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Day: August 29, 2018

Canned Sardine: NAFDAC Warns Against Consumption Of Two Brands

Canned Sardine: NAFDAC Warns Against Consumption Of Two Brands

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control ( NAFDAC ) on Tuesday alerted general public against consumption of TL Tan Lung and TLC brands of canned sardine. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in Abuja. Adeyeye explained that TL Tan Lung and TLC brands were produced by Chinese companies known as Fujian Yongfa Co. Ltd, and Dongshan Dongyi Food Co. Ltd., respectively. She said that NAFDAC had been notified that the Malaysian Ministry of Health on April 20, 2018 in Kuala Lumpar Malaysia, recalled the two canned sardine products. Adeyeye said that the products did not comply with the standards set by 1983 Food Act and was recalled due to presence of nematode parasitic worms in the products. The director-general also cautioned all imp...
‘Stop Discriminating Against People with Leprosy’

‘Stop Discriminating Against People with Leprosy’

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The Medical Superintendent of the Leprosy Hospital in Ekpene-Obom, Etinan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Afia Afia, has warned the general public against stigmatising people suffering from leprosy. Describing leprosy as a curable disease, Afia said the general attitude to patients was capable of promoting stigmatisation and it should be totally avoided by the general public and the media. He disclosed, in a release made available to journalists, that the tripartite agreement between the Leprosy Mission, the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria was still functioning. He noted that the management of the hospital had acknowledged the continuous support of the Leprosy Mission in Nigeria and Northern Ireland to the hospital, especially the renovati...
Evidence Shows Nurses Save Lives, Reduce Costs and Improve Patient Outcomes

Evidence Shows Nurses Save Lives, Reduce Costs and Improve Patient Outcomes

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The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has released a new position statement on Evidence-based safe nurse staffing which calls for increased investment in safe, effective and needs-based nurse staffing levels in order to improve patient outcomes and create positive practice environments. “There is clear evidence of the importance of safe nurse staffing in relation to patient safety in all healthcare sectors. Inadequate or insufficient nurse staffing levels increase the risk of care being compromised, adverse events for patients, inferior clinical outcomes, in-patient death in hospitals and poorer patient experience of care,” said Howard Catton, Director of Nursing and Health Policy at ICN. “ICN recognizes that safe staffing is a key priority and major issue of concern for many of our
Boy With 9As In WASSCE And 332 UTME Denied Admission To Study Medicine

Boy With 9As In WASSCE And 332 UTME Denied Admission To Study Medicine

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A very brilliant Nigerian boy has scored an incredible 9 A1s in his WASSCE and 332 in UTME but will not be admitted to university for a some reason. When David Okorogheye of Starfield College, Fagba, Iju, Lagos was preparing for the May/June 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), there were high hopes that by October he would be in the university. With the 2018 results of the May/June WASSCE and UTME out and his stellar performance, his classmates and school, parents as well as relations concluded he will secure automatic admission or be among the first on the merit list of the University of Lagos. They were wrong. Despite his sterling performance in both examinations, the Delta State born lad was...
Shell Nigeria Gas Marks 20 Years, Implements Health Programme

Shell Nigeria Gas Marks 20 Years, Implements Health Programme

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Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) has marked its 20th anniversary as a gas distribution company, and has implemented a health programme as part of the activities marking the event. No fewer than 170 public transport drivers benefited from general medical consultation and screening services organised by the company. The one-day programme held recently in Ota, headquarters of Ado Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State, saw the drivers screened for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar, cholesterol, malaria parasite, and HIV. There were also eye checks, prescription lenses, dental care, pharmaceutical services and distribution of insecticide-treated nets. Speaking at the opening session, the Managing Director of SNG, Ed Ubong, represented by the company’s Operations Manager,
Ex-Registrar Rallies Support for EKSU Medical School

Ex-Registrar Rallies Support for EKSU Medical School

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The Odoba of Ado-Ekiti, Chief Alex Olu Ajayi, has called for better funding of the Ekiti State University College of Medicine (EKSUCOM) to enable it contribute to the training of medical personnel to serve the local populace. Ajayi, who is also a former Registrar of the then University of Ife (UNIFE), now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, said the generation of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) cannot suffice to run a college of medicine. Speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of the maiden college week in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Ajayi, who is also a former Registrar of West African Examinations Council (WAEC), said the host community must see the college as its baby and contribute to its funding. The former registrar recalled his role in the esta...
Ugly State of Public Hospitals

