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Day: October 10, 2018

Top Reasons to Eat Walnuts

Top Reasons to Eat Walnuts

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Oftentimes, the simplest foods are best for your health, and this is certainly the case for nuts, in which Mother Nature has crafted a nearly perfect package of protein, healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals. Among nuts, the case may be made that walnuts are king, as research shows they may boost your health in a number of ways at very easy-to-achieve “doses.” Eating just one ounce of walnuts a day (that’s about seven shelled walnuts) may be all it takes to take advantage of their beneficial properties. Walnuts belong to the tree nut family, along with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts. Each has its own unique nutritional profile. One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-bas
Bitterleaf Healing Power

Bitterleaf Healing Power

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Bitterleaf is one of the widely use cooking vegetable in Africa and it can grow in any part of the world Very few people are aware that this vegetable is highly medicinal and can be used to cure diseases as well as help to keep our body in good health condition. The important thing this leaf does is to clean the blood, hence prevent sickness. This made by squeezing the fresh leaves to get the juice. Drink about a glass of the juice 3 times a day. •Bitter leaf also cleans the lymphatic system as well. •For smokers or those that are been exposed to secondary smoke, bitter leaf is useful by protecting the body against pollutants that come from cigarette smoke and some dangerous gas. •The juice prevents malaria sickness due to the presence of Natural Quinine.  Regular intake of this bitter
Ondo Approves N1.5bn for Cancer Treatment Centre

Ondo Approves N1.5bn for Cancer Treatment Centre

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The Ondo State Government said on Wednesday in Akure that it had approved N1.5 billion for the take off of a cancer treatment centre in the state. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo stated this at the 5th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Ondo State Hospital Chapter (ODSGH). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference is: “Mental Health Disorders in a Depressed Economy”. Akeredolu said that the medical centre would reduce the incidence of travelling abroad for cancer related treatment from the state. The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, noted that one way to tackle mental depression was by providing good healthcare ser
NHIS Workers Demand Sack of Boss Over Alleged Graft

NHIS Workers Demand Sack of Boss Over Alleged Graft

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Workers in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have renewed the call for the sack of its Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf. The workers have repeatedly accused Usman of corruption and mismanagement of resources of the agency. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, a few months ago, ordered his suspension from office over allegation of graft but few weeks after, President Muhammadu Buhari, was reported to have ordered his reinstatement. Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Isaac Ojemohenke, told journalists at a press conference, in Abuja, that the workers could not continue to tolerate nepotic, corrupt and mal-administrative practice in the agency. The workers’ representative said the embattled NHIS boss has repeatedly violated NHIS establis
WHO Tasks African Leaders on Mental Health Care

WHO Tasks African Leaders on Mental Health Care

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The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) has urged African leaders not to relent in the training of Primary Health Care workers on how to detect and manage common mental health problems. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, made the call in her message to mark the 2018 “World Mental Health Day” celebrated yearly on October 10. She also called on parents, caregivers and teachers to build life skills of children and adolescents to help them in coping with everyday challenges as those early years was a time of change for most young people. She said that this period could come with stress and anxiety which often led to serious mental illness if not recognised and managed on time. According to the regional director, worldwide, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents
‘Garlic, Ginger, Thyme Are Immune Boosters’

‘Garlic, Ginger, Thyme Are Immune Boosters’

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Regular consumption of garlic, ginger, thyme and other natural antibiotics can boost the immune system and prevent infections, a naturopath, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, has said. He listed the antibiotics as goat weed (Imiesu-yoruba), Christmas bush (Èpa-Yoruba) and clove (Kanafuru-Yoruba), blue gum tree (eucalyptus oil) and aloe vera. According to Ezengige, sufferers of contagious diseases, sexually transmitted infections, airborne and water borne diseases require anti-microbial herbs. He said: “When meals are prepared with herbs, such as garlic, ginger, thyme, clove andxylopia aethiopica (Eru in Yoruba, Uda in Igbo), consumers may not be conscious of their healing potential in helping them to ward off infectious diseases. When they take fruits, such as lemon, grape, and melon (elegede in Yor
Environmental Toxin, Diets Cause Infertility- Expert

Environmental Toxin, Diets Cause Infertility- Expert

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A Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru,  said environmental toxin, bad eating habit and food incapability were major causes of infertility and implantation failure in reproductive health. Ashiru, also the Medical Director, Mart Group of Health Services, spoke as Guest Speaker at the Sixth Felix Oladejo Dosekun Memorial Lecture organised by the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. According to him, environmental toxin, bad eating habit and food incapability were major causes of infertility and implantation failure in reproductive health. “The fact is that when we look at the technique of invitro-fertilisation and embryo transfer, we see that it has helped us, especially with those who have the problem of block tubes and low sperms to have babies. “But, we w
Five Health Benefits of Ginger

Five Health Benefits of Ginger

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Ginger is among the the healthiest spice on earth and its loaded with nutrients and bio-active compounds that have powerful benefits to our body. The most important bio active compound in ginger is the GINGEROL Gingerol is the main bio-active compound that have powerful benefits to our body and is the isometric compounds responsible for the heat of ginger Ginger can be used fresh, dried or as a juice. Although ginger is considered safe,it is advisable to talk to your doctor before taking large amount especially for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Below are five health benefits of ginger: 1. IMPROVES DIGESTION Ginger contains volatile oils that can help awaken your taste buds and gets the juice flowing.It purifies the mouth and stimulates the production of saliva which aids the...
PTCIJ, TOPS Launch Free Mental Health Assessment for Nigerian Journalists

