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Day: September 5, 2018

Deadly ‘Rat Fever’ in Flood-Ravaged Indian State

Deadly ‘Rat Fever’ in Flood-Ravaged Indian State

NEWS
“Rat fever” and other diseases have killed 14 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the worst floods in almost a century, authorities said Tuesday.The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said. “We had anticipated leptospirosis (rat fever) due to contaminated water and are taking all measures to distribute preventive drugs in camps,” Kerala health director Sarita R L told AFP. Leptospirosis, transmitted in water containing urine from rodents and other animals, has killed six people and infected more than 100 while other diseases have left eight dead. Cases of malaria, dengue fever and chicken pox have also been reported. More than 5,100 people have
Medic Arraigned For Allegedly Endangering Patient’s Life

Medic Arraigned For Allegedly Endangering Patient’s Life

NEWS
For allegedly endangering his patient life, a medical practitioner, Dr. Ejike Orji has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Igbosere.Orji was arraigned before Chief Magistrate O.O Otitoju  by the Nigerian Police on a charge, bordering on endangering the life of a 16 year-old Somitochukwu Ezi-Ashi. The defendant, who is the Chief Medical Director of Excel Medical Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, was alleged to have endangered the victim’s life by using a saw blade to remove Plastic Of Paris (POP) from the victim’s leg on July 24, 2018, which led to a deep cut in the victim’s leg. According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 243 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. Earlier before he was arraigned, the prosecutor, Ins
Pharmacists Council Seals 321 Medicine Shops, Premises In Bayelsa

Pharmacists Council Seals 321 Medicine Shops, Premises In Bayelsa

NEWS
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed about 321 premises in Bayelsa for varying noticeable infractions, including sale of medicines without following due process.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bayelsa is the 28th state the council is carrying out the monitoring and enforcement in nationwide. The PCN’s Director, Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, made the disclosure at a news conference in Yenagoa on Friday. “About 321 premises were sealed, comprising 36 pharmacies, 285 patent medicine stores, 13 premises of seven Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors. “Six premises were given compliance directives for various offences ranging from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment, poor documentation, as well as dispensing ethical and presc
DNA-Editing Tools Could Increase Life Expectancy, Reduce Cancer Risk In Babies

DNA-Editing Tools Could Increase Life Expectancy, Reduce Cancer Risk In Babies

NEWS
Researchers have found that babies, whose genes were edited before birth stand the chance of living decades longer. The researchers also found that the babies could reduce more than halve their risk of developing cancer. A researcher from the University of Auckland claimed that using DNA-editing tools such as Clustered Regularly Inter-Spaced Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) on egg and sperm cells could make all humans resistant to diseases of old age. CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool for making precise edits in DNA, discovered in bacteria. The technique uses tags, which identify the location of the mutation, and an enzyme, which acts as tiny scissors to cut DNA in a precise place, allowing small portions of a gene to be removed. While the controversial new study received criticisms, which states DNA ...
Olive Oil Reduces Risk Of Impotence By 40 Per Cent, Boosts Drug-Free Sex Life

Olive Oil Reduces Risk Of Impotence By 40 Per Cent, Boosts Drug-Free Sex Life

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Consuming Mediterranean diet, especially plenty of olive oil, cuts the risk of erectile dysfunction by 40 percent, a study has found.It revealed that consuming nine tablespoons of the oil each week, along with plenty of vegetables, fruit, fish and beans also boost men’s chances of a drug-free sex life into their seventies. The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich, suggests a healthy diet in middle age could pave the way for an active drug-free love life well into their late 60s and 70s. Experts studied 670 men with an average age of 67 from the Greek island of Ikaria. As well as olive oil, they found men tended to be protected if their diet also contained about 13 portions of veg a week, six pieces of fruit, three servings of fish and two portions o
15 Die From Gastroenteritis Outbreak In Katsina

15 Die From Gastroenteritis Outbreak In Katsina

NEWS
Authorities on Sunday confirmed 15 deaths due to what an official suspected to be cases of gastroenteritis in Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State. The Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Alhaji Yusuf Radda, made this known to newsmen through his Information Officer, Mannir Idris in Charanchi. He said that the areas affected by the outbreak were Charanchi town, Malali and Banye villages. Radda said that about 24 persons have so far been hospitalised and were currently receiving medical treatment at the Charanchi Comprehensive Healthcare Centre. He said the council had already sent team of medical experts to render services to the victims. ‘’We quickly responded to the situation by providing necessary drugs for treatment of the affected persons. ‘’We are calling
NMA Seeks Improved Budgeting For Health Sector

