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Day: September 21, 2018

NCDC Reports Monkey Pox Outbreak in 15 States

NCDC Reports Monkey Pox Outbreak in 15 States

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said of 76 cases of monkey pox reported in 2018, 37 have been confirmed with one probable and two deaths in 15 states. It named Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Abia, Anambra, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as the affected states. Its latest situation report on the disease released yesterday showed that Rivers with 34 cases, Bayelsa (20) and Cross River (9) have the highest number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak. The report also identified a cluster of six suspected cases with epidemiological link to a United Kingdom (UK) case in Rivers. The Public Health England (PHE) had reported two cases of monkey pox to the NCDC, which were ...
NAFDAC Uncovers N105m Tramadol, Controlled Drugs Warehouse

NAFDAC Uncovers N105m Tramadol, Controlled Drugs Warehouse

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has busted a cartel of illegal importation of controlled pharmaceutical products. NAFDAC, in a statement issued yesterday by its Director-General, Prof. Moji Christianah Adeyeye, said its operatives discovered 187 cartons of assorted 120mg, 200mg and 225mg tramadol on September 14, 2018. She said the operatives raided a transit warehouse at Ijora-Ororo, Lagos State where over 49 cartons of Diazepam (a controlled drug) concealed among household items like bicycles, used tyres and printers were discovered. The Guardian News
Medical Experts Seek Safe Spaces for Nigerian Girl-Child

Medical Experts Seek Safe Spaces for Nigerian Girl-Child

Children's Health, NEWS
Worried about the vulnerability of the girl-child in urban slums of Nigeria, medical experts have called on the government, corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to deliberately and consistently for them. The call was made at a One- Day Sexual Reproductive Health Community Forum for Out –Of- School Girls in commemoration of the International Youth Day organised by United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform in collaboration with Lagos State Government in Lagos. The Medical Officer, Health, Agege Local Government Area, Dr Akintayo Adebayo, said Nigeria needes to empower the girl child if it hopes to develop as a nation. “We must deliberately and consistently create safe spaces for them to express themselves and explore available opportunities. “Youths
FG Implores Govs to Employ More Doctors, Pay Proper Remuneration

FG Implores Govs to Employ More Doctors, Pay Proper Remuneration

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IBADAN-IN order to avoid further migration of medical doctors abroad, the Federal Government yesterday appealed to state governors to employ more medical doctors in their respective states and ensure they are well remunerated for effective service delivery. The Minister of Health, Prof.Issac Adewole who made the appeal at the 38th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the resident doctors in Ibadan said the Federal Government has put in place the third national health policy to reposition health sector and improve socioeconomic development of Nigeria. Adewole said: “Health is one of the sectors where you get good return when you invest in it. On our part, we are working hard to reduce matanal motality rate by 30pecent in the few years.” Speaking on many achievements of his
Cholera Kills 61 Persons in Yobe

Cholera Kills 61 Persons in Yobe

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Yobe government on Friday confirmed 906 fresh cases of cholera with 61 deaths and 50 others still on admission in hospitals across the state. Dr Muhammad Kawuwa, the Commissioner for Health, stated this in a statement in Damaturu on Friday. He said Acute Water Diarrhea (AWD) cases were reported in some parts of the state and later confirmed to be cholera after laboratory tests. “Some of the AWD cases were caused by Vibrio bacterae, the bacteria that cause cholera,“ the commissioner said. According to him, 906 cases are recorded in six local government areas of the state: Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Fune, Potiskum and Nangere in two months. “Over 795 patients were successfully treated and discharged, 50 are still on admission in various health facilities across the state. “Un
Scientists reveal how brain combines multiple memories into new insights

Scientists reveal how brain combines multiple memories into new insights

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Washington – Neuroscientists have discovered how people’s brain combined memories to arrive at novel insights, lending a clue to developing faster artificial intelligence. The study published on Wednesday in the journal Neuron reported the novel brain mechanism that would allow retrieved memories to trigger the retrieval of further, related memories. This mechanism allows the retrieval of multiple linked memories, which then enable the brain to create new kinds of insights, according to the study. Humans have the ability to creatively combine their memories to solve problems and draw new insights, a process that depends on memories for specific events known as episodic memory. Imagine you see a woman driving a car on your street. The next day, you see a man driving the exact same car on y
Pharmacy Academy Seeks Safe, Affordable Medicines

Pharmacy Academy Seeks Safe, Affordable Medicines

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The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy has called for better and affordable medicines at its yearly investiture in Lagos. At the event, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chief Oludolapo Ibukun Akinkugbe for his  contribution to the pharmaceutical sector. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) received an Honorary Fellowship. The association’s President, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, said bestowing the award on Chief Akinkugbe was ‘’a token of our appreciation of his enormous strides not only in the Pharmacy profession but indeed in all other aspects of human endeavour. ‘’As he turns 90 in December, it is only fitting and proper that his number one constituency, Pharmacy, kicks off the celebration of an illustrious role model whose legacy of love, sacrifice and service would
Foods to Eat For a Healthy Boost below the Belt

