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Day: November 15, 2018

Is It Time To See A Dentist?

Is It Time To See A Dentist?

Dental Health, NEWS
How well do you actually take care of your dental health? To make an appropriate assessment of your own situation, ask yourself these questions: Am I steadfast about visiting a dentist yearly for a checkup? Do I brush and floss my teeth twice daily? Am I vigilant about avoiding those sugary foods that can damage the teeth? Unfortunately, we don’t always make our oral heath a priority and it isn’t uncommon that some may go many years without ever seeking out professional dental care. Strong oral hygiene habits must be initiated at a young age; and if you’ve neglected your teeth when you were younger, then chances are that you’ve set yourself up for a lifetime of chronic (and expensive to manage) dental problems. More focus must be placed on oral health maintenance, since poor oral care
Increasing Reliance on Local Drugs

Increasing Reliance on Local Drugs

NEWS
The newly elected President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has pledged among other things to ensure that the increased reliance on local production of drugs as enshrined in the national health and drug policies are pursued determinedly to help promote national security and create more jobs for pharmacists in the industry. Ohuabunwa, who was elected at the just concluded 91st Annual National Conference of the Society in Ibadan, Oyo State, told The Guardian: “True partnership will be established with the academia to help increase value addition and enhance research capabilities and reward for academic pharmacists. Additionally, those currently importing drugs that can be produced locally will be incentivized to transit to local production.” Ohuabunwa sa
Father Of Two Deceased Kids Found In Freezer Transferred To CID

Father Of Two Deceased Kids Found In Freezer Transferred To CID

NEWS
Mr Micheal Edeh, father of the two children and their dog found dead in a freezer at Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu has been transferred to the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that Edeh, who is now a suspect, was transferred to the CID for further interrogation to ascertain the real cause of the children’s death. “I have confirmed the matter and the CP directed that the father should be transferred to the state CID to ascertain if there is an ulterior motive or whether it is an act of negligence,” Oti said. NAN reports that the incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 11. NAN also reports that the residence of Mr and Mrs Edeh was found under lock and key and the fla
Adewole Calls for Paradigm Shift in Management of Health Sector

Adewole Calls for Paradigm Shift in Management of Health Sector

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, recently, called for a paradigm shift in the management of the nation’s health sector, through injection of preventive care (Primary healthcare) than curative care (secondary and tertiary). ‎Speaking on the topic: “Revamping the Primary Healthcare in Edo” to mark the second anniversary of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration, Adewole stated that most of the country’s heath problems are in the preventive sub-sector, whereas the nation spends more in the curative sub-sector. According to the minister, many countries in the world that have recorded economic breakthroughs are those that invested in health. Lamenting the collapse of many of the country’s Primary Health Centres, which he said cater for the health needs of 80 per cent of t
Nigeria Needs Additional 155,000 Medical Doctors to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Nigeria Needs Additional 155,000 Medical Doctors to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

NEWS
No fewer than 155,000 additional doctors at the ratio of one doctor to 1,000 people would be needed in Nigeria to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Federal University Dutse, Prof. Usman Ahmed, said this is to make more people have access to healthcare. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Universal Health Coverage aims to ensure that all people have access to the needed services of sufficient quality without exposing persons (recipients) to financial hardship. Ahmed, who is also a professor of health sciences, University of Manchester, UK, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that data from the Federal Ministry of Health shows that there were 45,000 doctors registered and practising ...
‘Despite 9M Pregnant Nigerian Women, Only 2.4M Gets HIV Testing’

‘Despite 9M Pregnant Nigerian Women, Only 2.4M Gets HIV Testing’

NEWS, Women's health
…3.6 million access antenatal, 64,000 HIV positive With over nine million Nigerian women said to be pregnant every year, only about 3.6 million have access to antenatal care and about 2.4 million of them tested for HIV. This was disclosed by Head, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Ijaodola Olugbenga. He said of the 2.4 million pregnant women that get testing for HIV/AIDS in the country annually, at least 64,000 of them are positive to the virus every year. Stating this during a two-day media dialogue on PMTCT in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, recently organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC), he said the gap between pregnant women and those who a
420m People Have Diabetes, Says WHO

420m People Have Diabetes, Says WHO

NEWS
No fewer than 420 million adults have diabetes, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, adding that the number has been increasing steadily over the last three decades. WHO said in its Global Report on Diabetes that the global prevalence of adult diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980. The UN health agency, therefore, called on people to “eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain”. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, which leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood. The global health body said: “Around 1.6 million deaths can be directly attributed to diabetes each year. “Diabetes is a major cause of blin
Officials Warn: Youths Are Boiling Sanitary Pads To Get High In Indonesia

