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Nigeria Records 33 New Cases of Obstetric Fistula Every Day

Nigeria Records 33 New Cases of Obstetric Fistula Every Day

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The Country Project Manager, Fistula Care Plus, Chief Iyeme Efem, has stated that at least 33 new cases of obstetric fistula emerge every day in Nigeria, bring the number of new cases to 12,000 every year. Stating this during the Media Roundtable Discussion on Fistula Intervention in Lagos recently, he said with the country already having a backlog of between 150,000 to 200,000 women living with fistula, the additional 12,000 new cases every year posed as extra burden for the nation. ”However, as part of efforts to reduce the burden in the country, Fistula Care Plus is engaged in at least 2,000 repairs yearly, while other organisations collectively repairs about 3,000 women every yearly, bringing the total number to 5,000 repairs per year in Nigeria. ”But despite these efforts, we
Overuse of Antibiotics in Farming Major New Threat to Human Health, Says UN

Overuse of Antibiotics in Farming Major New Threat to Human Health, Says UN

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The overuse of antibiotics in farming has been highlighted as one of the biggest emerging threats to human health, spreading resistance to vital drugs and endangering millions of lives. Antibiotics used on farms can spill over into the surrounding environment, for instance through water run-off and slurry, according to a report from the United Nation’s (UN’s) environment body, with the potential to create resistance to the drugs across a wide area. This environmental diffusion of powerful medicines, to which bacteria are increasingly gaining resistance, is rendering even the drugs of last resort ineffective in human treatment, and may be a bigger factor in spreading resistance than had been thought. Previous concerns focused on resistance to the drugs among livestock and farm work
ACPN: FG Lacks Political Will to Address Chaotic Drug Distribution

ACPN: FG Lacks Political Will to Address Chaotic Drug Distribution

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has decried federal government’s lack of political will to address chaotic drug distribution in Nigeria, noting that the incessant postponement of the implementation of open drug distribution is worrisome and embarrassing. Stating this during the 2017 Community Pharmacists Education Conference in Lagos recently, the Chairman, ACPN, Lagos State, Biola Paul-Ozieh said government must take decisive action if it intends to tackle the abysmally poor drug distribution channel in Nigeria. She said the, “lack of implementation of the open drug distribution in the country has in no small measure affected availability and accessibility to medicine leading in part to the poor health indices if the country, (187th out of 190th). “The po
Minister Advocates Speedy Records Processing

Minister Advocates Speedy Records Processing

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has called on the Health records Practitioners of Nigeria to shorten records processing time to enable patients see doctors within a short period of time. The Minister made this call when he received on a courtesy visit, officials from the Association of Health Records Practitioners of Nigeria (AHRPN), led by the Registrar, Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria, Alh. Muhammed Ibrahim Miami, in Abuja. Professor Adewole said that Record Officers had a key role to play in the discharge of healthcare services in Nigeria. He said quick process of patients’ records or otherwise had positive or negative impact on the length of time spent to see doctors in hospitals. The Minister said “Let me assure you that you are so important
Allegations Of Drugs, Equipment Diversion Rocks NASS Clinic

Allegations Of Drugs, Equipment Diversion Rocks NASS Clinic

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Barely few weeks after the State House Clinic shot into limelight over lack of drugs, similar allegation is rocking the National Assembly Clinic. The National Assembly Clinic caters for lawmakers, their aides and families. LEADERSHIP checks revealed that the hospital has recorded malfeasance, including scarcity of drugs, disappearance of medical items which are allegedly diverted to private pharmacies. Despite the budgetary allocation to the hospital,  the clinic is gradually becoming a shadow of its former self. A staff that spoke on condition of anonymity narrated the level of stress she had undergone, as a result of lack of doctors and equipment to work with it. She said , “Doctors are hardly enough. But even if they are, there will be no equipment to work with. It is eit
NMA Demands Compulsory Health Insurance Nationwide

NMA Demands Compulsory Health Insurance Nationwide

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The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called for a compulsory health insurance for all Nigerians, saying, ‘it is a major ingredient that will ensure universal health coverage in the country. Challenging government at all levels to rise up to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of where they live, the President , NMA, Prof Mike Ogrima said health should be occupying top place in the government’s priority list without which the country’s health indices will not improve. According to him: “We need compulsory health insurance scheme, social health insurance scheme for our people, we need more funding into the healthcare system, and these are the ingredients that will ensure universal health coverage so that every Nigerian should be able to access hea
‘30 Pharmacists not Enough for Bayelsa’

‘30 Pharmacists not Enough for Bayelsa’

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The Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Bayelsa State Drug Distribution Company, Mr. Okunbriowei Alex, has said that the state government needs more pharmacists to meet the challenges of health care system in the state. According to Alex, only 30 pharmacists are under the employ of the state government. He said, “To some extent, the state does not have enough pharmacists. Only recently, the government approved the appointment of 15 pharmacists. That has really bridged the gap that we have had over the years. “The last time the government employed pharmacists was in 2005. But Governor Seriake Dickson approved the appointment of 19 pharmacists between 2015 and 2017. So, in the state hospitals and under the hospital management board and the state ministry of health, we have 30 pharm
Mum Rejects Doctors’ Advice, Keeps Baby Born With an Upside-Down Head

Mum Rejects Doctors’ Advice, Keeps Baby Born With an Upside-Down Head

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When Claudio Vieira de Oliveira was born, doctors advised his mother to let him starve to death. This is because something was far from normal about his appearance. Claudio was born with a rare condition that contorted his spine and limbs. His head rests backwards on his spine and his limbs lay twisted under him. He essentially has an upside down head. As Claudio grew, he realised he could walk on his knees, and even use a pen with his mouth and his lips to operate a cell phone. As the years went by, he grew in confidence. Today, Claudio is 37 years old and an accountant, celebrated public speaker and published writer.   Nigerianmedicals    
Impressive Health Benefits of Crab

