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Electricity Generators, Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Nigeria — Expert

Electricity Generators, Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Nigeria — Expert

NEWS
An expert on hearing loss, Dr Bolajoko Olusanya, on Friday identified generators, some prescription drugs, and exposure to loud noise as major causes of hearing loss in the country. Olusanya, a Medical Director at a Lagos clinic, Phonics Hearing Centre, made remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. “In Nigeria, we use generators a lot, because of frequent power outages. “The public should be sensitised to recognise that apart from getting power supply from generators, staying too long near them can cause hearing loss and once you have hearing loss, it is for life. “Also, people who are exposed to loud noise, including pepper grinding machines, those in the aviation industry, as well as factory workers, are at risk of hearing loss. “People shoul
Nigeria Set for Commercial Production of Home Grown Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

Nigeria Set for Commercial Production of Home Grown Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

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There is hope for sickle cell anaemia patients in Nigeria following an agreement to start commercial production of a home grown drug for the disease. The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) signed the agreement with a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, to produce the drug called Niprisan. A few weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council gave approval to the agency and the pharmaceutical company to scale up production and marketing of the anti-sickle cell formula discovered by NIPRD researchers several years ago. This is aimed at reducing the burden of the disease in Africa and other parts of the world where the disease is common. Sickle cell anaemia is a common problem particularly among Africans, South-east Asians and Latin America...
National Hospital Celebrates ’13 Years of Uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation’

National Hospital Celebrates ’13 Years of Uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation’

NEWS
The National Hospital Abuja, on Wednesday celebrated 13 years of providing uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation Services (IVF) to Nigerians. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Jaf Momoh, said the management was honoured to mark 13 years of successes in making families happy. Represented by Olaomi Olowole, the Director Clinical Services, Mr Momoh added that the achievements were greatly attributed to a sustained and successive IVF management centre He said a lot of pregnancies had been achieved at the IVF centre which had served as encouragement to lots of women, couples, families and Nigeria at large. He said the event was aimed at celebrating the pioneer members of staff and the patients for the achievements recorded over the years. “The centre comm
What to Do After a Baby Falls

What to Do After a Baby Falls

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Babies are generally very fidgety, and it is quite common for them to fall off a bed while napping or sleeping. If this happens, it is essential to assess the situation calmly and to look carefully for signs of injury. Even though it can be frightening, a fall from a bed does not usually cause any serious harm. However, injuries are possible, so caregivers should be aware of signs indicating that a baby needs a medical check after a fall. Read on for information on what to do if a baby falls, the possible injuries that it can cause, and how to care for them afterward. What to do first When a baby or toddler falls off a bed, it is vital to remain calm and quickly assess the situation. Immediately call your Physcian without picking the baby up if: When a baby or toddler falls off a bed...
Minister Wants TB Test Result to Be Pre-Requisite For Employment, Admission in Schools

Minister Wants TB Test Result to Be Pre-Requisite For Employment, Admission in Schools

NEWS
The Minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole has advocated for inclusion of TB test result in the basic requirements for employment in the federal and state civil service as well as admissions into secondary and tertiary institutions with a view to fast tracking diagnosis and total eradication of the disease from the country before 2030. He made the suggestion yesterday in a keynote address at opening ceremonies of the 61st National Council on Health Meeting currently going on in Kano with a theme “the second national strategic health development plan: a roadmap to achieving health coverage. The minister further directed the health workers at the Outpatient Departments of secondary and tertiary health facilities across the country to conduct symptomatic TB screening on all care se
Experts Make Case for Alternative Medicine

Experts Make Case for Alternative Medicine

NEWS
Some experts have called on all tiers of government in Nigeria to pay more attention to alternative and herbal medicine in order to boost healthcare delivery. They made the call in Ibadan at a lecture organised by the Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). The lecture was held in commemoration of the 2018 Sustainable Gastronomy Day. Wikipedia defines gastronomy as the study of the relationship between food and culture, art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetising food, the cooking styles of particular regions and the science of good eating. The UN General Assembly had on Dec. 21, 2016 adopted June 18 as Sustainable Gastronomy Day. The decision acknowledged gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. ...
BMJ: Beware Of Getting A Tattoo If Your Immune System Isnt Up To Scratch

BMJ: Beware Of Getting A Tattoo If Your Immune System Isnt Up To Scratch

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Getting a tattoo may have some unexpected complications if your immune system isn't up to scratch, warn doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports. The warning comes after they treated a woman for chronic pain in her left hip, knee and thigh some months after she had been tattooed. She had been taking drugs to dampen down her immune system for several years after receiving a double lung transplant in 2009. Her right leg had been tattooed several years earlier, with no ill effects, and she decided to have another on her left thigh. Immediately after this one, she experienced mild skin irritation, which is not unusual, explain the authors. But 9 days later, she developed pain in her left knee and thigh. Her symptoms were so severe that she needed strong painkillers. Although her sympto...
Association of Community Pharmacists Destroys N452m Worth of Drugs

Association of Community Pharmacists Destroys N452m Worth of Drugs

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Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has destroyed expired drugs worth N452 million in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The destruction of the drugs was carried out in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAFDAC, NDLEA, among others. Mr Sunday Ike, FCT Chairman of ACPN who spoke on Thursday in Kuje, FCT, while destroying expired drugs, noted that members incurred colossal losses as a result of the destruction. He said that the drugs were willingly submitted by members for destruction in compliance with professional ethics. “Today is one of the saddest days in our lives in the sense that we are destroying products that expired in pharmaceutical premises within FCT; we have to do it because of the ethics
Northern Govs Urged to Fight Maternal, Child Mortality

