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President Buhari Orders Crackdown on Drug Traffickers

President Buhari Orders Crackdown on Drug Traffickers

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed law enforcement agencies to charge those found guilty of medicine abuse in Nigeria to court President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with those who import distribute and sell illicit medicine. The Nation reports that Buhari on Thursday, December 7, made this known in Kano state during the course of his two-day visit to the state. According to a statement by the senior special assistant on media and publicity Garba Shehu, “The customs is already doing a good job and I’m happy that I got someone who is efficient, strong and trusted to lead it in the person of Hameed Ali, a former governor of Kaduna state. “I have charged them and other law enforcement agencies to go after those trafficking in illicit me
Health Benefits of Oily Fish

Health Benefits of Oily Fish

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Both white and oily fish are good sources of lean protein. White fish contains fatty acids, but only in the liver, and in smaller quantities. Cardiovascular disease Consuming oily fish can help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA. A study published by the American Physiological Society suggests that fatty fish oils can also protect the heart during times of mental stress. Rheumatoid arthritis A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal linked an average daily intake of at least 0.21 grams (or 210 milligrams) a day of omega-3 with a 52 per cent lower risk of developing...
NAFDAC Will Enhance Quality Testing of Medicines,Foods, Says New DG

NAFDAC Will Enhance Quality Testing of Medicines,Foods, Says New DG

NEWS
To ensure the safety of all Nigerians and foreigners residing in Nigeria, the new Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has assured that the agency will enhance quality testing of medicines and food products produced in the country. Adeyeye, said she would achieve this by adequately training NAFDAC staff in international quality standards and by providing needed laboratory infrastructure such as equipment and supplies. Adeyeye, disclosed this during her maiden visit to the agency’s Head Office in Lagos while addressing the staff on her plans to move the agency to the next level through collective responsibility. The new NAFDAC boss noted that the agency had, over the years, made steady progress in pro
Federal Govt Raises Alarm over Nigeria’s Population Growth

Federal Govt Raises Alarm over Nigeria’s Population Growth

NEWS
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the weekend raised a fresh alarm over Nigeria’s rate of population growth. According to him, if the rate was unchecked, the explosion in the nation’s population would impact negatively on the country’s economy and welfare.. To this end, Adewole called for the use of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS) to address the problems of shortage and misdistribution of manpower needed for the provision of access to family planning services in rural communities and other hard to reach areas. He made the call in Abuja while speaking on the topic: “The Relevance of Operations Research in Family Planning Programming in Nigeria” during the formal presentation of the report of a study by a non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria.” The st
Smoking a Month Before or After Breast Surgery Could Make Nipples Fall Off —Surgeon

Smoking a Month Before or After Breast Surgery Could Make Nipples Fall Off —Surgeon

NEWS, Women's health
Surgeons have warned that smoking just one month before or after you undergo breast surgery can make your nipples turn black and fall off! Plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn, shared his findings after he had treated a patient who lost her nipples due to smoking before she had breast surgery. “In my memoir, In Stitches, I told the story of a smoker whose nipples turned purple while undergoing a breast lift surgery. “Purple is the precursor to black. Black is the precursor to falling off.  This happened because the nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels. “When blood vessels are constricted and you’re having surgery where the blood supply is significantly altered (such as in breast surgery, face lifts, and tummy tucks, for example), this poses a
Enugu Polio-Free Because of Govt’s Sustained Effort — WHO

Enugu Polio-Free Because of Govt’s Sustained Effort — WHO

NEWS
The country representative of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for nurturing the sustained health programmes that have made Enugu State Polio-free. Alemu made the assertion at the Enugu State zonal immunization campaign tour organized recently by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, in collaboration with the organization in Nsukka, Udi and Nkwo Nike respectively. WHO The country representative who was represented by the state coordinator, Mrs. Angela Izuegbune, said: “WHO has to express its appreciation to the present administration in Enugu State under Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing us with the conducive environment to operate in the state. WHO “When the administration came on board, Enugu State
Ondo State Owned Hospital Detains Mother, New Born baby Over N40,000

Ondo State Owned Hospital Detains Mother, New Born baby Over N40,000

NEWS, Women's health
A mother of a new born baby, Mrs Taiwo Omotoso has been detained at the Mother and Child hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital over unpaid N40,000 hospital bills. Omotoso and her new born baby girl have been detained in the hospital for over 20 days. The unpaid N40,000 was meant for the Cesarean Section (CS) Operation carried out on the woman during child birth. Father of the new born baby who is a commercial motorcyclist, Oladapo Omotosho, is in confusion on how to secure the release of his family from the hospital. Speaking on the hardship faced by his wife and the baby, Oladapo explained that the hospital has detained his wife since November 16, over his inability to raise money for the bill. He lamented that his new born baby and her mother were made to sleep on a ch...
Community Health Workers to Begin Administering Contraceptives in Nigeria

Community Health Workers to Begin Administering Contraceptives in Nigeria

NEWS
The Nigerian government has given its nod to Community Health Extension Workers, CHEW, to begin administering family planning contraception and implants for women, in an effort to increase family planning coverage across the country. According to a statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, the ministry and partners have begun implementing the Task-sharing and Task-shifting Policy for essential healthcare services. The policy authorises lower cadres of health workers, including CHEWs, to administer implants and intra-uterine contraceptive devices (IUCDS). Until the policy was unfurled, that responsibility was undertaken only by trained nurses and midwives. According to the statement by the ministry on Monday, the step was being taken because CHEWs outnumber nurses working in pri...
Set Standard for Drug Distribution, Community Pharmacists Tell NAFDAC

