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Plastic Pollution to Double by 2030 – UNEP

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Plastic Pollution to Double by 2030 - UNEP

Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water has continued to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment released on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report highlights dire consequences for health, the economy, biodiversity and the climate.

It also says a drastic reduction in unnecessary, avoidable and problematic plastic is crucial to addressing the global pollution crisis overall. It proposes an accelerated transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, the removal of subsidies and a shift toward more circular approaches to help reduce plastic waste at the needed scale.

Titled “From Pollution to Solution: A global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution,” the report shows that there is a growing threat across all ecosystems, from source to sea. But it also shows that there is the know-how to reverse the mounting crisis, provided the political will is there, and urgent action is taken.

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The document is being released 10 days ahead of the start of the crucial UN Climate Conference, COP26, stressing that plastics are a climate problem as well. Addressing solutions to the problem, the authors highlighted chances of recycling out of the plastic pollution crisis.

They warned against damaging alternatives, such as bio-based or biodegradable plastics, which currently posed a threat similar to conventional plastics. The assessment calls for immediate reduction in plastic production and consumption, and encourages a transformation across the whole value chain.

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CBN Supports Healthcare Sector with N200bn to Drive Economic Recovery

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CBN Supports Healthcare Sector with N200bn to Drive Economic Recovery

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on Friday said the apex bank had earmarked N200 billion to support the healthcare sector to drive the recovery of Nigeria’s economy.

Emefiele said this at the inauguration of Duchess International Hospital, the newly built 100-suits state-of-the-art health facility in Ikeja, Lagos.

The CBN governor expressed the bank’s commitment to continually support Nigerians in their businesses, calling on those abroad to come back home.

He called on more private sector operators to invest in medical facilities that would help reverse medical tourism as that would make the country not to spend dollars abroad but create more dollars.

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According to him, medical tourism put a huge strain On the country’s foreign reserves.

He said more importantly, for every 1 billion dollars allocated to medical treatment abroad, there was less than 1 billion dollars that could be available to other critical sectors of the economy. Emefiele, therefore, urged banks to lend to Nigerians and members of the private sector community to invest, stressing that they did not need to be medical doctors to own a medical facility.

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NAFDAC Warns Against Consumption, Distribution of Substandard Infant Formulas

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NAFDAC Warns Against Consumption, Distribution of Substandard Infant Formulas

The National Agency For Food And Drug Administration and Control, as part of its move against substandard products, has warned Nigerians against the consumption and distribution of infant formulas manufactured by a US-based company, Able Groupe.

The infant formulas from the company have been identified to have insufficient iron levels and did not meet up with other requirements of the U.S food and drug administration.

This disclosure was contained in a statement issued by the director-general, prof. Moji Adeyeye, who said that the agency had received information from the U.S food and drug administration on the recall of certain infant formulas.

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Adeyeye said that the recalled products were sold under the brand names Holle, Bioland and Kendamil, adding that they were recalled because the required pre-market notifications for these new infant formulas had not been submitted to the FDA.

She explained that the recalled products were intended as a complete or partial substitute for human milk for children aged 12 months and below, but by containing less than one milligram of iron per 100 calories may not provide adequate iron for some infants, particularly infants born prematurely or with a low birth weight.

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Nigerian Resident Doctors Call Off Strike

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Nigerian Resident Doctors Call Off Strike

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has called off it’s ongoing strike as all resident doctors are expected to fully resume work by 8:00 am on Wednesday.

Recall that the doctors, in august, embarked on strike following a disagreement with the federal government over some unresolved issues.

However, NARD President Godiya Ishaya, in a statement on Monday, revealed that the ongoing strike had officially been called off.

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He said that the decision follows a meeting with the delegates of National Medical Association and NARD on Sunday.

Ishaya noted that the NMA mandated the national officers committee, to ensure the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed with the federal government on August 21st and report back to the national executive council of NMA periodically on the progress being made.

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