The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, has advocated for nutrition education in schools to help fight the prevalence of malnutrition in underage children. This she said is crucial in developing a better society. “Studies have revealed that malnutrition is prevalent among the under five year’s children in Nigeria and this has a direct link to the level of poverty in many homes. The future of our nation is dependent on the children we raise today. We need to ensure our children receive the right nutrition and education to secure the socio-economic and political well-being of our nation,” she said, during the media launch of the Peak 456 Drink Move Be Strong (DMBS) pre-school programme. The programme was piloted last year by Nigeria’s leading dairy company, FrieslandCamp
The pharmacists Council of Nigeria has enjoined Pharmacists to be more committed in their profession and practice especially in the area of Veterinary Pharmacy that charlatans are taking over to the detriment of the Nigerian populace. This was made known by the PCN South-west zonal director, Pharm (Mrs) Yejide Oseni, during an entrepreneurial training conducted by the pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Oyo State Branch held at the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Ibadan. In her speech, she reminded the members of the need to venture into veterinary pharmacy as a way to improve the public health of Nigerians and that it has been an integral part of their profession. She said , “Some years ago, we were not talking about it and we realized people who do have in-depth knowledge on d
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for “free and secure” access to the Ebola-affected people in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said after seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response that unhindered access to the disease-affected people was necessary in order to bring the outbreak under control. Tedros said: “All of those participating in the response must be able to move freely and safely in conflict areas to do the work that is needed to bring the outbreak under control. “The population must also have access to treatment centers that save lives and stop the spread of disease.” While the latest Ebola outbreak was the country’s 10th, it was the first time that
To meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sub-Sahara Africa countries, according to the Women and Children Health Foundation (WACHEF) require at least additional one million healthcare workers. This, according to the foundation, is why states, as a matter of urgency, need to adopt and implement the National policy document on Task Shifting and Task Sharing (TSTS). It, however, said 21 out of the 36 states of the federation have adopted and implemented the document. The foundation made this known, yesterday, in Jalingo, Taraba State. Speaking at a stakeholders’ dialogue meeting on ‘Task Shifting and Task Sharing policy’ organised by the foundation, with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the foundation consultant, Dr. Musa Haruna noted that about 57 percent of t
An Australian trial which used a marijuana extract to treat 40 children with severe epilepsy found the drug has a manageable side effect profile, but only shows extensive symptom relief for a select number of patients. Following treatment with cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, about one in five were described as much or very much improved from their baseline, while around half reported none, or a very slight improvement. “This was a statewide study in New South Wales and it involves the sickest children with epilepsy in the state. “Children who are having seizures many times per day, who have been recently hospitalised for their epilepsy, and have failed on average about nine anti-epilepsy drugs beforehand,” lead author John Lawson, paediatric neurologist at S
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The virus can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis scarring. The disease could also be caused by excessive consumption of alcohol and certain drugs, among others. Autoimmune diseases can also bring it about. Health experts explained that there are different types of hepatitis infections: A, B, C, D and E, among others. These five pose great concern because of the severity of the illnesses, and potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. Dr. Modupe Akinyinka, a Senior lecturer and Consultant, Public Health Physician Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care, Lagos State University College of Medicine, said Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or drink, while B, C and D could occur as a ...
A Nigerian, Abdullah Usmani, who had not walked for the last 10 years due to a severe knee problem complicated by an incurable genetic blood disorder, has been given a new lease of life by doctors at Aakash Healthcare in Delhi. The doctors successfully performed on the 41 year-old Nigerian, a knee replacement surgery — a rare for a patient battling multiple haemolytic and genetic complications, newkerala.com reported today. After a full-fledged post-recovery rehabilitation programme for a fluidic knee-movement and wound recovery, Usmani finally took the walk of freedom from pain, suffering and mental trauma that often accompany such illnesses. According to a hospital statement, Usmani had spent a major part of his life bedridden due to sickle cell anaemia, a genetic blood disorder that
The Lagos State government has urged companies in Nigeria’s economic capital to emulate the investment model of Fidson Healthcare Plc, which focuses on children’s education and health. Speaking at the 9th edition of Astymin Brilliance Reward, a children’s academic reward programme, in Lagos, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, deputy governor of Lagos State, who was represented by Folashade Lediju, director, Administration and Human Resource, Lagos State Ministry of Education, said more companies should step in to improve the education of Nigeria’s future leaders, which was the fastest way to take the country to another level. “Education is one sector that you can never do enough. You just have to keep improving. So, we are charging other corporate bodies to stand up their responsibility and partner
The consumption of fluted pumpkin commonly known as “Ugu’’ will improve human reproductive capacity and fertility potential in both men and women, medical researchers and nutritionists in Lagos said on Saturday. Dr Ochuko Eruikainre and Mrs Yeside Adesiyun, both Senior Research Officers and nutritionists, Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Pumpkin leave is one of the consumed dark green leafy vegetables in Nigeria and many people in Nigeria have been eating Ugwu without really realising its health benefits. This type of dark green leafy vegetable is so versatile and can be recognised as a cure for some illnesses, if only we can look deep into it benefits. Pumpkin leave is called ‘Ugu’ by the Igbos and ‘
At least 1,000 persons suffering from different types of eye diseases drawn from various communities in Zangon Kataf and Jaba Local Government Areas of Kaduna state have benefitted from free eye operation sponsored by Hon. Sunday Marshal Katung, the member representing Jaba/Zangon Kataf Federal Constituency. Speaking during the exercise in Zonkwa, the lawmaker said the free eye operation is to enhance the health status of Nigerians who may not have the means to do so. "This project targets at least 1,000 people; it is a programme that will continue until every other indigene in my constituency with eye problem is diagnosed and treated free. I have been doing this before I joined politics. You cannot live in a community and not be part of them," Katung said. One of the beneficiaries who ...