In Nigeria today, so many lives have been sacrificed all as a result of those victims resorting to self-medication and because some of the medical practitioners continue to make those drugs available to those victims without medical prescriptions from medical professionals. Though, few of those cases are made known to the public, the reality remains that the numbers of Nigerian citizens are actually being reduced as a result of this self-medication. In order words, this situation is becoming epidemic. This paper appeals to the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria both Federal (for the Federal Capital Territory-Abuja) and the State of the Federation to consider the necessity of criminalizing the act of resorting to self-medication by Nigerians, either for themselves or for other...
Several million Nigerians suffer from high blood pressure. Experts have said that adding certain foods to one’s diet could help lower blood pressure. Below are some foods experts and medical studies have identified could help keep your blood pressure under control: Mangoes Studies in Hypertension Research showed that adding mangoes which are a great source of fiber and beta-carotene is an effective way to lower blood pressure. Apples Apples contains fiber and quercetin which is seen as an effective antihypertensive. According to a study by the Complutense University of Madrid’s School of Medicine eating an apple a day help people struggling with high blood pressure to keep the doctor away Carrots Carrots contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, and helps put your blood pressure in a he
The use of modern contraceptives in Family Planning (FP2020) focus countries prevented 84 million unintended pregnancies and 26 million unsafe abortions from July 2016 to July 2017, a report has said. The Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Annual Progress Report said that usage of modern contraceptives also averted 125,000 maternal deaths in the focus countries. The report was entitled: “FP2020: The Way Ahead 2016 – 2017’’. The report was copied to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos after its launch by Ms Beth Schlachter, Executive Director, Family Planning 2020, on Tuesday in the U.S. FP2020 is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide freely whether they should have children, when and how many children they should to have. According to the report,
* New dental material resists plaque, kills microbes Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of oesophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. The study findings were published December 1 in the journal Cancer Research. The presence of one oral bacterium in particular, called Tannerella forsythia, was tied to a 21 percent increase in the odds of developing esophageal tumors, said a team led by Jiyoung Ahn. She is associate director for population science at NYU Langone Health in New York City, United States (U.S.). Gum disease has already been linked in
The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said this during the second Annual Trace Corps Commander’s Conference in Abeokuta tagged: “Capacity Building in Road Traffic Management: Panacea for Combating Road Traffic Crashes within Ogun State. He said with the initiative, the state government will ensure the protection and safety by collaborating with the Corps on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to equip officers and men who are in most cases the first respondents at an accident scene. “We will take responsibility of crash victims by taking them to any of the State Hospitals within 24 hours of any road accident. We will also ensure that the people of the state are protected, that is why we will be collaborating with Trace on CPR training,” he said. The Stat
A man is admitted to the hospital, unconscious, with a history of serious health problems and a high blood alcohol level. He has no identification and no family with him. On his chest, he has a tattoo: “Do Not Resuscitate.” What would you do? It sounds like a worst-case-scenario question from a medical ethics course, but it really happened recently at a Florida hospital. A newly published study in The New England Journal of Medicine explored the ethical and medical conundrums the staff faced when presented with a 70-year-old patient whose denial of potentially life-saving treatment was right there on his skin. At first, doctors wanted to ignore it According to the study, authored by a team of medical professionals from the University of Miami, the doctors attending to the man didn’
The House of Representatives on Tuesday said it would investigate alleged poor execution of constituency projects under the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) from 2015 to date. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Rep. Betty Apiafi and 10 others. Moving the motion, Apiafi said that contractors exhibited nonchalant attitude in handling constituency projects under NPHCDA. According to her, there are numerous complaints from lawmakers and the constituents about poor and non-execution of constituency projects by contractors under the agency. She added that the nonchalant attitude of the contractors in executing the projects had caused severe injuries and loss of lives. “Constituency projects are aimed toward providing social amenities,
Officials of the Ministry of Health in Ondo State on Tuesday shut down a clinic believed to be operated by a quack doctor identified as Adewale Owolanke. The clinic, which was located at Uso town in the Owo Local Government Area of the state, was shut down during the monitoring exercise carried out by the Ondo State Hospital Services and led by the Director in the department, Dr Olayinka Akinsete. Commenting on the development, Akinsete explained that the ministry had been receiving reports about the quack doctor, performing surgical operations on innocent patients in the community. He said, “There was a report signifying a high fatality rate in the hospital and when we got here today (Tuesday) , the place was initially locked up. “It, however, eventually opened later. We saw
* As U.S diplomat commends FG for expanding ART access Acting Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria, Lagos, Kevin Krapf has blamed the high prevalence of Nigerians living with HIV on the shortage of HIV testing and counseling centers in the country. Making his views known at the 2017 World AIDS Day programme organised by the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos on Monday, Krapf said the shortage of such HIV-friendly centres was the reason many people living with HIV (PLWHA) in Nigeria were not aware of their HIV status. The situation was similarly blamed for why many Nigerians miss out on counseling and voluntary testing services. Similarly, the acting Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General said low access of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment remains an ...
