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Tapping Into President Buhari’s Visit To China

Tapping Into President Buhari’s Visit To China

Editorial Opinion
The recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Republic of China deserves commendation from Nigerians because of the obvious diverse benefits accruable to the country on account of that strategic move by the incumbent administration. Apart from infrastructural development, rehabilitation of our ailing transport system, revitalisation of the agriculture sector which the trip seemed to have focused on, the policy of currency swap being entered into by both countries has the capacity of boosting trade and commerce relations much faster between Nigeria and China than the other agreements reached during the visit. Interestingly, both countries had prior to the recent bilateral agreements been enjoying robust business relations, but the new policy would not only deepen the existing ...
Editorial – Substance Abuse and Criminality among the Youth

Editorial – Substance Abuse and Criminality among the Youth

Editorial Opinion
The level of criminal activities in the country may seem ordinary just because the society seems to have settled down with it, but this is not to be accepted. Suffice it to say that many underlying factors can be contributory to this rising trend, studies have shown that apart from poverty and illiteracy, substance abuse remains a major influence leading to criminal activities of various sorts including even juvenile delinquency and hooliganism, etc. The reality on ground paints a sorry picture of what the society is up against and there is no need to waste more time. Sometime ago a specialist at the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Education and Rehabilitation Unit of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Kaduna, Dr. Ebiti Williams gave this illustration: For instance, over 6million bottles...
Cancer: Prevention is better than ‘No Cure’

Cancer: Prevention is better than ‘No Cure’

Editorial Opinion
As Nigeria joined the entire world recently to mark World cancer Day, experts have drawn attention once again to the deadly scourge ravaging the world. The focus for now still remains on how cancer can be stemmed or put under control through preventive means. In broaching this issue however, it is important to take home a few salient facts pertaining to the disease which cuts across races, age groups, and geographical zones. Cancer can be prevented through lifestyle behaviours, and we need to know what we can do to curtail the destructive impact of this dreaded ailment which cuts down an estimated 8.2 million people world-wide annually. Cancer has no known cure that is cheaply available yet for the masses as sample trials are still ongoing in the USA for the one called Keytruda. While ...
The Dangers of Consuming Junk Food

The Dangers of Consuming Junk Food

Editorial Opinion
If the tag ‘junk food’ is not enough reason to make anyone refrain from the indulgence of foods so labelled, then perhaps the definition of it should be able to make you think again: Junk food is said to be food that tastes good but is high in calories and having little nutritional value.  Junk food is here with us and has over the years, silently wreaked havoc on our population without our knowing it. Junk food has been necessitated by the fast pace of urban lifestyle and of course, a backlash of our knack for wholesale adoption of western culture which includes dietary behaviours. But the consumption of junk food has become a popular habit and culture that has transcended our urban society; junk food continues to leave its destructive marks even deep into our rural hinterlands. Research
Issues Confronting Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery

Issues Confronting Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery

Editorial Opinion
Traditionally teaching hospitals are centres of medical training and research; they are saddled with the responsibility of training undergraduates and post-graduates of medicine, and related disciplines. Our teaching hospitals are supposed to stand out as centres of excellence - administering specialist care and treatment to the sick and injured, while being at the forefront of medicine and technology. But for certain reasons they have yet to come to terms with some of their ideal core competences as we perceive them: Teaching hospitals in our clime are just a part of the ivory towers; they are markedly distant from the people and the immediate community in which they operate. Teaching Hospitals are the third level of referrals in the healthcare delivery plan; they are tertiary me...
Curtailing The Occurrence of Hypertension among young adults in Nigeria.

Curtailing The Occurrence of Hypertension among young adults in Nigeria.

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Stemming the Tide of Hypertension Scourge among Young Nigerians   The ‘sudden death’ syndrome is not always a cause of witchcraft or spiritual attacks as some Nigerians are inclined to believe. Hypertension is largely responsible for several deaths.   Curtailing The Occurrence of Hypertension among young adults in Nigeria. In recent decades our society has come under the siege of the debilitating effects of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and even hypotension. According to the World Health Organisation statistics, from the 2015 world Health Day, hypertension is responsible for an estimated 45 per cent of deaths from heart disease, and 51 per cent of deaths from stroke annually. This is very disturbing, and health expert
Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area

Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area

Editorial Opinion
Editorial Opinion: July, 2015 Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area For many years now we have observed that here in Nigeria market liberalisation has always come with its attendant negative consequences sometimes outweighing even the positives; here freedom is easily abused and the love of money usually tends to rule the day. And so the age long burning issue of (retail) chain pharmacy continues to be in the front burner of discussions and debates amongst pharmacists, government people and all the stake holders in the industry. We strongly believe however, that the time and environment is not ripe at least for now, for the government to begin to broaden the space purposely for reasons of accommodating the interests of the proponents of such practice. Our thoughts border on strong re
The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame

The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame

Editorial Opinion
Editorial – June  The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame                 By Morgan Nwanguma Education indeed is the best legacy anyone can bequeath the coming generation. Ignorance certainly was what played out, and is still playing out in that innocent and easy going little town of Ode Irele in Ondo State where tragedy struck just about a couple of months ago. On national television, we see devotees and fear-stricken villagers alike, doing obeisance and performing all manner of appeasement rituals to some local deity at the shrine of the gods of that land. But from the visible signs and symptoms seen of the victims, there seems to be so far only one allegation of logic and reason – a poisonous drink. Any keen observer will notice a striking affinity between the locall