The controversies and unease between the Association of Resident Doctors (ARDs) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and its management came up again when the former staged a protest at the premises of the institution demanding the immediate removal of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Edmund Banwat, as his four-year tenure has elapsed.The association claimed that the tenure of the CMD came to an end on December 31, 2017, adding that until he brings a letter of renewal of appointment from the Federal Ministry of Health, he will be disregarded and whatever he does is null and void. But the management of JUTH through its Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Jonathan Karshima, who said he was there to hold brief for the CMD, described ARD’s claims as spurious. Addressing j
As the New Year begins, a lot of New Year resolutions will come to the fore. For some ladies, having a flawless skin will be part of these resolutions. It is important that we remember our skin is only a reflection of what is going on inside us. The pimples, breakouts, acne, etc. are just our skin’s way of crying for help. Experts advise that the first thing to address when it comes to having flawless skin is regulating your diet, incorporating a lot of fruits into your daily diet will work wonders for your skin. So as part your New Year resolution, especially for you female folks out there, here are some fruits that experts absolutely recommend you consume for lovely, healthy skin. 1. LEMON: The first fruit in no particular order is lemon. Lemon is really good for your skin because it is
Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is usually caused by tooth decay. You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold. The pain can also be mild or severe. It may feel “sharp” and start suddenly. It can be worse at night, particularly when you are lying down. A lost filling or broken tooth can sometimes start the pain. It can also sometimes be difficult to decide whether the pain is in your upper or lower teeth. When a lower molar tooth is affected, the pain can often feel like it’s coming from the ear. Toothache in other upper teeth may feel like it is coming from the sinuses, the small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead. T
* Says Lassa fever is treatable if properly diagnosis, calls on Nigerians to come together and be on alert The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the Federal government is committed to the established standard and efficient laboratories across the 36 states of the Federation. The minister, who stated this while reacting to the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State where two four people were reported to have died in a telephone chat with The Daily Times, said that Lassa fever is treatable if it is properly diagnosed. The minister also attributed death to negligence on part of some of the health workers and called on Nigerians to ensure that any fever that last for more than two weeks should not be taken lightly. He said, “Lassa fever is treatable.
In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States (U.S.), found an elevated rate of language delay in girls at 30 months old born to mothers who used paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy, but not in boys. This is the first study to examine language development in relation to acetaminophen levels in urine. The study was published online January 10 in European Psychiatry. Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen or APAP, is a medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. The Swedish Environmental Longitudinal, Mother and Child, Asthma and Allergy study (SELMA) provided data for the research. Information was gathered from 754 women who were enrolled into the study in w...
A one-year-old girl who had a stroke in the womb that caused several life-threatening health conditions is experiencing small victories by talking, scooting and clapping. Naomi Kretschmer suffers from epilepsy, cerebral palsy and is partially paralyzed on the right side of her body due to a brain hemorrhage that caused permanent damage to the parts of the brain that control language and reasoning. At 36 weeks pregnant, her mother Melanie, 28, had not felt Naomi kick in more than a day and went to a nearby hospital in Wisconsin where an ultrasound revealed the baby was in distress. Within an hour the now-mother-of-two was under general anesthesia for an emergency c-section to deliver the baby who was seizing and needed to be resuscitated. Nineteen months later, despite her condi...
