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The United Nations health agency has estimated that if more funds are secured, up to 10,000 lives in Nigeria could be saved by November through targeted steps in malaria prevention and control.
To manage malaria in Borno state of north-eastern Nigeria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners are strengthening surveillance systems to monitor cases and outbreaks; increasing people’s access to care in clinics and to health facilities; spraying insecticides and distributing bed nets as part of vector control; and administering malaria drugs to children under five every month from July to October.

Two persons were Tuesday confirmed dead from Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, even as a resident doctor has been infected with the disease. Confirming the development, the Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof Chris Bode, said no less than 100 hospital workers exposed to the index case are currently being monitored. According to Bode, the patients who presented very late died after spending a few days in admission. “Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them.

New mothers should not remove or wash off the colostrum from their nipples before breastfeeding their babies, as it is the first and major vaccine a child can ever receive in life, an official of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF has advised.
Ada Ezeogu, a nutrition specialist, gave this advice on Thursday in Ibadan at a media dialogue on breastfeeding organised by the Federal Ministry of Information, in collaboration with UNICEF, as part of activities to mark the World Breastfeeding Week.
The event which was funded by the U.K. Department for International Development, was to train journalists on breastfeeding advocacy in Nigeria.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has given approval for the official launch of Contributory Health Scheme in July, Director General of the State Contributory Health Commission Dr. Ben Nkechika has said.
Nkechika made this known on Saturday during a sensitisation meeting with primary health care centres coordinators organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (DSPHCDA).


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