The Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria chapter was founded in 1970. As an active students’ association on the campus of one of Nigeria’s foremost higher institutions, it is also a leading advocacy association for pharmacy students - with the aim to promote improved pharmacy education and students welfares through provision of information, education networking as well as a range of publications and professional initiatives. At the moment the association represents over 800 pharmacy students. Recently, the Association planned and successfully executed a community project to sensitise the locals on the harmful effects of drug abuse as well as the need to put a stop to irrational use of medicines. And of course, the immediate beneficiaries
The Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urgently called on the federal authorities not to relinquish control of matters relating to drugs to private hands. While commending government for pursuing constitutional reforms, it however rejected the recommendations put forward by the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led panel to include medicine and drug related matters in the concurrent list, stating that this could only be a sign of grave danger to come if adopted. The statement to this effect was recently released as part of a communiqué made public after the PSN National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, and signed by the President, Ahmed Yakasai and national Secretary, Emeka Duru. SNA also observed that successive federal constitutions right from the nation’s independence ha
Amazing photographs have been released of a midwife delivering her own child by C-section. Emily Dial had assisted in plenty of births during her years as a midwife. Unfortunately, her first experience with maternity ended sadly a few years ago, when she lost a baby boy after a scheduled C-section. Dial said, “It was an incredible feeling to reach down, feel her head, then slowly feel the rest of her coming, but a little strange not being able to feel the rest of my abdomen.” The central Kentucky mother wanted this experience to be poignant, so she asked a friend and photographer Sarah Hill to document the moment. The two women became close friends after Emily delivered Sarah's child. Sarah, a professional photographer told CafeMom that as soon as Emily found out she was pregna
These days the vast majority of women are going for the all bare look down there. In 2016, 84 percent of women in the US said they shaved their pubic hair at least once if not routinely, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. However, some experts say this can come with some risks - and even deprives women of some unexpected benefits. Speaking with Daily Mail Online, two gynecologists explain exactly how pubic hair protects the skin, staves off infections and can even attract partners by trapping pheromones. 1. Pubic hair keeps genitals warm Gynecologist Dr Alyssa Dweck told Daily Mail Online that, among other things, pubic hair helps control temperature. 'It acts like the hair on many other areas on our body,' said Dr Dweck, who practices at Northern Westchester Hos...
Baldness is the state of lacking hair, most often on the head. The most common kind of baldness is what is called male pattern baldness. To become gradually bald is a normal part of the ageing process for most men. For some men, baldness can be distressing or embarrassing particularly if it is excessive or occurs early in life. There was a story in the media in Nigeria where a wife never wanted to follow the husband out to any occasion, all because of his embarrassing bald head. You will even find friends or even colleagues laughing at the chronic bald head of their peers. For instance, you hear jokes like “if you are bald, you are saving a small fortune that would otherwise be lavished on your hairdresser.” Historically, there was this evolutionary reason that a well-polished bald male
Most times, we are all busy with a full time job, a family and home to attend to. Having had long day at work the last thing you want to do is add another step to your nightly routine before going to bed. Rather than brush your teeth, you fall into bed exhausted. By the time your eyes are closed you don’t want to open them again till dawn. Arguably, this is a typical routine for most people in this part of the world. Keeping your teeth clean goes a long way toward keeping them strong and healthy. So, how often should you clean your teeth? There are many ways to maintain your oral health. Brushing once a day is not one of them according to experts. You have probably heard your dentist say on more than one occasion that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. (Brush at-least twice
Celebrities from Halle Berry to Kim Kardashian have sung the praises of the ketogenic diet, which is popularly called ‘Keto diet’. Keto diet is known for its ability to effect a quick weight loss, with some people even declaring that they have lost a considerable amount of weight in just 10 days. What exactly is a keto diet? How does it work? What are the benefits and side effects? These are the questions that experts seek to answer. What is a ketogenic diet? A ketogenic diet is an extremely low or no carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat a low or no carbohydrate diet which results in molecules called ketones building up in the bloodstreams. Low carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar levels to drop and the body begins to break down
Sweet and crunchy, carrots are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes. Carrots are basically root vegetables belonging to the Apeaceae or Umbelliferrous family. Whether you refer to carrots as a fruit or vegetable, there is no doubt that carrots are delicious. Besides their delicious flavour, carrots from documented evidences contain high amounts of health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer several health benefits and are particularly beneficial for organs like the eyes, skin, digestive system and teeth. China is Carrot production King of the World. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that world production of carrots for the calendar year 2013 was 37.2 million tonnes, with China contributing about 45%...