THE Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, (AMLSN) has blamed the government for the high rate of misdiagnosis in public and private hospitals. The body said the government’s refusal to recognise the practice and accord it its rightful place in policy and planning attests to the failure in the medical sector. Addressing reporters at the public presentation of new national executive officers of the group in Abuja, the asscociation’s National President, Dr. Bassey Enya Bassey, said Medical Laboratory Science is a key profession that deserves a department and a budget in the Federal Ministry of Health. Bassey stressed that a nation’s health system is as good as its medical laboratory system. He, therefore, noted that strengthening the health system must begin w
The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of Lassa fever that broke out in the state recently. The Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Eke, in a statement in Abakaliki, stated that the closure was part of proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in the state. According to him, government embarked on the measure to effectively control and contain the spread of the dreaded Lassa virus which had claimed some lives including two medical doctors and a nurse. The commissioner, however, said that the Lassa outbreak in the state was not alarming, but noted that the closure of schools was done to check the disease spreading into schools. “First of all, I want to inform you that the
Nurses under the auspices of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), Thursday, came hard on President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government over the fresh outbreak of lassa fever in Ebonyi State. The nurses say no less than 40 health workers have died of the disease in the State. DAILY POST recalls that two doctors and a nurse have already lost their lives to the outbreak. Reacting to the recent deaths, the association decried as despicable the level of lip service paid to development and strengthening of the Nigerian health system by successive governments. It frowned at the state of the Nigerian health system and called on the government to live up to its responsibility and overhaul the health system for efficient and effective care delivery. In a sta...
The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a health worker, Yewande Gbadebo, who allegedly used a hot knife to inflict injuries on the body of her 17-year-old maid, identified as Janet. She had accused the maid of eating a loaf of bread without her consent. The arrest of the suspect, who works at Community Health Centre in Erunbe, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, was facilitated by Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Ogun State chapter. The state chairman, CDHR, Olayinka Folarin, in company with officials of Child Protection Network, had on Wednesday traced the suspect to her shop in the Iberekodo area of Abeokuta, but she was not available. However, the maid was rescued and handed over to the police. The 32-year-old woman was later arrested and taken to th
Enugu State government has urged residents to be vigilant, following the fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State.The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, made the appeal yesterday.He said although the disease has not been reported in the state, there were concerns about those who travel to and from Ebonyi. He said: “Lassa fever has been a challenge in Ebonyi State as the people are prone to having issues that may lead to deaths. “Our concern is about those commuters, if they contact the disease, how do we select them from the general public, quarantine and treat them?”He said presently, since the disease is not endemic among the Enugu population, the risk remains lower. Ekochin disclosed that the state has an internationally approved isolation ward, which could handle h
A doctor and nurse at the Federal Medical Centre in Keffi, Nasarawa state, are suspected to have contracted Lassa fever. The duo were said to have contracted the virus from a patient who died earlier on Wednesday. The nurse is reportedly in transit to Irua, Edo state, while the doctor is said to be under surveillance. This development comes three days after two doctors and another nurse were reported to have lost their lives to the virus in Ebonyi state. The Ebonyi incidents were the first cases under the recent outbreak of the virus in the country. The Cable
The coalition of health professionals comprising Pharmacists, Medical Laboratory Scientists and Nurses in Ondo State have rejected some aspects of the State Contributory Health Scheme Bill that had passed through the public hearing at the State House of Assembly. Specifically, the concerned health practitioners rejected the provision of the proposed law, which made the headship of the scheme an exclusive right of medical doctors. The practitioners expressed their opposition at a news conference addressed by representatives of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) in Akure, Ondo State capital. Speaking on behalf of the health practitioners, the ...
…To save N200m annually from traveling and meeting grants The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC says it will in March this year commence a nationwide campaign against falsified and substandard drugs in Nigeria. Stating this in a meeting with staff in Lagos recently, the Director General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said the campaign will start from six states of the federation, and would be aimed at sensitizing school children and people at the grassroots on the consequences of drug abuse and substandard products and medicines. She said the Agency will no longer entertain third party purchase of equipment, even as she has moved to save not less than 200 million spent annually on travels and meetings by staff of the agency. In what appears
• Little black box for detecting, tracking infectious disease outbreaks The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised alarm over imminent ‘deadly’ epidemic of Yellow fever in Nigeria. The WHO, last month, warned that yellow fever cases throughout Nigeria are escalating concerns about the risk of large, costly, and difficult-to-control outbreaks in urban areas requiring huge supplies of life-saving vaccines and increasing the potential for large-scale national and even worldwide spread. Fears that the situation in globally connected Nigeria could soon mirror the massive 2016 urban outbreak in Angola, during which cases were exported to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and as far as China, are raising urgent calls for quick containment. Yellow fever is a potentially f