The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has warned against increase in deaths arising from overdose of illicit drugs in Europe for the third consecutive year. The agency gave the warning on Tuesday in its annual report in Brussels. According to the EU which quoted a report, in 2015 alone, more than 8,400 people died of drug overdose in the 28 EU member states plus Turkey and Norway, representing six per cent increase from 2014. The report said that the deaths were mainly related to heroin and other opioids and in many cases, the drugs were used in combination with alcohol. “One of the main drivers behind the upwards trend was a 26-per cent increase in opioid-related deaths in Britain compared to the previous year. “The number of overdose deaths also increa
Prof. Babatunde Osotomehin FAS, OON (1949-2017): The passage the Global Health Ambassador- a monumental loss for NMA. The President, National Officers' Committee (NOC) and the entire members of Nigerian Medical Association join the immediate family, the governments of Ogun State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the entire global health community to mourn the passage of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin FAS, OON, unto eternity. He was until his the death the 4th Executive Director UNFPA & Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2011 till date. Prof Osotimehin a renowned clinical consultant, refined medical lecturer and professor who imparted knowledge to many at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, visionary healthcare administrator and international health manager woul...
Dr Chris Uzoh, a Nigerian-born medical doctor was recently suspended by General medical Council (GMC), UK for soliciting a romantic relationship with a female patient. According to Mail Online, Dr Chris attended to the patient in the clinic and followed up thirty minutes via text messages such as: ‘Sorry for this text message but I saw you and liked you and thought we could go on a date in the future. ‘I am single and looking for a serious relationship and not intending to mess about.’ ‘I’ve been feeling like a schoolboy meeting a girl he fancied for the first time. I haven’t felt this way in a while.’ Later the woman received a card and flowers at her home along with a further message from Dr Uzoh adding: ‘I wonder how else I would have met you if not this way. ‘My heart is pure, I
The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to take a cue from the recent appointment of an Ethiopian, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. The association said that members of the organisation elected Tedros as the head, in spite of the fact that he was not a medical doctor. The association’s commendation is contained in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Mr. Martins Oyewole, and sent to our correspondent by its National Vice Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Amibor. The statement read, “This positive development is, indeed, a landmark, given that this remains the first time in the history of the WHO that an African would be elected to lead the organisation. “We also sal
Hypertension is often thought the disease of adults particularly the elderly, but experts have revealed that children too now suffer from the disease. A consultant and Head, Paediatric Cardiology an Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof Christy Okoromah revealed that hypertension could affect a new born baby, especially premature and low birth weight babies (less than 2.5kg). Speaking during this year’s World Hypertension Day organised by Nestle in Lagos recently, Okoromah said aside newborns, children of all age range, up to adolescent (18 years) years could be affected by hypertension. She said that three to five percent of Nigerian children have hypertension, adding that this is higher than the rate for autism and pa
The Chief Medical Director of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Dr Chris C. Amah has said that the high level of disease, infection, poverty and ignorance in African countries like Nigeria make the burden of heart diseases more serious among Africans. The CMD said that heart disease affects one or two per cent of the world’s population. Addressing newsmen on the on-going open heart surgery for 50 children and some adults with heart defects at UNTH, Dr Amah said poverty, ignorance, and disease called PID were predominant in developing countries. He warned pregnant women against consumption of all sorts of drugs without prescription by a qualified doctor. Dr Amah said most of the children booked for the open heart surgery at the hospital had congenital hea
Twelve people have reportedly died from cholera within Ilorin metropolis. Findings also show that some hospitals within the state capital are filled up with patients suffering from cholera. Some people have blamed the outbreak on the heaps of refuse dumps in and around the city waiting to be evacuated by the authorities concerned. Meanwhile, the Kwara State government said it has put in place measures to contain the spread of suspected cholera in parts of Ilorin, the state capital. The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold disclosed this during an on the spot assessment to primary health care centers, cottage hospitals and the General Hospital, Ilorin. Gold, who led the government’s delegation to assess the situation, said the government had deployed resource
