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Day: July 13, 2018

Nigeria Accounts For 10% Adolescents Living With HIV Globally

Nigeria Accounts For 10% Adolescents Living With HIV Globally

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The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) revealed that Nigeria has the second highest burden of adolescents living with HIV as 240,000 adolescents in the country representing 10 percent globally are living with the disease. The Director-General, NACA Dr Sani Aliyu who made this known Wednesday, at a programme tagged “All-In” – working with adolescents and young people to achieve 90:90:90 in Nigeria said, with this burden, Nigeria is not preventing new infections, enrolling and retaining young people in treatment fast enough, adding that with their strong drive, idealism and fresh ideas, young people can introduce new solutions to the challenges. “In view of this, the Nigerian National HIV response led by NACA, with support from UNICEF in partnership with Population Council, has
Why You Should Not Put Urine, Breast Milk in Your Eyes

Why You Should Not Put Urine, Breast Milk in Your Eyes

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It is a very common practice for people to apply concoctions on their eyes or engage in self-medication when they feel pains or have other problems with their eyes. An optometrist, Dr Echendu Damian, has advised against these practices saying they could lead to vision impairment and blindness. He said people should desist from engaging in practices such as applying urine, breast milk, kerosene and other chemicals in the eyes saying they all have negative effects on the eyes. Optometrists are medical specialists involved in measuring eyesight, prescribing corrective lenses and detecting and treating eye diseases among others. Dr Echendu who is also the President of the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), advised against getting eye glasses from street vendors and non-eye specialists....
Over 44,000 People Benefits From Lagos Free Medical Mission

Over 44,000 People Benefits From Lagos Free Medical Mission

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No fewer than 44,000 residents of Ajeromi, Ifelodun, Ojo, Iba, Oto-Awori, Apapa, Iganmu, Lagos Mainland, Yaba, Ibeju-Lekki, Lekki, Oshodi, Isolo, Ejigbo, Eti-Osa, Eti-Osa East, Iru-Victoria Island and Ikoyi-Obalende local governments and local council development area of Lagos have benefitted from the first phase of a free medical expedition programme tagged ‘The Eko Free Health Mission’ sponsored by the Lagos State Government. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who made this known today while giving a progress report of the programme noted that statistics obtained indicated that 8,659 individuals were diagnosed with hypertension; 1,018 others were diagnosed to have diabetes while 281 people are with symptoms suggestive of cataracts. “Over 9,000 people have refractive errors; 1,
Nigeria’s Dependence on Donors for Immunisation Vaccines Shameful — Tomori

Nigeria’s Dependence on Donors for Immunisation Vaccines Shameful — Tomori

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With report showing that vaccination eludes 75 percent of Nigerian children, a professor of virology, Prof Oyewale Tomori, has said that the country has no business depending on donor agencies in the provision of resources for children’s vaccination even as he stressed the need to increase the awareness of parents and caretakers for vaccination to ensure that every child receives the full complement of vaccine at the right time.“ Tomori in a chat with Vanguard said: “We must reduce our dependence on donors and partners in the provision of resources for vaccinating our children. After all, when we are making the babies, we do not invite partners, why then should we invite them to take care of our children. “It is a thing of national shame and horror that we are still begging for funds
NAFDAC Chief, Others Warn Against Selling Breast Milk Substitutes

NAFDAC Chief, Others Warn Against Selling Breast Milk Substitutes

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raised the alarm over the continued violation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes (BMS) and national regulations by manufacturers of BMS products. NAFDAC spoke at the media workshop on: ‘Compliance with the Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitute’. At the event were Fhi360- Alive and Thrive FHI-360 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. NAFDAC also warned that violators of the code would be jailed for a period of two years while companies would forfeit the offending items on conviction. According to NAFDAC’s Director-General, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye the knowledge and lack of awareness of stakeholders, including the media, have also contributed to the gravity of violatio
Death and Ageing May Soon Be a Thing Of The Past

