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Lassa Fever: NCDC Tells Health Workers What to do While Handling Patient

Lassa Fever: NCDC Tells Health Workers What to do While Handling Patient

NEWS
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has urged health workers across the country to strictly adhere to standard Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures while handling patients at all times and not just when Lassa fever is suspected. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, gave the advice in Abuja against the backdrop of reports that four cases of Lassa fever and three deaths among health care workers in Ebonyi State were recorded early in the week. He said health workers should also apply Rapid Diagnostic Test, RDT, to all suspected cases of malaria; adding that whenever the RDT turns out negative results, other causes of febrile illness including Lassa fever should be considered. He said: “Health care workers in health facilities are par
Ghosts Have Taken Over Enugu Federal Psychiatric Hospital – Workers Give Health Minister 2-Week Ultimatum

Ghosts Have Taken Over Enugu Federal Psychiatric Hospital – Workers Give Health Minister 2-Week Ultimatum

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A major industrial unrest looms at the Federal Neurospychiatric Hospital, Enugu following a two-week ultimatum to the Minister of Health by the workers. This time, the workers have alleged that the Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe, had refused to enlist them in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS, owing to increasing number of ghost workers in the payroll. The workers alleged that while they were placed on half salary, ghosts were being paid ‎by the management. The hospital has not known peace for over four years now, with the workers pitching themselves against Onwukwe, who is being accused of fraud and victimization of workers. The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of the hospital over a linaty
A Hygiene Checklist for Men

A Hygiene Checklist for Men

Men's Health, NEWS
Personal cleanliness and good hygiene practices are essential for health and social reasons. In fact, people who are perceived as smelly or unclean are often ostracised by others. For the men folk there is more to it than just wearing deodorant and rinsing with mouthwash. Women pay serious attention to men’s looks and get turned off when they meet men who fall short of their standards, especially in terms of hygiene. Either way, there are some serious personal hygiene tips and habits that should be part of the daily routine of the average man. Hand Washing Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Apply soap and lather for at
Postpartum Depression and PTSD

Postpartum Depression and PTSD

NEWS, Women's health
16 years ago, Andrea Yates, a former resident of Houston, Texas drowned her 5 children - from the oldest who was 7 years old, to the youngest that was just 6 months old. Her action brought into stark reality, the severity of postpartum depression and postpartum PTSD. Everyone usually looks upon pregnancy and child birth as a wonderful experience for mothers. Looking from the other side of the divide, we feel that no matter how harrowing the experience was for the mother, that there should be this intense feeling of joy once she sees her baby and realises that they are both safe. Unfortunately, our ideal is not always the case. Some new mums experience postpartum baby blues. This usually begins within the first 2-3 days of delivery and usually lasts only a week or 2 weeks after the baby i...
Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Women receive mixed messages about the ways giving birth may affect their sex lives, according to a new report. Although studies don’t show a difference between post-delivery effects for vaginal births versus C-sections, media messages - especially dramatic reality TV shows - may lead women to be more fearful of what vaginal delivery might do to their sexuality, researchers wrote in the journal - Birth. Popular TV shows tend to portray vaginal births as negative and C-sections as positive for post-birth sex life concerns such as vaginal stretching or tearing, said study co-author Dr. Caroline Pukall of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. According to the National Institutes of Health, however, research hasn’t shown any differences in sexuality after childbirth based on the mode of del
Healthy Eating: How Balanced Is Your Diet?

Healthy Eating: How Balanced Is Your Diet?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Have you ever heard the phrase you are what you eat? Bearing in mind that consider this, have you asked yourself this question, am I eating a balanced diet? I am sure some of you will agree with me that if we do a study of our regular eating habits, the findings will not be somewhat too good. As an individual the way you balance your meals is important. A balanced diet will not be the same for everyone. Everyone is different, and often individuals will require a different amount and type of nutrients. A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Nutritionists say that you can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet. A balan...
Sweet Potatoes – Abundant In Fibre, Vitamins and Minerals

Sweet Potatoes – Abundant In Fibre, Vitamins and Minerals

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
All fruits and vegetables have particular times of the year when they are at their peak. As a matter of fact, in Nigeria, rarely would you see a fruit out of season on display in the markets – for the reason of unavailability. In the case of sweet potatoes, not only are they readily available and delicious, they have many benefits for your health. Sweet Potatoes are tuberous crops with the scientific name Ipomoea Batatas. In Nigeria, sweet potatoes are kind of house hold tubers, quite cheap, and readily available most of the year round. It is tropical herbaceous plant which, by the nature of its temperature requirement, can be grown throughout the country. In fact, Nigeria is the third largest producer of sweet potato in the world after China and Tanzania. The colour of the tuber varies f
Inadequate Internship Centres Frustrating Pharmacy Graduates from the Practice in Nigeria –PANS President

