FCTA: Nigeria Only Needs $1bn to Eradicate Malaria

mosBy Senator Iroegbu

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has made a startling revelation the Nigeria only requires $1 billion to eradicate malaria but the nation has instead spent over $12 billion struggling to manage the pandemic.

The Secretary, Health and Social Services Secretariat, FCTA, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, disclosed this at the weekend, during a media briefing in Abuja to outline the challenges and successes of health sector in the FCT.

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Messages of love for the ‘father of democracy

ManTouching tributes outside hospital where ailing Nelson Mandela remains in ‘critical condition’

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of apartheid in 1994, was hospitalized for what the government said was a recurring lung infection. This is his fourth hospitalization since December.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white racist rule and was released 23 years ago, in 1990. He then played a leading role in steering the divided country from the apartheid era to an all-race democracy.

As a result of his sacrifice and peacemaking efforts, he is seen by many around the world as a symbol of reconciliation.

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11 Diseases You Can Get from Your Pet

PetHere’s a certain amount of ickiness you have to accept when you adopt a pet. You know, a good does of eww that goes right along with the whole snuggling and unconditional love thing. That mystery stain on the couch from Mr. Bubbles your basset hound? Best not to think about it. Those tracks leading away from Muppet’s litter box? Let’s pretend it never happened. And don’t ever wonder where that tongue’s been.

But can all those pet germs actually make you sick? In a word: yup.

Just like you can catch a cold from your husband through a kiss or unobstructed sneeze, pets can also pass diseases along to their owners. Don’t worry–we’re not talking about the Pomeranian Death Flu here; nearly everything you could catch from your dog or cat is preventable and treatable. “If you wash your hands and handle your animals carefully and keep them vaccinated and healthy, you shouldn’t have any problems,” says veterinarian Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinary for the state of Oregon. (Find out how to keep your pet clean and disease-free, in The Right Way to Wash Your Pup.)

Here’s a list of what your kitty or pooch might be sharing with you–and what to do about it.

1. Ringworm
When it comes to diseases passed from pet to owner, ringworm is about as contagious as it gets. Ringworm spores can survive for months without a host, where a pet could pick up the fungal infection.

Symptoms in pets: Skin lesions and patches of hair loss with a red mark in the center
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S. Africa’s Mandela remains in hospital for 7th day

MandelaJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Schoolchildren in Nelson Mandela’s home village are singing songs in his honor and others are leaving balloons and well wishes outside the hospital where he is being treated.

South Africa’s first black president has been undergoing treatment for nearly a week for a recurring lung infection.

There was no immediate word Friday on his condition, though the government said late Thursday he was improving though remained in serious condition.

At Mandela’s childhood school in Qunu, school children in bright blue uniforms sang in his honor Friday. Others have gathered to pray outside the Pretoria hospital where he is staying.

The leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

PCN grants LAUTECH licence to manufacture drugs; Aregbesola commended for support


The Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria has granted Ladoke University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, a licence to manufacture drugs.

A statement by the Head, Public Relations Unit, LAUTECH, Mr. Ayodele Adeyemo, on Monday, said the licence by the Acting Registrar of PCN, Mrs. G.O. Abumere, “confers authority on Ladoke Pharmaceutical Company Limited to manufacture oral liquid preparations.”

Abumere urged LAUTECH to ensure strict compliance with general manufacturing practice and maintain the standard observed at the time of inspection of the drug firm.

LAUTECH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Femi Fadiora, commended Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, for supporting the initiative, adding that the firm was capable of producing 10,000 liquid drugs for adults and children daily.

Fadiora said, “The drug firm was commissioned by Governor Rauf Aregbesola late last year. This is a bid to ensure administrati

on of quality drugs to patients and also enhance good healthcare services in its locale.”

However, he said the facility owed its continuous success to the cooperation of the two owner-states of Oyo and Osun.