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Day: September 10, 2018

Kanu Heart Foundation Holds Free Screening, Walk For Life Sep. 26

Kanu Heart Foundation Holds Free Screening, Walk For Life Sep. 26

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Kanu Heart Foundation, the non-governmental charity organization founded by former Super Eagles’ Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, will hold a two-day free medical screening and consultations in Lagos on September 26 and 27, KHF coordinator, Onyebuchi Abia has announced. Abia said the free medical screening is part of activities lined up by the foundation in celebration of the World Heart Day, adding, “the events will include a four-Kilometre Heart Walk and lectures on heart related issues by Nigerian and visiting Indian doctors.” According to Abia, “The Theme of this year’s heart lecture is ‘Make your heart a promise,’ adding, “the walk will start at 8.00 a.m. with Nwankwo Kanu leading other celebrities and stars. “Heart walk t-shirts branded with participating teams’ logos will be made available
Nigerian Doctors Give Buhari Administration Deadline to Constitute Crucial Medical Board

Nigerian Doctors Give Buhari Administration Deadline to Constitute Crucial Medical Board

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has given the Nigerian government till the end of September to constitute the Board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) or face its wrath. The President of the association, Francis Faduyile, who announced the ultimatum on Thursday, said the association was prepared to approach the court on the issue. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, Mr Faduyile said it is saddening that three years after dissolving the last board, the government was yet to constitute a new one. He said the action of the government has badly affected health delivery in the country, as the profession has gone unregulated. Reading from a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Council of the association, Mr Faduyile said, “The NEC call on
ABUTH To Conduct First Open Heart Surgery In Northern Nigeria – CMD

ABUTH To Conduct First Open Heart Surgery In Northern Nigeria – CMD

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The Chief Medical Director Of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Lawal Khalid, says the hospital will carry out its first open heart surgery by the end of September.Mr Khalid, a professor, disclosed this to journalists in Zaria on Thursday, saying the exercise will be the first in northern Nigeria. He said the surgery will be conducted in collaboration with a University in Ghana and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu which is a national centre for open heart surgery in Nigeria. According to him, the surgery was the culmination of several years of careful planning and upgrade of the capacity of ABUTH. “ABUTH set up a cardiothoracic centre with a state of the art facility to carry out the open heart surgery. “It will be the first time that an open heart surgery
Medical Expert Attributes Student Poor Performance to Phone Addiction

Medical Expert Attributes Student Poor Performance to Phone Addiction

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A medical doctor in Kano State, Dr Tijjani Haruna, has attributed poor academic performance among some students to phone addiction. Haruna, who is working with the Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Kano, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Kano on Sunday. “The mobile addiction that starts at an early age may lead to poor academic performance, skiving class, sleep disturbances and in more serious cases, to mental problems,’’ he said. According to him, the ugly trend can make users prone to obesity, lack of concentration and other diseases. He said that schools and the family have an important role to play in checking the ugly trend by preventing children from using mobile phones from childhood, before they become addicted to it.‎ Some pare
UNPAID ARREARS: LASUTH Medical Consultants to Embark on Three Days Warning Strike

UNPAID ARREARS: LASUTH Medical Consultants to Embark on Three Days Warning Strike

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In what seems like a season of industrial disharmony at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, the highest cadre of medical doctors under the auspices of Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, MDCAN, weekend, threatened to commence another three days warning strike over nine months unpaid arrears of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, CONMESS, to some of their members. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the Chairman, LASUTH MDCAN, Dr. Adebayo Adekunle, who announced that the three days warning strike will commence at 8:00am on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, regretted that nine months after the approval of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, an agency of the state government has continued to flout the order.  Adekunle, who alleged marginalization of the
NHIS: Why I Won’t Approve Budget, by Board Chair

