Although hypertension on its own may not cause cataract, an eye expert, Professor Charles Bekibele, has said that hypertensive patients may have a higher risk of developing cataract due to their medication. Professor Bekibele in his inaugural lecture entitled ‘That the Eyes May See’ at the University of Ibadan said-prolonged use of some antihypertensives may make users develop cataract. He stated that in a study carried out in Ibadan, diabetes, ultraviolet radiation, hypertension, steroid use and cigarette smoking among those studied were connected with cataract. The Prof said that cataract is the commonest cause of blindness and visually loss globally and in Nigeria, adding that the eye problem is treatable by surgical operation. Noting that the eyes are more than organs of sight, Bek
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it had seized about 4668.880kg of drugs at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, since the beginning of the year till date. The NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander, Garba Ahmadu, said the seized drugs were 16.06kg of cocaine; 7.5kg of heroin; 6.260kg of a mixture of cocaine and heroin; 15.64kg of Cannabis Sativa; 42.88kg of methamphetamine; 119.46kg of ephedrine; 4,449.9kg of tramadol and 11.18kg of phenacetin. According to him, the number of persons arrested with seized drugs during the period under review is 43, comprising 38 males and five females. Ahmadu noted that the number of seizures made this year had almost tripled compared to what was seized last year as a result of the high demand for tramadol and the relationshi...
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has assured Nigerians that his ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to increase maternity leave from four to six months. The federal government had earlier pegged it at four months in June. The minister who made the disclosure at the flagoff and policy dialogue of the World breastfeeding week in Abuja said this will give mothers adequate time to practice exclusive breastfeeding. Mr Adewole said the policy of new mothers returning to work before six months has remained a key barrier to exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria. Exclusive breastfeeding is the act of mothers putting newborn on strict breast milk diet for the first six months of their lives without giving them water or any other dietary supplements. Unfortu
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has delisted four Healthcare Facilities (HCF) in Bauchi State over non-adherence to rules and regulations guiding the scheme. Sani Affa, the NHIS Coordinator in the state said in a statement on Thursday in Bauchi, that the four healthcare facilities were delisted for poor performance. The coordinator noted that the facilities were approved to provide primary and secondary healthcare services to NHIS clients but they worked in conflict with the rules guiding NHIS. “The facilities are: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Health Centre, Peoples Clinic Ltd, Alwadata Consultants Hospital and Under-5 Health Centre all in Bauchi,”the coordinator stated. She explained that the action followed the recent assessment of NHIS programmes in healthcare fac