About 17 Health Management Organisations (HMOs) under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have been delisted, Mrs Ahunna Ochor, the Coordinator of the scheme in Enugu State, has said. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, Ochor said the affected HMOs could not provide quality health to enrollees. She said that some of the delisted HMOs collapsed on their own and owed some health care providers several millions of naira. “About 17 of the HMOs were recently delisted. Some collapsed on their own and we found out that they owed some health care providers quite a lot of money that run into millions. “Some of those owed have written to the executive secretary of the scheme through the state office and we await the outcome,’’ sh
Discussions at the ongoing AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, have focused on the dearth of homegrown scientific solutions to HIV/AIDS on the continent. This comes as participants at the conference say that many of the breakthroughs in the treatment and control of the viral disease are coming from abroad instead of within. According to them, donors from the United States of America and other developed nations commit more funds and resources to HIV/AIDS programmes compared to governments in Africa, the region that is most affected by the disease. The Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Michael Sidibe, who spoke at the opening plenary, stated that 95 per cent of antiretrovirals, a drug used by persons living with the disease, came
The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Yakasai, has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to address the needs of health workers urgently. Yakasai noted particularly that the incessant strikes by aggrieved health professionals could lead to a breakdown of order in the sector. He also called on the Federal Government to discuss with stakeholders regularly while working out modalities toward implementing the agreements it signed with the various health unions since 2010. According to him, the government must take the agitation of the Joint Health Sector Unions seriously, especially the ones that border on the adjustment of the CONHESS scale by the Salaries and Wages Commission. He also urged the government to implement the content ...
A medical consultant with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr Innocent Abang, has called on lawmakers in both state and federal parliaments to enact laws to check quackery in medical institutions in Nigeria. He said the rate of impersonation and quackery has become alarming thereby impacting negatively against the medical profession. In an interview with Daily Trust, Abang, who is vying for chairmanship of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River State in the upcoming election, said there is need for enhancement of quality medical practice by the engagement of subspecialization and advocacy for Private Public Partnership (PPP) in the health sector. He said this will stem the existing inter-professional rivalry in the health sector. Abang also ...
The Federal High Court, Akure has dismissed the suit filed by the Nigeria Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) against the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). Delivering judgment in Akure, Ondo State in the suit no: FHC/AK/CS/01/2004 which sought to stop the PCN from regulating activities of members of NAPPMED, Justice F.A. Olubanjo dismissed NAPPMED’s prayers for lacking in merit. “I find no merit in this amended originating summons and the reliefs sought therein are refused. The amended originating summons filed on March 11, 2015 is dismissed” Justice Olubanjo held. The plaintiffs, (NAPPMED) and Otunba F.E. Olatunji, had taken the Minister of Health, PCN and the Attorney-General of the Federation to court seeking to stop the PCN from p
For lots of people, there’s nothing more fun than pouring a glass of wine or a strong cocktail at the end of a long workday. On weekends, some of us enjoy more. It would surprise you to learn that alcohol, like many of the other things we love in life, is pretty harsh on the skin. First, drinking basically makes it impossible for your body to stay hydrated. “Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes you to pee more,” says NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe. “But it also hinders the production of the hormone vasopressin. That hormone helps you reabsorb water. Alcohol is kind of double sided, in that it’s forcing out water and making it harder for your body to rehydrate itself.” And we all know what dehydrated skin looks like - tired and sallow, with more pronounced fine lines, wrink
Colic in its simplest sense is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s younger than 5 months old, and cries for more than three hours back to back on three or more days a week for at least three weeks consecutively. Colic isn't a disease and won't cause your baby any long-term harm, but it's a tough thing young parents go through alongside their babies, especially at night. Colic isn’t fun for babies at all, and it certainly is no fun for parents either. While there’s no guaranteed remedy that permanently stops the persistent cries of infants, doctors and paediatricians sometimes suggest the use of gripe water to parents who are desperate for respite, – something or just anything medicinal, and baby friendly that could help relieve a ba
