Parents of a four-year-old little girl in Ndioke Ishieke community, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Jennifer, who was defiled by the 14-year-old son of their neighbour, are now in anguish. The incident took place on October 27, 2018. Before the incident happened, it was not their practice to leave her and two other siblings alone in the house. Her father, Mr Sunday, told newsmen in Abakaliki, the state capital that they usually took them along wherever they went. But on the fateful day, the wife went to the farm while the husband embarked on another mission. Sunday said that when he and the wife were about leaving their home, the alleged culprit, Nelson, volunteered to take care of the kids since he didn’t go to school that day as it was a Saturday. The teenager’s of
Olubunmi Lawal, the national president, National Association of Paediatric Nurses, on Saturday, said Nigeria ranked third with about 800,000 pre-term births, annually. Mrs Lawal disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja as the world commemorates 2018 World Prematurity Day. This year’s theme is: “Working together, partnering with families in the care of small and sick newborns”. She said annually, 15 million babies are born premature globally, out of which 60 per cent are born in Sub-Saharan Africa, with one million deaths recorded. “India ranks first, secondly China and Thirdly, Nigeria with 773,600 pre-term births yearly, hence the need to raise awareness on the challenges and interventions at communities, families, and to government at all levels.
Nigerians have been cautioned to stop living in crowded rooms, seek medical advice when down with fever and be more alert to the outbreak of the cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in their environment. This advice was given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). It comes with the announcement of the beginning of the CSM season in Nigeria which usually starts from November to June with a peak in April. Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa which is on the meningitis belt and as such the outbreak of meningitis has become a yearly occurrence in at least 26 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). These states include Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger,Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe Nasarawa, Borno, Cross River, Jigawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Plateau, Osun, FCT. CSM...
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have called on the federal and state governments to increase the funding of healthcare in the country. Dr Kofi Ikpeme, a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeon and past Chairman of NMA in Cross River, made the call on Saturday during the NMA South South Zonal Meeting in Calabar. Ikpeme said that the Nigerian health sector had continued to decline due to poor budgetary allocation, adding that this affected healthcare provision to citizens. He said that the national budget for the health sector in Nigeria had been fluctuating between 5 per cent and 8 per cent over the years, adding that the percentage was low. According to him, the World Health Organisation Conference has recommended and approved 21 per cent allocation of a country’s national budget to
A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri on Saturday advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Pinnacle is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioral, and mental health related issues. According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health. “As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be ment
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Nasarawa State has decried the clampdown and closure of facilities belonging to its members by the Laboratory Council of Nigeria (LCN). Dr Bulus Umaru, the state Chairman of the association, told newsmen on Thursday in Lafia that six facilities belonging to members of the association had been sealed by the council. Umaru however claimed that the council had no justification for sealing off facilities belonging to his members since they were not a regulatory body for doctors or dental practitioners. “Each professional association in the health sector has its regulatory body saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring adherence to the standard. “For doctors, it is the Medical and Dental Council that regulates our activities both in publi
Members of the National Executive Committee of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) led by the National Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Amibor recently paid a courtesy call on the immediate past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai FPSN, FPCPharm, FNIM, at Pharmacy House, Anthony Village, Lagos, shortly before he left office. On the entourage of AHAPN were the National Secretary, Pharm Hafiz Akande, the National Publicity Secretary, Pharm. (Dr.) Francis Odigie, National Treasurer, Pharm. Bode Ogunjemiyo, and immediate past National Treasurer Pharm. Margaret Adedapo. Others were Director, Pharmaceutical Services National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Pharm. (Mrs.) Margaret Obono, Pharm. Kayode Ai
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has urged government at all levels to prioritise primary health care in the country. Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference of the Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria held in Lagos on Thursday, Idris said there were a lot of challenges facing primary health care in many of the states in the country. “The best way to address these challenges is to prioritise primary health care, which forms the bedrock of the medical system. “Global health security requires a functioning medical system and we cannot achieve that without a good primary health care system,” he said. The commissioner urged that if primary health care was neglected in the rural areas, it would be difficult to contain dise
