A landmark has been reached in health care delivery in Nigeria as a private hospital in Abuja announced the acquisition of the latest laser surgical machine in the world. The 120 watts Holmium “Moses” Technology laser machine, bought by Kelina Hospital, Abuja has a surgery time 25 per cent faster than the conventional 120 watts laser machine. Briefing newsmen on the acquisition in Abuja on Monday, a urological surgeon in the hospital, Celsus Undie, said the equipment is the most powerful laser machine ever invented for human surgery. The development is significant, as Nigerians are amongst the world’s most prolific medical tourists, with a large number going abroad for treatments ranging from cardiac surgeries, neuro-surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, and renal transpl
The Abuja head office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was on Thursday thrown into jubilation following the announcement of the suspension of Usman Yusuf. This is the second time in one year that Mr Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme, will be suspended from office. Mr Yusuf, a professor of Haematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, has a reputation for seemingly disrespecting laid rules and constituted authorities at the scheme. Workers said he ran the NHIS with an ‘iron fist’ for the two and a half years he held sway at the saddle. So, when the governing council, which is empowered by the NHIS Act to oversee operations of the scheme, announced his suspension on Thursday, staff and management members sighed in relief. “Our position is that of obvious jubila
Fruit consumption done 30 minutes before the main meal has been identified as a major boost to better quality of health, solution to many chronic diseases ailing mankind and ultimately promotion of longevity. This was the submission of Isaac Oluwalana, a professor, while delivering the 103rd Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Mr. Oluwalana, who said Nigerians are not taking enough fruits, recommended a daily intake of 400g of fresh fruits which should constitute at least 20 per cent of the daily food intake for a healthy life style, as many nutritionists and medical personnel now consider fruits and vegetable consumption as a solution to many diseases of civilization and various age related ailments. The professor of Post-Harvest Technology who spoke on th...
Curried dishes around the world may not be delicious without turmeric. Turmeric, an orange-coloured spice mostly sold by Hausa traders across the country, is revered for its culinary and therapeutic benefits. It gives the curry its bright yellow or orange colour and contributes to its peppery, warm, and mildly bitter taste. It also provides a tangy and ginger-like fragrance. According to a phytotherapists/herbalist, Dr Francis Elegbuo, turmeric is a root crop known for its tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. For more than 5,000 years, this root crop has been cultivated in the Northern part of Nigeria. “Bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature- the same molecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body. Turmeric has basic ph
The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership of polio eradication activities, including routine immunization, is a debt owed to Nigerians according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. Prof Osinbajo in a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande made these remarks at the 92nd edition of the National Economic Council Meeting. According to him, “The Abuja Commitment is a promise we all made; it is now a debt that we owe to the Nigerian people. We must individually and collectively work to achieve the Abuja commitment indicators.” Prof Osinbajo said the Federal Government remains resolutely committed to the crucial cause of polio eradication in the country while addressing the State Governors and members of the Presidential Taskforce on Po
The governing council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) yesterday announced the indefinite suspension of the executive secretary, Prof. Yusuf Usman. The decision, however, could face a backlash from federal lawmakers. Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, expressed surprise over the development, insisting that the chamber’s earlier position on retaining Yusuf stands. He told The Guardian via phone: “We still stand by our position. It has not changed as we speak. However, I am not aware that the council has suspended the NHIS boss. By the time the House is formerly communicated on the issue, we will know the next step to take.” The House was party to his reinstatement following his July last year suspension by Minister of Health, Prof.
