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Medical Vacation: I’ll Repay Nigerians’ Goodwill, Says Buhari

Medical Vacation: I’ll Repay Nigerians’ Goodwill, Says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he had resolved to pay back the goodwill Nigerians extended towards him during his recent health challenge by protecting their interests with all the energy at his disposal. He restated his administration’s commitment to improving security, fighting corruption and restructuring the economy. Buhari spoke at the public presentation of a book, titled, “Making steady, sustainable progress for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity,” at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said within the limited resources available to him, his administration would continue to give priority to security by addressing herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, kidnapping and armed robbery. He also said his government was working quietly to secure the release of
At 60, UCH Establishes Care Centre for the Elderly

At 60, UCH Establishes Care Centre for the Elderly

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For people who cannot trust the care of their old parents above 60 in the hands of house-helps and distant relatives, the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, will soon unveil the Kessington Adebutu Rehabilitation Centre, to serve as an old people’s home. Located within the geriatric department of the tertiary institution, the centre, which is nearing its completion, will be equipped with all the necessary facilities that will make them feel at home. There will also be dieticians that will offer them the right meals. The rooms are self-contained with convenient bathrooms made with sitting areas when they feel like sitting to take their bath. Other facilities are relaxation spots within the facility where they can hang out and socialize, play table games, and in the case of thos
Senate Asks FG to Make Anti-Malarial Drugs Free

Senate Asks FG to Make Anti-Malarial Drugs Free

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The Senate yesterday urged the Federal Ministry of Health to procure effective antimalarial drugs and supply them free of charge to all public health facilities across the country. The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (APC, Kano) on the upsurge in malaria cases in the country. The Senate also urged the Federal Government to sensitise Nigerians on how to take appropriate and effective malaria preventive and treatment measures. Moving the motion, Kwankwaso said in recent times the outbreak of malaria has exponentially increased particularly northern Nigeria to an epidemic level. In his comments, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the motion raised by Senator Kwankwaso was genuine and germane, and that the malaria issue could be addressed wit...
Ambode Raises Concerns over Workers’ Health

Ambode Raises Concerns over Workers’ Health

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Apparently concerned by Lagos state civil servants health status, the governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has ordered that workers and public officeholders undergo health training, to equip them with new strategies on ailments prevention especially at work. It was gathered that the governor was concern that large percent of staff do not know their accurate health status. The Senior Special Assistance to the governor on health matters, Dr. Shola Pitan, in an interview with newsmen at the health engagement campaign, disclosed that the governor believed that the best solution to have healthy workforce was to ensure staff are aware of their health status. Pitan further hinted that health captains would be appointed in every unit in a ministry to provide first aid treatment whenever the unf...
One Hour of Exercise Weekly Prevents Depression — Study

One Hour of Exercise Weekly Prevents Depression — Study

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A landmark study led by the Black Dog Institute has revealed that regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression. The finding which was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, show that even small amounts of exercise can protect against depression, with mental health benefits seen regardless of age or gender. In the largest and most extensive study of its kind, the analysis involved 33,908 Norwegian adults who had their levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety monitored over 11 years. The international research team found that 12 percent of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants undertook just one hour of physical activity each week. “We’ve known for some time that exercise has a role to play in treating symptoms of depres
Managing Your Stress

Managing Your Stress

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Stress is one of the commonest illnesses that exist. The sad thing about stress is that most people undergoing stress, very often do not recognise that they are suffering from the disease entity called stress. Such a person may ascribe the consequences of stress to some other imaginary illness. Further, a third party such as wife, husband as the case may be or a relative may be blamed for the virtual breakdown that the victim suffers from. What is stress as an illness? When we talk of stress, we are referring to a clinical disorder. Stress in our case is distinct from stress that physicists or mechanical engineer or civil engineer may refer to. However the principle behind the various definition of stress is the same. Also, the consequences of stress which is a breakdown of the bearer of ...
How Dad’s Stress Affects Sperm Quality, Makes Offspring Less Resilient to Pressure

How Dad’s Stress Affects Sperm Quality, Makes Offspring Less Resilient to Pressure

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The children of overly-stressed men may be less resilient and more prone to sensitivity to stress and even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. A new study demonstrated how even mild to moderate stress may affect the way that men’s sperm develops.The resulting changes meant that these fathers passed down genetic coding for a less effective hormonal response to stress to their children. This so-called ‘blunted’ hormonal response has been associated with those who develop certain neuropsychological disorders, including PTSD and autism.Historically, most research on how a parent’s lifestyle, behavior and environment can affect their children has focused on the mother. But scientists have recently been paying increasing attention to how a father’s health impacts his
Newer Technologies to Stop Fake Drugs

Newer Technologies to Stop Fake Drugs

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*Counterfeits account for 17% of medicines’ supply in Nigeria Experts have called for the adoption of newer technologies in Nigeria such as mass serialization and blockchain to reduce the incidence of fake and counterfeit medicines. In blockchain, the company’s strategy is to assign each product as an asset and add them to the blockchain. Each item will be given a unique number (hash) that will be verified through the company’s blockchain technology. Mass serialization is the process of assigning a unique number to a unit of production (which can be a whole batch or an individual pack) such that it can be identified later. The experts including economists and pharmacists decried a situation where 17 per cent of essential generic drugs and 30 per cent of anti-malarials are routinely fak
40,000 Of 75,000 Registered Nigerian Doctors Practice Abroad – NMA

