CARIBBEAN-ENVIRONMENT-New initiative launched to reduce mortality from climate change consequences
The European-Caribbean Forum (EU/CARIFORUM) Climate Change and Health Project in the Caribbean was launched on Tuesday aimed at reducing mortality and morbidity from health consequences of climate change and promoting linkages to the environmental determinants of health.Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, speaking at the virtual launch of the five-year-project, said that the Caribbean is confronted with numerous challenges, “but there is no doubt that the most urgent and the greatest threat is climate change.“It is no exaggeration to say that climate change threate...
DON advocates increase budgetary allocation, wider insurance coverage to tackle maternal mortality in Nigeria
Vincent Iyawe, Immediate past provost college of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, says increased budget allocations, wider health insurance coverage are crucial to mitigating maternal and child mortality in Nigeria, particularly in rural areas.Iyawe who posited this at the 27th Annual Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) Development Forum in Benin City, said improved healthcare can be achieved in Nigeria if the nation’s budget for the health sector move from four or five percent to more than 10 per cent of the national budget.Speaking on the theme, “Improving access to quality maternal...
COVID mortality lower in women-led states with high uncertainty tolerance
A new study from the University of Haifa released Friday has found that mortality rates are lower in countries led by women, as opposed to men, but only in countries with a higher degree of societal tolerance of uncertainty with respect to national culture.“The reason for this may lie in a correlation between such a national culture and the leadership style embodied by many women leaders,” says Prof. Dana Vashdi, one of the authors of the study.Highlighted examples in the study include the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and the president of Singapore Halimah Yacob, which the au...
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SDGs: FG moves to reduce maternal, neonatal deaths
The Federal Government has promised to take steps to reduce the maternal mortality rate of 512 deaths per 100,000 births within the next one year.It also assured of tackling the neo-natal mortality, which at present stands at 39 deaths per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality rate of 132 deaths per 1000 live births, in the coming months.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Development Goals (SDGs), Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, gave the assurances on Tuesday.She spoke after defending the 2021 budgets before the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals.She said the SG...
Review: Springsteen sends a vibrant 'Letter' about mortality
Bruce Springsteen, “Letter to You”(Columbia)In a mere four days last November with the E Street Band, Springsteen recorded his 20th studio album at his New Jersey farm. Hearing Max Weinberg’s propulsive drums, Jake Clemons’ soaring saxophone and that celebrative, heroic Wall of Sound will thrill longtime believers.With “Letter,” the usual studio perfectionist essays a spirited, career-long view of his search for the promised land. The 12-song disc ends up being both something of a retrospective and perhaps a valediction.Springsteen revisits three unreleased pieces from the early ‘70s, each cha...
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Nearly 300K excess US deaths since January, most from virus: CDC
Washington (AFP) - The United States has seen around 300,000 more deaths than usual since late January, with two-thirds attributable to Covid-19 and the rest due to other causes, a government study said Tuesday.The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that overall, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from late January through October 3, 2020, with 198,081 of them (66 percent) caused by Covid-19.Excess deaths are defined as the number of people who have died from all causes, in excess of the expected number of deaths for a given place and time.Deaths from circul...
Emissions exposure may increase COVID-19 mortality
Car pollution is making the pandemic worse.For years, the effort to reduce transportation emissions has largely centered on fighting climate change. But some advocates say the pandemic underscores the need to focus on human health as well. The worst effects of air pollution are being borne by low-income communities and people of color — the same groups that have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.Researchers say they’re seeing indications that the pollutants spewed out of tailpipes are making the people who breathe them at high levels more likely to die from COVID-19. Much of the ...
Ekiti to deploy health officers to curb share of maternal mortality
Ekiti state government has reiterated its commitment and interest in eradicating maternal and perinatal death in Ekiti state.This is coming as Nigeria presently account for about 20 percent of global maternal deaths and with a stillbirth rate of 41.7 percent per 1000 birth account for one of the highest rates of stillbirth inAfrica and globally.The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Oyebanji Filani, a medical doctor stated this at the opening ceremony of one-day training on Community Based Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Officers from the sixteen local governmen...
Fed Govt partners stakeholders to end maternal mortality
The Federal Government yesterday launched the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N), a multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform geared towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), especially for women, children and the elderly.While launching the platform in Abuja, the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire explained that although the platform will further bolster the country’s already weak health system, at least $252 million will be required for full implementation of the blueprint across federal, states and local governm...
Oyo Targets 30 Percent Maternal, Neonatal Mortality Reduction By 2023
Targeted at reducing maternal mortality by 30 per cent and neonatal mortality by 20 per cent by 2023, the Oyo State government has inaugurated an expanded maternal and child health care initiative known as “Tomotiya.”Over the years, the state has grappled with high neonatal mortality with the state recording child mortality rate of 24 deaths per 1,000 live births and infant mortality of 41 deaths per 1,000 live births.The Tomotiya initiative is also expected to address issues of an alarming number of births attended by unskilled birth attendants, shortage of health care staff, lack of equipmen...