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Day: November 8, 2018

Two Million Nigerians Currently Receiving AIDS Treatment, Says NACA

Two Million Nigerians Currently Receiving AIDS Treatment, Says NACA

NEWS
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS  says about 1,090,233 people are receiving anti-retroviral drugs in Nigeria as at June this year. The Acting Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NACA, Dr Gregoary Ashefor, made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos State. He spoke on the sidelines of a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Health, NACA and the Global Fund, an international financing group. The theme of the three-day workshop is: “Prioritisation of National Health Management Information System, Procurement and Supply Management and Laboratory Systems’ Interventions in the Resilient and Sustainable System for Health  Propsal and Partners Mapping of Global Fund Support in Nigeria’’. Ashefor said that the
Niger Raises Alarm Over Poisonous Meat In Circulation

Niger Raises Alarm Over Poisonous Meat In Circulation

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Niger state government said it has uncovered massive use of steroid by livestock farmers and butchers, which make most meat in circulation unsafe for consumption. Briefing journalists on the outcome of the state executive council meeting on Wednesday in Minna, the Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Zakari Bawa and his agriculture counterpart, Malam Nuhu Dukku said the use of steroid for fattening purpose by livestock farmers and butchers was a source of concern to government. “Government discovered that some unscrupulous elements are inducing animals and circulating poisonous meat. This is due to the rise in population. Because of the increase in consumption, these wicked people have started using drugs especially antibiotics and crude methods on the animals. “Our statistics show
Tatoo Ink May Damage Kidneys

Tatoo Ink May Damage Kidneys

NEWS
Body Inking, such as tatoos, they say is a way to express ones belief, thinking and the pains or joy of the phase one is going through in life. People get tattoos for various reasons ranging from expressing love, quotes symbolising their psychology, beauty, pets, traditions/spiritual beliefs, loyalty and support towards a sport or a celebrity and many more reasons. Irrespective of the reasons why individuals get tattoos, not many people truly understand the chemicals and ingredients that go into their tattoos. In a chat with Mr Bosun, he said “Nothing really inspired me to get a tattoo. I had tatoo because I love it and wanna have it on my body. I have tattoo on my chest and on my hand. It wasn’t really painful getting them.” Speaking of the chemicals and equipment used, he said,
Immunisation Remains Safe, Free in Nigeria — NPHCDA

Immunisation Remains Safe, Free in Nigeria — NPHCDA

NEWS
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has debunked claims trending on social media that the Nigerian government has stopped free immunisation. It has also opened two toll-free lines where the public can report health workers charging for immunisation. The executive director of the agency, Faisal Shuaib said video and clips on social media insinuating vaccines are harmful are “misleading”. In a statement, he said Nigerians must disregard any messages about vaccines suggesting anything less than safety, protection of life and strengthening of population immunity with immunization exercise and activities. “We must desist from playing politics with lives, safety and growth of Nigerian children,” he said in a statement. “As entrusted public health professi
Only Original Idea Can Salvage the Problems of Healthcare — EXPERTS

Only Original Idea Can Salvage the Problems of Healthcare — EXPERTS

NEWS
Medical experts at the 25th Anniversary of the Nigerian Heart Foundation, NHF, have said that there is no homogenous answer to the country’s health challenges. A former professor of Medicine at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Sir Eldryd Parry, in his submission at the event noted that only original idea can salvage the problems of healthcare across the nation. Parry who delivered the keynote address entitled: “‘Africa’s Cardiovascular Disease; looking back and looking forward” noted that African healthcare system for 50 years had been very interesting insights on cardiovascular diseases. According to him, the importance of research on cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. Parry stated that NHF has an important role to play in ensuring that attitude of exerc
Issues of Infertility in Couples (iii)  Female Mechanical or Obstructive Factor

Issues of Infertility in Couples (iii) Female Mechanical or Obstructive Factor

NEWS, Women's health
Case history: A 31 year old married young lady, Mrs. D. E. came visiting our fertility clinic in Lekki Lagos with complaint of infertility. She has been married for 3 years and has been regularly sexually exposed. She visited our clinic when she failed to conceive having being referred by her Imam. Routine baseline investigations were done; tests of ovulation, fallopian tubes and pelvic ultrasound were carried out and were all non-contributory. The semen fluid analysis was normal. She was given folic acid and counselled for timed intercourse to fit in to her ovulation period which she was taught how to monitor using ovulation kit. She was given a period of 6 months to try natural conception. However, 9 months down the line, she has not conceived and was asked to consider intrauterine ins...
Effect of Aspirin on Disability-Free Survival in the Healthy Elderly

Effect of Aspirin on Disability-Free Survival in the Healthy Elderly

NEWS
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine Authors: John J. McNeil, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., Robyn L. Woods, Ph.D., Mark R. Nelson, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., Christopher M. Reid, Ph.D., M.P.H., Brenda Kirpach, C.C.R.A., Rory Wolfe, Ph.D., Elsdon Storey, M.B., B.S., D.Phil., Raj C. Shah, M.D., Jessica E. Lockery, M.B., B.S., Andrew M. Tonkin, M.B., B.S., M.D., Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., Jeff D. Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., et al, for the ASPREE Investigator Group Abstract BACKGROUND Information on the use of aspirin to increase healthy independent life span in older persons is limited. Whether 5 years of daily low-dose aspirin therapy would extend disability-free life in healthy seniors is unclear. METHODS From 2010 through 2014, we enrolled community-dwelling persons in Australia and the Un...
Breast Cancer: Facts, Symptoms and Risk Factors

Breast Cancer: Facts, Symptoms and Risk Factors

NEWS, Women's health
Breast cancer makes up 25 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women globally, say American Cancer Society. It is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in developing countries, with over 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably and form a tumour. While most cases of breast cancer occur in women it is important to note that it also occurs in men, though at a very low percentage. A woman’s breast consists of fat, connective tissues and thousands of tiny lobules; these are tiny glands that produce milk for breast feeding. In any cancer, the body’s cells multiply uncontrollably. It is this rapid and uncontrolled multiplication of cells that leads to the cancer. E