Prof. Titus Ibekwe, the National Secretary of the Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria, has been elected Vice-Chairman of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAOHNSF). The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Ibekwe was elected at the ongoing World Congress of the AAOHNSF in Georgia, Atlanta and he becomes the first Nigerian to be elected into IAB since the inception of the academy 122 years ago. NAN also reports that Ibekwe, who is currently the Head of Department, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT, Head and Neck) University of Abuja and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Member-Board of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, is also a member of the Governing Board of the Academy. Oto
China National Healthcare Security Administration on Thursday said payment standards for 17 types of anti-cancer drugs newly included in China’s healthcare security system, is 56.7 per cent lower than their retail prices. “Patients can be expected to purchase these anti-cancer drugs at lower prices by late November,’’ the administration said. According to Xiong Xianjun, an official with the administration, these 17 anti-cancer drugs, dealing with solid tumors and hematological neoplasms, are clinically necessary, therapeutically effective and needed by insurance participants. Payment standards for most of the imported drugs are, on average, 36 per cent lower than market prices in surrounding countries and regions, significantly reducing the burden of anti-cancer drug users. Negotiation
Medical Director, General Hospital Isolo, Dr. Godwin Akhabhoa, has charged Nigerian health workers to resist the urge of seeking greener pastures abroad due to the degrading state of the nation’s healthcare system. Adding that health workers’ emigration could further cripple the health sector, he advised medical workers to stay back and contribute their quota to achieve a wholesome health sector in the country. Speaking during the 2018 Service Charter Week in Lagos, Dr. Akhabhoa emphasised the hospital’s commitment to providing quality services for its teeming patients and noted that the hospital would dutifully utilise the limited resources to provide quality and satisfactory medical services. “With team work, the management and staff of the hospital would achieve such aim. The h
Pawpaw, known botanically as carica papaya, is often called a wonder fruit for all its great properties. It is a nutritional storehouse and has effective digestive enzymes. Often nutritionists ask you to increase your fruit intake and papaya is often on that list. Papaya contains numerous minerals and chemicals, flavonoids as well as carotenoids. This fruit is believed to also promote improved cardiovascular health and protection from colon cancer. This fruit is considered so full of health benefits that it promotes digestion, builds the immune system, prevents constipation, lowers inflammation, reduces pain from burns, especially if the skin of the papaya is used, can prevent heart disease, complications from diabetes and atherosclerosis. Papaya is also a good source of fibre, which hel...
A reputed nutritionist, Dr. Bisi Abiola, has explained that sweetened food, not fruit juice intake is responsible for excess sugar level, as some people erroneously assumed. Abiola, who is the Managing Director of Indulge Nigeria Limited, stated this in her monthly wellness dialogue series, which is supported by Chivita to boost public knowledge on the benefits of 100 percent fruit juice. Abiola said the simple sugar contained in whole fruit, and fruit juices are mostly in the form of fructose but also include glucose and sucrose. The amount contained in fruit juices is moderate and far less than the quantity considered as excessive. She said most often, the largest quantity of sugar in a diet tends to come from sweetened-processed products such as cakes, sweets, chocolates, puddings/de...
A survey has shown that Nigeria lost over $6.1 billion or 1.07 per cent of its GDP through violence against children between 2014 and 2015. UNICEF’s Child Protection Specialist, Maryam Enyiazu, quoted the findings of the survey on Tuesday at a two-day media dialogue on social work professionalisation bill in Enugu. The survey was conducted in 2014/2015 by UNICEF and the Nigerian government at federal and state levels but was validated this year July. According to Mrs Enyiazu, it is important for government at all levels to unite against violence against children, She called on the National Assembly taking a second look at the social professionalisation bill under consideration by the lawmakers. She said Nigeria needs a strong, regulated and standardised workforce in the field of social
The 2018 World Cancer Congress, organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has elected the wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, as the director of the union. Bagudu was among the 12 new board members elected to serve a two-year-term in the council. For the first time, a Nigerian will serve on the board of the 85 year old organisation , which exists to accelerate the global fight against cancer. Bagudu won the election with strong backing and support from her husband, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; the wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health, Geoffrey Onyeama and Prof Isaac Adewole respectively, as well as the Minister of state for Health, Khadija Abba Ibrahim. ...
