Showing posts from November 22, 2015

Global Malaria Control: Nigeria, other African countries get wake-up call

…Must work at community level to control disease Recently, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Malaria No More programme   selected some journalists to   participate in “Covering the Fight to Eradicate Malaria: A Fellowship for U.S. and International Journalists, ” in Thailand and Cambodia.   Among the nine journalists who were selected, eight of them that participated to tour    the two countries returned enthused with the on-going multi-level malaria research and development to ensure innovation and fight drug-resistance parasite. The journey took them to key research centres, clinics in both countries and as far asThai-Myanmar border to visit the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) clinic. CHIOMA UMEHA, (HEALTH EDITOR, NEWSWATCH TIMES), who represented African journalists in the premier fellowship, reports that African countries, especially Nigeria is behind the global race to eradicate malaria in view of on-going research in the two countries.

Newswatch Health Editor wins PSN’s Ben Ukwuoma Memorial Health Award

… Akintayo meets 13-point agenda, bows out as President Chioma Umeha, Health Editor Newswatch Times has won premier award of the Ben Ukwuoma Health Awards instituted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in honour of late Mr. Benjamin Chima Ukwuoma who was until his death the Acting News Editor and Health Editor of The Guardian Newspapers. Umeha won the maiden award which subsequently would be an annual one given to the best health correspondent in the country and would be determined by a panel of assessors set up by the society.   The inaugural award was given out Tuesday, at the opening ceremony of the 88th Annual National Conference of the Society tagged “Unity 2015,” which began at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday and ended today. Mrs. Chioma Umeha, Health Editor Newswatch Times receiving the Ben Ukwuoma Health Awards instituted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) from the President of PSN, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, during the openin

Nestle Nigeria unveils Milo with new ingredient, Activ-Go

As part of its commitment to ensure consumer’s satisfaction, Nestlé Nigeria, makers of Milo has re-launched the very popular children’s breakfast beverage drink, with addition of a new ingredient, Activ-Go. The event took place on Monday at the company’s Lagos headquarters. Active-Go is made from protomalt, a malt extract made from malted barley grains, which provides energy and contains vitamins B, C and Calcium. Speaking at the re-launch, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Nestle Nigeria, Dharnesh Gordhon, said the re-launch of the widely successful drink was a symbol of the company’s dedication to innovation and renovation.” “I am particularly proud of the innovation that went into the new Milo with Activ-Go which we are presenting today. It is a unique blend of vitamins and minerals that helps the individual to achieve the Milo promise, the promise of energy when you need it the most, and the inspiration that guarantees victories on the road to success.” Category Man

Alcohol consumption is unsafe for pregnant mothers – Ezechi

Dr. Oliver C Ezechi is the Deputy Director Research & Consultant Obstetric gyneacologist and Head, Clinical Sciences Division, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Lagos.  He was one of the lead researchers out of about 20 in a new study titled: ‘ Effects of alcohol in pregnancy ’ which was carried out under the sponsorship of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Lagos, Nigeria. Last year, 40 babies had their first drink before they were born. So quipped Ezechi, recently, when he presented the result of the research to a mammoth crowd of professionals, experts and journalists at the fifth anniversary of the Prof. Innocent Ujah, as the Director General (DG) of NIMR. CHIOMA UMEHA (HEALTH EDITOR) was there and has the excerpts.   Evolution of the project The project is was carried out based on convergence of   ideas from two great Institutions It is a research for national health which provide evidence and baseline information required for intervention against unsafe drinking