The World Health Organisation (WHO) is collating empty viles of polio vaccines used in Dange Shuni Local Government Area of Sokoto State for accountability, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Zayyanu Muazu, WHO Accountability Officer, disclosed this in an interview with NAN on Sunday, hinting that the measure is to ensure proper accountability of vaccines. Mr Muazu explained that this was also to ensure that the viles cover the number of eligible children in the area. “We are collecting all the used viles in order to curb diversion of vaccines in the local government. “We have 11-man team posted to Dange Shuni Local Government Area to ensure accountability which will reveal if the eligible children are all immunised,” he said. Mr Muazu added that the number of viles received in
As the world marks the World Pneumonia Day, Nigeria and other countries have been urged to step up fight against a disease experts described as the most infectious killer of infants all over the world. The World Pneumonia Day is observed every November 12 to raise awareness about one of the most infectious killer of infants worldwide. Pneumonia is essentially a lung infection which can be serious and life-threatening. The infection can be viral, bacterial or fungal. It causes inflammation in lungs, wherein alveoli or tiny air sacs inside lungs get filled with liquid. To mark the day, Save the Children International and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health launched the Pnuemonia Global Report at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Monday. Save the Children International is a non...
Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday. The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of early November 2018. “One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services,” said Janet Cherono, the NRC’s programme manager in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. “The rainy season has also worsened the conditions. If more land is not urgently provided for camp decongestion and construction of health and sani
Antibiotics are used far more in some countries than in others, a survey by the World Health Organisation showed on Monday, suggesting that urgent action was needed to slash unnecessary consumption of the medicines. The “WHO Report on Surveillance of Antibiotic Consumption” looked at antibiotic use in 65 countries. It found the Netherlands used 9.78 Defined Daily Doses per 1,000 people, while Britain used twice as much and Turkey almost twice as much again, at 38.18 DDD per 1,000 inhabitants. Iran’s consumption was similar to Turkey’s, while Mongolia’s was the highest of all among the countries surveyed, at 64.41 DDD per 1,000 people. Collecting the data is vital for tackling antimicrobial resistance, the extremely worrying trend of bacterial infections becoming immune to antib
Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, wife of the Kebbi State Governor, says Nigeria is ranked third among 10 top countries with high rate of preterm birth of 773,600. Dr. Shinkafi-Bagudu, who disclosed this in Abuja when the National Association of Nigerian Paediatric Nurses (NANPAN) paid advocacy visit on her, attributed the statistics to the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that preterm birth also know as premature birth is the birth of baby at fewer than 37 weeks gestational age. The wife of the governor frowned at the rating, lamenting that a lot of preterm related death often occurred due to lack of sophisticated equipment that would ensure proper care for the babies. She however noted that it was important and high time for the...
Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Recently a group of youths organised a Cancer Awareness and Screening outreach in a community health and medical workshop to enlighten the public on the issue of the dreaded disease. The well attended seminar/ screening exercise was facilitated by an equally youthful medical doctor, Dr. Mariam Bashir who ably led a team of young people on a mission to rescue the public and especially the women folks from the scourge of cervical cancer and breast cancer, as well as prostate issues on the side of men. The public enlightenment programme and cancer screening exercise that followed was an Information Communication and Enlightenment (ICE) initiative. Health experts wo...
Most people get headaches every now and then. These are generally less severe, rarely disabling, and can be treated easily with pain relief medication. Migraines, however, are different from normal headaches: they are extremely painful and are usually accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), migraine is the third most common disease in the world (behind dental caries and tension-type headache) with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7 per cent (that is around one in seven people). New insight has revealed that migraines are known to be more common in women than men. It affects three-times as many women as men, with this higher rate being most likely hormonally driven. But why? Researchers ha...
