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Premenstrual Syndrome and the Nigerian Woman

Premenstrual Syndrome and the Nigerian Woman

Health Issues, NEWS
This is a topic that is often overlooked or not talked about. Evidence has shown that a lot of women in Nigeria go through PMS without seeking medical intervention. Everyone is different; while some women can cope well with PMS, others struggle to manage the symptoms. PMS may affect some women drastically leading to depression. Some women may have made important decisions they live to regret whilst going through PMS, others may have left a relationship because their coping mechanism for stress was reduced at the time they had PMS. What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is widely recognised as a medical condition that affects many women. PMS describes a range of symptoms that occur before the menstrual period and usually improve when the period starts. Most women o...
Pushing For Prevention: Malaria, A Tropical Disease On The Run!

Pushing For Prevention: Malaria, A Tropical Disease On The Run!

Cover Stories, NEWS
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that is commonly carried by the female anopheles mosquito which feeds on human blood. Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that for instance, in 2013, 198 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 500,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes so much illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Every year the UN through its health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), marks World Malaria Day with a view to mitigating the destructive effects of the killer tropical disease. In this special write-up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes us through the current actions of the global agency and its partners with a view to r...
The Meningitis Challenge – A Case for Local Production of Vaccines

The Meningitis Challenge – A Case for Local Production of Vaccines

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
It has been over a century since the first outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) epidemic occurred in Nigeria. And just as it is today, the first outbreak also emanated from the northern parts of the country – Zungeru to be precise, and reported in 1905 in the Journal of Tropical Medicine by McGahey. Though the first outbreak of the disease has no detailed accounts of it recorded safe to say that the epidemic was widespread – extending as far as Yola which is on the fringes of the North-East of Nigeria about 500 miles away east of Zungeru. In this first occurrence about 20,000 people were affected in which many thousands of deaths were recorded. There is no gain saying the fact that the meningitis epidemic that has been sweeping through the country recently took the health authoritie
Childbirth: Mother Donates Womb To Daughter

Childbirth: Mother Donates Womb To Daughter

Health Issues, NEWS
A mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter in the first surgery of its kind in India. The 43-year-old offered to undergo the procedure so that her daughter, who was born without a uterus, can experience childbirth. The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India, Thursday. The surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital and led by the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar. “The patients are fine. The surgery took nine and a half hours in total,” he said. “The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short,” said Puntambekar. “It is technically very tough.” The patient will have to wa
All Private Hospitals for Fresh Registration in Oyo —Adeduntan

All Private Hospitals for Fresh Registration in Oyo —Adeduntan

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Oyo State Commissioner of Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan has said that all private health facilities will soon be required to freshly register as part of the state government’s drive to curtail medical quackery and preventable deaths. Dr Adeduntan had led Oyo State Task Force on Private Health Facilities to inspect six private health facilities in Eruwa and Lanlate as well as two-state owned government hospitals, General Hospital, Eruwa and General Hospital, Lanlate, as part of his ministry’s effort to sanitise healthcare delivery in the state. Five of the health facilities were sealed for offences which included having no current certificate of registration, inappropriate staffing and inadequate staffing among others. The Commissioner of Health said the ministry was resolved to s
Baby Measuring The Size Of A Palm Defies The Odds To Become The Smallest Infant Ever To Survive Heart Surgery

Baby Measuring The Size Of A Palm Defies The Odds To Become The Smallest Infant Ever To Survive Heart Surgery

Health & Life, NEWS
A baby boy born weighing just over 1lb is the world's tiniest baby to have successful heart surgery. The yet-to-be named baby was born at just 28 weeks at a government-run hospital in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan in India. Measuring the length of a palm, the baby's eyes, lungs and skin were undeveloped, leaving him too fragile to touch. He was also suffering from a condition, known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus, where the two major blood vessels of the heart are connected, which led to him having breathing problems. Yet, at just two weeks old, doctors performed a milestone operation in an intensive care unit after he failed to respond to medication and was too delicate to be moved to a specialist centre. An unnamed baby boy is the smallest ever to survive heart surgery, we...
Resident Doctors Begin Five-Day Warning Strike

Resident Doctors Begin Five-Day Warning Strike

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The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Branch yesterday commenced a five-day warning strike over issues bothering on members welfare. The warning strike has grounded medical services at the hospital, a situation that may last till May 21, 2017. President of the Association of Resident Doctors, UBTH Branch, Dr. Oseghale Eustace in a statement in Benin City, lamented the poor state of amenities, non- availability of consumables and lack of functional central sterilising and supply department, among others. He however, alleged that management was not making enough effort to pay the outstanding salaries of House Officers who just exited, adding that, “our outstanding percentage salaries are yet to be paid as promised by the hospital man
Sweet Potato Helps Blood Sugar- Expert

Sweet Potato Helps Blood Sugar- Expert

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, NEWS
An Abuja based nutritionist, Mrs Simisola Adebola, says the consumption of sweet potato helps improve blood sugar regulation especially in patients with type 2 diabetes. Adebola disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. According to her, the natural sugar in sweet potato is slowly released into the blood stream thereby helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy without spiking up the blood sugar. She added that the soluble fibre in sweet potatoes such as pectin may increase satiety, decrease food intakes and also reduce blood sugar spikes by slowing down the digestion of sugars and starches. Adebola also said that sweet potatoes are packed with several mineral and vitamins such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Fibre, potassium, mag...
Revealed: How Pharmacist Reenacted Judas Iscariot, Allegedly Kidnapped His Boss

