Over 104 persons suffering from eye cataract have benefitted from surgical operations carried out by the Africa Eye Laser Centre in Benin-City in collaboration with Sight Foundation, New Delhi, India. This partnership was also supported by St. Jude Eye Clinic Missions Corporation, United States of America in commemoration of the World Sight Day. Chief Executive/Medical Director of the Center, Dr. Stanley Godwin Okoye who addressed newsmen in Benin, said with the World Sight Day theme that showcased the continuous effort to defeat avoidable blindness, the management of the center decided to mark the occasion by utilizing the opportunity to organize a surgery camp targeted at providing the community with low cost laser cataract surgery with a view to bring cutting edge surgery to the comm...
Experts found those exposed to high levels of air pollution were more likely to have poor quality sperm. The research suggests moving to the countryside could boost their chance of conceiving. There is growing evidence linking tiny particles of traffic fumes, known as particulate matter, to a wide range of health dangers. Researchers looked at the sperm quality of nearly 6,500 men in Taiwan. They also assessed smog levels near each participant’s home address. Those with the highest exposure to fine sooty particles – known as PM2.5 – were most likely to have abnormally-shaped sperm. And increasing levels of pollution also resulted in a significant drop in healthy sperm. One theory is that the heavy metals in dirty air damage DNA and alter sperm production. Scientists from the Chine
• NTDC’s Tour to boost country’s GDP with domestic tourism The Director General of Nigerian Tourism and Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Coker has said that Nigerians would continue to travel abroad for healthcare services if nothing is done to save the system soon. Addressing journalists at the strategic meeting towards promoting historical and cultural exchanges between South Africa and Nigeria, Coker added that health issues should be taken more seriously in the country because it tends to affect tourism. “Reports on communicable disease outbreak would definitely scare tourists and investors away from Nigeria and the synergy with other countries that we intend achieve would remain impossible,” he added. Urging the media to be wary of propaganda health reportage, Co
Without appropriate interventions, the rate of people who die of sudden death would be 83 per cent by 2020 in developing countries. Sudden death has been identified as a leading health challenge accounts for over 7 million deaths annually, which represent 40 per cent of the annual global deaths according to research. The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in its research findings by the Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) Research Group had said that sudden death in developing countries, including Nigeria remains on the rise and has become a formidable health challenge in need of urgent interventions. Head, NCD research group, NIMR, Dr. Nkiruka Odunukwe has decried the dearth of autopsy result and that there is a huge number of sudden death as defined by the pathologist in the...
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has launched a five-year strategy and implementation plan to ensure a healthier and safer Nigeria through the prevention and control of diseases of public health importance. The document, launched by the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, indicated NCDC’s five strategic plans in ensuring this. The plan included accurate measurement of the burden of infectious diseases in Nigeria, development of a Public Health Laboratory network to support the detection prevention and response to critical infectious diseases as well as ensuring that Nigeria meets its international obligations under the International Health Regulations. NCDC said it also intend to reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies as
Bone loss is a silent condition. It has no symptoms and occurs slowly over the years. Many women have no idea that they have suffered bone loss until the day they trip, fall, and fracture a bone. Until now several medicinal plants have been found useful in preventing bone loss. Topmost on the list is Chenopodium ambrosioides that experts considered useful also in dressing of wounds, bone regeneration and fracture healing. In a new study, researchers’ assessment of the effect of Chenopodium ambrosioides in animals, indicate that its water extract can help to promote new bone formation, and thus fracture healing. Under laboratory conditions, the researchers evaluated the effect of an aqueous extract of Chenopodium ambrosioides on the bone repair process in 36 male Wistar rats that w
Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has signed the State Health Insurance Agency Bill into law with a promise to support it with an initial N200 million. Speaking during the signing ceremony at Government House, Ilorin, he said the agency would operate with contributions from other sectors like the consolidated funds, grants from donors and other agencies. The governor said the State Health Insurance Agency is part of the government’s commitment to human capital development noting that it has quality healthcare service and functional education as its main components. He stated that the agency is saddled with provision of qualitative, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery for all the people of the state adding that apart from the N200 million grant from the state
*‘Proposed cuts in U.S. funding to Nigeria, 18 others will cause 67m more cases, 290,649 deaths in four years’ The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised fresh alarm that malaria, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) may become untreatable soon. According to the WHO, globally, 480 000 people develop multi-drug resistant TB each year, and drug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria, as well. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs”.
Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemons have enormous health benefits. Lemon is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family - Rutaceae, native to Asia. The tree’s ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. The health benefits of lemon include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, and fever. Others are - internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, while it also benefits hair and skin care. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemons help to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood
• NACA integrates treatment into health insurance schemes The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and some civil society organisations may protest non-release of antiretroviral drugs held up at various seaports across the country. The Head, Occupational Health/Safety Desk of the NLC, Maureen Onyia-Ekwuazi, who spoke on the 2017 World AIDS day slated for December 1, lamented that most of the drugs are expiring owing to long stay at the ports. She said: “I join the civil society groups in calling on the Federal Ministry of Finance to give whatever waver that is required to get all the commodities that are still in the various ports accumulating demurrage so that our people can have access to the drugs they need. “Nigeria claims it does not have money, then foreigners send us commoditie
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Health recently warned the general public on a matter concerning some 41 suspected human kidney traffickers who are currently on trial in Egypt. This information was made public in a recent news release signed by Dr. Wapada I. Malami, Director of Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health. It would be recalled that in May this year, a Nigerian Civil Society Group, Patriotic Citizens Initiatives (PCI), said that a number of Nigerian prisoners in China were disappearing under mysterious circumstances. The group suggested that they could have been taken out for execution by prison officials for the purpose of ‘harvesting’ and dealing in their organs! Authoritative sources say the illegal trade has grown recently to be worth in the exces
Doctors were shocked to discover nine nails lodged inside a woman's abdomen after she swallowed them with a cup of toilet cleaner in a failed suicide attempt. The 20-year-old woman went to the hospital with severe stomach pain a day after the suicide attempt. X-rays revealed multiple nails in her stomach and upper abdomen and instead of removing the nails through surgery doctors gave her a laxative to help her poop them out. After 11 days she had pooped out all of the nails without any complications and was discharged from the hospital. However, three weeks later she went back to the hospital complaining of vomiting and a lack of appetite. Doctors used an endoscopy - a small rubber tube with a camera that's inserted down the throat - to see what was going on and they discovered she had p...
The hope of about 30 graduates to gain jobs at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Kano, has been dashed after they failed a mandatory drug test. The prospective employees who emerged from thousands of applicants had successfully fulfilled various requirements and had been shortlisted until their samples turned up positive. It was learnt that the affected, predominantly youths, were dropped from a 150-strong list projected to fill manpower shortage at the only Federal Government-owned orthopaedic hospital in the entire northern region. A reliable management source at the hospital confirmed the development, adding that some of the applicants had the recommendation of persons at the presidency, top political appointees, high-ranking members of the Federal Character Commission and sen...
The senator representing Imo West and Orlu senatorial zone of Imo State, Senator Osita Izunaso, has revealed that over 25 million people live with different types of physical disabilities in Nigeria and as such, there is the need for inclusiveness of such persons in the nation’s constitution. Izunaso who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Kpakpando Foundation revealed this in Abuja on the 12th anniversary of the Kpakpando Foundation for persons with disabilities and with the theme ‘Disability, inclusive development, entrepreneurship and self employment’. He said some state governors have seen the zeal and importance of such persons and have keyed into the vision of establishing a commission which will cater for their needs, adding that several of them are better and have
The National Malaria Eradication Programme (NMEP) has lamented that despite the reduction in malaria prevalence in the country, it said malaria remains a leading cause of death of under-five children, saying about 30 children die every hour. The National Coordinator, NMEP, Dr. Audu Muhammed, revealed this in Abuja at the fourth quarter media chat aimed at informing the public through the media on the importance of a stronger partnership between the private sector and NMEP towards sustaining continuous access to ACT. He said though as challenging as elimination of malaria could be, the federal Ministry of Health through NMEP and her RBM partnership have made some progress towards elimination of malaria in the country. Muhammed stated: “it is indeed sad to note that malaria is still