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Mosquito Bites Leave Man with 12kg Elephantiasis

Mosquito Bites Leave Man with 12kg Elephantiasis

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A man took his first steps in two years this week after surgeons removed an enormous mass from his leg. Saidalavi, 46, was diagnosed with elephantiasis as a teenager after he caught the infection from parasitic worms spread by a mosquito bite. He had been bedridden since 2016 with the massive lump on his thigh, but was forced to undergo an operation after it got infected. This week, one month after the operation, he stood for the first time while recovering at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India. The 46-year-old said: “I thank the doctors from the bottom of my heart for enabling me to lead a normal life. The 12.7kg growth after it was removed. “It is amazing feeling to stand on my own two feet without any support. “I had given up all hope and was even worr
Experts Move to Stop Quackery in Fertility Treatment

Experts Move to Stop Quackery in Fertility Treatment

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IT will no longer be  business as usual for unregistered fertility treatment and Assisted Reproduction Techniques, ART, practitioners that are operating  in Nigeria as professionals in the industry have taken steps in collaboration with government to curb the menace of quacks within the profession. President of the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health, AFRH, Dr. Faye Iketubosin, said a bill for regulatory framework for reproductive health in the country is already before the National Assembly. “The bill is designed to regulate the practice. We are putting regulation in place with government and already there is a bill for regulatory framework for reproductive health at the National Assembly,” he told Features Health & Living in Lagos.  “The bill is designed to dra
Doctors in Private Sector Decry Exclusion from Government Reform Plan

Doctors in Private Sector Decry Exclusion from Government Reform Plan

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Medical professionas in the private health sector have decried lack of government support as well as exclusion from its reform plans. This was disclosed at the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Annual State Executive Council Workshop, in partnership with developmental partners. The medical professional stated that despite the huge contribution of about 60 to 70 percent from the private sector organisations to the health system in Nigeria, government has refused to render its support or create an enabling environment for the sector to thrive. Speaking at the event, the Chairman, AGPMPN, Lagos chapter, Dr Tunji Akintade said there has been zero level of support from the government in strengthening the private healthcare system. “We have r
WHO Provides Drugs for Oyo Students to Cure Tropical Diseases

WHO Provides Drugs for Oyo Students to Cure Tropical Diseases

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The World Health Organization, ( WHO ) has provided medicines for students of Primary and Junior Secondary schools in Oyo State to cure tropical diseases like worms that are endemic in the country.   The distribution of the medicines were made available during a flag off of School based deworming exercise in Ibadan on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and Education, Science and Technology in conjunction with Evidence Action, the facilitator and partner of WHO. Speaking at the flag off ceremony, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela said the exercise is long overdue because of the effect of worms on school aged children between age 5 and 14 years. The Commissioner said the worms like Ring Worms, Hook Worms, Fluke Worms and others
LASUTH, Apollo Hospital Inaugurate kidney Centre

LASUTH, Apollo Hospital Inaugurate kidney Centre

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The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital ( LASUTH ), Ikeja, on Wednesday, in Lagos inaugurated a Renal (Kidney) Transplantation Centre that would carry out kidney transplants for residents. The Chief Medical Director ( CMD ), LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, told newsmen that the programme was in collaboration with an Indian based hospital, Apollo Hospital. Oke said, however, that LASUTH had since 2015 started renal transplant and had conducted five transplants with its indigenous doctors carrying out the surgeries. “We are partnering with Apollo Hospital in order to improve on what we have. “Our arrangement is such that they will come, work with us, look at our patients, advise, and if necessary we will be able to send some of our consultants and resident doctors to their hospit
Containing Current Lassa Fever Outbreaks in Nigeria

Containing Current Lassa Fever Outbreaks in Nigeria

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* FG reports 450 suspected cases, 43 deaths in 17 states within five weeks * Lagos, Osun advocate personal, environmental hygiene as control measures * Delta scientists call for more public laboratories for infectious diseases As part of efforts to contain an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has infected up to 450 people in 17 states within five weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO), on Tuesday, announced it is scaling up its response to the outbreak. The WHO, in a statement, said between January 1 and February 4, nearly 450 suspected cases were reported, of which 132 are laboratory confirmed Lassa fever. Of these, 43 deaths were reported, including 37 that were lab confirmed. From the onset of the outbreak, WHO Nigeria deployed staff from the national and state leve...
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB)  – Part 2: Conservative Surgical Management

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) – Part 2: Conservative Surgical Management

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Case 1 A 43 year old Nigerian mixed race stock broker presented to her Family Physician about 3 to 4 years ago with history of soaking 2 tampons every 4 hours for consecutive menstrual cycles. She was not a known diabetic. She had a normal pap smear done 9 months earlier. She was pale with a haemoglobin level of 8.3gm/dl. Ultrasound scan showed a normal uterus with a slight thickening of the inside of the womb (endometrium). The physician prescribed Primolut tab which initially decreased the blood loss but for only 7 weeks and the bleeding continued unabated. She reported back to her physician and a progestogen hormone impregnated IUCD was inserted in the womb. Blood forming tablets was prescribed. She had a temporary relieve for about 6 months when the bleeding started all over again. ...
The War within (Part 1):  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The War within (Part 1): Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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The immune system is charged with the duty of protecting the body from viruses, infections, bacteria and anything that is foreign to the body. What happens when these soldiers of the body revolt? Imagine, if the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, who are charged with protecting our country ‘Nigeria’ from external or foreign forces that want to harm us; suddenly, turn against us and start fighting us. This is what happens with auto immune diseases; the immune system of the body starts seeing other parts of the body that it’s supposed to protect as foreign or external forces and combats them. This leads to the damage of certain body tissues. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus popularly called Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. It is usually characterised by acute and chronic inflammation of v
Mouth Cancer: Why You Need To Be Mouth Aware

