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
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that 100,000 children can be saved from death, if they imbibe the habit of washing of hands. Adewole said this at a hand washing demonstration event organised by Reckitt Benckiser, producers of Dettol, in Abuja. The event, which sought to teach 3,000 children how to wash their hands, was held in commemoration of the Global Hand Washing Day. The minister, who was represented by the National Coordinator Food Safety and Quality Programme, Mr. Fubara Chuku, also noted that constant washing of hands could be more effective than vaccines. Adewole disclosed that about 150,000 children die yearly as a result of diarrhoea and other related diseases. He said that over 2,000 school children drawn from seven public and private school...
The University of Lagos is to screen its newly-admitted students for hard drugs, an official said on Wednesday in Lagos. The university’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, warned that the university would not hesitate to withdraw admission of new students who would test positive to hard drugs. Oloyede spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). According to her, the screening is to ensure a drug-free academic community as well as promote peaceful co-existence. She said that all newly-admitted students would undergo the screening before registration. “This test is compulsory and will be administered on new students before they are allowed to go ahead with registration. “Admission of any newly-admitted students who test positive to d
Professor of Sociology at the University of Lagos, Prof. Fatai Badru, has disclosed that not less than five cases of domestic violence were being reported daily in Lagos. Badru who spoke at a symposium organised by Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) to commemorate the 2018 Domestic and Sexual Violence Month in Lagos, said recent doctoral studies showed that domestic violence was more prevalent in the urban areas than the rural areas. “According to the DSVRT statistics, there has been an increase in domestic violence daily in Lagos. At least, a minimum of five incidences of domestic violence are reported daily.” The sociologist attributed the high level of domestic violence in urban areas to psychological factors and stressful living conditions. “People with disabilities a
Hauwa was only 24 when she was murdered. Saifura was killed on her 25th birthday. Both were midwives in northern Nigeria, an area of great need. They were courageous, compassionate and dedicated to helping others. This is a glimpse of what their families loved about them. Hauwa was full of life. She loved people. She was dynamic and sociable. She was loved. Hauwa studied hard to become a midwife while she was still young. This was her first major job after graduating. On Saifura's Death Everyone relied on Saifura. She took great joy in making other people happy. As a child she loved school and excelled academically. She was her mother's closest friend. She herself was a mother of two young children. No words are strong enough to describe the brutality and senseless...
Could midwives be the solution to curbing South Africa’s dismal maternal mortality rate,currently among the highest in the world? The rheumatologist and health economist Dr.Brian Ruff seems to think so. He is the CEO of South African private healthcare management company PPO Serve. In order to make births safer and cheaper for women in the lower-middle class who lack health insurance and are often unable to afford high quality private-sector deliveries, his company created in June 2017 The Birthing Team, an initiative based on midwifery. In South Africa, about 134 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 children who are born. Although this death rate has dropped by almost a third in public hospitals in recent years, according to research published by the peer-reviewed South
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), FCT Command, said on Tuesday that it arrested 147 suspected drug dealers and seized various consignment of drugs. Mrs Chinyere Obijuru, Commander, NDLEA FCT Command, told newsmen in Abuja that the command in its sting operation that commenced on September 1, also seized fake 100 dollar bills amounting to One Million, nine hundred thousand dollars. Obiajulu said that the crackdown on drug peddlers became necessary in view of its menace and because of the close relationship between drugs and criminal activities. She added that the raid on drug black spots was a joint operation with other sister agencies like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Department of State Security (DSS). “The special operati
For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth. Published Tuesday in Nature Medicine, research from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, United States (U.S.), offers proof-of-concept for prenatal use of a sophisticated, low-toxicity tool that efficiently edits DNA building blocks in disease-causing genes. Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, the team reduced cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in utero by targeting a gene that regulates those levels. They also used prenatal gene editing to improve liver function and prev
The Federal Government yesterday expressed shock over the killing of another aid worker by Boko Haram abductors. The Islamists made good their threat by killing Hauwa Leman, who worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The organisatio on Sunday raised the alarm that the Boko Haram faction had threatened to kill the two aid workers in their custody within 24 hours. The Geneva-based ICRC, which often works behind the scenes for humanitarian goals in war zones, identified the kidnappers as members of ISWA – Islamic State’s offshoot in West Africa. “Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another healthcare worker is less than 24 hours away,” the ICRC said. Medical workers Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha were working in t
Dr Zumnan Gimba, a consultant in the University Teaching Hospital Jos (JUTH) on Tuesday said abuse of painkiller, strong antibiotics and self medication could cause kidney failure. Gimba, a Nephrologist made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos. Nephrology is a branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of diseases of the kidneys. He said that indiscriminate intake of drugs such as painkillers and strong antibiotics could damage the kidney and eventually lead to kidney failure. He warned people who indulged in such act to desist from it, adding that such abuses were highly detrimental to health. According to him, if diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are not properly managed, it can also lead to the damage of kidney. “People w
The Chief of Party, Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Dr David Atamewalen has called on parents and teachers to join hands with other stakeholders to curb diarrhoea among children under the age of 5. Making the call at the grand finale of SDI youngster’s football competition tagged: “Kick Diarrhea Out of Lagos” organized by Save the Children, Atamewalen described diarrhoea as a ‘killer disease’’ that must be stopped. He explained that the event was all about trying to demonstrate the efficacy of the 7-point plan against diarrhoea prevention and control recommended by the World Health Organization, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. He said the 7-point plan includes exclusive breastfeeding, Rostra virus immunization, ORS and Zinc, and Access to water and sani