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US Partners Nigeria to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment

US Partners Nigeria to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment

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The United States of America has assured Nigeria of its unwavering commitment to increase the country's access to HIV/AIDS and malaria testing and treatment, improving the quality of family planning and reproductive health services, as well as expanding access to immunisation for children and women. The Deputy Chief of Mission, Maria E. Brewer, said this at the flagging off of activities and inauguration of the Joint West African Research Group in [keja, Lagos. She noted that the US was deeply committed to working with Nigeria for many years to come. "One of the areas in which we continue to work very closely together is improving the health of the Nigerian people." Brewer noted: "The US Embassy's Walter Reed Pro-gramme, supported through the US President's Emergency Plan for ...
2016 Budget Failed Transparency, Participation – Scorecard

2016 Budget Failed Transparency, Participation – Scorecard

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A civil society group Evidence for Action, E4A, has called on Nigeria government to make health budget transparent to be able to revamp the sector. The call came after a scorecard assessing the budget process for health found the 2016 appropriation failed to meet criteria for transparency, participation, adequate resource allocation and budget release. Speaking at the launch of the scorecard in Abuja on Tuesday, lead director for the Centre for Social Justice Eze Onyekpere said budgeting had to involve more stakeholders in the health sector to move forward. "We must insist on more openness and credibility and not just asking for more funds," he said. Dr Tunde Segun, country director for E4A, which runs the MamaYe project for better maternal and child health, called for gove...
FG Expresses Concern Over HIV/AIDS Transmission

FG Expresses Concern Over HIV/AIDS Transmission

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The Federal Government has raised the alarm that “health, security, transport, HIV/AIDS remain at high risk” in the Lagos-Abidjan borders of the West African sub-region. The government also estimated that about 27 million passengers, including many traders from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Cote d’ Ivorie and the Republic of Benin, go through the borders annually. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Dr. Segilola Araoye, stated this during the inauguration of the first annual statutory meeting of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation Governing Board in Abuja, on Thursday. The aim of the meeting was to synergise on the control of HIV/AIDS and other operations across borders. At the event, global partners in the fight against HIV
LASUTH Doctors Perform 10 Successful Implant Surgeries

LASUTH Doctors Perform 10 Successful Implant Surgeries

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The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has successfully conducted 10 cochlear implant surgeries for less privileged Lagosians. Cochlear implant is an electronic  device that replaces the function of damaged inner ear. Presenting the beneficiaries in Lagos, the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof David Adewale Oke said the surgeries were sponsored by the State Government. Oke further explained that with the implant fixed in the ear, the patient will be able to hear very well. His words, We are happy to inform the public that LASUTH Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors had successfully carried out eight surgeries at a stretch.” “So far in LASUTH we have done 16 cases of cochlear implants of which six was sponsored by the affected victims, while the state governm
Low Salt Intake Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Low Salt Intake Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Food And Nutrition
It’s a well-known fact that high salt intake increases blood pressure, resulting in greater risk for heart and kidney problems. But a new study has added another twist: low salt intake may be just as harmful. The study published in The Lancet, found that low salt, or sodium, intake may raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, compared with an average salt intake. Lead author Andrew Mente, of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada, and colleagues say their results indicate only people with high blood pressure (hypertension) who have a high salt intake should reduce their salt consumption. Furthermore, the researchers suggest current recommendations for daily salt consumption may be set too low. The Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 2,300 m
I’Il Reduce Maternal, Child Mortality– Ishaku

I’Il Reduce Maternal, Child Mortality– Ishaku

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Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku has said that his administration will not relent in the efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality in the state. Ishaku, who stated this yesterday in Jalingo during the occasion of the flag-off ceremony for the maternal newborn and child health week said the state government has put in place clear-cut policies and programmes for the provision of maternal and child health care. “I am pleased to address this gathering on this occasion of the flag-off of the maternal and child health week, this is significant since it is concerned with the lives and wellbeing of mothers and children across the 16 local government areas of the state,” he said. Ishaku, who was represented by his deputy, Haruna Manu informed  that the service which is free will take
Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Sickness, Say Experts

Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Sickness, Say Experts

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Bada advised people to imbibe the habit of eating healthy and doing more exercises to improve healthy living that would make them live longer. Two medical experts in Lagos advised the general public to observe healthy lifestyle, to reduce the occurrence of sicknesses. Both men expressed the viewpoint in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) saying that people must be physically and medically fit to be healthy. Dr Ibrahim Hazoume, a Public Health physician at Green Hill Hospital, Ikorodu, defined healthiness as the absence of disease and good mental status of an individual, while wellness was more of a lifestyle. Hazoume defined being well as "keeping active, eating a balanced diet, getting fit, losing weight, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, eating fruits and v...
HIV/AIDS: ALCO Urges Increased Funding From Member Countries

HIV/AIDS: ALCO Urges Increased Funding From Member Countries

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Board chairman Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO), Prof. John Idoko, has called for more effort from the governments of its member countries to enable the organization grow in strength. ALCO was created through a joint declaration signed in April 2002 by the governments of the five coastal countries - Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria. It’s executive and statutory bodies, were also established among which, is the Project Governing Board  (PGB).It is a synergy aimed at controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS in the continent. Idoko made the call during this year’s first annual statutory meeting of the governing board of ALCO in Abuja.  The ALCO  board chairman who is also the director-general, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) said there is need
Open Heart Surgery has 20 Percent Mortality Rate – Dr Chris

