A paediatrician, Okiemute Olibamoyo, on Wednesday advised mothers to stop the habit of force-feeding their babies to avoid accidental-suffocation. Ms Olibamoyo of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to her, such practice is dangerous and has led to untimely death of many infants in Nigeria. “If you find out that your baby is not eating well or does not want to eat, do not scold her, rather change the way and pattern you prepare her food. “Sometimes you find out that the child that refused to eat her mother’s food is eating the same food prepared by another woman. “It could be that she likes her plantain, for example, boiled and
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the Cross River government is embarking on the repairs of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) on women suffering from the ailment in the state. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Thursday, Programme Specialist, Reproductive Health, UNFPA, Cross River, Yakubu Aliu, said Nigeria recorded 12,000 estimated cases of fistula annually. He said that of this figure, only 2,000 of them got the required medical attention, leaving the remaining 10,000 unattended to. He said he thought VVF case were found only in the northern part of Nigeria, until he saw the data on its prevalence in the country. “Fistula is everywhere; the truth is that due to the nature of the ailment, people tend to keep it to themselves because
Scientists have identified a molecular pathway that links the movement of energy-producing centres, or mitochondria, in cancer cells to resistance to radiotherapy. This, they say, could lead to improved cancer treatment. Although previous studies have already revealed that the pathway, called Arf6-AMP1-PRKD2, plays a key role in cancer resistance, how it did so had remained unclear. But scientists at Hokkaido University in Japan who studied aggressive breast cancer found that Arf6-AMP1-PRKD2 controls the movement of mitochondria inside the cells. Premiumtimesng
The population of hungry people is rising across the world, a UN report has shown, with more than a quarter of them in Africa. Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were found in the continent. A new report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World showed that world hunger rose in 2017 for the third consecutive year, fuelled by conflict and climate change. According to the report, hunger is worsening in South America and most regions of Africa as one in nine people went hungry in 2017. The steady rise in number is fast jeopardising the global goal to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, the UN warned. Premiumtimesng
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Wednesday urged the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) to ensure strict compliance with the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) to eradicate waterborne diseases. Mr Osita Aboloma, Director-General, SON, made the plea during a one-day sensitisation workshop for ATWAP in Minna, Niger. “Water is life. If this assertion is correct because of the importance of water in human life, much more resilience is, therefore, required for all manufacturers in this sub-sector. “This is to ensure that all elements of quality assurance are strictly applied to produce and supply not only good quality but safe water to all Nigerians. “Incidences of waterborne diseases must be eradicated. I wish to emphasise that strict compliance with relevant NIS i
*World Cancer Research Fund’s 10-point blueprint to beat disease People who regularly eat foods with a low nutritional quality have a higher risk of developing cancer. The study authors state that more countries should now enforce food labeling that clearly specifies nutritional value.Countries need to implement better policies for food labeling so that consumers understand what they are buying. The British Food Standards Agency developed their nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS) as a way to ensure that people are able to clearly see what the nutritional value is of any food product.The system allows people to make informed dietary choices and be able to tell healthful foods from those with fewer or no benefits. France and, more recently, Belgium have also adopted systems similar to t
If we are healthy, chances are that we will enjoy life to the full. If we are physically strong, we feel good and recover faster from illnesses or even resist them in the first place. The key is to eat the right foods in the right proportion. Under normal circumstances, we should find this easy to do. However, our desire to balance our diet may be constrained by low cash outlay, lifestyles, lack of know-how or ingrained negative societal values. Therefore, the smart thing to do is to evaluate and take advantage of readily available and affordable nutrients fillers. More so, in situations where we are aware of the benefits of eating fruits, but our culture does not recognise fruits consumption as satisfying enough while availability, convenience and affordability are key factors for fruit ...
