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Month: July 2018

Nearly 10,000 Cases Suspected to be Cholera this Year Alone

Nearly 10,000 Cases Suspected to be Cholera this Year Alone

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Some 9,866 cases suspected to be cholera have been reported in the ongoing outbreak since January, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says. Only 275 have been confirmed as cholera in laboratory testing and 141 people have died so far across 92 local government areas in 21 states. This time last year, only 669 cases suspected to be cholera were reported, and 17 people had died across 25 local government areas in 13 states. In the first week of July alone, laboratory testing showed 22 infections positive for cholera out of a total 744 reported cases in 11 states. Fourteen people have died from cholera in the first week of July alone, epidemiological records from the NCDC show. Both the NCDC and World Health Organisation have warned of the epidemic growing wider and further...
Enugu Police Arrest Robbery Suspect in Pharmacy

Enugu Police Arrest Robbery Suspect in Pharmacy

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The Enugu Police Command on Thursday arrested a robbery suspect, who allegedly attacked a pharmacy in Enugu metropolis. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the spokesman for the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Central Police Station, Enugu. Amaraizu, who gave the name of the suspect as Okwudili Okechukwu, said he was arrested after policemen acted swiftly on a distress call. He said the suspect claimed that he was from Umuleri Community in Anambra State. “It was gathered that the suspect, alongside other fleeing members of his gang, allegedly broke into the pharmacy at old University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Road and stole laptops and mobile phones, among others. “It was further gathered that the hoodlums took N234,000.
‘Nigerians Deserve Access to Affordable Health Care’

‘Nigerians Deserve Access to Affordable Health Care’

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The MD, Hygeia HMO Limited, Mr. Obinna Abajua, has stressed the need for health care providers to offer health services to the people at affordable rates. He made the statement while delivering his opening speech at the Healthcare Nigeria Conference, held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos last week. Abajua, in his speech, noted that the theme of the conference, ‘Sustainable Health care – The Roadmap’, was derived from the existing reality where it was no longer sufficient to simply have potential, hope or desire. He said it was all about real and executable action plans for each operator in the health care value chain. He said, “Without corporate and individual action, the poor sanitation habit of people, which has been exposing them to non-communicable diseases, can contribute to t
Low- Or No-Calorie Soft Drinks Linked To Improved Outcomes in Colon Cancer

Low- Or No-Calorie Soft Drinks Linked To Improved Outcomes in Colon Cancer

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Drinking artificially sweetened beverages is associated with a significantly lower risk of colon cancer recurrence and cancer death, a team of investigators led by a Yale Cancer Center scientist has found. The study was published today in PLOS ONE. "Artificially sweetened drinks have a checkered reputation in the public because of purported health risks that have never really been documented," said the study's senior author, Charles S. Fuchs, M.D., director of Yale Cancer Center. "Our study clearly shows they help avoid cancer recurrence and death in patients who have been treated for advanced colon cancer, and that is an exciting finding." Fuchs and his team of researchers found that in the 1,018-patient analysis, those participants who drank one or more 12-ounce serving of artifici...
Hope For Stroke Patients: New Drug Able To Repair Brain

Hope For Stroke Patients: New Drug Able To Repair Brain

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A stroke is a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain. In the absence of oxygen, cells die within minutes. Experts say effectual treatment options for stroke are few and they are applicable only to small number of patients. Globally, stroke has been identified as the second major cause of death and disability. It destroys brain cells by blocking blood flow in the brain. Scientists working on a new research have come out with a drug which has already gotten the green light for the treatment of other conditions. Not only is it capable of restricting the harm done by stroke, it as well enhances repair. It was able to decrease the number of killed cells, and stimulated the birth of new ones in mice. The research...
Exploring the Enormous Health Benefits of Apple

Exploring the Enormous Health Benefits of Apple

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Fruits are really important for everyone’s diet and good healthy living. Fresh fruits are a great option for breakfast, snack or dessert. Most fruits are sweet and ready for you to eat without preparing a recipe or cooking. Take an apple for instance, you don’t have to be a nutritionist to realise that apples are healthy. The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, further address the health effects of the fruit. Delicious and crunchy, apple fruit is one of the most popular and favourite fruits among the health conscious, fitness lovers who firmly believe in the concept of “health is wealth”. An apple is a sweet, edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Maluspumila). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree. From research, there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples
“Radical Cure” Best Treatment for Common Malaria: Study

“Radical Cure” Best Treatment for Common Malaria: Study

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Researchers on Friday said that “radical cure” is the best treatment for a type of malaria affecting 13 million people. A team of international malaria experts, led by the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, published a study analysing the treatment of plasmodium vivax malaria. Plasmodium vivax is the most common cause of recurring malaria, affecting more than 13 million people every year with 40 per cent of the world’s population at risk of infection. Researchers uncovered evidence of vivax malaria becoming resistant to standard treatment with chloroquine, a problem exacerbated by the plasmodium vivax parasite’s tendency to lie dormant in the liver for long periods before causing recurrent infections. “This analysis of more than 5,000 patients from 37 studies… is the largest
Researchers Challenge Fish Oil Supplements’ Heart Health Benefit

Researchers Challenge Fish Oil Supplements’ Heart Health Benefit

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Researchers say there is little or no effect of omega 3 supplements on our risk of experiencing heart disease, stroke or death.A new systematic review by Cochrane, an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health, combines the results of seventy-nine randomized trials involving 112,059 people. These studies assessed effects of consuming additional omega III fat, compared with usual or lower omega III, on diseases of the heart and circulation. Omega III is a type of fat. Small amounts of omega III fats are essential for good health, and they can be found in the food that we eat. The main types of omega III fatty acids include alpha­linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA, colle
DoctorNow Wins PharmAccess Innovative Healthcare Service Provider Award

