Seven internally displaced persons (IDPs) were yesterday confirmed dead as a result of a cholera outbreak at some IDP camps in Borno State. This came just three weeks after about 100 others were discharged from Muna and Dala Lawanti Cholera treatment centres. The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Maiduguri said the Cholera outbreak was due to downpours in the last three days that caused flood at the affected IDP camps. The Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr. Haruna Mshelia said measures had been taken to contain it from further spread. “I cannot tell you the death toll, as I continue to visit all camps in Maiduguri and ensure that the epidemic does not further spread to claim more lives,” he said. One of the rescue workers at Muna Garage IDP camp told newsmen that for only
Nigeria can fund its national budget for ten years with the potential of traditional medicine raking in over $250 billion (N80 trillion) yearly into the economy. Stakeholders in traditional medicine in Nigeria told The Guardian that Nigeria can make this amount by developing its rich natural products into nutraceuticals and functional foods. They say Nigeria could in fact, overtake India and China as a hub for traditional medicine utilisation. Functional foods have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition, while Nutraceuticals is a broad term used to describe any product derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. According to the South African Bureau Standards (SABS), global exports of tradi...
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has embarked on a series of workshops for directors and other high-level representatives of newly accredited hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, optometry, dental and physiotherapy clinics to ensure effective healthcare coverage to all registered enrollees of the scheme. Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Mrs. Awala Ebijuwa, delivering the welcome address at the education workshop, said “the mandate of the NHIS is to ensure easy access to qualitative and affordable healthcare to all subscribing individuals irrespective of gender, age or economic status.” National President, Health Care Providers Association of Nigeria (HCPAN), Dr. Umar Sanda, urged HCPs to attend NHIS fora instead of assigning such duties to employees who may not effectively communi
The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, yesterday said it has discharged 150 of its personnel placed under surveillance for Lassa fever following an outbreak that left two persons dead and five doctors infected. Meanwhile, 40 persons exposed to the infected cases are still being monitored in the hospital. Confirming the development in an update made available to Vanguard , the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC, Prof Olufemi Fasanmade, said the five infected doctors have been successfully treated and discharged. Fasanmade said the last affected doctor was discharged seven days ago. “With the collaboration and support of the national Centre for Disease Control, CDC, the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health, the contributions from Ebola Con
Orthodontist and dentist, Dr. Amy Traore-Shumbusho, has called on Nigerians to pay more attention to their dental health. Shumbusho, the founder of Smile360 and initiator, Project Smile, spoke in Lagos at the award ceremony of Project Smile 4.0 contest for free oral treatment. She described the negative effects of dental defects as appalling as the condition batters the self-esteem and mental health of affected persons, preventing them from contributing meaningfully to the development of their society. She said, “The desire to smile is wired in us and failure to express that due to dental flaws has many social ramifications such as one becoming a recluse or developing pitiable behaviours. Thus, the victims continue with the unbearable pain of their inability to smile due to a lack
The Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria has called for the transfer of health information management training from University Teaching Hospitals to polytechnics. Registrar of the Board, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Mami, made the call yesterday in Abuja during a coordinators meeting on repositioning health information management training in Nigeria. He said the changing nature of health records practice would continue to present new opportunities and new challenges which would also require news skills. He said the board has in the last five years been working hard towards transforming the training of future health records management practitioners from 20th century model to the 21st realities influenced largely by globalised orientation of the training and practice of th...
