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Day: June 5, 2018

No Cholera Outbreak in Nasarawa State – Official

No Cholera Outbreak in Nasarawa State – Official

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The Nasarawa State Ministry of Health has dismissed as untrue the reports of Cholera outbreak in Keffi Local Government Area of the state. Dr Ibrahim Adamu, Director of Public health at the Ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there was no confirmed case of cholera outbreak in the state as erroneously reported in some national dailies. Adamu said the samples taken from the suspected cases at Angwan-Lambu, a suburb of Keffi where the alleged outbreak was reported have not proven positive to cholera. “We have cases of some persons presenting with diarrhea and are being treated with antibiotics but cholera has not been established. “Meanwhile, about five persons are currently under observation and samples taken from them is being tested,’’ Adamu said. Adamu said the state
Nigerians Consume 20 Billion Sticks of Cigarette Annually – Minister

Nigerians Consume 20 Billion Sticks of Cigarette Annually – Minister

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Over 20 billion sticks of cigarettes are consumed annually in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. Mr Adewole also said 4.5 million adults currently use tobacco products, while about 82 per cent of people who visit bars and nightclubs are exposed to second-hand smoke. The minister, who spoke during a press briefing organised to mark the 2018 World No-Tobacco day celebration in Abuja on Monday, said in 2015, the country’s projected accumulated loss to tobacco was put at $7.6 billion. The “World No Tobacco Day” is celebrated annually on May 31. This year’s World No Tobacco Day theme is “Tobacco and Heart Disease.” “Let me draw attention to the fact that tobacco use is responsible for huge economic losses emanating from both direct and indirect medical costs,”
Ogun Public Hospitals Restore Full Services as Health Workers Resume Duty

Ogun Public Hospitals Restore Full Services as Health Workers Resume Duty

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Full healthcare service has returned to public hospitals in Ogun State following the resumption of duty by health workers after six weeks nationwide strike. The health workers include nurses, midwives, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, Physiotherapists and other health professionals. hey were seen on Monday attending to patients in all departments of public hospitals including Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, the State Hospital, Ijaye, Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, all in Abeokuta, the state capital. The six weeks strike, which crippled healthcare services at the public hospitals nationwide, was suspended last Thursday by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) which coordinated it. The patients, who heaved a sigh of relief at the end of the strike, appealed to the governme...
Shisha: FG tells police, Other Agencies To Enforce ban on Shisha

Shisha: FG tells police, Other Agencies To Enforce ban on Shisha

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THE Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called on the police and all other government agencies to enforce the ban on flavoured tobacco products including Shisha. Adewole said this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday to mark the 2018 world No- Tobacco Day. Shisha smoking is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube. However, the minister said most of the flavoured tobacco were targeted at the youths and were as dangerous as cigarettes. The minister said, “Let me stress that the ban on tobacco products with characterising flavours is still in place and the ban includes shisha because it has flavour. I, therefore, urge the Consumer Protection Council and the law enforcement agencies to intensify arrest of defaulte
Resident Doctors Withdraws Suit Against JUTH, Seek Buhari’s Assent to RTP Act

Resident Doctors Withdraws Suit Against JUTH, Seek Buhari’s Assent to RTP Act

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Rising from an Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting (E-NEC), which held in Abuja on Saturday, the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has withdrawn the suit against the management of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and has opted for Out of Court Settlement on the issue of unjustly sacked resident doctors in the hospital. The doctors during the meeting also observed that the Residency Training Programme (RTP) Act passed long ago by the legislature is still awaiting Presidential assent despite it being central to addressing the challenges in Post Graduate Medical Training in Nigeria. The NEC therefore unanimously appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to graciously assent to the RTP Act so as to lay to rest all the contentious issues affecting re...
Nigeria Needs N14.4b to Control TB as 420 Die Daily

