PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

child neglect

The undisclosed truth about child abuse and neglect in Nigeria

The undisclosed truth about child abuse and neglect in Nigeria ”Every child deserves a better life” In practice, children are at risk of multiple violations of their rights, including violence, trafficking, exploitative labour, child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Over 17.5 million children can be categorized as orphaned and vulnerable. Large numbers of children, …

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child abuse and neglect

Surge in child abuse and neglect

It is time to break the silence around child abuse and neglect in our respective communities. An estimated 1 in 4 children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes. This type of unimaginable trauma contributes to depression, problems at school, violence, diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, and suicide. To significantly reduce child abuse or …

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The next drug epidemic…

The next drug epidemic… With the increasing public health awareness on the ills of misusing prescribe drugs, the growing use of anti-anxiety pills persist. This reminds us of the early days of the opioid crisis (drug epidemic). Considered relatively safe and non-addictive by consumers and many doctors, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin have been prescribed …

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illegal immigrants

Illegal immigration and its related health issues

Illegal immigration and its related health issues  The health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population, although some groups may have a higher prevalence. The most frequent health problems of newly arrived refugees and migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, gastrointestinal illnesses, cardiovascular events, pregnancy- and delivery-related …

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illegal immigrants

Nigeria has topped the list of illegal immigrants to Europe.

Nigeria has topped the list of illegal immigrants to Europe. Global attention has been engrossed on the European Union as it struggles to cope with a growing migrant crisis that has overwhelmed key members, redefined internal politics and posed a real threat to EU cohesion. Whilst many of the migrants have originated from Syria and …

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cell phone and health

Frequent use of cell phones can harm one’s memory – Study

Frequent use of cell phones can harm one’s memory – Study The study was conducted by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the European Union project GERoNiMO, which aims to improve the knowledge of whether and to what extent RF-EMF affects health. The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase …

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Human cases of plague reported in the US

Be cautious of domestic cats following reports of plagues in the United States Health officials in the United States has continually report cases of plague case in the country of which was some were treated and recovered. Few weeks ago, officials with the Central District Health Department say lab tests show that another county cat …

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Early marriage should be consider a major public health issue- study

Early marriage should be consider a major public health issue- study Those marrying early may be more susceptible to domestic violence, poor mental health, and malnutrition. They are also more likely to have limited access to contraception and healthcare. These negative effects may then impact their children, with daughters potentially also marrying young. A research done …

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Air pollution contributes to more infant death in Africa

Air pollution contributes to more infant death  in Africa- study Modest reductions in air pollution can prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of infants in sub-Saharan Africa each year, according to a new scientific study that investigated the link between breathable air pollutants and premature deaths in 30 countries across the continent. Although few …

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False myths and misconceptions about female genital mutilation

False myths and misconception about female genital mutilation Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been subjected to a considerable argument as it is deeply rooted in religious, cultural and historical tradition. It is defined by the World Health Organization as a procedure that involves the total or partial removal of female external genitalia for religious, cultural …

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Beware of crab meat from Venezuela following outbreak

Warnings have been issued not to eat fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela because it’s likely the source of an outbreak  linked to infections of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, an illness commonly associated with eating raw or under cooked shellfish. The outbreak has sickened 12 people in three states, with four of those requiring hospitalization, according to …

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New outbreak in Europe

A cluster of European returning travelers from the island of Gran Canaria are reported to have carried or were infected with carbapenemase (OXA-48)-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST392., according to ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment published last week. The cluster included 13 people from Sweden, Finland and Norway and is an example of cross-border spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae …

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Why the global estimates for tuberculosis mortality differ- study

The discrepancies between the estimates for global tuberculosis deaths by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is due to different methodologies and data sources used by each institution. These differences are considerable in terms of absolute numbers for a dozen countries, according to a study led by …

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Loneliness

The health implications of Loneliness

 loneliness can have a drastic effect on health Loneliness is a negative feeling that arises when someone’s social needs are unmet by their current social relationships. So people can feel alone, even if they’re surrounded by others, if they’re not getting the right kind of company and support. While many think of loneliness as a social …

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family planning

The need for an effective family planning in Nigeria

The need for an effective family planning in Nigeria Nigerians have been charged by health experts to embrace workable family planning methods that would reduce poverty, ensure social protection and healthcare, as well as the successful implementation of government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the light of this, it is important that the Nigeria Population …

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Indiana confirms death associated with Hepatitis A outbreak

Indiana state health officials are reporting the state’s first death related to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A, a highly contagious disease of the liver. The outbreak has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses in 10 states and resulted in multiple fatalities nationwide. Since November 2017, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has confirmed 214 outbreak-related …

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Kenya target over 2 million children in polio immunization campaign

The Kenyan government has launched a polio immunization campaign that seeks to reach at least 2,416,750 children under 5 years of age in 11 counties across the country. Lamu County Health Department Chief Health Officer Said Bwanamkuu said the exercise began on Tuesday July 10 and will end on Sunday, July 16. Apart from the …

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cholera vaccination program kick off in Adamawa State, Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigerian government have launched the first round of a two-phased oral vaccination program against the cholera outbreak in Adamawa State. In a statement released on June 10, the WHO said the campaign will run from June to June 17, targeting high-risk wards in the Mubi North, Mubi South …

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North Carolina reports 1st EEE case of 2018

  known to be the carrier of EEE Eastern equine encephalitis virus usually referred as EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. This is the first case of EEE in North Carolina this year. EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms …

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