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Contrary to Popular Thinking, Cough Drugs Could be Toxic, Doctors Warn

Contrary to Popular Thinking, Cough Drugs Could be Toxic, Doctors Warn

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A senior doctor has urged parents not to give kids cough and cold medicines or syrups. Rather, he said, honey and lemon should be used to treat cough. Dr. Oliver Bevington warned that over-the-counter treatments may not work and the ingredients could have side-effects or be toxic in large doses. He also said many cough syrups contain paracetamol, which could lead to parents unintentionally overdosing their children. Dr. Bevington, chairman of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s trainees’ committee, said: “There is absolutely no evidence that cough medicines work, as there has been very little research with regards to their use. “And, potentially, they could actually do the children more harm than good.” He added that parents should stick to “old-fashioned hon
Nasarawa Government Has Put In Place Modalities to Strengthen NSHIP

Nasarawa Government Has Put In Place Modalities to Strengthen NSHIP

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The Nasarawa State Government, said modalities have been put in place towards mainstreaming the Nigeria States Health Investment Project (NSHIP) currently being piloted in the State. Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, made this known when he received at the World Bank team on mid-term review assessment exercise, at Government House, Lafia. The Governor disclosed that he has penultimate week issued an executive order aimed at exploring measures towards seeking legal frame work and through legislation to domesticate the NSHIP project into the mainstream of the State health centre development agency. A press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Musa Elayo and made available the press, Al-Makura assured World Bank team that when such measures are put in place, it would...
Play Your Role Towards Quality Healthcare, LASG Tasks Doctors

Play Your Role Towards Quality Healthcare, LASG Tasks Doctors

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The Lagos State Government has challenged medical doctors under its employ to play a role towards improving standards of healthcare at their various facilities in the state.  Centre, is the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, flanked by members of the Medical Guild, association of doctors under the state employ during their 2017 Annual General meeting in Lagos recently. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris who made the call at the opening of the AGM/Scientific Conference of the Medical Guild with the theme: Restoring Order and Balance in Hierarchy of the Health Sector, charged members of the Guild to make their facilities more competitive in the global healthcare space. Idris also urged them to work together as a team, share knowledge and create collaborations and
FG Accuses NGOs, Importers of Illegal Activities in Health Sector

FG Accuses NGOs, Importers of Illegal Activities in Health Sector

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The Federal government has disclosed that some Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, and importers smuggle other imported items into approved duty waivers issued for the importation of medical equipment and drug related items into the country. A statement signed by Salisu Dambatta, Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Finance said the ministry also observed that these importers and NGOs engage in the sale of imported drugs meant to be distributed to the public for free after being granted import duty exemption by the government. The statement said such practices are in flagrant abuse of the import duty waiver granted by the Nigerian government and in contravention of the provisions of Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) of 1958 (as amended). Mr. Damb...
Who Confirms 10.5% Failure Rate of all Medical Products in Nigeria, Others

Who Confirms 10.5% Failure Rate of all Medical Products in Nigeria, Others

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a red alert saying that an estimated one in every 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries, including Nigeria, is either substandard or falsified. WHO, in conjunction with the first report from the Global Surveillance and Monitoring System published last week, yesterday, published a research that estimates a 10.5 per cent failure rate in all medical products used in low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria. It said that it had since 2013 received 1,500 reports of cases of substandard or falsified products and of these, anti-malarials and antibiotics are the most commonly reported. According to the WHO report, also published in Nature journal, based on 10 per cent estimates of substandard and falsified med...
How to Tell If You Have Dental  or Enamel Erosion?

How to Tell If You Have Dental or Enamel Erosion?

Dental Health, NEWS
In simple terms, dental erosion is the breakdown of your tooth surface, which can lead to tooth damage. Dental Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth. This tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. Sometimes coffee, tea, cola, red wine, fruit juices, and cigarettes stain the enamel on your teeth. Unlike a broken bone that can be repaired by the body, once a tooth chips or breaks, the damage is done forever. Because enamel has no living cells, the body cannot repair chipped or cracked enamel. Tooth or dental erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Enamel erosion can be caused by the following: Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids) Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid) Dry ...
Spider Bite Paralyses Physician in England

Spider Bite Paralyses Physician in England

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A trainee medic in England, Jasmine Harris has been left almost paralysed and unable to walk for six months now due to a mysterious spider bite. The 21-year-old Harris who is in excruciating pain woke with a small puncture wound like two pin pricks on her lower right leg one Sunday in May. She coated it with antiseptic cream but it became increasingly painful and grew in size. Harris, of Chichester, West Sussex, went to the hospital and was given antibiotics as doctors suspected it was a mosquito bite. But in the following days she lost the ability to walk properly and the bite became a huge ulcer. Tests identified potentially-fatal PVL-positive Staphylococcus aureus, a soft tissue infection which causes recurrent and invasive infections. Harris said she is now unable to walk for mor...
Is Lung Cancer Widespread Among Women?

Is Lung Cancer Widespread Among Women?

