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Day: August 7, 2018

Breast Sucking Cannot Prevent Lumps, Cancer – Experts

Breast Sucking Cannot Prevent Lumps, Cancer – Experts

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Some medical practitioners on Tuesday in Lagos said the belief that sucking or fondling of a woman’s breasts could prevent lumps was not scientifically proven. A Consultant Oncologist, Dr Atara Nketim, a Medical Researcher, Dr Bamidele Iwalokun and a Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Adaugo Onyedinma, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The experts spoke against the backdrop of claims in some quarters that sucking or fondling a woman’s breasts by her husband has some health benefits including prevention of breast cancer and other related diseases. However, a researcher in U.S, Gautham Venugopalan, said in an online publication, Daily Mail Reporter, that a little squeeze might be all that “it takes to prevent malignant breast cells triggering cancer”. According to him, labo
Kidnapper Sleeps Off in Victim’s House After Taking Tramadol

Kidnapper Sleeps Off in Victim’s House After Taking Tramadol

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A suspected kidnapper, who wanted to kidnap a pharmacy owner, slept off as a result of tramadol he took before the operation. The Ondo State Police Command said the incident took place in Owo town , Ondo State, on Sunday, adding that as of Monday, the suspect was still sleeping due to the effect of the drug. Parading the unconscious suspect at the command headquarters in Akure, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, explained that the suspect and his gang members had invaded a pharmacy in Owo to kidnap the owner. Joseph said the three-man gang stormed the store with a gun, but the victim raised the alarm and escaped through the back door. The PPRO said, “After failing to abduct their target, the hoodlums fled, but one of them stumbled because he was not active again
Oyo Health Care Services: 8 Years of Femoral Hernia Operated at OSF

Oyo Health Care Services: 8 Years of Femoral Hernia Operated at OSF

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The Olatoye Sugar Foundation (OSF) free medical service which was established by the Federal lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele Constituency, Chairman House Committee, Urban Development and Regional Planning and 2019 gubernatorial aspirant in Oyo State, Hon. Temitope Olatoye Sugar, witnessed a large turnout of people with different ailment. The free weekly medical exercises of the Olatoye Sugar Foundation (OSF) which its grand finale is usually at the OSF headquarter in Ibadan, attended to people with hernia and eye problems. One of the beneficiaries of Saturday’s free medical services is Master Opeyemi Ayomide who has been suffering from hernia for over 5 years. His parents have taken him to a different hospital where they were asked to pay #45,000 but they could not afford the money
NCDC, PHN Partner With Private Sector Towards Ending Epidemics In Nigeria

NCDC, PHN Partner With Private Sector Towards Ending Epidemics In Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), have launched a new initiative – the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness and Response (A4EPR). The aim is to develop a formal structure for the private sector to support the Nigerian government through NCDC, in the prevention, preparedness, detection, response and control of outbreaks in Nigeria. The A4EPR is designed to address priority areas in health security, focusing on building the capacity to protect the health of Nigerians. These priority areas include – purchase of equipment for outbreak preparedness and response; support to States during outbreaks; advocacy and communications as well as capacity development. The launch of A4EPR by the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Is
NSE Raised N57.36 Million for Mobile Cancer Centres

NSE Raised N57.36 Million for Mobile Cancer Centres

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has raised the sum of N57.36 million in four years for the purchase of Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) through its Corporate Challenge initiative. Bola Adeeko, NSE Head, Shares Services Division, said in a statement on Monday in Lagos. The NSE Corporate Challenge which started in 2014, is a one-day competitive and fun-filled five kilometres walk, jog and run event, primarily designed to raise awareness on early detection and funds to support the fight against cancer in Nigeria. Mr Adeeko said the exchange had been at the forefront of cancer awareness and advocacy for the provision of screening and treatment facilities. “Our commitment is unwavering, as we will continue to use the NSE Corporate Challenge platform to create awareness and raise funds to win
Why Breastfeeding Mothers Should not Drink any Alcohol