Nigeria Needs N14.4b to Control TB as 420 Die Daily

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• ‘HIV has claimed 35m lives globally’ • Ebola kills 25 in Congo, 37 infected, 16 on probable infections, says WHO report The Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Dr. Adebola Lawanson, yesterday disclosed in Abuja that 420 Nigerians die everyday due to tuberculosis. She said N14.4 billion is needed to control the spread of the disease, even as 154, 000 deaths are also recorded every year. The coordinator advocated stiffer tariff on mobile phone users to tackle tuberculosis, adding that about 300,000 undiagnosed tuberculosis patients pose public health risk Lawanson explained that of the 105,000 cases diagnosed in 2017, 63 per cent were between the productive ages of 15 to 44. She said that Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest burde
Green Tea Molecule Could Prevent Heart Attacks

Green Tea Molecule Could Prevent Heart Attacks

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Green tea could hold the key to preventing deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Scientists from Lancaster University and the University of Leeds have discovered that a compound found in green tea, currently being studied for its ability to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease, also breaks up and dissolves potentially dangerous protein plaques found in the blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fatty material inside our arteries that can reduce the flow of blood to the heart and brain. In advanced stages of the condition, a protein called apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-1) can form amyloid deposits, which are similar in st
Patient Safety in Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions

Patient Safety in Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions

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Healthcare in Nigeria is a challenge only second in importance to security – citizens and patients are dying in hundreds because of lack of access to care or from poor care. Healthcare workers are adding to the problems rather than solving them – Healthcare needs a change in Nigeria. The national health service as it is currently constituted, is not viable or sustainable for patient-centred care – a real change is needed. The Nigerian national health system is like a football club that has excellent players who are not coached as teams and without a team, no club can score goals. Nigeria missed the MDGoals and while other nations are bouncing forward to sustain their goal-scoring or winning ways in the SDGs through team work, Nigerian health care professional groups are scoring own goals!
The More Kids a Woman Has, The Higher Her Hypertension Risks—Study

The More Kids a Woman Has, The Higher Her Hypertension Risks—Study

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A woman with more children has a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, a newly presented study showed Monday. Citing a study from the University of Cambridge, the Daily Telegraph reported that having five or more kids was associated with a 40-per cent increased risk of a serious heart disease in the next 30 years, compared with having one or two children. Researchers found that for mothers with more children, the risk of stroke is 25 per cent higher, and the chance of heart failure is 17 percent higher than women with fewer kids. Dr. Clare Oliver-Williams, who lead the research, said: “We all know it is hard to take care of your health when you have children, but hopefully this research can help show how important it is.” The study, funded by the British Heart Foundat
Cholera Kills Five, 200 under Surveillance in Plateau, Nasarawa, Kaduna

Cholera Kills Five, 200 under Surveillance in Plateau, Nasarawa, Kaduna

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No fewer than five persons have been killed by cholera while over 200 persons are either hospitalised or under surveillance in Plateau, Nasarawa and Kaduna states. At least three persons were confirmed dead while three others tested positive out of 93 suspected cases during a fresh outbreak of cholera in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. The Plateau State Commissioner of Health, Dr Kamshak Kuden, said the situation was compounded by the industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions, which suspended its strike a few days ago. Kuden said because of the strike, doctors were only able to get five samples out of the 93 suspected cases from which three tested positive. The commissioner confirmed to The PUNCH in Jos on Monday that the three persons who tested positive to...
Funding: Nigeria’s Health Sector in State of Emergency – Lawmaker

Funding: Nigeria’s Health Sector in State of Emergency – Lawmaker

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho disclosed this while explaining various shortfalls bedeviling the funding of the health industry at the commemoration of MAMAYE day 2018 in Abuja. The theme of the event is ‘Improving Nigeria’s Health Budget Performance’. Mr Tejuoso in his keynote address said the health sector has failed to deliver because of how the budget was managed. “Many projects in our budget has not achieved the ultimate goal of helping the intended beneficiaries. it is not unusual to find in the budget proposal line items such as the procurement of ambulances, computers and accessories. This tradition of input based financing does not serve the country well. It overly focus on products than people”, he said. He further highlighted various impediments of