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Day: June 7, 2018

Katsina Trained 28 Doctors with N50m in 3 Years

Katsina Trained 28 Doctors with N50m in 3 Years

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Katsina State government has approved N14.4m for the training of eight medical doctors to boost healthcare delivery system in the state. This brings to 28 doctors that have so far benefited from the scheme initiated in 2016 in which has so far gulped about N50.4m, Daily Trust reports. The doctors were sponsored to pursue a speciality in paediatrics, surgery, gynaecology, as well as ear, nose, and throat (ENT). Briefing journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, Bishir Ruwan Godiya, said the doctors are indigenes who are permanent and pensionable, adding that they are bonded in the terms of the arrangement. According to him, the sponsorship runs for six years. In his remarks, the state Commissioner o...
Idris: Stunting Rate in Lagos is 11%, Underweight 14.5%

Idris: Stunting Rate in Lagos is 11%, Underweight 14.5%

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..As Dano breaks Guinness records The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has revealed that stunting rate among children in the state is at 11 per cent, while that of other parts of the country have an average of 10.8 per cent. He said the underweight rate is at 14.5 per cent for the state while the statistics show an average of 31.5 per cent in other parts of Nigeria. Stating this during the commemoration of the 2018 World Milk Day, organised by Dano Milk in Lagos recently, he said more efforts should be invested to improve the poor nutritional indicators of children in Lagos State and other parts of the country. He said: “The theme of this year’s commemoration; ‘Raise a Glass, Nourish Naija’ couldn’t have come at a better time. Thus, the health benefits of mi
Work Resumes at Nnewi University Teaching Hospital

Work Resumes at Nnewi University Teaching Hospital

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Work has resumed at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, following the suspension of the six week old industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). The National Chairman, JOHESU, Mr Biobelemoye Josiah announced the suspension of the strike, following the intervention of Senate President Bukola Saraki. A visit to the hospital yesterday showed that the complex which had been a shadow of itself for over a month was once again bubbling with life as workers moved about delivering services. A patient, Mrs Anazoka Patience who spoke to our correspondent at the outpatient ward of the hospital said she decided to return for treatment on hearing that the workers had suspended their strike. “I brought my child back, after withdrawing him
WHO Gives Succour to Maitama Hospital Measles, Yellow Fever Laboratory

WHO Gives Succour to Maitama Hospital Measles, Yellow Fever Laboratory

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given hope to a porta cabin work space and donated laboratory equipment that include ELISA readers testequipment and microplate washers to Maitama General Hospital in Abuja. The laboratory is managed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Maitama General Hospital. During the handover ceremony, the Country Representative, WHO, WR, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, said that the equipment would help to improve the quality of work in the hospital especially for the measles and yellow fever surveillance unit. He said: “Despite all the challenges you have had in monitoring and curtailing measles, you have managed to pull through. We hope that this facility will help to improve the quality of your work and will assist you in the surveillance
Younger People Risk Thyroid Cancer, Oncologist Warns

Younger People Risk Thyroid Cancer, Oncologist Warns

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An Abuja based Oncologist, Dr Uzodinma Kalu, has warned that younger people between age 30 and 50 could get thyroid cancer. Kalu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that thyroid cancer developed when cells genetically mutated or changed. He said that the abnormal cells begin multiplying in your thyroid and, once there were enough of them, they form a tumor. Kalu said that, if it is caught early, thyroid cancer was one of the most treatable forms of cancer. According to him, there are four types of thyroid cancer which included: papillary, follicular, medullary and anaplastic thyroid cancer. He explained that anaplastic thyroid cancer could be the most severe type because it’s the most advanced and aggressive. It’s also the hardest to treat. But it’s also rare.
“Include Us In Negotiating JOHESUs Demands” Doctors Tell Industrial Court

