The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) yesterday in Lagos urged the three tiers of the government to recruit more nurses and midwives. This, it said, was necessary to reduce maternal and child mortality. National President Mr. AbdulRafiu Adeniji said at a news conference that the recruitment would reduce deaths. He said the recruitment of professional nurses would promote staffing and improve health care service delivery. "Employment of skilled health care workers is unavoidable as a nation, because it will reduce maternal and child mortality and prevent deaths. "The government needs to procure hospital equipment to reduce the rate of medical tourism. "The leadership of the association hails the Federal Government, advocates recruitment of nurses
If you have ever broken an arm and had to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks, you will be familiar with the alarming loss of muscle and uneasy feeling of weakness experienced after removing your cast. Most people do not do much exercise while a broken arm is healing and can struggle with this loss of muscle, known as ‘atrophy,’ and weakness for many weeks after the injury. A new study published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology, conducted in my lab by graduate student Justin Andrushko, suggests an effective strategy to offset muscle weakness might be to exercise the other arm. We recruited a group of 16 college students to wear casts on their left wrists for four weeks. Half of these students exercised their right arm aggressively three days per week using a type of train
Australia could be the first country in the world to effectively eradicate cervical cancer if current vaccination and screening rates are maintained, according to a research in public health journal `the Lancet’ published on Wednesday. “By 2022, cervical cancer rates are predicted to drop to less than six cases per 100,000 people and thus be classified as a rare cancer,’’ the study said, based on modelling by the Australian charity Cancer Council. According to their models, cervical cancer rates will continue to drop to below the “elimination’’ threshold of four new cases per 100 000 by 2035. The researchers attributed the progress in the fight against the disease to nationwide programmes aimed at preventing it, beginning with the launch of a national screening programme in 1991. Cervi
President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointment of Victor Adetiloye as the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State. According to a press statement by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, this renewal makes it the second and final term for Mr Adetiloye, a professor of radiology, as the institution’s CMD. Also, the president appointed Bassey Abasi to an initial four-year term as CMD of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo in Akwa Ibom State. The director of media and publicity of the ministry, Boade Akinola, said the letters of appointment signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the appointees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in order to upgrade service delivery in the h
In a bid to prevent disastrous epidemics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is stepping up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care, to flood victims in Nigeria. At least 826,000 Nigerians are severely affected by heavy flooding after the banks of the country’s two main rivers – the Niger and the Benue – busted following heavy rain, which began falling in August. “The disaster is now affecting 12 out of 36 states according to the National Emergency Management Agency, with 176,300 people displaced, more than 150,000 hectares of farmland inundated, 17,800 houses washed away, and 321 roads and bridges destroyed. “As of Monday, the floods had claimed about 200 lives. A state of national disaster has been declared in the four most-affected states: Ko
A Nigerian cancer awareness organisation has been honoured at the 2018 World Cancer Congress held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The organisation, Project PINK BLUE, won the World Cancer Day Spirit Award. The award was presented by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). World Cancer Congress is an initiative of the UICC, which was recognised with Membership Engagement Award. It takes place every two years in a different country and is hosted by a local member of UICC. In a statement Wednesday, the Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE, Runcie Chidebe, explained that the UICC applications were sought from the membership in five categories: advocacy, CEO, collaboration, fundraising and World Cancer Day spirit. Mr Chidebe added that reviewers with relevant expertise were...
