If findings by scientists are anything to go by, the legendary Obokun fish, along with other fish in its ilk that are considered delicacies (especially when trying to get to a man’s heart through the stomach) will soon be taboo. For decades, nutritionists have stressed the value of fish. Especially the fatty kinds when it comes to the balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6, fatty acids that they contain in large measure. Now, the outlook for the fish is grin. According to recent findings: “While the amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 that oily fish contains is good for our brains, the mercury it also contains is not. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that was once used in making felt hats and gave hatters their reputation for madness. It can also cause cancer and reproductive abnormalities, its effects r
…130 million Nigerians have no access to improved sanitation A new national Survey has shown that about 130 million Nigerians live without access to improved sanitation even as it revealed that Nigeria loses N455 billion (US$ 1.3 billion) annually due to poor sanitation. The sample survey entitled: National Outcome Routine Mapping, NORM, 2018, carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, also found that Nigeria has remained in the list of top 5 open defecation countries in the world for the past 15 years, moving from 5th place in 2003 to 2nd place in 2015. The report notes that only 1 in 4 Nigerians have access to basic toilets. Speaking on the report, UNICEF, Chief of WASH, Mr. Zaid Jurji expla
Lagos – The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Monday said it would soon inaugurate a cleft lip and palate centre to properly care for patients with such conditions. Prof. Adewale Oke, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, made the assertion at the 6th Biannual Conference on Cleft Palate and Lipping in Lagos. The conference was to express the hospitals willingness to work with the consultants and specialists from the United States under the auspices of Alliance for Smiles. “It is also to continue to partner with the Rotary Clubs, Nigeria, to provide succour to the needy. “Four years ago, we had our first interface with Rotary and since then, they have been here biannually to follow up patients that have undergone cleft lip surgery before and to perform surgery o
Medical doctors in Lagos have raised the alarm over rising cases of High Blood Pressure and other hypertensive disorders among patients presenting at many clinics in the state in recent times. The doctors, under the auspices of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, Lagos State Chapter, who disclosed this to pressmen said several of the cases are as a result of stress caused by the effects of the series of incessant road traffic jams across the state. President of the Association, Dr. Tunji Akintade who spoke ahead of their 2018 AGM/Scientific conference slated for today in Lagos, said that stress as a result of traffic caused by road construction and the menace of tankers and flatbed container trucks has increased, “the consequence of this is the
90.8% of households drink contaminated water Water from unhygienic sources fuelling episodes of cholera, diarrhoea As Nigeria is battling one of the largest outbreaks of cholera it has ever witnessed, findings have revealed that 69 million Nigerians or 1 in 3 (35.0 percent) of the population has no access to safe water while less than 1 in 10 (9.2 percent) of households drink safe water. These and other findings are from the 2016/2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, MICS, carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHDA, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. The National survey which reveals the country’s progress and lapses in key areas of development also show that 2 out of every
South Africa on Monday issued a cholera alert following an outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe. “There is a significant risk that travelers from the outbreak-affected area may present with cholera in South Africa,’’ the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said. Healthcare workers countrywide, especially those in Limpopo Province, which borders Zimbabwe, should be on high alert for suspected cholera cases, the NICD said. It urged the public, especially those living in close proximity to the border with Zimbabwe, to use safe water and practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of Sept. 11, almost 2,000 suspected cholera cases, including 24 deaths, were reported in Zimbabwe. The out
Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, has been killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram. The victim was abducted during a raid on a military facility in the area on March 1. At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack. Following the murder of Ahmed, Leman and Alice Ngaddah, a mother of two, are the ones in captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1. While the deceased worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the survivors were staff of UNICEF. In a video seen by TheCable, the deceased was wearing a white hijab. She was shot from behind. The insurgents claimed that they had...
Two people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in Britain in apparently unrelated cases, Public Health England (PHE) have confirmed. Both patients are believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to England, and were diagnosed days apart. There is no known UK link between the two patients, PHE said Tuesday. The second patient is being treated in a specialist infectious disease unit at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, after being transferred from Blackpool Victoria Hospital. It comes after a Nigerian resident was diagnosed with the disease in Cornwall last week. The infection had never previously been diagnosed in the United Kingdom, PHE said. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that typically only leads to mild illness and does not spread easily between p...
An anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects, has asked the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, to account for the spending of budgetary allocations to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and other Federal Government-owned health institutions in the country in the last seven years. The group, in a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, said its request was via the Freedom of Information Act. It urged the minister to make the information available to it within seven days, as provided by the FOI Act, or be ready to face litigation. SERAP said its request became necessary following its findings as published in a report titled, “Failing health care: How federal hospitals are letting down the poor and making health ca
About 498 drug shops in Plateau State have been shut down for alleged quackery and operating without licence by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. The PCN’s Director of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, stated that the raid was carried out by the Drug Distribution Inspection Committee and Enforcement organ of the PCN in fulfillment of the body’s mandate of ensuring that minimum standards of practice were maintained by all players in the pharmaceutical industry. According to her, the raid to fish out quacks and unlicenced medicine dealers was a necessary technical support that would guarantee the provision of the optimum pharmaceutical services, sensitise the public and enforce the guidelines put in place. She said Plateau was the 30th state the PCN was visiting this
A 75-year-old woman has reportedly died of Lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, the Delta State capital. The septuagenarian, whose blood sample tested positive to Lassa fever virus, at the Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, was said to have hailed from Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state. The Delta State Government, while confirming the incident, said it had commenced contact tracing of the victim who died on August 29, 2018. The statement, signed by the Delta State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, urged residents not to panic over the outbreak. Osahor said, “It hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly residents in Delta State, that a case of Lassa fever has been reported in the state, leading to the death of a
Customers of an Albuquerque spa who received a "vampire facial" are being warned that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C through human blood used in the controversial procedure. In a vampire facial -- popularized by Kim Kardashian and other celebrities -- a patient's blood is drawn and then injected back into the face using micro-needles. But the New Mexico Department of Health says an inspection at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque detected practices that might spread HIV or hepatitis B and C, CBS News reported. "We undertook the inspection because a client of the VIP Spa developed an infection that may have resulted from a procedure performed at the spa," state epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen told CBS. His agency is urging that anyone who received a vam...
No detectable benefit seen from regular use of low-dose aspirin for people 70 and older who don't have heart disease, researchers say. For decades, a daily dose of aspirin has been widely considered a way to protect healthy people from cardiovascular disease and even cancer. But a large, new, international study finds that, even at low doses, long-term use of aspirin may be harmful — without providing benefit — for older people who have not already had a heart attack or stroke. The new research reinforces the results from a study published in late August, which found that daily low-dose aspirin was too risky to be prescribed to patients at moderate risk of heart disease. In the August study and the new one, researchers found a significant risk of internal gastric bleeding caused by t
The Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission, on Saturday disbursed medical assistance worth N7.4 million to various hospitals and pharmaceutical shops committee across the state. The Commission’s Chairman, Malam Lawal Maidoki, said that the assistance was part of the state government’s monthly support to the commission to assist the less-privileged in the society. “Every month the state government support the commission with N31.5 million to assist the needy in the area of medical, shelter, food and disaster, among others to improve their living standard. “Therefore, as usual, we are disbursing N7.4 million to our various partners, hospitals and pharmaceutical shops to assist the needy who cannot afford medication,” he said. The Chairman further restated the state government commi
As part of Federal Government’s efforts to improve basic health care in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will perform the national flag off of basic health provision fund in Osogbo, the Osun state capital. Dr Niyi Oginni,the Executive Director of Osun Health Insurance Scheme (O’HIS), who disclosed this at a news conference on Sunday in Osogbo, said the flag off would be performed by the President and the Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Sept. 20. Oginni said that the basic health provision fund , which was signed into law under section 11 of 2014 health act, would be flagged off along side Osun Health Insurance Scheme by the President. He said that after the flag-off, malaria treatment, high blood check, diabetics screening would be free of charge for all residents. Ogin