With a total of 39.5 million people dying annually due to Non Communicable Diseases, NCDs, Nigeria is striving to achieve the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which seeks to reduce by 25 percent cases of all premature deaths from NCDs by 2025, and by 2030, reduce by 33 percent overall premature mortality from NCDs and promote mental health and well-being. In a related development, the Federal government is soon to kick off a National Survey as part of strategies to stem the menace of NCDs. This was evident last week, as members of the Nigeria NCD Alliance gathered a team of public health experts, Non-Governmental Organisations working on non- communicable diseases and other stakeholders in Lagos to deliberate on how to tame the inc
…as Ebonyi identifies 9 new cases THE Federal Government, Saturday, blamed the spread of Lassa fever on health workers refusal to take necessary precaution, while treating patients. Lassa Fever Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole who stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State when he paid a courtesy call on the state Governor, David Umahi described the recent outbreak in the state which killed 4 Medical health workers as unfortunate. According to the Minister, most doctors treat the deadly disease as if it is any other ordinary disease and do not wear protective medical apparels while treating patients. “What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected, then the country is in danger because everyone that will go and meet that doctor or nurse is at risk. “La
Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the process for the re-positioning of all levels of the health sector is effectively on course, with the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment for Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital. The governor also declared that the total rehabilitation of structures at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital will create the right environment for quality tertiary healthcare. Wike, who spoke yesterday in an interview with newsmen shortly after an inspection visit to the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt, stated that the health sector would continue to reeive priority attention from his administration. The governor who was accompanied on the project inspection by the national chairman of the Peo...
Dr Modupe Adeyinka, Head of Health Department, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), says the council will commence measles vaccination from Feb. 8 to 20 to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the area. Adeyinka made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. She said that the vaccination would cover children between the ages of nine months and five years in the council area, adding that the virus could be prevented with the help of the vaccine “Measles is a highly contagiovaccine-preventableble respiratory disease caused by measles virus; measles affects mostly children under the age of five years and it can lead to death.” “Measles can be prevented by vaccination; the measles vaccine is to boost the immune system of our children a
A multi-million naira medical laboratory centre, located in the sleepy community of Goron-Gida in the Katsina metropolis, has been opened to provide services to the people of the area. The proprietor of the lab, Mallam Nasir Abdulbakir, stated that its purpose was to provide a comprehensive health care system in the state. Speaking during the opening of the medical facility on Sunday, Abdulbakir disclosed that the lab had already recorded patronage from 876 people from Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi states as well as neighbouring Niger Republic within its first 24 hours of operation. He said, “Sahel Medicare Centre is here not to compete with any public or private medical facility; rather, we are ready to collaborate and partner all existing facilities as is the tradition
The minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has said that the federal government through its various Health Agencies responded promptly to the outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State following notification. Professor Adewole in a press statement signed by his Media aide, Kazeem Akintunde, stated that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), an agency under the Federal Ministry of Health, saddled with such responsibility was in Ebonyi State 48 hours after the news broke in the media. Adewole said that he also personally called the Cmchief medical director, of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki for detailed briefing after reading the news of the outbreak in national dailies. In the case of Ebonyi State, I was the one that called the CMD on phone, he did not call
As the world marks the Leprosy Day on Tuesday, governments and health workers have been advised to focus more on public health education to curb ignorance of the disease, as well as clinical management of active cases and contacts. The teaching should also focus on the need for confirmed leprosy patients to have their close contacts go for a thorough physical examination and regular follow-up visits. The experts have also explained that the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination given at birth as part of the national programme on immunisation is partially protective against leprosy. There is ongoing research to develop a more specific leprosy vaccine. Dr. Erere Otrofanowei, a consultant physician, dermatologist and genitourinary specialist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospit...
