A study has shown that chemicals found in a variety of routinely used consumer products may be contributing to the substantial drop in sperm counts and sperm quality among men in recent decades. The study found the effect of chemicals that disrupt the body’s hormones, called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, may extend beyond more than one generation. The research results will be presented on Monday at “ENDO 2018”, the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Chicago. Lead author Radwa Barakat with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said:“sperm counts among men have dropped substantially over the last few decades, but the reason for such an alarming phenomenon is not known. “These results suggest that when a mother is exposed to an endocrine disruptor during pregnancy, h
Dr Bartholomew Brai, a nutritionist at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, has advised against the consumption of exposed onion cut the previous day, to avoid food poisoning. Brai told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that such sliced onion if not properly stored when exposed could be highly poisonous as they could create toxic bacteria. According to him, the vegetable contains sugar which promote bacteria growth. “There are no perceived dangers if the sliced onion is stored properly; a cut or sliced onion is best stored inside a tight container in a refrigerator. “However, considering our environment and the perennial epileptic power supply, it is better to slice it when you want to make use of it. “This is to avoid bacterial contamination which may cause adverse
The Federal Government has inaugurated a National Steering Committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund to advocate for more resources and ensure smooth operation of the fund. Former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the National Health Act (2014) which stipulates that one per cent of consolidated fund be set aside for health care provision. Mrs Boade Akinola, Director of Media and Public Relations of the Ministry of Health, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja. She said Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, inaugurated and chaired the committee. Akinola quoted the minister as saying that Niger, Abia and Osun states were selected to serve as the first set of states for commencement of the implementation of the programme. The minister added that the programm...
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has raised the alarm over imminent security implications if the federal government continued to shun investment in pharmaceutical industry. Speaking at a town hall meeting with members of the association in Ilorin on Tuesday, the national president of the group, Alhaji Ahmed Yakassai, said that the country is presently importing 70 percent of pharmaceutical products as against 30 percent exportation. The PSN national president, who said that some African countries and other nations had bombarded Nigeria with imported drugs, added that “anyone can put anything together anywhere and then kill people anyhow. That’s part of the security implications. “We are supposed to be exporting but Nigeria is still getting drugs from China, Pakistan. Ghana
The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is to invest the sum of $20m (N6.1bn based on N305 per dollar official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria) in three medical facilities in the country. The amount will be invested through the NSIA Healthcare Development and Investment Company in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health. The project will be executed under a joint venture agreement in three government hospitals in the country. They are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Lagos; Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano; and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State. As part of the initiative, the NSIA is considering an investment of up to $10m in LUTH to fund the acquisition of a high energy linear particle accelerator for external radiotherapy; a br...
As part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has concluded plans to offer free quality eye care services to over 40,000 children nationwide. At the launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, the national president of the association, Dr Damian Echendu, said the initiative was to help in correcting errors of refraction aimed at improving eyesight and also to reduce avoidable blindness among children. He said the initiative “My Sight, My Right” is a Corporate Social Responsibility project of Nigerian Optometric Association targeted at increasing access to free and comprehensive eye examination. Echendu in a statement made available to journalists after the launch of the initiative in Owerri, the Imo State capital, recently sa
Five persons are currently undergoing tuberculosis treatment after screening by a non-governmental organization (NGO), Positive Care Development Foundation, in Calabar. The beneficiaries are part of the 43 persons screened by experts from the NGO. An official of the NGO, Offon Uwem said the NGO is serious about fighting the ailment to a standstill. Uwem stated that two presumptive children were referred to Asi Ukpo Diagnostic Centre for scanning, while six HIV reactive cases were identified and escorted to health facility for clinical care and treatment. Uwem maintained that about six advocacy meetings were conducted with community stakeholders and facility site coordinators in target communities before the medical outreaches were carried out. He said the activities carried out
It's a sensitive subject. But halitosis can happen to the best of us. Evidence already shows that eating certain foods, such as garlic and fish, can only make the smell worse. Now, leading dentist and bacteriologist Dr Howard Katz, founder of The Breath Company, provides a handy guide to the questions everyone has about bad breath. In a piece for Get The Gloss for World Oral Health Day - which occurs every year on March 20, he explains the causes of and cures for halitosis. And Dr Katz, who trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, reveals the best ways of letting someone know they have it without risking a relationship rift. Bad breath (or halitosis to give it its proper name) is the presence of a foul-smelling odour that is expelled from the mouth cavity. Unfortun...
