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Why women are at higher risk of STIs – Physician

Why women are at higher risk of STIs – Physician

NEWS, Women's health
A Physician, Dr David Bawa, says women are more prone to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) due to their anatomy. Bawa told our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja that women were more susceptible to infections due to the open structure of their genitals. “A woman’s anatomy alone makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections than a man. “Unlike the relatively thick skin of the male organ, a woman’s cervical is covered by a thin, more delicate mucous membrane that more easily allows viruses and bacteria to pass through and cause infection. “The vagina is also a warm and moist environment, an environment that could encourage bacteria to grow when they find their way in. “STIs are the second most common burden of diseases in tropical Africa, commonly found in women,’’ h
150,000 Nigerian Children Born with Sickle Cells Disease Annually – Don

150,000 Nigerian Children Born with Sickle Cells Disease Annually – Don

NEWS
Professor Aliyu Babadoko, Consultant Hematologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, said on Tuesday that 150,000 Nigeria children were born with sickle cells disease annually. Babadoko made the disclosure while presenting a paper during the World Sickle Day celebration at Kaduna State University (KADSSU) main campus in Kaduna. The don, at the programme jointly organised by Safiyya Sickle Cells Foundation, Sickle Cells Cohost Research (SCORE) and KADSSU, titled his paper: “Journey through the Most Common Genetic Blood Disorder”. The consultant described sickle cells disease as the most common genetic disease in the world. He said: “Worldwide 20 to 25 million people have sickle cells disease, while 12 to 15 million are in Sub Saharan Africa and 30
Drugs are Poison, Pharmacy Postgraduate College Warns

Drugs are Poison, Pharmacy Postgraduate College Warns

NEWS
The West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Kwara/Kogi zone, has warned against indiscriminate use of drugs, saying that they are poison. Dr Lolu Ojo, the former Chairman, National Drug Distribution Committee, gave this warning, on Tuesday, at a press conference, organised by the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists in Ilorin. According to him, drugs are poison and only confer benefits to the body when used in measured quantity for a measured period of time. He described drugs as ‘chemical substances which synthesize or semi-synthesizes’. According to him, drugs react in a biological and systematic way and change the pattern of behaviour of the system of the body. Ojo warned that when drugs were used for the purpose not intended for, then there might be
NHIS Executive Secretary in Fresh Trouble Over N25billion ‘Investment

NHIS Executive Secretary in Fresh Trouble Over N25billion ‘Investment

NEWS
Less than four months after his controversial reinstatement, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, is again in trouble over a N25 billion investment scam. The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the agency has accused Mr Yusuf of misleading it to act against the policy directive of government, by fraudulently obtaining its approval to invest the sum in securities. The council also said the Executive Secretary concluded the arrangement for the investment before seeking its approval, contrary to the laws governing the scheme, and ignored key conditions it attached to the approval. Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017, following allegations of gross misconduct. The minister then set up a panel to ...
Sickle Cell: How Genotype Disclosure Threaten Courtships, Marriages

Sickle Cell: How Genotype Disclosure Threaten Courtships, Marriages

NEWS
As the world marks World Sickle Cell Day, some residents of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), say non disclosure of genotype status is threatening courtship among young people. June 19 is designated by the United Nations to draw attention and create necessary awareness to problems posed by sickle cell disorder, inherited from the genotypic makeup of both parents. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) investigation reveals that some respondents, who termed the act as ‘genotype dishonesty’, said that it has become difficult for people to reveal their true genotype because of the fear of rejection. Some respondents, who are currently looking for potential life partners, decried the act, adding that it has made the search for a life partner more difficult. Ms Becky Chukwudalu, a businesswoman to
Marriage May Protect Against Heart Disease/Stroke and Associated Risk of Death

Marriage May Protect Against Heart Disease/Stroke and Associated Risk of Death

NEWS
Marriage may protect against the development of heart disease/stroke as well as influencing who is more likely to die of it, suggests a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the journal Heart. The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that marital status should be included as a risk factor for heart disease/stroke and likely survival in its own right. Most (80%) cardiovascular disease can be attributed to well known risk factors: age; sex; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; smoking; and diabetes. But it's not clear what influences the remaining 20 per cent. The findings of previous research on the impact of marital status have been somewhat mixed, so in a bid to clarify the issues, the authors trawled research databases for relevant published studies. ...
WHO Declares Video Game Addiction a ‘Mental Disorder’

WHO Declares Video Game Addiction a ‘Mental Disorder’

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition. The UN health agency, in its updated classification manual realeased on Monday, said video game addiction should now officially read ‘gaming disorder’. “For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” WHO said. It added that such behavioural pattern would normally have been evident for at least 12 months. The formal designation of “gaming disorder” within WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was welcomed by some groups as helpful to sufferers. Other
African Countries Top Neglected Displacement Crises List

African Countries Top Neglected Displacement Crises List

NEWS
Nigeria and nine other African countries have topped the Norwegian Refugee Council’s annual list of neglected displacement crises. It is the third year in a row African countries have topped the list of neglected displacement crises that is uprooting millions of lives. Nigeria is 10th on the list which is led by the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC and followed by South Sudan (2nd) and Central African Republic, CAR (3rd). Others are Burundi (4th); Ethiopia (5th); Palestine (6th); Myanmar (7th) and Yemen (8th). The list has been compiled based on three criteria – funding fatigue, political and diplomatic neglect and dearth of media attention and interference As the NRC launches its annual list of neglected displacement crises, it observed that the conflict between the Nigerian Armed Fo
100,000 Children Lack Access to Polio Vaccines — Minister

