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Day: November 5, 2018

HIV/AIDS: NAIIS Completes Survey in 16 States

HIV/AIDS: NAIIS Completes Survey in 16 States

NEWS
The Nigeria HIV and AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) says it has completed the ongoing HIV and AIDS survey in 16 states. Adebobola Bashorun, NAIIS’s director in charge of advocacy, communication and social mobilization, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. NAN reports that the federal government launched the National AIDS survey on June 28, to determine the true distribution of HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in the country. Mr Bashorun noted that three states each in four geo-graphical zones and two states each in two other geo-graphical zones in the country had been completed. “From the North East, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states had been completed with 82 per cent, 88 per cent and 86 per cent total response rate
Health Benefits of Cucumber

Health Benefits of Cucumber

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
CUCUMBERS are extremely beneficial for overall health, especially during hot weather since they are mostly made of water and important nutrients that are essential for the human body. The flesh of cucumbers is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid, while the hard skin is rich in fibre and a range of minerals including magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium. Different varieties of cucumber are grown in different regions, and they are usually eaten fresh or pickled. They are rich in various nutrients, vitamins, minerals, energy, and water. According to USDA cucumbers are a good source of potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, niacin, and vitamin K. They also provide iron, sodium, zinc, riboflavin, and vitamin B-6. The health benefits of cucumber are not widely known in many cultures. The ...
New HIV Drug Kills 99 Per Cent of Virus During First Human Trial

New HIV Drug Kills 99 Per Cent of Virus During First Human Trial

NEWS
A new HIV drug created by Israeli researchers has passed its first human clinical trial. At end of the trial, it was discovered that the drug, named Gammora, created by Zion Medical, an Israeli biotech company was capable of wiping out 99 per cent of HIV infected cells in the human body. According to a statement released by the company and available on PR Newswire, Gammora was able to eliminate up to 90 per cent of the virus during the first four weeks of the trial. Zion Medical developed the drug Gammora in collaboration with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Sirion Biotech in Germany. The drug is designed to attack and kill the HIV-infected cells in the human body without causing damage to the healthy cells. In the study, researchers randomly assigned nine partici...
‘More Private Hospitals, Panacea for Improved Health Sector’

‘More Private Hospitals, Panacea for Improved Health Sector’

NEWS
The federal and state governments have been implored to encourage and support the establishment of private hospitals in the country to complement the efforts of the state-owned ones. Besides, government at all levels must join hands to assist medical practitioners to fight against quacks in the medical profession. Chairman of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, Dr. Rabiu Kusimo, who spoke yesterday at the association’s 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abeokuta, stated that one of the major factors working against increased private hospitals in the country is imposition of multiple taxation by the government and pleaded that urgent steps should be taken to check it. The Guardian News
Polio: WHO Makes Case for Immunisation

Polio: WHO Makes Case for Immunisation

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on parents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure that their children are immunised against polio virus in order to secure their future. Dr Furera Zakari,WHO State Coordinator for FCT, made the call during a media engagement with newsmen in Abuja. According to her, the immunisation exercise scheduled to commence from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, is to ensure children are vaccinated for protection and eradication of the virus in the country. “Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that mainly affects children under five years of age. “I appeal to parents to present their children for immunisation and if the vaccine does not get to them, they should report to the nearest local government. “The polio vaccine today is accessibl
NHIS: We Are Ready For Probe, HMCAN Tells FG

NHIS: We Are Ready For Probe, HMCAN Tells FG

NEWS
In the wake of the controversy trailing the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, the Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria, HMCAN, has urged the Federal government to investigate activities of Health Maintenance Organizations, HMOs, in the country. The HMCAN, which is the umbrella body for all HMOs in the country, said the government should wade into the current impasse between the HMOs and the Executive Secretary of the Scheme saying such investigation would put to rest once and for all the allegations of sharp practices and misdemeanour. The President of the HMCAN, Dr Tunde Ladele, who made the call in Lagos, said the normal process of re-accreditation of the HMOs should be restored in good faith. “We are investors in the business and cannot just let our investments go to w
Too Much Screen Time for Children Linked to Anxiety, Depression

Too Much Screen Time for Children Linked to Anxiety, Depression

Children's Health, NEWS
With television for a nanny, a mobile phone for prattling, and a tablet for gaming, children these days are surrounded by screens. It turns out too much screen time may actually be bad for your kid. According to a new study, heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as two years are linked to too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television And the anxiety or depression doesn’t come from sitting before a screen all day. The difference is noticeable even after only one hour a day of time screen time: children and teenagers may begin to have less curiosity, their self control reduces, they become emotionally less stable and are increasingly unable to finish tasks, according to the San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa Emerges As New PSN President in Landslide Victory

Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa Emerges As New PSN President in Landslide Victory

