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‘Attitudinal Corruption’ killing Patients in Govt. Hospitals — Prof. Agan, UCTH CMD

‘Attitudinal Corruption’ killing Patients in Govt. Hospitals — Prof. Agan, UCTH CMD

NEWS
Prof. Thomas Agan is the Chief Medical Director, cmd, of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, ucth, and Chairman, Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals. in this interview, Agan speaks on the state of health facilities in the country and the challenges faced by the hospitals in health care delivery. Prof Agan You have been CMD for the past six years. How do you see the state of the health sector? The three tiers of healthcare delivery, namely, primary, secondary and tertiary, have not thrived because of poor funding. However, I must appreciate the regime of President Buhari for improving budgetary provisions to the health sector. It will be highly appreciated if the budgetary provisions are implemented. I must also commend the previous ...
Overweight Women May Need More Frequent Mammograms – Study

Overweight Women May Need More Frequent Mammograms – Study

NEWS, Women's health
Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become large, according to a new study.  Researchers said the findings suggest that women with higher BMI may need shorter intervals between mammography screening exams. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines. For the new study, conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers set out to identify risk factors associated with tumors not being detected until larger than 2 centimeters (cm), or about the size of a peanut, and to examine t
Lagos General Hospitals Prepare to Manage Outbreak of Deadly Viral Infections

Lagos General Hospitals Prepare to Manage Outbreak of Deadly Viral Infections

NEWS
The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (DRASA) Health Trust has conducted training for health workers in all General Hospitals in the state towards increasing their capacity to identify and promptly manage patients during outbreak of emerging infectious diseases. In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, the government noted that with a population of over 22 million people and rapid urbanisation, Lagos State remains at high risk of outbreak of infectious diseases. Idris stated that the training is focused on a group of illnesses called viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) which includes deadly viruses such as Ebola, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, and Dengue. He said these viruses cause sporadic outbreaks all over the country...
‘We Didn’t Stop Duty Waivers for Health Equipment, Drugs’

‘We Didn’t Stop Duty Waivers for Health Equipment, Drugs’

NEWS
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday denied claims in some quarters that she had refused to grant import duty waivers on drugs, health commodities and related equipment donated by the Global Fund. In a statement signed by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Salisu Dambatta, the minister said claims by some importers and non-governmental organisations that she denied them waivers on drugs and health commodities imported into the country were untrue.   She said in granting import duty waivers, the ministry followed statutory procedures. This, she said, was part of measures to check the abuse of the Federal Government’s fiscal incentives and halt rampart corrupt practices in the economic sector. She gave some of the procedures as submission of an appli
Minister Lauds NCDC Strategy Against Epidemic

Minister Lauds NCDC Strategy Against Epidemic

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has lauded the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for it proactive strategy and implementation plan 2017 - 2021 towards tackling epidemic outbreak in Nigeria. The Hon. Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Clement Uwaifo stated this during the launching of the strategic plan document in Abuja. Prof. Adewole, commended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu and the Staff of the centre for their proactive response towards epidemic outbreaks despite difficult contexts in which they operate. He explained the strategic plan as an essential document in the development of an organisation which would improve quick response to outbreak of diseases in Nigeria. The Minister ...
Doctors Lament Poor Working Condition at Ekiti Teaching Hospital

Doctors Lament Poor Working Condition at Ekiti Teaching Hospital

NEWS
The Chairman of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in Ekiti state Dr. Kunle Ajayi, has told the state government that medical doctors are avoiding working in the state due to poor working conditions, unpaid salaries and poor funding of the state University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH). Speaking at the inauguration of the union’s secretariat/office complex, MDCAN House, located within EKSUTH premises, Ajayi regretted that many good brains left juicy appointments elsewhere and came to EKSUTH shortly after it was upgraded from state specialist hospital in 2008 only for the health institution to be neglected. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo, who commissioned the building on behalf of Governor Ayodele Fayose, appealed to the doctors to bear with
Health Minister Disowns Essay Competition

Health Minister Disowns Essay Competition

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has disassociated himself from an essay competition being organised in his name by a group under the guise of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). The Minister, in a press statement by his Special Assistant Communication and Strategy, Kazeem Akintunde, said he was not aware of the competition. “It is allegedly being put together by a fake group of students using my name. It is fake and I know nothing about it. I urge members of the public not to take part in the fake essay competition”, Adewole said. “A group had posted on social media that it is organising an essay competition titled: Professor Isaac Adewole Essay Competition, If I were the Minister of Health. “It was signed by one Adebola Mercy Adeola, Secretary to
Nigeria’s Disease Control Agency Unveils New Strategies, Fights Infections

Nigeria’s Disease Control Agency Unveils New Strategies, Fights Infections

NEWS
Nigeria’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has released its 2017–2021 horizon thematic strategy to tackle prevention and control of disease in the country. The new strategy incorporates a new vision and mission that cascades into 5 Strategic Goals, 22 Objectives and 89 Activities. It includes accurately measure the burden of infectious diseases and ensure Nigeria meets its international obligations under the International Health Regulations (IHR). Others are to develop a public health laboratory network to support the detection, prevention and response to critical infectious diseases, reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies, and create an efficiently managed and evidence-based organisation with a clear focus on health promotion and dis
Healthy Habits For Children: Deputy Governor Lauds Peak 456, NSN’s Nutrition Initiative

