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60 Per Cent Children at Risk of Poor Development, Says UNICEF

60 Per Cent Children at Risk of Poor Development, Says UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund has said 60 per cent of under five children in Nigeria are at risk of poor childhood development. UNICEF’s Education Specialist, Swadchet Sankey, made this known at an early childhood development (ECD) media dialogue in Kano. Sankey said 250 million children globally under five are unlikely to reach their potentials because their development had been stunted by poor nutrition. According to her, Nigeria is among the top 10 countries contributing to 250 million children under five who are at risk of not reaching their potentials. She noted that most children do not reach their potentials because their development had been stunted by stress, lack of early stimulation and poor nutrition. Early Childhood Development, according to the organization, refers
Air Pollution Is Bigger Risk for People with A, B, or AB Blood Types

Air Pollution Is Bigger Risk for People with A, B, or AB Blood Types

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People with type A, B, or AB blood have a greater chance of suffering a heart attack or chest pain during episodes of high air pollution compared to those with type O, scientists have found. Researchers warned that people in those groups should consider staying indoors to minimise their risk if they had underlying heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease. Scientists have known for some time that pollution raises the chance of a heart attack but it is the first time that the risk has also been linked to blood type. A study of 14 years of patient data from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Utah, United States (US), found that the risk of a heart attack or chest pain doubled for people of type A, B, or AB blood when pollution hits high levels. In contrast the ris...
The Battle to Stop Measles

The Battle to Stop Measles

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Ene Ngbede rides in the arms of her father all through. The registration at Comprehensive Health Centre in Kaita, Katsina doesn’t take long. But she cringes when it was time to get her shot. The two-year-old buries her face in her father’s biceps as the syringe comes toward her arm. Her father, Sunday Ngbede, adjusts her for comfort on his lap, helps hold out her arm. The vaccinator swabs the spot on the girl’s arm with methylated spirit. Then the syringe finds its mark and pushes, emptying a single dose of measles vaccine into Ene. Her cry is only momentary; she quiets as soon her father rises with her. But now he’s sure his daughter, the last of four children yet, is protected from one more deadly killer of children her age. Millions of children her age, born after the last vaccinati
NGF Resolves To Spur Primary Healthcare

NGF Resolves To Spur Primary Healthcare

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is to partner major stakeholders in the health sector to improve primary health care system in the country. Mr Asishana Okauru, the Director-General of NGF, unveiled the plan in Abuja at a workshop convened to bring all primary healthcare components in the country under one roof. The workshop was organised by the NGF, Federal Ministry of Health and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Okauru said that the partnership would fit into a bigger strategic plan by the NGF, which had three clearly defined objectives. According to him, the objectives include partnering with development partners, health commissioners in the states, executive secretaries of primary healthcare boards and other stakeholders. The other is bringing Primary ...
Focus On Primary Healthcare, Allow Private Actors to Handle Other Sectors, Experts Tell Govts

Focus On Primary Healthcare, Allow Private Actors to Handle Other Sectors, Experts Tell Govts

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This was the submission of experts during the plenary on social welfare targeted at healthcare at the Alaghodaro Investment Summit, organised at the weekend by the Edo State Government, in Benin City To improve quality and reduce cost of accessing healthcare, federal and state governments should direct reforms and policies to deliver primary healthcare, provide health insurance for the poor and allow for private sector actors to handle tertiary and emergency healthcare. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who was the discussion leader at the plenary, said that the Edo State government is on the verge of domesticating the National Health Act, noting that the move will greatly improve healthcare delivery in the state. According to him, “Not only is the Edo Stat
President Buhari Made Good on His Promise and Pharmacists Are Glad!

President Buhari Made Good on His Promise and Pharmacists Are Glad!

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I write to convey the depth of the appreciation of the NEC, Council and entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on the appointment of a distinguished pharmacist, Prof. (Mrs.) Moji Christianah Adeyeye as the substantive Director General/Chief Executive Officer of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in line with the enabling statute establishing the Agency. Prof Adeyeye is Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Product Development and Evaluation at the college of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is a Fellow of Nigeria Academy of Science, Academic Research Fellow of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy. The firs...
Cleft Lips: 100 Nigerian to Get Free Reconstructive Surgeries

Cleft Lips: 100 Nigerian to Get Free Reconstructive Surgeries

Children's Health, NEWS
About 100 Nigerian children with cleft lips and palate congenital deformity will over the next 12 months get free medical correction surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja. Charles Ononiwu, a consultant facial surgeon and Coordinator of the national Hospital Cleft Care Team announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, as part of the 2017 Cleft Week. He said the hospital will be performing the free reconstruction surgeries for the children in collaboration with the Smile Train International, an NGO that funds cleft reconstruction surgeries. Cleft palate is a condition where human lips are not properly formed as a result of which the lips as well as the roof of their mouth are unable to close. Sufferers develop such conditions from the womb, but the developmental problem can...
UCH Upgrades Facilities, Services to Meet Best Standards