NHIS: Why I Won’t Approve Budget, by Board Chair

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Activities at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) may soon be grounded if the budget impasse between Executive Secretary Prof. Usman Yusuf and the Board of the scheme is not resolved. Board Chairman Mrs. Enyantu Ifenne has vowed not to grant approval to the budget submitted by the executive secretary. The budget is padded and lacks transparency, among other flaws, Dr. Ifenne said. She argued in an August 20 memo to Yusuf that any attempt to approve the budget would be misconstrued as a conspiracy to defraud the system. The council chair implored Yusuf to reflect the council’s positions on all the contentious areas as enumerated and represent the document for authorisation. The management and the board have since been undecided over the budget, as the management seems no
How Many Eggs A Person Can Eat Per Day

How Many Eggs A Person Can Eat Per Day

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
There is not a specific number of eggs a person can eat as part of a healthful diet. Eggs were once considered to be an unhealthy food source in terms of high cholesterol and heart problem concerns. The fact that the yolk of an egg contains a high level of cholesterol was the primary cause of this.Consuming cholesterol was initially thought to significantly raise the levels of cholesterol in the body, which can increase the risk of heart disease. Research has shown, however, that eggs do not increase the chances of heart disease. Cholesterol in the body Cholesterol from food has a small impact on cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that has a range of essential bodily functions. Its role includes supporting the production of new cells and hormones to the formatio...
Cancer Foundation: Why Atiku is partnering Gov. Dickson

Cancer Foundation: Why Atiku is partnering Gov. Dickson

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has bemoaned the prevalent cases of cancer in the country and pledged to partner Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on the establishment of a cancer centre in the state. Abubakar made the pledge in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Yenagoa, shortly after his condolence visit to Dickson’s family in Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area. Abubakar, who is one of the presidential aspirants under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), described Dickson’s initiative as commendable. He stressed that the foundation, when fully launched, would help cancer patients since early detection is critical to its treatment. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the cancer foundation was established in honour of Dickson’s mother, Mrs Goldcoast who died on
Phones Can Transmit Virus, Germs, Expert Warns

Phones Can Transmit Virus, Germs, Expert Warns

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A Public Health Physician, Dr Michael Oguntoye, has warned that mobile phones could transmit diseases and infections if it comes in contact with body fluids of an infected person. Oguntoye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that phones are “fomites” which could serve as medium of transmitting viral organism, causing diseases and infections on people. He described fomites as any non-living object or substance capable of carrying infectious organisms, such as viruses or bacteria. “Taking a cell phone into the bathroom and then leaving with it, can carry diseases and germs, especially when you do not wash your hands and then coming out,” he said. According to him, phones can transfer diseases and virus from one individual to another. Oguntoye, an epidemiologist with Kwara Ministry o
Lagos Govt Warns Against Use Of Asbestos In Homes, Says It Is Carcinogenic

Lagos Govt Warns Against Use Of Asbestos In Homes, Says It Is Carcinogenic

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Prince Gbolahan Lawal has alerted the public against the use of asbestos as ceiling in homes, saying it could cause cancer. “Few years ago, Lagos State Government stopped the use of asbestos for ceiling because of its carcinogenic effect; we now use PVCs (plastic) in our estates and buildings. “Asbestos ceilings are carcinogenic, it causes cancer and if you have it in your house you should try and change it,’’ he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. Lawal called for mass enlightenment on the use of asbestos in public and private buildings. NAN reports that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency and a part of the World Health Organization with its headquarters in Lyon, France, cla
Borno Govt Declares Cholera Outbreak

Borno Govt Declares Cholera Outbreak

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The Borno State Government on Wednesday declared an outbreak of cholera in the state. The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, said that the eight samples sent for laboratory test proved positive and as such, there was a cholera outbreak in the state. He said that although 14 persons had reportedly died in areas where acute diarrhoea was diagnosed, but he could not confirm if it was due to cholera as no autopsy have been carried out. He said, “With the laboratory confirmation of samples of eight suspected cholera cases sent to the NCDC laboratory in Abuja, the Borno State Ministry of Health officially declares an outbreak. “This official declaration has become important to the enable state, partners, and NGOs to mobilise adequate resources for a timely and comprehensive re