“Include Us In Negotiating JOHESUs Demands” Doctors Tell Industrial Court

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has commended the decision by other health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to shelve thier nationwide strike after six weeks. While describing themselves ‘leaders of the health sector’, the doctors also demanded to play a part in the negotiation of JOHESU’s demands. JOHESU, a body of all other health workers except doctors, last Thursday suspended its strike which crippled services across public hospitals in the country and left millions without care. Since 2014, the health workers have been asking the government to increase their pay and improve their working conditions among other demands. No common ground has been reached yet. In its ruling a day before the strike was suspended, the National Industrial Court (NIC),
Preventing Epidemic Diseases in Nigeria

Preventing Epidemic Diseases in Nigeria

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* NCDC begins media advocacy, capacity building to raise awareness * Nipah virus spreads in India, has killed 99 per cent of victims so far A recent study has shown that infectious diseases account for approximately 22 per cent of deaths from all causes in the Nigeria.According to World Health Organisation (WHO), effective public health surveillance is critical for the early detection and prevention of epidemics, to know existing communicable diseases, especially those with high epidemic potential. Consequently, the WHO ensures international coordination of epidemic response, particularly for diseases of international public health importance to countries that lack the capacity to handle the scourge. In a bid to curtail epidemic diseases from ravaging the country, the Nigeria Cen...
Akwa Ibom Government Evolves New Method to Check HIV/AIDS Spread

Akwa Ibom Government Evolves New Method to Check HIV/AIDS Spread

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The Akwa Ibom State government has evolved new method named Test and Start Approach that would help ascertain the number of HIV/AIDS positive persons in the state.Director and Project Manager, Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Nkereuwem Etok, disclosed this at a workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health Training for Adolescent and Young Persons Counsellor Testers organised by Society for Family Health in Uyo. He explained that the new method of testing for HIV/AIDS would not be administered on selected persons, but would involved persons of all ages and sex.He added that the result of the tests after samples and analyses have been carried out, would represent the general population of the people in the state and not only pregnant women, as was previously the case. ...
More Nigerians are Having Mental Disorder – MHEI

More Nigerians are Having Mental Disorder – MHEI

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* More Nigerians are suffering from mental disorder recently. The president of Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative, Mr Zion Abba Ameh disclosed this in his opening speech at the mental health conference held in Abuja. While quoting from World Health Organisation (WHO)'s report, he said around 30 to 40 percent of Nigerians were suffering mental disorder. He said the report also has it that between 16% to 49% of people in the world have psychiatric and neurological disorder, adding that most of these individuals live in low middle income countries. In his speech to mark World's tobacco day, he stressed that all hands must be on deck to proffer solutions to "this neglected side of our health". Mr. Ameh advocated for the Mental Health Bill to be passed to an ACT as the current...
Healthy Weight Gain during Pregnancy

Healthy Weight Gain during Pregnancy

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Some may call it pressure, but we could also see it a welcome consciousness. The average pregnant woman is concerned about her weight gain and starts making her ‘bounce-back’ plans even right from the first trimester. However, a good knowledge of how much weight gain is expected, and how it is distributed in a pregnant woman’s body will provide a solid foundation for making those plans a reality. ‘You have added weight’ is not a phrase that a lot of women are happy to hear, but in pregnancy, weight gain is expected and even welcome. Which is why at every antenatal visit, the mum-to-be’s weight is taken and monitored, and any discrepancies looked into. But while it is expected, it should also be gradual. The shock on my ObGyn’s face is something I still recall when in a space of two months
Divorce Increases Risk of Early Death By 50%

Divorce Increases Risk of Early Death By 50%

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Divorcees are 47 percent more likely to die prematurely, new research suggests.Separating from a spouse increases people’s risk of passing away early due to them being more likely to take up smoking and no longer exercising, a study found. They are thought to adopt these habits as a result of them having less life satisfaction, the research adds.The findings were published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Previous research suggests people are more likely to die young after getting divorced due to them no longer having a spouse who nags them to lead healthy lifestyles.Lead author Kyle Bourassa, from the University of Arizona, United States (US), said: “If you imagine a husband or wife who doesn’t smoke and their partner does, one might try to influence the other’s behaviour.