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Day: September 3, 2018

Chinese Scientists Develop New Wound Healing Material

Chinese Scientists Develop New Wound Healing Material

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Chinese scientists have developed a new kind of adhesive antibacterial hydrogel that can be used in wound healing treatment. A dressing material is essential for skin wound healing, designing wound dressing materials with antibacterial properties, therapeutic effects and suitable mechanical properties has practical significance in health care. Hydrogel wound dressings have gained popularity in recent years, but they have shortcomings such as an inability to fit the skin and a lack of antibacterial properties. Researchers with Xi’an Jiaotong University in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province have designed a self-healing, injectable hydrogel that has multiple functions as a wound dressing, especially for joint skin damage. With high adhesion, the hydrogel can quickly seal wounds of any sha
Physical Exercises, Mental Health go Hand in Hand, Says Physiotherapists

Physical Exercises, Mental Health go Hand in Hand, Says Physiotherapists

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Some physiotherapists on Monday in Lagos said that physical exercise of any sort was vital for good mental health, especially in the treatment of depression. The experts said that physiotherapy was also important in the well-being of people suffering long-term health issues. According to them, physiotherapy and mental health go hand in hand. The physiotherapists spoke on the sideline of an awareness programme in Ikeja organised by some NGOs to commemorate the World Physical Therapy Day. The NGOs namely: Pro-Health Community Physiotherapy in partnership with the Physiocraft Team and Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative, specialise in physical therapy and mental health. Mr Makinde James, a Physiotherapist with special interest in the treatment of Orthopedic and Neurological conditions, sa...
WHO, FG Mull Partnership With Private Sector On TB Control In Nigeria

WHO, FG Mull Partnership With Private Sector On TB Control In Nigeria

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In a bid to end the scourge of Tuberculosis (TB) reportedly killing 18 Nigerians every hour, a national summit organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health is considering forming a formidable partnership with private sector in the country to nip the problem in the bud. To this a national summit scheduled to kick off tomorrow to discuss how to effectively engage the private sector has been convened by the stakeholders. Executive Secretary, WHO, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Mayowa Joel said the Summit will hold at Sheraton Hotel Lagos this month to provide a platform for governments, private sector, corporate organizations, private health provider umbrella bodies to discuss and agree on strategies for engagement in TB ...
Nine killed as Gastroenteritis Hits Sokoto

Nine killed as Gastroenteritis Hits Sokoto

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The Sokoto State Government has confirmed nine deaths as a result of as suspected case of gastroenteritis in seven local government areas of the state. Gastroenteritis occurs when a person’s stomach and intestines are irritated and inflamed. The cause is typically a viral or bacterial infection, experts say. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr. Mustapha Ali, on Friday in Sokoto, listed six of the affected LGAs as Illela, Sabon-Birni, Gada, Goronyo, Isa and Tureta. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most of the LGAs border the Niger Republic. Ali stated that the situation was under control, as the state and Federal Government officials have been deployed to the affected areas, while medications and other aids have also been made available. He, however,
Sokoto Orthopaedic Hospital Conducts 12 Total Knee Replacements- CMD

Sokoto Orthopaedic Hospital Conducts 12 Total Knee Replacements- CMD

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The Orthopaedic hospital, Wamakko in Sokoto state has conducted 12 successful total knee replacements from 2016 to date. This was disclosed by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Nuraddeen Aliyu in an interview with some journalist on Friday. He said that some of the patients have both their knees replaces while some only of their knees was replaced . According to him, all the patients had been discharged. Dr. Aliyu added that the hospital attended to about 50 patients everyday for various bone diseases. He however lamented that their wards were over stretched due to influx of patients from the neighbouring states. "We receive patients from Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina and even Niger States and we only have the capacity of admitting only 60 patients now, "he said ...
UNICEF Calls for Speedy Regulation on Child Care, Protection

UNICEF Calls for Speedy Regulation on Child Care, Protection

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The UNICEF Representative in Namibia, Rachel Odede, has called for the speedy regulation of the 2015 Child Care and Protection Act in the country. The representative said this in a statement on Monday following the mutilation and murder of a nine-year-old girl from Windhoek that occurred on Aug. 28. “UNICEF is devastated by the heart-breaking story of the mutilation and murder of nine year old, Cheryl Ujaha from Windhoek’s Katutura township. “We condemn this attack and extend our heartfelt condolence to Ujaha ‘s family,” she said. Namibia’s Child Care and Protection Bill was passed in the National Assembly on March 4, 2015 and provides a legislative framework to give effect to some rights of children. Odede said the recent brutal act reminds the nation that many of the child
NAFDAC Threatens Greater Punishment for Distributors of Unregistered Products

NAFDAC Threatens Greater Punishment for Distributors of Unregistered Products

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Director General of the National Agency for Foods, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Christianah Adeyeye, has cautioned stakeholders to desist from manufacturing, distribution and sale of unregistered products that could harm the people. She said in an era of globalisation, where regulatory agencies around the world strive to strike a balance between quality and safeguarding the health of their populations, NAFDAC has had to deal with threats to food safety and unwholesome pharmaceutical products in the interest of public health. Adeyeye, who gave the warning at a stakeholders engagement in Lagos, tagged: A Date With The DG, which is coming 10 years after the last one, said the action was part of the NAFDAC’s goals as it marks its 25th anniversary in October. “NA
NAFDAC Plans 10-Year Limit On Registration Of Imported Drugs

