From the moment our children are born and the doctor takes them to be weighed, measured and bundled, their health becomes one of our very highest priorities. As parents, most of us are instinctively attuned to every sneeze, scratch and sleep disruption. We are careful to never miss a check up or ignore a cough. Yet even as we worry over immunisations and stock up on hand soap for flu season, how often do we take the time to sit back and ask ourselves: how emotionally healthy are our children? According to The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), "An estimated 21 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder...Yet, due to a shortage of paediatric mental health care providers, only 20 percent of these children receive treatment
“The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to shelve its planned harmonisation of salaries of health workers in the country…” It came as a rude shock and disturbing moment for me when I read the above in a Nigerian tabloid. Furthermore, the statement read by the NMA president, Dr. Mike Ogirima continued: “What we are against is the fact that everybody cannot be equated to be equal. In the animal kingdom, all animals are equal; but some are more equal than others.” Reading about this sounded like I was watching an animal kingdom themed movie. One would have thought that the overall health and well being of the citizens of a Nation like Nigeria would be priority in times like this. We do not have enough doctors in Nigeria to serve our ever growing pop
Many at times when people talk about fruit juice you should know they are not really referring to the real thing. This is what confuses most people as well – to think that ‘fruit juice’ might be injurious to your health. What may be injurious is the so-called fruit juice which is bandied everywhere as some sort of special nourishment. But these packaged juices most of the time are not wholesome in that they are hardly natural; they contain a lot of additives such as colourant and preservatives, not to talk of artificial flavours, etc. For this reason they may not be very healthy when consumed aplenty even by adults, let alone when they are fed to kids. And so, experts have warned that giving your children these ‘fortified’ juices may be harmful to them. Rather, they say you may give a lit
You may need less water than you think but more water than other hydrating beverages It's that time of year when we encounter lots of advice about the importance of staying hydrated. Among other things, we're told to down at least eight glasses of water a day and to "stay ahead of your thirst" before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration, which impairs performance and causes harm. It turns out that such directives lack sound scientific backing. Research shows that we typically get enough water through foods (which supply 20% of our water) and beverages (including coffee, soda and alcohol), and that for most of us, thirst is a reliable indicator of when we need more fluid, even during exercise. Does more sweating mean a more intense workout? Dehydration isn't always the
The President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Prof Ahmed Yakasai, has picked holes in the claim by the Senate that about 42 antimalarial drugs banned by the European Union (EU) were still in circulation at the Nigerian market. Speaking with journalist Sunday at the weekend, the PSN president said the drugs being listed as banned were mono therapy drugs, which Nigeria no more uses. Yakasai who expressed disappointment at the claim by the Red Chamber said the alarm raised was uncalled, as the issue had become stale after it had been addressed in the past. The Nigerian Senate had on July 20, 2017 raised the alarm over antimalarial drugs that have been banned in Europe but were still sold in hospitals and pharmacies in Nigeria. The Senate also mandated its committee on ...