A recent study published in the Lancet has shown that worldwide caesarean section use has doubled in the last 2 decades. The study which was conducted on the basis of data from 169 countries that includes 98.4% of the world’s births estimated that 29.7 million births occurred through CS in 2015 which was almost double the number of births that occurred through CS in 2000. The study also showed that the use of CS in 2015 was up to 10 times more frequent in Latin America and the Caribbean region, where it was used in 44.3% of births than in West and Central Africa region where it was used in 4.1% of births. Authors of the study pointed out that they used the 2015 data because it was the most recent complete data available. The research also found that there were varying rates of C-secti
BENIN CITY – LYING on his bed in the pediatric ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), five years old Joshua Okojie is oblivious of the life-threatening ailment, leukemia he is having even as he believed that one of his eyes which has been replaced with an artificial one would be restored soon. He promised to play football with this reporter when next he visited as he said he is a lover of football. But Joshua needs urgent medical attention for blood marrow transplant to save him from ravaging cancer which is becoming frequent among children. Doctors said he needs not less than N20 million for this process to be completed. Young Okojie hails from Ekpoma in Edo State but he is under the care of his aunt Miss. Mary Imoisili. His parents, who are not married live apart
*Scientists explain how physical activity boosts sexual performance Men who exercise regularly can last twice as long in the bedroom, according to a study. Those who jogged, cycled or lifted weights for 40 minutes each day lasted around five minutes 30 seconds, on average. In comparison, men who walk for less than 30 minutes a week last an average of three minutes, with one ejaculating in just 20 seconds. The Mailonline reported how Turkish researchers found premature ejaculation was more frequent in those with a sedentary lifestyle. ‘It can be assumed that regular physical activity may be effectual in gaining a sexual life of higher quality,’ the researchers, led by Dr Yildiray Yildiz, wrote. Those who jogged, cycled or lifted weights for 40 minutes a day lasted an average o
The challenge of closing funding gap – Experts Tuberculosis, TB, ranks among the diseases Nigerians seem not to be concerned about but, in reality, it is one of the world’s top infectious killer diseases, and, currently, statistics available show that it may be at the doorsteps of many unsuspecting Nigerians. According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, 2017 Global Report, two out of every 1, 000 Nigerians will have TB. Also, Nigeria occupies the 6th position among 14 countries with a high burden of TB, Multidrug-Resistant TB, MDR-TB, and TB/HIV. The country is also number 1 country in Africa with the highest burden of TB. Worse still, statistics from the National Tuberculosis, Burulli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Progamme, NTBLCP, show that no fewer than 104, 940 TB patients, rep
The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most severe in the country’s history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said. The hemorrhagic fever is believed to have killed 198 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where attacks by armed groups and community resistance to health officials have complicated the response. Congo has suffered 10 Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered near the eponymous Ebola River in 1976. “The current epidemic is the worst in the history of DRC,” Jessica Ilunga, a spokeswoman for the ministry told Reuters. With over 300 cases the epidemic also ranks as third worst in the history of the continent, following the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa where over 28,000 cases were confirmed and an outbreak
Dr Yunusa Nda, a medical practitioner, says that one out of every nine men are prone to prostate cancer, therefore, they should always go for early diagnosis and treatment. Nda, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, said receiving cancer diagnosis remained one of the most terrifying experiences someone could have. According to the medical expert, roughly one in every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. “Fortunately, a prostate cancer diagnosis is far from a death sentence. “Roughly, 96 per cent of men treated for prostate cancer of all stages are alive, 15 years after diagnosis and treatment,“ he said. He said that many prostate cancer cases tended to be slow-growing,meaning that the tumours gre
An environmentalist, Jibril Mohammed, says the usage of polystyrene items by food vendors to serve foods at social occasions is destructive to the environment.Mohammed, who is an environmentalist with an NGO, Metrol Environment in Nigeria, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday. He said that millions of ‘‘take away food items” in polystyrene bags were being used daily by thousands of food sellers in market across the 36 states. ‘‘The demand for polystyrene packs is on the increase due to how food vendors and buyers use it as takeaway packs for comfort. ‘‘The problem is that polystyrene material is contributing in causing more danger to human, animals and even aquatic lives,’’ he said. According to him, polystyrene packs do usually take 500 years be
A clinical nutritionist at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Dr Okunola Oladimeji has warned against excessive intake of sugar, stressing that honey is not an alternative to sugar; the carbohydrates food people consume contained enough sugar necessary for the body and there was no need for additional sugar. “As an adult, when you are over 40 years of age, it is not advisable to be consuming processed sugar either in raw form or inside soft drinks. “Consuming more sugar than what the body needs can cause added weight, abdominal fat and can also lead to obesity, Oladimeji said. The clinical nutritionist noted that since carbohydrates contains enough sugar for the body, consuming more could cause excessive damage to the liver. On the assumption that honey could be