long been the leading cause of cancer-related fatalities among women in the country. Nigeria has integrated the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine into its routine immunization program, initiating a nationwide campaign to reach 7.7 million girls. This historic endeavour, the largest

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Breaking Barriers: Navigating Autism Awareness in Nigeria

By Cecilia Attah In recent times, there has been a growing concern surrounding the increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the globe, including in both underdeveloped and developing societies. ASD is a complex neurological condition that significantly impacts an individual’s social interactions, communication abilities, and behaviour. Several countries have responded to this concern

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Genetically Modified Foods and their Potential Impact on Food Availability in Africa

By Ejiofor Agada Genetically modified foods have long been a subject of intense debate, with advocates touting their potential to address global food scarcity and critics expressing concerns about their safety and environmental impact. In the context of Africa, where food availability remains a pressing challenge, the discussion surrounding genetically modified foods takes on even

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Tackling Mental Health Issues in Nigeria on World Mental Health Day

By Ejiofor Agada On World Mental Health Day, Nigeria stands at a crucial juncture in addressing the pressing issue of mental health within its population. With a high prevalence of mental health disorders and limited access to adequate care, it is imperative to shed light on the challenges faced by individuals struggling with mental health

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