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Depression, Psychiatric Disorders and the Rising Spate of (attempted) Suicides

Depression, Psychiatric Disorders and the Rising Spate of (attempted) Suicides

Mental Health, NEWS
There is always a reason for every action under the sun; these actions or reactions emanating from whatever triggers may however, be positive or negative. Looking at life from the prism of every individual, every intention and action is for a ‘good purpose’ - rightly or wrongly so; it is their own world view. But most importantly is the question of whether the person so concerned is mentally stable; you would also want to consider if such an action is ecological; is there a reasonable mind at work here? Consequently, at this stage we begin to consider the role of psychiatry and mental health care. What is the role of psychiatric hospitals, and how do people in this part of the world perceive them? Just sometime last month it was a case of a black Sunday for the family of Dr. Allwell Orji,
Nigeria Needs to Invest in the Pharmaceutical Sector – NAPPSA, President

Nigeria Needs to Invest in the Pharmaceutical Sector – NAPPSA, President

Interviews, NEWS
Dr. Nkere Ebube is the President of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA). In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he proffers solutions to the increasing high cost of drugs in the country. What is the mandate of NAPPSA? Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, Inc. (NAPPSA) is an umbrella organisation of Nigerian pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, allied scientists and academia in the Americas. Our mission is to serve as a forum for interaction between Nigerian Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Scientists and related healthcare professionals in a quest to improve research and development of drugs, education and pharmacy care in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the worl...
Lagos State Clarifies Media Reports of Deaths from Meningitis in the State

Lagos State Clarifies Media Reports of Deaths from Meningitis in the State

NEWS
The attention of the Lagos State Ministry of Health has been drawn to some media reports alleging that two  deaths attributed to meningitis have been recorded  in Lagos state.  The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, speaking while reviewing  the activities of the state government with regards to curtailing and controlling the spread of the meningitis epidemic  said that the report is false and is capable of causing undue panic among the citizenry .  "The report carried by some newspapers and online platforms is untrue and does not represent the reality of the situation in Lagos State as at today", he said. For the avoidance of doubt, there are two main types of meningitis. The epidemic prone meningitis which is referred to as Cerebro-spinal meningitis (CSM) is caused b
Adverse Drug Reactions and the changing Face of Therapeutics

Adverse Drug Reactions and the changing Face of Therapeutics

Cover Stories, NEWS
(Cover Story) Adverse drug reactions and, or side effects come in various shades and colours, and have overtime become issue for concern except that much attention has not been paid to this recurring phenomenon, or so it seems. Most at times the effects of adverse drug reaction is just mild and so it is easily overlooked, but at some other times they can be dangerously alarming such as even leading to death! And so health watchers are wont to ask: with all of these, is therapeutics entering a new phase?  In this write-up, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA ponders these issues, and brings to light what we ought to guard against, and what we all can do. In a developed society such as Australia, facts have it that an estimated 140,000 patients are admitted to hospital every year because of problems a
WHO Urges Nigeria, Others to Prioritize Mental Health

WHO Urges Nigeria, Others to Prioritize Mental Health

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Nigeria and other countries to prioritize mental health. Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti made the call in her statement to mark this year’s World Health Day. The theme this year is “Depression, let’s talk’. WHO defines depression as an illness characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest and inability to perform daily activities for a period of over two weeks. It is associated with feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, tiredness and poor concentration. Moeti urged countries to support mental health programmes by allocating adequate human and financial resources to it. She appealed to member states to include mental health in their health development agenda, a
Suicide: LUTH Launches Hotlines, Support Group

Suicide: LUTH Launches Hotlines, Support Group

NEWS
The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has initiated two help programmes to contain the rising cases of suicide in the country. According to the Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, suicide is preventable, but there is a lack of prevention strategies in most countries, including Nigeria. Consequently, LUTH has initiated a suicide prevention service called the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) and Staff Emotional Care Services (SECS). He stated this while unveiling the initiatives in Lagos. Bode said the events of the past few days had further underscored the need to commence these services immediately. The numbers to call are: 09080217555, 09034400009, 08111909909 and 07013811143. He said people should feel free to walk into any hospital and be ...
Health Workers Charging N500 for Meningitis Vaccine – FCT Residents

Health Workers Charging N500 for Meningitis Vaccine – FCT Residents

NEWS
Residents of Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, have alleged that they were being charged N500 by vaccinators per person before receiving the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) vaccine. Some residents on Wednesday said that they could not understand the rationale behind the fee when the Federal Government had announced that the immunisation was free. The vaccination was being conducted by a woman suspected to be working for an NGO at the Government Secondary School, Kubwa, in Bwari Area Council of the FCT. Mr Tony Isibon, a resident who was at the venue, said that because of the fear of the meningitis outbreak, his family had no choice than to pay and receive the vaccine. “The vaccination here is N500 per person. I do not know if it is from government or a private organisation, but
Depression and Suicide; How to Stay Happy Despite Life Challenges

Depression and Suicide; How to Stay Happy Despite Life Challenges

Health & Life, NEWS
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), every 40 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world, dies by suicide. For people with severe depression, it is not uncommon to think about suicide. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds across the world. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. Depression is a common mental disorder. It is no longer news that on March 19, 2017, a Medical Doctor; Dr. Allwell Orji committed suicide by jumping into the lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria. Many people had shared diverse opinions on this matter. While I ...
World Health Day 2017 – Depression: Let’s talk

World Health Day 2017 – Depression: Let’s talk

NEWS
World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and ho
How Do I Know If My Baby Is Teething?