Why Breastfeeding Mothers Should not Drink any Alcohol

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No alcohol is safe while breastfeeding, new research suggests. Exposure to booze in breast milk reduces children’s thinking and reasoning skills at six-to-seven years old, a study found. Alcohol is thought to damage babies’ brain cells or could make breast milk less nutritious, leading to deficiencies, the researchers believe. Study author Louisa Gibson, from Macquarie University, Sydney, said: “The safest option is to abstain from alcohol completely during both pregnancy and breastfeeding. “This study suggests that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, with every extra drink causing a little bit more harm.” The researchers analysed more than 5,000 mothers and babies, born in 2004, from Australia. Every two years, the youngsters were assessed. The findings were published in
Firm Seizes Healthcare Ambulances Over Alleged Non-Payment of Debt

Firm Seizes Healthcare Ambulances Over Alleged Non-Payment of Debt

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Optimal Specialist Hospital has levied execution of the judgment of the Yaba Magistrate Court, which empowered them to recover debt from UNIC Healthcare Limited. In doing so, the claimants collected two ambulance buses from the defendant. The action followed the judgment of the court delivered by Mrs A.O Ajibade as a result of an action filed by Optimal Specialist Hospital against the defendant. The court had in a judgment delivered in 2014 ordered that the sum of N3, 139, 836 being payment of the money representing the medical bills for health care services to the events of the defendant from March, 2011 to February 2014 be paid to the claimant. The court also ordered that the defendant should pay interest on the stated sum at the prevailing bank rate of 21 percent from Octobe...
We Are Having Children by Choice — Lagos Housewives

We Are Having Children by Choice — Lagos Housewives

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Family planning is changing fortunes for many housewives in Lagos, according to findings on this year’s World Population Day, WPD – July 11 – with the theme: Family Planning is a Right, some married women told Good Health Weekly that their expectations on contraceptive use are being met. A number of women encountered said they are having their children by choice and not by chance as a result. During site visits to mark the WPD, organised by Pathfinder International in collaboration with the Family Planning Media Advocacy Working Group, some of the housewives said their greatest motivation was the need for a happy home. “Life has been better for me,” said a mother of two, Funke Alao, 35, who is on three-month injectables. “Knowledge about family planning is helping my marriage and has kep
Exercise, Low Salt Intake Can Reduce Prevalence of Stroke, Others —EXPERTS

Exercise, Low Salt Intake Can Reduce Prevalence of Stroke, Others —EXPERTS

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Experts have advised that taking 30 minutes exercise, particularly, brisk walking, avoiding problematic diets such as high salt intake and fat can reduce the prevalence of strokes and other non-communicable diseases. The experts who spoke during a Community-Based Rehabilitation workshop organised by Physiotherapy department of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, also urged governments at all levels to take care of urban and regional planning to ensure that cities are well laid out to entice people to exercise physically. A Neuro-Physiotherapist, Dr Ade Fatai Adeniyi warned Nigerians to embrace healthy and appropriate lifestyles irrespective of their financial status. Adeniy stressed that intake of high fibre, vegetables and fruits as well as eating a healthy diet ar...
Cholera Kills 11, 40 Hospitalised in Kano.

Cholera Kills 11, 40 Hospitalised in Kano.

