The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has appealed rescheduling of deadline given to all governors to make counterpart contribution toward nationwide polio immunization to Sept. 10. The Chairman of the forum and governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, made the request at a meeting with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Abuja. A statement by Mr Abdulrazaque Barkindo, Head of NGF Media and Publicity Affairs on Thursday, quoted Yari as saying that Aug. 23 ultimatum issued by NPHCDA was too short. The forum said that Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, had solicited the governors’ cooperation by paying their counterpart funding latest Aug. 23 to enable the agency to embark on the immunization. Shuaib stated that the Federal Government was contribu
A simple fix to a major public health challenge has turned out to be not so simple after all. In the early 2000s, researchers developed rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria, a major childhood killer. Simple as a home pregnancy kit, RDTs need just one drop of blood from a finger prick to detect the malaria parasite. They enabled health workers in remote villages in Africa and Asia to accurately and almost instantly diagnose malaria, making them less likely to overuse the new generation of “wonder drugs,” artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), which were in danger of being lost to drug resistance. The use of RDTs skyrocketed after the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 recommended that all suspected cases of malaria be confirmed by a test before treatment; roughly 314 m
A medical researcher, Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, has called on the three tiers of government to improve the level of emergencies preparedness and response to strengthening public health against burden of Lassa fever. Iwalokun, the Head of Immunology and Vaccinology Research Group, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos State, made the call on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency Nigeria in Lagos. The medical researcher spoke on the outbreak of Lassa fever in Lagos State following which two persons have been confirmed dead. NAN reports that the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, Prof. Chris Bode, had on Aug. 8 confirmed that two patients died of Lassa fever at the hospital. Bode, confirming the reports, al...
About 20 million Nigerians are infected with Hepatitis B virus, the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN) has said. The group made this known at its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Session at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. SOGHIN is a body of specialists in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the upper and lower alimentary tract, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, such as pathologists, radiologists, physicians and surgeons. According to a communique at the end of the AGM, the society observed that access to screening and diagnosis were inadequate and the ‘overwhelming’ majority of Nigerians could not afford the cost of investigations and
A strange disease that killed over 70 people in Kwara State some days ago may have spread to neighbouring Kogi State as over 50 people have died of the sickness in Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa communities all in the Yagba West Local Government Area of the state. The Kogi State Government on Thursday confirmed the outbreak of the strange disease. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, who disclosed this when he visited the affected villages however said the strange disease had claimed many lives in recent times. He did not give the casualty figure but the villagers said over 50 persons had died of the ailment. Although the commissioner said government had yet to know the exact cause of the disease, he said laboratory results had ruled out Lassa fever. “We are h
• Aso Villa Chapel celebrates president’s return • Govs congratulate Nigerians, seek more prayers The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to replicate medical equipment he saw in London during his treatment in Nigerian hospitals before the end of 2019. NMA said doctors in the country would have been able to handle the president’s health challenge if the health sector had been properly equipped and funded. NMA in a communique signed by its National President and Secretary General, Professor Mike Ozovehe Ogirima and Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu respectively after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kaduna said it has “resolved to call on the president to utilise his positive experience in the health systems of other climes to impact o
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSCN, has warned the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole against a possible anarchy in the health sector if the rule of law he fails to demonstrate his concern for the rule of rule as regards judgments. In a press statement signed by the National President of the association, Alhaji Raheem Toyosi, and the National Secretary, Dr Surajudeen Junaid and sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the health minister was urged obey the court order compelling him to issue a circular to all Chief Medical Directors, CMDs and Medical Directors, MDs of tertiary health institutions in the country to remove all Pathologists and persons not in that field from the Medical Laboratory departments. The statement read, ‘’We are glad that Jus
Minister of Health Professor, Isaac Adewole has disclosed the Federal Government’s intention to partner with West African College of Surgeons, WACS, to train efficient surgeons that would improve the healthcare service in the country. Adewole made this known recently while commissioning Permanent Secretariat of the College in Lagos. He said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria would be happy to collaborate with West African College of Surgeons to deliver quality health services to Nigerians and other neighbouring countries”. “Federal Government is investing hugely on residency training especially on the salary and other incidental needs. I will like to appeal passionately to the West African College of Surgeons’ Leadership to reduce the training period of residents to 5-6 years, a
