As the world marks the 2018 World Oral Health Day, Dr Seye Logede, Vice-Chairman, Dental Association of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter, says the general attitude of Nigerians to oral health has significantly improved unlike in times past. Logede who is a Principal Dental Officer in the Oral Diagnosis Unit of the National Hospital, Abuja, told our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja that the use of social media contributed to the success recorded. He said that poor dental health could affect a person’s general health and well-being as the mouth is the gateway to the body. According to him, contrary to what people think, there is nothing happening in the body that does not have symptoms or indications in the mouth. The dentist explained that poor oral hygiene could also affect the psychologic
The Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, has said that the state government was able to check the spread of the Lassa Fever Disease by embarking on massive surveillance, intensive enlightenment campaign and rapid response initiatives, among others. The Commissioner, in a meeting with journalists in Lagos, said that initiatives, such as the School Feeding Programme, Save One Million Lives Initiative, Mama Kit, distribution of safety mosquito nets and empowerment of surveillance of Officers, helped to keep the disease in check. He said, “Osun has been fortunate enough to keep the challenge of Lassa fever in check. The mandate from the governor is that we must be preventive and not just curative. We have our surveillance officers all over the state. If there is any sus
The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ahmed Yakasai, on Tuesday said that about 70 per cent of drugs used in Nigeria are imported. Speaking during a briefing held in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital,Yakasai also said that between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of the total quantity of drugs are manufactured locally in the country. The PSN boss described the development as sad, adding that 70 per cent locally manufactured and 30 per cent imported drugs had been targeted. He said that fake and sub-standard products, as well as drug abuse, were dangerous for the economy and security of the nation. He stated that herbal drugs could be good for the nation’s healthcare system. Yakassi said, “We know what is happening, as par herbal drugs. When I visited Ghana, I found that he
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a trailer loaded with 24,000 bottles of cough syrups containing codeine in Funtua local government area of Katsina State. The NDLEA State Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Gambo Sani disclosed this during a press briefing to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina. She said that six persons were arrested in connection with the drug cargo. According to her, those arrested were the driver of the vehicle, his assistant and two conductors. Sani said other people arrested were the manager of SUNGLOW EQUITY NIG LTD who is suspected to be owner of the drugs and the salesman of the company. State governments north of Nigeria are generally suspicious of cough syrups containing codeine, as people buy abuse the codeine content, a kind of opiate like co...
Chlamydia could double a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, a major report has found. The study, which will be presented next month at a conference for the American Association for Cancer Research, is the first to show such dire complications associated with the most common sexually-transmitted disease (STD). In recent years, health officials have made huge gains in trying to control infections of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), another STD known to increase ovarian cancer risk. However, they warn this new paper shows HPV did not affect risk as much as chlamydia – and the risk appeared to rise among anyone who had ever got the infection, regardless of how long they have had it for. The study analyzing more than 1,000 women in the US and Poland could not determine whether treati
In order to eradicate quackery in the medical profession, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says doctors will commence full usage of doctors’ stamp with effect from April 1. The President of the association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja. Ogirima frowned at the rate of quackery in medical profession, which had increased disease burden and mortality rate. He said the identified stamp would contain security features that would differentiate professionals from quacks. He explained that some security features embedded on the stamp include full name of the doctor, the institution he qualified from and the year. The president added that any doctor that does not possess or have the stamp latest April 1 would
The Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari as UNAIDS Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Promotion of Treatment for Children living with HIV in Nigeria. Mr Charles-Martin Jjuuko, Communications and Global Outreach Officer, UNAIDS Nigeria made this known on Saturday in Abuja. According to him, Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Michel Sidibé, is to issue the official appointment to Aisha Buhari on Monday, March 19 in Abuja. He said the appointment of the Wife of the President was in recognition of her passion in the advocacy for the rights of vulnerable women and girls in the country. Jjuuko, however, noted that in her new role, Aisha Buhari will advoca
Wife of the President of the Senate, Toyin Saraki, has been named as special adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO). The Media Office of Toyin Saraki, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the appointment was made earlier this month by WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. “This move is intended to bring Mrs Saraki’s considerable frontline experience to bear on WHO’s strategy and policy.” Toyin Ojora-Saraki had since accepted the appointment based on the Advisory Group’s focus on women and children’s health and in view of her role as a global champion for Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC). “I welcome the Advisory Group meeting’s focus on the health of women, children and adolesce
The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has suspended its 72-day old strike. The suspension according to NMA was as a mark of honour to the NMA National President, Prof Mike Ogirima following his plea to the Congress to suspend the strike to enable further negotiation with the Kogi State Government. Recall that, doctors in Kogi state have been on strike since 7th January, 2018 over failure of the state government to pay doctors some of their outstanding salaries, promotion of its members, failure of the government to implement Revised CONMESS and retirement of Senior doctors yet to attain the statutory age or year of retirement. Speaking after the Emergency Congress meeting of the Association that was held in Lokoja on Monday, the State NMA Chairman Dr Tijani...
