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Cholera Outbreak Kills 59 In Nasarawa

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Nasarawa State Government, On Thursday, Confirmed The Death Of 59 People Following Cholera Outbreak In The State.

Director of Public Health in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu Alhassan, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Lafia, explained that since the outbreak of cholera in the state about six months ago, 892 cases have been recorded with 59 deaths.

According to Dr. Alhassan, the disease has been reported in eight out of the 13 local government areas of Doma, Lafia, Wamba, Kokona, Obi, Nasarawa, Toto and Karu Adding that most of the communities that the disease has been reported practiced open defecation and lacked potable drinking water.

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However, he said that the state government had taken measures to resist further spread of the disease by involving a multisector approach, including expansion of sensitization campaigns and identification of the affected communities to provide them with motorized boreholes among others.

The director of public health, however, advised residents of the state to maintain hygiene and report cases promptly to the medical facilities around them for urgent. attention as government remained committed to the health need of the people.

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NHS to Trial Blood Test That Can Detect Over 50 Cancer Types

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NHS to Trial Blood Test That Can Detect Over 50 Cancer Types

The NHS is launching the world’s biggest trial of a potentially life-saving blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear. Some 140,000 volunteers in eight areas of England will be recruited to try the galleri test, which is already available in the US.

The test can detect cancers that are not routinely screened for and it can find where the disease is coming from in the body with a high degree of accuracy.

The NHS trial will invite people from different backgrounds and ethnicities who are aged between 50 and 77 to take part. They cannot have had a cancer diagnosis in the last three years. Blood samples will be taken at mobile testing clinics over the coming weeks, in 12 months’ time, and again in two years.

Ms Pritchard said the test could play a major part in an NHS ambition to catch 75% of cancers at an early stage, when they are easie it has been especially effective at finding cancers that are more difficult to identify early, such as head and neck, bowel, lung, pancreatic, and throat cancers to treat.

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But it cannot detect all cancers and would not replace NHS screening programmes such as those for breast, cervical, and bowel cancer. The trial is being led by the cancer research UK and king’s college London cancer prevention trials unit together with grail, which developed the galleri test.

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Attacks On Schools Must Stop, Says UN Chief

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Attacks On Schools Must Stop, Says UN Chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday call on the global community to say with one voice that “attacks on schools must stop’’ and that schools should be safe for schooling.

Guterres made the call at a virtual event to commemorate the International Day to Protect Education from Attack globally celebrated on Sept. 9.

The top UN official encouraged the participants to imagine being a child in a classroom eager to learn, or a teacher dedicated to shaping the minds of the next generation.

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Recall that between 2015 and 2020, over 13,000 reports of strikes on education, or the military use of educational facilities, had been recorded around the world.

The UN called on all countries who had not yet done so, to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration an inter-governmental political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools and universities, from the worst effects of armed conflict.

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FG to Meet JOHESU on Tuesday to Avert Planned Strike

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FG to Meet JOHESU on Tuesday to Avert Planned Strike

The federal government says it will meet with the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Association to avert their planned nationwide strike.

In a statement on Monday, Charles Akpan, deputy director, press and public relations in the ministry of labour and employment, said Chris Ngige will meet with the leadership of the unions on Tuesday at 2 pm.

JOHESU had on Sept. 3, 2021 issued the Federal Government a 15-day ultimatum, saying they will commence an indefinite strike at the end of the ultimatum over outstanding welfare allowances owed to its members, adding that the ultimatum was necessitated by the non-challant attitude of government to the plight of its members.

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The demand of the aggrieved members of the union include adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure, payment of all withheld April and May 2018 salaries, increase in retirement age from 60 to 65 years for health workers and 70 years for consultant health professionals, amongst others.

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