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Day: September 18, 2018

Endometriosis: Endosurvivors International’s Call to Action

Endometriosis: Endosurvivors International’s Call to Action

NEWS
Recently, a Lagos-based NGO, Endosurvivors International Foundation organised a forum to further enlighten the public on the health condition, Endometriosis. Quite a number of ladies are out there suffering and enduring their secret pains, but unfortunately many are ignorant of this health condition including medical health practitioners. The victims may be your sister, your mother, your niece, aunty or daughter, etc. To this effect, the Executive Director and Founder of the NGO, Olivia C. Nwankudu emphasised the need for government and policy makers to make available the necessary funding for the enlightenment and treatment of this condition. According to a General (medical) Practitioner with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Tope Odetayo, the condition is one t...
Study: Child Asthma Linked To Paracetamol, Children Under 2 Could Increase Risk of Respiratory Disease

Study: Child Asthma Linked To Paracetamol, Children Under 2 Could Increase Risk of Respiratory Disease

Children's Health, NEWS
Children given paracetamol in their first two years of life may be at greater risk of asthma, a study has found. Paracetamol is recommended by the NHS to treat most kinds of childhood ailments, including headache, stomach ache and cold symptoms, while it can also be used to reduce fever. The leading brand is Calpol. Researchers looked at 620 children who were considered at high risk of an allergic disease because they had a family member with illnesses such as asthma, eczema, hay fever or a severe food allergy. They rang families every four weeks for the first 15 months, then at 18 months and at two years to ask how many days the child had had paracetamol in the previous weeks. When the children reached 18, they gave a blood or saliva sample which was tested for variants of the ce...
6 in 10 Health Facilities Have no Toilets for Patients

6 in 10 Health Facilities Have no Toilets for Patients

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The current status of sanitation in Nigeria remains worrisome as a current survey has indicated that only 37 percent of the health facilities in Nigeria have at least one usable toilet for the patients while the remaining 63 percent lack toilet. The Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Zaid Jurji gave the indication at a Media Dialogue organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF as part of efforts to addressed the challenges of poor situation of water and hygiene in the country. Jurji said any improvement that Nigeria makes on water, sanitation and hygiene will make a good impression on Africa as a continent given the population of Nige
Heavy Caffeine Consumption May Extend Life Expectancy For People With Kidney Disease

Heavy Caffeine Consumption May Extend Life Expectancy For People With Kidney Disease

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation indicates that consuming more caffeine may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease.An inverse relationship between coffee consumption and mortality has been reported in the general population. However, the association between caffeine consumption and mortality for people with chronic kidney disease remains uncertain. The researchers hypothesized that caffeine consumption might be associated with lower mortality among participants with chronic kidney disease. The possible protective effect of caffeine might be related with effects at vascular level as caffeine is known to promote the release of substances, such as nitric oxide, that improve the function of the vessel. The results of the analysis suggest an i...
Common Habits That May Harm Your Kidney

Common Habits That May Harm Your Kidney

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The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs on either side of your spine. Kidneys are located below your ribs and behind your belly. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long, roughly the size of a large fist.The kidneys’ job is to filter your blood. They remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and keep the right levels of electrolytes. All of the blood in your body passes through them several times a day. Blood comes into the kidney, waste gets removed, and salt, water, and minerals are adjusted, if needed. The filtered blood goes back into the body. Waste gets turned into urine, which collects in the kidney’s pelvis — a funnel-shaped structure that drains down a tube called the ureter to the bladder. Each kidney has around a million tiny filters called nephrons. You could have
Cat Fish Might Be A Delicacy But It Could Be Unhealthy!

Cat Fish Might Be A Delicacy But It Could Be Unhealthy!

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
If findings by scientists are anything to go by, the legendary Obokun fish, along with other fish in its ilk that are considered delicacies (especially when trying to get to a man’s heart through the stomach) will soon be taboo. For decades, nutritionists have stressed the value of fish. Especially the fatty kinds when it comes to the balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6, fatty acids that they contain in large measure. Now, the outlook for the fish is grin. According to recent findings: “While the amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 that oily fish contains is good for our brains, the mercury it also contains is not. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that was once used in making felt hats and gave hatters their reputation for madness. It can also cause cancer and reproductive abnormalities, its effects r
Nigeria Losses N455 Billion Annually Due To Poor Sanitation – Report

Nigeria Losses N455 Billion Annually Due To Poor Sanitation – Report

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…130 million Nigerians have no access to improved sanitation A new national Survey has shown that about 130 million Nigerians live without access to improved sanitation even as it revealed that Nigeria loses N455 billion (US$ 1.3 billion) annually due to poor sanitation. The sample survey entitled: National Outcome Routine Mapping, NORM, 2018, carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, also found that Nigeria has remained in the list of top 5 open defecation countries in the world for the past 15 years, moving from 5th place in 2003 to 2nd place in 2015. The report notes that only 1 in 4 Nigerians have access to basic toilets. Speaking on the report, UNICEF, Chief of WASH, Mr. Zaid Jurji expla
LASUTH Set To Create Centre for Cleft Palate, Lipping Patients

