Publications

HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 16 - A TWO-DECADE HISTORY OF ANTI-SNAKE VENOM (ASV) PRODUCTION TO CONTROL SNAKEBITE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

Snakebite is an underestimated and ignored public health problem that causes considerable illness, disabilities, death, and socioeconomic hardship to poor populations living in rural areas, where access to life-saving anti-venom is poor. 11 poisonous snakes have been identified with major ones (Naja nigricolis, Btis Arientas and Echis oceollatus) responsible for more than 95% of envenomations.
12 States are at particular risk(mountainous and rocky) for snake bite.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL 15 - GENDER, HEALTH INEQUALITIES AND THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF HIV/AIDS AMONG YOUTH IN SOUTH AFRICA.

South Africa is home to one of the world's most severe HIV and AIDS epidemics, which has been driven by the legacy of the country's divided past : the wide disparities in health outcomes, the inequalities in access to service and care, family instability and the structural violence that continues to shape daily life . One of the most notable features of South Africa's HIV epidemic is the deep gender disparities : women are more likely to be infected than men and young women face an extremely disproportionate risk.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 14- EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE WEST AFRICAN REGION: CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES FOR INFECTION CONTROL

The current West African Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has been described as "Rampant" by the World Health Organisation(WHO). 'Rampant' meaning; 'violent in action, furious and raging'. The reason being that this outbreak is the worst Ebola outbreak ever experienced by the world and has now spanned three continents putting it in the class of a pandemic

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 13 - DIABETES AT A GLANCE

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) commonly referred to as Diabetes is a chronic medical condition characterized by defects in insulin secretion, or action or both, which results in high glucose levels in the blood.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 12 - SIMPLE FACTS ABOUT PIMPLES (ACNE VULGARIS)

Pimples also known as 'acne' is a common skin condition of the hair follicles of the face, chest and back. It is most common in teenagers, due to hormonal changes causing increased oil in the skin. However, people in their 30s and 40s may also have acne. It can also occur in newborns in the first few weeks and is due to the influence of the maternal hormones.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 11 - BREAST CANCER: FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cancer of the breast is the most common cancer affecting women in many parts of the world. Globally, it accounts for almost a fifth of all female cancers. In Nigeria breast and cervical cancers constitute the most common cancers among women. Breast cancer could also develop in male, but is rather relatively rare.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 10 - PROSTATE GLAND DISEASES

The prostate is one of the male sex glands. Other sex glands in the male include the testis and seminal vesicle. The sex glands form part of a man's reproductive system and produce the semen (sperm). Prostate diseases are common after age 40. These diseases can affect a man's sexual performance and urination.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 9 - MANAGING MALARIA IN THIS AGE OF RESISTANCE

Malaria, a preventable and treatable infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes is caused by the parasite called Plasmodium. There are four identified species of Plasmodium, the most fatal being Plasmodium falciparum. This specie is responsible for the severe forms of the disease that leads to death.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 8 - ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE: NO ACTION TODAY, NO CURE TOMORROW

Antimicrobial resistance is the issue of concern across the globe now more than ever. Cases of microorganisms' resistance to antimicrobials are on the increase at a very rapid rate and are gradually returning the human race to the pre-antimicrobial agent era.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 7 - MANAGEMENT OF FEVER IN CHILDREN

Fever is a common manifestation of many childhood diseases. It is a very unpleasant situation for both the affected child and their parents. Fever is defined as temperature greater than 37.5'C.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 6 - STROKE: A MEDICAL EMERGENCY WITH DIRE CONSEQUENCES

Could you have imagined these?
- Every two seconds, stroke attacks a person regardless of age and gender.
- Every six seconds, stoke kills someone.
- Every six seconds, someone's quality of life will forever be changed. They will permanently be physically disabled due to stroke.
- 15 million people experience a stroke every year and 6 million of them do not survive.
- Stroke is responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 5 - WORK-RELATED STRESS

Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.

Up to 25% of employees in some studies have reported their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 4 - FOOD POISONING: A POTENT THREAT AT FESTIVE SEASONS

Three million cases of acute poisoning and 20,000 deaths occur annually in the world due to exposure to a group of food-poisoning chemicals - WHO

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 3 - HEADACHE: COMMON BUT CAN BE LIFE-THREATHENING

Headache is a continuous pain or discomfort in the head. Headache is one of the most common symptoms in medicine and could vary widely in their implications for health and well-being.

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HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 2 - HYPERTENSION: A SILENT KILLER

Hypertension means sustained elevation of blood pressure. blood pressure is the force with which blood pushes against the walls of its vessels as it travels through the body.

HEALTH MATTERS VOL. 1 - CHOLERA EPIDEMIC: YOU CAN AVOID BEING A VICTIM

Cholera is an infection characterised by severe diarrhea and vomiting. The stool in Cholera is pale or opaque watery fluid floating mucus resembling rise water in appearance.

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