Ugly State of Public Hospitals

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Pay a visit to any of the General hospitals in the country and you will see for yourself the pathetic condition in which Nigerians are being treated in their own country. I have hear stories of how patients on admission are placed on drip on the corridors of the hospitals. Sometimes they are made to lie on worn-out mattresses. Such patients are left at the mercy of the elements and disease-carrying parasites like mosquitoes that feast on them. A lot of people are dying as a result of this. It shows that the health sector is in dire need of attention from the Federal Government. The Punch News/MedicalWorldNigeria
AFDB, FAO Commit $100m to Fight Hunger

AFDB, FAO Commit $100m to Fight Hunger

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) have agreed to commit $100 million to fight hunger in Africa. The joint effort is aimed at catalysing agriculture sector investments in Africa to end hunger and malnutrition and increase prosperity throughout the continent. Specifically, the new strategic alliance seeks to enhance the quality and impact of investment in food security, nutrition, social protection, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. President of AfDB, Prof. Akinwumi Adesina and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva signed the agreement. The agreement is builds on a longstanding collaboration between their organizations, at the UN agency’s Rome headquarters. “FAO and the African Development Bank are
Heart Disease: NIMASA, NHF To Raise N100m Through Charity Golf Tournament

Heart Disease: NIMASA, NHF To Raise N100m Through Charity Golf Tournament

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In a bid to prevent cardiovascular- related diseases among Nigerians, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and the Nigeria Heart Foundation, NHF, has pledged to raise a sum of N100 million through charity golf tournament. The Gulf tournament which is scheduled to hold September 1st, 2018 at the Port Harcourt Golf Course in River State is an annual programme of NHF to encourage participation in lifestyle activities aimed at developing a healthy heart as well as preventing cardiovascular diseases. At a press conference in Lagos, the Director General, NIMASA, Mr. Dakuku Peterside noted that heart-related diseases affect all gender, all ages and cuts across all socio economic and geographic lines. Represented by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, Mr Isichei O...
2019: We’re Not Equipped to Handle Crisis, NMA Warns

2019: We’re Not Equipped to Handle Crisis, NMA Warns

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The Nigerian Medical Association has urged politicians to guard their utterances so as to avoid a possible eruption of political violence and an attendant crisis that may be beyond the capacity of the health sector. The NMA said this in a statement jointly signed by its President, Dr Francis Faduyile and Secretary-General, Dr Olumutiwa Odusote, on Thursday. In the statement titled, ‘Nigeria’s healthcare system cannot accommodate mass casualties from political upheavals’, the association urged politicians to put national interest before theirs. The statement read in part, “The NMA notes with deep concern certain developments in the political circles in Nigeria in recent times. “Of note are the overtly inflammatory statements by top ranking political leaders, which have the poten
Researchers Discover New ‘Micro-Organs’ that Fight Infections, Appear During Illness

Researchers Discover New ‘Micro-Organs’ that Fight Infections, Appear During Illness

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Scientists have discovered new ‘micro-organs’ in the human body which could explain how we remember how to fight off illness, and they only appear when someone is ill. The discovery of the ‘micro-organs’ which scientists have nicknamed SPFs (subcapsular proliferative foci) could explain how vaccines train the body to remember what to do when infected. SPFs contain a large gathering of immune cells which appear near the lymph node when a person begins fighting off an infection, according to researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. They discovered the SPFs in mice and found humans have the same tissues. The scientists say the bands of cells act as headquarters for the body to plan attacks against returning infections, reports MailOnline. They contain
Outbreak of Diarrhoea Hits Borno

Outbreak of Diarrhoea Hits Borno

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Borno state government has raised the alarm over the outbreak of diarrhoea, reporting 1,068 cases. The f Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) hit 10 local government areas of the state. Dr. Haruna Mshelia, the Commissioner for Health, said in Maiduguri on that the ministry and other partners were already responding to the incident. He said that 25 patients were hospitalized at the Benisheikh Hospital, Dala and El-Miskin treatment centres. The commissioner said no cases of death had been recorded so far. “No one has died yet from AWD. Out of the 100 cases of diarrhoea reported early this year, we had one or two cases of cholera at Baga Doro, Borno state,” he said. Mshelia attributed the outbreak to poor hygiene practice and abuse of the environment.     (NAN)