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Stakeholders Recommend Emergency Contraceptives For Rape Victims, Young Women

Stakeholders Recommend Emergency Contraceptives For Rape Victims, Young Women

NEWS
As part of efforts to curtail the surge of unplanned pregnancy especially among young women in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), has called for the use of levonorgestrel as emergency contraceptive.  Director, Reproductive Health, ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi, who made this known at the Dissemination Meeting on ‘levonorgestrel’ Emergency Contraceptive Pills (LNG-ECPs) Training Manuals in Abuja, described emergency contraceptive, as a broad range of method mix in family planning. According to him, “the particular emergency contraceptive that we are working on in collaboration with ARFH is levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill. We consider it an important part in family planning pr
Over Population: Lagosians Urged To Embrace Family Planning

Over Population: Lagosians Urged To Embrace Family Planning

NEWS
With Lagos state being the most populous state in the whole of West Africa, the state government has called on residents to embrace Family Planning (FP) to reduce the population. The director, family planning and nutrition, Lagos state ministry of health, Dr. Folashade Oludara, who made this call at a three-day advocacy training workshop organised by Pathfinder International said the state is so peculiar when compared with other state of the federation due to the fact that it is accommodating.  Oludara said, “This is the state with the smallest landmarks and has almost 70 per cent of its terrain as riverine and hard to reach and it is the most populous state in the whole West Africa, if not in the whole of Africa. People within Nigeria and outside the country troop in. “Even if go
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Cautions FG Against Moving Drug Matters To Concurrent List

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Cautions FG Against Moving Drug Matters To Concurrent List

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned the Federal Government on the dangers of planned move of drug matters from the exclusive list to the concurrent list and failure to meet the demands of health workers by February 29. The pharmacists, in a communiqué issued after its first national council meeting held at the weekend in Lagos, warned that an attempt to place drug matters on concurrent list will only seriously amplify the dimensions of the fake drug syndrome, drug misuse and abuse, as well as other major aberrations in drug distribution endeavours. They expressed anxiety at the level of restiveness of health workers, which has led the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) to give the Federal Government anoth
Reps Pass Bill to Amend Orthopedic Hospital Board Act

Reps Pass Bill to Amend Orthopedic Hospital Board Act

NEWS
The House of Representatives yesterday passed amendment of the Orthopedic Hospital Management  Board Act through Second reading. The bill which seeks to amend sections 1(1), 2(4), 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 12(1), 13(1), 14(3) and 15, as well as the first schedule of the Principal Act and, change the date of the submission of annual estimates to the Minister and increase some penalties. Leading the debate, sponsor of the bill, Hon. Betty Apiafi noted that the Principal Act empowers the Board to prepare and submit budget estimates to the Minster, not later than the 31st day of October of each financial year. “Such estimates shall be submitted by the Minister for approval by the President . However, going by law, the time stated in Section 10(1) of the Principal Act to submit annual estimates by
447 Foreign Trained Doctors Fail Assessment Test

447 Foreign Trained Doctors Fail Assessment Test

NEWS
No fewer than 447 of the 686 foreign trained doctors who wrote the assessment test of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) failed. The Federal Government decried the poor performance of the foreign trained medical and dental graduates as only 249 were successful in the examination conducted in November 2017.  Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of the 243 successful medical doctors and six dental graduates that participated at the remedial course and assessment. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the examination was conducted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Nov. 2017. It is aimed at ensuring that the standard of training obtained abroad by candidates measured up to the standard of trainin
FG Frowns at Mass Failure of Foreign Trained Medical Graduates

FG Frowns at Mass Failure of Foreign Trained Medical Graduates

NEWS
The Federal Government has decried the poor performance of foreign trained medical and dental graduates at the assessment of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of 243 successful medical doctors and six dental graduates that participated at the remedial course and assessment. The examination was conducted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Nov. 2017. It is aimed at ensuring that the standard of training obtained abroad by candidates measured up to the standard of training in Nigeria. It is also geared toward ensuring the overall health and well-being of Nigerians and other people living in the country. Adewole represented by the Permanent Secretary of the min...
Drug Discovered in Soil kills MRSA Superbug, Could Help Stem Antibiotic-Resistance Crisis

Drug Discovered in Soil kills MRSA Superbug, Could Help Stem Antibiotic-Resistance Crisis

NEWS
For the first time in 30 years, a new type of antibiotic has been unearthed, buried in dirt. Experiments suggest the antibiotic family, known as malacidins, can kill several ‘superbugs’, including the notoriously difficult-to-treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The antibiotics’ unique approach to killing pathogens targets bacteria’s cell walls, which did not cause drug resistance in the laboratory, a US study found. When tested on MRSA skin infections in rats, the rodents experienced no side effects, giving the researchers hope they may have discovered a non-toxic alternative to current antibiotics. The findings were published in the journal Nature Microbiology. Experts have previously warned antibiotic resistance poses ‘as big a risk as terrorism’ and co
Road Safety Officials Donate Blood To Accident Victims In Osun