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman. The statement, issued during the World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Rio de Janeiro, stressed that such tests were both unscientific, and a violation of human rights. The UN agencies are: the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), UN Women and the World Health Organisation (WHO). “So-called ‘virginity testing’ – also often referred to as hymen, ‘two-finger’ or per vaginal examination – is a gynecological inspection of female genitalia carried out in the false belief that it can reliably determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse,” the group said. In a global call to eliminate violence against women and girl
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has decided to approve seven years tenure doctors’ resident training. Ngige said this while briefing State House correspondents of the outcome of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “Government has fixed a tenure for doctors’ resident training at seven years. It is not a permanent job,” the minister said. He explained that the decision was taken based on the report of a technical committee presented to the government. As part of the recommendations in the report, Ngige said the government was also demanding that there should be tenure of a maximum of two terms for executives of trade unions. NigerianMedicals
The governing board of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suspended Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the scheme, indefinitely. Iyantu Ifene, chairman of the board, announced Yusuf’s suspension at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. Speaking to TheCable over the phone, Ifene said Yusuf was suspended over allegations of financial infractions levelled against him. She also said the executive secretary had “refused” to carry out the board’s decisions on critical issues. Isaac Adewole, minister of health, had suspended Yusuf last year but he was reinstated in February. NigerianMedicals
The Niger Government says it has spent about N10.7 million to procure mattresses, pillows, and beddings for IBB Specialist hospital, Minna. Dr Makun Sidi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Minna. Sidi explained that it had become necessary for the state to procure the items to improve health care delivery and management capacity of the hospital. He explained that a conducive atmosphere was paramount for qualitative health care delivery. “We will continue to give priority attention to the provision of basic working facilities to all our health institutions across the state,” he said. The Permanent Secretary, however, appealed to residents to complement the efforts of the state gover
Malaria, a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes, has continues to claim thousands of lives in Nigeria. The World Malaria Report of 2017 indicates that the country contributes 27 per cent of the 216 million malaria cases and 24 per cent of the 445,000 malaria deaths. According to the report about three out of 10 persons having malaria in the world live in Nigeria; one out of four deaths from malaria globally occur in Nigeria and over 54 million malaria cases recorded annually for the last three years. The prevalence across zones in the country according to 2015 National Malaria Indicator Survey (NMIS) revealed that North West Accounts for 37 per cent; North Central, 32 per cent; North East, 26 per cent; South-South, 19 per cent; So...
*Treat sources of water in affected rural communities to stop cholera epidemic Worried by the lack of access to Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) facilities, Wife of the Senate President, Toyin Ojora Saraki has stated that Nigeria’s generation to come will be devastated if the government fails to provide the necessary investment in WASH facilities and honour its recent promises. In a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the Well-being Foundation to commemorate global hand washing day, Saraki lamented that the current infrastructure is inadequate for the current population and entirely unfit for the years ahead. She said: “Government must lead the way, achieving economies of scale in densely populated areas by providing piped water and not forcing individual families or street
Stakeholders in the health sector have said that the non release of budgetary funds meant for the Family Planning Programme in Niger State had affected its implementation. The State Coordinator of the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mrs Dorcas Talatu, who made this known during a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on child spacing organised by Pathfinder International Nigeria in Minna on Tuesday, noted that despite the Niger State Government’s recent approval of N10m out of the N50m allocated to Family Planning, no funds were released. Talatu also said that there was an unfulfilled need for Family Planning information and services in the state. “Survey data indicates that nearly one in six (16 per cent) married women aged between 18 and 49 years would like to space
The Founder of Gemstone Sickle Cell Aid Team, Miss Grace Ochigbo, has said that there is hope of a permanent cure for people with sickle cell disease through genetic transplantation. Ochigbo, in an interview with our correspondent, said that although bone marrow transplant might have some limitations and it could be expensive, there was no better remedy for sickle cell disease. She described genetic counseling and genotype test from a well-recognised hospital as some of the steps that intending couples should take to prevent giving birth to a child with the disease. “When genotype test is done for intending couples, the result will guide them in their choice as the likely percentage of each genotype varies. Some risks are worth taking, others are completely out of it,” she said.
The America-based National Academy of Medicine has announced two Nigerians among the 85 members elected for its class of 2018. The two Nigerians are Charles N. Rotimi and Kunle Odunsi, both of whom are professors of medicine based in the United States of America. The release, signed by the Academy’s Media Relations Officer, Dana Korsen, and posted on its website, states that Kunle Odunsi holds a string of degrees and fellowships– M.D., Ph.D., FRCOG, FACOG, and is a deputy director at M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, chair, department of gynecologic oncology, and executive director, Center for Immunotherapy, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York. Prof. Odunsi was elected into the prestigious Academy “For identifying key mechanisms of immune s