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Cleft Lips: 100 Nigerian to Get Free Reconstructive Surgeries

Cleft Lips: 100 Nigerian to Get Free Reconstructive Surgeries

Children's Health, NEWS
About 100 Nigerian children with cleft lips and palate congenital deformity will over the next 12 months get free medical correction surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja. Charles Ononiwu, a consultant facial surgeon and Coordinator of the national Hospital Cleft Care Team announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, as part of the 2017 Cleft Week. He said the hospital will be performing the free reconstruction surgeries for the children in collaboration with the Smile Train International, an NGO that funds cleft reconstruction surgeries. Cleft palate is a condition where human lips are not properly formed as a result of which the lips as well as the roof of their mouth are unable to close. Sufferers develop such conditions from the womb, but the developmental problem can...
UCH Upgrades Facilities, Services to Meet Best Standards

UCH Upgrades Facilities, Services to Meet Best Standards

NEWS
To celebrate its 60 years of existence in healthcare, the University College of Medicine (UCH), Ibadan has upgraded its facilities and expanded its services to foster quality healthcare delivery in the country. Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, told journalists on Monday that the 1000-bed hospital established in 1957, have recorded many milestones in healthcare delivery, in areas such as neurosurgery, with about 80 percent neurosurgeons trained in the hospital, frenotomy, pediatric (child) intensive unit, High Dependency Unit (HDU), geriatric (old people) care among others, as well as expanded its services to curb medical tourism. Frenotomy is the release of a tight or short lingual frenulum to relieve oral-motor dysfunction According to Alonge, the hospital is...
Strange Illness Kills 3 in Sokoto

Strange Illness Kills 3 in Sokoto

NEWS
The Sokoto State government has confirmed three deaths, including two students, following a strange illness that occurred in two neighbouring houses at Mabera in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a mechanic and father of five, one Malam Abdullahi Lawal, 58, died as a result of severe headache, convulsion and bleeding from the eye on Nov. 11. NAN reports that two students, who were neighbours to the deceased, Bello Aminu, 15, and Nasiru Kamba, 14 also died after at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto on Monday after exhibiting similar symptoms. Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Deputy Director Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abbas Aliyu, confirmed the three deaths noting that preliminary investigation conducted by some do...
Buhari has Redressed Previous Lapses with NAFDAC DG’s Appointment – PSN

Buhari has Redressed Previous Lapses with NAFDAC DG’s Appointment – PSN

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of substantive Director-General/CEO of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Buhari had approved the appointment of Prof. (Mrs.) Moji Christianah Adeyeye, a Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Product Development and Evaluation at the College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois. President of PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday said the appointment “is also in the spirit of repeated assurances by the Federal Government in the light of the demands of the PSN that previous lapses in the appointment of the Director General of NAFDAC be redressed once and for all”.  “Today registered Pharmacists under t
HIV/AIDS: Nigerians to Get Tools to Do Self-test At Home – Minister

HIV/AIDS: Nigerians to Get Tools to Do Self-test At Home – Minister

NEWS
Nigerians will soon have more access to HIV self-test kits, which will allow them know their HIV status from the comfort of their homes, the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister said this while receiving the Amethyst HIV 1 and 2 self-test kits, and 10 ‘Anti-body based HIV rapid Test Kits 2016 evaluation reports’ at the ministry of health secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday. The minister said the government is trying to encourage more people to get tested and know their HIV status so as to reduce the prevalence rate in the country. The report he received is the laboratory performance evaluation of the HIV rapid test kits. Mr. Adewole said it is important to get as much people as possible tested and to know their status as HIV is no longer a death sentence, since there w
UCH Shuts as Security Men, Cleaners Protest Over 11-Month Unpaid Salaries

UCH Shuts as Security Men, Cleaners Protest Over 11-Month Unpaid Salaries

NEWS
Patients, doctors, nurses and other staff of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Monday morning were stranded for several hours when security men and cleaners working in the hospital locked the gates to the premises of the hospital to protest non-payment of their 11-month salaries. The protesting workers blocked all entrances of the hospital during the action that lasted for over two hours Monday morning. This made patients, their relatives and other staff of the hospital to experience difficulty in gaining entry into the hospital premises. The development also led to heavy traffic at both ends of the hospital as a result of the build up of vehicles at the gates. Our correspondent learnt that both roads became impassable with hundreds of other road users, including w...
Drug Abuse: NDLEA Seals 3 Patient Medicine Stores, Arrest 108 in Katsina

Drug Abuse: NDLEA Seals 3 Patient Medicine Stores, Arrest 108 in Katsina

NEWS
Katsina State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, sealed off three patient medicine stores as part of effort to reduce drug trafficking and abuse in the state. The State Commander of NDLEA, Maryam Sani, who disclosed this while at a briefing on it activities within the last three months, also said the agency has arrested about 108 suspects and seized 101.71kg of illicit drugs. Sani said of the 108 suspects arrested, four were females, while 11 were students of tertiary institutions and secondary schools, with three of them underage. She said: “During the period under review, 53.5521kgs of cannabis sativa was seized, 48.159kgs of psychotropic substances (Diazepam, Exol and Tramadol) were also seized, while 49.7 litres of cough syrup with codeine (tran
Eating Too Fast Leads to Weight Gain

Eating Too Fast Leads to Weight Gain

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
*Gene prompts cells to store fat, fueling obesity Eating too fast may be bad for both your heart and your figure.Eating too quickly may add an extra size to your waistline, as well as raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, according to new research. The results of a new study — recently presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, held in Anaheim, CA — suggest that gobbling down your food may seriously harm your cardiometabolic health. Dr. Takayuki Yamaji — a cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan — is the lead author of the study, which examined more than 1,000 participants over a period of five years. The study focused on the relationship between eating speed and the incidence of metabolic syndrome, which is the collective name given
Are Mental Health Issues On The Rise In Nigeria?

