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Day: August 9, 2018

Emeritus Professor Okogun Calls for Review Process to Boost Homegrown Drug Production

Emeritus Professor Okogun Calls for Review Process to Boost Homegrown Drug Production

NEWS
Stakeholders at every level of intervention have been advised to collaborate and review administrative processes and the approach leading to the identification of plants, scientific research, development and approval of remedies and drug production from Nigerian herbs and plants. This call was made by Emeritus Prof. Joseph Okogun, of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, at a Public Lecture as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday by Bevekt Gedu Chemical Company. The lecture titled, Active, Bitter and Sweet – A lifetime of Research on Plants, Anti-Cancer Remedies and Drug Discovery, focused on plants as unrivaled organic chemicals producing useful chemicals that man exploits for various purposes. It also focused on the reasons why the natural chemistry of plants is im
Lagos Community Where Pregnant Women Opt for Unorthodox Antenatal

Lagos Community Where Pregnant Women Opt for Unorthodox Antenatal

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Rebecca Ejifoma, who recently visited the Irede riverine community in Lagos, writes that pregnant women practice unorthodox self-antenatal and make use of traditional birth attendants for delivery because of lack of any hospital or health centres Abike Ahmed is an expectant mother, who is six months gone already. In those six months, Ahmed has not visited a hospital for the much needed ante-natal or a health centre. As one of the inhabitants of Irede community, a riverine community at Abule-Osu, which is off the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, she is today still coping without a health facility. For her, she combines both orthodox and traditional methods simultaneously. Although she registered at the Ojo General Hospital, she has never visited for antenatal care because of the distance from he...
What Really Is An Over-The Counter Drug?

What Really Is An Over-The Counter Drug?

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For some time now a lot of debate has been on regarding the issue of Over-The –Counter Drugs (OTC) as well as the concept of self medication. Thus the question arises: would it be regarded as self medication if I bought an OTC to treat myself of an ailment or what? Also, what ethical behaviours must one observe when buying an OTC drug? According to Wikipedia, “Self-medication is a human behaviour in which an individual uses a substance or any exogenous influence to self-administer treatment for physical or psychological ailments.” It is therefore instructive to note that, “The most widely self-medicated substances are over-the-counter drugs used to treat common health issues at home, as well as dietary supplements.” For instance in 2016, India’s drug regulator declared that a proper defin
World Bank to Nigeria: Decentralise Funds to Healthcare Facilities

World Bank to Nigeria: Decentralise Funds to Healthcare Facilities

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The World Bank Group has called on the Nigerian government to decentralise and disburse basic healthcare funds down to facilities where they are needed, while operating budgets should be given to the people actually doing the work. At the third THISDAY Healthcare Policy Dialogue held in Abuja recently, the Chief of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group, Washington DC, Benjamin Loevinsohn, who made this disclosure said for Nigeria to beat the poor healthcare indices presently experienced, it should decentralise facility financing and act through Performance Based Financing (PBF). In his presentation on ‘Achieving UHC in Nigeria – How to Support States’, he said, “Nigeria should implement extensively the Basic Health Care Provisions Fund (BHCPF), and ensure mechanisms are put
Five Decades of Hope for the Blind

Five Decades of Hope for the Blind

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Ayodeji Ake, who recently spent a day at Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted children, writes that in over five decades, the school has kept faith with the promise of providing for the educational needs of the visually-impaired For over five decades, the Pacelli School for the blind and partially sighted children has kept faith with their promise to cater to every stream of visually impaired children that are admitted. Located at the Surulere area of Lagos, the school has over the years proven that it’s one of the best schools for the visually impaired children in Nigeria. Established by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos on the June 16, 1962, its operation has spanned 56 years with a present population of 140 students and staff strength of 45. It’s a non-fee paying institut
Ambode Advocates for Exclusive Breastfeeding

Ambode Advocates for Exclusive Breastfeeding

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has reminded nursing mothers and pregnant women of the need to attach serious importance to exclusive breast-feeding of newborn babies. Ambode, in a statement to commemorate this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, held annually in the first week of August, said the benefit of breast milk to the infant is too profound to be ignored, as it is an important foundation for a baby’s life, capable of determining whether the baby would live or otherwise. She said: “Putting a baby to the breast in the first hour of life is a major safeguard against infant’s death, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life helps them to grow, prevents under nutrition, promotes brain development, as well as reduce the risk of overweight.” She furt
Safe Motherhood: Bayelsa Govt. Begins Door-to-Door Campaign

Safe Motherhood: Bayelsa Govt. Begins Door-to-Door Campaign

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The Bayelsa State Government has announced the commencement of the door-to-door campaign to create awareness on the Safe Motherhood Initiative recently launched by the state government. Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso- Markson, who disclosed this known, in Yenagoa, during the inauguration of the committee on the sensitisation campaign, said the administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson was determined to ensure that the infant mortality rate is curtailed in the state. Iworiso- Markson who was flanked by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimula Etebu and the Chairman of the Primary Health Care Board, Mrs. Victoria Denenu, said the intention of the government is to create awareness for the Safe Motherhood Initiative to all the communities in the s...
Bayelsa to Establish University Of Medical Sciences

