The Kano State Government has identified Cerebro Spinal Meningitis as being responsible for the death of eight persons in Dungurawa village of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state. The state commissioner for health, Kabiru Getso made the disclosure at a news conference in Kano on Wednesday. According to him, the ministry received the information about the outbreak of a strange disease and dispatched its Rapid Response Team to the area. “The team reported that the first case was reported on March 15 in the area and the victims died instantly before reaching a health facility,” he said. Getso further added that the patients had a high fever and convulsion as well as vomiting and was later confirmed to be Cerebro Spinal Meningitis type A. He stated that the state had alrea
A mother and her unborn son were saved after surgeons performed the first operation of its kind in the UK - with a team of 30 experts on stand-by. Polly Marshall was 29 weeks pregnant when she started suffering severe abdominal pains and feared she was going into premature labour. Doctors discovered a large swelling of a uterine artery - which carry blood to the baby. The swelling, known as a pseudoaneurysm, could have killed her and the baby, her first child, if it had burst. Miss Marshall, 38, who was expecting her first child with partner Mat Fearon, 46, had emergency surgery in June last year. Surgeons at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, successfully closed off the artery, allowing her to carry her son to 38 weeks. Miss Marshall, from north-west London, said it was
The fact that Cancer is responsible for more deaths than HIV-AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis put together has again been brought to the fore by the First Lady of Ondo State and the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu. Speaking at the 20th Anniversary and 3rd International Symposium on Breast Cancer held recently at the International Events Centre, Akure, Mrs. Akeredolu observed that in Nigeria, the number of people who daily die from cancer is daunting thus the need to lobby government to implement appropriate policies. According to her, Nigerians no longer need to play passive role in their approach to finding a lasting solution to the scourge. Her words: “20 years ago, I successfully defeated breast cancer. I am one that is re
An outbreak of a strange disease in Dungurawa community, Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano state has killed at least 10 people mostly children below the age of Nine, Kano Chronicle can report. Our reporters gathered that the outbreak, which started about two weeks ago, has also left six others in a critical condition at Bichi General Hospital, in Bichi local government area. Some of the residents who spoke to Kano Chronicle, described the outbreak as a terrible experience, saying the disease kills very swiftly with little or no early symptoms. Malam Suleiman Musa Tafida lost three children at the wake of the disease’s outbreak, he said the common symptoms of the disease include running temperature, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. “I lost three children, 2 males and a femal
The nation may soon witness yet another strike action from the Medical and Health Workers Union, the national president of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Joy Josiah has said. According to him, this was part of the unanimous agreement reached by the union at the end of its meeting held at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), in Lagos. He said that their request from Federal Government for improved pay and payment of some long overdue allowances must be adhered to, in same manner it was done for counterparts in the core medical unit. Speaking with reporters, Josiah recalled that the battle to get the government to give the union members their right dates back to 2014 under the immediate past government, adding that same government has bee
Antibiotics increase women’s risk of an early death from heart disease by inflicting irreparable damage on their gut lining, new research warns. Those who are prescribed a dose that spans two months or more are 58 percent more likely to succumb to terminal heart issues, the study found. In fact, their risk of premature death from all causes bumps up 27 percent. The findings come a month after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned people against a particularly common antibiotic sold under the brand name Biaxin – which is used to treat many skin, ear, sinus and lung infections – for its link to potentially fatal heart issues. The study is one of the first to quantify how much antibiotics affect the gut lining and heart health. While previous studies have found a
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated expired drugs worth over N5 million from a drug dealer in Ariaria Market, Aba, Abia. The state Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Olisa Okeke, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Aba. Okeke said that the agency got information that the dealer (names withheld) was used to stocking expired drugs, changing their expiry dates and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public. According to the coordinator, NAFDAC officers investigated the shop, swooped on it and successfully confiscated many common drugs with March 2017 expiry date and awaiting re-validation. Okeke, who said that the dealer ran away, gave the assurance that NAFDAC would do its best to ensure...
Mr Moses Tingir, a clinical psychologist in Garki Hospital, Abuja, said workplace stress could adversely affect optimal performance, weaken the immune system and cause depression if not properly managed. Tingir, who is also a member of British Psychological Society, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that failure to properly manage workplace-related stress could lead to complications such mood swing, anxiety, depression, weak immune system and even total breakdown. He explained that “the performances of somebody whose stress is in a chronic stage will be adversely affected; that will also affect productivity. “Stress affects body functions; it weakens the immune system and can lead to heart disease, as well as cause mental illness such as anxiety and depression.
