An Indian woman will soon become the first in Asia to give birth to a baby after undergoing a successful uterus transplant recently, said doctors with a private hospital in Pune, a city in southwestern state of Maharashtra. The uterus translated into the pregnant woman is her mother’s. The 27-year-old woman is now in her 20th week of pregnancy. “The uterus transplanted into her has not delivered for the past 20 years,” said the doctors. “Transplanting the uterus was a difficult task. It was a nine-hour surgery. It is not a very easy surgery, chances of infection were very high. “The embryo was completely embedded in the lady so that she can conceive,” Dr Puntambekar on Friday. “This is my mother’s uterus. I am happy that my baby will take birth from the same uterus from which I was b
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has identified and destroyed five cannabis farms measuring 4.386 hectares in Edo State. The agency also seized a blue Renault car laden with 234 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 140 kilogrammes, intended for shipment to Kaduna State. The Edo State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Buba Wakawa, said on Thursday that the vehicle, marked BC 143 MKA, was seized at Otuo village in the Owan West Local Government Area, following an intelligence report. Wakawa noted that preliminary investigation revealed that a suspected member of a cannabis smuggling syndicate had attempted to smuggle the compressed blocks of cannabis to the northern state before it was intercepted by the NDLEA operatives. According to him, the farms destroyed were discovered in Ikhin ...
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, a medical doctor and public health specialist, is the Executive Director (ED)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Abuja. Before his appointment in 2016 and resumption of duties at NPHCDA in January 2017, by President Muhammadu Buhari, he was a Senior Programme Officer (Africa) for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at Seattle, United States (U.S.). Prior to joining the foundation, Shuaib coordinated Nigeria’s successful response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as the Incident Manager of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre in 2014. He was also a member of the six-man panel established to assess the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the global Ebola outbreak in 2014 and p
With the increasing incidence of people committing suicide in Nigeria as a result of poorly managed depression, experts have called on Nigerians to reach out and seek help when they have mental health issues. The call was made during a one day sensitisation workshop organised by Centre for Individual and Child Development (CICD) titled ‘let’s talk depression’ held at Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Emmanuel Throne Odusanmi, Ogba in Lagos. The workshop centred on the principles of human flourishing, wellbeing and living a life leveraging positive emotions, healthier habits and powerful self-awareness practices, as the guests and participants shared personal stories and practical ways of addressing depression and the rising suicide rate among Nigerians. According to the Executive
Leaders of the Nigerian Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria have agreed to put an end to the conflict between both organisations and to work together for the benefit of the health sector. The bodies made this decision during a meeting held on Wednesday at the Pharmacy House in Lagos. The President of the NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile, pledged to work “harmoniously” with the PSN President, Ahmed Yakasi, foster development in the health sector. He said, “The health system in Nigeria cannot move forward if we continue to work in disharmony. It is important for the leaders of both parties to look inwards and plan for the benefit of the patients. “Over the years we have had many issues that caused a lot of distrust among us. If this continues, it will begin to affect u
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has started vaccination against the latest Ebola outbreak in the northeaster North Kivu province, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. The vaccination has targeted high risk populations in North Kivu, in which the provincial health minister and the provincial coordinator of the Expanded Program on Immunization were the first to be vaccinated. They were followed by first line health workers from the Mangina health center, 30 km from the town of Beni, who had been in contact with people who were confirmed cases of Ebola. “Vaccines are an important tool in the fight against Ebola. This is why it has been a priority to move them rapidly into place to begin protecting our health workers and the affected population,” said DRC Health Minister Dr.
There is an urgent need to develop the pharmaceutical sector in Africa to reduce the continent’s dependence on imported pharmaceutical and medical products, says United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Soteri Gatera. Chief of the Industrialization and Infrastructure Section at the ECA, Gatera, says Africa bears a disproportionate burden of disease with, for example, more than 70 percent of the world’s HIV/AIDS cases and 90 percent of deaths due to malaria raising the need to encourage local production of drugs. Also, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) had cited the need for medicine security noting that a country with a population size like Nigeria cannot afford to depend on importation of key therapeutic agents. MAN President, Dr. Frank Jacobs explained that investme