Just one cigarette a day is enough to raise the risk of heart disease and stroke by around 50 per cent, the Dailymail says in a report. Researchers have found those who smoke once a day expose themselves to fully half the risk of heart disease and stroke seen in people who smoke 20 cigarettes. Men who smoked one cigarette a day had 46 per cent of the increased risk of heart disease seen in people who smoked 20. Their danger of a stroke was 41 per cent of that seen in 20-a-day smokers. Just one cigarette raised their risk of coronary heart disease by 48 per cent compared to being a non-smoker. Women meanwhile saw their heart disease risk more than double with one cigarette a day, compared to if they did not smoke at all. The review of more than 140 scientific studies was led ...
Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25. And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an incr
Despite fears of a 'slippery slope', researchers confirm 'social ethics would by no means allow that practice' Scientists in China who created the world's first cloned monkeys have promised they do not plan to repeat the technique with humans. The birth of two identical long-tailed macaques – named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua – marked the first time primates had been cloned using the same technique that created Dolly the sheep. While the achievement was seen as a breakthrough, critics raised ethical concerns about the research and suggested it could lead to a “slippery slope” that would ultimately result in human cloning. However, the Chinese scientists who carried out the research said their interest in cloning primates came from a strictly medical perspective. “We have no plan to
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole on Saturday attributed the increasing number of Health worker getting infected with Lassa Fever to their refusal to take necessary precaution while treating patients in hospitals. Adewole who stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State when he paid a courtesy call on the state Governor, Chief David Umahi described the recent outbreak in the state which killed 4 Medical health workers as unfortunate. According to the Minister most doctors done treat the deadly disease as if if is any other ordinary disease and this fail to wear protective medical apparels while treating patients. ” What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected then the country is in danger because everyone person that will go and meet that doctor or n
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday said he would start the enforcement of the Federal Government’s directive on drug control centres from January, 2019. Adewole said that this step would end the sales of drugs through the operations of drug marts in Nigeria. The minister spoke in Aba at the ground breaking ceremony of the Abia State Wholesale Control Centre (CWC) for drugs. He said that the final deadline for the enforcement had been fixed for January, 2019, saying that there would be no going back on the deadline. “There will be no going back on the January, 2019 deadline. “If we find anybody doing marketing or wholesale distribution in January, 2019, we will arrest and confiscate the product. “For those who nurse the dream that there will be another C
"The Center for Human Virology and Genomics (CHVG) has been listed as a WHO Prequalification Evaluating Laboratory. This happened after a successful audit of the laboratory to ISO 15189:2012standard by WHO Geneva on Monday 22nd January 2018. This therefore makes CHVG the first laboratory in West Africa to attain this feat. It therefore means that this laboratory is now listed as a WHO Prequalification Evaluating Laboratory to perform evaluation of In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) either coordinated by WHO or commissioned by manufacturer. CHVG would now conduct independent performance evaluations of IVDs which will assist in the diagnosis and/or monitoring of infection with HIV-1, hepatitis B and hepatitis C." Medicalworld
A 103-year-old woman from Mulund, India, has become one of the oldest patients in the country to undergo a successful hip replacement surgery. According to HinduStan Times, Ganga Gala suffered a hip fracture on January 5 after falling from the bed. Her grandson Kirti, 60, said it was the seventh time she had fallen since July 2016. She was hospitalised — the family claims for the first time in her life — and doctors took the decision to go ahead with surgery because all her health parameters were normal. Ganga had suffered an intertrochanteric (upper part of the thigh bone) fracture, on the right side of hip. Doctors said avoiding the surgery could result in other complications like bed sores, chest infection and urine infection. “Before July 2016, she didn’t need help to walk or do
Mosquito-born Zika virus may be responsible for an increase in birth-defects in United States states and territories even in women who had no lab evidence of Zika-exposure during pregnancy, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. Areas in which the mosquito-borne virus has been circulating, including Puerto Rico, southern Florida and part of south Texas, saw a 21 per cent rise in birth defects strongly linked with Zika . This is the finding in the last half of 2016 compared with the first half of that year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its weekly report on death and disease. Researchers said that it was not clear if the increase was due to local transmission of Zika alone or if there were other contributing factors. The Zika outbreak was first dete