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Day: May 28, 2018

No Scanning For Ebola Viral Disease at Lagos Airport Twitter User

No Scanning For Ebola Viral Disease at Lagos Airport Twitter User

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A twitter user by the name Mr Seyi Aruleba @aruzone10, has claimed that on his arrival from DR Congo yesterday through Ethiopia that there was no single Scanning for Ebola Viral Disease at the Airport. He also noted there have been influx of people from Dr Congo. Mr. Seyi Aruleba recalled, on his visit to Ethiopia from DR Congo that passengers were allowed to pass through a scanning machine and was well done Mr. Temitayo Odugbesan another twitter user claimed that in Ghana, the scanning has been on since the last outbreak. Stating there is a computerized scanning machine just before you get to the immigration point. He also revealed that despite proximity to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea that Ghana never recorded a single incident. With the lack of vaccines for Ebola Viral Disease ...
Walking, Running, Squatting May Help to Keep Ageing Brain Healthy

Walking, Running, Squatting May Help to Keep Ageing Brain Healthy

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New research suggests that weight-bearing exercise such as walking, running or squatting can help keep the brain healthy. The study offers clues about how the risk of mental decline can be reduced as people age. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, the findings show that using the legs can boost the production of certain brain cells by increasing their supply of oxygen-carrying blood. As the legs contain the largest muscles they are of particular relevance for muscular fitness. “It is no accident we are meant to be active – to walk, run, crouch to sit, and use our leg muscles to lift things,” said Dr. Raffaella Adami of Milan University, who led the study. Increasing weight-bearing exercise, such as jogging or push-ups, may boost the body’s ability to produce
Doctors Launch App to Reduce Patient-Waiting Time in Nigerian Hospitals

Doctors Launch App to Reduce Patient-Waiting Time in Nigerian Hospitals

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A group of medical doctors has launched a mobile app aimed at reducing patient-waiting time in Nigerian hospitals. Patients in public hospitals in the country spend an average of two hours before they are attended to by a doctor, according to a report. The app, known as KompleteCare, can be accessed at the Google play store using a mobile phone. It is a collaboration between the Society for Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) and a healthcare company in Nigeria, Sevenz Healthcare. The app was unveiled to the public on May 18 at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, by the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dominic Ukpong, to mark SOFPON’s celebration of the 2018 World Family Doctor’s Day. SOFPON said the app provides a meeting-point online b
Obese people more likely to smoke – WHO

Obese people more likely to smoke – WHO

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A new research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking, WHO scientists said. According to Dr Paul Brennan, a genetic epidemiology expert with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), obese people are also likely to smoke more than average. IARC is a WHO agency, mandated to conduct research on the causes of cancer, and its prevention. Brennan said around 70 genes have been identified for the first time that could explain this behaviour. The study is being published on Thursday in the British Medical Journal, and funded by Cancer Research UK. It found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and even waist circumference, were associated with “a higher risk of being a smoker, and with grea
6,000 Ghost Health Workers Uncovered in Sokoto

6,000 Ghost Health Workers Uncovered in Sokoto

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After a verification exercise conducted on 13,000 health workers in Sokoto State, 6000 of them were discovered to be ghost workers, Governor Aminu Tambuwal said. He stated this at the inauguration of  the Primary Healthcare Centre, Gagi and Birthright Labour Room. Tambuwal however disclosed plans to recruit 400 health workers to boost healthcare services in the state.  He expressed commitment of the Sokoto State government towards improving maternal care and routine immunization. According to him, recent survey indicated that the state had recorded 43 per cent improvement on routine immunization. The governor said the contributory health care scheme which was recently introduced in the state was meant to ensure universal health coverage for the people of the state. In his
Lagos in Order with Pharmacists’ Consultancy Cadre – PSN

Lagos in Order with Pharmacists’ Consultancy Cadre – PSN

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has hailed Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the creation of pharmacists’ consultancy cadre in the scheme of service of the state. The state government has issued a circular approving the consultancy cadre which the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) had kicked against. The PSN however bemoaned the decision of the NMA for requesting the withdrawal of the circular. National President of PSN Ahmed Yakasai and Secretary Emeka Duru said in a statement that the pharmacy consultancy cadre, as approved by Lagos State Government in the service of scheme is the best thing the health sector can achieve. The two said Lagos State government is absolutely in line with harmony and inter-professional needs to attain International best practices in th
Health Workers’ Strike: Senator Saraki, JOHESU to Meet Again Monday

Health Workers’ Strike: Senator Saraki, JOHESU to Meet Again Monday

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As a follow-up to his mediation between Joint Health Sector Unions and the Federal Government, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is set to meet with the leadership of the health workers’ union on Monday. A statement issued on Sunday by the Media Office of the President of the Senate said the meeting would hold in Saraki’s office at 3pm. Last week, Saraki began his mediation between the government and JOHESU over the ongoing strike action by the workers, which has crippled Nigeria’s public health care facilities for the past 40 days. The Senate President had held a meeting with JOHESU’s leadership on Thursday afternoon; and later on Friday morning with the Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole. The statement sa
Mubi Cholera Update: 434 cases Recorded, with 13 Deaths

Mubi Cholera Update: 434 cases Recorded, with 13 Deaths

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The Adamawa Ministry of Health has confirmed that the cases of cholera outbreak in Mubi have  risen to 434 with 13 deaths. The Information Officer of the Ministry, Mr Abubakar Muhammed, confirmed the number, via a statement he issued on Sunday in Yola. The statement reads: ” Total number of cases reported from Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas as at 26th May, 2018 stand at 434 cases with 13 deaths. ” While the Case Fatality Rate (CFR ) is 3.0 per cent ;  Mubi North has 211 cases and 7 deaths equivalent to  3.3  per cent case fatality rate.  ”  Mubi South has 223 cases with 6 deaths and case fatality rate is 2.7 per cent.” The Principal Medical Officer of Mubi General Hospital, Dr Ezra Sakawa, however said that most of the infected patients have been treated and dischar
New drug Formulation offers Simpler, Quicker Treatment for Breast Cancer

New drug Formulation offers Simpler, Quicker Treatment for Breast Cancer

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Trastuzumab isn’t exactly new, but it is offering simpler and quicker treatment for women living with breast cancer. Previous formulations for dealing with breast cancer, which affects millions of women around the world, have been administered as intravenous medication, injected into a line attached to a patient. Sold under the brand name Herceptin, the drug comes as a subcutaneous formulation, allowing it to be administered as an injection, according to the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche, which makes the formulation. Herceptin is designed to target and block the function of HER2, a protein produced by a specific gene with potential to cause cancer when it is over expressed, according to Oladipupo Hameed, country manager for Roche Nigeria. The drug works by activating the body’s immun
We will get over JOHESU strike soon – Health Minister

We will get over JOHESU strike soon – Health Minister

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The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole today said the nation will soon get out of the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).   Adewole said this in Osogbo, capital of Osun State in a brief chat with Daily Trust on the sideline of the  Children's Day celebration at the Osogbo City Stadium.   He said the Federal Government was making necessary moves to end the strike. "We are handling the JOHESU strike and i can assure you that will be over soon. The nation will soon get over it."   The Nigeria Medial Association (NMA), Osun State branch had accused members of the JOHESU of harassing medical doctor who were doing their jobs at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife.   The Chairman of NMA in Osun, Dr Tokunbo Olajumoke sai