NEWS
One of the major highlights for the just concluded Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) which held in Ibadan, was the election of new national executives. As the former president of the Society, Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai took a bow at the conference, began a keen search to replace him at the helm. After the elections which took a better part of Friday 2nd November, 2018, Pharm. Mazi Sam I. Ohuabunwa emerged as winner.  Out of a total of 2,223 votes cast at the elections, Pharm. Mazi Ohuabunwa had 1,065 votes. Other contenders for the position included: Pharm. Obalolu Ojo, who had 386 votes; Pharm. Anthony Oyawole, with 498 votes; and Pharm. Daniel Otakho Orumwense with 271 votes. Giving his inaugural speech, the new president expressed his appreciation
Separated Conjoined Twins Stable, In Good Conditions – UATH

Separated Conjoined Twins Stable, In Good Conditions – UATH

NEWS
ABUJA – The Management, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, UATH, on Friday said the conditions of Elijah and Elisha Buzugbe, conjoined twins who were separated four days ago at the health facility, is stable and good. Speaking with Saturday Vanguard in Gwagwalada Abuja, Chief Medical Director of UATH, Dr. Bisallah Ekele, confirmed the babies’ stable state of health, saying; “As we speak, today (Friday) is the fourth day post-surgery. The two babies are in good conditions. They are doing well.” Ekele further gave an insight into the efforts made towards the successes so far achieved, he said: “On their arrival at our facility on June 11, 2018, having being referred from a mission hospital where they were born, appropriate experts were invited to review the conjoined twins. “The expert
90 Percent of Cancer Deaths Occur in Developing Countries, Says Expert

90 Percent of Cancer Deaths Occur in Developing Countries, Says Expert

NEWS
Former Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Prof. Olalekan Abudu, has said 80 to 90 per cent of new cases and deaths from cervical cancer occur in low income countries. He said the disparity in higher incidence and mortality in developing countries has been identified as poor or non- availability of national cervical cancer programmes. Speaking at the Abimbola Aina Omolulu-Mulele second lecture entitled ‘Cancer of the Cervix: A Preventable Neglected Tragedy,’ Abudu said: “The issue is how we can prevent cervical cancer and compare the cost of preventing, intervention and cost of managing clinical invasive cancer.” Abudu disclosed that the treatment of invasive cancer is very expensive and frustrating to patients, gynaecologist
JAMB Conducts Exam for 903 Foreign-Trained Doctors

JAMB Conducts Exam for 903 Foreign-Trained Doctors

NEWS
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has in conjunction with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) conducted Assessment Examination for 903 foreign-trained medical and dental graduates. The Registrar, MDCN, Tajudeen Sanusi said the exercise was meant to assess foreign-trained doctors and dentists before they can be issued license to practice in Nigeria. He said: “ It’s a global practice that if you train in a jurisdiction other than yours, when you go to another jurisdiction they will want to assess your level of competence so that you can be licensed to practice,” JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede represented by Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said “Ours is just to provide a vehicle for agencies that want credible examination. We provide a trans
HMOs are Behind my Travails, NHIS Boss Tells Reps

HMOs are Behind my Travails, NHIS Boss Tells Reps

NEWS
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, has blamed Health Maintenance Organisations for his travails. The Executive Secretary is right now testifying before an Ad Hoc Committee of the House of Representatives in Abuja. He is already on administrative leave, following allegations of financial services infractions levelled against him by the Governing Council of the NHIS. Yusuf claimed that he incurred the wrath of the HMOs because he came to expose corruption in the NHIS. He told the panel which is chaired by Mr Nicholas Ossai, “HMO cartels are behind all these issues at the NHIS, they are untouchable and they are behind threats to my life and security.” The Punch News/medicalworldnigeria
I Didnt Sue Presidency Over My Suspension – NHIS Chief

I Didnt Sue Presidency Over My Suspension – NHIS Chief

NEWS
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Executive Secretary Professor Usman Yusuf on Thursday denied suing President Muhammadu Buhari or Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha over his “suspension”. He said he had accepted the directive to proceed on leave of absence from Monday and remains loyal to the President. According to him, he only went to court to seek interpretation of the NHIS Governing Council’s powers to suspend him two days before he got the letter asking him to proceed on leave of absence. He vowed to suspend the legal proceedings and not to interfere with the Independent Fact-Finding Panel set up by the Presidency. Yusuf, through his lawyer Mr Uche Val Obi (SAN), said the news that he took the Presidency to court over his purported suspen
Danger! Don’t Consume Puffer Fish, Contains Deadly Poison – NAFDAC Warns

Danger! Don’t Consume Puffer Fish, Contains Deadly Poison – NAFDAC Warns

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Thursday, cautioned the general public against consumption of Puffer Fish. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in a statement in Abuja. Adeyeye explained that the fish might contain the potent and deadly toxins tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin, which could cause severe illness and death. She said that some organs of the fish, such as liver and gonads (ovaries and testes), the skin and intestines typically contained the toxin. According to her, cooking or freezing cannot destroy the toxin. She added that freezing and thawing of the product prior to removal of the toxic organs might result in the migration of toxin into the flesh of the fish. “Restaurants and fish sellers are