Open Heart Surgery has 20 Percent Mortality Rate – Dr Chris

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The Chief Medical Director, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Dr. Chris Amah, has described open heart surgery as a “very high risk operation” with its mortality rate, sometimes up to 20 percent at the hospital. So far, seven out of 10 adults and about five children out of 12 have undergone open heart surgery in the current 14th  edition of the programme at the UNTH Ituku-Ozalla. Briefing newsmen in Enugu, Dr Amah said some of the mortality arising from children’s open heart surgeries was attributable to complications due to late referral of their cases. He recalled that when in 2013 the management of UNTH reactivated the open heart surgery programme which was moribund for a decade, the mortality rate during the operations was about 10 to 20 per cent, al
Doctors Begin Work Today as NARD Suspends Strike

Doctors Begin Work Today as NARD Suspends Strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors has suspended its ongoing nationwide indefinite strike. The NARD President, Dr .Muhammad Askira, said the doctors would be resuming work by Sam on Monday Askira said the association took the decision due to the intervention of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. In a communiqué issued in Abuja on Sunday, Askira stated that the association would review the agreements reached with the Federal Government at its National Executive Council meeting in July. He said, "In view of the genuine intervention of the Speaker and other key stakeholders, NARD hereby suspends the ongoing nationwide indefinite strike so as to enable the government to implement the agreements reached within the agreed time frame on or before July 14,
Nigerian Wins Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 with Urine Malaria Test

Nigerian Wins Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 with Urine Malaria Test

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A Nigerian, Dr. Eddy Agbo, over the weekend emerged as one of the three winners of the Innovation Prize for Africa, winning the Special Prize for Social Impact with innovative healthcare solution to address Africa’s prevailing malaria burden. The Innovation Prize for Africa is the landmark programme of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) According to a statement by AIF, out of a total of 985 applications, 10 nominees were selected and from these, Dr. Valentin Agon of Benin Republic was selected overall winner, with Imogen Wright of South Africa coming second and Dr. Eddy Agbo of Nigeria winning the Special Prize for Social Impact. The Social Impact Prize of US$25 000 was awarded to Dr. Eddy Agbo for his Urine Test for Malaria (UMT) a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device
Dental Braces: Solutions to Your Dentition Problems

Dental Braces: Solutions to Your Dentition Problems

Dental Health
What are dental braces? Dental braces, also known as Braces, Orthodontic cases, or Cases, are a set of metal device which are used in orthodontics to align and straighten the teeth of humans, as well as help in repositioning them. It also helps in improving the dental aesthetics of dental patients. Orthodontics refers a dental condition that has to do with overcrowding, misaligned jaws and crooked teeth. An orthodontist usually recommends the use of braces to patients in a bid to improve their ‘oro-facial’ appearance and health. Oro-facial refers to a general term covering things that concern the mouth, jaws and face generally, and how they affect the appearance of a person’s face. Through orthodontic treatments, health challenges like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or under-bites
Mushroom Lifts Depression in First Human Trial

Mushroom Lifts Depression in First Human Trial

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According to the First safety Study of the hallucinogenic approach, hallucination drugs can be derived from a particular type of magical mushrooms which studies suggest could be useful in the treatment of depression in people. Researchers from The Imperial College London gave twelve people psilocybin, an active component in the said magic mushrooms. Those affected had been clinically depressed for a significant period of time on an average of 17.8 years. None of the patients had responded to standard medications such as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), or had electroconvulsive therapy. One week after receiving an oral dose of psilocybin, all affected or rather depressed patients experienced a marked improvement in their health conditions. After three months, five patient...
Vitiligo: Natural Ways Of Overcoming It

Vitiligo: Natural Ways Of Overcoming It

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Vitiligo (pronounced vi-til-eye-go), is a rare skin disease characterised by white spots and or patches found on the surface of the skin. This is usually as a result of a dearth of melanin pigmentation, which is responsible for the default colour of the skin of humans according to their races. The white patch or spot that appears on the body is called leucoderma, but when it occurs on people without any preceding disease, it is referred to as Vitiligo. These white patches affect any part of the body, but occur more on areas that are exposed to direct sunlight time and again. Vitiligo is not contagious in any way, and as such is not contracted by physical contact with affected persons. A major symptom is an unprecedented: -Loss of pigment (normal skin colour) on areas exposed to sun, etc...
Long-Term Antibiotic Use May Impair Brain Function

Long-Term Antibiotic Use May Impair Brain Function

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Resorting to the use of antibiotics in long term treatments of diseases and infections may impair brain functions, as well as affect the formation of new brain cells, a recent research report revealed. A special kind of immune cell serves as an intermediary between gut bacteria and the brain, according to Susanne Wolf from Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany. The findings are of significance when it comes to the effects of using antibiotics in the long term, and could also help to alleviate the symptoms of mental disorders, researchers said. The gut and the brain relate with one another via hormones, metabolic products or direct neural connections. A specific population of monocyte immune cells acts as a further link between the two, they said. Researchers switched of...