Road Safety Officials Donate Blood To Accident Victims In Osun

NEWS
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Officers, Ilesa Unit, has donated blood to improve health delivery schemes as well as to save accident victims. Speaking at the occasion, Mr Samuel Oyedeji, the Ilesa Unit Commander Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said on Wednesday, that the blood donation programme was organised to mark 30th Anniversary of FRSC worldwide He said that the gesture was to contribute to improve the health delivery system and reduce death rate occasioned by the shortage of blood to accident victims in hospitals. According to him, in 2017, about 149 accident victims were injured in road traffic crash, in which 31 died on the spot, living 59 injured, who later gave up the ghost in the hospitals. “We are committed to saving lives and properties, this move
Government Seals 62 Health Facilities for Various Offences

Government Seals 62 Health Facilities for Various Offences

NEWS
The Oyo State government says in its battle to sanitise private health facilities and curb medical quackery, it has sealed 62 hospitals and medical laboratories for various offences in the past one year. Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, made the disclosure after Oyo State Taskforce on Private Medical Practice sealed seven private health facilities in Sepeteri and Saki and reopened one in Iseyin, all in Oke Ogun area of the state. The reopened hospital’s medical laboratory section, however, remains closed. All the sealed hospitals were not registered. One of the sealed hospitals in Sepeteri was being run by a patent medicine vendor, according to the commissioner. Operators of one of the unregistered and nameless hospitals were said to have booked in a woman that had und
Lassa Fever Kills Two Pregnant Women, One Other in Benue

Lassa Fever Kills Two Pregnant Women, One Other in Benue

NEWS
Lassa fever has claimed two pregnant women and a man in Makurdi, Benue State. The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecilia Ojabo disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi on Thurdsay. She said one of the pregnant women was confirmed positive when her blood sample was sent to a specialist hospital in Irua in Edo State, while the other died on her way to the hospital after testing positive for Lassa fever at Federal medical center Makurdi. “The first pregnant patient commenced treatment for Lassa fever at the designated centre located at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi but died in the process,” she said. She also confirmed that a second pregnant woman died on Thursday morning after showing symptoms of the disease. “Just this morning, l got a report f
140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Nothemba Simelela, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, stated this while issuing new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth. The WHO official said the new guidelines aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Simelela said: “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. “However, the increasing medicalisation of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to g
WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

NEWS, Women's health
The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could be unnecessary. Since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical dilation per hour has been considered “abnormal”, said Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s department of reproductive health. When doctors and other care providers confront labour moving slower than that rate, “the tendency is to act”, either with a caesarean section or with the use of drugs like oxytocin that speed up labour, leading to the “increased medicalisation” of childbirth, he said. In new guidelines un
PAMO, Nigeria’s First Private Medical University Opens in Rivers

PAMO, Nigeria’s First Private Medical University Opens in Rivers

NEWS
As part of plans to address the high demand for admission into medical schools in Nigeria,PAMO University of Medical Sciences, described as the country’s first private medical university,was last weekend inaugurated in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The university, consisting of eight faculties, including Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Postgraduate Studies, among others, hopes to bring improvement in medical education and health services to the country. Speaking at the inauguration, the Pro-Chancellor of the university and a former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, said competent and disciplined intellectuals were already being assembled to tutor students of the school. He said the idea of t
How NHIS’ Usman Yusuf was Allegedly Found Guilty of Fraud, Misconducts by Probe Panel

How NHIS’ Usman Yusuf was Allegedly Found Guilty of Fraud, Misconducts by Probe Panel

NEWS
It appears the end is yet to be seen of the on-going case of the embattled NHIS Executive Secretary, recently recalled from suspension by the President Mohammadu Buhari . Although the Presidency or the Ministry of Health is yet to make the report of the committee public. Below is the report: 12- Point Allegations Mr. Yusuf ran into trouble after a petition by a group to the Presidency and Federal Ministry of Health raised 12 allegations of misdeed and fraudulent practice against him. The allegations ranged from misappropriation of funds, nepotism, misconduct, flagrant disregard for  superior authority and use of inappropriate words on a senior officer. Specifically, the ES was accused of mismanaging N860 million budgeted by the agency for training in 2016, flagrant disrespec
Mosquito Bites Leave Man with 12kg Elephantiasis

Mosquito Bites Leave Man with 12kg Elephantiasis

NEWS
A man took his first steps in two years this week after surgeons removed an enormous mass from his leg. Saidalavi, 46, was diagnosed with elephantiasis as a teenager after he caught the infection from parasitic worms spread by a mosquito bite. He had been bedridden since 2016 with the massive lump on his thigh, but was forced to undergo an operation after it got infected. This week, one month after the operation, he stood for the first time while recovering at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India. The 46-year-old said: “I thank the doctors from the bottom of my heart for enabling me to lead a normal life. The 12.7kg growth after it was removed. “It is amazing feeling to stand on my own two feet without any support. “I had given up all hope and was even worr