Are Mental Health Issues On The Rise In Nigeria?

NEWS
In Nigeria, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of our population is believed to suffer from mental health related disorders. In a recent report, it was revealed that about seven million Nigerians are currently suffering from mental health problems associated with stress and depression. This is a very significant number considering that Nigeria has an estimated population of about 180 million. Also, Nigerians have been shaken in recent months by news of tragedies caused by individuals suffering from unrelated mental illnesses. Mental health related issues are not uncommon, and the global burden of mental health disorders is projected to reach 15% by the year 2020. By this time, it is estimated that common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse-related disorders, will ...
Wearing Of Necktie – Health Implications To Watch Out For

Wearing Of Necktie – Health Implications To Watch Out For

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Fashion can be fun, but it can also take a toll on you. Everyone wants to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Wearing a necktie has been a long time fashion statement, and it’s still very much with us today. You can buy neckties and wear them for any occasion, and as often as you wish, but experts have cautioned that this fashion trend if wrongly applied may increase your risk of breathing problems, infections, and even body misalignment. If you work around machinery, there is a real risk of getting a tie caught in gears or other parts of machinery which can lead to tragic events. In other cases, it is not so much the tie itself but rather how it is tied or even the degree of tightness. In most corporate establishments in Nigeria today, you will find members of both sexes wearing all
Anti-Cancer Effect Also Derivable From Parasitic Infection Drug

Anti-Cancer Effect Also Derivable From Parasitic Infection Drug

NEWS
Generally speaking, a parasite is an organism that dwells in or on another host organism (animal or plant) and draws its sustenance from the host without benefitting or killing the host. A typical example is the gastrointestinal parasites; they are organisms that live inside the gastrointestinal tract of an individual. According to a body of professional nurses, Honour Society of Nursing (STTI), “Parasitic infections are usually treated with drugs that kill the parasites and help eliminate them from the body. These drugs may be used alone or in combination with other medications. In some cases, surgery is also required to remove growths caused by the parasites.” In a recent research however, scientists are looking at a very interesting outcome from the use of a medication that treats par
Lab Scientists Decry Influx of Substandard Equipment, Reagents into Nigeria

Lab Scientists Decry Influx of Substandard Equipment, Reagents into Nigeria

NEWS
Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria have decried the porous nature of Nigerian borders, saying it is aiding the influx of substandard equipment and regents into the country.  This was disclosed at opening of the annual scientific conference and workshop of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) held in Kaduna. The President of the association, Alhaji Toyosi Raheem expressed worry over substandard equipment and reagents in the country; calling on the Federal Government to support the In Vitro diagnostic laboratory established under the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria to check the quality of laboratory diagnoses that are coming into the country. He lamented the inter-professional rivalry between the pathologists and medical lab scienti
Gov. Ahmed Signs Health Insurance Bill Into Law with N200m Support

Gov. Ahmed Signs Health Insurance Bill Into Law with N200m Support

NEWS
Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has signed the State Health Insurance Agency Bill into law with a promise to support it with an initial N200million. Speaking during the signing ceremony at Government House, Ilorin, on Tuesday, Ahmed said the agency will operate with contributions from other sectors like the consolidated funds, grants from donors and other agencies. The governor said the State Health Insurance Agency is part of the government’s commitment to Human Capital Development, adding that it has quality healthcare service and functional education as its main components. “The Agency is saddled with provision of qualitative, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery for all the people of the state. “Apart from the N200million grant from the State Government, the scheme
Nigerian Hospital Makes History, Begins Full Spectrum of Heart Treatments

Nigerian Hospital Makes History, Begins Full Spectrum of Heart Treatments

NEWS
Nigeria is on the verge of becoming a medical tourism destination of choice for all kinds of cardiovascular treatment if the effort by Nigerian Cardiology specialists at the First Cardiology Consultant Hospital Lagos is anything to go by. The hospital is being promoted by some returning Nigerian medical consultants in the Diaspora.  It is no longer news that many Nigerians spend a fortune to obtain treatment for heart and other ailments from overseas. This is because heart ailments have been adjudged illnesses that impoverish the rich and make the poor destitute. Unfortunately, some of these helpless Nigerians even pay with their lives in the process. Worse still, apparently due to stressful situations which Nigerians are made to go through on daily basis, findings show that more Nig
LASUTH Records 74 Live Births Through Assisted Reproductive Technology – Official

LASUTH Records 74 Live Births Through Assisted Reproductive Technology – Official

NEWS
A total of 74 live births took place through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, in the past six years. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, Chairman, LASUTH Institute of Fertility Medicine, IFM, told journalists on Tuesday in Lagos that the live births were conducted in collaboration with the Bridge Fertility Clinic. “The first live birth was a set of twins that were delivered on December 26, 2011 and since then we have had 74 and the number keeps going up,” Mr. Fabamwo, a professor said. According to him, IFM came into being in August 2011 following a Memorandum of Understanding between LASUTH and Bridge Clinic. He said: “The idea is that, Bridge Clinic is to partner with the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, LASUTH, over a p