The National Blood Transfusion Service, South-west Zone, says that regular voluntary blood donation reduces risks of heart, liver and kidney diseases, obesity and strokes. Mrs Oyinsola Adeleke, the Acting Coordinator, said this while speaking on Thursday in Ibadan on the sideline of the 2018 World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). NAN reports that the WBDD was established in 2004 by the World Health Organisation to help raise awareness on the need for regular blood donations to provide safe blood and availability of blood products. The global event is also a day to appreciate all voluntary blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. The 2018 theme is tagged “Blood Connects Us All”. Adeleke who urged Nigerians to make voluntary blood donation a habit, said that regular blood donation help
An HIV-positive man who might have consciously passed on the deadly virus to more than 200 sexual partners has been arrested in Italy. A spokesman for police in Ancona, a city on Italy’s eastern Adriatic coast, told dpa on Thursday that 35-year-old Claudio Pinti had been arrested two days earlier. Despite having been diagnosed “for at least 11 years,’’ he did not take precautions nor warn his partners about his condition, Ancona police said in a written statement. When officers apprehended him, Pinti declared himself a “negationist’’ on the existence of HIV, police said. The virus is known to cause AIDS. In a press conference on Wednesday, police said Pinti was a regular user of dating websites and might have infected more than 200 people. He was caught after one of his m
Healthcare activities in Trauma Center in Ondo Town, Ondo State might be brought to its knees if news coming from the Sunshine state is anything to go by. Report from multiple sources have confirmed that a medical doctor poured water from infected wound on a nurse. Here is the account of the incident as obtained from Nairaland : One Dr. Ajibola from the Accident and emergency unit, ondo state trauma and surgical centre has decided to pour wound irrigation fluid on a nursing officer, Nrs. Oladele Olayinka of the same institution at about 11:30pm on Saturday 9th of June 2018. Nrs. Oladele was said to have sent a porter to the pharmacy to get drugs for a patient but instead of the porter to finish this delegated task, he was hijacked by the doctor who delegated another task for him, ...
A leading firm on new mother and baby care, Mothersbond Limited, Nigeria has congratulated new mothers (and mothers to be) for the recent extension of available maternity days from 90 to 120 days (four months). Mothersbond Chief Executive, Michael Osuji, in a statement issued in Lagos and signed by the company commended the government for approving 30 more days to strengthen the bond mothers are developing with their newborns. Osuji said: “While we note that this is a huge step in the right direction, we would continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders in government, health care experts and the media to push for at least six months fully paid maternity leave. The underlying goal of this is to ensure the moms have no hindrance to exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, w
The Federal Government has cautioned manufacturers against producing substandard drugs to curb addiction and drug-related issues in the country. According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who stated this in a message to a summit organised by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Enugu Chapter, in Enugu yesterday, represented by a director in the ministry, Dr. Salaudeen Jimoh, said substandard drugs pose serious security and health hazards. According to him, those abusing drugs cannot be called criminals but those who sell and manufacture drugs beyond the recommended standard are the criminals. “When a large number of people are now involved in substance abuse, the security of the state and the nation at large will be in trouble. “The
* Speedy tests mean health workers can now diagnose EVD in hours, instead of days * Virologists use ‘genetic trees’ to evaluate intervention strategies, researchers find * Nigeria on alert as poliomyelitis re-emerges in Venezuela nearly 30 years after eradication Despite reports that the ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is under control, the World Health Organisation (WHO), health officials and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are cautiously optimistic. They are still worried that the virus could spread across the DRC and Central Africa. Some cases may have gone undetected, which could lead to resurgences of the disease. And for the first time in the DRC, cases have occurred in an urban area: Mbandaka, a city of mo
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the draft Food Safety and Quality Bill as well as the Food Safety Institutional Reform working document. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this to journalists after the FEC meeting said this was necessary to reduce the rate of food-born illnesses and help support achievements of sustainable effective food trade that would boost and enhance the economy. Adewole said it would also help strengthen institutional capacity for food safety and quality as well as improve information and communication system for food safety in Nigeria. He said: "The relevance of the bill could actually be appreciated when one considers some happenings in the past when food export from Nigeria was banned in Europe. We believe that what i...
As ACPN inaugurates new secretariat to boost pharmaceutical practice in communities The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), Ahmed I. Yakasai, has emphasised on adoption and implementation of the prescription policy to effectively rid the country of the menace of drug abuse. He made the submission during the commissioning of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, (ACPN) new National Secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos at the weekend. Yakasai said although the Senate has developed two draft bills for legislation to tackle the increasing drug abuse in the country, that is, the National Drug Control Bill, which according to him seeks interagency collaboration and the mental health bill, that focuses on psychological issues from these drug abuse, there is need fo...
As part of its efforts to digitalise patient records at the hospital, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan said it is introducing a smart card to ease patients care and monotony of payment at its payment points. UCH’s Chief Medical Director, Professor Temitope Alonge said the card being introduced with the partnership of Wema Bank, will also cut off duplication of payments and reduce waiting time in accessing care at the hospital. Professor Alonge, who said the hospital’s digitalising is almost completed, said the card will also serve as patient’s means of identification and for payment, adding that the cards are to make the hospital more patient-friendly by reducing waiting time, ensure patient confidentiality and ease of service delivery. According to him, “Now this card ac
Although most people think of mushrooms as vegetables, they’re in fact a type of beneficial fungus. The term “mushroom” refers to any macrofungus with a distinctive fruiting body large enough to be seen with the naked eye and picked by hand. As of now, mushrooms constitute at least 14,000 different plant species — and perhaps way more. The number of mushroom species on the earth is estimated to be 140,000, which suggests that scientists only know about 10 percent of the possible species at this time. Although various types of mushrooms differ in terms of their exact calorie and nutrient count, in general they’re very low in carbohydrates, calories, fat, sodium and sugar. Meanwhile, provide a high level of nutrients — especially antioxidants, energizing B vitamins, copper and selenium. Wi