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Eleven Persons have been reported dead following an outbreak of suspected case of cholera, while over forty seven have been hospitalised in Bebeji local government area of Kano state. The Nation gathered that three villages, namely Hayin Madaci, Kuki and Falli Sarki were said to have been affected in Bebeji local government area of Kano. A Youth Leader in the area Ubale Dawud Abubakar said the villages have been battling the suspected cholera outbreak for over a week now. He said they have reported case to the authorities, but awaiting response. Musa Abdullahi, the father of six children, said the eleventh person that died as a result of the disease was buried on Sunday evening. He also affirmed that about 47 persons are being treated at homes and some patient medicine stores at the a...
Cholera Outbreak: Kano Govt. Dispatches Health Officials to Bebeji LG

Cholera Outbreak: Kano Govt. Dispatches Health Officials to Bebeji LG

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The Kano State Government has dispatched a team of health personnel to Bebeji Local Government Area of the state where an outbreak of suspected cholera was reported in three villages. A resident of the area, Malam Aminu Musa said in Kano that no fewer than 11 persons lost their lives and 45 others hospitalised at Hayin Madaci, Kuki and Falli Sarki villages. Musa said the suspected cholera cases began a week ago, adding that most of those who died were children. Alhaji Samaila Gwammaja, the Public Relations Officer of the state Ministry of Health, confirmed the development, but said the ministry was compiling figures of victims. “The commissioner for health, Dr Kabiru Getso and some officials of the ministry are now on their way to the affected areas in Bebeji local government to assess
People Who Don’t Drink, Like Big Drinkers, More Prone To Dementia

People Who Don’t Drink, Like Big Drinkers, More Prone To Dementia

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People who have sworn off alcohol for decades or longer run a higher risk of dementia late in life than moderate drinkers, according to a new study.Long-term teetotallers were roughly 50 per cent more likely to suffer Alzheimer or another form of neurodegenerative disease, scientists reported in the BMJ, a medical journal, on Wednesday. With heavy drinking, however, dementia became even more prevalent, though for different reasons. Unlike earlier research, the study did not find a link between abstinence and a shorter life expectancy, as compared to occasional drinkers The results were based on a review of medical records rather than the more scientifically rigorous clinical trials used to assess new drugs, and the number of cases examined was relatively small. But the startling result...
Nigeria Needs N4 Billion to Tackle Infectious Diseases – NCDC

Nigeria Needs N4 Billion to Tackle Infectious Diseases – NCDC

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Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday said that Nigeria needs N4 billion to tackle infectious diseases. Mr Ihekweazu said this at the launch of Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness and Response (A4EPR) in Lagos. The launch of A4EPR is aimed at getting major stakeholders in the health sector to combat infectious diseases. The alliance is an initiative of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The PHN is in alliance with NCDC and a coalition of private sector which has in its fold: Dangote Group Plc., MTN Nigeria, Total Nigeria, Shell Foundation and Tony Elumelu Foundation. The mission of the group is to seek a way forward in bringing intervention to the risk of infec...
Lassa Fever Outbreak: One Die In Enugu Health Facility

Lassa Fever Outbreak: One Die In Enugu Health Facility

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A fresh Lassa Fever Outbreak in Enugu State has left one dead. Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin, confirmed the incident, on Monday. He said the incident, which the source could not be ascertained immediately, claimed only one. “We had a case of Lassa fever, unfortunately, he died. It’s a confirmed case. As we speak, no other case has been confirmed or suspected. So, we pray it ends as it has already happened. However, there is no cause for alarm. “When we see any case, we do the needful, regarding those of high risk medium and low risk. So, a certain number of cases identified are on drugs. The search continues because we have to equally go outside the hospital and look for the places, the family source and food for the patient.” Following the resurgence of the disease earlie
NDLEA Seizes 18kg of Cannabis in Remote Areas of Niger

NDLEA Seizes 18kg of Cannabis in Remote Areas of Niger

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, has seized 18kg of hemp and arrested two suspected drug traffickers in remote areas of the state. Mrs Silvia Egwunwoke, the state NDLEA Commander, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Monday. Egwunwoke said that one of the suspects was arrested at Mokwa Local Government Area with 8kg of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis, concealed in bales of used clothes. The commander said that the second suspect was arrested in his house at Osubu village in Kontagora area council and was found with 10kg of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis. “Good Samaritan from the village volunteer information to our officers that led to the arrest of the suspect,’’ she said. Egwunwoke appealed to residents to contin