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What Animal Disease Outbreaks Say Of Our Public Health

What Animal Disease Outbreaks Say Of Our Public Health

Professor of Public Health, Tunde Awoniyi Due to their lack of formal education, most Nigerian livestock farmers have little knowledge of the effect of poor hygiene on their livestock and the public. Thus they believe that disease outbreaks are more of spiritual attack than poor farm hygiene practices, which are mainly responsible for such incidents. This was the submission of Professor Tunde Awoniyi    while delivering the 83rd inaugural lecture of the Federal University of Technology Akure.

Ebola Pics

Africa’s One Health Strategy

For a continent much maligned for its tardiness in responding to emergency situations, African leaders, it seems, are working to do away with that reputation. And the motivation for this might be no other than Ebola, the deadly disease that recently claimed thousands of lives on the continent, from Liberia to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. On November 11, 38 ministers and officials in 16 countries from West Africa, including Nigeria converged in Dakar for

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Contraception Ambassador Advocate Universal Access

Adebisi Adenipekun, an ambassador of the 2016 World Contraception Day has called the government and other stakeholders to invest in access to contraception across the country. He mentioned reduced maternal mortality rate as one of the benefits the country will drive it there can be a huge investment on access contraception in Nigeria. According to the World Bank Indicators, the population of female in Nigeria was 49.09 percent in 2014. Women form significant part the

Saw palmetto

Saw palmetto’s help for prostate

It is not really a known plant in Nigeria, but those who take herbal supplements must have read about it in their prescription. Saw palmetto, or Serenoa repens, is a palm-like shrub or small tree native to the Southeastern United States. The plant, with its white flowers and berries, which is yellow in colour, turns blue-black when ripen. Native Americans, value the berries for their nutritional and medicinal benefits because it is used in the

Locust Beans

The Local Power of Locust Beans

African traditional healers are  known to put to use different  plant species for medicinal reasons and one of them is the locust beans. For ages, traditional healers in Africa have found the  bark, roots, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds of the locust beans useful in treating various health challenges including “parasitic infections, circulatory system disorders, such as arterial hypertension, and disorders of the respiratory system, digestive system and skin.” Click here to download our magazines

Quail Eggs

Healthy Living with Quail Eggs

  Want your child to have better memory, a strong nervous system, sharp vision and less visit to the hospital, then give him or her two quail eggs a day. The Chinese know these benefits, and that is why they make it mandatory that the children are well fed with quail eggs. Moreso, Chinese medical practitioners have used quail eggs for thousands of years to successfully combat allergies such as rhinitis, asthma, hay fever and

Hemp Plant

Between Hemp and Marijuana

  Many people view hemp as simply a psychoative plant that may affect the mind of users if overdone but that is not all there is to the plant. It can also serve as food to man as its fibers, seeds and oil can be put to different uses. The seeds, for instance, have high nutritional value as they can be sterilised, toasted, roasted, or cracked. The health benefits of hemp seeds is seen in

Berries of Beauty

Berries of Beauty

If you are one of those looking to spice up your diet with some juicy fruit, the Acai Berries is an option you might want to explore. Commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon, acai Berries is considered to be one of the healthiest fruits. Research show that Acai is capable of “fighting health problems associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits” According to the Federal University of Rio

Why Drinking Beer Is Healthy

Why Drinking Beer Is Healthy

No doubt, we are in an era when the average person has probably never been more conscious of, and concerned about the state of their well-being. When it comes to alcohol consumption, many are of the opinion that drinking beer, aside from being unhealthy, also causes the drinker to misbehave, and some others grow potbelly. But Tola Atinmo, a professor in the department of Human Nutrition, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, has come up with


The Pros and Cons of Prolactin

Many young women, as they grow older, would admit to, occasionally, seeing fluid sprinkle out of their breast. This leaves many girls or women wondering what the matter is considering that they are neither pregnant nor nursing a baby. The development, however, is due to a high level prolactin in the body. Prolactin also called PRL or lactogenic hormone is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Click here to download full