The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, has been suspended, Journalist has learnt. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, approved the suspension on Thursday with immediate effect, multiple sources familiar with the development informed Journalist Thursday night. Mr. Yusuf, 54, took over the state-run health insurance provider on July 29, 2016. But his reign has been fraught with allegations of fraud. The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief. The lawmakers accused Mr. Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure of N292 million” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.” The NHIS chief has denied any wrongdoing. Reached
* Task Nigerians on eye test, early treatment President of the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), Dr. Damian Echendu has said that without a functional vision, people’s wellbeing, socio-economic and earning potential suffer. He called for concerted efforts in providing necessary support to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) target of reducing avoidable visual impairment by 25 per cent by the year 2019. Echendu said this yesterday in Benin City, Edo State at the NOA conference and 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the theme: “Better Eye Health-Responsibility of All.”He stressed that the time was ripe for the financial sector to develop and implement strategic funding plans for eye health and address the cost
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has urged African leaders to facilitate private sector investment in health to ensure improved healthcare delivery among adolescent girls on the continent. She made the appeal at the just concluded 19th General Assembly meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV AIDS (OAFLA) held at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa. A statement by her Director of Information, Mr. Suleiman Haruna, on Wednesday in Abuja said the theme of the event was, ”Building on 15 years of engagement to harness the demographic dividend of Africa through promoting the needs of adolescents and their access to youth-friendly health services”. Aisha said that due to the enormity of health challenges facing the continent, governments alone cou
Your body goes through numerous physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy. The way you nourish your body during this time will affect your health and your baby’s. You must eat a healthful, balanced diet to help ensure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. The food you eat is your baby’s main source of nourishment, so it’s critical to consume foods that are rich in nutrients. Proper nutrition can help promote your baby's growth and development. Your body can’t function properly if it’s missing the nutrients from any of these food groups. Remember that your goal is to eat a wide variety of foods during pregnancy. Whenever possible, choose natural, low-fat foods over processed junk foods. Chips and soda, for example, contain no nutritional value. You and your baby will benefit m
Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat. "The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them," said Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at WHO. WHO reports widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics. Some countries – particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best – are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics. "These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhoea
Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid, is a medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Specific inflammatory conditions in which it is used include kawasaki disease, pericarditis, and rheumatic fever. If you look at the medication section of a pharmacy store or watch television commercials or indeed listen to radio commercials, you probably already know that aspirin use is very common. Aspirin is often hailed as a wonder drug, thanks to its ability to help ward off heart attacks and clot-caused strokes. But fewer than half of the people who could benefit from a daily low-dose aspirin take it, while many others take it when they shouldn't. If you are among millions of those who have self-prescribed this potent medication, without proper medical consultation, you should t...
Nigeria has adopted a new regimen that reduces the time required for the treatment of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis from 20 months to about nine months. According to a press statement, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday flagged off the regimen when he commissioned the first extensive drug-resistant Tuberculosis ward and fully-equipped MDR ward at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan, Oyo State. At the ceremony, Mr. Adewole called on all TB sufferers to present themselves for free treatment at any Federal government health facility nearest to them. “Formerly, when we treat people with drug-resistant TB, the drug regimen will last for as long as 20 months, and this is one of the challenges,” he said according to the statement from his ministry.
