The first antibiotic was discovered by Paul Ehrlich in 1909 and cured syphilis-infected rabbits. At that time about 10% of the population of London were infected with syphilis and there were no effective treatments. Despite the tedious injection procedure and side effects, Salvarsan, together with the less toxic derivative Neosalvarsan, enjoyed the status of the most frequently prescribed drug until its replacement by penicillin in the 1940s. The postwar period was the beginning of a 20-year golden age of antibiotic discovery, with a large number of effective new antibiotics entering into clinical use. But the problem of antibiotic resistance has been increasingly recognised over the past 30 years, with the chief medical officer of England, Dame Sally Davies, in 2018 repeating h...
A new technological and health innovation, DoctorCare247, which will enable doctors and other healthcare specialists to diagnose and treat patients online, has been launched in Lagos. Speaking at the unveiling, the Chief Executive Officer of DoctorCare247, Chucks Chibundu, said the platform was designed to change the landscape of healthcare delivery in Nigeria. He said, “DoctorCare247 provides e-health consultations through doctors and specialists certified by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council, and the professional health regulatory body for the professions of medicine and dentistry in the country. This means that the online platform can help users to break the barriers of distance, travel time, logistics and long waiting hours in hospitals because its features allow patien
The Chief Medical Director, Central Hospital, Edo State, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, has attributed the poor health indices in the country to poor funding of specialist training in Nigeria. Speaking at the weekend in Benin while delivering a lecture at the 39th Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), Dr. Ugbodaga advocated improved funding and training of doctors in the nation’s teaching hospitals and other postgraduate training institutions. “Inadequate funding of specialists’ training in Nigeria is fuelling the unacceptable health indices in the country. There is urgent need to take steps to reverse this trend.” Ugbodaga stressed the need to incorporate a systematic management and leadership training scheme in the cu
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has commended the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for donating an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment worth more than N70 million to Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos. He noted that the donation was the biggest private intervention in the hospital, adding that it would replace obsolete equipment the hospital was using. Lalong said this in Jos during the presentation of brand new ICU equipment donated by General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to the hospital. “This gesture is the biggest private based-intervention to the hospital in recent time. The hospital is now better equipped to response to emergency and save families from agony of death caused by inefficient medic
Federal Government has pledged to support any individual or group working towards improving community healthcare system in Nigeria, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, has said. Adewole made the pledge during the official flag-off of free medical outreach organised by the Sarkin Shanun Jere Family in Jere Town, Kaduna State. Speaking during the two-day programme, the minister said that the Federal Ministry of Health remained very supportive to such institutions that commit their resources and man power for the benefit of its community. He said, “What we are doing here today is very important because health is the most important commodity that we need to have. Whatever you want to do, you can only do it if you are healthy. “Sarkin Shanaun Jere, you are giving health to