A final year student of the Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Fatimah Abu, is in a critical condition at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Gwange, after she was reportedly robbed, raped and bathed with chemicals by suspected robbers. Journalists learnt that the 24-year-old had boarded a tricycle at her school’s park on Friday en route to her residence when she was abducted by the men. The two robbers allegedly took turns to rape her in a bush and poured chemicals on her body. The chemicals reportedly caused blisters and burns on different parts of her skin. Our correspondent learnt that the victim’s purse, containing her phone and some money, was taken away by the suspects, who dumped her by the roadside. The victim, upon regaini
Gombe State Government has earmarked N20 million to procure child-spacing kits in the state. Gov. Dankwambo Malam Alhasan Yaya, Chairman, Gombe State Working Group on Child Spacing, a group of professionals in diverse field advocating for child-spacing in the state, disclosed this in Gombe on Monday. Yaya said the money would be used to purchase essential kits for family planning and distribute to hospitals across the state. He commended the government for creating a budget line for child spacing in 2018, adding that it was the first time in the history of the state. Yaya said subscribing to child spacing would avert over 30 per cent death rate among women during and after birth. He said the benefits of child spacing could not be over emphasised and appealed to men, who had becom
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has commissioned Community Health Care Centreat the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre and Referral Hospital, Saye- Zaria, Kaduna State. The facility was initially designed to provide training and medical services to TB, TB/HIV, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer patients across the country. The latest development enables commencement of provision of basic health care services to the community and its environs. Speaking during the commissioning, Ehanire said its creation was in line with the administration’s commitment to provide healthcare services to all Nigerians. “Today’s event is a milestone in government plan to upgrade the health system and make healthcare accessible to Nigerians, at least one fully functional
There was pandemonium around Abeokuta Street in the heart of Kaduna city yesterday as unknown gunmen shot and killed a patent medicine vendor, Alhaji Tajudeen Adegbite. It was gathered that the perpetrators stormed the deceased patent medicine store at about 8:30p.m. on Sunday where they took their time to take snacks and soft drinks while monitoring movement of their target. While this was going on, the shop owner was preparing to close for the day. According to an eyewitness, the late Adegbite was shot at close range but he did not die until yesterday. “He was shot at close range and died today (Monday),” he said. The witness added that the gunmen moved into the shop and invited the late Tajjudeen Adegbite outside, where he was shot on his right foot, he cried for help and they
In an effort to prevent further outbreak of Lassa fever, Ebonyi Government is to begin intensive campaigns against rat consumption in rural areas where inhabitants erroneously believe rats have high nutritional value. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Donatus Njoku, told the News Agency of Nigeriaon Monday in Abakaliki that the government would explore all avenues to dissuade the citizens from consuming rats. NAN reports that Lassa fever outbreak in the state in January resulted in four deaths. Njoku said: “Rats are the primary vectors of the disease, and we are vigorously carrying out enlightenment through mass media, workshops, seminars and various ministries’ communication channels. “We will collaborate with traditional rulers and other opinion leaders at the grassroots
Latest update on Lassa fever outbreak in the country showed that the disease has in one week killed five more people with 11 new confirmed and 109 fresh suspected cases. With last Monday’s 114 deaths, 1,386 suspected and 365 confirmed cases, this means the dead has risen to 119, figures for confirmed and suspected cases to 376 and 1,495 respectively. The latest update also showed that the disease has become more fatal with the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) increasing from 24 per cent to 24.7 per cent.According to the Lassa fever outbreak update released yesterday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), “in the reporting Week 11 (March 12-18, 2018) nine new confirmed cases were recorded from four states: Edo (two), Ondo (two), Bauchi (one), and Taraba (four) with three new deaths