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Teething?

Children's Health, NEWS
Determining what is wrong with a fussy baby is a tough part of parenting. When your baby is fed, changed and otherwise healthy, but still fussing, you may find yourself wondering, what exactly is wrong? Being fussy could be as a result of so many reasons. Look for these signs and symptoms to help you find out if your baby is teething. Rubbing Their Gums and Drooling Babies generally love to put things in their mouths, but when the teething process begins the process of rubbing things on their gums may become excessive. Putting something in their mouth, from a teething ring to rubbing the site of the gum tissue, is a definite sign that your baby could be cutting a tooth. Make sure to keep any unsafe items that pose a choking hazard out of your baby's reach and offer soft teething toys to ...
Sex may be Key to a Happy Marriage, Study Finds

Sex may be Key to a Happy Marriage, Study Finds

NEWS
What is the recipe for a happy marriage? According to a new study, sex is a key ingredient. Researchers have found that sexual intercourse produces an "afterglow" that lasts for 2 days. What is more, this afterglow may boost long-term relationship satisfaction. Lead author Andrea Meltzer, of Florida State University, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Psychological Science. A number of studies have shown that sex contributes to short-term bonding between partners, but the researchers note that the majority of couples do not engage in sexual activity every day. According to the International Society of Sexual Medicine, only 21 percent of married men and 24 percent of married women have sex on 4 or more days each week. So what bonds partners in between sexual ac...
‘Headmasters’ Stand to Risk Brain Injuries

‘Headmasters’ Stand to Risk Brain Injuries

Health & Life, NEWS
The game of football can be real fun for those who are familiar with the round leather game. So much force than you can ever imagine goes into either kicking or heading a ball in full flight. But in the euphoria of the game it is all fun except in the situation whereby you are badly tackled by a charging defender for instance. But from recent research emanating from a team of UK scientists, repeated headers during a footballer's professional career may very well be associated with a long term brain damage similar to what has been observed in some boxers. However, reports say this study is still with tentative evidence. The study comes after suggestions that players who head balls may be more prone to developing mental deterioration in future. The Football Body says it will look at thi...
Lagos State Ministry of Health Begins Medical Mission

Lagos State Ministry of Health Begins Medical Mission

NEWS
The Lagos State Government has recently embarked on a medical mission aimed at providing free healthcare services to residents of the State across the 20 Local Governments areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas. Having done with the first and second phase of the project, the intervention programme moves into the next chapters covering the rest of State. According to a statement signed by Mrs. Adeola Salako, Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry, so far not less than 12,753 residents have benefitted from the programme. The locations initially covered are: Ojo, Oto-Awori and Iba local government and local council development areas as well as Badagry, Badagry-West & Olorunda local government and local council development areas of the State. The programme involves screening an
UI defeats OAU at this Year’s Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi (PANS) Debate

UI defeats OAU at this Year’s Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi (PANS) Debate

NEWS
In 1962 the Department of Pharmacy was founded within the Faculty of Science in the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. It is the premier institution to provide pharmacy education in Nigeria. And so a very large percent of Nigerian pharmacists working in the country and abroad are graduates of this University. With the demand of this noble profession coupled with perception of its tremendous contribution to society, the department was upgraded to a full-fledged Faculty in 1969, with four main departments: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmaceutics. And just on the 4th of March, 2017 the Faculty was home to the 3rd Annual Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi Debate Competition which was instituted in 2014; the event held at its new pharmacy comp...
Noise and the Health Hazards Posed by Generator Sets

Noise and the Health Hazards Posed by Generator Sets

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
With the epileptic power (supply) in the country - degenerating from bad to worse, and the nation losing huge revenue due to compounded energy crisis, the populace are also being encumbered with even greater (health) risks owing to noise, and air pollution. Part of the characteristics of the average Nigerian being that he easily ‘adapts’ to any situation he finds himself is not necessarily a resounding attribute. Albeit in the midst of abundance, the society inexplicably remains docile - coping with every manner of absurdity. The health hazards posed by the noise, let alone the pollution that emanates from power generating plants in our society is one that should make any health watcher shudder with rage and dread. For majority of Nigerians today, it is almost impossible for one not to