The more time toddlers spend using touchscreen devices, the more likely they are to have sleep problems, a new study has found. Three quarters of children aged between six months and three years in the UK use devices such as an iPad or Smartphone every day, according to researchers at Birkbeck, University of London and King’s College London. Light emitted by electronic screens has been shown to lower levels of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin in adults – and this could also be the case for young children, said Tim Smith, a psychology lecturer who carried out the study. “The devices are in the parents’ pockets all the time. The children learn this is a thing of interest, and then they themselves get interested in the device,” he told The Independent. “Parents are wondering what th
A Professor of Entomology at the University of Ilorin, Adeolu Ande, has decried killing mosquitoes, saying the insects are friends to humans that deserved to be properly managed. Ande made the statement on Monday in Ilorin in a paper he presented at a public seminar organised by the university. In his paper with the title “Consider the ways of Ants and be Wise,” the entomologist described insects as the “most successful and influential group’’ of organisms in the biosphere. He said that humans had a lot to learn from insects in order to be wise. “Human life is beset with inevitable associations with insects that have over the years influenced human destiny positively and negatively. “Negative influences, such as disease transmission, crop losses, food spoilage, economic losses and nui
Nigeria's pharmaceutical companies want policy consistency and clarity as well as a new strategy for drug importation to enable them stay afloat, add more workers to their direct and indirect staff. Speaking at Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN)/ Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN).Forum in Abuja, Okey Akpa, President of PMG-MAN, said policy flip-flops had many times threatened to shut down over 120 pharma companies in the industry. Akpa said drug makers in the country were not carried along when some major policies affecting them were made. "The Common External Tariff (CET) threatened to wipe us out until the 2016 Fiscal Policy, which changed the dynamics. The CET provides for five to 20 percent tariff for importa
No fewer than 15 children have died in war torn South Sudan from a botched attempt to immunise them against measles, officials say. They were vaccinated with the same unsterilised syringe, and the vaccine was not stored properly, according to an investigation into the deaths. As a result, the immunisation campaign caused severe infection and sepsis. The team administering the vaccinations was “neither qualified nor trained” to do so, the health minister said. About 300 people were vaccinated during the campaign in the Kapoeta region, including 32 other children who fell ill, but survived, Riek Gai Kok added. Measles outbreaks in the country are a key target of the United Nations children’s fund (Unicef), which is aiming to vaccinate 1.2 million children this year. But a report from t
The sooner babies get their own rooms, the longer they’ll sleep on average, according to a new study that breaks with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Analysing surveys from 230 first-time mothers at Penn State, Dr. Ian Paul, a pediatrician, found that babies slept for longer stretches if they didn’t sleep in the same bedroom as their parents. At 4 months, babies who slept alone had the longest stretches of uninterrupted sleep of about 45 minutes, on average though they slept about the same amount of time as babies who slept in their parents’ rooms. At 9 months, babies in their own rooms slept 40 minutes longer at night and over 20 minutes longer overall, compared with those who were still sharing a room with their parents. Those differences disappeared at 12
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Prof. Chris Bode, has affirmed that the hospital was never on strike as claimed in some quarters, describing the recent protest carried out by a group of agitators at the hospital as baseless. He affirmed that the hospital was open to patients and fully operational and not on strike as claimed by some reports. Bode while briefing journalists on the recent protest by a group of workers of the hospital, said LUTH was being run efficiently to deliver healthcare services to the people, adding that over 3,000 workers of the hospital were at their duty posts. “I would therefore, like to assure the general public, especially our patients, their relatives, clients and aspiring clients that LUTH is u
Dr Ochuko Erukainure, a nutritional biochemist, appealed to health bodies to enlighten the public on health hazard of consuming unripe fruits widely sold in Lagos markets. Erukainure told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the trend could lead to high concentration of anti-nutrients such as tannins, phytate and oxalic acids in consumers. He said that research had shown that anti-nutrients could prevent the human body from absorbing nutrients, especially micro-nutrients, leading to their poor utilisation by the human body. A check in many markets in Lagos showed large volumes of unripe farm produce like fruits and plantain displayed by traders for sale. These fruits, in spite of days of preservation to ripen, often decayed instead of ripening, thereby denying the con...
The Federal Government on Friday alerted the public to the outbreak of Avian Influenza or Birdflu in the FCT and seven states of the country. Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development raised the alert at a meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday. Mshelbwala listed the states affected by the outbreak to include Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and lastly Kaduna, which reported a case in May 30. He said that the disease had spread across 26 states of the federation and the FCT since it started in 2008 affecting 800 farms in no fewer than 123 local government areas. Mshelbwala, who said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for birdflu, noted that t...