• Lagos to build special schools, health facilities Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday commissioned the new access road connecting premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja from Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way. He also inspected the progress of work on the LASUTH Maternity Hospital popularly known as Ayinke House and ordered contractors to ensure its completion in six months. The new road, which is 400 metres long, is designed with streetlight, drainage, median and beautification features. Ambode expressed joy that after about four decades, another access road had been created to LASUTH. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, commended the governor for his commitment to the health sector. “For many years, we have ha
Successful womb transplants into women could be extended to men. Surgeons believe the same technology could allow men to carry a baby, Dr Richard Paulson said there was ‘no scientific reason for it not to happen’ ,An international agreement only allows womb transplants in women. Men could become pregnant ‘tomorrow’ thanks to advances in womb transplantation, according to a leading fertility expert. The success of womb transplants into women has paved the way for a similar operation being carried out on people born male. Dr Richard Paulson said that now wombs have been successfully transplanted into women born without them, ‘trans women’ – people born biologically male but who have had sex change surgery – will also want a womb transplant. This would allow them to carry a baby – and th
Federal governmental has been advised to prevent inherent dangers from water pollution by discouraging it through necessary actions. The Nigerian Association of Hydrogeologists (NAH) which gave the piece of advice, asked the government to create public awareness to make people appreciate issues of climate change, environmental and socio-economic impacts on the management of water resources. The NAH in a communique signed by its national president, Ehidiamhen Olumese, also enjoined the National Assembly to act fast on passage of the water bill before it into Act saying the Act is urgently needed to strengthen the governance structure in the water sector. The communique was issued at the end of the 29th conference of the association held in Ilorin with the theme: “Strategies to Achieve
Save the Children International (SCI) has revealed that as at December 2016, not less than 334,400 children of under one-year-old were not immunised with the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV). It said pneumonia killed at least 33,120 children of under five in 2016, while 90 children lost their lives daily in the state due to the preventable disease. Stating this during the Global Pneumonia Report Launch in Lagos recently, the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Adviser, SCI, Dr. Opeyemi Odedere said while three per 1000 live births is the target pneumonia death rate for under fives by 2025, as envisaged under the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), that of Lagos remains at nine 1000 live births going by its 2016 report. “As at December 2016, Lagos State PVC v
The Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI) and the Lagos State Government have warned against female genital mutilation, saying it is unhealthy and violates the rights of women. Stating this in a press briefing on FGM in Lagos, the Executive Director, CHAI, Mrs. Lola Alonge, said FGM violates all human rights principles, including equality, non discrimination of sex and the right to health. She said FGM causes lifelong physical and psychological harm, as it affects the family, community, relationships and economic development. “Trained health workers who perform FGM are violating girls and women’s right to life and health. “We therefore call for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP). On May 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the VAPP into
A team of medical experts from the Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic in collaboration with Eti-Osa Primary Healthcare Centre Lagos carried out free comprehensive community medical outreach in the LGA in its awareness drive against hypertension, cancer and diabetes as efforts to stem the tide. The exercise was second of its kind focus on non communicable diseases such as blood pressure, blood sugar level, cancer, weight, among others. Speaking during the activities, the Managing Director, Dennis Ashley Wellness Centre, Dr. Chima Oti, said the programme was to sensitise the community on the dangers of NCDs. He explained that most times people are worried about communicable diseases without paying attention to NCDs since it is often without symptom. “When blood pressure is too high, it affect
The World Health Organization, WHO, yesterday, inaugurated the first African Institute for Health Policy and Health Systems at the Ebonyi State University, EBSU, Abakaliki. Inaugurating the institute, the Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO, Geneva Switzerland, Dr. Abdul Ghaffar who stressed that the establishment of the African Institute at EBSU was based on merit and nothing else, called on the management of the university to be proud of its accomplishment of having the capacity to inaugurate the first and only African Institute for Health Policy and Health Systems in the state. He gave the assurance that he would use his good office to expose the capacity of EBSU and the African Institute to the world as policy makers in the Health sector woul
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Heath, Isaac Adewole to investigate reports of an ‘unknown disease’ that has led to the death of several children in Jigawa State. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement Wednesday. He said resident also directed the !inister to deploy all the necessary machinery to combat the outbreak of the disease reported in Gidan Dugus village of Wangara district, Dutse Local Government Area of the state. Shehu said Buhari, in a telephone call to Governor Abubakar Badaru Tuesday evening to find out the details of the incident, commiserated with the governor and the families of the victims. He said the president assured the governor that the Federal Governm
