It starts with a warm, soapy soak and ends with a gentle massage to help boost circulation in your feet, which in turn promotes cell growth and organ function throughout the body. A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails; it is a popular practice all over the world, and especially among women. Getting a pedicure could be a little uncomfortable for most men. At the mere mention of pedicure most men will be so quick, and often to express something along the lines of “no way”, “never”. There is a general notion that men should spend less time ‘beautifying’ themselves. Many say pedicures are just not “manly”. “I might poke a bit of fun at a man who went into a spa for this kind of thing. Some are adopting practices that are traditionally female like waxing, pluck
Do you ever think about how your hands look when you are getting dressed each morning? Indeed, for years men have been excused for their lack of grooming in the nail department. While many women take to a bi-weekly manicure, the men often don’t bother taking a second glance at their nails. Nowadays, an otherwise attractive man is likely to “loose points” for poor grooming and fingernails. The hands attract a lot of attention. They are difficult to hide during daily activities in contrast to the face that can be masked with a hat. Just like you want your hair and skin to be healthy in the same way taking care of your nails is a crucial part of a neat and pulled together appearance. Some women actually make it a point to look at a man’s hands and nails. Many think long nails with
Malaria Consortium, an international non-governmental organisation in collaboration with the federal government yesterday launched a programme worth over N23 billion to reduce the burden of malaria in six states. The programme tagged Support to the National Malaria Programme in Nigeria (SUNMAP-2) is a DFID-funded bilateral programme. It’s the second phase of the UK aid funded Support to the National Malaria Programme in Nigeria (SUNMAP) delivered by Malaria Consortium from 2008 to 2016. The programme is expected to be implemented both at national level and in Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Yobe from December 2018 to September 2023. The post implementation studies and evaluation is planned to take place in September 2024. The Chief Executive Officer of Malaria
OVER the years, the failure of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, to fulfill its primary objective of providing the required health insurance coverage for all Nigerians has compounded the fortunes of those at the lowest rung of the economic ladder. A ray of hope that emerged through the approval of one per cent from the Consolidated Revenue Fund by the Federal government in the 2018 budget remains the key to the provision of basic health care for all Nigerians irrespective of their financial status. The move, essentially, was to enable the funding of projects, programmes and policies towards the goal of attainment of Universal Health Coverage, UHC, in Nigeria by 2025. The goal of the UHC, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, is to ensure that all people a...
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will no longer approve new registration for alcohol packaged in sachets. The Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known on Tuesday in Ibadan at an interactive session with stakeholders in food and drugs manufacturing. The NAFDAC boss said that alcohol packaged in sachets had greatly contributed to increasing drug and alcohol abuse in society. Adeyeye said that the agency would also phase out the use of pet bottles used in the packaging of alcohol to address the increasing spate of abuse in the country. She said: “The agency remains undaunted in its efforts to reduce the incidence of substandard and falsified products as well as the smuggling and abuse of various products”. Adeye
The Federal Government has launched the First report on National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The Survey would provide baseline information needed for the design and implementation of effective prevention, treatment and continuum of care services that are evidence based towards reducing the demand for drugs and preventing morbidity and mortality attributed to drug use in Nigeria. Speaking at the launch held in Abuja recently, the Minister of State, Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said that there were serious health issues that required that the drug demand reduction strategies with focus on evidence based drug use Prevention, Treatment and Continuum of care be strengthened. He explained that the report would provide an opportunity for findings from this survey t
Arguably, these days many children eat fast foods. Many children and families today have busy schedules. These make it hard to sit down to homemade meals every day. Many kids’ diets involve a lot of convenience and takeaway foods. But these foods can be unhealthy. Do you know that how your child eats today can have a huge impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood? Diet and nutrition are key factors in the health and growth of a child. Children require lots of nutrients to help their bodies develop all the necessary functions and tissues they need, and the quality (or lack thereof) of these nutrients can have a big impact on health. It is important to remember that your kids are not born with a craving for “French fries” and “pizza”. This conditioning happens ov
The practice of Ayurvedic medicine also known as Ayurveda is not a recent one, even though it has recently come into prominence again in various parts of the world. In fact, Ayurveda can be dated to over 5,000 years ago, with its origin in India. Ayurveda is referred to as more than just medicine. It is seen as a science of life as the name implies “Ayur” – life and “Veda”- science. Dr Deepak Chopra, co-founder of the Chopra Centre for Well Being and author of the book Quantum Healing asserts that Ayurveda “offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realising their full human potential”. There are two major principles guiding Ayurveda. The first is the belief that the mind and the body are inextricably connected. The second is the belief that no
President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday inaugurated the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) advanced cancer treatment centre in Lagos, with a pledge to ensure that facilities for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer are available to many more Nigerians. At the inauguration of the state-of-the-art centre in LUTH, Idi Araba, President Buhari announced that the model will be replicated across the country to bring quality, first-class healthcare services to cancer patients in Nigeria. ‘‘We are aware that up to 40 per cent of funds spent by Nigerians on medical tourism is attributable to patients seeking treatment for cancer. Despite having an increasing number of citizens suffering from cancer, we until
For many women, the hair is a crowning glory. Hence, there is a yearning for strong and healthy hair as they grow older. Research shows that the hair grows about 1.5cm per month and 15cm per year. However, the growth of your hair depends on factors like, genetics, age, health and diet. According to studies, you have no control over your genetics, age, and in some cases your health, but you do have control over your diet. So, below are some amazing foods that experts say can aid you in your quest for that beautiful hair. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a good source for beta-carotene which the body later converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A has been linked to good hair health. Vitamin A promotes the production of sebum, which helps to keep the hair healthy. It also speeds up the rat...