The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy has made a passionate case for safer, affordable medicines and treatment regimens for diseases that afflict mankind, especially those that are endemic in the region. Stating this at the annual investiture ceremony of the professional body in Lagos recently, the academy president, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, said this is a vehicle they created to give enduring impact to research and development in Nigeria’s pharmaceutical space. He said: “It is for this reason that research is central to our operations and that is one of the major reasons the academy came into being. We want to complement local and international efforts that support scientific research and research activities. “Much of the work we have done in this regard has been in the area of a
Following high rate of fake drugs in circulation, Drug Distribution Inspection Committee and Enforcement (DDICE), an arm of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has urged Nigerians to patronise only registered drugs outlets. Thus, the organisation has embarked on an enforcement campaign across the nation in fulfillment of the mandate of ensuring that minimum standards of practice are maintained by all players in the pharmaceutical industry. Disclosing this at a press conference in Jos recently, the Director, Inspection and Monitoring, PCN, Mrs. Anthonia Aruya, said the raid on fake drugs was necessary as it will guarantee the provision of the optimum pharmaceutical services, sensitise all stakeholders, and enforce the guidelines put in place. She added that, “this would ultim
…As Ministry Begins Visit To Zonal Hospitals As part of measured to improve services into the contributory Health Insurance Scheme by Government owned Hospitals, Delta State Ministry of Health has commenced monitoring visits to all the Zonal Hospitals in the State with a view to ascertaining compliance level on the scheme. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji made this known on Tuesday during the monitoring of Contributory Health Insurance Scheme of Zonal Hospital under the State Hospital Management Board at the General Hospital, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area. She explained that the monitoring visit will cover the eleven Medical Zones under the State Hospitals Management Board and that a check list has been drawn including a Clien
No fewer than 81,481 persons are living with the dreaded human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, in Ondo State, a top health official said. Dr. Sani Aliu, the Director-General of the National Agency for Control of Aids, NACA, confirmed this yesterday in Ondo, Ondo West Local Government Area of the state. Aliu said this when he paid a visit to Oba Victor Kiladejo, the Osemawe of Ondo, to seek the king’s support to mobilise his subjects for NACA survey in the area. The survey is tagged: Nigeria Aids Indicator and Impact Survey. The NACA DG, who was represented by Mrs Josephine Kalu, the Director of Resource Mobilisation of NACA, said that 10,000 persons out of the affected persons were on treatment. “Based on spectrum estimate we have, 81,481 persons that are living with HIV in Ondo S
Indians in Lagos comprising Indian Professionals Forum, Indian Cultural Association, Rotary Club of Lagos Island and Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate has carried out free blood donation exercise in Lagos to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was an India lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. He came to be considered the father of his country. Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest (satyagraha) to achieve political and social progress. The blood donation activities which took place at the premises of High commission of India in Nigeria witnessed the turn up of both Indians and Nigerians who believe in the philosophy of Mahatma...
A dermatologist and Head of Dermatology Department, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr Olushola Ayanlowo has stressed the importance of care for older persons in the country. The dermatologist who was the guest speaker at the 11th annual lecture of Oluwayemisi Obashoro Foundation (OLOF) said Nigerian government has failed in its duty of taking care of older persons in the country unlike abroad where their welfare was given priority. “Peace has eluded the country due to the fact that elders whom we are supposed to consult for ideas that can move the country forward, government have been neglected by the government. Many of the retired persons had sacrificed for this country by serving it during their youthful days and when they were supposed to reap the fruits of their l
A team of researchers have warned that more deaths could occur in different parts of the world due to extreme temperatures. To prevent this, they called on governments, global agencies and organisations to collaborate toward keeping global temperatures in check by meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. According to sciencedaily.com, the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, binds nations to hold warming well below 2 degrees Celsius in global mean temperature, relative to pre-industrial levels. It also urges countries to make additional efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. The study, led by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, evaluated global temperature-related health
A Clinical Oncologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr Joseph Adedayo, has stated that early detection, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment could increase the chance of surviving childhood cancer by 90 per cent. Speaking during the Dorcas Cancer Foundation Cancer Caregivers Workshop, held on Wednesday in Lagos, Adedayo stressed on the need to pay more attention to childhood cancer. “One of the problems we have with cancer is delayed detection. What happens is that these children are treated for malaria, typhoid fever and infections and in that process, a lot of time is being wasted and the disease eats in deep and gets out of control,” Adedayo said. She described cancer as the fourth leading cause of death among children under 15 years in Nigeria and, as a result, it re
A strange illness with inexplicable signs of blindness has continued ravaged Ruga community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. A visit to the community, two kilometres from the Abuja popular City gate, said to be home to about 3,000 people, mostly of the Hausa, Fulani, Tiv and Gwandara extractions, was attacked by the strange illness three months ago, showed that about 60 people, both children and adults, have been affected. Reacting to the strange illness, the Acting Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Mai, said while the Secretariat had taken an emergency medical mission to the area when the illness was first reported, it was compelled to do a follow up to ensure that the illness was completely eradicated. Mai said the initial diagnos...