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NSCDC Nabs Fake Medical Doctor in Kwara

NSCDC Nabs Fake Medical Doctor in Kwara

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Kwara command on Monday paraded one Ahmed Olalekan for parading himself as a medical doctor. Olalekan who hails from lgbayeodo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State was arrested in Aboto, in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State. Parading the suspect, the NSCDC Commandant in Kwara, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, said the suspect was arrested on October 19 for allegedly claiming to be a doctor.‎   He said the suspect was arrested when he was in the process of treating an unsuspecting patient who is a blind man. The commandant said the suspect defrauded the victim to the tune of N290,000 and would soon be charged to court. Daily Trust News
GUESS WHAT: The World Bank Says The World Is Not READY For The Inevitable Pandemic Set To Hit

GUESS WHAT: The World Bank Says The World Is Not READY For The Inevitable Pandemic Set To Hit

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World leaders have conducted four simulated pandemics in the last year The last one, at the World Bank this month, involved ministers from 12 countries They spent 90 minutes responding to a 'live, realistic' scenario of an outbreak Insiders said the simulation showed agencies do not know how to use 'non-conventional' methods of communication as well as the general public The world is not ready for an 'inevitable' pandemic, according to the World Bank after simulating four global outbreaks. In a series of 90-minute sessions, ministers from 12 countries as well as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackled 'realistic' hypothetical scenarios of a deadly disease crossing borders, tracking news and social media. It is an attempt to assess ...
Declining Immunization Coverage in Nigeria, National Disaster — NMA

Declining Immunization Coverage in Nigeria, National Disaster — NMA

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Doctors in Kaduna state under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have described as a national disaster, the declining immunization coverage in Nigeria, saying, there is urgent need for more direct community engagement on issues of routine immunization to improve community participation and ownership. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Kaduna on the occasion of 2017 annual Physicians’ Week, the chairman of NMA, Dr. Shehu Abdulrahman stated that the 2016/2017 National Immunization Coverage Survey (NICS) indicated that only 33percent of children aged 12-23 months had three doses of pentavalent vaccine against the global target of 90 percent, only 23 percent were fully immunized while 40 percent did not receive any vaccine from the health system. The implication of this finding
This Is the Surprising Age When Most Women Get Acne

This Is the Surprising Age When Most Women Get Acne

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For many pimples remains a problem way past puberty. We are quick to think of acne as just another by-product of puberty, similar to bad bangs and hormonally-charged romantic decisions. But the truth is, more and more adult women are struggling with acne they thought they will be done with by now, or, even stranger, that they never even experienced as teenagers. In fact, one study found that 50 per cent of women 20 to 29 years old and 35 percent of women 30 to 39 years old reported having acne. This begs the question - will we ever break up with breakouts for good? “Adult female acne patients are by far the most common type of patients I see in the office, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Typi
Ondo FMC Boss Laments Shortage of Funds

Ondo FMC Boss Laments Shortage of Funds

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The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Dr. Ahmed Iliasu, has said the hospital is not getting enough funds to function effectively. Iliasu, who appealed to the Federal Government to fund the institution, said the centre had proposed a sum of N200m in its budget for the year, but less than N30m was approved. The FMC boss stated this while speaking with our correspondent after his meeting with members of the Federal House of Representatives House Committee on Health who visited the institution for inspection. While the committee members were inspecting the facilities at the centre, the MD urged the lawmakers to intervene so that more money would be released to it.  Iliasu said, “Funding is very important. Our old equipment needs to be replaced and our di
How I Broke 28-year OAU Record– Graduating Medical Student with 12 Distinctions

How I Broke 28-year OAU Record– Graduating Medical Student with 12 Distinctions

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Aarinola Olaiya is set to become the first medical student to graduate with distinction in Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University since 1989. What major factor inspired your academic performance in OAU? I really cannot explain it. What I can say is that the grace of God has been at work from my first day in the university. Apart from that, I am a focused person. I always like to have a goal in mind and I make sure that I focus on that goal without giving room to distractions. I think this is what happened. Right from the day I was admitted into the university, I made sure that I remained focused in my studies. As an undergraduate of Medicine, what was your daily routine like? Every day, I would wake up, have my bath and attend lectures. I usually go to the classroom in the morni...
Red Meat Increasing Cancer Risk, Doctor Warns

Red Meat Increasing Cancer Risk, Doctor Warns

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An oncologist, Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, has warned that eating red and processed meat could increase ones risk of  getting cancer by 30 per cent. Kausha, a  United Kingdom and European Board certified Radiation Oncologist, said this during a media parley in Abuja. The expert, who works with the Saudi German Hospital Dubai, said more than 30 per cent of cancers are linked to obesity, adding that it was important to adopt basic lifestyle changes by eating more fruits and vegetables. He said, “Processed meat when consumed on a long term basis can increase the risk of certain kinds of cancers like colon, lung and breast cancer. Red meat is known to increase incidence of colon and rectal cancers and should be avoided.” He further stated that one could reduce the risk of getting cancer by a
WHO Supports Containment Of Rare Virus On Uganda-Kenya Border

