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Month: September 2018

1000 Children Die Daily Over Water Related Diseases’

1000 Children Die Daily Over Water Related Diseases’

Children's Health, NEWS
The Secretary to Cross River Government, Barr Tina Banku Agbor has said that nearly 1,000 children die each day all over the world due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhea diseases. She stated this on Friday at the celebration of Bekwarra Local Government Area Open Defecation Free (ODF) Status, held at the Council headquarters. According to her, the certification of the local government as ODF would bring improved health to women, girls and children less than five years. Her words: “There is going to be a reduction in incidences of diarrhea especially among children under five years. “Each day nearly 1000 children die all over the world due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhea diseases. APC distributes electoral materials for presidential primaries to LGs
Standard Of Pharmacy Practice In Nigeria Below World standard –Pharm. Lolu Ojo

Standard Of Pharmacy Practice In Nigeria Below World standard –Pharm. Lolu Ojo

NEWS
The Federal Government has been urged to decidedly tackle problems of drug distribution and utilisation in the country to ensure that Nigerians have access to safe and efficacious pharmaceutical products. Making the call in Lagos, a renowned pharmacist, Pharm. Lolu Ojo, said the standard of pharmacy practice in Nigeria is below world standard because of the poor drug regulation and control Ojo, who spoke during the Greater Pharmacists’ Youth Congress organised by the Greater Pharmacy Initiative, said the problem of drugs in the country was a combination of factors including lack of research, procurement, dispensing and pharmaceutical care, among others. He stated: “For instance, drugs like codeine and tramadol which are good drugs are abused because they end up in wrong hands. What we a
Rotten Tomatoes Can Cause Cancer

Rotten Tomatoes Can Cause Cancer

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday warned Nigerians against the consumption of rotten tomatoes to forestall cancer. Mrs Christiana Essenwa, a Deputy Director with the agency, gave the warning in an interview with tNews Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha. According to her, rotten tomatoes contain micro-organisms that induce cancer. She explained that “once tomatoes become rotten, it will have micro organisms, mostly fungi, and fungi in rotten tomatoes produce mycotoxins which are deadly and induce cancer, and cause immune deficiency in man and animals. “Mycotoxins are deadly, and can cause all sorts of poisoning in the body,” the director said. She said that some research suggested that mycotoxins could also cause kidney damage. Accordi
NNPC Unveils Multibillion Healthcare Venture To Curtail Medical Tourism

NNPC Unveils Multibillion Healthcare Venture To Curtail Medical Tourism

NEWS
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has unveiled a major national healthcare intervention project designed to halt medical tourism to foreign destinations through the provision of state-of-the-art hospitals and diagnostic centres across the country. Details of the medical venture plans published in the Q3 2018 Edition of the NNPC Magazine indicated that the corporation has set a five-year gestation period for the project to achieve substantial impact in Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system. The NNPC quarterly publication reported that the healthcare project is in three parts. The first is Occupational Health designed to specifically service NNPC staff, their dependents and retirees. All current NNPC clinics fall under this scheme and are presently being upgraded to ref
World Rabies Day: Association Urges Pet Owners to Vaccinate Dogs

World Rabies Day: Association Urges Pet Owners to Vaccinate Dogs

NEWS
The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has urged pet owners to be responsible by vaccinating dogs against rabies to avert  spread to humans. The President of the association, Dr Godwin Abonyi, made the call on Friday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja in commemoration of the World Rabies Day (WRD). Abonyi identified rabies as part of zoonotic diseases contributing 80 to 90 per cent of human diseases. Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted by an infected animal to man through bite, contact with saliva or secretion from animals. Abonyi, who described rabies as a global scourge, emphasised that it is a viral disease that emanated from pets, specifically dogs, cats and occasionally bats and other animals. He said that large number of dogs at vari
1.1m Nigerians Are On HIV/AIDS Treatment– NACA

1.1m Nigerians Are On HIV/AIDS Treatment– NACA

NEWS
The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr Sani Aliyu, says a total of 1.1 million Nigerians are currently on treatment for AIDS/HIV. Aliyu disclosed this last Thursday in Abeokuta while fielding questions from journalists during a visit to the Ogun State Ministry of Health to assess the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, ongoing in the state. He said the NAIIS was being carried out in all the 36 states of the federation to get the accurate number of people suffering from the dreaded disease. Noting that 17,000 people are on treatment for the HIV/AIDS in Ogun State, Aliyu said that after the survey NACA would have a clearer picture of people infected by the virus in the state. He said the survey, which had covered 20 local government areas with 112 enumera...
Halitosis: Bad Mouth and Breath Odour

Halitosis: Bad Mouth and Breath Odour

NEWS
Bad mouth odour and bad breathe can be repulsive to both the sufferer and the person perceiving the odour. Most often, the sufferer of bad mouth odour may not even realise that he or she has bad mouth odour. The people around the sufferer may tolerate his or her presence to some extent or in alternative avoid his/her presence. Some bold persons who could not confront the person suffering from halitosis may decide to cover their mouth while the bad breathe individual speaks. Thus, bad breathe has both medical and social implications. What causes bad mouth odour? Among the common causes are bad personal hygiene. Our dental colleagues advise us that a typical person should brush or wash his/her mouth up to three times in a day—after each meal. We all know that this is impracticable cons
FG Approves Enrolment of Corps Members into NHIS – NYSC DG