100,000 Children Lack Access to Polio Vaccines — Minister

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says the number of children who lack access to polio vaccines has dropped to about 100,000. Adewole said this while fielding questions from reporters at the annual meeting of the African Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication in Abuja on Monday. The minister said the North-East, especially Borno State, constituted a large portion of inaccessible areas. He said, “For now, less than 30 per cent of the area is inaccessible. So, the military is helping us and we will continue. There are a few settlements left that the military will work on and we are hopeful that this year, we will get there.” Asked when Nigeria would be certified polio-free, he added, “If you don’t record a case in three years, then you are free
10 Dead as Cholera Hits Niger State

10 Dead as Cholera Hits Niger State

NEWS
The Secretary of the Bida Local Government Area in Niger State, Suleiman Sheshi, confirmed on Monday that 10 persons have died in the cholera outbreak in the area. According to him, 60 cases have been reported at the Umaru Sanda General Hospital in Bida. Sheshi, who doubles as the Health Director at the LGA, said he had visited some health centers in the area and confirmed that the centers had patients with cholera. “Prompt action on our part will without save lives of patients who are presently critical points,” he stated. Just last week, three Persons were confirmed dead as a result of cholera outbreak in Lokoja Local Government of Kogi State. The Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Health, Kolawole Johnson noted that the ministry recorded 17 suspected cases, which
One Doctor Dies in Kogi, 3 Nurses Slump Over Unpaid Salaries

One Doctor Dies in Kogi, 3 Nurses Slump Over Unpaid Salaries

NEWS
It was a dark Monday at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja as the Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Dr Chukwudibe Rosemary suddenly died over alleged unpaid salaries. This is also as another doctor, Idris Nuhu and three nurses slumped due to alleged exhaustion. It was gathered that one attendant also slumped and was currently on admission alongside the nurses. Sources said all of them have not been paid since February. It was further gathered that the deceased doctor, who was admitted on Sunday evening for heart related issues, suddenly developed complications around 2 am while his colleagues were battling to save him. Sources at the hospital said that all the three nurses had been on duty since Saturday morning and were exhausted due to workloads, which had in...
HFN Seeks Collaboration, Partnership with Public Health Sector

HFN Seeks Collaboration, Partnership with Public Health Sector

NEWS
To unlock the potential of the health sector in Nigeria, Health Federation of Nigeria, HFN, has called for a strategic partnership with the public health sector in order to get optimal service delivery in Nigeria. The association made the call during their quarterly breakfast meeting in Lagos recently. The President of HFH, Mrs. Clare Omatseye in a chat with journalists said collaboration between public and private sectors was an opportunity to be able to unlock health care in our country. ‘’We need to be able to do Public, Private Partnership, PPP,  of coming together to create that dialogue. We think that the efficiencies and discipline in the private sector is a huge advantage to the public sector and collaboration will be able to make a difference. The whole idea is that together
Prof. Fola Tayo and Prof. Auwal Abubabar, Others for Honours at the 5th Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards

Prof. Fola Tayo and Prof. Auwal Abubabar, Others for Honours at the 5th Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards

NEWS
The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) is set to honour Prof. Fola Tayo and Prof. Auwal Abubakar alongside other healthcare professionals, facilities as well as stakeholders, come Friday June 22, 2018 at a grand ballroom event in Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. This was made public recently in a press release signed by Mr. Moses Braimah, NHEA’s Director of Communication, Marketing and Strategy. Prof. Tayo who is a seasoned pharmacist and General Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award while Prof. Abubakar who is the CMD of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola will be honoured with the Special Recognition Award for the Pauper Fund that provides medical assistance to the less privileged in the society. These and other recogni
Sincerity of Purpose, Political will Panacea to Drug Abuse — YAKASAI

Sincerity of Purpose, Political will Panacea to Drug Abuse — YAKASAI

NEWS
The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has identified sincerity of purpose, political will and proper funding of drug regulatory agencies as major strategies to check drug abuse in the country. Yakasai who spoke at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, in Lagos noted that the way out of drug abuse is not only to punish  abusers but to have proper control of the drug system.  “How do we get these drugs? Most of them come through the seaports or land borders. For about nine to 11 years, NAFDAC was removed from all the ports, but of recent, they were asked to return to only the seaports. Still they are not allowed to stay at the land border or at the airport, which means there
Obesity Crisis Next Epidemic Nigeria May Face

Obesity Crisis Next Epidemic Nigeria May Face

NEWS
AS Nigeria is aiming to excel in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia, the country is already in the race to win the undesirable Obesity World Cup. According to a World Cup Scorecard on Obesity conducted among the 32 countries participating in the World Cup finals, Nigeria ranks among countries with lower obesity prevalence but has the highest rates of growth in overweight and obese adults.  Although the Scorecard shows that obesity is increasing among children in these countries, it showed that in 2016, the proportion of children aged 5-9 with excess bodyweight (BMI >+1sd) in 2016 was 9 per cent while 29 per cent of Nigeran adults were obese or overweight. Nigeria also ranked 150 out of 195 globally in 2016. The Scorecard, entitled: Keeping The Score – The Global