Kebbi State, one of the states with the highest rates of new-born mortality (under the age of five) in the country, has been rated as one of the states with the highest rates in the world. The state records 32,514 deaths of children under the age of 5 annually. Following this, the state has been rated fourth by the United Nations’ International Education Fund (UNICEF) on the index of places with the highest infant mortality rates. The Chief of Health ,UNICEF, Dr.Sanjana Bhardwaj stated this during a one-day technical consultative meeting on health sector in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital. “The state is one of the highest in Nigeria, with a record of 32,514 children under the age of 5 dying yearly,” she said. She said, considering the steady drop in Nigeria’s mortality rate, the is
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), appeared to have saved thousands of lives in Sokoto State after it sealed off 352 patent medicine stores and eight unregistered pharmacies for various offences. Mrs Anthonia Aruya, the PCN Director, Inspection and Monitoring, who addressed a news conference on Friday, said their offences included operating without registration and failure to renew premises licence. Aruwa listed other offences as dispensing ethical products without supervision of a pharmacist, poor sanitary conditions among others. She explained that the PCN is a Federal Government’s agency charged with the responsibility of controlling education, training and practice of pharmacy in all aspects. “The core mandate is to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines
As the world celebrates the World Asthma Day – 2018, the Asthma & Chest Care Foundation (ACCF) is organising a series of events to mark the day in Nigeria. Asthma constitutes a significant health & economic burden globally, afflicting 358 million people and responsible for over 400,000 deaths yearly. Statistics show that an estimated 15 million people are suffering from asthma in Nigeria. Many of them are vastly underdiagnosed and poorly treated due to inadequate knowledge by health professionals on current therapeutic approach to asthma. Asthma death is also on the increase and one way of reducing the burden of the disease is by training the health professionals on modern approach to asthma management. Based on the foregoing, the foundation led by the Convener/ Coordinator of its
Dr Eniola Bahdmus, a general medical practitioner, has urged men who are over 40 years to undertake regular prostate cancer check–ups for early detection. Cancer cell Bahdmus, who works with the National Hospital Abuja, gave the advice in an interview on Saturday in Abuja. He said those with family history of the disease ought to make frequent checks in order to seek early treatment before complication sets in. “Prostate cancer is probably the most common cancer among men, especially black men. “For some unknown reason, men with darker pigmented skin are at a higher risk to suffer from prostate cancer. “However, it is important that men of all races regularly check themselves as they age. “Prostate cancer normally grows slowly within the prostate gland causing many people to disc
The Federal Government has urged the private sector to join in the fight to end malaria in the country by making more investments in Nigeria’s health sector. Speaking in Lagos yesterday at the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa, CAMA, Private Sector Malaria Forum, Minister for State for Health, Osagie Ehanire said that the government is looking at ways to work together with the private sector in tackling the huge burden of malaria. “There is need to have a management structure to ensure sustainability and that is why the government is encouraging private investors to invest in our hospitals,” Ehanire said. “We are looking for private money to drive growth of the health sector. “We are promising the private sector that we will make use of their expertise, efficiency, management
The federal government and the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), will reconvene on Monday in a bid to find a resolution to the ongoing strike action. This was indicated in a statement by the Ministry of Health on Sunday in reaction to an advert sponsored by JOHESU in the Daily Trust Newspaper of Saturday April 28. The union in the advert accused the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, of denying the existence of an agreement between it and the Nigerian government in 2014. The ministry, in a statement signed by the Assistant Director of Information, Olajide Oshundun, said the information JOHESU gave in the advert was incorrect and misleading. In the statement, the minister said there was no agreement between the government and JOHESU prior to the administration of President Muhammad...