Avoid Harmful Substances Everybody knows that you should avoid all street drugs during pregnancy so that your baby will not be harmed. But there are other harmful products that you might want to avoid too. Things like tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, pollution, pesticides, household and industrial chemicals and any unnecessary medications, especially over-the-counter drugs. According to American Academy of Paediatrics and the Food and Drug administration, there is no drug that is considered safe during pregnancy. Any drug could have a negative effect on the baby. So, you might want to see your doctor and make sure that any medication you are taking at this crucial time is absolutely necessary for a medical condition. Besides, this is a great time to go “green”. You might want to turn to all t
The birthing process is a period of so many mixed emotions from joy and giddy expectation to feelings of anxiety and a little bit of apprehension for labour itself. A research article published by the Guttmacher Institute shows that Nigerian women would like to receive social support during childbirth. In this research, most Nigerian women receiving antenatal care in a Nigerian hospital said they would prefer to have someone with them during childbirth to provide social support; a perfect role for a doula. Who is a doula? The word ‘doula’ is a Greek word meaning ‘women’s servant’. Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and this has proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labour process. A recent Cochrane Review “Continuous Support for W
Nigeria is among seven countries that account for 67 percent of total global tuberculosis, TB, burden even as about 302,096 out of 407,000 cases of tuberculosis went undetected in 2017. These were revealed by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, NTBLCP. At a briefing in Abuja yesterday ahead of the 2018 World TB Day, National Coordinator of NTBLCP, Adebola Lawanson, said: “The 2017 WHO Global TB report revealed that Nigeria is among the 10 countries that accounted for 64 percent of the global gap in TB case finding with India, Indonesia and Nigeria alone accounting for almost half the total gap. “In 2017, Nigeria notified a total of 104,904 TB cases which is 26 percent of the estimated 407,000 TB cases for the country in the same year. This huge gap in TB case
The Borno State government has confirmed the death of three persons as a result of cholera disease outbreak in the state. Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Haruna Mshelia, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri on Thursday. According to him, 693 persons have been diagnosed with the disease in villages around the Lake Chad area of the state. Mshelia noted that outbreak first occurred six weeks ago in Baga, Doro Baga, Bundiram and Kukawa villages while 77 samples were collected, out of which 69 confirmed suspicion that it was cholera. He, however, said the state government has set up two treatment centres in Baga and Kukawa respectively to attend to all reported cases. The commissioner explained that the victims who lost their lives were brought to ...
Registrar of the Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Adegbola Adeyemi, has advised mothers to shun the use of breast milk and urine in treating babies’ eye infections. Adeyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Wednesday that the practice could do more harm than good to the eyes of their babies. According to him, use of breast milk and urine could result in total blindness. The ophthalmologist urged mothers to use clean water to wash eyes pointing out that a lot of damage would have been done to the eyes before bringing the child to the hospital. He said that both adult and children contracted eye diseases such as conjunctivitis also known as Apollo caused by bacterial infection. He disclosed that refractive error was also common i
This year’s Measles Vaccination Campaign by the Lagos State Ministry of Health kicks off in earnest on Thursday 15th of this month (March), and will terminate on Thursday 29th March, 2018. This was just made public in a statement signed by Adeola Salako, Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry. While briefing news hunters, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care stated that the exercise which targets children of ages 9 months to 5 years will reach out to about 3,609,538 children within the state. In the words of Dr. Onanuga, “The objective of the campaign is to immunise at least 95 percent of children aged 9 months to 5 years with measles vaccine in all local government areas regardless of their previous immunisation status.” He further explained tha
* Gov Ganduje allocates 30% of Kano budget to rehabilitation of health facilities The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has blamed unhygienic attitude and dirty environment for the re- emergence of the deadly Lassa fever disease which has killed over 100 people within two months of 2018 in some parts of the country. Adewole stated this in Abuja at DAI’s Governance Roundtable on the role of Nigeria in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with special focus on Education and Health. The Development Alternatives, DAI, a Non-Governmental Organisation committed to supporting a more prosperous, healthier and well governed Nigeria. But the Minister, who decried the high level of un-cleanliness practised by Nigerians however, noted that Lassa fever can be treated if dic