As Nigeria clocks 58 as an independent nation, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the federal government to fully implement the National Health Act, (NHAct) 2014. The president, NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile said four years after the signing of NHAct 2014, the government has failed to fully implement the Act that can guarantee Nigerians Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Faduyile said, “It is important to reiterate that UHC shall not only increase access to health care delivery but also make it affordable through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBSHIP) as an integral component and will be complemented by the Basic Healthcare Provision fund and other sources of fund from luxury items and ‘sin’ taxes.” The pr
A medical practitioner, Dr Charles Esekhaigbe, has urged men above 40 to always check for symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) also called prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition in men, as they get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. According to Esekhaigbe, the manifestation of BPH symptoms may not lead to prostate cancer in some cases, if treated instantly, adding that BPH condition was an inevitable state of every man above 40 years. “BPH begins to grow in every man from puberty, depending on the age and it continues to increase with age and genealogy. “Certainly,
*Experts alert to rising cases of infertility, quacks in Nigeria *Non-regulation, poor ethics, crippling N1.35trn market While assisted pregnancy gives infertile couples the chance at a child, recent study has revealed that children conceived with Assisted Reproductive Technologies, such as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) were more likely to develop high blood pressure at adolescent age.Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) place mature eggs, or oocytes, and embryos in various environmental conditions that differ from that found in the womb, while in IVF, mature eggs are collected from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a lab before being implanted into the uterus.Over 180 million couples suffer from infertility globally, majority of whom are in developing countries, according to t...
US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for applying the principles of evolution to develop proteins used in everything from new biofuels to the world’s best-selling drug. Arnold, just the fifth woman to clinch chemistry’s most prestigious honour since Marie Curie was honoured in 1911, won one half of the nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million or 870,000 euros) award, while Smith and Winter shared the other half. “The 2018 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have taken control of evolution and used it for purposes that bring the greatest benefit to humankind,” the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences said. Life on Earth exists because over the past 3.7 billion years organisms have adapted to their env
The Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA) has pledged to enlist the services of over 5,000 members to assist Nigeria to scale-up its health indices and boost healthcare delivery. Dr Iwueze Obilo, Chairperson ANPA New Jersey Chapter, made the promise at an interactive session between President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria in the Diaspora in America. The meeting was convened by the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on the sideline of the ongoing 73rd UN General Assembly in New York. Obilo, who is also President, Nigeria Healthcare Foundation, said that the Nigerian medical practitioners in America were ready to assist the country reduce medical tourism. “We are hungry to come because you need us to be successful, we
Leaders at all levels in Nigeria should realise that citizens of this country should be tired of empty and unsustainable human development goals. There are no good hospitals in the country and education quality is embarrassing. So, any news item of another national health plan cannot thrill anyone in the country. How many national health plans should a nation launch before it can have a good healthcare delivery system? Realising that the health sector is at the moment in a shambles, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) the other day approved a new five-year National Health Strategic Plan 2, which is to gulp a whopping N6.07 trillion; and will involve the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.The previous Plan 1 covered 2010 to 2015; while the new Plan 2 woul...
An FCT High Court in Maitama has ordered Kings Care Hospital, Abuja, to pay N1 million as damages to a couple for negligence and breach of care. The claimants, Bamikole Owolabi and wife, Mercy, had told the court that two ultra-scan reports by the hospital showed that Mercy was pregnant with twins, but gave birth to only a baby. Owolabi asked the court to compel the private hospital to produce the second baby which the scan report showed. However, in its counter-affidavit to the suit, the hospital contended that the baby girl Mercy gave birth to was one and weighed 3. 3kg, adding that it was medically impossible for a pair of babies to weigh 3.3kg. Justice Jude Okeke, however, said the hospital was negligent and liable of breach of care by issuing the claimants with scan results ...
NO fewer than 7,000 persons with different ailments from several communities in Etsako West, Etsako East and Etsako Central Local Government Areas of Edo have received free treatment provided by a United Kingdom based Medical Doctor, Benedict Ifsuokor. Surgeons at work The medical outreach which lasted three days had over 50 medical personnel from across Nigeria and the UK also collaborated with the Edo State Action on AIDS, SACA, to counsel people with HIV/AIDS. Ifsuokor who said the death of his parents due to none access to proper medical services prompted the outreach, which put the cost of the three days free treatment at over N20m. According to him, “I was around in March to bury my mother and i was alarmed with the appalling state of this hospital when i visited, i then took a dec