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Day: September 6, 2018

Common Painkillers May Hide Major Risks, Says New Study

Common Painkillers May Hide Major Risks, Says New Study

NEWS
One of the most widely used painkillers may pose a threat to cardiovascular health. This is the main takeaway of new research, recently published in The BMJ.Common painkillers may hide major risks, says a new study. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to alleviate pain. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 30 million people in the United States take NSAIDs each year. While NSAIDs are commonly recommended to treat inflammatory conditions, headaches, and fever, the drugs are thought to have some cardiovascular risks. However, due to ethical concerns, these risks cannot be evaluated in clinical trials. The European Society of Cardiology therefore carried out an extensive review of existing research that concluded that nonaspirin N...
‘Automated Process Best For Health Care Delivery’

‘Automated Process Best For Health Care Delivery’

NEWS
The Chief Medical Officer, Eko Hospital, Dr Adegbite Ogunrokun, has stressed the need for hospitals to embrace the automated service delivery in order to reduce the length of time that patients have to wait to be treated.Ogunrokun made the statement on Thursday at a briefing organised in Lagos by the management team of Eko Corp Plc as it completes the first phase of its project in the hospital. He said the lack of automation in healthcare delivery had been a major problem in the hospital and the healthcare industry in Nigeria because most patients always complained of waiting for a long time before seeing a doctor or receiving treatment. “With the introduction of the automated service delivery, we can now have a fast-track service. This means that patients can come into our hospital and
Fresh Concerns Over Rising TB Cases, Deaths

Fresh Concerns Over Rising TB Cases, Deaths

NEWS
There are fresh concerns that every individual living in Nigeria will likely be infected with tuberculosis if swift and adequate responses are not taken.Nigeria is currently ranked seventh among the 30 high-burdened TB countries globally and second in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), disturbing statistics that has raised fear among experts.Further statistics by the 2017 Global TB Report ranks Nigeria among the 14 high burden countries for TB, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).According to WHO, every hour, 47 Nigerians develop active TB, seven of which are children.More worrisome is the fact that every hour, 18 Nigerians die of TB, a disease that is preventable and curable, WHO stated. However, experts have identifie...
FG Moves to End Cholera Outbreaks in 2023

FG Moves to End Cholera Outbreaks in 2023

NEWS
The Federal Government is putting in place measures to end cholera outbreaks nationwide in the next five years. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, dropped the hint yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, some of the efforts being worked out with international partners include investment in water and general education on health and prevention. The minister also disclosed that N6.071 trillion had been approved to drive the country’s National Health Strategic Plan 2. Joined by the his Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Adewole said that the new comprehensive health plan, involving the 36 states and
Pharmacists to Partner NAFDAC on Fight Against Fake Drugs

Pharmacists to Partner NAFDAC on Fight Against Fake Drugs

NEWS
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, to tackle the menace posed by dealers in fake drugs in the country. The association, through its National President, Samuel Adekola, lamented the increase in the quantity of fake drugs in the country, describing it as one of the leading causes of death among Nigerians. Speaking in Akure on Tuesday, Adekola said the partnership between the NAFDAC and community pharmacists nationwide would help the government to stamp out uncertified drugs dealers and put an end to the activities of unqualified pharmacists who usually sell counterfeit drugs in the country. He said, “We are going to strongly support the NAFDAC, which is
Lack of Exercise Puts Over 1.4bn Adults at Physical, Mental Risk –WHO

Lack of Exercise Puts Over 1.4bn Adults at Physical, Mental Risk –WHO

NEWS
The World Health Organisation says insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable disease, negatively impacting mental health and overall quality of life. A newly released study published in The Lancet Global Health journal on Wednesday, highlighted the well-established benefits of being physically active, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes, as well as breast and colon cancer. Additionally, physical activity has positive effects on mental health, can delay the onset of dementia, and help people maintain a healthy weight, the WHO study revealed. The study’s lead author, Regina Guthold, of WHO Switzerland, warned that more adults are lagging behind the recommended levels of physical activity required for a health
432 Children in Kwara Infected with HIV/AIDS in 6 Months

432 Children in Kwara Infected with HIV/AIDS in 6 Months

Children's Health, NEWS
The Kwara State Action Committee on HIV and AIDS (KWASACA) has recorded no fewer than 432 children infected with HIV and AIDS between January and June in Kwara. The Coordinator of KWASACA, Dr Seleem Alabi, disclosed this at the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Kwara Chapter Week in Ilorin on Wednesday. The programme was organised to sensitise women journalists on the importance of regular screening on HIV and AIDS. Alabi in his presentation titled: “HIV/AIDS an Opportunistic Infection”, said that the cases recorded were from mother-to-child transmission either at birth or through breastfeeding. He explained that when babies were exposed to infected blood or breast milk, they would be vulnerable to the condition. The KWASACA coordinator said that HIV was a virus th