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NGO Blames 2% Men’s Death On Smoking

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The Executive Director, Youth Action on Tobacco Control and Health, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO),  Dr. Seye Omiyefa said that 2 per cent of yearly  deaths of men in Nigeria  was related to tobacco smoking.

Omiyefa said in Lagos last Sunday that “recent statistics derived from some government hospitals in Lagos revealed that at least two men die each day from a tobacco-related disease.

“The 2012 Tobacco Atlas, the world’s most comprehensive analysis of tobacco-related activities, said this is the most preventable cause of death in the country and globally,’’ he said.

He said the government spent a lot annually on tobacco-related diseases

The director quoted the British American Tobacco Nigeria, in 2006 as saying that “Nigerians consume about 14 billion cigarettes every year.”

He said that the level of consumption had increased drastically as the 2012 Tobacco Atlas revealed that Nigerians smoked about 17 billion cigarettes annually.

Omiyefa said the Tobacco Atlas described the figure as “a tremendous increase over the period of six years.

“The atlas shows that 21.7 per cent of youths in the country are exposed to second hand smoking in their homes and as such are at risk of cancer and other allied diseases.”

Omiyefa urged President Goodluck Jonathan to sign into law, the Nigerian Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) passed by the National Assembly in May, 2011..

Omiyefa said that the bill, when signed into law, would rescue many Nigerians from tobacco-related deaths.

“The provision of the bill will help reduce the death rates from second-hand smoking, also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke, which is responsible for one of every six tobacco deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

“It will also affirm the rights of non-smokers to a clean and safe environment. Non-smokers working in bars and restaurants, club houses, hotels and hospitality business will be protected from the hazard of tobacco smoke as they go about their daily constitutional guaranteed duties, “ he said.

Omiyefa said that the president would fulfil its commitment to make Nigeria smoke-free by signing the bill.

“This will make him a hero and will be a major achievement for his administration, “ he said.

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HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents

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The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja.
The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people.
Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms.
“We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said.
The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses.
Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents.
He added, “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.”
The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030.
Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of sexually transmitted infections.

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Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives

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A medical expert, Dr Umar Musa, on Monday warned women against indiscriminate use of contraceptives.
Dr Musa, President, Kaduna State Resident Doctors Association, gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, noted the indiscriminate consumption of contraceptives to ward off unwanted pregnancies and cautioned that while they could forestall unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives were not antidotes for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there was a particular contraceptive pill in hot demand, but also cautioned that its indiscriminate consumption could delay conception or damage the uterus.
“Too much of this contraceptive will weaken the wall of the womb and damage the uterus which will cause miscarriages in the future.
“There are lots of risks associated with the constant use of this drug. Most ladies consume contraceptives in clinically unsafe ways.
“They use these drugs without knowing the way they interact with the body system and forgetting that people react to drugs in different ways,’’ he said.
Musa also advocated tighter restrictions on the sale of contraceptives and suggested that the use of condoms was an option to stave off unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
“While a condom may look like a major inconvenience and a fun killer for many, it would protect one from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy”.

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Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 213 additional new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 171, 324, as of July 26, 2021.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle yesterday morning.
The health agency also stated that it recorded two Covid-19 related deaths on Monday, while additional nine people recovered from the virus, as of July 26, 2021.
It added that the new infections were recorded in 12 states, namely: Lagos-157, Rivers-20, Plateau-12, Enugu-6, Oyo-6, Gombe-3, Bauchi-2, Imo-2, Kaduna-2, Edo-1, Ekiti-1, and Ogun-1.
It noted that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease in the country on February 27, 2020, a total of 2,134 persons lost their lives, while 164,798 recovered from the virus and discharged from health centres across the country.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It stated  that the country tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus and had detected 10 Covid-19 Delta variant, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.
The variant had been detected in over 100 countries and may spread further.
The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.

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