The Federal Ministry of Health has told health workers who are currently on strike that their demand for the same pay as doctors is unrealistic and unacceptable. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement signed by the Assistant Director of Information, Olajide Oshundun, on Sunday while responding to an advertorial published by the Joint Health Sector Union. He said efforts were being made to meet JOHESU’s demand for salary increase but health workers should not expect to be paid the same as doctors. The statement read in part, “Indeed, the Federal Government has put machinery in place to ensure that the strike is called off by meeting with JOHESU officials on several occasions, the last being on Wednesday April 25, 2018, at the office of the Minister of
A new research showed that consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao had positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. Presented on Tuesday at the ongoing five-day Experimental Biology 2018 meeting in San Diego, the U.S., two studies revealed for the first time the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time. “These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects,” said Lee Berk, a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science from Loma Linda University and principal investigator on both studies. They focused on the impact of 70 per cent cacao
President Earth’s Microorganisms Organisation (EMO), Lucky Omorogiuwa, has called on the Federal Government to prioritise the availability of the HPV vaccine and cervical screening opportunities especially for women of reproductive age. Omorogiuwa, in a press release to mark the International HPV Awareness Day campaign, said this was imperative given that HPV accounts for more than 70 per cent of cervical cancer case. Omorogiuwa, a microbiologist at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, said cancer of the cervix was one of the commonest types of female cancers, and also the second leading cause of death among women worldwide. According to her, Africa records more cases of cervical cancer globally, adding that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had predicted that the cases are expe
Nigeria launches its project for regional disease surveillance systems enhancement (REDISSE) to shore up response to epidemics on Friday. The World Bank set up the REDISSE project to cover all West African countries in the wake gaps shown by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the region. Nigeria has since experienced outbreaks of Cerebrospinal Meningitis, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, Cholera and Monkeypox. REDISSE, financed through a World Bank credit, "will focus on strengthening the disease preparedness and response architecture in these countries, including Nigeria," said Chikwe Ihekweazu, chief executive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). REDISSE is part of the One-Health Framework, and its activities will be jointly implemented by the federal ministries of health and agri
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned a new Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi. The Airport launched in 2014,besides operating as civil aviation facility is also housing Nigeria Air Force Special Operations Unit.It was recently by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the state. Speaking at the ceremony,the Chief of Air Staff,Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar said the Nigerian Air Force Hospital is a 60 bed health facility made up of an Accident, Emergency, Intensive Care units. The hospital also has Twin theatres, Radio Diagnostic unit, renal dialysis, ophthalmic, dental, physiotherapy, maternal and new born care and a mortuary. He revealed that the hospital is equipped with modern diagnostic and life support equ
Looking for a natural way to enhance your fertility, then a daily intake of African Walnuts leaves and nuts may be all you need to solve all these problems. Notably, experts in a new study suggest that African walnut leaves like its nuts also can significantly boost libido or erectile function. It helped boost sperm count and quality. Walnut is called Asala or Awusa in Yoruba; Ukpa in Ibo; and Okhue or Okwe in Edo. In fact, walnut leaf extract at the highest concentration showed a more pronounced effect than the standard drug in test animals under laboratory conditions. Researchers had set out to validate walnut leaf as one of the many medicinal plants used in folklore as male fertility enhancers as well as its possible mechanism. The study which involved Dr Seun Akomolafe at the Ekit...
The Kogi State Government has said each of the 21 local government areas of the state would get one more model health centers. This is, in addition to the existing hospitals and health centres in the state. The state government is also to establish health clinics in all major primary and secondary schools in the state through the Primary Health Care Development Agency. Disclosing this while addressing newsmen, in Lokoja, on Wednesday, the executive director of primary health care development agency, Dr. Abubakar Yakubu, said the agency has been re-positioned to bring health needs to the door steps of all citizens. Dr. Yakubu who said there was an outbreak of yellow fever in some local government areas shortly after his appointment said everything has now being in place in a way that th...
The ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is a week old and has crippled healthcare delivery in many parts of the nation. However, the full weight of its impact is yet to be felt, “Total collapse of the health sector is what will happen if this strike is allowed to continue. In the comity of nations, when the mortality and morbidity rates were rolled out, Nigeria was ranked 179 out of 183 nations and that was even when we have full complement of all the staff in the health sector but now that 95 per cent of the workforce has withdrawn services, your guess is as sure as mine. The indices will further nosedive and we will further depreciate in the ranking and its not the best for our health system,” the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, warned in an int
Pharmacists have identified Nigerians’ inability to afford anti-malaria drugs as a major factor hindering the diseases eradication. Nigeria accounts for the world’s 30 per cent cases and deaths from malaria. According to Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) President, Ahmed Yakasai, the Federal Government should try its best and reduce foreign exchange (forex) rate of dollar to naira in order to enable the common man access quality health care and anti malaria drugs. Yakasai, who said this during a press conference to mark the world malaria day, which coincided with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World Health Organisation (WHO), said: “Government needs to make the business environment more conducive and friendly for pharma businesses by instituting a reasonable