NAFDAC Plans 10-Year Limit On Registration Of Imported Drugs

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it plans to place a 10-year limit on registration of imports on pharmaceuticals to encourage local drugs production. The director general of NAFDAC, Prof Christianah Adeyeye, said this at a stakeholders’ meeting tagged: ‘A Date with the Director- General, NAFDAC,’ yesterday, in Lagos. The NAFDAC boss said that the agency would increase its vigilante activities and spot checks to ensure consistent quality of products.  “We have developed relevant guidelines and documents to enhance pharmacy vigilance and post marketing surveillance activities in the country. “This has been evidenced by the series of alerts issued by the agency in the face of threats as well as the recall of some products in the interest
Medical Doctors Sue Ex-lawmaker for Rights Violation

Medical Doctors Sue Ex-lawmaker for Rights Violation

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Two medical doctors, Akolo Namo and Polycarp Danjuma, have dragged a former House of Representatives member representing Lafia/Obi federal constituency, Dr Joseph Kigbu, and four others before the Nasarawa State High Court, Lafia, for alleged violation of their rights. Northern City News learnt that the plaintiffs were seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights following their alleged illegal arrest and detention at the instance of Kigbu. Also joined in the suits were Dotma/ZK Health Konsult Ltd, Musa Magaji, Mr Ovye and the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command. Counsel for the plaintiffs, Affiz Adigun, explained that his clients were engaged on March 2, 2018 by Kigbu and his company to work on a World Bank project in Bauchi state for three years. He, however, ...
LASUTH Resident Doctors Threaten to Down Tools

LASUTH Resident Doctors Threaten to Down Tools

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Unless there is a last-minute intervention from the Lagos State Government, resident doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital are set to go on strike on September 5, to press home their demands. In an emergency press conference held on Saturday at the LASUTH Resident Doctors lounge in Ikeja, the acting President of the association, Dr Ibrahim Ogunbi, lamented the state government’s refusal to employ house officers for the hospital, which had been affecting their work. Ogunbi said that despite all efforts at negotiating and lobbying to ensure uninterrupted health care service delivery in LASUTH, concrete action had not been implemented. He said, “After a 21-day ultimatum, which expired on August 23, the congress resolved that the grace of one week be given for the im
Understanding HIV

Understanding HIV

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What is HIV? HIV is a virus that damages the immune system. The immune system helps the body fight off infections. Untreated HIV infects and kills CD4 cells, which are a type of immune cell called T cells. Over time, as HIV kills more CD4 cells, the body is more likely to get various types of infections and cancers. PHIV is transmitted through bodily fluids that include: blood, semen, vaginal and rectal fluids, breast milk. The virus doesn’t spread in air or water, or through casual contact. HIV is a lifelong condition and currently there is no cure, although many scientists are working to find one. However, with medical care, including treatment called antiretroviral therapy, it’s possible to manage HIV and live with the virus for many years. Without treatment, a person with HIV is l
Lack of Safe Water Affects Children’s Learning – Community Leader

Lack of Safe Water Affects Children’s Learning – Community Leader

Children's Health, NEWS
A Community leader in Jama’are Local Government area of Bauchi State, Alhaji Lawal Mohammed, says lack of safe water, inadequate sanitation and hygiene facilities affect children’s learning processes. ‎ Mohammed said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Azare, Katagum Local Government headquarters on Saturday. “We lack safe water in our communities, schools and the health facilities which affects learning process of children.” According to him, water scarcity in communities prevents many young children, especially girls, from attending school and receiving education. ‎ “They are expected not only to assist their mothers to fetch water, but also to help with household chores that are made more time-intensive because of the lack of readily available water. ‎ “Fur
LASG Engages 10 Bakeries for Production of Coconut Bread

LASG Engages 10 Bakeries for Production of Coconut Bread

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday said that the state would engage 10 major bakeries to ensure the mass production of coconut bread. The governor made the disclosure during the World Coconut Day and 7th Lagos Heritage Festival, tagged “AGUNKFEST 2018″ in Badagry, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the festival is “Harnessing Coconut Production for Economic Empowerment and Tourism Development in Lagos State”. Ambode, represented by Mr Babatunde Hunpe, his Special Adviser on Environment, said that this was to ensure more market avenue for coconut utilisation. According to him, Coconut tree has been identified as the most useful single tree in the world in terms of versatility, product utilisation and longevity. “Therefore, taking coc
Best Combo Drugs to Prevent Heart Attack, Sudden Death: Scientists

Best Combo Drugs to Prevent Heart Attack, Sudden Death: Scientists

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Researchers from the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University London in the United Kingdom have made public the results of a large long-term study that looked at the efficiency of different treatments in keeping cardiovascular disease and heart attack at bay. A combination of blood pressure-lowering drugs and statins (which are drugs that help regulate cholesterol levels) show the best results, the experts explain. They presented the study’s results at the European Society of Cardiology annual congress, held in Munich, Germany, and they featured them in a dedicated paper now published in The Lancet. “Patients in their mid-60s with high blood pressure were less likely to die from heart disease or stroke by age 75–80 if they had taken both calcium channel blocker-based b
Air Pollution: Nigeria Ranks 4th Deadliest Globally

Air Pollution: Nigeria Ranks 4th Deadliest Globally

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Nigeria has the highest maternal mortality in the world. It’s the country with highest number of extremely poor people in the world and now, it has the highest burden of fatalities from air pollution in Africa and 4th globally. There is a silent rage of air pollution in Nigeria. These days, the air quality is so bad it kills. Almost every breath taken is like the breath of death. Literally, air pollution is choking the life out of Nigerians. Indoors and outdoors, air pollution is killing more urban residents today than ever before. The air people breathe in Nigeria is more likely to cause harm than the air in any other country in Africa because Nigeria currently has the highest burden of fatalities from air pollution in Africa and 4th highest in the world with 150 deaths per 100,000 peopl