Clinical services at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi have been paralysed for the past one month following a strike embarked upon by Joint Health Sector Union of Nigeria (JOHESUN). The union is protesting against alleged high-handedness of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Terlumun Swende, which has resulted in poor facilities for members of staff and patients, non-payment of promotion arrears and poor working conditions. Consequently, patients are leaving deserted the hospital for the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Makurdi and other private hospitals for treatment. Chairman of JOHESUN at BSUTH, Tahav Kershio, told newsmen that the union decided to embark on the strike since that was the only language management of the institution seem to understand....
World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the discovery of a Type-2 Polio virus in Bauchi State. The state coordinator, Dr. Adamu Ningi, disclosed that the virus was discovered during the monthly collection of samples from different locations. He said that the CVDPV was formed at the Gwallaga mosque area, which links the three wards of Makama B, Hardo and Dankade. Adamu said the latest strain of the virus were from isolated environmental samples from the Gwallaga area, as well as refuse dump sites and drainages. He said the vaccine-derived poliovirus was linked to the one earlier discovered in Hadeja, Jigawa State. The health expert said the WHO in has embarked on mass education, adding: “Since the detection, WHO, UNICEF, state government and traditional leaders have int
United Kingdom (UK) researchers behind a potential ‘universal’ liquid biopsy blood test for cancer detection have licensed the technology to an industrial partner to take it to market. The research team believes that the test could be the first screening tool to ‘rule in, or rule out’ cancer in patients under suspicion of the disease, alongside other traditional diagnostics methods. The test was developed at the University of Bradford, UK. It measures the damage to the DNA of white blood cells when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet (UV) light, revealing measurable differences in the cells’ susceptibility to further damage in patients with cancer. The damage forms a ‘comet tail’ of DNA pieces that are pulled towards the positive end of an electric field. The longer
Three patients with type 2 diabetes reversed their condition by fasting for 24 hours three times a week, scientists claim. All of the volunteers were able to ditch their insulin for good – and it took one patient just five days to stop taking the hormone. Doctors at Scarborough Hospital, Ontario, dished out the radical diet plan to the three patients, aged between 40 and 67. They were all taking insulin and various other drugs to control their condition. And they also all had high blood pressure and cholesterol. Two of the men fasted every other day for a full 24 hours. The third fasted on three days a week. They claimed the strict eating regimen was relatively easy to stick to. On fast days, the men were allowed to have water and very low calorie drinks, such as tea, coffee
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has reiterated that for medicine security, the Federal Government must as a matter of urgency take critical action to implement the National Drug Policy. PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai while briefing newsmen on the 91st national conference of the society holding in Ibadan spoke against the backdrop of recent revelations that some Chinese drugs with human flesh are in circulation. The conference with the theme, “Innovative Disruption in Pharmacy In Emerging Economies: A Roadmap For Nigeria” would be attended by 5000 pharmacists across the country and beyond. The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) had confirmed receipt of a letter from South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety alerting them of the drugs containing “human remains from