The Empire State recently became the first state in the nation to require nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo at the beginning of January, the bill requires that new nurses obtain a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure. This type of legislation, commonly known as “BSN in 10,” has been pushed across the nation, but New York is the first state to actually pass a law. The legislation takes effect immediately but the requirement that nurses obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher within 10 years of licensure will begin in 30 months. It does not affect nurses already in practice. The drive for “BSN in 10” legislation has been largely fueled by research. Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, of the University of Pennsylvania S
Lassa fever was recently reported in Ebonyi, Kogi and some other states in Nigeria which is one of the countries that has been experiencing sporadic outbreaks of the disease over the years. It is important for the general public to imbibe some preventive measures to protect themselves from the disease. The disease, which was first detected in Nigeria in 1969, comes with bleeding and death in severe cases. It has an incubation period of 6-21 days. The virus is carried in rats which normally live in bushes and visit nearby homes for food, which they contaminate. Lassa fever outbreak was most likely during the dry season, because bush burning drives rats from bushes into homes. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lassa fever (LF) is a viral hemorrhagic ill...
Mr. Bassey Ating, the Programme Coordinator, Wise Administration of Terrestrial Environment and Resources (WATER), has urged school administrators to re-introduce hand-washing in schools to curb the spread of Lassa fever. Ating made the call in Abuja on Monday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that hand-washing had promoted the adoption of life-saving habits in children and the sustainability of overall health care services. NAN recalls that the Federal Government introduced the hand-washing system in schools, homes and offices across the nation in 2014, following the outbreak of Ebola disease in the country. The measure was then aimed at combating Ebola and other communicable sicknesses which could be transmitted through physical contacts. Ating said that
No fewer than ten persons are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC), Owo, following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Ose and Owo local government areas of the state. LEADERSHIP checks showed that out of the ten victims, four persons came from Akoko area of the state. It was gathered that those that were in critical conditions were referred to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo state for further treatment. A medical doctor with FMC Owo, who preferred to remain anonymous confirmed the outbreak to LEADERSHIP. He said a family consisting of four persons were brought to FMC from Oka-Akoko area while some patients were also rushed to the centre from Owo and Ose local government areas. The Medical expert expressed displeasure that the Ondo state government was n
Bauchi State Government has approved over 60 million Naira for disbursement to 16 health care facilities in Dass Local Government Area of the state. The money is for the fourth quarter of the year 2017 which is in addition to the N74 million earlier disbursed for first, second and third quarters of the year. The money is an investment subsidy disbursed under Nigerian States Health Investment Project (NSHIP). The project requires that half of the money is to be used for the purchase of equipment and conduct minor renovations in health facilities while the remaining would be used to take care of the staff of the 16 health facilities based on their performance. Speaking to Journalists after the steering committee meeting held in Dass, the State Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Hea...
The federal government in collaboration with the May and Baker has taken the bold step towards ending reliance on importation of some vaccines to immunize children against preventable diseases. This is even as the federal government at the weekend inaugurated the Biovaccines committee for commencement of quality local vaccine production. Biovaccines is a public private partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and a leading pharmaceutical company in the country, May and Baker Nigeria Plc. The move became paramount after an outbreak of Meningitis C, which killed many children in 2017 due to lack of emergency health preparedness and reliance on importation of vaccines that were not readily available. In a speech, the minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole commended the
The governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi yesterday warned against dirty environment following the outbreak lassa fever in the state Umahi issued the warning while inspecting the Ministry of Health at the Centenary city, Abakaliki. He, however, expressed displeasure over the condition of the ministry. He also warned that his next visit to the ministry would attract severe punishment on the health workers especially if they fail to maintain serene environment. The governor said that his administration will no longer condone unnecessary lackadaisical attitude to work, adding, “I take this first visit as a warning, the next time I shall visit again, It will be action. It will be action because it is not funny to see the environment of the ministry of health dirty.” “At this