Mouth Cancer: Why You Need To Be Mouth Aware

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Most times we hear of other cancers affecting other parts of the body. We have a high level of awareness going on for breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer, but most people do not know that they can also be predisposed to mouth cancer if the oral cavity is not properly taken care of. WHO sights oral cavity cancer also known as mouth cancer as one of the most prevalent cancers in the world. According to researchers, the prevalence of oral cancer in Nigeria and Africa in general is not that high. Oral cavity cancer constitutes 2.7% of all cancer cases reported from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, over a six year period. At the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan just 1.2% of all cancer cases reported were oral cavity cancer, and in Maiduguri only...
Oyo Approves Compulsory Health Insurance for Workers, Students

Oyo Approves Compulsory Health Insurance for Workers, Students

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The Oyo State Executive Council on Monday said it has made the enrolment for its health insurance compulsory for all civil and public servants in the state. It stated that this decision was is in line with the provision of Section 16, Sub Section 1 of the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) Law of 2016. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun who made this disclosure in a statement made available to DAILY POST explained that the compulsory enrolment of all civil and public servants from level 1 to level 12 will be the Standard Plan with Eight thousand naira (N8,000) as premium per annum, inclusive of N200 registration service while from level 13 and above will be on the Standard Plus plan of Thirteen Thousand, five hundred Naira (N13,500) premium p...
WHO Releases 2018 list of Priority Pathogens With Potential to Cause Public Health Emergency

WHO Releases 2018 list of Priority Pathogens With Potential to Cause Public Health Emergency

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For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, WHO has developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts. This tool seeks to identify those diseases that pose a public health risk because of their epidemic potential and for which there are no, or insufficient, countermeasures. The diseases identified through this process are the focus of the work of R& D Blueprint. This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it indicate the most likely causes of the next epidemic.   2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases The first list of prioritized diseases was released in December 2015. Using a published prioritization methodology, the list was first reviewed in January 2017. T
PSN Partners Firm On Cancer Treatment For Members

PSN Partners Firm On Cancer Treatment For Members

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Johnson & Jonson (Janssen) to engage in a strategic partnership to expand access to innovative cancer medicines for PSN members and larger society. The president, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai who disclosed this recently, said in addition to Ovarian Cancer, HIV related Kaposi Sarcoma, Metastatic Breast Cancer and Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer treatment, the partnership will cover areas like Schizophrenia, Anaemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriactic Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Plaque Psoriasis and Bipolar Disorders.  Yakasai said the prime goal for PSN is to “ensure fewer people develop cancer, more people are successfully treated, there is a better quality of life
No Case of Lassa Fever in Osun – Commissioner

No Case of Lassa Fever in Osun – Commissioner

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The Osun state government on Tuesday described as untrue the reported case of Lassa fever in the state, adding that only isolated death case of a patient from a neighbouring state was recorded. This was contained in a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo. Baderinwa explained that the patient was admitted at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife, and later died. According to him, the government of Osun, in its proactive measure and prompt response quarantined individuals around the hospital who must have had contact with the late patient to prevent spread of the disease. The statement, however, advised residents of the state to maintain high level of hygiene and kee...
Lassa Fever: Lagos Govt Raises Alarm, Orders Surveillance

Lassa Fever: Lagos Govt Raises Alarm, Orders Surveillance

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Lagos State Government says it is maintaining relevant surveillance activities through its disease surveillance unit to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in the state. Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, in a statement on Monday said that prevention and control of the disease, however, remains a shared responsibility of all citizens. “Isolation wards have been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases, health workers have been placed on red alert and community sensitisation activities intensified. “There is need the public to ensure and maintain adequate personal hygiene and environmental sanitation at all times as part of prevention and control measures against the spread of Lassa fever in the state,’’ Idris said. The commissioner urged the public to store house-hol
Fear Of Lassa Fever Is The Beginning Of Sanitation In FCT

Fear Of Lassa Fever Is The Beginning Of Sanitation In FCT

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The re-emergence of the deadly Lassa fever late last year has posed serious concerns to Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in general, because of its proximity with two of the affected states; Nasarawa and Kogi states. Since the onset of the epidemic in December 2016 in various West African countries including Nigeria, 501 cases have been recorded as it has claimed 104 lives as at June 9, 2017 and the figures have been rising. During the current outbreak, 17 states have been hit by the disease and they include Anambra, Bauchi and Borno states, as well as Cross-River, Ebonyi and Edo states. Similarly, Enugu, Gombe and Kaduna states have been affected, including Kano, Kogi and Nasarawa states. In addition, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba have reported at least one co...