Northern Govs Urged to Fight Maternal, Child Mortality

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The 19 northern governors have been advised to adopt the Community Health Information Management System (CHIMS) introduced by Plan International Nigeria to reduce maternal and child mortality among vulnerable women in their states. The Head of Health Programme of the Plan International Nigeria, Dr Kabiru Atta, made the call yesterday during his presentation at the 61st National Council on Health Meeting currently going on in Kano State. Dr Atta said the organization is supporting the federal and state governments as well as communities in advancing children’s rights and quality for girls in the health sub-sector. He said, “Plan International Nigeria is partnering with federal ministry of health, Bauchi and Sokoto states supporting them to achieve advanced health rights for boys an
HMO Seeks Lasting Solutions to Affordable, Accessible, Quality Healthcare

HMO Seeks Lasting Solutions to Affordable, Accessible, Quality Healthcare

NEWS
Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), Hygeia has called on stakeholders to create solutions to the issue of quality affordable and accessible healthcare in Nigeria. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hygeia, Obinna Abajue, said the purpose of the HMO is to help people achieve their dreams and that its fundamental rests on access to quality and affordable health care. To address the issue, Abajue stated that Hygeia would convene a Healthcare Nigeria conference, bringing major key players in the industry to proffer solutions on attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) across the country. “The theme of the conference is ‘Sustainable Healthcare, The Roadmap.’ The ultimate purpose of the healthcare Nigeria conference series is for all stakeholders to begin to play their respective rol
Challenges of Tackling Prescription Medicines’ Abuse, Other Psychoactive Substances, by NAFDAC

Challenges of Tackling Prescription Medicines’ Abuse, Other Psychoactive Substances, by NAFDAC

NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has expressed concerns about the abuse of prescription medicines and other psychoactive substances not under international control. The fundamental objective of the drug control conventions is to achieve a balance between ensuring availability for medical and scientific purposes and preventing diversion to illicit use and abuse. Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, told journalists yesterday that the Agency will therefore continue to raise awareness of the public health consequences of drug abuse while promoting healthy lifestyles through effective and comprehensive demand reduction initiatives in accordance with the three international drug control conventions and national legislation. Adeyey...
75% of Sickle Cell Births in Nigeria Don’t See Fifth Birthday – Group

75% of Sickle Cell Births in Nigeria Don’t See Fifth Birthday – Group

NEWS
The Sickle Cell Support Network, an NGO, says Nigeria records about 150,000 sickle cell births annually but 75 per cent of this number never get to see their fifth birthday. The President of the group, Dr. Deborah Onokpono, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Calabar as part of efforts to sensitise people about sickle cell condition. She said: “Sickle is a medical condition and not inflicted upon us by one spiritual force or deity, people are born with it and it is not contagious but inherited.’’ Onokpono said though we have what we call bone marrow transplant, which gives a patient a 50:50 survival chance, the condition had no cure yet. She advised those who were about getting married to know their genotype and that of their spouses
NHEA to Celebrate Outstanding Health Practitioners Tomorrow

NHEA to Celebrate Outstanding Health Practitioners Tomorrow

NEWS
The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) plans to celebrate individuals and organizations, institutions and States that have impacted significantly in the Nigerian health sector in the last one-year. The award also recognizes practitioners who have through their unique innovations brought about great development in the sector. NHEA is an initiative of Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR) in collaboration with Anadach group of the United States. The award, which is in its fifth year, would hold on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. It is in four major categories: Healthcare service; Biomedical technology and Pharmaceutical awards. The special awards give recognition to lifetime achievement, outstanding state government hea...
WHO Classifies “Gaming Disorder “ A Mental Health Condition

WHO Classifies “Gaming Disorder “ A Mental Health Condition

NEWS
People who obsessively play video games know how to look out for dangers in virtual worlds. Now they should be on guard for real danger in the real world—spending too much time playing. It is official. Gaming disorder is, well, a disease, according to a new classification by the World Health Organisation. In the latest revision to the International Classification of Disease (ICD11), WHO says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition—one known as “gaming disorder”, with code 6C51. The categorisation confirms what some parents have feared and has led critics to warn it may risk stigmatising too many young video players. It is the first time the classification will include “gaming disorder”.  Its last revision 18 years ago—the ICD10—included “gambling dis
NASS Budget Cuts to Stifle Vaccines, HIV Drugs

NASS Budget Cuts to Stifle Vaccines, HIV Drugs

NEWS
A total of N7.45 billion has been cut from funds allocated for strategic interventions in health care, after lawmakers adjusted portions of the 2018 Budget signed into law on Wednesday. The funding was to pay to upgrade of some federal hospitals, transport and cold-chain storage of vaccines, and payment for anti-retroviral drugs for patients on treatment, the Presidency said hours after signing the budget. The fund was also meant to establish chemotherapy centres and procure consumables for dialysis, according to a list of cuts made by lawmakers. Some 4,700 projects across different sectors were affected by the cuts, amounting to N347 billion. But the lawmakers also introduced 6.403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion. That's raised the initial proposal of N8.162 t...