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Benefits of dates


One thing that cannot be overemphasized is dates and its health benefits. Dates (pheomixdactylifera) are fruits of the date palm tree which are found in many tropical regions of the world.

Depending on the variety,fresh dates are fairly small in size and range in colour from bright red to bright yellow.There are dry and fresh dates. The most commonly consumed varieties of dates are Medjool and Deglet Noor.

Dates are chewy with a sweet flavour,they are also high in some important nutrients, and have a variety of advantages and uses.

Regarding dates and its health benefits, they have excellent nutritional profits. The calorie content is higher in dried fruits than most fresh fruits. Despite their calories,dates contain some important vitamins and minerals in addition to significant fibre. A 3.5 Ounce (100 gram) serving provides the following nutrients.

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Carbs:75 grams



Protassium:20% of the RDI

Magnesium:14% of the RDI

Copper:18% of the RDI

Manganese:15% of the RDI

Iron:5% of the RDI

Vitamin B6:12% of the RDI

Dates are a very delicious and much liked food in most of the countries of the world. Dates are used as food in some parts of the world and has a lot of importance is some nations.These countries are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Libya, etc.

The Nigerian Date palm industry is described as a new goldmine embedded with enormous economic potentials. Besides the benefits of dates, date palm is also very important to the manufacturing sector. Local fans, ropes,Baskets, foot mates, bags, beds, bird cages, traps, blankets, chairs, cushions, doors, window frames, fire wood, etc. can be manufactured from dates palms

The date palm tree is an important resource for people who live in the desert because it provides them with the best food along with building materials. Most farmers do not have to spend much money on the building. Date palm tree is also produced mostly in the hot dry areas of south west Asia and North Africa, it is sold all over the world as a high value confectionery and fruit crop.

Dates have a very special place in the Muslim faith. Muslim fast for month during the holy month of (to learn about Ramadan when a breaking this fast), it is customary to eat three dates. Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) broke his fast in the way in the Quran. The date palm tree itself is also important in Islam.

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Namibia Bans Cattle Movement Following Food, Mouth Disease Outbreak




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Namibia has placed a ban on the movement of all cloven-hoofed animals and their products in the country’s Kavango East region after an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was confirmed.

In a statement, the executive director of  Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture Percy Misika said that Namibia had detected a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the FMD protection zone.

The Executive Director added that all movement of animals across the Namibian or Angolan international borders has also been suspended.

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“All animal gatherings such as auctions and cultural shows are suspended including the slaughtering of cloven-hoofed animals except vaccinations,” Misika said.

Misika said surveillance teams have been sent to the region to establish the extent of the outbreak and So far, investigations by officials showed that 13 out of 657 cattle tested positive for FMD.

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New Canadian Covid-19 Gargle and Spit Test is First of its Kind



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 As Canadians are challenged with excessive high-demand for Covid-19 tests, officials released a new corona-virus test for school children that gets rid of the invasive nasal swab and instead asks kids to gargle and spit.

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the new tests, which the British Columbia center for disease control says is just as accurate as the more common nasal swab tests, doesn’t have to be administered by a health professional, though they are still processed in a lab.

children gargle a small amount of saline solution for 30 seconds, which sweeps up tissue that may hold virus particles, then spit into a tube, making it easy for children to be tested as schools begin to reopen.

a recent centers for disease control and prevention said children with mild or no symptoms could spread the virus.

testing sites in Canada have been overwhelmed in recent weeks with some reporting  6 hour long wait time and others turning people away in some parts of the country, because classes all over the country are restarting.the test is only for children, but maybe expanded to adults in the coming weeks.

public health officials in Canada say they compared test results in both children and adults and found the rate of covid-19 detection was very similar between the nasal swab and the new gargle test.

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The Federal Government (FG) has approved payment of additional N8.9billion to offset some parts of June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers in the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of the meeting between the FG and the Nigeria association of resident doctors on Wednesday in Abuja.

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Ngige explained that the implementation of the payment of the special hazard and inducement allowance has been approved.

He noted that sum of N20bn already appropriated in 2020 COVID-19 budget has been exhausted, noting that the additional 8.9bn will bring the total disbursement to about N288bn.

Recall that resident doctors across the country had embarked on a total and an indefinite strike in all Federal and State hospitals in the country to press for its demands.

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