Foods to Eat For a Healthy Boost below the Belt

Food And Nutrition, Men's Health, NEWS
What we eat is extremely important to our physical and mental well-being. In fact there is no part of the body that does not benefit from healthy living including the penis. Some of the smallest blood vessels and nerves are found in the penis so if you eat a lot of junk food with high cholesterol you can be sure that the vessels in the penis will also get clogged. When the blood vessels in the penis are clogged with cholesterol it would restricts blood in the penis and this would in turn make it difficult for you to get an erection when you are ready for action, not to mention the heart issues that are involved. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist at Orlando Health, USA advises that you treat your penis like a luxury car. To keep it riding smoothly you need to fill it with the recommended f...
Minister Inaugurates Ear, Hearing Care Group

Minister Inaugurates Ear, Hearing Care Group

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Health Minister Professor Isaac Adewole has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) for ear and hearing care in Abuja. Adewole urged the group to develop a National Strategic Plan on Ear Health Care and Community-Based Hearing Healthcare programmes across the country. He said the government was targeting one million students nationwide. He noted: ‘’The relationship between hearing and speaking cannot be overemphasised.’’ Adewole urged the group to come up with a plan on how to reduce hearing losses, improve access to hearing health professionals, and provide rehabilitative services to those with hearing problems. He assured TWG of Federal Government’s assistance, adding that the group was expected to complete its assignment within four months. The Minister said the St
Lagos State AIDS Control Agency Tests 1,877 for HIV

Lagos State AIDS Control Agency Tests 1,877 for HIV

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The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has counselled and tested 1,877 residents for HIV at various locations across the state. Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, disclosed this during an interview at Lafiaji community in Eti-Osa Local Government where the exercise held. He said 733 men and 1144 women benefited from its on-going HIV Testing services (HTS). During the exercise, 18 new HIVpositive cases were identified. In all, 37 referrals, he said, were done. They included other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and Tuberculosis (TB). Temowo noted that the programmes is to execute UNAIDS 90-90-90 initiative, especially the first ‘90’, based on the policy that 90 percent of the people must know their HIV status and extend it to the second 90, which sta
Josephine Iyamu Has Her Jail Term Increased For Sex Trafficking

Josephine Iyamu Has Her Jail Term Increased For Sex Trafficking

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The Nigerian nurse who was convicted after using voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has had her 14-year prison sentence increased. Josephine Iyamu, 52, was originally sentenced for 13 years for the trafficking offences with a further year for perverting the course of justice. But after she appealed the sentence, it has now been increased to 18 years after judges found it to be ‘unduly lenient’. Originally born in Liberia, Iyamu was made a British citizen in 2009 after being allowed to stay in the UK due to her nursing qualifications. She organised the travel of five women from Nigeria to Germany. Solicitor General Robert Buckland went to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term. But as she tearfully watched th
Exploring the Health Benefits of Eating Green Vegetables

Exploring the Health Benefits of Eating Green Vegetables

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. The Greek physician Hippocrates may have been way ahead of his time in extolling the health-giving virtues of a good diet. It is noteworthy that the idea that vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet has been “hammered” into our collective consciousness by experts. Nutritionists will always recommend eating three to five servings of vegetables every day. For some people, the produce component of their diet consists chiefly of fruits. Popular fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, and raisins are sweet and delicious. The vegetables in the diet often tend to be the sweeter or starchier kinds, such as tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. All of these foods are valuable, but if you avoid or limit leafy greens, you are missing out on ma
Prevalence of chlamydia infection among women

Prevalence of chlamydia infection among women

NEWS, Women's health
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide. In another report, it is estimated that, each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia, 78 million with gonorrhoea, and 5.6 million with syphilis. Infection with STIs can have a significant and negative impact upon a person’s overall health and well-being. Studies have shown that chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are three STIs which are all caused by bacteria. Chlamydia trachomatis in particular is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the world with severe complications. Global chlamydia statistics show that an estimated 92 million new chlamydia infections occur each year, affecting more women than men in all age
Agbami tackles TB through public awareness, screening

Agbami tackles TB through public awareness, screening

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NIGERIA has the highest incidence rate of tuberculosis in Africa and 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries in the world according to the World Health Organisation. As part of its commitment towards checkmating the high burden of undiagnosed tuberculosis in Nigeria, Agbami Parties team helped to detect 1,353 cases of TB in six states of the Federation. The cases were confirmed out of the 5,011 presumptive TB cases in Kano, Oyo, Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States. A total of 63, 629 persons were beneficiaries of the activities of Agbami – a member of the Stop TB Partnership initiative and a key contributor towards the elimination of Tuberculosis, in Nigeria. Disclosing these and other facts in Lagos recently at the 1st National Summit on Public Private Mix (PPM) for TB Control
Universal Health Will Address Medical Tourism — Lilly-Tariah

Universal Health Will Address Medical Tourism — Lilly-Tariah

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The President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Professor Opubo da Lilly-Tariah has expressed optimistic that with a proper and well implement Universal Health Coverage, Nigerians will be discourage from traveling out of the country to seek medical health. Lilly-Tariah who spoke ahead of the College 36th Convocation slated for 20th September, said that the coverage of National Health Insurance Scheme still remain low. He regretted that due to lack of job security, poor facilities for practice, general insecurity and poor pay, most experienced hands and brightest minds are being drain away thus losing both the present and future of this country. He blamed government for inability to create enabling environment for the practice of medicine that will be conducive, “an exp