For most guys, the bedroom is probably the one place you don't want to finish first. Sex experts agree that nothing makes a guy feel more insecure than coming up short when it matters most. Researchers have pointed out that the average guy lasts only 5 to 10 minutes during sex, and 71 percent of men want better sexual endurance. It is no fun for her and embarrassing for you (man) when it all ends too early. “I dated a guy whom my friends and I called five-second, because every time he and I had sex, it was over in about five seconds. It got to the point where he only felt comfortable having sex after drinking, which then, of course, led to him taking so long to cum. This I do not find funny” Miss Oluchi, an undergraduate said. Another respondent, who does not want her name in print, said
Recently the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) publicly hornoured well deserving individuals and organisations spanning various fields of endeavour that have to do with the health care industry. The event which was well attended, and full of razzmatazz, was also the fêting of high achievers who gathered to receive tributes and accolades in a colourful ceremony in Lagos. Prominent and up-coming industry and media stakeholders in the Nigeria healthcare sector were rewarded and recognised for their hard work and contributions. Some of them included: Professor Ibironke Akinsete and Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohubunwa, who were honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the event at Eko Hotel. The event which was sponsored by Sterling Bank and PharmAccess Foundation also saw so many ot
When you are in the company of someone with mouth odour or bad breath, it can be really bad. Imagine you are halfway through an amazing dinner date, and you lean over the table to say something charming and she is hit with a wall of bad breath. Often, during situations like this your success or failure comes down to a few small details. In those moments, it no longer matters that you suited up and combed your hair, because you ignored the small details of hygiene. Interestingly, many people who have bad breath do not realise they do. The origins of bad breath are not mysterious. Hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them on the tongue or below the gum-line, or in pockets created by gum disease between gums and teeth for example, create sulphurous smells. According to the A...
Many people with arthritis dread the cooler months because it is literally a period they experience more pain. The increase in intensity of pain robs them of life’s simple pleasures. Even the basics of getting through the day, like getting into the commercial bus, lifting heavy bags or even climbing the stairs, can become sharp reminders of their limitations. Arthritis, a condition many wrongly assume is just a part of the ageing process, which affects millions of people globally. It causes pain and inflammation in joints, commonly the hands, feet and knees. Why pain The condition, which also causes tenderness and stiffness, restricted movements of the joints, warm red skin over the joints and sometimes weakness and muscle wasting, most often develops in adults who are in their l
The high cost of duty paid on imported pharmaceutical products has been identified as a major factor making access to basic medicines difficult for Nigerians. Speaking during a visit by members of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria to the office of World Wide Commercial Ventures Limited in Matori, Lagos, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Ananth Narayan, said that the duty charged on pharmaceutical products had jerked prices up thereby making them unaffordable. While identifying the lack of regular electricity supply in the country and the failure of retailers to pay on time for stocks delivered to them as among other factors contributing to the problem, Narayan said that if provided with needed infrastructure, the sector would not only pro
The Concerned Citizens of Nigeria, CCN, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s media team to disclose the details of the ailment he is suffering from and the kind of treatment being given to him to end the growing anxiety over the secrecy regarding the nature of his illness. It also frowned at the attack on the Resume or Resign protesters, saying that the failure to arrest the attackers showed that they were being backed by superior authorities. The group in a statement by the Messrs. Ikechukwu Ikeji, Ken Okolugbo, Turner Ogboru, Yunusa Tanko and Bala Zakka, said it was wrong for the President’s handlers to keep details of his illness in the dark more than 100 days after he left the country. The statement reads: “We are however shocked and in total disbelief that for some curi
The World Health Organisation in its health index report for Nigeria in the year 2015, stated that the life expectancy for the country is currently at 53/56 years - for males to females respectively. If this discouraging statistics is anything to go by, it clearly confirms one thing – the needless incessant cases of sudden death in our environment could partly be a reason for this. In recent times our society has come under the siege of the devastating effects of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure or hypertension, heart attack, stroke and even hypotension. According to the World Health Organisation statistics, from the 2015 world Health Day reports, hypertension is responsible for an estimated 45 per cent of deaths from heart disease, and 51 per cent of deaths from stroke