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to health, experts say that one of the best ways we protect ourselves is by always “checking in” with our own bodies. Lung cancer, in particular, kills more women a year than any other form of cancer, but few women are aware of all the symptoms, particularly those specific to their gender. Lung Cancer Awareness Month is marked in November every year. It is a day set aside to raise awareness about lung cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. In Nigeria, members of the public still see cancer as a disease of the wealthy, the elderly and developed countries. Many sufferers of the disease in the country still regard it as their fate and, as such, a death sentence. Cancer is not just a health issue; it has far-reaching social and economic implications. H
Health Insurance Advocated For Persons Living With HIV

Health Insurance Advocated For Persons Living With HIV

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An NGO, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has urged Federal Government to adopt healthcare insurance scheme for people living with HIV/AIDS to reduce dependency on donor funds for its treatment and prevention. Dr Kema Onu, the Site Coordinator of AHF Nigeria, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Onu spoke on the sidelines of events commemorating the 2017 World AIDS Day celebration. According to Wikipaedia, every Dec.1, since1988, has been designated as the World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. “Government and health officials, non-governmental organisations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS preventi
10,000 Nigerians Die of Cancer Annually – Minister

10,000 Nigerians Die of Cancer Annually – Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday in Abuja said 10,000 people die annually due to agony and lack of basic equipment for treatment of cancer. Adewole said this at the inauguration of the National Hospital’s Radiotherapy Centre with new Multilleave Lenear Accelerator for cancer treatment. He attributed the number of deaths to lack of necessarily equipment and resources to attend to cancer patients. The minister who described cancer as a worldwide disease that kill more people than the combination of Tuberculosis, infectious diseases and HIV, decried the lack of resources to cushion the effect of cancer. He said: “Base on the review of International Atomic Energy Agencies of all countries conducted in 2013 only South Africa and Egypt have the capability of treating ca
Women Should Give Birth Lying On Their Side Rather Than Staying Upright: Study Reveals

Women Should Give Birth Lying On Their Side Rather Than Staying Upright: Study Reveals

NEWS, Women's health
Women should lie on their side while giving birth rather than adopting an upright position, say experts. Expectant mothers are often told to stay active in labour or adopt upright positions to prevent slowing down delivery, ease pain and reduce the chance of needing intervention such as forceps.But a new study has found that women are actually more likely to have a natural birth without any intervention if they lay on their side. The length of labour was also slightly shorter when women were lying down and they were no more likely to need a suction device or forceps delivery, Caesarean section or to suffer tearing. At present, UK guidelines say women having an epidural should stay upright in the second stage of labour to reduce the chance they will need ventouse or forceps. But the new st...
Newborn Baby Rises from Death in India

Newborn Baby Rises from Death in India

Children's Health, NEWS
A miracle has occurred in India after a newborn declared dead by a doctor was seen breathing again some hours later while the parents and other family members were on their way to his funeral. The boy’s mother gave birth to twins Thursday at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Doctors said one of the twins, a baby girl, was stillborn. They initially said the boy was in critical condition, but two hours later he was declared dead, Praveen Malik, the twin’s grandfather, told CNN. The parents were on their way to a cremation ground when they noticed “some movements” inside one of the polythene bags that the hospital gave them with the babies’ bodies. “When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe my eyes,
Lagos Prisons Get Large Drug Supply for Inmates

Lagos Prisons Get Large Drug Supply for Inmates

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The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NIS) has received large consignment of drugs to cater for the health needs of its inmates. The state Controller of Prisons, Mr Tunde Ladipo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that the medications would be distributed among the five prisons in Lagos State. The five prison formations in Lagos State are Maximum, Medium, Female (all in Kirikiri), Ikoyi and Badagry. He said that it was the first time the command was receiving such large consignment of medications from NIS headquarters in several years. Ladipo said that prisons in Lagos had until now lacked essential drugs for sick inmates, forcing the command to seek assistance from NGOs and religious bodies. ““I am highly elated because we have been having problems with
Turai Yar’Adua’s Dream Dies at Abuja Cancer Centre

Turai Yar’Adua’s Dream Dies at Abuja Cancer Centre

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Mrs Turai Yar’Adua, wife of Nigeria’s former president, Umaru Yar’Adua once had a grand dream to build a cancer centre in the Nigerian capital that will cater especially for the poor. On July 18, 2009, she assembled the Nigerian rich and government contractors to a fundraising in Abuja, which was also attended by his usually taciturn husband, battling some complicated diseases at the time. “My resolve to stand up to the menace of cancer is occasioned by the devastating effects of the disease on our population. The more enlightened and financially capable among Nigerians suffering from cancer have been able to travel out to seek professional and medical attention in the form of diagnosis and treatments,” Turai said. Financial pledges made by the galaxy of guests to actualise her dream am
Staff of 2 Kano Hospitals to Sign Bond Forbidding Strike

Staff of 2 Kano Hospitals to Sign Bond Forbidding Strike

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Staff of the newly constructed hospitals of Giginyu Specialist Hospital and Zoo Road Pediatric Hospital in Kano will have to sign a bond forbidding them from going on wanton strikes. This was disclosed by Kano state governor Dr. Ganduje while inaugurating a 20 - man advisory committee on the operations of the hospitals, expected to be commissioned soon by President Muhammadu Buhari. “It will not be business as usual. Anybody serving in the two hospitals must sign an agreement that he or she will not go on strike. It will not be worthwhile for the government to spend so much money in constructing and equipping the hospitals only for their workers to embark on strikes at will,” Ganduje said.  He said the two new hospitals were built mainly to reduce medical trip abroad by providing