A landmark has been reached in health care delivery in Nigeria as a private hospital in Abuja announced the acquisition of the latest laser surgical machine in the world. The 120 watts Holmium “Moses” Technology laser machine, bought by Kelina Hospital, Abuja has a surgery time 25 per cent faster than the conventional 120 watts laser machine. Briefing newsmen on the acquisition in Abuja on Monday, a urological surgeon in the hospital, Celsus Undie, said the equipment is the most powerful laser machine ever invented for human surgery. The development is significant, as Nigerians are amongst the world’s most prolific medical tourists, with a large number going abroad for treatments ranging from cardiac surgeries, neuro-surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, and renal transpl
The Abuja head office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was on Thursday thrown into jubilation following the announcement of the suspension of Usman Yusuf. This is the second time in one year that Mr Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme, will be suspended from office. Mr Yusuf, a professor of Haematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, has a reputation for seemingly disrespecting laid rules and constituted authorities at the scheme. Workers said he ran the NHIS with an ‘iron fist’ for the two and a half years he held sway at the saddle. So, when the governing council, which is empowered by the NHIS Act to oversee operations of the scheme, announced his suspension on Thursday, staff and management members sighed in relief. “Our position is that of obvious jubila
Fruit consumption done 30 minutes before the main meal has been identified as a major boost to better quality of health, solution to many chronic diseases ailing mankind and ultimately promotion of longevity. This was the submission of Isaac Oluwalana, a professor, while delivering the 103rd Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Mr. Oluwalana, who said Nigerians are not taking enough fruits, recommended a daily intake of 400g of fresh fruits which should constitute at least 20 per cent of the daily food intake for a healthy life style, as many nutritionists and medical personnel now consider fruits and vegetable consumption as a solution to many diseases of civilization and various age related ailments. The professor of Post-Harvest Technology who spoke on th...
Curried dishes around the world may not be delicious without turmeric. Turmeric, an orange-coloured spice mostly sold by Hausa traders across the country, is revered for its culinary and therapeutic benefits. It gives the curry its bright yellow or orange colour and contributes to its peppery, warm, and mildly bitter taste. It also provides a tangy and ginger-like fragrance. According to a phytotherapists/herbalist, Dr Francis Elegbuo, turmeric is a root crop known for its tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. For more than 5,000 years, this root crop has been cultivated in the Northern part of Nigeria. “Bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature- the same molecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body. Turmeric has basic ph
The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership of polio eradication activities, including routine immunization, is a debt owed to Nigerians according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. Prof Osinbajo in a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande made these remarks at the 92nd edition of the National Economic Council Meeting. According to him, “The Abuja Commitment is a promise we all made; it is now a debt that we owe to the Nigerian people. We must individually and collectively work to achieve the Abuja commitment indicators.” Prof Osinbajo said the Federal Government remains resolutely committed to the crucial cause of polio eradication in the country while addressing the State Governors and members of the Presidential Taskforce on Po
The governing council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) yesterday announced the indefinite suspension of the executive secretary, Prof. Yusuf Usman. The decision, however, could face a backlash from federal lawmakers. Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, expressed surprise over the development, insisting that the chamber’s earlier position on retaining Yusuf stands. He told The Guardian via phone: “We still stand by our position. It has not changed as we speak. However, I am not aware that the council has suspended the NHIS boss. By the time the House is formerly communicated on the issue, we will know the next step to take.” The House was party to his reinstatement following his July last year suspension by Minister of Health, Prof.
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman. The statement, issued during the World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Rio de Janeiro, stressed that such tests were both unscientific, and a violation of human rights. The UN agencies are: the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), UN Women and the World Health Organisation (WHO). “So-called ‘virginity testing’ – also often referred to as hymen, ‘two-finger’ or per vaginal examination – is a gynecological inspection of female genitalia carried out in the false belief that it can reliably determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse,” the group said. In a global call to eliminate violence against women and girl
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has decided to approve seven years tenure doctors’ resident training. Ngige said this while briefing State House correspondents of the outcome of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “Government has fixed a tenure for doctors’ resident training at seven years. It is not a permanent job,” the minister said. He explained that the decision was taken based on the report of a technical committee presented to the government. As part of the recommendations in the report, Ngige said the government was also demanding that there should be tenure of a maximum of two terms for executives of trade unions. NigerianMedicals
The governing board of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suspended Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the scheme, indefinitely. Iyantu Ifene, chairman of the board, announced Yusuf’s suspension at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. Speaking to TheCable over the phone, Ifene said Yusuf was suspended over allegations of financial infractions levelled against him. She also said the executive secretary had “refused” to carry out the board’s decisions on critical issues. Isaac Adewole, minister of health, had suspended Yusuf last year but he was reinstated in February. NigerianMedicals