A dietician, Mr John Tehinse, has warned people against cooking moi-moi and other foods in nylons or cellophane bags as it produced dioxins, a toxic substance that causes cancer. Tehinse gave the warning on Tuesday in Ilorin at an awareness campaign on food safety organised by the Food Safety Awareness Campaign Initiatives, funded by the European Union. Moin-moin is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas, onions and fresh ground peppers. It is a protein-rich, staple food in Nigeria and has its origin in West Africa. In his lecture entitled: “Food Safety Control System in Nigeria”, he explained that cooking Moin-moin, a local delicacy of bean pudding, in nylon had become widespread while people were unaware of the dangers. The food safe
The Acting Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs Yetunde Oni has expressed the Agency’s ability to compete favourably with international counterparts on food and drug administration and control activities through the International Standard Organisation (ISO) accreditation of 4 of its laboratories. NAFDAC Oni, who spoke at the signing of an agreement between NAFDAC and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to sample, and test all Finished Pharmaceutical Product (FFP) from the public sector under the Global Fund support. Oni, while thanking the CRS for the project of prevention and elimination of malaria in Nigeria and particularly seeking the assistance of NAFDAC in reducing vulnerabilities in the implementation of Global Fund as
It was 2:56 pm on Tuesday, a young woman lay on a bed apparently asleep in one of the rooms converted to an emergency medical ward by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) medical outpost programme at the Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDPs) camp in Makurdi. Her name was not given but the coordinator of the NAF medical team, Squadron Leader Jerimiah Amase, simply disclosed that the woman, a victim of the recent flooding in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, was under observation for High Blood Pressure otherwise known as hypertension. Amase said cases such as hers were most prevalent in the camp, though none had been so complicated beyond what the medical outreach could contain since the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, kick started the programme two weeks ago. “We have one
At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations said Monday, calling for nearly $10 million to keep the disease from spreading. “To date, the outbreak has claimed at least 44 lives, out of close to 2,300 confirmed and/or suspected cases,” the world body said in a statement. About $9.9 million (8.3 million euros) is needed as part of the relief effort, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. The first cholera case was identified in Borno State on August 16 and has since spread, mainly in camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. Water-borne diseases are a constant threat because of a lack of adequate sanitation as well as stagnant groundwater during the current rainy season. The ag
The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a new case of Yellow Fever in a young girl in Oke Owa Community, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara. Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said the Lagos University Teaching Hospital carried out the laboratory diagnosis of the case while the Institute Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal confirmed it on Sept. 12. The minister made this known in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry on Monday in Abuja. The minister said that the State Epidemiology Team has begun investigation in the affected area and surrounding communities following the confirmation of the case. He added that government has deployed a joint team comprising the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, National Primary Healt...
A number of advanced community pharmacy services are offered in more than 50% of countries and territories, which cover over three-quarters of the world’s population, according to a new publication launched Thursday by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The document, “Pharmacy at a glance: 2015–-2017”, is a publicly accessible summary of the latest detailed survey that FIP conducts every two years. The full results are available to its member organisations. The survey, of 79 countries and territories, found medicines use review services to be available in 68%, disease management programmes (e.g., for diabetes, hypertension or asthma) available in at least 47%, and the measuring of clinical parameters (blood pr
Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that form in the kidneys when there is a decrease in urine or an increase in certain substances, such as minerals and salts. It has been observed that condition can occur in persons of any age, but is commoner in individuals aged 25-50, and within this age bracket, the risk increases with advancing age. Twenty to fifty percent of these deaths due to kidney failure in developed countries have been associated with kidney stones, and individual as well as environmental factors considered to be responsible for the morbidity and mortality statistics associated with stone related cases of end stage renal failure. Going forward, kidney stone diet has been designed to help prevent kidney stones from forming or recurring, in people with higher risk of...
The Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has disclosed. The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world. Speaking at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to announce activities lined up by the State Government to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Kazeem said skeletal work had already commenced in
*Chronic pain common in people living with virus An effective Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine may be a short step away now scientists have overcome a major stumbling block hindering its development. The big hurdle has been the inability to generate immune cells that stay in circulation long enough to stop the Aids virus spreading.International researchers believe they have solved the problem by ‘unblocking’ a process linked to an HIV protein that was halting the production of antibody-generating ‘B-cells’ from the immune system. Lead scientist Professor Jonathan Heeney, from Cambridge University, said: “For a vaccine to work, its effects need to be long lasting.“It isn’t practical to require people to come back every six to 12 months to be vaccinated. We wanted to deve
The death toll in the cholera outbreak in Borno State has hit 44.The stateís Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, disclosed this at a joint press conference by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the state Ministry of Health at the Emergency Operation Centre, Maiduguri. The state government has also announced that it would today begin immunisation against the disease.According to him, over 915, 000 doses of cholera vaccines have been procured and delivered for distribution to commence the process. The worst hit in the outbreak is Maiduguri metropolis and four council areas in Jere, Konduga, Dikwa and Monguno.The commissioner added that the deaths were recorded from 1, 925 cases. He said: From the cholera update situation in the state, we had 1, 113 cases in Maiduguri (MM
The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole has appealed to media practitioners to step-up their effort in family planning awareness creation. The Minister made this call in Abuja Friday 7th September, 2017 during an interactive session with journalists on the pre-launch of the National Family Planning Communication (NFPC) Plan and the new National Family Planning Logo which is scheduled to come up on Monday 11th September, 2017. Professor Adewole, represented by the Director, Family Health, Dr. Adebimpe Abebiyi said that the programme was organised to intimate media with their social responsibility in creating more awareness on family planning and to close the gaps which still persist between knowledge and contraceptive use. He enumerated the anticipated benefits of the
The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, has raised the alarm over an alleged diversion of N280.8 million credited to the hospital by the Federal Ministry of Finance for the payment of salary arrears. The arrears reportedly covered the ‘Skipping’ entitlements for 2016, a term used for entitled double promotions for resident doctors. According to the doctors, the Medical Director, Liasu Ahmed, had received the funds since March 2017, but had diverted the funds, stalling the payments despite several agitations by the doctors. The resident doctors and the hospital management had been embroiled in series of conflict particularly after a strike action by the doctors in August last year. But Mr. Ahmed denied the allegations, saying t
No fewer than 28 persons have been by cholera in the North-East, while 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease, including about 145 children under the age of five, UNICEF has said. The organisation also expressed concern with the spread of cholera in the region, saying 1.4 million displaced persons, among whom are 350,000 children under the age of five, were in serious danger. A statement on Thursday by UNICEF Communications Chief in Nigeria, Doune Porter, said the outbreak occurred as ongoing violence and military efforts against Boko Haram in the region had displaced more than 1.7 million persons and leaving over 3.6 million without adequate access to basic water services. Porter stated, “An estimated 28 people have died from cholera, while 837 are suspected to
The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday in Ibadan, Oyo State, said that local production of drugs would boost employment opportunities in the health sector and enhance quality control in drugs distribution. The minister spoke at the international conference of the Centre for Drugs Discovery, Development and Production. The conference had the theme, ‘Improving Access to Quality Medicine through Appropriate Legislation and Policy.’ He was represented at the event by a director in the ministry, Mrs Modupe Chukwuma. “I support local production of drugs because I know that it will boost employment opportunities in the health sector, and by extension in the country,” said the minister. He added, “Production of drugs in Nigeria has provided opportunity for the ministry to ha
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has expressed displeasure with the Federal Government over what it termed preferential treatment for agitation of medical doctors over those of other health personnel. In a statement yesterday signed by the National Chairman , Wale Olatunde Gambo and National Secretary , Gambo Danfulani, the association said, “It is often very convenient for the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour (both headed by medical doctors) to ignore ultimatum given by these bodies and issuing the threat of ‘No-Work No-Pay’ while the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), a non labour organisation is pampered if not over-pampered.” The association said their demands were often treated with levity and tagged inter-pr