Coughing or sneezing spread germs and diseases. People have been used to coughing or sneezing into their hands or handkerchief, however medical experts have advised against this. They say when people cough or sneeze, they should do so into the crook of the elbow or upper sleeve and not their hands. They advise that another option is to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. The experts said the handkerchief can be a harbinger of unpleasant micro-organisms, and bacteria can multiply in them, while sneezing into sleeves helps stop germs from spreading. According to Dr. Ezie Patrick C, handkerchiefs can “store the germs in your pockets and ensure continuous re-infection.” He said sneezing into sleeves is one of the ways of improving hygiene and preventing diseases like pneumo
The Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases has held a public hearing on the Bill to back the establishment of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the control of diseases in the country. The NCDC was established in 2011 as a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health with the mandate to coordinate public health response to communicable diseases of public health significance, but it had never been backed with an Act of the Parliament. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, represented by the deputy Senate leader, Senator Balla Ibn Na’allah (APC, Kebi South), declared the public hearing open and said the Bill will formally and legally establish the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control when signed into law. LEADERSHIP reports that the Nigerian Ce
Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, a medical researcher with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Yaba, Lagos, has called for stiffer regulation of slimming drugs to safeguard the health of consumers. Iwalokun made the call in an interview with the Newsmen in Lagos on Sunday. He said there was the need for evidence of safety, effectiveness and approval from drug regulatory agencies in the country before such products are sold or consumed. ”The mechanism of action of these drugs and pills should be known, but people lack this awareness and that is where the concern lies. ”We are now in an era where medicine is evidence-based. So, any medicine without evidence is not worth taking. ”Therefore, the habit of taking slimming drugs without evidence of safety or effectiveness
As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner. Many people are hopeful that this decrease in sex drive has a simple cause and therefore a simple solution. While that's true in some cases, low libido is more often the complex result of several intertwining factors. Low desire can have many causes, whether biological influences such as the side effects of medication, psychological factors such as body image or relational triggers such as being angry with your partner. Addressing the problem means viewing it through multiple lenses at once, taking what we call a bio-psychosocial-relational approach. Here's a l...
THE Federal Medical Centre (FMC), in Yenagoa on Sunday pledged to sustain its policy of extending quality tertiary medical services to rural dwellers in Bayelsa at affordable costs. Dr Denis Alagoa, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, gave the assurance during a free medical mission at Ewoi Community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. According to him, the hospital conducts periodic free medical services, both at its Yenagoa and Otuoke outreach hospitals, as well as medical missions to rural communities within its neighbouring communities. Alagoa, who was represented by Dr Anthony Eguvbe, Head of Otuoke Outreach Unit of FMC Yenagoa, said the policy of affordable healthcare for rural people informed the establishment of the Otuoke centre. “The free medical mi
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH in collaboration with Lokmanya Hospital India will this week hold a free medical camp for Othopaedic patients with joint replacement and spinal cord injuries. India Orthopaedic surgeons will be in the country to facilitate the free medical camp in conjunction with Nigerian Orthopaedic surgeons. The Medical camp is billed to hold between 25th and 26th of January, 2018. The team leader, Krishan Mohan Sharman said Lagosians with such challenges should take advantage of the Medical camp to review and know their Orthopaedic status as well as get the best advice from these professionals towards comprehensive treatments at the facility. The medical camp is in line with the policy of the Lagos State government to ensure that Lagos re...
World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with other donor agencies, yesterday donated 853 motorcycles to the Federal Government to strengthen diseases surveillance across the country. Speaking during the presentation to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in Abuja, the WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Wondi Alemu said that surveillance was critical to disease control, elimination and eradication. According to him, surveillance enhances the monitoring and assessment of the impact of strategies and activities which are aimed at reducing the burden of diseases. “Surveillance helps in tracking progress in disease control and serves as an early warning system for impending public health emergencies. “This donation aims to build a highly sensitive and robus
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi has advised healthcare practitioners in the state to always observe safety precautions whenever attending to patients. Dr Godwin Tijani, the state Chairman of NMA, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday. Tijani also advised the general public to store food items, especially grains, garri and powdered food in air-tight containers. According to him, the call becomes necessary following Saturday’s announcement of a medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, diagnosed of Lassa fever. “The general public should endeavour to quickly report any case of high grade fever not responding to antimalarial treatment to the nearest hospital, so that quick diagnosis and treatment can be instituted. “Ea