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Day: September 4, 2018

Lagos to Resident Doctors: Shelve Planned Strike

Lagos to Resident Doctors: Shelve Planned Strike

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The Lagos State Government has appealed to resident doctors to shelve their panned three-day warning strike billed to begin tomorrow in the public interest. Commissioner for Health Dr Jide Idris urged the doctors to consider the plight of the masses who always bear the brunt of such actions. The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Sunday threatened to embark on an indefinite strike following what it called acute shortage of resident doctors and house officers in the hospital. It said LASUTH management’s failure to employ house officers and resident doctors would trigger the strike. The ARD-LASUTH threatened a shutdown of services in the hospital, adding that doctors will not attend to emergency cases during t
Review NHIS Act for Improved Coverage, HCPAN Tells NASS

Review NHIS Act for Improved Coverage, HCPAN Tells NASS

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The Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria, HCPAN, has appealed to the 8th National Assembly to review the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Act with a view to making the Scheme more accessible to Nigerians. The Association, however, decried what it described as ‘static nature’ of the Scheme, regretting that  it had been relegated. The National President, HCPAN, Dr. Umar Sanda who spoke during the Extraordinary General Meeting in Lagos, said the current situation of the Scheme has affected most states that initially intended to key into the project to relax about it. Sanda said: “We have not seen enrollees added to the list and providers are feeling the pinch.” Stating that Universal Health Coverage can only be achieved when the NHIS is made compulsory, he noted: “The law
Medical Expert Advises Nigerians On Hand Washing To Prevent “Apollo”

Medical Expert Advises Nigerians On Hand Washing To Prevent “Apollo”

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The Medical Director, Fatimah Clinic Kaduna, Dr Maryam Abubakar has advised Nigerians to imbibe the habit of frequent hand washing to avoid viral and bacterial infection of the eye. Abubakar gave the advice in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Kaduna. She noted that the number of patients with acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, also known as Apollo, is on the increase hence the need for people to imbibe safety habits to avoid contact. According to her, children with eye infection need to take days off from school and for members of the public to seek medical help whenever their eyes become swollen, pink and itchy. Abubakar also cautioned against sharing towels or personal hygiene kits with others, and for those infected to avoid rubbing the affected eyes. She advise...
States’ Health Officials Recommit To HIV/AIDS Response

States’ Health Officials Recommit To HIV/AIDS Response

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The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, and other State Health Officials, have reaffirmed their commitment to support and scale up funding in HIV and AIDS response. They renewed their various commitments at the 2018 stakeholders’ strategic review meeting on HIV/AIDS, organised by AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), on Monday in Abuja. Asibong said the state has designed a sustainability road map for HIV and AIDS response to ensure that every aspect of the programme was adequately funded. “The HIV prevalence rate in Cross River has declined from 12 per cent in 2003 to 6.6 per cent currently; this has been made possible by the government and support from AHF and our partners. “The state has also commenced its Domestic Resource Mobilisation due to the dwindling funds by
NCDS Silently Killing Africans —WHO

NCDS Silently Killing Africans —WHO

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…Nigeria up to the task, says Adewole The 68th session of the World Health Organisation/ Africa Region, WHO/AFRO, meeting held in Dakar, Senegal with a call on all Member states to prioritise Non- Communicable Diseases, NCDs. The NCDs in question include diabetes, cancer, High Blood Pressure, obesity, etc., that are silently killing Africans from all walks of life, yet are entirely preventable. According to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Rebecca Moeti, the African region has the highest level of hypertension cases in the world, with about 30 percent of adults suffering from the diseases. Similarly, a growing trend of adult onset of diabetes and obesity reaching epidemic proportions among women in Sub-Saharan Africa, and about 150,000 deaths from tobacco-related diseases have be
WHO Reports Uncovers Failures Hindering Health Gains

WHO Reports Uncovers Failures Hindering Health Gains

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The good news: a new report by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa finds “high improvement” in health in the region. Bad news: this achievement can only be sustained and expanded if countries significantly improve the way they deliver essential health services to the people who need them most. The State of Health in Africa report finds life expectancy (that’s time spent in full health) has increased from narly 51 to 54 years between 2012 and 2015, the most marked increase of in the world. Reasons for getting sick in Africa are changing. Respiratory infections, HIV and diarrhoeal disease remain top killers, but countries are focusing efforts in their prevention and treatment. The burden and deaths from diseases have reduced by half as general morta
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 the sum of N100 million through charity golf tournament. The golf tournament scheduled to hold September 1, 2018 at the Port Harcourt Golf Course in Rivers 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 cut across all socio-economic and geographic lines. Represented by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, P...
432 Nigerians Die Of Tuberculosis Daily – WHO

432 Nigerians Die Of Tuberculosis Daily – WHO

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…Lagos State with highest burden No less than 18 Nigerians die of tuberculosis, TB, every hour totalling 432 deaths daily, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, which ranks Nigeria as having the 2nd highest incidence rate in Africa and 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries in the world. According to the WHO, every hour, 47 Nigerians develop active TB, seven of who are children, even as Nigeria is ranked among the 14 high burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and Multidrug Resistant TB (MDR-TB). Disclosing these and other statistics on Monday in Lagos, the Acting Coordinator, Non Communicable Diseases Cluster, WHO, Dr Linda Ozor, said Nigeria is also among the 10 countries that accounted for 64 percent of the global gap in “missing TB cases”. Quoting the 2017 Global TB Report, Oz
FG Considers 20m Children for Integrated Birth Registration

FG Considers 20m Children for Integrated Birth Registration

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THE Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed says 20 million children are being considered for the Integrated Birth Registration uptake approach. The Minister said using the 2017 under-five population projections, state peculiarities, funding window and geo- political zones, no less than 18 states, including the FCT, are likely to benefit from the initiative. Speaking in Lagos at a two-day media dialogue on 2018 Media campaign for promoting birth registration in 18 states and the FCT, Mohammed who was represented by the Deputy Director/ Head, Advocacy Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB), Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Olumide Osanyinpeju, noted that the need to give an identity to every Nigerian child can only be achieved through birth registration. “It is w
Nigeria’s Child Nutrition Status Worsens

Nigeria’s Child Nutrition Status Worsens

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Unless there is urgent intervention, the future of Nigerian children is threatened following several reports showing worsening nutritional status of children in the country. A review of National Nutritional reports from 2003 to 2016 showed that the nation’s overall child nutritional status is declining. A report from the National Demographic Health Survey, NDHS and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, MICS, put together by the Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition System, PINNS, showed that in 2003, the stunting prevalence in Nigeria was 42 per cent and a wasting prevalence of 11 per cent compared to stunting prevalence of 44 per cent and wasting prevalence of 11 per cent in 2016. According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, malnutrition is classified as chronic malnutrition (stun
Man Commits Suicide after Consuming Excess Marijuana

Man Commits Suicide after Consuming Excess Marijuana

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The Police Command in Enugu State has commenced an investigation into an incident that led to a 24-year-old man committing suicide after an overdose of marijuana. The spokesman of the command, SP. Ebere Amaraizu, made the announcement in a statement on Saturday in Enugu. He said the incident happened on August 22 at Ameke Village in Enu-Oduma Community in the Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State. Amaraizu identified the dead man as Ebube Chukwu. He said that Chukwu was reported to have committed suicide after taking his usual and hourly wraps of marijuana, popularly called ‘Igbo’. “It was gathered that the victim had allegedly committed the act by hanging himself on top of a tree inside a forest at Obokolo, which is between Amorji and Ameke Oduma. “It was further gathered that