NMA Seeks Improved Budgeting For Health Sector

NEWS
NMA President, Francis Fajuyile made this appeal during a conference over the weekend in Osogbo the Osun state capital. He said that government is giving less attention to healthcare and added that the introduction of Universal Health Coverage is needed to improve healthcare delivery of the country. “We have a myriad of problems affecting us as medical practitioners, the first one is about funding. We need the government to fund health more appropriately and the funding has a lot to do with the equipment that we need to have in the hospitals,” he said. Fajuyile also decried the poor state of most hospitals in the country and urged the governments at all levels to see to its improvement. “We need to have a good working environment for the doctors and the patients to be seen and
UNICEF, NOA to Establish 90 Theater Groups

UNICEF, NOA to Establish 90 Theater Groups

NEWS
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with UNICEF has concluded plans to establish 90 theatre groups in three states to mobilise and support communities to access health care services for healthy development of children. Mr Eki George, Communication for Development Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, made this known in Kaduna on Tuesday at the opening of a 3-day Training of Trainers on Theatre for Development (TFD) from Nasarawa and Niger States. The training was organised by NOA, Kaduna State Office, with support from UNICEF to equip participants with the capacity to set up theatre groups that would periodically perform dramas to promote healthy behavioural change. George explained that the theatre groups, 30 each in Kaduna, Nasarawa and Niger states, would s...
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Inducts 120 LAUTECH Medical Doctors

Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Inducts 120 LAUTECH Medical Doctors

NEWS
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has given its nod to fresh 120 medical doctors trained at the College of Health Sciences of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, to practise medicine and surgery. The council’s Registrar, Dr. Tajudeen Adisa Sanusi, inducted the new doctors at the weekend on the college premises in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. He said reports about LAUTECH graduates were pleasant and encouraging. He expressed worry about the incessant industrial actions among the institution’s workers. Speaking to the guests, who included Oyo State House of Assembly Speaker Joshua Olagunju, the MDCN registrar urged LAUTECH visitors (Oyo and Osun governors) to fund the institution. He noted that they had a good and highly promisin
1,086 Young Nigerians Confirmed HIV/Aids Positive in Nasarawa

1,086 Young Nigerians Confirmed HIV/Aids Positive in Nasarawa

NEWS
About 1,086 out of 75, 435 young Nigerians between the ages of 14 and 19, who were counselled and tested for HIV/AIDS in Nasarawa State, have been confirmed to be carrying the deadly virus. The Executive Director, Nasarawa State AIDS Control Agency, Dr. Ruth Adabe, disclosed this on Sunday during a one-day workshop organised by the United Nations International Children’s Fund, in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency, in the Keffi Local Government Area of the state. Speaking during the event, Adabe, who was represented by Dr. Peter Attah of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, suggested strategies to end the HIV/Aids epidemic. They include the establishment of youth-friendly centres, HIV /Aids consulting and testing units and the prevention of PMTCT in the state. She
NHIS Enrollees Decry Doctors Attitude in Kaduna

NHIS Enrollees Decry Doctors Attitude in Kaduna

NEWS
The negative attitude of some medical and healthcare personnel at Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna, have been flayed by some enrollees of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the state. In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna, the enrollees complained of absenteeism and lateness by doctors and healthcare staff, forcing them to wait long frustrating hours before being attended to. A correspondent of NAN monitoring the quality of service delivery at the NHIS unit of the facility reported that he visited the section at three different occasions and found no doctor on seat to attend to patients. According to the report, there was no doctor on seat on Aug. 23, and after long hours of waiting, patients were referred to anot...
Compendium: NAFDAC Is Empowering Nigerians with Information — ADEYEYE

Compendium: NAFDAC Is Empowering Nigerians with Information — ADEYEYE

NEWS
The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye has explained the rationale behind the publishing of the compendium of registered products by the Agency saying, “it is a veritable source of information and an anti-counterfeiting device that will put the power of information in the hands of consumers.” Adeyeye, who expressed optimism about the benefits said the Compendium that has about 50,000 registered products and companies listed, has been hosted on the NAFDAC website. Speaking in Lagos at an event tagged: A date with the DG to provide a platform for discourse and exchange of information between NAFDAC and other stakeholders in the industry, the DG described the Compendium as a directory of registered products and
Nigeria’s Healthcare: Both the Poor and the Rich Cry

Nigeria’s Healthcare: Both the Poor and the Rich Cry

NEWS
I believe that I am not alone in feeling distressed about the situation of healthcare in Nigeria. Everywhere you look, the problems stare you in the face. In the public health care space, you face poor infrastructure, old or inoperative equipment and generally poor attitude. Even skill and competency levels are often suspect. If you have taken a seriously ill patient to our public health facilities – be they primary, secondary or tertiary institutions, you will have known that many more people are healed by faith in Nigeria than by medical care. If you go to the private healthcare institutions, may be infrastructure and equipment may be better but attitude and skills are subject to national averages. Additionally, in all cases, affordability remains a key limiting factor. Since managed ca