Sitting for too long could increase your chance of developing urinary problems, says a new study. Sitting for more than 10 hours could make you 16 per cent more likely to experience problems urinating, according to South Korean researchers. These problems could include urinating more frequently, a lower flow stream and mild incontinence – collectively known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Researchers at the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul aren’t sure why this happens but say sitting may affect blood supply to the pelvis. While the dangers of not exercising enough have been long established – having been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart problems, cancer and early mortality – they have not been connected with LUTS before. Looking at answers from a questionnaire of 69,795 Kore
Soaring numbers of antibiotics are being taken worldwide, raising fears the drugs will become useless. Countries including Spain and Greece, which hand out antibiotics over the counter without prescription, are fuelling the rise in antibiotic use. Britain, where the chief medical officer has warned of a 'post-antibiotic apocalypse', is cutting back on antibiotics. But previously poor countries are using them more often, with African doctors now handing out the drugs for malaria. The latest figures show global antibiotic use has soared by almost 40 per cent in 15 years, raising fears of a 'tipping point' beyond which routine operations could become deadly. This is because too many people using antibiotics creates 'superbugs' resistant to the drugs, which could infect people following
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised public to shun consumption of fruits ripened with calcium carbide. The agency gave the warning on Monday in Abuja in a statement signed by its management, saying that dangerous effects of carbide-ripened fruits include cancer and other illnesses. According to the management, consuming such fruits can also cause heart, kidney and liver failure. “NAFDAC hereby warns farmers and the general public against the dangers of using calcium carbide for ripening fruits such as banana, mango, plantain, orange and cashew,” the management said. On how to identify carbide-ripened fruits, the management said that “naturally ripened fruits usually have brown or black spots while those artificially ripened have traces
Chinese scientists are taking a close look at cockroaches to explore their potential in medical treatment. The research is led by Li Sheng, director of the Institute of Insect Science and Technology at South China Normal University in Guangzhou City. Based on previous studies on the German cockroach by foreign researchers, Li’s team has been focusing on the genetic code of the American cockroach. According to Li, a cockroach has as many as 522 taste receptors, 329 of which have evolved into bitter receptors that respond to poisonous foods. Li said: “they eat almost everything. They can do self-detoxification if they eat the wrong food. “Even if it is beheaded, its body can still move for five or six days. If you cut its legs or antennae off, they will recover in just a few days and lo
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has unveiled plans to build three Super General Hospitals in the three Senatorial Districts in the state and assured medical personnel of improved working conditions for an effective and efficient healthcare system in the state. The governor gave the assurance when he received executive members of the Association of Resident Doctors with the Edo State Hospital Management Board (SHMB) at the Government House in Benin City, Edo State on Monday. Obaseki said, “This administration is aware of the challenges confronting the state healthcare system. We are working to resolve these challenges. We have held several meetings to see how to address the peculiar problems with the healthcare system in the state. We have records of medical personnel and stat
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has signed the Kano State Ultra-Modern Specialist Hospital’s Bill 2018 into law. The governor assented to the bill during the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting at the Government House, Kano. The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Abba Anwar, said this in a statement he made available to newsmen in Kano on Monday. The two hospitals covered by the law are the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu and the Paediatric Hospital in Kano metropolis. The governor assured the residents of the state that the operations and the management of the hospitals would not be business-as-usual. The event was witnessed by the members of the Hospital Advisory Committee led by its chairman, Dr Aminu Magashi. “These hospitals will
…Says disease is reducing but remains a source of concern In its bid to assist the Federal Government in curtailing the outbreak and spread of Lassa fever disease in the country, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has released $900,000 from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies and quick response. Stressing that it has recognized Lassa fever as a priority which has the potential to cause public health emergencies, the WHO said that the released funds will assist the country to prepare adquately as well as create a response capacity within and neighbouring countries. This was contained in a newsletter uploaded on the WHO website on Monday. The letter also revealed that the country, after recording about 400 confirmed infections and 100 deaths following its outbreak, spread of the