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‘Ritual killers Source Body Parts from Illegal Hospitals’

‘Ritual killers Source Body Parts from Illegal Hospitals’

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The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu, has said ritual killers source body parts from operators of illegal health facilities. Illayasu spoke on Monday at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Ogun State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The police boss, who was represented by the Officer-In-Charge of Medicals, Ogun State Police Command, DSP Shola  Oguntoye, said, “Quackery in the health sector is bigger than what we all think and that is why it must be addressed. Ritual killers now connive with quacks to source body parts for their activities. The danger they pose is more than what we can imagine. We take patients to the nearest hospitals when accidents occur; we need to know which hospital is accredited or not
Vitamin D Good for Liver, Kidney—Medical Expert

Vitamin D Good for Liver, Kidney—Medical Expert

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An Abuja-based physician, Dr Baba Ahmed on Monday urged Nigerians to eat food rich in Vitamin D for healthy liver and kidney. Ahmed, in an interview with Journalist in Abuja said the lack of vitamin D could cause chronic liver or kidney disease. He said that function of the vitamin was to maintain serum calcium and phosphorus concentration within the range that supports neuromuscular function. According to him, vitamin D deficiency is commonly noticed early in children than in adults and in children it is called rickets and osteromalacia in adults. Osteromalacia is the softening of the bones caused by defective bone. He noted that the sources of vitamin `D’ were basically from the fatty substances such as vegetable oils, plant oil like soya oil, sunflower oil and groundnut oil,  among
FIP’s Chief Executive Officer, Besançon Resigns

FIP’s Chief Executive Officer, Besançon Resigns

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The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has announced the resignation of  Mr Luc Besancon as Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 November, 2017.  Disclosing the development via a press release from The Hague, the organisation revealed that Mr Besançon has decided to pursue other leadership roles in the global health arena. Appraising the tenure of Besançon , President of FIP, Dr Carmen Peña  said he  has been a tremendous asset to FIP, all through his administration. “Luc resumed the responsibilities as CEO at a time of significant challenges after the unexpected passing of Mr Ton Hoek. During his tenure, Luc effectively led development of new member services and strengthened important relationships with key global health stakeholders such as the WHO. We wish him the very
Dogs Foil Boko Haram Attack in Borno Hospital

Dogs Foil Boko Haram Attack in Borno Hospital

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Two dogs on Friday foiled an attempt by two suicide bombers to detonate bombs at the Moloi General Hospital in Maiduguri. The foiled attack is the latest in a string of deadly attacks on soft targets by the Boko Haram group in Nigeria’s northeast, the hotbed of the Islamic insurgency. The Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Fatomi Ahmed, confirmed the development in an interview with Journalist after the attack. Ahmed said that the agency had deployed a rescue team to evacuate debris at the scene of the foiled attack. The Spokesman of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Malam Bello Danbatta, who also confirmed the incident, said that the dogs and the bombers died instantly in the attack but that no other life was lost. An eyewitness, Mr. Rilwan Isah, said pe
Transgender Man Gives Birth to a Boy

Transgender Man Gives Birth to a Boy

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Trystan Reese, a transgender man living in Portland, Oregon, has given birth to a boy with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow. Their son, Leo Murray Chaplow, was born July 14. Leo is the couple's first biological child, but they are no strangers to parenting: Reese and Chaplow adopted Chaplow's niece and nephew in 2011. Both Leo and Reese were in good health after the birth, the couple wrote on Facebook. Reese and Chaplow told CNN Leo "eats like a champ, sleeps well, and gives us lots of cuddles." "We are so lucky to have been able to welcome him into our lives and cannot wait to see who he grows up to be," they said. Reese and Chaplow have documented their parenting adventures and posted updates throughout Reese's pregnancy on their Facebook page. They made a video announcing...
Contaminated Food, Drug Abuse are Major Causes of Hepatitis, Says Medical Practitioner

Contaminated Food, Drug Abuse are Major Causes of Hepatitis, Says Medical Practitioner

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A medical practitioner has identified consumption of contaminated food, unclean water and intake of drugs as the major causes of various categories of hepatitis.Dr. Johnson Ogunmade spoke during an Annual Health Seminar, organized for Ogun State Ministry of Health workers with the theme, “Reducing prevalence of hepatitis disease: Role of Community Health Practitioners” held in Abeokuta. Ogunmade said hepatitis “A” that is the most common, is as a result of drug abuse, unclean environment and taking of contaminated foods and water.He added that hepatitis “B”, if not quickly diagnosed could kill faster than HIV/AIDs and can easily be transmitted through body fluid. According to him, hepatitis “C” and “D” can be transmitted through unprotected sex and blood transfusion respectively while
‘Slimming Pills Work Fast but Bring Great Pains in the End’

‘Slimming Pills Work Fast but Bring Great Pains in the End’

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African women, particularly Nigerian women had always longed to be big, that is, fat. Mostly for married women, being fat was seen as a sign of affluence on the part of their husbands. The bid to achieve this so-called status then in the country made so many husbands to work so hard such that their wives will be the envy of others. But, today, things are different. Apart from chronic health conditions which force many to go on diet, women who even have less than 28 Body Mass Index, BMI, in Nigeria are being advised to lose weight by every means possible. The craving to be slim has, however, caused damages to many women unknowingly. Some have even lost their lives in the process. Although it is natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly, it can take time ...
Pharmacists to Retire at 65 Years

