The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) state coordinator, Oche Otalu has bemoaned the low health insurance status of Benue state, stating that out of the 5 million people of the state, only about 85,000 have health insurance. Otalu, who made this known when he led other officials on an advocacy visit to the Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, blamed it on the low awareness of the benefits of NHIS programmes in the state. The NHIS coordinator, in an address, appealed to Governor Ortom to provide the needed logistic support to the State House of Assembly to carry out public hearings on the Benue State Health Insurance Agency, stating that establishment of the agency would facilitate affordable healthcare for the state by reducing poor health outcomes. “This would reduce the incidence
As part of the commitment to ensure hygienic environment for healthy living, open defecation now attracts seven lashes and N200 fine in Unguwan Damaru in Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Malam Adda’u Ibrahim, the community’s Chairman of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee, said that in addition to seven lashes and the fine, the offender would also be made to properly dispose of the waste. Ibrahim told the correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria who was in the community on Thursday to assess the impact of Phase II of Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria project in the community. He said that the measure was part of efforts to promote hygiene and prevent outbreak of diseases in the community. Ibrahim explained that in the past, open defecation and living in fi
Some things just don’t mix well. But what you eat or drink can affect how some drugs you take work. You may not find time to read medical information that details contraindications, but you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if there’s anything you should avoid. Grapefruit- This citrus changes the way certain cells in your intestine take in and move medication through your body. It can affect more than 50 drugs. It can make some less effective and make others too strong. Milk- Milk can make it harder for your body to process certain antibiotics. Minerals in milk like calcium and magnesium are part of the reason, along with the protein casein. If you’re taking antibiotics, make sure to find out about the foods or beverages you should stay away from. Chocolate- Dark chocolate
When most of us think of calories, we think of how fattening a food is. In dietary terms, calories are the amount of energy that a food provides.If we consistently take in more energy than we need, we will gain weight. If we take in too little energy, we will lose weight, fat, and eventually muscle mass. The definition of a calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram (g) of water through 1° Celsius. The type and amount of food we eat determine how many calories we consume. For many people on a weight-loss diet, the number of calories in a food is a deciding factor in choosing whether or not to eat it. How and when we eat can also make a difference, as the body uses energy differently throughout the day. Our body’s energy use will depend on how active we are
The World Health Organisation has recognised sex addiction or “compulsive sexual behaviour” as a mental disorder, but said Saturday it remained unclear if it was an addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse. The contentious term “sex addiction” has been around for decades but experts disagree over whether the condition exists. In the latest update of its catalogue of diseases and injuries around the world, the WHO takes a step towards legitimising the concept, by acknowledging “compulsive sexual behaviour disorder”, or CSBD, as a mental illness. But the UN health body stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviours like substance abuse or gambling, insisting more research is needed before describing the disorder as an addiction. “Conservatively speaking, we
Health advocates under the aegis of the National Advocates for Health (NA4H) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to increase the health budget and ensure timely releases in 2018. The group made the call in a statement by its chairman, Professor Dapo Ladipo after a symposium tagged ‘framing for advocacy and accountability for effective implementation of 2018 National Health Budget, Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and Global Financing Facility (GFF)’ in Abuja. They enjoined President Buhari to submit a supplementary health budget to the National Assembly in order to raise its percentage to at least 7.5% this year and to also raise the budget by 1% percent increase in subsequent years. Daily Trust News
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC, has urged the National Assembly to fund the agency towards realisation of the enforcement of the Mobile Authentication Scheme, MAS, on drug products so as to reduce counterfeiting. Disclosing this position weekend, Director- General, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said the request was in response to the suggestion by the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the agency utilises MAS for all drugs regulated by it. Adeyeye said: “The suggestion by the Honourable Speaker to use MAS for all drugs regulated by NAFDAC is noble, and in line with the agency’s ultimate agenda. However, a lot of staffing and funding will be needed for full implementation. “The limited authentication that is being undertaken curr
Findings have shown that an experimental HIV-1 vaccine regimen is well-tolerated and generated comparable and robust immune responses against (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) HIV in healthy adults and rhesus monkeys.Also, another separate research has shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria. This amino acid sequence, an antigen, is similar among P. falciparum strains elsewhere in the world, suggesting that this antigen would make a good target for a malaria vaccine. The research is published in Infection and Immunit...
The Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has pledged its commitment to collaborate with government to ensure the absorption of optometrists’ internship in government health institutions. Dr Ozy Okonokhua, the newly elected President of NOA gave the assurance in a statement issued on Sunday after he assumed office on Saturday in Abuja. Okonokhua lamented that optometrists were not given due recognition both in full time practice and internship in public health institutions in spite of the key role they perform in delivering healthcare. He described the development as unacceptable noting that the daily activities of every individual were incomplete without the services of optometrist. According to Okonokhua, “Optometrist is a healthcare professional who specialises in the art and scienc
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PSN-PACFaH@Scale) to ensure that the 2020 family planning target is achieved. In this regard, the society said it will use the modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) campaign to expand access to family planning and other primary healthcare services. NAN reports that the CPR provides a measure of population coverage of contraceptive use, taking into account all sources of supply and all contraceptive methods; it is the most widely reported measure of outcome for family planning programs at the population level. Technically speaking, CPR is a ratio, not a rate. (Prevalence is measured by a ratio and incidence by a rate). For a given year, contraceptive prevalence measures the percentag...