LASUTH Set To Create Centre for Cleft Palate, Lipping Patients

NEWS
Lagos – The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Monday said it would soon inaugurate a cleft lip and palate centre to properly care for patients with such conditions. Prof. Adewale Oke, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, made the assertion at the 6th Biannual Conference on Cleft Palate and Lipping in Lagos. The conference was to express the hospitals willingness to work with the consultants and specialists from the United States under the auspices of Alliance for Smiles. “It is also to continue to partner with the Rotary Clubs, Nigeria, to provide succour to the needy. “Four years ago, we had our first interface with Rotary and since then, they have been here biannually to follow up patients that have undergone cleft lip surgery before and to perform surgery o
We Are Seeing More Patients with Hypertension in Lagos, Doctors Lament

We Are Seeing More Patients with Hypertension in Lagos, Doctors Lament

NEWS
Medical doctors in Lagos have raised the alarm over rising cases of High Blood Pressure and other hypertensive disorders among patients presenting at many clinics in the state in recent times. The doctors, under the auspices of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, Lagos State Chapter, who disclosed this to pressmen said several of the cases are as a result of stress caused by the effects of the series of incessant road traffic jams across the state. President of the Association, Dr. Tunji Akintade who spoke ahead of their 2018 AGM/Scientific conference slated for today in Lagos, said that stress as a result of traffic caused by road construction and the menace of tankers and flatbed container trucks has increased, “the consequence of this is the
69m Nigerians Lack Access To Safe Water

69m Nigerians Lack Access To Safe Water

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90.8% of households drink contaminated water Water from unhygienic sources fuelling episodes of cholera, diarrhoea As Nigeria is battling one of the largest outbreaks of cholera it has ever witnessed, findings have revealed that 69 million Nigerians or 1 in 3 (35.0 percent) of the population has no access to safe water while less than 1 in 10 (9.2 percent) of households drink safe water. These and other findings are from the 2016/2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, MICS, carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHDA, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. The National survey which reveals the country’s progress and lapses in key areas of development also show that 2 out of every
Cholera Outbreak: South Africa On Red Alert

Cholera Outbreak: South Africa On Red Alert

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South Africa on Monday issued a cholera alert following an outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe. “There is a significant risk that travelers from the outbreak-affected area may present with cholera in South Africa,’’ the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said. Healthcare workers countrywide, especially those in Limpopo Province, which borders Zimbabwe, should be on high alert for suspected cholera cases, the NICD said. It urged the public, especially those living in close proximity to the border with Zimbabwe, to use safe water and practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of Sept. 11, almost 2,000 suspected cholera cases, including 24 deaths, were reported in Zimbabwe. The out
Boko Haram Kills Midwife Saifura Ahmed Abducted in Borno

Boko Haram Kills Midwife Saifura Ahmed Abducted in Borno

NEWS
Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, has been killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram. The victim was abducted during a raid on a military facility in the area on March 1. At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack. Following the murder of Ahmed, Leman and Alice Ngaddah, a mother of two, are the ones in captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1. While the deceased worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the survivors were staff of UNICEF. In a video seen by TheCable, the deceased was wearing a white hijab. She was shot from behind. The insurgents claimed that they had...
#Monkeypox: First Cases Of Rare Infection Diagnosed In UK

#Monkeypox: First Cases Of Rare Infection Diagnosed In UK

NEWS
Two people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in Britain in apparently unrelated cases, Public Health England (PHE) have confirmed. Both patients are believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to England, and were diagnosed days apart. There is no known UK link between the two patients, PHE said Tuesday. The second patient is being treated in a specialist infectious disease unit at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, after being transferred from Blackpool Victoria Hospital. It comes after a Nigerian resident was diagnosed with the disease in Cornwall last week. The infection had never previously been diagnosed in the United Kingdom, PHE said. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that typically only leads to mild illness and does not spread easily between p...
PCN Shuts Down 498 Illegal Drug Shops in Plateau

PCN Shuts Down 498 Illegal Drug Shops in Plateau

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About 498 drug shops in Plateau State have been shut down for alleged quackery and operating without licence by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. The PCN’s Director of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, stated that the raid was carried out by the Drug Distribution Inspection Committee and Enforcement organ of the PCN in fulfillment of the body’s mandate of ensuring that minimum standards of practice were maintained by all players in the pharmaceutical industry. According to her, the raid to fish out quacks and unlicenced medicine dealers was a necessary technical support that would guarantee the provision of the optimum pharmaceutical services, sensitise the public and enforce the guidelines put in place. She said Plateau was the 30th state the PCN was visiting this