PTCIJ, TOPS Launch Free Mental Health Assessment for Nigerian Journalists

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As part of the Journalism Welfare Campaign, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and The Olive Prime Psychological Services (TOPS) Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 10 at the PTCIJ office in Abuja to provide free mental health assessment and care for journalists. The PTCIJ in recognition of the peculiarity of the journalist’s job and the effect it has on their psycho-social health, sought partnership with TOPS, a psychiatric health facility based in Abuja, to provide psychological support and counselling for journalists to ensure that their mental health is catered for. The signing of the agreement by Joshua Olufemi, Programme Director PTCIJ, and Opeyemi Atanda, the Service Manager of TOPS, comes as one of the follow up action-oriented steps
22 Zika Virus Cases In Western India, No Deaths Reported

22 Zika Virus Cases In Western India, No Deaths Reported

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India has reported its third Zika virus outbreak in the Western State of Rajasthan since January 2017, where 22 people have tested positive and no death were reported Tuesday. “Till date, a total of 22 positive laboratory confirmed cases have been detected. A control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation,’’ the Indian Health Ministry said in a statement. A senior official said all the 22 cases are from state capital Jaipur. “Some of these victims are migrant workers from eastern states like Bihar. Fortunately, there have been no reports of any deaths till now,’’ he added. Local media reports said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought a report on the Zika virus outbreak in Rajasthan. Zika viru
SFH, Novartis Sign 14-Drug Portfolio for NCD Treatment

SFH, Novartis Sign 14-Drug Portfolio for NCD Treatment

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Society for Family Health (SFH) has signed an agreement with pharmaceutical firm Novartis to distribute a portfolio up to 14 medications to treat chronic diseases at costs as low as $2.21 (around N802) per patient a month. Medication for breast cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, hypertension and antibiotics are included in the Novartis Access portfolio expected to go into effect in November. SFH will provide patients the medicines through health facilities in a pilot scheme in eight states of the country, targeting a total of five million people. A separate health coverage is expected to be rolled out under the agreement latest January 2019. The portfolio, covering noncommunicable diseases like cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer, c...
Building Africa’s Laboratory Workforce Must Be Prioritised –ASLM Director

Building Africa’s Laboratory Workforce Must Be Prioritised –ASLM Director

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Since laboratory professionals play a vital role in the identification of diseases, ensuring the reliability of laboratory investigations and reporting laboratory findings to the clinicians for timely and adequate patient management, experts are advocating for new initiatives and partnerships aimed at training, mentoring and certifying laboratory professionals across the continent. One of those making this call is Dr. Pascale Ondoa, Director of Science and New Initiatives, African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).  She is specifically asking that Africa’s laboratory workforce be prioritised as a matter of urgency. Ondoa, who currently serves as senior laboratory scientist at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), explained that the African Society of Lab
Half of Mental Health Disorders Start At Adolescence – WHO

Half of Mental Health Disorders Start At Adolescence – WHO

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Half of all mental illnesses begin at the adolescent age – before the age of 14 – but most cases go undetected and untreated, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has said. The global health organisation said this in a report: ‘Coming of age: Adolescent health’ to mark the World Mental Health Day commemorated on Wednesday. Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain under-diagnosed and untreated. WHO is focusing on the psychological well-being of young people aged 10 to 14, to stave off conditions that can impact their lives deep into adulthood. Dr. Tarun Dua, mental health expert at WHO explained: “Half of mental health disorders arise before the age of 14. “If these are left untreated, they extend into a
Water Expert Says Dehydration Causes Memory Loss

Water Expert Says Dehydration Causes Memory Loss

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Dr Jide Owolana, the Chief Medical Director, Living Standard Hospital, Benin, said on Tuesday said that dehydration of the human body could lead to memory loss. Owolana, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, also said humans should reduce the amount of soft drinks and alcohol they take. The medical expert expressed regret that Nigerians had replaced drinking water with soft drinks and alcohol consumption at every meal they took. According to him, the need for drinking a lot of water is important, explaining that women are supposed to drink 90 ounces (11 cups) of water per day while men are supposed to take 125 ounces (16 cups) per day. Dr Jide said the recommended water consumption could vary based on age, weight, sex and the climate. The Chief ...
Cancer: FG Moves to Curb Medical Tourism

Cancer: FG Moves to Curb Medical Tourism

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As part of efforts to discourage Nigerians from travelling abroad for the treatment of cancer, the Federal Ministry of Health is set to inaugurate a first-class treatment centre in January. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this while inspecting the centre at the National Hospital, Abuja. Speaking with reporters after the inspection, Adewole said the centre would also be open to foreigners but for a higher fee. He said, “The purpose of the building is to put in place a first-class treatment centre for cancer treatment in Nigeria but our vision is not just to offer treatment to Nigerians but to even people in West Africa and we think what we have on the ground, we should be able to do that and when we offer treatment to non-Nigerians, we will be able to make money t