UCH Upgrades Facilities, Services to Meet Best Standards

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To celebrate its 60 years of existence in healthcare, the University College of Medicine (UCH), Ibadan has upgraded its facilities and expanded its services to foster quality healthcare delivery in the country. Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, told journalists on Monday that the 1000-bed hospital established in 1957, have recorded many milestones in healthcare delivery, in areas such as neurosurgery, with about 80 percent neurosurgeons trained in the hospital, frenotomy, pediatric (child) intensive unit, High Dependency Unit (HDU), geriatric (old people) care among others, as well as expanded its services to curb medical tourism. Frenotomy is the release of a tight or short lingual frenulum to relieve oral-motor dysfunction According to Alonge, the hospital is...
Strange Illness Kills 3 in Sokoto

Strange Illness Kills 3 in Sokoto

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The Sokoto State government has confirmed three deaths, including two students, following a strange illness that occurred in two neighbouring houses at Mabera in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a mechanic and father of five, one Malam Abdullahi Lawal, 58, died as a result of severe headache, convulsion and bleeding from the eye on Nov. 11. NAN reports that two students, who were neighbours to the deceased, Bello Aminu, 15, and Nasiru Kamba, 14 also died after at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto on Monday after exhibiting similar symptoms. Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Deputy Director Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abbas Aliyu, confirmed the three deaths noting that preliminary investigation conducted by some do...
Buhari has Redressed Previous Lapses with NAFDAC DG’s Appointment – PSN

Buhari has Redressed Previous Lapses with NAFDAC DG’s Appointment – PSN

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of substantive Director-General/CEO of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Buhari had approved the appointment of Prof. (Mrs.) Moji Christianah Adeyeye, a Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Product Development and Evaluation at the College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois. President of PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday said the appointment “is also in the spirit of repeated assurances by the Federal Government in the light of the demands of the PSN that previous lapses in the appointment of the Director General of NAFDAC be redressed once and for all”.  “Today registered Pharmacists under t
HIV/AIDS: Nigerians to Get Tools to Do Self-test At Home – Minister

HIV/AIDS: Nigerians to Get Tools to Do Self-test At Home – Minister

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Nigerians will soon have more access to HIV self-test kits, which will allow them know their HIV status from the comfort of their homes, the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister said this while receiving the Amethyst HIV 1 and 2 self-test kits, and 10 ‘Anti-body based HIV rapid Test Kits 2016 evaluation reports’ at the ministry of health secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday. The minister said the government is trying to encourage more people to get tested and know their HIV status so as to reduce the prevalence rate in the country. The report he received is the laboratory performance evaluation of the HIV rapid test kits. Mr. Adewole said it is important to get as much people as possible tested and to know their status as HIV is no longer a death sentence, since there w
UCH Shuts as Security Men, Cleaners Protest Over 11-Month Unpaid Salaries

UCH Shuts as Security Men, Cleaners Protest Over 11-Month Unpaid Salaries

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Patients, doctors, nurses and other staff of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Monday morning were stranded for several hours when security men and cleaners working in the hospital locked the gates to the premises of the hospital to protest non-payment of their 11-month salaries. The protesting workers blocked all entrances of the hospital during the action that lasted for over two hours Monday morning. This made patients, their relatives and other staff of the hospital to experience difficulty in gaining entry into the hospital premises. The development also led to heavy traffic at both ends of the hospital as a result of the build up of vehicles at the gates. Our correspondent learnt that both roads became impassable with hundreds of other road users, including w...
Drug Abuse: NDLEA Seals 3 Patient Medicine Stores, Arrest 108 in Katsina

Drug Abuse: NDLEA Seals 3 Patient Medicine Stores, Arrest 108 in Katsina

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Katsina State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, sealed off three patient medicine stores as part of effort to reduce drug trafficking and abuse in the state. The State Commander of NDLEA, Maryam Sani, who disclosed this while at a briefing on it activities within the last three months, also said the agency has arrested about 108 suspects and seized 101.71kg of illicit drugs. Sani said of the 108 suspects arrested, four were females, while 11 were students of tertiary institutions and secondary schools, with three of them underage. She said: “During the period under review, 53.5521kgs of cannabis sativa was seized, 48.159kgs of psychotropic substances (Diazepam, Exol and Tramadol) were also seized, while 49.7 litres of cough syrup with codeine (tran
Eating Too Fast Leads to Weight Gain

Eating Too Fast Leads to Weight Gain

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
*Gene prompts cells to store fat, fueling obesity Eating too fast may be bad for both your heart and your figure.Eating too quickly may add an extra size to your waistline, as well as raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, according to new research. The results of a new study — recently presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, held in Anaheim, CA — suggest that gobbling down your food may seriously harm your cardiometabolic health. Dr. Takayuki Yamaji — a cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan — is the lead author of the study, which examined more than 1,000 participants over a period of five years. The study focused on the relationship between eating speed and the incidence of metabolic syndrome, which is the collective name given
Are Mental Health Issues On The Rise In Nigeria?

Are Mental Health Issues On The Rise In Nigeria?

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In Nigeria, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of our population is believed to suffer from mental health related disorders. In a recent report, it was revealed that about seven million Nigerians are currently suffering from mental health problems associated with stress and depression. This is a very significant number considering that Nigeria has an estimated population of about 180 million. Also, Nigerians have been shaken in recent months by news of tragedies caused by individuals suffering from unrelated mental illnesses. Mental health related issues are not uncommon, and the global burden of mental health disorders is projected to reach 15% by the year 2020. By this time, it is estimated that common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse-related disorders, will ...