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Helping Your Teeth Age Gracefully

Helping Your Teeth Age Gracefully

Dental Health
Modern dentistry has brought about more widespread oral care education, and the availability of better oral care tools, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and interdental cleaners (brushes to clean between the teeth), a greater number of older adults are keeping their natural teeth for a much longer period of time. It is important to remember, however, that keeping your teeth in good condition as you age might require some special attention. Here are some oral care tips to help you. As you get older, certain oral conditions not present when you were younger might develop. These include: Dry mouth: Dry mouth can result from physical changes within the body as it ages, but can also be caused by medications. Authoritative reports have it that over 400 commonly used medications can cont
More Women Susceptible to Danger During Child Birth in Oyo

More Women Susceptible to Danger During Child Birth in Oyo

NEWS
From the researches conducted by the Development Communication Networks (DevComs) in conjunction with Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), Oyo State, came a revelation that pregnant women in the state still face grave dangers during delivery unless urgent attention is put in place to arrest the ugly trend. The two bodies at a workshop for media practitioners in Oyo State, said the attention of the State House of Assembly has been sought to allow for a smooth passage of the Reproductive Bill, which has been gathering dusts in the parliament. Exuding confidence that more lives would be saved if the bill; a strategic policy document of family planning to create enabling environment for quality healthy living and ensure socio-economic growth among the residents of t...
Lagos Inaugurates CCU to Perform Open Heart Surgery

Lagos Inaugurates CCU to Perform Open Heart Surgery

NEWS
The Lagos State Government has inaugurated a state-of-the-art critical care unit (CCU) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), as efforts to perform open heart surgery and reduce the number of persons flying abroad to seek medical checkup. Speaking at the inauguration, the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said the facility would save about $3 billion spent annually on foreign medical tourism, adding that the government was strongly committed to the establishment of a world-class Medical Park at the site of the old School of Nursing in Ikoyi. According to him, “this medical facility by design and operation will be deployed in the care of those in dire health condition that hitherto predisposes our people towards foreign medical tourism. It will complement the cap
Breastfeeding Could Save 820,000 Under-Five Children, Says UNICEF

Breastfeeding Could Save 820,000 Under-Five Children, Says UNICEF

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An increase in number of children breastfed in Nigeria could save lives of more than 820,000 children under the age of five, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has declared. In the same report by UNICEF on “Progress of Breastfeeding in Nigeria” made available to newsmen by its Communication Officer (Advocacy, Media and External Relations), Mrs. Ijeoma Onuoha-Ogwe, it was revealed that: “More breastfeeding could prevent the death of 20,000 women a year from breast cancer…lead to improvement in birth spacing, reduction in women’s risk of diabetes and may reduce rates of ovarian cancer.” The UNICEF nutrition programme in Nigeria supports actions that focus on the first 1,000 days of life, including pregnancy in high-risk areas. The report also said: “Children w
Patients Shun our Clinics for Herbalists – Private Doctors

Patients Shun our Clinics for Herbalists – Private Doctors

NEWS
The health sector is not left out of the ongoing economic crises rocking the country. Doctors who spoke to our correspondent warned that if the country’s fortune does not change for good, more private hospitals may shut down due to low patronage. They expressed concerns that mortality rates might soar, as many patients with terminal illnesses such as stroke and diabetes have stopped their treatments due to lack of funds. Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Adeoye  Oyewole, complained to our correspondent on Tuesday that patients’ patronage at his private practice in Osogbo, Osun state, have dropped abysmally. He quickly noted that the poor attendance recorded at the clinic was not because such cases had reduced, but rather due to the fact that patients can no longer offset their m
Nigeria Records Over 150,000 Fistula Cases

Nigeria Records Over 150,000 Fistula Cases

NEWS
The Country Project Manager, FistulaCare Plus, EngenderHealth, Dr. Habib Sadauki, has said that there are between 150,000 to 200,000 cases of fistula in Nigeria. He said that of the 12,000 new cases recorded yearly, only 5,000 cases are repaired, leaving a backlog of 7,000 cases yearly. He said this at the presentation of equipment worth N 7.48m for family planning services and N1.87m cash for fistula services to  the Kwara State government on Friday, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. Sadauki said the project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, was to address the backlog of fistula surgeries and to ensure that patients do not suffer. He said, “Nationwide, it is estimated that there are about 150,000 to 200,000 cases of fistula. Ever
Pharmacists Donate N10m for Production of Sickle Cell Drug

Pharmacists Donate N10m for Production of Sickle Cell Drug

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has donated N10 million to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to scale up the production of NIPRISAN. NIPRISAN is a drug developed by NIPRID for the management of Sickle Cell Disease. The president of the PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, announced the donation when he led a delegation on a visit to the director general of NIPRID, Prof. Karynius Gamaliel, in Abuja. He said the society decided to make the donation to revive NIPRID to produce the drug in bulk instead of the few tablets the organization had been producing. Yakasai promised that the society would embark on massive advocacy, lobbying and partnerships with international organizations to ensure that NIPRID overcame it funding ch...
NAFDAC Gives Deadline to Supermarket Operators on Adherence to Global Listing Scheme

NAFDAC Gives Deadline to Supermarket Operators on Adherence to Global Listing Scheme

NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has tasked supermarket operators to adhere strictly to all the provisions of the global listing scheme of supermarket items. Communicating this at a stakeholder forum d by NAFDAC for supermarket operators in Lagos, the Ag Director General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said by 31st of December 2016, all provisions of the global listing scheme would be fully enforced by NAFDAC. The need to accommodate the supermarket operators, fast food chains, embassies and international organisation that have peculiar and large number of products led to the introduction of the global listing scheme in 2003. According to her, the general rules for the global listing are; “ items to be listed shall include conventional cosmetics, pa
KUKA Consumer Healthcare Re-brands, Now KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited

KUKA Consumer Healthcare Re-brands, Now KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited

NEWS
An indigenous healthcare company, Kuka Consumer Healthcare Limited has officially changed its name to KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited (KCH) in compliance with the company’s planned strategy to re-brand and reposition its business operations for greater achievements. In a statement issued in Lagos signed by Miss Chinenye Anumba, Head, Planning and Strategy at KCH, the new name follows approvals from the regulatory authority, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and communicated to the company recently. She further explained that the development aims at strengthening the operations of the company in order to catch up with the expansion of its business module already designed to launch it as a major player in the Pharmaceutical industry in Africa. KCH is i
Controversy Trails NMA Election in Lagos

Controversy Trails NMA Election in Lagos

NEWS
The relative peace in the Lagos State healthcare services may be interrupted following the outcome of the election of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Lagos State Chapter, which produced two different executives, with each faction claiming the leadership of the body. The two elections, which held separately at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, produced Dr. Odusote Olumuyiwa, a former Medical Guild Chairman, and Dr. Omojowolo Olubunmi as chairman respectively. In a separate press briefing in Lagos yesterday, each claimed to be the authentic chairman of the Lagos chapter of the association. The Olumuyiwa-led faction said the executives that emerged from the election held in NIMR were the authentic NMA execut...
Sultan to Establish Female University of Medicine in Sokoto

Sultan to Establish Female University of Medicine in Sokoto

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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, has announced plans by the Sultanate Council to set up an all-female university for medicine in Sokoto. The initiative, according to the monarch was to provide more opportunities for girl-child to pursue medical career. Sultan Abubakar disclosed this when he addressed some top government officials during a lecture delivered at the Wil-son Centre, Washington DC. United States. The Sultan, according to a statement signed by the Kogu-nan Sokoto, Malam Danladi Bako, said that there was no law in Islam or in the Nigerian constitution that bars the girl-child from getting western education. "Islam instructs its followers to search for education even as far as China, as such, it is not against western education?' Sultan explain...
EFCC Set to Prosecute Health Donor Fund Looters

EFCC Set to Prosecute Health Donor Fund Looters

NEWS
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon prosecute those found to have mismanaged health donor funds.The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this at the State House in Abuja yesterday at a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari held with a delegation led by the Chief Executive Officer of Gavi and The Global Fund, Dr. Seth Berkley. The minister was responding to concerns raised by Berkley over the way donor funds for health care were utilised in the past. Adewole said the EFCC had already questioned those indicted in the audit  report of the donor funds done between 2010 and 2015. The minister, who said those indicted would soon be arraigned in court, neither named them nor disclosed the specific amounts involved. Earlier, Berkley had noted that Gavi a
Fed Govt Launches ‘Saving One Million Lives for Result’

Fed Govt Launches ‘Saving One Million Lives for Result’

NEWS
The Federal Ministry of Health has launched ‘Saving One Million lives Programme for Results (SOML-P for R) in Abuja. It is a Federal Government–led intervention to improve maternal and child health with states’ ministries of health as partners. Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, said the programme would monitor the flow of resources to pay for results, outcomes and impacts, rather than simply pay for processes or reimburse costs. The Minister explained that the programme, being funded from a N140 billion ($500 million) World Bank credit, was negotiated by the Federal Government from which $1.5million had been disbursed to states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The programme, the government said, is expected to deliver high impact, evidence-based and
Nigeria Adopts Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030

Nigeria Adopts Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030

NEWS
The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) is commending the adoption of a comprehensive new roadmap to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2030.African leaders endorsed the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 during the 27th African Union (AU) Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The framework outlines a pathway to “eliminate malaria prevalence and mortality, and prevent its transmission and reestablishment in all countries by 2030.” Current Chair of the AU and President of Chad, Idriss Déby Itno who has been the chair of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) since year 2000, urged leaders to redouble their efforts to sustain existing donor funding and ramp up domestic resources to ensure the success of the roadmap and implementation of innovative health so
Doctors Alert to Rising Cases of Colorectal Cancer

Doctors Alert to Rising Cases of Colorectal Cancer

NEWS
* Recommend periodic screening since disease does not usually have symptoms Doctors under the aegis of the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN) have raised alarm over the rising cases of colorectal cancer in Nigeria. They said that more Nigerians are coming down with the disease and this has to do with lack of periodic screening to detect the diseases early since colon cancer usually do not have symptoms. President of SOGHIN, Prof. Musa Borodo, at the opening day of SOGHIN 2016 Conference which started last week with a workshop on modern technology and surgical skills at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said diseases such as colorectal cancer, liver cancer, Helicobacter pylori and other infections that occur in the gastrointestinal (GI) trac...