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Day: May 7, 2019

Asthma: Avoid Dust, Smoking

Asthma: Avoid Dust, Smoking

NEWS
As World Asthma Day comes up on Tuesday, experts have cautioned person who are susceptible to shun things that could trigger the ailment. Similarly, they should avoid smoking, wash curtains and beddings regularly, clean surfaces with damp cloths, avoid dusty areas, as well as regularly clean fans and change air-conditioner filters, among others. Consultant Respiratory Physician at Lagos State College of Medicine (LASCOM), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Olayinka Olufunke Adeyeye said asthma is a chronic respiratory condition in which the sufferers’ airways are inflamed, the muscles of the airways contract and the airway linings are twitchy, swollen and the lumen becomes smaller with limitation to airflow. She said: “The sufferers have chronic cough, particularl
How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy — Expert

How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy — Expert

NEWS
It is important for women to do some things and also avoid certain habits and practices in order to stay healthy during pregnancy as experts have said doing so also helps protect the health of the foetus up to birth and thereafter. A Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dr. Victor Ohenhen, said certain peculiarities of pregnancy, including lifestyle and socio-cultural factors, predisposed pregnant women to illnesses and diseases. Dr. Ohenhen explained that human pregnancy began from the point of fertilisation of the female gamete (ovum) by the male spermatozoa to form a zygote. “It is important to stress that pregnancy is not a disease, but a normal process in the female reproductive cycle,” he said. A mother of four, Mrs. Ifueko Omonigho, said observing health dos and don’ts dur
The Challenge of Mental Health Policy in Nigeria

The Challenge of Mental Health Policy in Nigeria

NEWS
We often say that although Nigeria comes up with good plans, their implementation is poor. I do not know how we came about this conclusion, but I think it is very wrong. No human being succeeds anywhere in the world without putting in place workable and achievable. I want to believe that ineffective policy formulation is one of the means by which Nigeria has been brutally and recklessly raped and her resources plundered. There is no basis for separating the formulation of policy from its implementation. Too much money is spent on understudying other countries to learn how they formulate polices, but this is done without regard for our peculiar circumstances, feedbacks from stakeholders and our culture. Our policy statements appear to have been copied from foreign countries and they a...
Here’s Why  Women Live Longer Than Men

Here’s Why Women Live Longer Than Men

NEWS
The numbers don’t lie: women tend to live longer than men. The average American man will live to age 76, according to the latest CDC figures, while the average woman in America will live to age 81. And a woman’s extra years tend to be healthy ones. The World Health Organisation’s HALE index, which calculates the number of years a man or woman can expect to live without a major disease or injury, finds that American men can look forward to 67 healthy years, while American women will enjoy 70 years of “full heath.” This male-female lifespan gap is not a new phenomenon; experts have known about it for decades. It’s also not restricted to Americans. “This gender gap in life expectancy is true for all societies, and it is also true for the great apes,” says Dr. Perminder Sachdev, a profes
Brace up for the Coming Influenza  Pandemic –WHO

Brace up for the Coming Influenza Pandemic –WHO

NEWS
Influenza, which is otherwise known as flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu is highly contagious and is normally spread by the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. There may also be gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. These are more common in children than in adults. Normally, symptoms linger for about 1 week. However, the feeling of tiredness can continue for several weeks. It is worth noting that not every person with flu will have all of the symptoms. For instance, it is possible to have flu without a fever. Early symptoms of flu according to experts, most frequently, will include the following: tiredness is one of the earliest signs of flu and cold; with flu, the tiredness tends to be more on the severe side. Other early symptoms...
Emergence of State Health Insurance Schemes

Emergence of State Health Insurance Schemes

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
Over the years, the failure of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to fulfill its primary objective of providing the required health insurance coverage for all Nigerians has compounded the fortunes of those at the lowest rung of the economic ladder. A ray of hope that emerged through the approval of one percent from the Consolidated Revenue Fund by the Federal Government in 2018 budget remains the key to the provision of basic healthcare for all Nigerians irrespective of their financial status. The move, essentially, was to enable the funding of projects, programmes and policies towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria by 2025. The goal of the UHC, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is to ensure that all people and communities obtain he...
NAFDAC Refutes Story Alleging 70% of Medicines in Nigeria are Fake

NAFDAC Refutes Story Alleging 70% of Medicines in Nigeria are Fake

Cover Stories, NEWS
•Describes Story as Grossly Inaccurate Statement and Fake Allusions The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in a swift reaction, has come out to publish a rebuttal regarding a recent publication in the Vanguard newspaper. The publication which claimed that 70% of all medicines sold in the Nigerian market are fake, was clearly refuted in a public statement, and an official disclaimer signed by the Director General of the federal agency, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye and made available to news hunters. The statement read as follows: “NAFDAC wishes to inform the members of the public, especially health care providers, policy makers and development partners to disregard an online publication at https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/in-south-east-numbe