The Medical and Dental Consultants Association has raised the alarm over the mass resignation of consultants, resident doctors in training and nurses at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology University Teaching, Ogbomoso. The Chairman, MDCAN, Dr. Afolabi Salawu, who said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday, blamed the situation on poor funding of the hospital by the Oyo State Government. The MDCAN stated that the teaching hospital, which was established by the administration of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, might become extinct if there was no urgent intervention from the government to reverse the trend. The consultants said the teaching hospital was set up as a model, adding that if completed, it would be one of the leading hosp...
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said no fewer than 270,000 children aged 0 to 14 years were living with HIV in Nigeria in 2016. The figure represented the lion share of half of the 540,000 total infected children in West and Central Africa over the same year. Nigeria also recorded 37,000 new HIV infections among children out of the total of 60,000 new infections in West and Central Africa over the same period, representing 62 per cent of the new infections. The UN children’s agency warned that the West and Central Africa were lagging too far behind the rest of the world in access to HIV treatment and care. Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF director, West and Central Africa, in a report released on Tuesday, called for improvement of early diagnosis and access to HIV treatment and ca
Worried by the alarming rate of drug abuse in Nigeria, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) said it is working on a proposal for the establishment of National Rehabilitation Centre for Drug Abuse to be presented to both the legislative and executive arms of the Federal Government. “We are leaving no stone unturned in our drive to eradicate drug abuse and misuse in Nigeria”, President of PSN, Ahmed Yakasai said on Tuesday. He stated this while inaugurating the Pharmacy Advisory Board which comprises past Presidents of the society and board of fellows. No fewer than nine past Presidents including Pa Akinkugbe, the oldest Past President of the society who marked his 89th birthday today attended the inauguration of the board saddled with the responsibility of handling conflicts
Board Chair, Vaccine Alliance, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that more children will be protected against typhoid fever with its new funding of the typhoid conjugate vaccines. Okonjo-Iweala, who shared her personal experience while making the announcement in Vientiane, Laos, said her son almost died from the disease while growing up. She said, “Typhoid fever imposes a dramatic burden on children in the poorest nations affecting countries, communities and families. “This disease has long been eliminated from most industrialised nations, but it is still a serious threat in developing countries where the vast majority of deaths occur. “I lost my cousin and nearly lost my son because of typhoid. This vaccine will be a lifesaver for millions of children, especially those living
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has said that the high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria needs to be addressed. Buhari made this known in Minna on Tuesday when she declared open a three-day workshop on advocacy for reproductive maternal, new-born, child, adolescent, health and nutrition by wives of Governors from the north central geo-political zone of the country. She said that unless a strategic action was taken to address these issues they might remain unchanged or grow worse. Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Chief Pauline Tallen, also called on government at all levels to tackle malnutrition in children. She promised to support the state’s activities by carrying out a capacity building workshop for g
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has revealed plans to constitute a council on health, which will assist in developing a Strategic Master Plan on Health and to coordinate activities of healthcare service providers in the state. Obaseki disclosed this when he played host to members of the Institute of Health Service Administrators of Nigeria, at the Government House, Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Tuesday. He said: “the state plans to develop a strategic health master plan to enable her outline various services offered by the health care service providers. We intend to involve qualified health professionals to assist us develop a master plan in the health sector. This will transform the health sector and make it more efficient as all elements needed to achieve thi