Worried about the scourge of fake drugs through the borders, West African Health Organisation, WAHO, has urged 15 West African countries to invest in drug manufacturing even as it disclosed that it is conducting a study across the region to determine the prevalence of fake drugs in each of the 15 countries. The Director-General of WAHO, Prof Stanley Okolo made the call in Lagos during the 5th Steering Committee Meeting of the West African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Initiative. According to him, Africa’s porous borders have become a serious challenge to most drug regulatory agencies in the region, stressing that having drugs manufactured within the countries and region would significantly check the menace of fake drugs as well as ensure easy monitoring and co
Professor Oluwatoyin Odeku, is the Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. In this interview with Pharmatimes Correspondent - GABRIEL IFINNWA, she identified lack of adequate research grant as the reason for the low rating of Nigerian universities. She also provides nuggets for young aspiring pharmacists who want to excel in their chosen careers. Can you give us a background about yourself? I am Oluwatoyin Odeku. I am a Professor of Pharmaceutics and Industrial pharmacy. I am also the Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. I was born in Kaduna State. I attended St. Michael’s Primary school in Kaduna state. I had my secondary school education at Government Girls Secondary school, Kachia, Kaduna state. Thereafter my parents moved to Ilorin, Kwara State. That was how
There is no doubt that the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) – founded in 1927 is one of the oldest and best organised professional bodies in Nigeria today. With membership strength of over fifteen thousand (15,000) pharmacists working towards the proper integration of pharmaceutical care, the takeoff of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG) is long overdue. The successful launch of the NDDG is a key item in the agenda of the New PSN President, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa. He is worried amongst other issues, about the clumsy manner and reckless attitude with which medicines have been handled - giving rise to the epidemics of drug abuse as well as drug faking and adulteration. To any pharma industry watcher who’s been familiar with the die-hard ‘seven points’ camp
Dr. Ogba Joseph Ukpabi has emerged as the World Champion in Cardiovascular Diseases (Cardiac Autonomy Neuropathy) at the World Academic Championship 2018, which was organised by the International Agency for Standards and Ratings. Dr. Ukpabi is now regarded as the ‘father of Modern Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Cardiovascular Disease’. His research paper on the topic earned him the award in the category amongst 5,313 nominations from 91 countries. An indigene of Item in Bende LGA of Abia State, Ukpabi bagged a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1986 from the University of Nigeria - Nsukka, and went on to do his post graduate at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. His working experience includes stints with General Hospital, Owerri; General
The report that there is fresh outbreak of Lassa fever should sound a note of warning to the Government and the people of Nigeria. As we have all learned, early action against any epidemic is absolutely critical to save lives. The virulence of Lassa fever is not in doubt. With over 50 deaths recorded in Ondo State as a result of Lassa fever outbreak, residents, as well as medical practitioners, are in panicky mood. It is worrisome that as at press time the epidemic disease has found its way into Plateau, Ebonyi, and most recently Edo state. The return of Lassa fever in the country, especially the pace of spread of the virus is a grim reminder that epidemics are a threat and that the only way to get this virus under control is through rapid response. It would be recalled that an outbr...