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Day: June 22, 2018

Electricity Generators, Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Nigeria — Expert

Electricity Generators, Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Nigeria — Expert

NEWS
An expert on hearing loss, Dr Bolajoko Olusanya, on Friday identified generators, some prescription drugs, and exposure to loud noise as major causes of hearing loss in the country. Olusanya, a Medical Director at a Lagos clinic, Phonics Hearing Centre, made remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. “In Nigeria, we use generators a lot, because of frequent power outages. “The public should be sensitised to recognise that apart from getting power supply from generators, staying too long near them can cause hearing loss and once you have hearing loss, it is for life. “Also, people who are exposed to loud noise, including pepper grinding machines, those in the aviation industry, as well as factory workers, are at risk of hearing loss. “People shoul
Nigeria Set for Commercial Production of Home Grown Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

Nigeria Set for Commercial Production of Home Grown Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

NEWS
There is hope for sickle cell anaemia patients in Nigeria following an agreement to start commercial production of a home grown drug for the disease. The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) signed the agreement with a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, to produce the drug called Niprisan. A few weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council gave approval to the agency and the pharmaceutical company to scale up production and marketing of the anti-sickle cell formula discovered by NIPRD researchers several years ago. This is aimed at reducing the burden of the disease in Africa and other parts of the world where the disease is common. Sickle cell anaemia is a common problem particularly among Africans, South-east Asians and Latin America...
National Hospital Celebrates ’13 Years of Uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation’

National Hospital Celebrates ’13 Years of Uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation’

NEWS
The National Hospital Abuja, on Wednesday celebrated 13 years of providing uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation Services (IVF) to Nigerians. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Jaf Momoh, said the management was honoured to mark 13 years of successes in making families happy. Represented by Olaomi Olowole, the Director Clinical Services, Mr Momoh added that the achievements were greatly attributed to a sustained and successive IVF management centre He said a lot of pregnancies had been achieved at the IVF centre which had served as encouragement to lots of women, couples, families and Nigeria at large. He said the event was aimed at celebrating the pioneer members of staff and the patients for the achievements recorded over the years. “The centre comm
What to Do After a Baby Falls

What to Do After a Baby Falls

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Babies are generally very fidgety, and it is quite common for them to fall off a bed while napping or sleeping. If this happens, it is essential to assess the situation calmly and to look carefully for signs of injury. Even though it can be frightening, a fall from a bed does not usually cause any serious harm. However, injuries are possible, so caregivers should be aware of signs indicating that a baby needs a medical check after a fall. Read on for information on what to do if a baby falls, the possible injuries that it can cause, and how to care for them afterward. What to do first When a baby or toddler falls off a bed, it is vital to remain calm and quickly assess the situation. Immediately call your Physcian without picking the baby up if: When a baby or toddler falls off a bed...
Minister Wants TB Test Result to Be Pre-Requisite For Employment, Admission in Schools

Minister Wants TB Test Result to Be Pre-Requisite For Employment, Admission in Schools

NEWS
The Minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole has advocated for inclusion of TB test result in the basic requirements for employment in the federal and state civil service as well as admissions into secondary and tertiary institutions with a view to fast tracking diagnosis and total eradication of the disease from the country before 2030. He made the suggestion yesterday in a keynote address at opening ceremonies of the 61st National Council on Health Meeting currently going on in Kano with a theme “the second national strategic health development plan: a roadmap to achieving health coverage. The minister further directed the health workers at the Outpatient Departments of secondary and tertiary health facilities across the country to conduct symptomatic TB screening on all care se
Experts Make Case for Alternative Medicine

Experts Make Case for Alternative Medicine

NEWS
Some experts have called on all tiers of government in Nigeria to pay more attention to alternative and herbal medicine in order to boost healthcare delivery. They made the call in Ibadan at a lecture organised by the Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). The lecture was held in commemoration of the 2018 Sustainable Gastronomy Day. Wikipedia defines gastronomy as the study of the relationship between food and culture, art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetising food, the cooking styles of particular regions and the science of good eating. The UN General Assembly had on Dec. 21, 2016 adopted June 18 as Sustainable Gastronomy Day. The decision acknowledged gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. ...