The Ogun State Police Command has reportedly uncovered a kidnappers’ den inside a thick forest in Fidiwo village in Remo-North Local Government, along Lagos/Ibadan expressway, killing six of the suspected kidnappers. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement, said the suspects had been on the wanted list of the Command for quite some time as a result of their nefarious activities along the express road which he said is one of the busiest roads in the country. The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, during the parade explained that the suspects had earlier kidnapped two medical doctors of University College Hospital, Ibadan, who were heading to Lagos for a programme, but they were rescued by operatives of FSARS. He said his men were able to trac
Force-feeding is dangerous to children, United Nations Children Education Fund’s (UNICEF’s) Nutritionist, Dr Ada Ezeogu, has said. Ezeogu, who disclosed this at UNCEF’s Akure Office in Ondo State, said force-feeding, which means putting food in the throat of a child forcefully ‘’is dangerous and can either make the child be under-fed or choked with food or can lead to the child’s death”. Ezeogu said though some mothers, who practise force-feeding have good intentions, the act does more harm than good. “While most parents, especially mothers, who force-feed their children do so to ensure that their children get enough nourishment, it does more harm than good. Rather than force or threaten a child to eat, it is up to you to get creative and find ways to make the child look forward to
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has begun mobilizing 1,586 basic midwives for deployment to primary health centres nationwide in a modified Midwives Services Scheme (MSS). All graduated from midwifery schools between March and September in 2016 and 2017, and the deployment is a one-year posting mandatory before they are licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. The MSS using older midwives was modified to use young graduates in efforts to cut costs, according to NPHCDA executive director Faisal Shuaib. “This has the dual advantage of providing practical experience to the midwives prior to full certification as well as ensuring availability of skilled health workers in the very rural facilities,” he said in a statement at the start of a five-day
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned Nigeria and 15 other African countries of a listeriosis outbreak that started in South Africa in 2017, confirming its support for their preparedness and response to the disease. The other African countries are Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Listeriosis is a bacterial infection most commonly caused by Listeria monocytogenes. It can cause severe illness, including severe sepsis, meningitis, or encephalitis, sometimes resulting in lifelong harm and even death. Listeria is ubiquitous and is primarily transmitted via the oral route after ingestion of contaminated food products. According ...
The Chairman, Board of Management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Bashorun Adedoja Adewolu, has cautioned the management against acts that are capable of undermining the vision of its founding fathers. Adewolu made the call yesterday in Benin City, during the official visit of the newly inaugurated Board of Management to the hospital. He urged the team to embrace research and training to address the challenges in the health sector. The chairman solicited collaboration between the University of Benin and the UBTH, to enhance the hospital’s productivity and service delivery. He said: “There cannot be a teaching hospital without a university. I was a member of the Board of the University of Abuja. At that time, there was dichotomy between the university and th
The pawpaw fruit is usually enjoyed ripe and orange and possess a lot of healthy benefits. Although, the green unripe pawpaw is usually not sweet to taste, it is still packed with an arsenal of essential vitamins and minerals. It is usually cooked before it is eaten and it has the following benefits. Immune System Boost The unripe pawpaw and its seeds contain a high concentration of Vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins boost the immune system and prevents infections, cold, catarrh and cough. Helps Digestion The unripe pawpaw is loaded with enzymes like papain and chymopapain which play an important role in stomach health and digestion. They also covert proteins into essential amino acids, help with cleansing of the colon and prevents constipation—with the help of the papain enzyme. B
*Exposure in pregnancy causes altered brain development, male infertility in future generations *90% of popular brands including Aquafina, Nestle Pure Life contained tiny pieces, says WHO More reasons have emerged why Nigerians should stop using plastics to package food and water. The World Health Organisation had last week announced it is to review the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after studies found micro particles in popular bottled brands. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had just released the results of a recent analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands, discovering that more than 90 per cent contained tiny pieces of plastic. A previous study also found high levels of microplastics in tap water. The worrying findings prompted WHO to laun