40,000 Of 75,000 Registered Nigerian Doctors Practice Abroad – NMA

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The Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State Chapter, on Thursday said exodus of doctors from Nigeria had reached an alarming proportion, and called for improved health sector funding to discourage it. The Chairman chapter, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that more than 40,000 of the 75,000 registered Nigerian doctors, were practising abroad while 70 per cent in the country were thinking of picking jobs outside. “The health crisis in Nigeria is unprecedented as the mass exodus hits an alarming proportion. “Already, it takes a new patient two to three hours to see a doctor. “Over 100 doctors have resigned from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, this year; about 800 doctors resigned from Lagos State hospitals in the last two years, and over 50
60 Per Cent Children at Risk of Poor Development, Says UNICEF

60 Per Cent Children at Risk of Poor Development, Says UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund has said 60 per cent of under five children in Nigeria are at risk of poor childhood development. UNICEF’s Education Specialist, Swadchet Sankey, made this known at an early childhood development (ECD) media dialogue in Kano. Sankey said 250 million children globally under five are unlikely to reach their potentials because their development had been stunted by poor nutrition. According to her, Nigeria is among the top 10 countries contributing to 250 million children under five who are at risk of not reaching their potentials. She noted that most children do not reach their potentials because their development had been stunted by stress, lack of early stimulation and poor nutrition. Early Childhood Development, according to the organization, refers
Air Pollution Is Bigger Risk for People with A, B, or AB Blood Types

Air Pollution Is Bigger Risk for People with A, B, or AB Blood Types

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People with type A, B, or AB blood have a greater chance of suffering a heart attack or chest pain during episodes of high air pollution compared to those with type O, scientists have found. Researchers warned that people in those groups should consider staying indoors to minimise their risk if they had underlying heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease. Scientists have known for some time that pollution raises the chance of a heart attack but it is the first time that the risk has also been linked to blood type. A study of 14 years of patient data from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Utah, United States (US), found that the risk of a heart attack or chest pain doubled for people of type A, B, or AB blood when pollution hits high levels. In contrast the ris...
The Battle to Stop Measles

The Battle to Stop Measles

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Ene Ngbede rides in the arms of her father all through. The registration at Comprehensive Health Centre in Kaita, Katsina doesn’t take long. But she cringes when it was time to get her shot. The two-year-old buries her face in her father’s biceps as the syringe comes toward her arm. Her father, Sunday Ngbede, adjusts her for comfort on his lap, helps hold out her arm. The vaccinator swabs the spot on the girl’s arm with methylated spirit. Then the syringe finds its mark and pushes, emptying a single dose of measles vaccine into Ene. Her cry is only momentary; she quiets as soon her father rises with her. But now he’s sure his daughter, the last of four children yet, is protected from one more deadly killer of children her age. Millions of children her age, born after the last vaccinati
NGF Resolves To Spur Primary Healthcare

NGF Resolves To Spur Primary Healthcare

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is to partner major stakeholders in the health sector to improve primary health care system in the country. Mr Asishana Okauru, the Director-General of NGF, unveiled the plan in Abuja at a workshop convened to bring all primary healthcare components in the country under one roof. The workshop was organised by the NGF, Federal Ministry of Health and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Okauru said that the partnership would fit into a bigger strategic plan by the NGF, which had three clearly defined objectives. According to him, the objectives include partnering with development partners, health commissioners in the states, executive secretaries of primary healthcare boards and other stakeholders. The other is bringing Primary ...
Focus On Primary Healthcare, Allow Private Actors to Handle Other Sectors, Experts Tell Govts

Focus On Primary Healthcare, Allow Private Actors to Handle Other Sectors, Experts Tell Govts

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This was the submission of experts during the plenary on social welfare targeted at healthcare at the Alaghodaro Investment Summit, organised at the weekend by the Edo State Government, in Benin City To improve quality and reduce cost of accessing healthcare, federal and state governments should direct reforms and policies to deliver primary healthcare, provide health insurance for the poor and allow for private sector actors to handle tertiary and emergency healthcare. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who was the discussion leader at the plenary, said that the Edo State government is on the verge of domesticating the National Health Act, noting that the move will greatly improve healthcare delivery in the state. According to him, “Not only is the Edo Stat
President Buhari Made Good on His Promise and Pharmacists Are Glad!

President Buhari Made Good on His Promise and Pharmacists Are Glad!

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I write to convey the depth of the appreciation of the NEC, Council and entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on the appointment of a distinguished pharmacist, Prof. (Mrs.) Moji Christianah Adeyeye as the substantive Director General/Chief Executive Officer of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in line with the enabling statute establishing the Agency. Prof Adeyeye is Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Product Development and Evaluation at the college of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is a Fellow of Nigeria Academy of Science, Academic Research Fellow of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy. The firs...