Healthy Habits For Children: Deputy Governor Lauds Peak 456, NSN’s Nutrition Initiative

Children's Health, NEWS
Oluranti Adebule, The Deputy Governor of Lagos State has reiterated the need to ensure that children especially at their early stage in life are well nourished, healthy and educated saying that the future of every nation lies with her children. No nation can achieve greatness either economically or politically without the children. Adebule also commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO for her Peak 456 healthy eating and lifestyle initiative, which she said would have a far-reaching effect on both the physical and mental development of the Nigerian child. She said this in a goodwill message delivered on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Adebunmi Adekanye at the media launch of the initiative held in Lagos. Nigeria’s leading dairy company, FrieslandCampina
Fast Facts On How To Increase Sperm Count

Fast Facts On How To Increase Sperm Count

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Sperm count or total sperm count refers to the average total number of sperm present in one sample of semen. Sperm count is one of the several qualities that are assessed during routine semen analysis and is considered an important factor for fertility.Based on the most current World Health Organization guidelines, a healthy sperm count is 15 million per milliliter (ml) or at least 39 million per sample. A sperm count lower than 10 million per ml is considered abnormal and commonly associated with male infertility. Anything that impacts the hormones that control the production of sperm or acts as an anti-oxidant may aid the healthy development of sperm and help improve sperm count. Overall, factors that influence testosterone levels are thought to have the most significant impact on sperm...
One Million Premature Babies Die Annually’

One Million Premature Babies Die Annually’

Children's Health, NEWS
No fewer than one million premature babies die annually due to complications, the founder of Abiye Maternal and Child Health International Foundation (AMCH), Dr Elizabeth Disu, has said. Disu, according to a statement on Wednesday, stated this at the AMCH World Prematurity Day celebration in Ikeja, Lagos, adding that prematurity was one of the leading causes of newborn deaths in the world. “Prematurity is the most single cause of newborns deaths. About 15 million preterm babies are delivered worldwide, out of which one million die and three quarters of the deaths are preventable. Most of these deaths are in the developing countries. “Nigeria has the highest number of preterm babies and the highest number of newborn deaths in the world. If preterm babies survived, we will be able t
Take Care Of Primates Or Something Deadlier Than HIV, Ebola ‘ll Ravage Nigeria — FUTA don

Take Care Of Primates Or Something Deadlier Than HIV, Ebola ‘ll Ravage Nigeria — FUTA don

NEWS
This warning was given by a Professor of Primate Community Ecology, George Ogunjemite, while delivering the 92nd inaugural lecture at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, on the topic Monkeys and Apes: Man in Its Reminiscence. Professor Ogunjemite said man must handle primates and other mammals in his environment with utmost care to maintain quality of life and the peaceful co-existence of all living things and prevent catastrophic diseases and plaques that can debilitate the human race. Similarities with humans According to him, the remarkable genetic and physiological similarities between chimpanzee and humans explain why they may be easily affected by the same disease causative agents. He cited the example of the HIV-1 and HIV-2, which are of zoonotic origin with their ...
How You Can Prevent Tooth Loss

How You Can Prevent Tooth Loss

Dental Health, NEWS
Have you lost one or more teeth? For most kids losing a tooth is normal. Historically, kids who lose teeth will throw their teeth onto their roof, or even under it (the idea is the new tooth will emerge from the old tooth). They sometimes yell out a wish that the missing tooth be replaced. Beyond all the myths and fairy tales, you will find family, friends, and colleagues etc, who have lost three or five teeth or even more! While losing milk teeth for kids is normal, losing your permanent teeth is not. Losing a tooth as an adult can be an incredibly stressful experience. The risk of losing a tooth tends to increase as you age. But ageing and tooth loss don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand. In fact, it is usually other factors that contribute more to adult tooth loss than ageing alon
Shocking Figures Show There Are Now 124 Million Obese Children Worldwide

Shocking Figures Show There Are Now 124 Million Obese Children Worldwide

Children's Health, NEWS
Childhood obesity is soaring across the world, increasing more than tenfold over the past four decades, putting many millions at risk of poor health and an early death, according to the biggest ever analysis of the data. Alongside the report, and also a recent story in the Guardian - revealing that the global cost of obesity will be $1.2tn by 2025, the World Health Organisation is calling for every country to act, taking on Big Food to avoid the mounting human and economic costs of obesity-related ill-health in years to come. The new data from Imperial College London, which is published in the Lancet medical journal, shows that in 1975 there were five million obese girls, but by last year there were 50 million. The number of obese boys has risen from six million to 74 million in the same...
Eye Cataract:104 Persons Benefit from Surgical Operations

Eye Cataract:104 Persons Benefit from Surgical Operations

NEWS
Over 104 persons suffering from eye cataract have benefitted from surgical operations carried out by the Africa Eye Laser Centre in Benin-City in collaboration with Sight Foundation, New Delhi, India. This partnership was also supported by St. Jude Eye Clinic Missions Corporation, United States of America in commemoration of the World Sight Day. Chief Executive/Medical Director of the Center, Dr. Stanley Godwin Okoye who addressed newsmen in Benin, said with the World Sight Day theme that showcased the continuous effort to defeat avoidable blindness, the management of the center decided to mark the occasion by utilizing the opportunity to organize a surgery camp targeted at providing the community with low cost laser cataract surgery with a view to bring cutting edge surgery to the comm...