To save a mother and a baby comes down to two unlikely innovations—a wrist band that monitors a baby’s temperature and a balloon that stops bleeding after childbirth. In the first four weeks of like, a child’s risk of death is nearly 15 times greater than any other time before their first birthday, according to the World Health Organisation. At least four out of every 10 deaths among children aged under five are among children in their first 28 days of life. Babies with hypothermia have a doubled risk of dying, compared to others. Neonatal hypothermia is a leading contributor to these deaths. It prompts support for kangaroo care, holding a newborn to the chest to keep warm. But a bracelet on your baby’s wrist that continuously monitors temperature and alerts when the baby is not warm e
The Young Christian Workers Movement of Nigeria[YCW], Catholic Church of the Presentation, Abule Egba , have urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of going for regular screening and check-up to know their health status. The YCW medical outreach and sensitization program was organized to celebrate the 2018 world hepatitis day with the theme “ finding the missing million” in Abule egba Alimosho, Lagos on 28th and 29th July. The program which included health talk on three different topics, as well as free blood Pressure check, free eye screening, free test on Hepatitis,HIV and blood sugar, had in attendance many doctors , Nurses and laboratory technicians to facilitate the exercise. Speaking to Abule Egba residents and Catholic church members during the health talk, the Agbado Oke-o
Prof. Felix Chukwuneke, a renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon, on Monday said the country needed no less than 300,000 dental surgeons to boost oral health care. Chukwuneke, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said the number was at least the minimum to cover the 36 states and Abuja. The don, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu Campus of the institution, advocated for more dental surgeons to ensure the oral health of Nigerians. He said that the current number of dental surgeons in the country was inadequate to take care of a population of about 190 million people. “For now, the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is inadequate considering the importance of oral health to the life of any person. “When you
A derivative of the turmeric could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, finds a new study led by University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London, United Kingdom (UK), researchers. In the new Scientific Reports paper, the researchers report a new method to deliver curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice turmeric, directly to the back of the eye using eye drops, overcoming the challenge of curcumin’s poor solubility. The research team found the eye drops can reduce the loss of retinal cells in rats, which is known to be an early sign of glaucoma. They are also investigating how the eye drops could be used as a diagnostic tool for a range of conditions. “Curcumin is an exciting compound that has shown promise at detecting and treating the neuro-degener
Aliko Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations have expressed commitments to reduce malnutrition in Nigeria through improved quality fortification of foods. They made the pledge during the Food Processing and Nutrition Leadership Forum in Lagos where chief executives of leading food processing companies committed to adequate fortification in major food staples by 2020. Mr. Larry Umunna, Country Director, TechnoServe Nigeria, said in a statement that the Forum marks the start of a renewed, business-led effort to combat poor nutrition in Nigeria. According to Ummuna, the partnership will address the lack of access to basic nutrients and vitamins that holds back women and children’s health and development. The initiative was part of the Strengthening African Processors of Fortified
The Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PACFaH@Scale) has mobilised professional bodies in the health sector to advocate for increased funding for its four thematic areas with special consideration for child spacing. In a meeting held at Mumbayya House yesterday, the Project Director in Kano, Professor Haruna Wakili, said the essence of the meeting was to form an advocacy group of professionals that would speak with one voice as critical stakeholders in the health sector. On his part, the Advocacy and strategic officer of the project, Dr Rayyan Garba, said statistical data available has shown that in all the four issue areas which included routine immunization, childhood killer diseases, child spacing and bringing Primary Health Care under one roof, Kano state h...