Death and Ageing May Soon Be a Thing Of The Past

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Ever heard the song, “Forever young” by Jay Z and Mr. Hudson? Well, that could very well be our reality sooner than we think, according to 2 Genetic Engineers. Jose Lius Codeiro and Cambridge mathematician, David Wood recently published a book titled “The Death of Death” and have said that by the year 2045 humans will only die by accidents and not by natural causes or illnesses. The founders of the operating system called Symbian, said that it’s important that old age gets classified as an illness so that publicly funded research into its cure can extend. While presenting their new book in Barcelona, they stated that nanotechnology will be an integral part of this plan. The process of stopping ageing will involve turning bad genes into healthy ones - eliminating dead cells from the body
Sokoto Sponsors 100 Medical Students in India

Sokoto Sponsors 100 Medical Students in India

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One hundred Sokoto students, offered scholarship by the state government to study Medicine and other medical-related courses in India, were yesterday warned against drug abuse.  The chairman of the state scholarship board, Altine Shehu Kajiji gave the warning at a two-day orientation programme held for 100 out of 200 students to be trained abroad by the state government in Medicine and allied courses. Kajiji who was represented by Sarkin Kabin Kebbe Abubakar Kassim stressed the need for them to shun negative tendencies and be good ambassadors of the state and nation. He said the state government expended huge resources to sponsor their studies in order to address manpower shortage in its health sector. A member of the scholarship board, Shehu Dalhatu, said the beneficiaries wer
New Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Assumes Duty

New Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Assumes Duty

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The new Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullahi Mashi, has assumed duty. Mashi, who addressed directors and management staff of the ministry on his resumption in Abuja earlier in the week, emphasised the need to improve on service delivery at hospitals, particularly, the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments, in order to address the current worrisome situation experienced by patients across the country. He urged the Servicom Department in the ministry to occasionally pay unscheduled visits to hospitals to monitor activities with the aim of ensuring proper work ethics and improvement in service delivery. The new permanent secretary said with the high calibre of staff at the health ministry, he was at home and willing to learn quickly in order to acclimatise t...
Health Minister Launches Document to Address Family Planning Issues

Health Minister Launches Document to Address Family Planning Issues

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has launched three key reproductive health documents aimed at encouraging family planning in Nigeria. Launching the document in Abuja recently, Adewole said the template will help improve decisionmaking in the health sector, particularly in the area of family planning. The minister, who was represented by the Director, Family Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, said: “I am sure that they will contribute to reduction in maternal morbidity and ultimately improve the health of our women and girls.” The documents include the National Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA-SC), Accelerated Introduction, and Scale-Up Plan 2018-2022. Adewole said the documents were developed to ensure that contraceptive inform
Fertility Expert Advises Husbands to go for Regular Genital Check-ups

Fertility Expert Advises Husbands to go for Regular Genital Check-ups

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Managing Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, has appealed to men to go for periodic genital check-ups since they are active players in cases of infertility in marriage. Ajayi made the call against the backdrop of a general tendency to blame women for infertility when childlessness occurs in marriages. He stressed that most saddening was the fact that the woman took the blame when in actual fact it was the male that is at fault. He said, “A lot of times, men don’t come out to be tested and then they keep blaming the woman until it becomes a major issue in the marriage. The notion that women are always the culprit when it comes to delay in childbearing should be dispelled. “Males have a 50 per cent chance of being responsible for infertility in marriages as there wer
Ebola Survivors Suffer Severe Mental, Neurological Problems – Study

Ebola Survivors Suffer Severe Mental, Neurological Problems – Study

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People who survive the deadly Ebola virus can continue to suffer severe psychiatric and neurological problems including depression, debilitating migraines, nerve pain and stroke, according to a study. Researchers who analysed patients infected during the 2014 to 2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa found that some survivors had such severe health conditions that they were left unable to care for themselves. “We knew that a disease as severe as Ebola would leave survivors with major problems – however, it took me aback to see young and previously active people who had survived but were now unable to move half their bodies, or talk, or pick up their children,” said Janet Scott of Britain’s University of Liverpool, who co-led the research. She said the findings show a need for larger a