South Africa’s Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, has mocked African leaders who seek medical attention outside the continent, a category President Muhammdu Buhari falls under. He said the practice has become a major drain on their countries’ health expenditures. The minister said it was shameful that African leaders frequently seek medical care abroad while most of their countries have substandard facilities. “I have said this before and I will say it again: We are the only continent that has its leaders seeking medical services outside the continent, outside our territory,” Zimbabwe’s NewsDay newspaper quoted Motsoaleda as saying. “We must be ashamed of that. This is called health tourism. We must promote our own,” he said at a regional health dialogue organised by the Wor
Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has been awarded an honourary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The award was presented by Timothy O’Shea, Vice Chancellor of the university, in recognition of her achievement as an author and public intellectual. While delivering her speech, the 39-year-old author of,” We Should All Be Feminists told the audience that she was “very fortunate” to receive the honour. She said: “It is lovely to be in this place, which is hallowed. I feel very fortunate to be included among the people who have been honoured with a degree from this university.” The Director of the Centre for African Studies, Barbara Bompani, who proposed Adichie for the award, according to The Cable, said there are many stories of the influence
We all know, of course, that liars are always other people. Lovers who have fallen out accuse one another of deceit; voters declare all politicians liars; the religious charge the godless with hating the truth, while atheists accuse churchgoers of perpetuating the biggest lie of all. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on in these arguments, the basic grammar is the same: I am a truth-teller, you try to bamboozle me with a self-serving fiction. What’s strange is that, unlike stealing or murder, lying is a moral crime we all commit — and on a regular basis. In one study, 147 people were asked to keep a diary for a week and note the number of times they intentionally misled someone. On average, they admitted to lying 1.5 times a day. And that is probably conservative. We lie by s
A Chemical Pathologist, Prof. Ganiyu Arinola, has advised men against putting cellphone in their trouser pockets, saying it may cause male infertility. Arinola, who is the Head, Department of Chemical Pathology, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, gave the advice in an interview with Journalist. According to him, public attention has been drawn to the issue of safety of radiations from laptops and putting cellphone in the pockets. “This calls for special focus, considering the fact that infertility has affected certain percentages of couples of reproductive age. “It is worthy of note that nearly half of these percentages have been linked to male infertility. “Other factors include exposure to certain environmental pollutants, lifestyle, occupation and infections of the urinary
In its bid to reposition and fulfill its mandate of providing coverage for all Nigerians the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Lagos Zonal Office, recently embarked on a series of education workshops towards improving quality care at the user-end by educating newly accredited healthcare service providers in the state. Towards this end Medical and Managing Directors as well as other high-level representatives of the newly accredited hospitals, pharmacies, medical laboratories, optometry, dental and physiotherapy clinics that were recently accredited under the Scheme, gathered, and were tutored on operational guidelines of the Scheme. They were brought together to be equipped with requisite know-how of the NHIS benefit package for enrolees upon demand. The Lagos Zonal Coord
The Federal Government has commissioned the largest medical warehouse in Abuja. The facility named “Premier Medical Warehouse” is to be used as a medical storage facility to drugs and other medical commodities procured by Federal Government of Nigeria or donated by partners before final distribution to the end users. Commissioning the facility on Monday 14th August, 2017, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the facility was a product of joint effort between the Federal Government and partners. “I want to declare publically that within this country, I am yet to see facility like this, so I truly agree that this is the work of our partnership”. Adewole explained that there are three things that constitute good health system, Human Resources, Drugs/ Commodities availab
Federal Government has established six sickle cell reference centres in six Federal Medical Centres (FMCs) across the country, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, said on Saturday. Adewole listed the FMCs as the Federal Medical Centres, Ebute Meta, Lagos; Federal Medical Centre, Keffi and the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe. Others are the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa; Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi and Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki. Adewole, in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director of Media and Public Relations in the ministry, urged health partners to support the government’s efforts in tackling the menace of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The minister expressed his appreciation to the partners, who were working with the Ministry of Health o
Recently the management team of PharmaTimes led by the publisher, Pharm. Chris Ukah, paid a courtesy visit to one of Nigeria’s most respected retired military top brass, and eminent statesman, Rtd. Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, in Lagos. In a brief chat the Publisher reasoned that “health is wealth and indeed PharmaTimes was on a mission to bringing health information to the doorstep of every member of the public,” hence the courtesy call to formally present the monthly publication to distinguished leaders of thought like him. In his response, Commodore Ukiwe while congratulating the management of PharmaTimes in its efforts, urged it to ensure also adequate coverage of many of the medical breakthroughs and inventions that are happening today both in the country and elsewhere. He also
The Enugu State Government says it has mobilised disease surveillance and health focal officers to its boundary with Kogi to monitor the reported strange disease with no clear-cut medical diagnosis yet. Dr Okechukwu Ossai, the state’s Chief Disease Surveillance Officer, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu. NAN reports that Enugu State shares boundary with Kogi in the North-west zone, which is within the Nsukka axis of the state. Ossai said that the ministry had also kept close information sharing with its local health informants to ensure nobody in the remote area would incubate any disease through self medication. “We have started some local sensitisation among the people, especially on the need to be on health alert. “We are reminding the