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has hinted that five per cent of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) will go to health emergency management which covers all aspect of health, including accident and diseases. Making this known in Abuja while receiving top management officials from the Public Health England (PHE) United Kingdom, recently who were on a working visit to Nigeria, recently. In his speech, Adewole who described the NCDC as the flag-ship of disease outbreak management and control in Nigeria assured that the federal government was committed to supporting the centre. He however noted that Nigeria needed the expertise and knowledge from the UK, Public Health Office due to her years of experience. He said: “Government of Nigeria will work in close coll
The Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology (NISIR), has revealed that about 25 per cent of Nigerian women in their reproductive age are living with uterine fibroid unaware. Stating this at the first Annual Scientific Meeting of NISIR in Lagos recently, themed ‘Minimally Invasive Therapies, Benefitting Patients, Saving Lives’, the President, NISIR, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, said uterine fibroid can be adequately treated with inclusive interventional radiology procedures. He said women should access health facilities for diagnosis and treatment of the health condition, adding that with certain technologies, the issue can be addressed. He said: “The NISIR, which was established in 2010, will continue to enhance the art and science of interventional radiology and research through educ
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it “may not be able to guarantee calm” in the health sector after the Buhari Administration failed to reconstitute the board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria it dissolved three years ago. NMA had earlier issued an ultimatum for the board to be reconstituted by September 30 six weeks the presidency promised it would be reconstituted “soon”. On Independence Day, the association extended its ultimatum for another two weeks. MDCN regulates doctors and dentists and their practice nationwide. Without a board, it cannot put its members on trial or probe petitions against their practice. NMA expressed disappointment that healthcare delivery to Nigerians is “being gambled with.” “The Association expresses her displeasure over this d
The World Health Organisation has called on African countries especially those with insurgency crises to focus more attention on the mental health of children and adolescents. This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day. On October 10 every year, the world observes the day to draw attention to the importance of mental health. The focus of this year’s mental health day is on children and adolescents especially within the war-torn areas. The theme for this year is “Young people and mental health in a changing world.” WHO in a press statement released on Tuesday called for regular checks for symptoms of mental illnesses beginning at a young age. It urged African leaders to develop and strengthen evidence-based programmes for young people, with the
Wednesday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day; an annual awareness and education initiative spearheaded by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). This year’s campaign highlights the importance of increased mental health awareness, services, and care for young people in a changing world. While eating disorders and other mental health conditions affect people at all stages of life, young people are particularly vulnerable to (cyber) bullying, gender identity, self-harm and suicidal ideation (ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas). Likewise, increased social pressure to make friends, have romantic relationships, and achieve academically, are all potential risk factors. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suicide i
Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) on Wednesday in Abuja solicited the local production of ophthalmic drugs and equipment (eye medications) to make eye care services accessible to more people. The president of the association, Dr Ozy Okonokhua, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ahead of the of the observance of World Sight Day on every October 11. Okonokhua further explained that local production of drugs and preparations would further reduce the current rate of blindness and vision impairment in the country. “Reduction in tariff on importation of ophthalmic equipment and engagement of local players in the producing ophthalmic drugs and preparations are also part of remedies in ensuring availability, accessibility to quality, affordable eye care by m
A Consultant psychiatric with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBTH), Bauchi, Dr Abubakar Bagudu says eight out of every 10 patients brought to the mental clinic of the hospital are youths who abused drugs. Bagudu stated this at a lecture to mark the 2018 World Mental Health day in Bauchi on Wednesday. He said drug abuse among young people had left them with depression and high level of suicide. The consultant, who quoted the World Health Organisation( WHO) said half of all mental health cases started from ages 14, adding that most cases went undetected. “That is why the Psychiatric department decided to create awareness among post primary school students. “Most youths, nowadays, spend hours on the internet, experiencing horror films and crimes,” he said. Bagud
A Non-Governmental Organisation, known as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has called on government at all levels and private institutions reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy in the country by enhancing the living condition of girls. The Country Programme Director of AHF Nigeria, Dr. Echey Ijezie, made this call during this year’s celebration of the International Day of the Girl held on Tuesday in Calabar. Describing the rate of teenage pregnancy in Nigeria as high, Ijezie urged government at the Federal and state levels, as well as private institutions to create a conducive environment for girls to live in an atmosphere where their rights would be of paramount importance. He said, “We have been advocating for the rights and freedom of girls because they are of great importance to