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William G. Kaelin, Jr. talks to a reporter after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. AP Photo - Josh Reynolds

Why ‘Discovery of How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels’ earned 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Oxygen is vital for life, so much so that cells can sense when there isn’t enough and adapt almost instantly. The winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology figured it out.

Ngitsi Kavugho was pregnant when she was infected with the Ebola virus. She and her baby survived. (Credit: WHO/C. Black)

Ebola survivors in DRCongo narrate experience

Each survivor has a unique story of how they overcame the disease and the impact it has had on their lives.

Suicide rope used to illustrate the story.

Medical experts speak on high suicide rate in Nigeria, suggest solutions

WHO’s 2016 Global Health Observatory Data Repository estimates that 9.5 suicides per 100,000 occur in Nigeria.

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Nigeria records over 99,000 cases of infectious diseases in three years

At least 304 deaths have been recorded in 2019 so far. These include 145 deaths from Lassa fever, 124 from measles and 35 from cholera.

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Goalkeepers Award: Gates Foundation honours changemakers

Prime Minister Modi of India was one of the recipients of the award.

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Nigeria’s lack of potable water, forced evictions, maltreatment of physiclally challenged worry UN

The UN rapporteur also said there is an estimated housing deficit of 22 million units, and about 130 million people lack access to adequate sanitation.

A hospital ward with patients

10 things you need to know about yellow fever

Yellow Fever is vaccine-preventable and is treatable if diagnosed early.

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ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s missed opportunity amidst successful Demographic Health Survey

This year, the health survey sought to take blood samples from Nigerians for malaria, anaemia and genotype testing but shuns non-communicable diseases.

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How Nigerian government-owned orphanage mistreats children

Children allege poor treatment after being confined for two months at Unity Orphanage Home and Youth Support Centre, Gwagwalada.

Polio immunisation used to illustrate the story (Photo: Continental Research)

First 1000 days of life and routine immunisation in Nigeria

Research shows that 1 in 4 of the deaths that occur in children under-five in Nigeria can be prevented with the aid of vaccines.

A woman breastfeeding her child. [PHOTO CREDIT: Mama Glow]

World Breastfeeding Week: Nine myths about breastfeeding

Exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months and continued breastfeeding until age two or longer can boost children’s immune system

Suicide rope used to illustrate the story.

Suicide and the rising agony of Nigerians

Nigeria is number one in West Africa in suicide rate but has no clear cut programmes or law to address the increasing scourge.

Mohammed Sambo submitting and signing his letter of appointment at the NHIS head office in Abuja on Tuesday.

Six things Nigeria’s new health insurance chief must do to stabilise NHIS

The NHIS leadership seat appears too hot for anyone to sit on since the inception of the scheme almost 15 years ago.

Child hawkers (Photo: The Nation)

Why every Nigerian state must domesticate, implement Child Rights Act

In Nigeria, thousands of children are marginalised due to the non-implementation of this crucial law.

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How being a journalist in Nigeria can impact mental health

Evidence suggests that excessive demands of the occupation coupled with low income, job insecurity, low status and physical fatigue contribute to mental health occupational hazards.

Special Report: How personnel shortage, ‘internal brain drain’ threaten primary healthcare in Niger

An investigation by PREMIUM TIMES shows how primary healthcare centres in Niger State are gradually losing their usefulness due to the dearth of personnel and abandonment.

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South-south leads Nigeria’s huge alcohol consumption, NBS data shows

The seven states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto, and Zamfara, making up the North West zone, have the most restrained drinkers.

Silent dangers in methods of bleaching Nigerians adopt

“While bleaching is being promoted overtly or covertly by the media, the regulatory agents appear to be running against the wind in terms of control.”

Pregnant woman used to illustrate the story

How lack of spousal consent deters Nigerian women from family planning

According to a recent report on family planning in Nigeria, only 13 per cent of women aged 15 to 49, currently married or in a union, use FP method.

Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook account of BSUTH]

How stigma is affecting HIV treatment in Nigeria

People living with the ailment narrate their experiences, and those at risk fear to test for fear of discrimination.

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INTERVIEW: How Universal Health Coverage led to Algeria being Malaria-Free – WHO Representative

Algeria is now the second African country after Mauritius to be officially recognized by the World Health Organisation as malaria-free.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

INTERVIEW: Meningitis: What we’re doing to keep Nigeria’s death toll low this year – NCDC Official

Health agency explains how to treat a disease which is currently in season in Nigeria

Sex workers used to illustrate the story. {PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Arrest Of Women In Abuja: What Nigerian law says about prostitution

Authorities of the Nigerian capital have used prostitution as a justification to arrest women at nightclubs.

Treated mosquito nets help prevent against malaria.

Can Nigeria achieve Malaria elimination?

Over 70 years after the Malaria control programme began in Nigeria, the country still has the highest burden of the disease in the world.

Refuse dump along Gadamaza, Abuja

Refuse dumps take over major parts of Abuja

In many parts of the Abuja municipality and satellite towns, illegal dumps are becoming a common feature of the landscape