Obi was speaking on the theme: “Weathering the Storm of Economic Downturn: Now and Beyond,” at the 2017 Annual Dinner of the Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria held at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja. A former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has commended Nigerian pharmacists for their efforts and contributions towards the health of the country, but encouraged them to do more towards achieving self-sufficiency in the manufacture of drugs. Obi was speaking on the theme: “Weathering the Storm of Economic Downturn: Now and Beyond,” at the 2017 Annual Dinner of the Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria held at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja. Reviewing the ups and downs in the industry, he submitted that a lot still needed to be done. He said it wa
Deaths linked to AIDS have halved in a decade, official figures show. The condition, which is caused by HIV, used to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS showed that deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to one million last year. It said the “scales have tipped”, with more than half of people getting drug treatment for the first time. An HIV infection cannot be cured – it can only be contained with daily doses of antiretroviral therapy. Unchecked, it destroys the immune system, causing Aids. At this point people tend to die from other “opportunistic infections” such as tuberculosis. Worldwide, 36.7 million are living with HIV and 53 per cent of them are getting the therapy that gives a n
…Give 35 HMOs Wednesday deadline The House of Representatives has insisted on interrogating the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to ascertain reasons he suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf, in the wake of an investigation. Chairman of House Committee on Health, Chike Okafor, who, weekend, asked the minister to appear before the committee on Thursday, also gave Wednesday as deadline for the 35 recalcitrant Health Management Organisations, HMOs, to make their financial records available to commissioned auditors for payment update from the NHIS. Recall that the committee is currently investigating the alleged mismanagement of N351 billion paid to HMOs by the NHIS between 2005 and 2017. The committee had r
A group, which identifies itself as the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians, has asked the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to initiate the process of constituting a medical panel through the President of the Senate for the purpose of determining President Muhammadu Buhari’s fitness to remain in office. Noting that the President spent 114 days of the first 180 days of the year on medical vacation, the group also called for amendment of the constitution to provide a limit to the time a president or governor can stay on medical leave. They are also asking for another amendment to remove the power to initiate a medical examination of a president or a governor from the federal and state executive councils, respectively. The statement was signed on behalf of the group by Alhaji Tanko Yunus
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC), Abia office, says it has arrested four men in Aba for allegedly revalidating beverages. Mr Olisa Okeke, the Abia Coordinator of NAFDAC, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that the arrested men relabelled the beverages with new expiry dates. Okeke said a joint team from Lagos and Abia offices led by Mr Emeka Onwuasonya arrested the men at Eziukwu market on Monday. The coordinator said that the suspects were caught revalidating drinks in cans and dairy products at the time of the arrests. He said that the men had been moved to Lagos for further investigation and prosecution. Okeke said it was unfair for people to fake or revalidate products,...
This summer, scientists in California are releasing 20 million mosquitoes in an effort to shrink the population of mosquitoes that can carry diseases. It sounds counter-intuitive. But the plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won’t hatch, researchers say. The project is called Debug Fresno and is being undertaken by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s holding company. It’s the company’s first field study involving sterile mosquitoes in the U.S. Scientists say the goal is to cut the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the species responsible for spreading Zika, dengue and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti have been present in California’s Central Valley since 2013 and have been a probl
With more people all over the world embracing plastic surgery, scientists have cautioned those seeking the services to beware of the health impact associated with certain cosmetic procedures. Going by the findings of a new study conducted in South Korea, people have gone blind from using injectable dermal fillers, which are gel-like substances used to carry out cosmetic surgery. The study, which was published in the ‘Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’, examined patients who suffered vision loss after being injected with those fillers. Typical fillers include hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, and other substances, according to the researchers. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which issued the warning, stated that injectable dermal fillers are “gel-lik
Pharmacists in the country under the aegis of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria(ACPN), have raised the alarm over what they described as high level of drug abuse in the country which they say was responsible for the increase in liver and kidney diseases affecting many Nigerians nowadays. Hence, they want the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria ( PCN) , to urgently overhaul the drug distribution system through proper drug regulation as the high level of drug abuse in Nigeria was no longer acceptable. The pharmacists made the call during a road show organised in Lagos by ACPN to sensitize members of the public on the dangers of buying drugs from commercial bus hawkers and open drug markets – all illeg
Private dentists in the country have expressed their displeasure with the rating of dental care as secondary in the National Health Insurance Scheme. They made the complaints at the second annual general meeting of the Association of Private Dental Practitioners of Nigeria, held in Lagos. According to them, categorising dental care as a secondary service makes it less accessible to the public. President of the ASPDN, Dr. Ebere Nwauzor, explained that the health insurance scheme needed to be reviewed. She said, “The private dentist should be very accessible to the average man on the street. People see dental practice as expensive because they don’t have access to it. They don’t even know that they should go to a dentist and not general hospital when they have tooth ache. “We
Following the mind boggling seizure of two 40ft trucks of substandard drugs intercepted by the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, the Director of Investigations, National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Mr. Ejiofor Kingsley, has said that importers of fake and substance drugs into Nigeria will get life imprisonment once the National Assembly approves a bill by the agency seeking for such punishment. He disclosed this in a chat with Sunday Vanguard, during the inspection of the Customs warehouse at Ikeja, where the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba, handed over 1,442 cartons of drugs seized by his officers through intelligence network in Lagos. Kingsley also the Chairman of Taskforce on cou...