The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reassured it has capacity to effectively diagnose and respond to monkeypox after Britain confirmed two cases of the disease in two patients one of whom had travelled to Nigeria. Monkeypox caused public scare in September 2017 when the outbreak started. A total 262 cases suspected to be monkeypox have been reported from 26 states as at August end. Only 113 of the cases reported were confirmed to be monkeypox across 16 states, mostly from states in the south-south. Seven people have died from the disease so far. NCDC chief executive, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the centre is working with Public Health England, the UK’s public health agency, to investigate the two reported cases. It is also working with other partners, with monthly meetings
Lagos – The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it had strengthened its disease surveillance, detection and response systems to prevent the outbreak of Monkey pox in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, made this known in an interview. He spoke against the background of the two confirmed cases of Monkey pox in patients with recent travel history from Nigeria now receiving medical attention in the United Kingdom (UK). “There is no report of Monkey pox in Lagos, in the past where there were cases like that; most of the cases were imported to the state. “So with our disease surveillance systems in place, we are in a better position to track and detect any viral diseases if they do occur. “This will involve all the local governments, investigative data and if we s
The joy that follows the birth of a new baby is sometimes indescribable. So, it was a bundle of joy when Mrs Rashidat Yusuf was delivered of a set of twins on September 19, 2009. The birth of the twin boys came with some complications. Consequently, the first child was not born until after four days of agonizing labour. But a test by the doctor revealed that another child was still in the uterus. To prevent further difficulties, the doctor told the husband that his wife had to undergo Caesarean operation for the delivery of the second baby. But the surgery was never carried out because the baby came out after some hours. The two babies were growing normally like other babies. When they were six months old, however, the parents noticed that one of them, Kehinde, could not sit or crawl like...
The Borno State Director, National Population Commission, NPoPC, Mr. Bukar Gajiram has explained the rationale behind the State’s outstanding performance in birth registration despite the spate of insurgency in the area. According to him, the success was as a result of several strategic partnerships and commitments ent ered into by the state state commission. Today, Borno is leading states like Lagos, Kano among others with a current birth registration rate of 363,316, 172,878 boys and 190,438 girls respectively while Bayelsa emerged lowest with 14,876, 7,567 boys and 7,309 girls, which translated to an aggregate of 15 percent and 3 percent under one and five years registration. “Statistics from the country’s RapidSMS Dashboard on Birth Registration (2015 – 2017) revealed that Kano State
The Association of Community Pharmacists (Lagos State Chapter) recently once again took a stand against the indiscriminate use of drugs. This time they had a walk against drug abuse at the busy Ikotun area of Lagos. The walk initiated to mark the ACPN day of the Pharmacy week, a yearly event was organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter). During this week, all the technical arms of PSN are given the opportunity to host a public awareness event to sensitise the public on relevant health issues. This year, the theme for the week was “Drug Abuse and Misuse: Threat to National Development”. ACPN had the sub theme “Community Pharmacists: Promoting Responsible Drug Use”. Speaking on the reason behind the theme and the location for the walk, Pharm. Benedict Obidey
*Insulin sensitivity refers to how sensitive the body’s cells are in response to insulin. *Doctors generally consider a high insulin sensitivity to be healthy. *Some lifestyle and dietary changes may help improve this sensitivity. Insulin is a hormone that helps control the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. The body’s cells respond to insulin by absorbing sugar from the blood. Low insulin sensitivity is known as insulin resistance. This can cause blood sugar levels to become too high and may lead to type 2 diabetes. Insulin sensitivity varies between people and can change according to various lifestyle and dietary factors. Improving insulin sensitivity may benefit people who have or are at risk of type 2 diabetes. In this article, we look at lifestyle and dietary factors tha
Some 9.6 million people will die of cancer in 2018, according to a report of the Global Cancer Statistics 2018 released on Wednesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of people around the world, who have cancer is growing rapidly, with 18.1 million new cases, the report said. Cancers of lung, female breast, and colorectum are the top three cancers in terms of incidence, and are ranked within the top five in terms of mortality. The three cancers are together responsible for one third of the cancer incidence and mortality burden worldwide, a WHO report warned on Wednesday. That means one in five men and one in six women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 1...
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, has described swimming as a holistic sports which all should embrace for healthy living. She stated this while featuring on CNN with Christian Amanpour on Tuesday. Swimming according to her does not only teach endurance, determination and patience but also teamwork all of which are essential in effective human relation Lagarde who as a teenager was a member of the French national synchronised swimming team revealed that she still swims normally but not synchronised swimming. “I still swim regularly, it is very good. Keeps you healthy, teaches you endurance, you are able to hold your breath, yes I still do the swimming part but not synchronised swimming,” she said. The 62 year old Vegetarian is however not o
Victor Olaore Omoshehin is the National Coordinator of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. He is a graduate of Project Management from the University of Lagos. In this interview with PharmaTimes Corespondent - ‘WAIRE EMONEFE, he talks about his experience so far living with the virus, and the challenges that people living with HIV/AIDS face. What is NEPWHAN all about? NEPWAN is the mother body of all persons living with HIV. Our vision is to strengthen the capacity of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country so that they will be able to contribute to the national response. We advocate for the welfare and interest of people living with HIV. Basically, we promote universal access to treatment and ensure that everyone living with HIV has equal access to treatment withou
At least 183 children have been admitted into intensive care at a hospital in Maiduguri in the last week to be treated for malaria and pneumonia. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) which runs the 30-bed Paediatric Hospital in Gwange says the facility is “full that medical teams have been left with no option but to have children share beds.” It said the resort is “highly unusual and demonstrates the severity of the situation.” Many children require oxygen and support to breathe, prompting MSF to expand the facility to 48 beds. Medical teams have been treating up to 70 children in intensive care at one time, the highest number of patients ever treated in the ward since the facility opened. The numbers have risen in the last seven days as the rains leaves hundreds
Founder of Avon Medical and GAVI Champion for Africa, Dr Awele Elumelu, has joined global health leaders at a photo exhibition to call for increase vaccine coverage in countries where children are under-immunised.The champions at the “Vaccine Heroes” exhibition in Geneva reiterated their commitment to saving the lives of children around the world. “Immunisation is one sure way to prevent diseases, save our children and advance our economy,” said Elumelu. “It is an honour to champion the importance of immunisation that saves the lives of children around Africa and the world. I am particularly pleased to be doing so with innovative organisations like the ones that make up the GAVI Alliance. In attendance was Director General, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus who cal
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reassured it has capacity to effectively diagnose and respond to monkeypox after Britain confirmed two cases of the disease in two patients one of whom had travelled to Nigeria. Monkeypox caused public scare in September 2017 when the outbreak started. A total 262 cases suspected to be monkeypox have been reported from 26 states as at August end. Only 113 of the cases reported were confirmed to be monkeypox across 16 states, mostly from states in the south-south. Seven people have died from the disease so far. NCDC chief executive, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the centre is working with Public Health England, the UK’s public health agency, to investigate the two reported cases. It is also working with other partners, with monthly meetings to ensure
•From Onitsha to Silicon Valley - Teen Girls’ App May Save Nigerians from Fake Drugs Save a Soul, a team of five students from the Regina Pacis Secondary School Onitsha in Anambra State, developed a mobile application called, FD Detector, to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country. The app can confirm the authenticity and expiration status of a pharmaceutical drug by scanning the barcode. Save a Soul, a team of five students from the Regina Pacis Secondary School Onitsha in Anambra State, won a place in this year’s global finals of the Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, California, USA. The Technovation programme mentors young girls around the globe on how to use technology to solve problems in their communities. The team, which won a place in the challe