Inadequate Internship Centres Frustrating Pharmacy Graduates from the Practice in Nigeria –PANS President

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Akanbi Oluwaseyi is the President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS); in this exclusive chat with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he speaks on issues affecting Pharmacy students in Nigeria among others. Why did you decide to choose pharmacy? Well, in my own case, I loved anything that deals with health and pharmacy, and so it was a good option for me. Actually, when I finished my secondary school education I never knew what pharmacy was really about except that they (Pharmacists) dispense drugs in the hospital. My dad was however, the one who encouraged me to choose pharmacy amongst all other health care professions. I agreed to his opinion and that was how I found myself in pharmacy. Tell us about your programme as the President of the Association...
STUDY: Flu May Be Spread Just By Breathing

STUDY: Flu May Be Spread Just By Breathing

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It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new University of Maryland-led study released today. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing. The study "Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community," published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu. "We found...
JUTH Resident Doctors Demand Removal Of CMD

JUTH Resident Doctors Demand Removal Of CMD

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The controversies and unease between the Association of Resident Doctors (ARDs) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and its management came up again when the former staged a protest at the premises of the institution demanding the immediate removal of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Edmund Banwat, as his four-year tenure has elapsed.The association claimed that the tenure of the CMD came to an end on December 31, 2017, adding that until he brings a letter of renewal of appointment from the Federal Ministry of Health, he will be disregarded and whatever he does is null and void. But the management of JUTH through its Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Jonathan Karshima, who said he was there to hold brief for the CMD, described ARD’s claims as spurious. Addressing j
Fruits and the Quest for Healthy Skin –Part 1

Fruits and the Quest for Healthy Skin –Part 1

NEWS
As the New Year begins, a lot of New Year resolutions will come to the fore. For some ladies, having a flawless skin will be part of these resolutions. It is important that we remember our skin is only a reflection of what is going on inside us. The pimples, breakouts, acne, etc. are just our skin’s way of crying for help. Experts advise that the first thing to address when it comes to having flawless skin is regulating your diet, incorporating a lot of fruits into your daily diet will work wonders for your skin. So as part your New Year resolution, especially for you female folks out there, here are some fruits that experts absolutely recommend you consume for lovely, healthy skin. 1. LEMON: The first fruit in no particular order is lemon. Lemon is really good for your skin because it is
Toothache: Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Toothache: Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Dental Health, NEWS
Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is usually caused by tooth decay. You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold. The pain can also be mild or severe. It may feel “sharp” and start suddenly. It can be worse at night, particularly when you are lying down. A lost filling or broken tooth can sometimes start the pain. It can also sometimes be difficult to decide whether the pain is in your upper or lower teeth. When a lower molar tooth is affected, the pain can often feel like it’s coming from the ear. Toothache in other upper teeth may feel like it is coming from the sinuses, the small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead. T
FG Committed to Making Laboratories Work Across Zones- Health Minster

FG Committed to Making Laboratories Work Across Zones- Health Minster

NEWS
* Says Lassa fever is treatable if properly diagnosis, calls on Nigerians to come together and be on alert  The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the Federal government is committed to the established standard and efficient laboratories across the 36 states of the Federation. The minister, who stated this while reacting to the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State where two four people were reported to have died in a telephone chat with The Daily Times, said that Lassa fever is treatable if it is properly diagnosed.  The minister also attributed death to negligence on part of some of the health workers and called on Nigerians to ensure that any fever that last for more than two weeks should not be taken lightly. He said, “Lassa fever is treatable.
Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Language Delay in Girls

Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Language Delay in Girls

NEWS, Women's health
In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States (U.S.), found an elevated rate of language delay in girls at 30 months old born to mothers who used paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy, but not in boys. This is the first study to examine language development in relation to acetaminophen levels in urine. The study was published online January 10 in European Psychiatry. Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen or APAP, is a medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. The Swedish Environmental Longitudinal, Mother and Child, Asthma and Allergy study (SELMA) provided data for the research. Information was gathered from 754 women who were enrolled into the study in w...
Baby Suffers Stroke in the Womb, Surprises Doctors

Baby Suffers Stroke in the Womb, Surprises Doctors

Children's Health, NEWS
A one-year-old girl who had a stroke in the womb that caused several life-threatening health conditions is experiencing small victories by talking, scooting and clapping. Naomi Kretschmer suffers from epilepsy, cerebral palsy and is partially paralyzed on the right side of her body due to a brain hemorrhage that caused permanent damage to the parts of the brain that control language and reasoning. At 36 weeks pregnant, her mother Melanie, 28, had not felt Naomi kick in more than a day and went to a nearby hospital in Wisconsin where an ultrasound revealed the baby was in distress. Within an hour the now-mother-of-two was under general anesthesia for an emergency c-section to deliver the baby who was seizing and needed to be resuscitated. Nineteen months later, despite her condi...