Impressive Health Benefits of Crab

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Crab is more than a popular item on a seafood menu; it also offers us a number of impressive health benefits, such as its ability to increase cognition, protect the heart, reduce inflammation, strengthen bones, boost the immune system, stimulate circulation, and detoxify the body. Crabs are crustaceans from an intraorder called Brachyura and possess a hard exoskeleton and two claws. Its meat is packed with essential fats, nutrients, and minerals that the human body needs to function normally. From selenium and omega-3 fatty acids to protein and vitamin B, crab meat is a very good addition to your diet. Now, let’s crack open this story and find out a bit more about the health benefits of crab. Promotes bone health Following calcium, phosphorus is the most commonly found mineral in the h
Nigerian Health Workers Pass Vote of no Confidence on Minister

Nigerian Health Workers Pass Vote of no Confidence on Minister

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The professional rivalry in the Nigerian health sector is threatening to boil over as other unions in the sector have accused the ministry of showing blatant favouritism to medical doctors, and have passed a vote of no confidence on the minister, Isaac Adewole. In a press statement on Monday, the Joint Health Sector Union and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU/AHPA, demanded a restructuring of the ministry to accommodate allied health professionals in the political leadership of the sector. The association comprises all health workers in the hospital aside medical doctors. They include pharmacists, laboratory technologists and nurses. They accused Mr. Adewole, who is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who is...
Do not to Suck Snakebite Spots, Health Official Advises Farmers

Do not to Suck Snakebite Spots, Health Official Advises Farmers

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A U.S.-based Nurse, Alloysius Nlekwa, has advised farmers not to suck the spots where they were bitten by snakes while on their farms. Nlekwa gave the advice on Tuesday in Abakaliki while delivering a lecture at a seminar on “Health and Environmental Management’’. The seminar was organised for farmers by the Ebonyi Office of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP). According to Nlekwa, the same measure should be applied when farmers are bitten or stung by scorpions and other creatures while on their farms. “We want to correct the widely-held misconception that sucking the affected spots to extract the venom would stop its circulation inside the victim’s body rather it will worsen the situation. “A farmer bitt
437 Foreign-Trained Doctors Tackle MDCN, Demand Fresh Exams

437 Foreign-Trained Doctors Tackle MDCN, Demand Fresh Exams

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The 437 foreign-trained doctors, who failed the November 15 induction examination by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, have alleged that the council’s assessment was fraught with a lot of shortcomings. Three of the affected doctors, who spoke with our correspondent at a briefing in Abuja, said they were “hastily labelled as failures by the council despite taking the examination under grossly inappropriate conditions.” They demanded that the council, which allegedly uploaded two sets of results, should conduct a fresh assessment for them. Over 680 foreign-trained doctors, who took the examination, had on November 29 led a protest to the National Assembly over their mass failure, what they described as an unfair treatment by the MDCN. The senate, through the Chairman, Senate Com
NAFDAC Arrests Suspected Quack Herbal Drug Dealer, Confiscates 15 Unregistered Products

NAFDAC Arrests Suspected Quack Herbal Drug Dealer, Confiscates 15 Unregistered Products

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has raided some outlets and sale vehicles in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. One person was arrested and over 15 cartons of unregistered herbal products seized. Findings within Port Harcourt metropolis showed that herbal medicines were advertised and sold in every corner and trade fair centres. Rivers State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mrs. Mercy Ndukwe, lamented the sale of drugs without NAFDAC registration numbers.She said the owners of such stores would be sanctioned in line with NAFDAC regulations. “The agency is determined to ensure that only registered and authorised herbal drugs are sold to the public,” she assured.She advised the public against patronising unregistered herbal preparations to avoid enda
Increasing Cases of Heart Failure Worries Cardiologists

Increasing Cases of Heart Failure Worries Cardiologists

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Consultant Cardiologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Ikechukwu Ogah, has raised the alarm over the number of Nigerians dying of heart diseases. Ogah spoke at a seminar in Lagos where heart specialists gathered to sensitise members of the public on the dangers of heart failure in the country. Ogah also said it was high time Nigerians paid attention to their lifestyle by going for regular medical check-up in order to pick some life-threatening diseases earlier. “Heart disease is deadlier than HIV and all forms of cancer except that of the lungs. This is because 50 per cent of people living with heart disease don’t live for more than five years before they die. “The commonest cause of heart disease is unmanaged hypertension and it is the reason why we advise patients t
Nigerians Rescue Baby, Mother Detained In Ondo Hospital over N40, 000 Bill

Nigerians Rescue Baby, Mother Detained In Ondo Hospital over N40, 000 Bill

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Nigerians, moved by the plight of a baby, Temitope Omotoso, and mother, Taiwo, that were detained over N40,000 bill by Ondo State-owned Mother and Child Hospital, began donating money to offset the bill, yesterday. Mother and child Mother and child were detained at the hospital in Akure for 22 days and had to sleep on a chair. First to get in touch with Vanguard’s office in Lagos after reading the report was a man from Warri in Delta State, who sounded like a preacher but preferred to be anonymous. He later told our correspondent in Ondo State that he was moved by the plight of the family and promised to defray the debt of N40,000. The spirited Nigerian asked the father of the baby girl to send his account details and that he would send a cheque covering the exact amount he is owing the h