Hearing loss has been linked to several factors such as meningitis, measles, jaundice, antibiotics, insufficient oxygen and infection at birth among other factors. These, according to a Clinical Audiologist, at BSA Hearing and Speech Centre, Lagos, Dr. Simeon Afolabi could lead to permanent hearing loss if not detected and treated early. He said intake of antibiotics and drugs used in the treatment of neonatal infections, malaria, drug-resistant tuberculosis and cancer as well as lack of oxygen known as birth asphyxia, neonatal jaundice, low birth weight and infection during pregnancy such as rubella and cytomegalovirus in women can lead to hearing loss in children. Research shows that 360 million people have hearing loss, with about 32 million being children, as the World Health ...
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have created a fully functioning artificial human heart muscle large enough to patch over damage typically seen in patients who have suffered a heart attack, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Unlike some human organs, the heart cannot regenerate itself after a heart attack. The dead muscle is often replaced by scar tissue that can no longer transmit electrical signals or contract, both of which are necessary for smooth and forceful heartbeats. Current clinical trials are testing the tactic of injecting stem cells derived from bone marrow, blood or the heart itself directly into the affected site in an attempt to replenish some of the damaged muscle. However, fewer than one per cent of the injected cells surviv...
A young woman bled to death after a junior doctor on a Saturday shift accidentally punctured her stomach wall with a needle. Emme Godiff was having fluid drained from around her internal organs when the medic tried to insert the syringe — only for it to curve. Emme sent a WhatsApp message to her grandmum saying: “I’m not letting another student (doctor) touch me again,” but her condition deteriorated and a subsequent scan showed the procedure had caused a severe bleeding which failed to clot. She died the following day from internal bleeding into a cavity next to her stomach, despite efforts to save her. At an inquest, Salford Royal Infirmary in Greater Manchester admitted the mistake following an inquiry into last May’s tragedy, but said ”less staff” were on duty at a weekend. The doc
Nurses in Oyo state have appealed to the state government to see to the plight of health workers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho to stem continued exit of workers from the institution. Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Oyo state, Mrs Rukayat Afonja made this appeal during its Special Nurses Week and Scientific Workshop with the theme: “Evidence-Based Care: A veritable Tool for Excellent Nursing care,” held in Ibadan. She said the state of affairs in the hospital was epitomized by the fact that workers at LAUTECH hospital had continued to receive half salary for about 20 months, and nurses were on strike. “Presently, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomosho is on strike, our nurses are on strike
Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI), a non-governmental organisation, has won the 2017 Nelson Mandela-Graça Michel Innovation Awards in mental health, according to a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Mr Grant Clark, Senior Media Advisor to 2017 International Civil Society Week, said in the statement issued on on Wednesday that MANI was selected from among 300 nominations across the globe as the winner in the Civil Society Organisation category. “The awards seek to recognize outstanding bravery and achievement towards social change. “From humble beginnings, MANI, which promotes mental health awareness in Nigeria, has grown to be the largest and most active mental health NGO.” He said that former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon praised MANI’s ac
The Federal Government of Nigeria has dragged three male suspects; Afam Ofor, 26 years, Peter Gabriel, 30 years and Edwin Nwobodo, 25 years, before a Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna for selling and delivering patent or proprietary medicines to unsuspecting general public without approval. The suspects were brought before Hon. Justice Sale Musa on Thursday with four count charges.. The charges stated that the accused persons not being a selling dispenser, a chemist or a holder of a patent and proprietary medicine vendors lincense did sell or deliver patent or proprietary medicines contrary to section 34(1)(a) and (b) and punishable under section 34(2) of the poisons and pharmacy ACT, CAP 535, LFN 1990. “Your shops were sealed after found selling or delivering medicines without
Europe's HIV epidemic is growing at an 'alarming pace' as infections reached their highest level in 2016 since records began, health officials reveal today. Last year, around 160,000 people contracted HIV, which causes AIDS, in 53 European countries, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Over the past decade, the rate of newly-diagnosed HIV infections in Europe has risen by 52 per cent from 12 in every 100,000 people in 2007 to 18.2 for every 100,000 in 2016, the report adds. According to the report, this increase was 'mainly driven by the continuing upward trend in the East', which accounts for around 80 per cent of Europe's cases. Zsuzsanna Jakab, European regional director of the WHO, said...
