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World Sickle Cell Day: Expert Advocates for Free Genotype Screening at Birth

World Sickle Cell Day: Expert Advocates for Free Genotype Screening at Birth

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: June 22, 2021

Dr. Solomon Chollom,
Jos

A call has been made for legislation to allow for free and mandatory genotype testing at birth for all children in Nigeria.The call was made by Sarah Sunday, the Laboratory Manager, Medi-Check Laboratory & Consult in Jos during a community-based free genotype testing organised to mark this year’s edition of World Sickle Cell Day
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Cholera Outbreak in Jos: Expert Issues Public Health Advisory

Cholera Outbreak in Jos: Expert Issues Public Health Advisory

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: May 30, 2021

Dr Solomon Chollom,
Jos
 

Health authorities in Plateau state have raised alarm over the outbreak of cholera in the state. The state commissioner for Health, Dr Nden Lar reported over the weekend that the disease has already claimed six lives with thirty three others hospitalized from five Local Government Areas of the state following it's laboratory confirmation through rapid diagnostic tests and culture.
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Medical Laboratory Scientists Release Roadmap to Laboratory Containment of Next Pandemic

Medical Laboratory Scientists Release Roadmap to Laboratory Containment of Next Pandemic

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: May 23, 2021

In what will be regarded as preparedness and proactiveness, medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria under the auspices of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria met to brainstorm on the lessons learnt from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic with the view to prepare and position themselves for a more robust laboratory-based response in subsequent pandemics.More

Reproductive Health, Sex Education: Nigeria on the Verge - UK Based Physician

Reproductive Health, Sex Education: Nigeria on the Verge - UK Based Physician

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: May 18, 2021

John Joseph Ufot,
Abuja
 

As the nation battles the scourge of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Odocha Eze, a renowned physician, a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has advised Nigerian Government to pay close attention to reproductive health and sex education.
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Self-Test: The Fine Line Between Use and Abuse

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: May 11, 2021

Chibueze Obi-Goerge,
Enugu
 

No doubt, point of care testing (POCT) or home use machines and other Rapid Testing Kits have greatly increased access, reduced turn around time, reduced the cost of medical diagnosis and greatly improved diagnosis of diseases. But there still exists a huge vacuum and drawbacks in the use of their deployment especially as people now see  it as stand-alones or alternatives to visiting the medical laboratories or even hospitals for holistic medical assessment.
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Laboratory Tests vs Self-Test: The Fine Line Between Use and Abuse

Laboratory Tests vs Self-Test: The Fine Line Between Use and Abuse

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: May 11, 2021

Chibueze Obi-Goerge,
Enugu
 

No doubt, point of care testing (POCT) or home use machines and other Rapid Testing Kits have greatly increased access, reduced turn around time, reduced the cost of medical diagnosis and greatly improved diagnosis of diseases. But there still exists a huge vacuum and drawbacks in the use of their deployment especially as people now see  it as stand-alones or alternatives to visiting the medical laboratories or even hospitals for holistic medical assessment.
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COVID-19 Vaccine: Research Should Lead The Charge

COVID-19 Vaccine: Research Should Lead The Charge

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: April 26, 2021

Dr Solomon Chollom,
Jos

Research must take the lead in current issues arising from vaccines and vaccination. To this end, the burden of resolving current challenges on vaccines rests squarely on scientists to generate verifiable data to guide health policy and discussionMore

Malaria vs COVID-19: The Dichotomy and Danger of Self Medication

Malaria vs COVID-19: The Dichotomy and Danger of Self Medication

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: April 25, 2021

Chibueze Obi-George,
Enugu.

 
The need to address the danger of self medication have become very urgent, a matter of public health concern and emergency as result of the emergence COVID-19 pandemic, this is  
no doubt because of the perceived similarities and no clear dichotomy in terms of symptoms and presentations between malaria and COVID-19 in a malaria endemic environment.
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Vaccines Keep Us Closer

Vaccines Keep Us Closer

Category: Medical and Health Journalism Posted: April 24, 2021

Dr Solomon Chollom
Jos


The World Immunisation Week 2021 celebration kicks off today, April 24th to end April 30th, 2021 with the theme "Vaccines Bring Us Closer”.

The World Immunisation Week is a period particularly set aside by key stakeholders in vaccine research, production, administration and marketing to review progress and challenges that border on vaccine and vaccination and immunisation with the aim of increasing vaccine access through advocacy.More

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