FG Approves Enrolment of Corps Members into NHIS – NYSC DG

NEWS
The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government had approved the enrolment of corps members into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Kazaure told newsmen in Akure at the opening ceremony of the Annual Management Conference, which coincided with the 45th anniversary of the NYSC. The D-G said as part of partnership deal with Federal Ministry of Health, the orientation camp of the scheme had a consultant from the Federal Medical Centre. Kazaure commended the corps members that participated in the Osun gubernatorial election for being good ambassadors of the scheme. “This annual management conference is for the top managers to come together and critically review the operations and policies of the sch
PSN Advises Members to Update Their Knowledge

PSN Advises Members to Update Their Knowledge

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on Tuesday urged members to ensure continuous update of knowledge in order to retain their status and ensure quality health care delivery. Mr Jelili Kilani, Chairman FCT Chapter of PSN, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja at a sensitisation programme in Wuse market, “as part of activities to commemorate the World Pharmacists Day (WPD).’’ NAN reports that the WPD is commemorated globally on September 25 and the theme for 2018 is Pharmacists: Your medicines experts.” Kilani emphasised that as pharmacists they needed to continuously update their knowledge, professional development to maintain the level of expertise. According to him, as pharmacists you must make sure you are up-to-date with what’s happening i
Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Significantly Impairs Teen Health

Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Significantly Impairs Teen Health

NEWS
A new study carried out in the University of Cincinnati has linked second-hand smoke to poor health, higher absenteeism, increased likelihood to seek medical attention among adolescents. According to sciencedaily.com, the study was published in the September 2018 issue of Paediatrics of the University of Cincinnati, US. The lead study author, Prof. Ashley Merianos, said, “There is no safe level of second-hand smoke exposure, even a small amount of exposure can lead to more emergency department visits and health problems for teens. That includes not just respiratory symptoms, but lower overall health.” The study titled, ‘Adolescent Tobacco Smoke Exposure, Respiratory Symptoms and Emergency Department Utilization’ used data from a 2014 to 2015 survey that looks at tobacco use and re
Igbobi Hospital Sees 10,000 Accident Victims Every Year – Alimi

Igbobi Hospital Sees 10,000 Accident Victims Every Year – Alimi

NEWS
THE Chief Medical Director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Dr. Mustapha Alimi has called for more understanding by care providers and relatives of accident victims even as he disclosed that the health institution attends to not less than 10,000 accident victims annually. Alimi who made the appeal last week, said 75 per cent of the patients present with spinal cord injuries, lower extremity fractures, limb loss or congenital malformations of the lower limbs among others. “Those that come with fractures can have them fixed and they can walk again. Some, their fractures are so bad that even if they walk again, it would not be as good as it used to be. However, those with spinal injury may completely be unable to walk or may walk only partially.” Speaking during the in
Make Safe Medicines Accessible To Nigerians, Pharmacists Task FG

Make Safe Medicines Accessible To Nigerians, Pharmacists Task FG

NEWS
The Federal Government has been urged to decidedly tackle problems of drug distribution and utilisation in the country to ensure that Nigerians have access to safe and efficacious pharmaceutical products. Making the call in Lagos, a renowned pharmacist, Pharm. Lolu Ojo, said the standard of pharmacy practice in Nigeria is below world standard because of the poor drug regulation and control. Ojo, who spoke during the Greater Pharmacists’ Youth Congress organised by the Greater Pharmacy Initiative, said the problem of drugs in the country was a combination of factors including lack of research, procurement, dispensing and pharmaceutical care, among others. He stated: “For instance, drugs like codeine and tramadol which are good drugs are abused because they end up in wrong
How Regular Fibre Intake Delays Brain Ageing

How Regular Fibre Intake Delays Brain Ageing

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Fibre is a key element of a healthful diet.New research breaks down the mechanism by which it can delay age-related brain inflammation. Fibre can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, and whole-grain foods. If all the studies that urge people to consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for a healthy life haven’t convinced you yet to add more broccoli to your plate, perhaps this latest research will. Eating fibre-rich foods — such as broccoli, nuts, oats, beans, and whole-grain bread — might help delay brain aging by triggering the production of a short-chain fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. This the main takeaway of a new study that was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology. Rodney Johnson
Electrical Implant: The Hope For Paralysed Patients

Electrical Implant: The Hope For Paralysed Patients

NEWS
A new technology has been able to make paralysed patients from the waist down to be able to walk. This technology comes in form of an electric patch fitted to the spinal cords. According to experts, the device helps to transport lost signal from the brain to the leg muscles. US research teams at the University of Louisville and the Mayo Clinic reported the success in Nature Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the patients, Kelly Thomas that received the treatments said that has been life-changing. In her words, she said, “Being a participant in this study truly changed my life, as it has provided me with a hope that I didn’t think was possible after my car accident. “The first day I took steps on my own was an emotional milestone in my recovery that I’ll never forge
FMC Ebute-Metta Debunks Claims On Poor Services, Corruption

FMC Ebute-Metta Debunks Claims On Poor Services, Corruption

NEWS
Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute-Metta has assured the public of quality, affordable and accessible healthcare. This is as a result of the claims by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) that the hospital is trapped in corruption and mismanagement resulting in unhygienic conditions, severe shortage of medicine and medical supplies making it difficult for Nigerians to access essential care. Speaking to newsmen, The Medical Director, FMC, Ebute-Metta, Dr. Adedamola Dada described the claims as baseless. “The alleged deterioration in the quality and safety of care of the centre is false, there has been massive upgrading of equipment, clinic and training of personnel in the facility since the last one year he took over the office.” Dada noted that the hospital is doin