All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, yesterday, disclosed that the 5-star Benin Central Hospital constructed by the administration of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, is yet to kick off because of the Health Insurance Scheme bill sent to the state House of Assembly by Governor Godwin Obaseki. According to the party: “This scheme will make the cost of medicare affordable. The key to all these is a firm funding arrangement that would sustain the world class services to be rendered by the hospital that are intended to eradicate medical tourism from our national life.” Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Azebamwan, who addressed journalists in Benin City, said the party was not ready to join issues with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state over the i
Despite surplus food in the world, Africa loses $25bn every year to malnutrition, the President of the African Development Bank and former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said. A statement issued on Monday by the Communications Officer of Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, Lilian Ajah-mong, said Adesina made the observations in Abidjan, Cote-d’Ivoire during the gathering of 900 participants from 60 countries, including Nigeria, to review progress in tackling malnutrition and share innovations and best practices to drive progress. Other participants included representatives of the government, academia, civil society organisations, United Nations and the business community. The 2017 SUN Global Gathering brought together all SUN Government Focal Points and representatives of
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is upgrading four laboratories to international standards to boost quality of products emanating from Nigeria. NAFDAC Zonal Coordinator for North-Central, Mrs Josephine Dayilim, made this known at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on “The Ease Of Doing Business In Nigeria” with owners of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on Monday in Jos. She said that two of the laboratories are located in Yaba and Oshodi in Lagos, while the other two situated at Agulu in Anambra, and Kaduna. “We have upgraded four test laboratories to international standards to build appropriate capacity to produce drugs and foods that meet global standards so as to reduce dependence on imports. “The laboratories have been certi
After a stressful week at work or college, you might want to do nothing else but go to bed early and stay in bed all morning/afternoon. But scientists have come out with some harsh news about the guilty pleasure so many of us enjoy. Like all of life’s great pleasures, a prolonged stay in bed in the morning (also known as lie-in) is apparently bad for you. “It’s basically like taking long flights and hanging around airports,” says sleep researcher, Susanna Jernelöv. “It’s partly because of our circadian rhythm, so when you sleep in later, it’s like giving yourself a bit of jet-lag and jet-lag makes you less bright and perky,” she warns. Lie-ins are bad for you for more than just making you tired, according to various studies, however. A study by the University of Cambridge found that
As part of efforts to improve the quality of healthcare service delivery, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), is set to reposition the community pharmacies and patent medicines shops across the country. PCN Registrar, Pharm Elijah Mohammed, stated this at a One-day National Stakeholders Meeting on Repositioning Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVS), held in Abuja. In line with the repositioning bid, Pharm Mohammed said the PCN is collaborating with the Management Science for Health (MSH) to carry out a research project aimed at improving healthcare service delivery by patent medicines vendors in the country. According to him, the reason is not far-fetch from the fact that the patent medicines shops are more in number and also because they are the most widely distr...
*Just one of ten reasons why you should try to keep your cool Researchers from Iowa State University, United States (U.S.), found that angry men aged 20 to 40 were one-and-a-half times more likely to be dead 35 years later than those who were calmer. Scientists believe this is due to a number of factors linking stress to physiological damage. The frequent release of adrenaline during periods of stress damages Deoxy ribo-Nucleic Acid (DNA)/genetic material, which could lead to life-threatening illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Feelings of anger produce a heightened response in the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with survival instincts. Angry emotions prompt the amygdala to signal a heightened state of anxiety to the rest of the brain and the body, increasing blood
The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse, it was claimed yesterday. During an 18-hour operation, doctors in China showed that it is possible to reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels to a severed head. Controversial Italian neurosurgeon Professor Sergio Canavero, who announced the breakthrough, said an operation on a living human was now ‘imminent’. The next stage is a ‘full head swap’ between brain-dead organ donors – which British scientists said would be extremely difficult and ‘nothing short of criminal’. The Chinese head transplant was performed on two human corpses by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren, an orthopaedic surgeon from Harbin Medical University. Last year he decapitated two rhesus monkeys and connected the head of one to the o