DoctorNow Wins PharmAccess Innovative Healthcare Service Provider Award

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Innovative healthcare social media technology application, DoctorNow, has won the PharmAccess Innovative Healthcare Service Provider of the Year award. The award is one of the categories in the recently concluded 2018 Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards event. An elated Olumoyowa Kolade, who spoke on the ingenuity DoctorNow has brought to healthcare delivery service in Nigeria, said, “We are excited and believe DoctorNow recognition will continue to encourage us in our mission to ensure easy access of primary and specialist health care advice online by leveraging readily available and affordable care, using appropriate technology and thus, creating and delivering convenient, confidential and reliable digital healthcare services. This will eventually improve health outcomes across Nigeri
High Court: Locking up Patients for Hospital Bill Amounts to False Imprisonment

High Court: Locking up Patients for Hospital Bill Amounts to False Imprisonment

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The Act of Hospitals Locking Up Customers From Exiting Their Premises On The Guise That They Must Complete Payment Amounts To False Imprisonment, Court Rules. A High Court of Anambra State presided over by Hon. Justice Okuma, has ruled that the act of Corporate Institutions, especially, Hospitals locking up their customers/clients from exiting their premises on the guise that they must complete payment amounts to false imprisonment. This reasoning was given in the recently decided case of Mrs. Ngozi Osegbo, Mr. Chinonso Osegbo and The Registered Trustees of the Synod of the Diocese on the Niger with Suit No: 0/255/2017. The plaintiffs had taken their 11months old baby to Iyi Enu Mission Hospital for treatment, but died while undergoing treatment. The Hospital was said to have l...
World Bank Earmarks $4m For Kwara Health Sector

World Bank Earmarks $4m For Kwara Health Sector

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The World Bank has earmarked the sum of $4m to strengthen health care service delivery in Kwara State.The Head of World Bank’s Health in Africa Initiative, Prof. Khama Rogo, disclosed this during the inauguration of the Kwara Health Insurance scheme in Ilorin, capital of the state on Wednesday. Rogo, who is also the bank’s Lead Health Sector Specialist, stated that many African leaders had attempted to carry out the health insurance scheme in their respective countries without success. He described the scheme as a restoration of dignity to the people of Kwara State. In his address, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed noted that the state government had set aside N200m as an initial capitalisation of Kwara State Health Insurance Fund. Stressing that the government would contribute one per cent of
President Buhari Pledges Upward Review Of Budgetary Allocation To Health Sector

President Buhari Pledges Upward Review Of Budgetary Allocation To Health Sector

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government is considering an upward review of budgetary allocation to the health sector to improve the quality and access to medical facilities across the country. Buhari made the pledge when he received the new executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the State House, Abuja on Thursday. According to him, the review will reflect government’s priority of ensuring that Nigerians get better healthcare, especially in specialised areas. “We place quality healthcare on our priority list, and we are already marching on with the Primary Health Care services and some state governors have bought into it. “We are committed to universal health care.’’ The President assured the NMA that the White Paper from the Ahmed Yayale-led panel report on
HIV Positive Patient Lands in Court for Spitting on Nurse Treating Him

HIV Positive Patient Lands in Court for Spitting on Nurse Treating Him

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He spit on her and said “taste the last kiss of death,” An Aliceville man who police say is HIV positive is charged with felony assault after spitting on a nurse at Northport Medical Center. Montrel Dewaun Minor, 28, spat on the RN while he was being treated in the hospital’s emergency room last month, telling her to “taste the last kiss of death,” according to court records. According to the Centers for Disease Control, HIV is not transmittable through saliva. The incident occurred June 11 at 6 p.m., according to the report filed by Northport Police. The report doesn’t specify why Minor was being treated at the hospital. Minor “became belligerent and combative, and had to be physically restrained in order to receive the treatment,” a NPD officer wrote in the report. After h
I am as Guilty as Charged, Fake Medical Doctor Tells Court

I am as Guilty as Charged, Fake Medical Doctor Tells Court

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A fake medical doctor, Salisu Usman, yesterday confessed at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos that he had been treating patients, posing as a qualified medical doctor. “I am as guilty as charged,” Usman, 28, told court. Consequently, Magistrate Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi ordered his remand at the Kirikiri Prisons until July 20 for a review of facts and sentencing. The defendant, who pleaded for mercy, lives at Oluwalogbo, Isefun community in Ayobo, Lagos outskirts. Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ezekiel Ayorinde, said Usman committed the offence on July 6 at Baden Junction in Ayobo. He said Usman was found with a bag containing medical and surgical facilities without being a qualified medical practitioner. “The defendant, who parades himself as a medical
Cosmetic Surgeon Vanishes after Patient’s Death

Cosmetic Surgeon Vanishes after Patient’s Death

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A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon called Dr. Bumbum has gone on the run following the death of a patient just hours after undergoing cosmetic surgery at his home in Rio de Janeiro. Denis Furtado was considered capable of performing magic on women’s bodies, in particular their bottoms, and became known throughout the country for his expertise. The 45-year-old’s Instagram account belies his popularity with 650,000 followers. But now he is wanted by police after Lilian Quezia Calixto died just hours after a butt enlargement procedure at his home in the swanky Barra de Tijuca neighborhood. Calixto had travelled 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) from her home in Cuiaba to see the surgeon to the stars. But following the controversial injection of acrylic glass filler, Calixto star