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it intercepted a total of 340 million tramadol tablets found in 12 containers in Apapa Sea Ports, Lagos. Tramadol, a psychotropic drug and opiate derivative, was recently banned by the Federal Government. The Chairman of the agency, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), said in Abuja on Wednesday that the seizures were achieved with the collaboration of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). A spokesman of the NDLEA, Jonah Achema, said in a statement quoting the Chairman of the agency that the tablets which were in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams were recovered from 12 containers in an on-going search of containers at the port. “These containers which have been on the watch-list of NDLEA since November 20
Experts say good men’s grooming goes beyond the face. Just like a car, your hair needs regular maintenance. Some often tend to be complacent about grooming. You need to treat and style your hair properly in-order to look great. Many men tend to overlook maintaining a hair care regime as they find it to be a task. However, by following some simple steps, you can ensure that you have healthy and great-looking hair every day. These are some easy hair care tips that every man must make part of his routine. Get your hair cut every four to six weeks It is said that a good haircut lasts long after you leave the barbershop. Too many men wait for their hair to get rough and unkempt before dashing to the barbershop. Basically, if you have noticed your hair needs a cut, then go ahead. It is better
Scientists say studies carried out recently show that people who do not have enough sleep, stressed people and chronic pain sufferers largely run the risk of having dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as they grow old. Reports say currently a fresh research is taking advantage of the rising popularity of mobile phones among the elderly to measure cognitive decline and help them take steps to avoid it. A senior citizen, Inez Vanable has the habit of always trying out new things even at 90; she says she wants to remain sharp. She told Ivanhoe, “My very dear friend who is about ten years younger than I am developed early onset Alzheimer’s. We were such good friends, and then she didn’t know me anymore.” For this purpose and study, scientists sent her and 500 elder people in various homes smar
Mention the word ‘bedtime’ and you are sure to get the kids groaning all over. When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns for parents is how to get them to bed on time every night. Nearly every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point, and for a lot of parents, bedtime can be a recurring nightmare. Not only is sleep critical to the functioning of all body systems, scientists have found a distinct correlation between our ability to learn and process memories, and our sleeping habits. Studies show too little sleep can contribute to many physical and mental health issues, including poor ability to learn, depression, high blood pressure and disease. A healthy sleep routine with adequate time to wind-down at the end o
Despite a huge market of over 400 million Euros in Nigeria’s Pest Control and Fumigation Industry, only about 20 million Euros has been tapped, the Managing Director, Rotimax Integrated Services LTD, Tolu Caled, has said.Speaking during a two-day training and certification programme for intending managing directors of pest control and fumigation companies in Lagos recently, organised by Rotimax, he said pest control and fumigation industry was very lucrative especially in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos but added that professionals in other parts of the country can also do very well. According to him, “ignorance has made it look like the business is not lucrative. I have gone for jobs where a client was shocked that I could speak good English. I am a graduate who studied economics; we have
Keeping the body in great physical and mental shape can seem like a daunting task. From dealing with the workout in a gym or running, and then thinking about all the sweat that will be generated, it’s really no wonder that most people find it difficult to keep up with an exercise regimen. Well, all hope is not lost. Experts say you can still keep fit, stay healthy and be “cool” while you are at it; all you need do is swim! Swimming comes with quite a number of benefits apart from the fact that it is very refreshing. Here are a couple of reasons you should introduce swimming into your health and fitness regimen. It is Universal: Whether you are just recovering from an injury or you are pregnant, old, young and slim or plus sized, you can swim. Swimming can be done by anyone and everyone a
…AS HE BAGS POLIO CHAMPION AWARD Following his contributions to the health sector, the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Thursday received commendations from President Muhammadu Buhari, who said that Adewole was very competent in the performance of his official duties. Disclosing this while receiving ‘Polio Champion Award’, Buhari commended Rotary International who instituted the humanitarian work in 1995. According to him Rotary International are the champions of the weak. Buhari was conferred with the prestigious Polio Champion Award in recognition of his uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme in Nigeria. Rotary International President, Mr Barry Rassin, who is on a four-day official visit to Nigeria, presented the award to Presi