After almost two decades of decline, malaria cases have significantly risen in 13 countries, prompting concern that much more is needed to combat the epidemic. Many other countries have also seen their numbers either rise or plateau, according to the World Health Organization's 2018 World Malaria Report, released Monday. Globally, malaria numbers rose slightly: 219 million cases in 2017, compared with 217 million in 2016. "No significant progress in reducing global malaria cases was made" between 2015 and 2017, the report states. Before then, the number of people contracting the disease globally had been falling. The 10 highest-burden countries in Africa saw a significant increase in cases. Nigeria, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo had the greatest rise, reporting a...
Dr Grace Johnson, a specialist, has said bitter leaf works so well for fertility, and fights prostate cancer because its boost the functions of the reproductive system, balance hormones and help the ovary release healthy eggs. Johnson, who is Food Nutritionist, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, that the effect of bitter leaf ranges from specifically toning the reproductive organs and boosting overall health. According to her, the problem with a lot of infertile patients is that they do not connect infertility with “fertile nutrition”. “Good nutrition is considered to be the foundation of a healthy body. That is why a healthy ovary will only be found in a healthy body. “When the ovary is healthy, it releases a healthy egg (ovum) which once fertilized, results in a he
A 19-year-old died after inhaling deodorant spray to get high, according to a new case report, and doctors who treated the man in the Netherlands are using the case to highlight the fatal consequences of inhaling chemicals. Such cases are "very rare," according to Dr. Kelvin Harvey Kramp of Maasstad Hospital's intensive care unit in Rotterdam. Kramp explained that because deaths from deodorant inhalation are not common among the general population, the "consequences aren't really known," causing people to continue this dangerous behavior. The patient, who had a history of psychotic symptoms, had been admitted to a rehabilitation center for cannabis and ketamine abuse and was taking antipsychotic drugs. During a relapse in July, he placed a towel over his head and inhaled deodorant...
Efforts to fight an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo’s restive eastern Beni region were suspended Saturday after clashes just a “few metres” from a local emergency centre and the hotels of several response teams, the health ministry said. UN peacekeepers from the MONUSCO mission repelled an offensive by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia in Beni city’s northern Boikene neighbourhood late Friday, a ministry statement said. The ADF, a shadowy armed group that has killed hundreds of people since 2014 and at least seven peacekeepers in clashes just this week, wanted to “attack one of MONUSCO’s bases”, the statement added. “We escaped death thanks to MONUSCO, which is very close to us in Boikene,” a resident told the UN’s Okapi radio. The health ministry said that “all field activities we
The Kwara state chapter of joint council of Medical and Health workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) in collaboration with National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) will commence a three day warning strike on Monday. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the kwara state Chairman of NANNM, Cmr. Joseph Adekanye and that of MHWUN, Cmr. Muritala Olayinka Saheed and made available to journalists on Sunday. The statement reads: “Arising from the Congress meeting of Coalition of Health Sector Union (COHESU) held on Friday 16th November, 2018 following the inability of the kwara state government to pay 10 percent increase on the existing 50 percent consolidated health structure (CONHESS) to our members in the local government level, the Congress resolved to embarked on
*Feeling Beat Up After Workouts, worry no more Inflammation, a vital part of healing, is your natural biological response to a wide range of triggers. Your body tries to remove these triggers so your tissues can heal.The classic signs of inflammation — swelling, pain, redness and loss of function — usually appear after an injury. Adjusting your diet can help you decrease inflammation and allow you to continue exercising. Time to rethink your diet The key is to shift to a hunter-gatherer style diet, focused on: Free-range meat Wild-caught fish Whole foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, etc.) Anti-inflammatory spices: turmeric, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon These foods naturally fight inflammation with an array of nutrients that are: Low on the glycemi
Parents of a four-year-old little girl in Ndioke Ishieke community, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Jennifer, who was defiled by the 14-year-old son of their neighbour, are now in anguish. The incident took place on October 27, 2018. Before the incident happened, it was not their practice to leave her and two other siblings alone in the house. Her father, Mr Sunday, told newsmen in Abakaliki, the state capital that they usually took them along wherever they went. But on the fateful day, the wife went to the farm while the husband embarked on another mission. Sunday said that when he and the wife were about leaving their home, the alleged culprit, Nelson, volunteered to take care of the kids since he didn’t go to school that day as it was a Saturday. The teenager’s of
Olubunmi Lawal, the national president, National Association of Paediatric Nurses, on Saturday, said Nigeria ranked third with about 800,000 pre-term births, annually. Mrs Lawal disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja as the world commemorates 2018 World Prematurity Day. This year’s theme is: “Working together, partnering with families in the care of small and sick newborns”. She said annually, 15 million babies are born premature globally, out of which 60 per cent are born in Sub-Saharan Africa, with one million deaths recorded. “India ranks first, secondly China and Thirdly, Nigeria with 773,600 pre-term births yearly, hence the need to raise awareness on the challenges and interventions at communities, families, and to government at all levels.
Nigerians have been cautioned to stop living in crowded rooms, seek medical advice when down with fever and be more alert to the outbreak of the cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in their environment. This advice was given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). It comes with the announcement of the beginning of the CSM season in Nigeria which usually starts from November to June with a peak in April. Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa which is on the meningitis belt and as such the outbreak of meningitis has become a yearly occurrence in at least 26 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). These states include Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger,Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe Nasarawa, Borno, Cross River, Jigawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Plateau, Osun, FCT. CSM...
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have called on the federal and state governments to increase the funding of healthcare in the country. Dr Kofi Ikpeme, a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeon and past Chairman of NMA in Cross River, made the call on Saturday during the NMA South South Zonal Meeting in Calabar. Ikpeme said that the Nigerian health sector had continued to decline due to poor budgetary allocation, adding that this affected healthcare provision to citizens. He said that the national budget for the health sector in Nigeria had been fluctuating between 5 per cent and 8 per cent over the years, adding that the percentage was low. According to him, the World Health Organisation Conference has recommended and approved 21 per cent allocation of a country’s national budget to
A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri on Saturday advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Pinnacle is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioral, and mental health related issues. According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health. “As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be ment