The Health Committee of the Delta State House of Assembly and the State Commissioner for Health, , are currently embroiled in cold war over the health commissioner’s failure to respond to invitations by the committee on health and other related matters. It was gathered that several invitations to the House extended to the health commissioner by the committee were allegedly turned down with no reason adduced. Dr. Alphonsus Ojo, Chairman Committee on Health of the State Assembly, told DAILY POST that, “we have invited the Commissioner to our committee severally, he turned down the invitation, it is unfortunately that he has a lackadaisical attitude towards public hearing on health related bills, and other invitations”. Noting with dismay purported lack of interest by the health commis
• LASUTH is providing medical services, NARD president insists • 301 died of cerebrospinal meningitis this year, says NCDC The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has asked the Federal Government to declare the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) illegal, saying its action is a gang-up against Nigerians.The association described JOHESU as an unholy alliance set up for the purpose of sabotaging the genuine effort to ensure lasting peace and development of the country’s health sector. The Kaduna State Branch Chairman of the association, Dr. Abdulrahman Shu, who spoke yesterday at press conference organised in the state to declare the position of NMA regarding the present strike by JOHESU, said doctors in Kaduna had been going about their legitimate duties in all public health facilities
What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract involving the nose and the throat, resulting in a cough. Initially, the cough is slow and then, as the cough intensifies, the person coughs in spells or spasms. The person coughs continuously for a few seconds – in which, the person doesn’t breathe — and at the end of the cough, the person takes a deep breath that sounds like a whoop. It is named after the sound the person makes after the cough, because the person inhales and makes a whooping noise. It is also a highly contagious infection that is easily preventable. What are the causes? As mentioned earlier, whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a bacterial infection caused by bordetella pertussis that affects the upper respiratory tr
Pharmacists have been urged to play their part in controlling the spread of drug abuse in the country. The call was made by wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, while receiving members of Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALP) on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to a statement by her media aide, Suleiman Haruna, Mrs. Buhari deplored the frequent abuse of some prescription drugs especially by women and youths, which has led to the destruction of the lives of millions of victims and called on the members of this association to play their part in the ongoing effort to protect women and youths from drug abuse. “Government has done well by banning importation of codeine for the preparation of cough syrups as well as retailing of codeine containing cough syrups witho
Weight gain and especially belly fat has been the topic of much discussion for years; you would find many Nigerian men with protruding stomachs. The most worrisome part is seeing young men who are just in their thirties with such protruding bellies. The African traditional school of thought, is that “the bigger the pot belly” the richer the person. This may explain why a huge number of African men are undisciplined in terms of proper eating habits and fitness. However, studies have proven this assertion to be untrue. Imagine this scenario - you have got yourself an absolutely good suit or traditional attire to wear for a party two weeks from now. However, there is a little bit of a problem - there is no way of hiding your bulging belly fat in that attire. Some men sometimes find themselv
THE meeting between the striking joint health workers union and the Federal Government last night ended in a deadlock. The reconciliation meeting which was held at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and Prof Issac Adewole, Minister of Health was aimed at ending the nationwide strike, which started 30 days ago. The meeting started at about 7.10pm and ended at about 8.43pm, but was gathered that the negotiation ended abruptly as the health workers stormed out the Minister’s conference room. The aggrieved health workers led by JOHESU chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, were agitated over the alleged uncomplementary remarks made by some members of the Federal Government’s team. The JOHESU team who declined to mention names after the closed door session, al
Regular preventive care is one of the most important ways to maintain your health over time. If you wait to see a doctor only when you notice a problem, it may be too late. Cervical cancer screening is especially important for women’s health — but how and when it should be done has been the subject of some recent debate. Current guidelines from the American Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) recommend that women should have a Pap smear every two years starting at age 21. After age 30, you may decrease the frequency to every three years if you’ve had three normal Pap test results in a row and if your immune system has not been weakened by a virus or recent health condition. Other organisations, however, including the American Cancer Society, suggest that women over 30 sho
Cashew is widely cultivated in tropical climatic regions. The cashew nut itself is used as a popular ingredient in savoury dishes worldwide. Known as “kwayoyi” in Hausa, “eso” in Yoruba, and mkpuru cashew in Ibo, the cashew nuts are loaded with powerful nutrients. Experts suggest that nuts generally are some of the healthiest snack options, and cashew nut is easily available and found in the local markets all year round. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, some of the highest antioxidant levels of all plant foods are found in nuts. Consumption of cashew and its nut can greatly help in weight management and prevention of gallstones. A study conducted on gallstone showed that nuts rich in vitamins and minerals such as cashew nuts, offer protective factors against this chr
It is no longer news that the Nigerian healthcare system has suffered a lot of neglect, and attempts at improving it by successive governments in power have not really yielded any meaningful fruits. To underscore the need to improve the sector, the Nigerian Senate only recently urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector over the decay in infrastructure. Today, dilapidated primary health care centres are scattered across the country. The decay in the public healthcare system is totally different from what obtained in the good old days when there were cottage hospitals, health centres and dispensaries in communities across the country. A situation where many Nigerians, including government functionaries and their families travel aboard for medical che...
As patients groan and many mourning their loved ones who have died as a result of the protracted strike by Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, which commenced midnight of Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Our reporter gathered that the Ministry of Health has concluded arrangement to send a delegation of over 40 persons to the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly, happening in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Assembly is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 21st-26th May, 2018. In a Memo which was exclusively obtained by our reporter with Reference Number: C2483/III/ written by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Osarenoma Clement Uwaifo to the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs requesting for the accreditation of over 26 persons who have been appointe...