U.S. President Donald Trump offered help to a terminally ill-Baby Charle Gard in the United Kingdom in a Twitter post on Monday after his parents lost a legal battle to give him experimental therapy in the United States. The 10-month-old baby has been at the centre of a long legal battle between his parents, who wanted him to undergo an American therapy trial, and specialists at the hospital in London who said the treatment was experimental and would not help. “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” Trump said in a morning Twitter post. The baby, who will be 11 months old on Tuesday, suffers from a rare genetic disorder that has left him unable to move his arms, legs or to breathe unaided. He has a form of
Former Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has urged the Federal Government and its state counterparts to muster enough political will to discontinue the practice of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical treatment. The Medical Doctor-turned-politician said In Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday that the constant ‘’relocation’’ of Nigerians overseas for medical tourism is a sort of clear message to the various governments at all levels, because Nigeria has abundant medical practitioners, who are celebrated all over the world, but that the required infrastructures necessary for them to practice their trade in the country are lacking. Mimiko was the guest speaker at the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the International College of Surgeons, Nigeria Nat
The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPHWAN) has called on the Federal Government to take ownership of the response to HIV to avert looming crisis in the country. National Coordinator of the association, Victor Omosheyin made the call yesterday in Abuja during the 2017 Candlelight Memorial for those that have died of HIV. He said prompt release of 100 percent budget for AIDS control, prevention, and treatment for the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. Omosheyin added that it was the responsibility of the government and all groups engaged in providing such services to act within the purview of their individual mandate to ensure that People Living with HIV (PLHIV) access car
Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Folasade Alli, has raised the alarm that many Nigerians in their 30s are being diagnosed wth hypertension. Alli, who is the Chief Medical Director of Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic, spoke at a seminar organised by the hospital in Lagos. According to her, the death of most young Nigerians can be linked to heart-related challenges caused by undetected and unmanaged hypertension Alli said, “There have been instances of young Nigerians dying with heart-related diseases, and the number one cause on the list is the silent killer, hypertension. “In my earlier years of practice, high blood pressure was mostly an issue of the mature and old folk starting from 40, but now we see 28 to 35- year-old patients. “The first issue with the younger generat
Should he live to see his birthday, Charlie Gard will be one year old in one month's time. And if he does make it that far, what does the future hold for him and for his parents? Let us be frank. The outlook for all concerned is bleak. Charlie was born with a rare, inherited mitochondrial disease. One that leaches energy from his organs and muscles and has left him with little brain function. Unable to breathe without a ventilator, his tiny lungs will never work properly and his prognosis is not good. Throughout most of his short life, Charlie's future has been the subject of a legal battle that has gone all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. Last week, it rejected an appeal by his parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates that their critically-ill baby should be allowed to ...
Very often we hear or see people on prescription drugs. Who knows, maybe you are even on one or two! Sometimes you are told you have to be on the drug for life! But lots of research has been going on and some experts are beginning to raise issues about this. For instance, they ask: do these drugs really enable you become healthier? Should you really be on that prescription drug for life? In a lecture at the launch of an antihypertensive drug, Prof. Amam Mbakwem, Consultant Cardiologist at LUTH, and President of Nigeria Cardiac Society, stressed that nobody should be placed on an anti-hypertensive unless it is highly necessary. She stated that some patients can just be treated and counselled if their case is mild, and not be placed on regular medication. According to Mayo Clinic, nearly 7...
The Chief Medical Director, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka, Anambra State, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor, has said that the Lassa fever situation in the state has been blown out of proportion. According to him, the nursing student who died of complications of the disease had been transferred from the hospital two weeks before the incident. Ikeakor said, “Nobody died in this hospital contrary to media reports. Our health officers are well informed and educated in a matter like this. They are prepared from the outset on how to handle the cases. “So the idea of quarantining our medical officers because of the development does not arise. In the first place, no Lassa fever patient died here. “Immediately our health officers noticed that the person could be a Lassa fever patien
A parent's love is a powerful thing. It nurtures, guides, protects, forgives. It is unconditional. And it can sometimes save your life. Take a young boy by the name of Ashya King. His parents sparked an international manhunt three years ago when they took their son, then five, from Southampton General Hospital without his doctors' consent in a final bid to give him the pioneering treatment they hoped would cure his cancer. Where, I wonder, would he be today were it not for their courage, determination and unwavering love? For they defied the authorities and smuggled their son out of the country to Prague, prompting an international hue and cry. They were reviled as irrespon-sible and insane. But, as events proved, they were neither. While in Prague, Ashya successfully underw...