Bayelsa to Establish University Of Medical Sciences

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Bayelsa State government said  that it had concluded arrangements to establish a University of Medical Sciences with 500-bed hospital, with Yenagoa serving as its main facility. Commissioner for information and orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who disclosed in a statement, explained Governor Henry Seriake Dickson had already forwarded a bill to that effect to the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for the establishment of Bayelsa Medical University. According to Iworiso-Markson, the university, which will specialise in primary healthcare and tropical medicine, is designed to have multiple campuses, and will train medical professionals and serve as a teaching hospital in the state. The establishment of the Bayelsa Medical University will bring to five the number of tertiary institutions
Eating Right Protects Your Sight

Eating Right Protects Your Sight

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
An expert in vitreo retina services and cataract says eating habits could help protect the eyes against blindness. This is designed to awaken the level of awareness among Nigerians, regarding retinal disorders and diseases. According to Zennat Shah, consultant Vitreo Retina Services at Skipper Eye–Q Super Speciality Eye Hospital, most people complain of eye pain, double vision, decrease of vision, redness of eye but do not know what is going on inside of the eye. Many a time, they are given glasses and yet not corrected. “Eating right is simple and best solution to protect the vision. Avoid too much carbohydrate especially those suffering from diabetes; it increases the progression of the disease. Nigeria has lots of local fruits available that are good for the eye, such as: pawpaw, tom
SON Raises Alarm On Unfortified Imported Sugar

SON Raises Alarm On Unfortified Imported Sugar

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Osita Aboloma, director general of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has directed a nationwide enforcement operation aimed at ensuring that sugar obtainable and consumed in Nigeria are fortified with Vitamin A and devoid of any harmful impurities as stipulated in the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) and World Health Organisation (WHO). The director general said the raid is part of measure to  curb the spate of unfortified and impure sugar in the Nigerian markets‎;this is even as he revealed that the raid  would ensure safeguard of  the health of the nation while protecting  local manufacturers from the influx of cheaper substandard sugar from abroad. Abuloma said in a statement issued on Thursday that the enforcement raids which were carried out simultaneously across the country
Red Alert or Women: Skin Bleaching Causes Cancer, Deforms Babies

Red Alert or Women: Skin Bleaching Causes Cancer, Deforms Babies

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In the early 70s, Fela Anikulapo Kuti ridiculed women who were addicted with skin bleaching, calling them ‘ugly women’, yeye(useless) things’ in one of his most popular songs ‘Yellow Fever’. Decades after, the bleaching craze appears to have hit new heights, with pills and injectables now being used to lighten skins, according to this report by AFP. Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies. She dismissed it as an urban myth. But it wasn’t long before she saw it with her own eyes. At a health centre in Lagos, a mother brought in a two-month-old infant who was crying in pain. “He had very large boils all over his body,” the soft-spoken 27-year-old Nigerian told AFP. “It seemed like they weren’t normal.” The baby’s mother
3 In 4 Babies Not Exclusively Breastfed in Nigeria

3 In 4 Babies Not Exclusively Breastfed in Nigeria

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…FG plans 6-month maternity leave Are the mothers angry? Have Nigerian babies offended the gods or the society? Is this the apocalypse? These were some of the posers that advocates of exclusive breastfeeding sought answers to; Thursday, August 2, 2018, when experts revealed that less than 25 per cent of Nigerian children are breastfed exclusively in the first six months of life. Not only were the statistics disturbing, the latest story of the booming breast milk substitute left many who were in Abuja at the 2018 flag-off of World Breastfeeding Week with the theme: Breastfeeding; Foundation of Life, worried. They fear that the estimated 823,000 child deaths that would be prevented each year in low and middle-income countries like Nigeria if breastfeeding were adopted at close-to- universa
Argentina Senate Votes Against Legalizing Abortion

Argentina Senate Votes Against Legalizing Abortion

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Argentine senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women’s rights groups after the bill was approved by the legislature’s lower house in June. The vote, with 38 against, 31 in favor and two abstentions, capped a marathon session that began the day before and stretched into the early hours of Thursday before its final conclusion. Fireworks and shouts of joy erupted among anti-abortion activists camped outside Congress, while pro-choice campaigners, many decked in the green scarves that had come to symbolize their movement, were downcast. Some burnt garbage and wooden pallets and threw stones at riot police, who attempted to disperse them with tear gas and water cannon. The vote followed a referendum in Ireland, another
DRPC Organises Dialogue on Routine Immunisation

DRPC Organises Dialogue on Routine Immunisation

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The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) is organising a “one day high level strategic dialogue” on advocacy and accountability on routine immunisation in Nigeria. The dialogue is being organised in conjunction with the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN). The event which will be held in Abuja on Thursday will have in attendance the Executive Secretary, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib; Senior Technical Advisor, dRPC-PACFaH@Scale, Emmanuel Abanida; community health workers and other development partners working on routine immunisation in the health sector. The aim of the dialogue is to strengthen the accountability framework for routine immunisation service delivery at national and state levels. A statement
Stakeholders Urge Govt to Increase Funding For Mental Health Treatment

Stakeholders Urge Govt to Increase Funding For Mental Health Treatment

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Stakeholders at a public hearing organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, have urged the government to increase funding for the treatment of persons with mental disorder. They spoke against the backdrop of A Bill for A Law to Establish the Lagos State Mental Health Service And Provide For The Protection and Care of Persons Suffering From Mental Disorder In Lagos State and For Other Connected Purposes. The bill when passed, will provide for female patients in a mental facility to have separate sleeping accommodation from male patients and that they shall not be discriminated against with respect to treatment, community care, voluntary and involuntary treatment. Assessing the bill by stakeholders present at the public hearing, a consultant mental physician, Mr. Ad...