Set Standard for Drug Distribution, Community Pharmacists Tell NAFDAC

NEWS
Worried about the chaotic system of drug distribution in the country, Pharmacists under the auspices of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, have urged the newly appointed Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, as matter of urgency holistically put in place standard distribution chain to address the uncoordinated drug distribution system in the country. NAFDAC The Lagos Chairman of ACPN, Pharm Biola Paul-Ozieh, who spoke in Lagos, also decried the continuous postponement of the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines, saying, the postponement is way too much by the Federal Ministry of Health”. Paul –Ozieh while speaking at the Association’s the 3rd community pharmacist’s Continuing Medical Educa
German Doctor Faces Trial for Having Sex with Patients

German Doctor Faces Trial for Having Sex with Patients

NEWS
A 63-year-old doctor went on trial in the southern German state of Bavaria Monday, accused of having sex with his patients. The prosecution claims the physician, who has not been identified under Germany’s strict privacy laws, exploited the trust of three of his mentally unstable patients to have sex with them, sometimes without treating the women.   A trained psychotherapist, the doctor committed the acts either in his practice or in the women’s homes, the prosecution said, adding that he could face imprisonment of between three months and five years. Prosecutors said in an earlier statement on the case that the doctor had regularly asked mentally ill patients to come to his surgery between 2012 and 2015, usually in the late evening hours. He is alleged to have told the women t
Association Wants Sign Language Interpreters In Health Facilities

Association Wants Sign Language Interpreters In Health Facilities

NEWS
Mrs Helen Beyioku-Alase, the Chairperson, Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN), Abuja chapter, has underscored the need to provide sign language interpreters in healthcare facilities across the country. Beyioku-Alase made the call at a medical outreach organised to mark the 4th Edition of Deaf Women Health Awareness Week in Abuja. She also appealed to state governments and other stakeholders to help in alleviating the challenges confronting deaf women. “A lot of deaf women cannot access healthcare services in hospitals because of communication challenge and the absence of sign language interpreters. “This medical outreach is an opportunity for deaf women to have access to medical services and information to enhance their well-being. “We appeal to governments and other st
NMA Ex-president Tasks Government on Medical Rehabilitation of Libya Returnees

NMA Ex-president Tasks Government on Medical Rehabilitation of Libya Returnees

NEWS
• Falana blames FG for slavery tragedy • Wants monetary damages for victims A medical expert, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has blamed the gross failure of Nigeria’s leadership for the enslavement of Nigerian migrants in the Magreb. Enabulele, who is the former President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), cited the country’s inability to provide viable socio-economic opportunities for a majority of her citizens. The expert, who spoke yesterday in Benin City, lamented the countless deaths of some Nigerians while crossing the sea, as well as the mass deportation of these emigrants. He called on government to urgently embark on medical rehabilitation of the returnees, stressing the potential health implications associated
Malaria Cases Rise as Insecticide Resistance Spreads

Malaria Cases Rise as Insecticide Resistance Spreads

NEWS
* With N23bn funding gap, crisis for anti-disease efforts, more deaths loom in Nigeria * FG urged to prioritize funding for mosquito-borne ailment with World Bank IDA18 loan The World Health Organisation (WHO) has alerted to rise in malaria cases and the fears of resurgence as progress in the fight against a curable disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children has stalled. The WHO, in a recent report, said the number of malaria cases rose in many countries in 2016, suggesting that progress has halted in the global fight against the disease. The apex United Nations (UN) health agency found that globally, malaria infections increased by about five million from 2015 to 2016, for a total of 216 million, with apparent jumps in parts of Asia, Africa and South America and that t...
HIV/AIDS kills 41.5m Persons Worldwide in 2017—WHO

HIV/AIDS kills 41.5m Persons Worldwide in 2017—WHO

NEWS
No fewer than 41.5 million persons have died as a result of HIV and AIDS epidemic in 2017 worldwide, the World Health Organization, WHO, has said. A representative of WHO, Akim Bursali, stated this  at yesterday’s commemoration of 2017 World AIDS Day, with the theme, “Right to health-making it happen”, organized by wife of  Bauchi State governor in collaboration with Bauchi State Agency for the control of HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria, BACATMA, in Bauchi.  Bursali said an estimated 36.7 million persons were currently living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues recorded in history. He added that the death rate of the epidemic has decreased since it peaked in 2005 with one million deaths in 2016, compared to 1.9 million deaths in 200
Why Nigerians Have Lower Cancer Rates Than Europeans

Why Nigerians Have Lower Cancer Rates Than Europeans

NEWS
* How hotter climate makes Africans less likely to get tumour * Genes of people from colder nations put them at greater risk * Alcoholism, diabetes drugs prevent untreatable breast cancer Living in a cold climate could make people more likely to get cancer, a study has found. Inuits have the highest rate of cancer, followed closely by Scandinavian people, while chilly Britain has a cancer rate three times higher than that of India and twice the rate of Thailand. Evidence now suggests people are at greater risk in colder countries because of their genes. The same genes, which stop our cells dying in freezing temperatures are also linked to breast and bowel cancer and leukaemia. A researcher says the genes contributing to cooler climates are the same, which increase the risk...