As part of efforts to stem the tide against heart-related diseases, the Medical Director, United Heart Hospital and Clinics (UHHC), Lagos, Dr. Eugene Nwosu, has called on Nigerians to improve their eating lifestyle, dental hygiene, among others. The cardiologist, who practised for 33 years in the United States and other developed countries, identified some of the risk factors for heart disease as: eating poorly, old age, high blood pressure, diabetes and irregular physical exercise. Others are high cholesterol in the body, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, family history, stress, pollution and, interestingly, poor dental hygiene. Speaking to newsmen at the opening of UHHC – a cardiovascular and cardiology centre, in Lagos recently, he said when people hear right, heart disease can be dec
Based on findings, one of men’s worst sexual problems is impotence. It is a type of sexual dysfunction characterised by the inability of the man to develop or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Beyond the fact that it reduces man’s self esteem, it impairs a man’s ability to have sexual intercourse and more importantly, it also reduces the likelihood of the man being able to impregnate a woman. But the good news is that it is curable. However, given the serious impact it has on the sexual wellness of a man, it is important to point out that there are certain habits that fuel this dysfunction, and these include: Diet: It should first be noted that the turgidity of the joystick is dependent on blood flow and so it is only helpful when people eat the food that would ai
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has taken steps to ease costs of registering products by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mr Ademola Mogbojuri, said this on Wednesday in Enugu, during the South-East Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Implementation of Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. Mogbojuri, said that the essence of the forum was to find ways to resolve complaints against the agency and tackle the problems producers face in establishing their own businesses. The acting director-general was represented by the agency’s Director of Special Duties, Dr Abubakar Jimoh. He said that the agency was concerned about the growth of small businesses and willing to help young
People with malaria give off a distinctive "breath-print" that could be used as a test for the disease, according to American scientists. They had already tried out a crude prototype breathalyser in Africa, a tropical medicine conference heard. The test was reasonably good at detecting cases in children, but needs developing to become a routine device. One of the odours it sniffs out is identical to a natural smell that attracts insects that spread malaria. Pine trees and conifers emit these terpenes to summon mosquitoes and other pollinating insects, say the researchers, from Washington University in St Louis. They believe people with malaria who have this odour in their breath may also attract mosquitoes and infect more of the biting insects, which can then spread the disease to...
Following the expiration of 21-day ultimatum issued to Edo State Government to fix problems confronting its health sector, the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has vowed to commence a warning strike from November 10, 2017, which will lead to the shutdown of the health sector in the state. The medical body alleged that the state government had failed to fix the problems confronting the sector, lamenting that the issues of lack of man power and inadequate health facilities have been the major problems confronting the sector. Briefing journalists shortly after an emergency meeting presided by the NMA state chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Osaigbovo, Dr. Harrison Omokhua alleged that the state government did nothing since the NMA issued ultimatum of 21 days, six weeks ago wh...
In a bid to provide affordable quality healthcare services to senior citizens residing in Abia, the state government through a public-private partnership has initiated an integrated health care network design. This programme, at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, would cater for diverse health challenges of the senior citizens and ensure free home health care delivery service for the vulnerable, aged 59 and above, across the 17 local government area of the state. It is a health initiative aimed at improving the lives of elderly and addressing the numerous challenges the elderly face, including access to quality health care services, limited resources among others. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said taking care of the elderly had become one of the priorities of his administration. He...
The Kano State government has procured free anti-malaria drugs and diagnostic commodities worth over N100million for 748 hospitals and healthcare centres in the state. This was in addition to the recently procured drugs and other consumables to be distributed across the 44 local government areas of the state. The war against malaria, children malnourishment and other related diseases in the state is closely being coordinated by UNICEF in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health. The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who addressed a gathering at an event held over the weekend, said government remains committed to delivering quality health servicing to the people. “In order to ensure our children are healthy, we are collaborating with UNICEF and other non-governmental org