WHO Supports Containment Of Rare Virus On Uganda-Kenya Border

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WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya. At least one person is confirmed to have died of MVD and several hundred people may have been exposed to the virus at health facilities and at traditional burial ceremonies in Kween District, a mountainous area 300 kilometres northeast of Kampala. The first case was detected by the Ministry of Health on 17 October, a 50-year-old woman who died at a health centre of fever, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea on 11 October. Laboratory testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) confirmed the cause of death as MVD. The woman’s brother had also died of similar symptoms three weeks earlier and was buried at a traditional funeral. He worked as a game
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome And Menopause: What You Need To Know

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome And Menopause: What You Need To Know

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Menopause is caused by a gradual fall in a woman's hormone levels, while hormonal imbalance causes polycystic ovary syndrome. But can the reduction in sex hormones that bring on menopause cure the imbalance that causes polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that leads to cysts growing on a woman's ovaries. It happens when the sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen are out of balance. Menopause is when a woman's periods stop completely, after a gradual reduction in sex hormone levels. As both PCOS and menopause relate to changes in sex hormones, people may wonder how they are connected or if one cures the other. A woman is considered to have gone through menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months. The average age this happens is at 5
Doctors Protest Declining Immunisation Coverage

Doctors Protest Declining Immunisation Coverage

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Doctors on Tuesday in Abuja protested the declining immunisation coverage which leaves millions of children vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. It comes as latest data for immunisation coverage show only about seven in 10 children aged under years two did not get three doses of pentavalent vaccine and only 23 out of every 100 children were fully immunized. Global target hopes to ensure up to 9 in 10 children get the threshold pentavelent vaccine. But 40 out of every 100 Nigerian children did not receive any vaccine at all. President of Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Mike Ogirinma, said, “The implication is that a large population of our children particularly under five years of age are unprotected and are therefore at the risk of dying from vaccine-preventable diseases s
‘We’ll Save $30bn by Eradicating Polio Globally’

‘We’ll Save $30bn by Eradicating Polio Globally’

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The Chairman, Nigeria National Polio Plus Commitee, Rotary Club International , Dr. Tunji Funsho, has said that about $30 t0 $40bn will be saved if the world successfully eradicates polio. Funsho spoke at a press briefing organised by the organisation as part of the  activities lined up to mark the World Polio Day in Lagos. He said that all hands must be on deck as only Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan have yet to eradicate the disease in the world. Funsho also called on government and health agencies at all levels to address the recent vaccination scare in some parts of the country as these rumours could discourage parents from vaccinating their children against polio and other childhood-killer diseases. According to him, no case of polio has been found in the last one year and
If JOHESU Demands Are Met, We Will Go On Mass Sabbaticals – NMA

If JOHESU Demands Are Met, We Will Go On Mass Sabbaticals – NMA

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Nigerian doctors have threatened to go on mass ‘sabbatical’ if the federal government accedes to the demand of other health sector workers. In what is clearly a continuation of the rivalry between doctors and other health workers, the doctors, under the banner of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, described the association of other health workers, JOHESU, as an ‘illegal body.’ The NMA declared its opposition to many of the demands made by JOHESU, describing them as unacceptable. The members of JOHESU are healthcare providers apart from medical doctors and dentists. The NMA Chairman, Mike Ogirima, while addressing a news conference in Ilorin on Monday to mark the 2017 Physician Week, warned that doctors “will be compelled to take a sabbatical, if JOHESU does not contain its radica
CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Infants Born to Mothers with Possible Zika Infection During Pregnancy

CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Infants Born to Mothers with Possible Zika Infection During Pregnancy

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On October 19th, 2017, in a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated interim clinical guidance designed to help healthcare providers as they care for infants who were born to mothers with potential Zika virus infection while pregnant. In August 2017, the CDC, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, hosted a meeting where clinical experts presented emerging evidence in the realm of Zika virus. These presentations focused on the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of infants with potential congenital Zika virus. The evidence presented was used to inform the updated guidance. Despite the fact that Zika virus cases are down compare...
Why Operations at Ibom Specialist Hospital Were Suspended, By Emmanuel

Why Operations at Ibom Specialist Hospital Were Suspended, By Emmanuel

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that operations at Ibom Specialist Hospital were suspended as a result of failure of the managers to live up to the terms of agreement. Emmanuel also said that the managers could not offset the cost or declare any profit despite the huge investment made by the state government. The governor, who made this known during the October edition of Government House Prayer meeting at the Latter House Chapel, Governor’s Lodge, Uyo, stressed that state government had not received any profit since operations commenced in the referral hospital.  He said: “If as a business man I receive 50 percent of the support we give to the person managing the Specialist Hospital, I will declare profit. It came to a point where I asked the manager,where is t
Sleep Duration Affects Integrity of Sperm

Sleep Duration Affects Integrity of Sperm

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A new study found a link between sleep duration and a measure of chromosomal health in sperm. The findings are published in the Journal of Sleep Research. In the study of 2020 semen samples provided by 796 male volunteers from colleges in Chongqing (China) from 2013 to 2015, volunteers with more than nine hours per day of sleep and those with 6.5 hours or less per day sleep had 41 per cent and 30 per cent lower High DNA Stainability — an index that represents the proportion of sperm with abnormal chromatin — than did volunteers with seven to 7.5 hours per day of sleep. Chromatin is a complex of DNA and proteins that forms chromosomes. “This is new information after our previous finding that sleep duration has an inverse U-shaped association with semen volume and total sperm count. In