Some Nigerian foreign-trained doctors yesterday narrated how irregularities marred their recently conducted 16-week induction course for them to be licenced to practice in the country. The foreign-trained doctors, numbering over 200, who were part of those said to have failed the examination for the induction, said the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) had from the beginning set out to fail most of them. During a meeting with the Senate Committee on Health chaired by Sen Lanre Tejouso (APC, Ogun) yesterday in Abuja, one after the other, the medical doctors narrated how they were treated unjustly even as they said the results of the final examinations they took were manipulated. This is even as the Senate health committee, which is in receipt of a petition by the parents...
An estimated one in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from the World Health Organisation. The finding means people are taking medicines that fail to treat or prevent disease. Substandard or falsified products are a waste of money for individuals and companies that buy time, and they can also cause serious illness or even death. “Substandard and falsified medicines particularly affect the most vulnerable communities,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Imagine a mother who gives up food or other basic needs to pay for her child’s treatment, unaware that the medicines are substandard or falsified, and then that treatment causes her child to die. This is unaccept
Cotton buds should not be used to clean ears, health officials say. Inserting a bud could damage the ear canal and eardrum and push wax further down, according to the health watchdog. The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) also says that ear syringing, in which a large metal syringe is used to pump water manually into the ear to clear out wax, is potentially harmful and should no longer be used. Its committee agreed that buds may be a ‘hazard’ that can cause infections or push wax further into the ear canal. The guideline says the ear canal is ‘self-cleaning’, with excess wax falling out on its own, and that the entrance to the ears can be cleaned with a damp flannel. Rather than manual syringing, which can cause trauma, Nice recomm
Senate President Mr. Bukola Saraki, who is touted as a trained medical doctor, is not licensed to practice medicine in the United Kingdom, according to the country’s General Medical Council (GMC). Saraki once claimed he practiced medicine at Rush Green Hospital, London, after qualifying as a medical doctor from the University of London in 1988 but that claimed could not be verified as the hospital closed shop in 1995. He had previously schooled in Nigeria. The GMC, in an email message, signed by Sarah Orr, its Media Relations Officer, was responding to SaharaReporters’ enquiry about Mr. Saraki’s status as a medical doctor. According to the GMC, all licensed doctors working in the United Kingdom have to undergo a revalidation process to ensure that their skills are up to date and the
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has decried the abuse of cough syrup among youths and urged authorities to intervene to regulate its use. Abubakar made the call on Friday in Sokoto while addressing the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) tagged, “Caliphate 2017’’. The Sultan described the conference as timely and urged participants to deliberate on improving women and family health to reduce mortality. He assured that traditional rulers would continue to promote health policies and work toward protecting the society. Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said his administration established Healthcare Insurance Scheme to improve primary healthcare delivery, women and children health, as well as support
Pregnant mothers who take antibiotics put their children at greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease, a new study warned.The pills, taken by about 40 percent of pregnant women in the US, cause changes in the gut bacteria or microbiome of the mother which are then inherited by their unborn child, according to the New York University study. The balance between good and bad bacteria is altered and this change triggered a IBD inflammation scores 55-fold higher than those with normal gut bacteria.Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main forms of IBD, affecting about 1.6 million Americans, including a growing number of children. The microbiome is made up of trillions of bacterial organisms that live inside of our intestines and co-evolved with us to play roles in digestion
The President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said Senate would implement the 2014 National Health Act, especially the one per cent consolidated fund to enhance funding of Nigeria’s health system in 2018. Saraki made the disclosure at the commemoration of 2017 World AIDS Day in Abuja. Represented at the occasion by Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, Senate Committee Chairman on Primary Health Care and infectious Diseases, Saraki said that the Act was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan. He said “it stipulates that one per cent of consolidated fund be set aside for health care provision.” He, however, added that the implementation of that part of the Act was not included in the proposed 2018 budget recently submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate for cons
NO fewer than 200 indigenes of Amaigbo community in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, last weekend, benefited from the free medical treatment of Healthcare Educational Liaison. Project HELP, which started in the United States of America, USA, in 2007, reaches out mostly to the elderly, middle aged and infants across the community as the last exercise witnessed a large turnout in the area. In a chat with South-East Voice, the founder of HELP and Coordinator of the free medical services who is a practicing cardiologist based in USA, Dr, John Kalu Ijem stated that the outreach was meant to care for the immediate medical needs of the people at no cost as critical cases were referred to clinics or health centres close by for continued medical treatment. “The reason fo