Officials Warn: Youths Are Boiling Sanitary Pads To Get High In Indonesia

NEWS
Indonesian teenagers are using menstrual pads to get high by boiling the sanitary product and then drinking the water, local officials have warned. Both new and used sanitary pads are said to be obtained by young Indonesians looking for a cheap and legal way to get high. The chemicals in the sanitary pads give those who drink the resulting concoction a feeling of 'flying' and hallucinations, according to the Indonesian National Drug Agency (BNN). Shocking: Teenagers in Indonesia are boiling sanitary pads and getting high after drinking the water, according to local officials Several local newspapers, including the Jakarta Post, Jawa Pos and Pos Belitung, have reported about the worrying trend in recent weeks. Police on the island of Java, home to the capital Jakarta, have arrested seve...
Nigeria’s NHIS May Collapse in Three Years – Governing Council

Nigeria’s NHIS May Collapse in Three Years – Governing Council

NEWS
The Governing Council of Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) says the scheme is near a “tipping point” and may collapse within the next three years unless urgent measures are taken. “This tipping point may occur sooner if remittances decline further, budget deficit trend persists and the management fiscal indiscipline continues,” it warned. The council gave the warning in the concluding part of the nine ‘infractions‘ it listed against Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme , after it on October 18 suspended him over allegations of fraud and infractions. Mr Yusuf ignored the suspension, saying the council had no power to suspend him. With the help of armed police officers, he was able to get himself into office after the controversial suspension. Activities rem
1,110 Dead As Cholera Ravages 29 States in Nigeria – NCDC

1,110 Dead As Cholera Ravages 29 States in Nigeria – NCDC

NEWS
Nigeria has recorded 1,110 deaths this year from cholera outbreaks in 29 states across Nigeria as the disease claims more lives in more parts of the country. The death figure this year is several times higher than the 84 recorded within the corresponding period in 2017, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed in its weekly epidemiological report. The report for week 43 showed that 48,686 suspected cholera cases were recorded between weeks 1 and 43 of 2018, with 829 laboratory confirmed from 239 local government areas in the 29 states. In 2017, cholera outbreaks within weeks 1 to 43 recorded 3642 suspected cases and 84 deaths from 70 local government areas in 19 states. Eight states most hit in the current outbreaks are Adamawa, Borno, Katsina, Yobe, Zamfara, Ba...
Combining Antibiotics, Other Drugs Alter Their Effectiveness; Sometimes More Effective – Research

Combining Antibiotics, Other Drugs Alter Their Effectiveness; Sometimes More Effective – Research

NEWS
In a recent report by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), researchers state that, “The effectiveness of antibiotics can be altered by combining them with each other, non-antibiotic drugs or even with food additives. Depending on the bacterial species, some combinations stop antibiotics from working to their full potential whilst others begin to defeat antibiotic resistance.” According to the EMBL report, researchers and collaborators in Nature, scientists have discovered that when antibiotics are combined with each other, non-antibiotic drugs or even with food additives, the effectiveness is altered. But this also is highly dependent on the type of bacteria involved in that a number of combinations prevent antibiotics from performing optimally even as others start to overcom
Caring for Your Baby’s New Teeth

Caring for Your Baby’s New Teeth

Children's Health, NEWS
Is your baby keeping you up at night? Indeed, teething is a natural process that every infant goes through. It can be an uncomfortable experience, and it can be concerning for parents and caregivers to see the infant experiencing pain and discomfort. According to Wikipedia, the level of pain that a baby can handle will be different for each child. Some babies may appear to suffer more than others while they are teething. The soreness and swelling of the gums before a tooth comes through is the cause for the pain and fussiness a baby experiences during this change. These symptoms usually begin about three to five days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. Some babies are not even bothered by teething. From research, teething happens in various st...
Bowel Movement: A Glimpse into What Is Really Going On In Your Body

Bowel Movement: A Glimpse into What Is Really Going On In Your Body

NEWS
Bowel health is an important topic as bowel movement is an indicator of your overall health and well-being. Changes in bowel movements could be a health alert that is given by the body. Many people believe that having regular bowel movements means you go to the toilet to “poop” every day. However, experts advise that individuals study their bodies to know what “regular” bowel movements is for them. While some people will have bowel movements every day and that is regular for them, others might have it 3 times a week. What should call for concern is a change in this “regular” schedule, experts say. Here are some signs recommended by experts to help you know if your bowel movement is going fine. Bowel movement should be comfortable: You shouldn’t have to push hard to poop. Bowel movements s
Council Pledges to Sanitise Pharmaceutical Industry

Council Pledges to Sanitise Pharmaceutical Industry

NEWS
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it will redouble efforts to rid the country’s pharmaceutical industry of unwholesome practices. The Registrar of the council, Mr Elijah Mohammed, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. Mohammed said: “Attention will be geared toward sanitising the practice environment through strengthening of enforcement activities with three RPs concept of Regulation of Personnel, Regulation of Premises and Regulation of Practice in the pharmaceutical landscape.” According to him, such efforts will be supported with ensuring experiential teaching and learning at the undergraduate training of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to prepare them for the current practice environment. He added that