Sokoto State commissioner for Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale Shuni, has said that no fewer than 287 women have been treated of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) within the last one year. The Commissioner also stated that the state government has concluded plans to foot the marriage bills of VVF treated persons as a way of discouraging any form of stigmatization hitherto labelled against them, adding that age is not a determinant for VVF. According to him, despite the recent reduction in VVF cases in the state, there is still the need to sustain the tempo in sensitizing people on the remote and immediate causes of VVF. The basic causes of VVF, according to Dr Shuni, include prolonged obstructed labour as well as other traditional practices that jeopardize the life of the expectant moth
A New non-invasive treatment approach that is suitable for drug addiction, chronic depression, migraine, schizophrenia, sleep problems, anxiety and series of mental health illnesses is now available in Nigeria and West Africa. It is estimated that globally 121 million people suffer from clinical depression. Out of these, 48 million are Nigerians. But despite extensive psychotherapeutic and pharmacological medical care approaches, many patients of mental illnesses continue to suffer while the burden on the health care system increases. Experts say out of the millions affected by mental illnesses worldwide, 20 to 40 percent are resistant to pharmacological antidepressant treatments while another 33 percent show poor response. Many medications are associated with significant advers
Health professionals and specialists in various medical fields are set to brainstorm in a conference on curbing Nigeria’s high Medical tourism, one of vexatious issues in Nigeria’s health sector. In a statement made available to newsmen, a neurosurgeon and advocate for reversing medical tourism in Nigeria, Dr Biodun Ogungbo, said the theme of the conference coming up at the Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, 20th July, 2016, is “Reversing Medical Tourism: strengthening local capabilities, and encouraging foreign collaborations”. Quoting the World Bank, he said “over $1bn is being spent by Nigerians on medical tourism abroad annually adding that if the country had been building sustainable programmes in health, it would have been ‘there’ by now”. Using Thailand as a
Although it is one of the world’s oldest diseases, tuberculosis is not currently on the decline. In fact, a recent World Health Organisation report found that the global TB epidemic is even larger than previously thought, revising the estimated global burden of TB upward for the second year in a row. Experts at the TB 2016 in Durban, South Africa, note that the millennia-old disease sickened almost 10 million people last year alone, while it also claimed 1.5 million lives, despite being preventable, treatable and curable. In recognition of the need for greater attention to the global TB epidemic, the International AIDS Society organised the TB2016, a two-day conference dedicated exclusively to this infectious disease immediately preceding AIDS 2016 in Durban, South Afri
Just like how you can spot Asians by their looks, so is the case with the physical look of a Down syndrome patient. Down syndrome patients of every race and tribe look alike. They all have features of low muscle tone (babies appear "floppy"), flat facial features, with a small nose, upward slant to the eyes, small skin folds on the inner corner of the eyes, small abnormally shaped ears, single deep crease across the centre of the palm, hyper-flexibility (excessive ability to extend joints), fifth finger has only one flexion furrow instead of two, extra space between the big toe and the second toe, and enlarged tongue that tends to stick out.This varies from person to person. But in most cases it is mild to moderate. Down syndrome is a set of physical and mental traits caused by a gene pro...
Muscle growth is an incredibly complex process, including actions by as many as 70 genes and a list of hormones you'd need a graduate degree in endocrinology to fully understand. Your body simultaneously speeds up the mechanisms that encourage growth and slows down the ones that inhibit it. The payoff is that, for 24 to 48 hours following a workout, your body adds protein to your muscles faster than it takes protein away. The process is not only complex, but for most guys it's also painfully slow. It takes a lot of hard work to go from someone who lifts to someone who looks like he lifts. And sometimes progress is so slow it seems nonexistent. Top of Form The solution may come down to basic math: what you're doing + a little more = better results. "There's a dose-response relationship ...
Nigeria and 22 other countries remain at risk of animal-to-human transmission of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to a new study. Only Nigeria and six of the 22 countries have experienced cases of Ebola, leaving the remaining 15 potentially unaware of areas where the virus can thrive and, therefore, underprepared for future outbreaks. The study entitled, “Updates to the zoonotic niche map of Ebola virus disease,” was conducted by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington in Seattle, United States (U.S.). Only a few countries experienced cases of Ebola before 2013, until Guinea unexpectedly reported an outbreak that led to more than 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths across West Africa. The current findings, p
HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death among Africans aged between 10 and 19, UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said Monday at the start of a major international conference on the virus. “Despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death,” Lake said in a statement released on the first day of AIDS 2016, held in the South African city of Durban. “AIDS is still the number two cause of death for those aged 10-19 globally — and number one in Africa,” added the head of the UN children’s agency. According to UNICEF, AIDS-related deaths among people aged between 15 and 19 have more than doubled since 2000, with 29 new infections within this age group taking place acros