Babies born with high levels of an immune-related protein in their blood cells are less likely to develop malaria throughout their early childhood, a discovery with implications for vaccine development against the disease, according to a latest Australian research. “We found that newborn babies born with a high level of a certain type of cytokine, known as IL-12, in their umbilical cord blood has a higher resistance to the development of malaria in the first two years of their life,” Curtin University’s Dr Yong Song, who led the study, said on Thursday. Song said the research also investigated how newborns develop high levels of the protein in cord blood. He said the study found that the inbred quantity of the small proteins was not only influenced by children and mother’s geneti
The United Nations Population Fund has said that it will provide medical assistance in the form of treatment to Nigerian women suffering Vesico-vaginal Fistula and also help to train doctors on the repair of damaged fistula in Borno State. The Acting Representative of the agency to Nigeria, Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, disclosed this at a briefing held in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, on Tuesday to announce the flag-off of VVF repairs in the state. To fulfil its objective, Kongnyuy said, the agency recently brought in three renowned urologists from France. They are Prof. Alain Le Duc, Dr. Claude Dumurger and Dr. Ludovic Falandry. The French medical experts, he noted, would oversee the treatment of 150 women suffering from VVF and impact their knowledge on doctors living and working in the
Obesity is fast becoming an epidemic all over the world. Indeed it is a serious health problem in the United States of America and as reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 33 per cent of adults and 15 per cent of children and teenagers in America are obese. Looking at somebody, one can tell whether such a person is overweight or not. If this is true, I would like to begin to define obesity as a visual sign of something going on in the body. That being overweight is not healthy is a statement of fact and that being the case, I could therefore define obesity further as a visual sign of an internal system that has gone wrong as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Obesity is a symptom of an underlying disease. The symptom is the excessive weight gain th...
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has secured a $6 million (about N2.1 billion) worth of new medical equipment from MedShare, a U.S.-based non-profit organisation in Atlanta. Akeredolu told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Atlanta that he ordered 20 containers load of new medical equipment from MedShare to strengthen the state’s healthcare. NAN reports that the non-profit organisation had donated more than $40 million worth of new medical equipment to strengthen Nigeria’s healthcare systems in the last 20 years. All the 19 northern state governments and the Federal Capital Territory have benefitted from the organisation while beneficiaries in the south include Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Enugu and Abia. Akeredolu said the partnership with
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has cautioned the general public on the usage of Antimicrobial Resistance. The AMR is regarded as the ability of Pathogenic Microorganism to resist the effect of anti-microbial agents when used to treat internal or external infection. The incidence of AMR leads to treatment failure or infections that cannot be easily treated could lead to death and economic loss. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, who gave the warning in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said AMR had become a global concern to both human and animal. Adeyeye said that this was a real problem in Nigeria because people were fond of not finishing antibiotic medication or buy only what could be afforded. She said: “In a local hospital in Nig
The Cross River chapter on the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has raised an alarm over the increasing rate medical quackery in the state. Dr Effiong Mkpanam, NMA Chairman in the state, made this known on Thursday in Calabar during the 2018 Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference of the association. The theme of the conference is “Impact of Economic and Security Challenges on Nigeria’s Health Sector”. Mkpanam said that medical quackery in Cross River was assuming an embarrassing dimension, hence the need to curb the menace. He said that the NMA had invested in anti-quackery measures with a view to fighting the menace. According to him, medical doctors now use the ‘Doctor’s Stamp’, which took effect in 2015, as a way to curb quackery in the health sector. “Quackery in Cross R
The Federal Ministry of Health has recalled 2.4 million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine after a recent audit of the substance carried out by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). According to a statement by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry on Sunday in Abuja, the recall demonstrated the Federal Government’s resolve to stem the abuse of codeine and other substances in Nigeria. Akinola said the minister had recently received the final report of the 22-man Stakeholders Committee set up by the Ministry to address the worrisome menace of codeine abuse in Nigeria. She quoted the Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole as saying that the audit trail and subsequent recall of the substance was part of recommendations
The Federal Government, through the Ogun State Command of the Port Health Services, on Wednesday inaugurated a new emergency ambulance at the Idi-Iroko border post, apparently in response to a resurgence of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease in neighbouring Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our correspondent gathered that the ambulance would be used during medical emergencies to convey patients suffering Ebola and other contagious diseases to referral points from the border post, when discovered at the screening point. While inaugurating the ambulance, the Director of Port Health Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Alex Okoh, described it as an important tool for quality and smooth service delivery. Okoh, represented by the Coordinator of the PHS, Mr. Taiwo ...
The Consumer Protection Council has advised all persons currently under high blood pressure medication or hypertensive care to desist from using all Valsartan drugs that come in 40mg, 80mg and 160mg capsules, as well as film-coated tablets of 40mg, 80mg, 160mg and 320mg. The Director-General of the council, Babatunde Irueka, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said the drugs had been recalled by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. Irueka said, “On July 19, 2018, NAFDAC announced a recall of Valsartan, an anti-hypertensive medication, in response to a notice from the United Kingdom authorities informing the agency about the potential contamination of Valsartan tablets, manufactured by Accord Healthcare, previously known as Actavis Group. At