We’d never recommend anyone does drugs (especially the illegal ones). But if you do have your heart set on mind-altering substances, it’s probably wise to avoid these five – as they’ve been found to be the most addictive substances in the world. A group of addiction experts, chemists, forensic scientists, and pharmacologists, headed up by Professor David Nutt, analysed the addictive qualities of different drugs to have a go at, ranking them in terms of how addictive they are. The researchers averaged out three factors: pleasure given by use, psychological dependence, and physical dependence. They then gave each drug a ranking from zero to three, with zero being the least addictive and three being the most. Here are the five substances they rated to be the most addictive. • Heroin
For several decades, millions of Nigerians have battled Lymphatic filariasis, one of most debilitating Neglected Tropical Disorders, NTDs, and greatest public health problems in the world. With over 120 million people at risk, Nigeria is the most endemic country in Africa for the disfiguring parasitic disorder and the second most endemic in the world, behind India. Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. People with the disease suffer from lymphadema, elephantiasis and in men, swelling of the scrotum. one of seven diseases that the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, ITFDE, based at The Carter Center, named potentially eradicable. The success against the disorder in
WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread. The shipment of 1,000 vials of life-saving anti-toxins and 17 tonnes of medical supplies arrived in Sanaa on Monday (November 27) after being stalled by the three-week closure of sea and air ports. "It is shocking that in 2017, there are children dying of an ancient disease that is vaccine-preventable and can be easily treated," said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Country Representative in Yemen. The anti-toxins can help stop the spread of the bacterium to vital organs in patients already infected with diphtheria. But no supplies were available in Yemen before the arrival of the WHO shipment on Monday. Antibiotics and vaccines are also ...
Dental health experts have advised Nigerians never to wait until they have major health complications before visiting dentists or hospitals for oral checkup. This advice was given on Monday in Abuja by officials of the Ministry of Health, dental health association and partners at a media briefing ahead of the National Oral Health Week. The 2017 National Oral Heath Week with the theme: “Coming together to improve the smiles of Nigerians”, will be celebrated from December 1 to 5. Oral health is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of diseases and other problems by regular brushing and cleaning of the teeth. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in his speech, said government was committed to encouraging Nigerians to take their dental health seriously because the mo
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is partnering the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), founded by Mrs Toyin Saraki, to create advocacy on maternal and girl child health in Nigeria. The partnership was made known when the UNFPA Country Representative, Dr Diene Keita led a delegation of UNFPA leadership on a courtesy visit to Mrs Saraki in Abuja. The visit was the first official visit of the new country representative of the UN agency aimed at fostering relationship between both parties where UNFPA will fund WBFA’s activities, while WBFA supports UNFPA with advocacy and technical/programmatic interventions. While welcoming the delegation, Mrs Saraki who is the Global Goodwill Ambassador of the International Confederation of Midwives, harped on the need for more advocacy on maternal
A committee is investigating the death of more than 50 children in Tijin and surrounding committees in Wajri council area of Bauchi state. Suspected cases of measles have been reported in the area and across teh state. Head of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency ( BSPHCDA) ,Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa said suspected to have measles been admitted and are receiving treatment in various health facilities. Gamawa maintained that the cause the reported death of children in Tihin and other communities have not been ascertained because they did not die in a health facility as such no sample was obtained to confirm the cause of death. He however said that preliminary reports have indicated that most of the symptoms being exhibited by the children are similar to t
A new project that doles out funding on the basis of performance is seeing improvements in quality and delivery of health care across three states, experts said on Monday. The $170.1 million Nigerian State of Health Investment Project, which started in 2013, runs across 1,470 health centres in Nasarawa, Adamawa and Ondo, and only releases funding on the basis of results. “I think this is the future of health care delivery in Nigeria,” said Dr Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the project’s mid-term review in Abuja. “We are beginning to see improvements in quality of health care delivery. Health facilities are renovated, stores have drugs. We are beginning to look at these results and, hoping from preliminary results, we wi
Federal Government of Nigeria has proposed the sum of 4milion US Dollar for the procurement of Contraceptive Commodities in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, represented by the Director Family Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi made this known on Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 while speaking at the maiden health Communication Conference organized by the Association of Nigerian Health Journalist in Abuja, with a theme: Family Planning 2020: How is Nigeria Faring and sub-theme: Subduing the Challenges of Immunization in Nigeria”. The Minister said that in the proposed 2018 budget, Nigeria has increased funding for procurement of family Planning Commodities. He said “Nigeria has been contributing 3milion US Dollar in UNFPA basket annually for the procurement of Family Planning