Revealed: How Pharmacist Reenacted Judas Iscariot, Allegedly Kidnapped His Boss

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The story of Pharm. Emeka Egbulugha, the Superintendent Pharmacist, of Maydon Pharmaceuticals aptly played out the famous biblical account of how Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus Christ betrayed his master to the enemies for thirty pieces of silver. When the news of the kidnap of Mr. Donatus Dunu, managing director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals broke on February 14, 2017, no one initially had clues to his whereabouts, not even his family members, until the abductors contacted them, and demanded a ransom of one million Euro (N500 million) for his release As the days were turning into weeks and weeks became months with the kidnappers not ready to let go of their victim, the relatives of Dunu, made part payment of the ransom, amounting to about N150 million according to reports, up...
Asthma: Expert Wants Drugs Subsidised

Asthma: Expert Wants Drugs Subsidised

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Prof. Gregory Erhabor, Consultant Pulmonologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun  has called on government at all levels to subsidise the high cost of drug for the treatment of patients. Erhabor in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday  in Lagos said  more than 10 million Nigerians were suffering from asthma. “Some of these drugs are not affordable and quite a number of them are not available in the country. “We want a situation in which the government will bring the drugs down to the level of common asthmatic patients,’’ He said Erhabor, who is also the Managing Director, Asthma and Chest Care Foundation, Ile-Ife disclosed that 500,000 patients died annually, globally, due to the disease. He noted that  Nigeria had not done much in
Lawmaker Advises Doctors to go into Politics

Lawmaker Advises Doctors to go into Politics

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Olarewaju Tejuosho,  has called on doctors in the country to go into politics. According to him, if doctors go into politics, they can easily influence funding to the health sector with a view to improving health care delivery system throughout the country. This is contained in a statement from the Public Relations Consultant to the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Mr. Asteriod Bassey, in Uyo on Tuesday. The statement revealed that the state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Aniekeme Uwah, had been awarded a distinguished service award by the NMA as the most outstanding state chairman in Nigeria. According to the statement, the award was presented to Uwah by the Commissioner for Health,
Senator Adeleke Was Given Overdose Of Banned Drugs – LAUTECH CMD

Senator Adeleke Was Given Overdose Of Banned Drugs – LAUTECH CMD

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The Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof Akeem Lasisi, has testified that the late senator representing Osun-West senatorial district, Chief Isiaka Adeleke, died of an overdose of banned injections. Testifying before a coroner, Mr Olusegun Ayilara, in Osogbo, on Monday, Lasisi, who spoke from the witness box, said the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital, Osogbo, Dr. Adebisi Adenle, called him on the telephone on April 23 to tell him that Adeleke had died. The Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof Akeem Lasisi, has testified that the late senator representing Osun-West senatorial district, Chief Isiaka Adeleke, died of an overdose of banned injections. Testif...
Ebola: NMA Urges FG to Step up Surveillance at Borders

Ebola: NMA Urges FG to Step up Surveillance at Borders

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Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to step up surveillance and strengthen response team across the borders and other national routes of entry into the country. In a statement jointly signed by the President, Dr. Mike Ogirima and Secretary General, Dr. Yusuf Sununu, the NMA also called for vigilance on the part of the Federal Government.  According to them, NMA is ready to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health to achieve another resounding success on the prevention and control of the fresh outbreak. The statement read: “We also wish to call on all health teams to refresh their knowledge on clinical presentation of Ebola, apply universal basic p
Experts Warn of Dangers of Sniffing Aviation Fuel

Experts Warn of Dangers of Sniffing Aviation Fuel

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Health workers in Australia have warned of a “public health emergency” after footage emerged of young people in Northern Territory siphoning fuel from airplanes for sniffing. The video showed children as young as 10 breaking into the remote Elcho Island Airport and climbing onto the wings of planes to siphon the fuel, known as avgas, which is toxic and extremely flammable. According to the media report, one Australian health organisation estimates about 100 youngsters from nearby indigenous communities have been abusing the fuel. No fewer than 10 people from the north-east Arnhem Land region have been hospitalised in Darwin, the Northern Territory capital. “Our kids are ending up in hospital by getting infected by chemicals, which is bad for them,”
Oyo State Govt. to Offer Free Medical Services

Oyo State Govt. to Offer Free Medical Services

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The Oyo State Government on Sunday said it would commence series of free medical services. Mr Toye Arulogun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan. He stated that “the Gov. Abiola Ajimobi Free Health Mission would hold across the six geo-political zones of the state, namely Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Oyo, Ibarapa and the two zones in Oke-Ogun.” Arulogun noted that the services were — free surgeries, screening and treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, family planning, HIV screening, immunisation and vitamin A for children under one year. The commissioner said services would start at the Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Yemetu in Ibadan on May 15, as part of events to commemorate th