Pharmacists to Retire at 65 Years

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The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakasai said at the weekend that the agitation for the upward review of retirement age of pharmacists in government hospital from 60 to 65 will soon be a reality. Yakasai assured the circular on implementation soon be issued as that the would it was being pursued with vigour. He said at the 19th Annual National Conference of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists (AHAPN) held in Lagos that the implementation of the circular and other issues affecting the welfare of hospital pharmacists would be addressed in due course. He also announced that the problem of skipping of salaries had been raised by the PSN to the Minister of Health. Daily Trust News
Don’t Stop NHIS Probe, AHAPN Tells FG

Don’t Stop NHIS Probe, AHAPN Tells FG

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The National Chairman, Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria, Mr. Martins Oyewole, has called the attention of the Federal Government to allegations of fraud made against some principal officers of the National Health Insurance Scheme and other health agencies in the country. Speaking during the 19th Annual National Scientific Conference of the AHAPN, themed ‘Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists and National Development’ and recently held in Lagos, he urged the government to ensure that the allegations were investigated to a conclusive end. Oyewole noted that just as the mismanagement of funds at the insurance agency had put the health sector in a bad shape, the poor performance of the insurance scheme had also denied many Nigerians access to quality an
PCN Moves to Ensure Integrity of Medicines in Abia, Seals 397 Premises

PCN Moves to Ensure Integrity of Medicines in Abia, Seals 397 Premises

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has taken steps to ensure drugs distributed in Abia State conform to the integrity specified by manufacturers in order to safeguard the health of the people. To this end, the enforcement team of the council has shut down 397 premises comprising 37 pharmacies and 360 patent medicine stores over various offences including operating without registration with PCN, failure to renew license. Deputy Director Enforcement, PCN, Stephen Esumobi made this known recently at a press conference in Umuahia, after the end of enforcement exercise which took the team to 441 premises across Abia State. He said that the PCN got “added impetus” to move against illegal premises following a marching order issued by the National Assembly enjoining the PCN to close
Ebola Detected in Semen of Survivours Two Years After Infection

Ebola Detected in Semen of Survivours Two Years After Infection

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Researchers have found Ebola Ribo Nucleic Acid (RNA)/genetic material in the semen of survivors two years after infection. They are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to update its guidelines on sexual transmission. Ebola virus RNA can persist in the semen of survivors more than two years after the onset of infection researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found. The research team, which included investigators from Ohio-based Clinical Research Management and the ELWA Hospital in Liberia also observed the detection of Ebola virus RNA in the semen of men who had previously had a negative test of their semen in some cases. These findings led the study team to suggest revision of the 2016 WHO guidelines relating to the sexual transmission of Ebola,...
Household Air Pollution Causes 4.3m Premature Deaths Yearly, says WHO

Household Air Pollution Causes 4.3m Premature Deaths Yearly, says WHO

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*Why cooking gas is healthier, cheaper option than kerosene, fire woods, by FG, Africare More concerns have emerged on the health implications of household air pollution. According to latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), 4.3 million people a year die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution caused by the inefficient use of solid fuels for cooking. Among these deaths: 12 per cent are due to pneumonia, 34 per cent from stroke, 26 per cent from ischaemic heart disease, 22 per cent from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and six per cent from lung cancer. According to the WHO, around three billion people still cook and heat their homes using solid fuels (that is wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung) in open fires and lea...
Why Do Men Gain Weight in Their Bellies? 

Why Do Men Gain Weight in Their Bellies? 

Men's Health, NEWS
Why is it that when men gain weight, they tend to develop potbellies? The answer has to do with how the body stores fat. When men gain weight, the default storage place is the belly. Think of it like the trunk of a car, said Dr. Zhaoping Li, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Just like people loading up a trunk for a picnic at the park, "you can put things there; no problem," Li told Live Science. [What Does 'Fast Metabolism' Mean?] But if men eat too much and don't get enough exercise, then just like a jam-packed trunk, that belly space is going to run out of room, Li said. Once a man has a full potbelly, the body starts storing fat elsewhere, which is extremely unhealthy, she said. "When they run out of storage place in th...
PSN to Deploy IT to Fight Fake Drugs

PSN to Deploy IT to Fight Fake Drugs

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Worried by the prevalence of fake drugs in the market, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has vowed to deploy appropriate technologies to check the prevalence of fake and counterfeit drugs in the country. PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai said it is high time pharmacists keyed into the digital revolution to create value and provide better services to the public. He spoke in Lagos during a workshop on “Convergence of technology and the impact on pharmaceutical practice” organized by the Education committee of the society. Yakasai said the organization is working in partnership with the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other agencies determined to fight fake drugs using the latest IT technologies. He noted that technology had trans
‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

Children's Health, NEWS
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has urged more mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding for infants. According to the NGO, the call became necessary following new findings by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which reported that less than half the numbers of infants around the world under the age of six months are breastfed exclusively. A statement by WBFA said, “In Nigeria alone, 98% of new mothers, initiate breastfeeding. However, by six months, only 25% of them are still exclusively breastfeeding.” The Foundation released findings of its Global and National Policy Call, ahead of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2017 which have demonstrated that midwives are crucial and well placed to support mothers’ breastfeed thereby creating a healthy community. The sta