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Nigerian government denies alleged deliberate injection of Monkey Pox virus

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The Nigerian Government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of Monkey Pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, apparently, is being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda.

”The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states. Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox. It is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak,” the Minister said.

He assured that no effort will be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease.

Monkey Pox viral disease broke out in Bayelsa last week and has now spread to Rivers and Akwa Ibom

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Scientist discover new technique that could see humans live to 150 and regrow organs

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Scientist discover new technique that could see humans live to 150 and regrow organs

An extraordinary new anti-ageing technique could see humans live to 150 years old and allow them to regrow their organs by 2020.

Harvard Professor David Sinclair and researchers from the University of New South Wales developed the new process, which involves reprogramming cells.

Dr Sinclair said the technique could allow people to regenerate organs, and even allow paralysis sufferers to move again, with human trials due within two years.

The same researchers also found they could increase the lifespan of mice by ten per cent by giving them a vitamin B derivative pill.

They also said the pill led to a reduction in age-related hair loss, according to The Herald Sun. research

Professor Sinclair said he hoped the pill would be available to the public within five years and cost the same each day as a cup of coffee.
But the professor from the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School warned people not to try to reverse the aging process before the science has been published or peer reviewed.

‘We do not recommend people go out and take NAD precursors as they have not yet formally tested for safety,’ he said.

The science behind the new technique involves the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which plays a role in generating energy in the human body.

The chemical is already used as a supplement for treating Parkinson’s disease and fighting jet lag.

Professor Sinclair, who is using his own molecule to reduce the aging process, said his biological age has dropped by 24 years after taking the pill.

He said his father, 79, has been white water rafting and backpacking after starting using the molecule a year-and-a-half ago.

The professor also said his sister-in-law was now fertile again after taking the treatment, despite having started to transition into menopause in her 40s.

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Lassa Fever Outbreak: Enugu Govt confirms death of one person

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A fresh Lassa Fever Outbreak in Enugu State has left one dead, as confirmed by the State Government on Monday.

However the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin who confirmed the Lassa Fever Outbreak in a press statement, told residents of the state that there is no need for panic as people in contact with the deceased before his death, have been placed on drugs known to prevent the spread of the virus if started early.

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Few months ago, the Enugu State government had urged residents to be vigilant, following the disease outbreak in Ebonyi State.The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, made the appeal. He said then that although the disease has not been reported in the state, there were concerns about those who travel to and from Ebonyi.

He said: “Lassa fever has been a challenge in Ebonyi State as the people are prone to having issues that may lead to deaths. “Our concern is about those commuters, if they contact the disease, how do we select them from the general public, quarantine and treat them?”He said presently, since the disease is not endemic among the Enugu population, the risk remains lower.

Ekochin disclosed that the state had an internationally approved isolation ward, which could handle highly infectious diseases.

“The facility was one of the biggest challenges that the ministry faced in the last quarter of 2017, when monkey pox disease broke out.

“We had three suspected cases at that time and the state government funded the ministry of health to set up the isolation ward. It provided the opportunity of isolating patients from relations and medical workers.”

He added that what happened in Ebonyi was that the doctors and nurses who treated the patients got infected and died. The Commissioner for Health Ekochin also disclosed that an emergency preparedness team had met to discuss the implications of the breakout in Ebonyi.

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Nigerian government recalls 2.4m bottles of codeine

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while receiving a report from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) after an audit trail of the banned substance. It was discovered that 2,405,724 bottles of Codeine is still in circulation.

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In an effort to curtail abuse of Codeine containing cough syrup, the federal government has recalled about 2.4 million bottles of codeine from circulation.

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while receiving a report from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) after an audit trail of the banned substance. It was discovered that 2,405,724 bottles of Codeine is still in circulation.

Receiving the audit report from NAFDAC, Adewole, said

“The audit trail and subsequent recall of the substance, was part of the recommendations submitted by the 22-man committee drafted from a broad spectrum of the health sector to collaborate with relevant agencies.’’ Adewole saidFG recalls 2.4m bottles of codeine

He added that the recall was also part of pharmacy vigilance and renewed effort to actively monitor drug distribution channels and sanitise the system.

The minister said the committee was an offshoot of the press statement by the ministry on the temporary ban of Codeine production and distribution and further directive for NAFDAC to convene a committee of stakeholders to chart the way forward.

The committee has the following as members: Director General, NAFDAC, Professor Christianah Adeyeye (Chairman); Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah; and the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).

Others include Director, Food and Drugs Services (FMOH), Mr. Elijah Mohamed; President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mr. Moshood Lawal; Executive Secretary, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN), Dr. Okey Akpa; and Alhaji Ahmed Yakasai.

The report involved 87 per cent of the manufacturers, 20 out of the 23 of the companies.

All the recalled products have been warehoused in the respective companies accredited by the Federal Ministry of Health.

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