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Ogun Probes Lecturer, Pregnant Nursing Student’s Row

Ogun Probes Lecturer, Pregnant Nursing Student’s Row

NEWS
The report of a lecturer at the Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese, Ijebu, Dr Seyi Adu, who allegedly impregnated a female student of the school, Mosunmola, is generating heat. While the state Ministry of Health said it had set up a panel to probe the matter within seven days, the college said Mosunmola was not a student of the school when she got pregnant. The school further added that Adu was not an employee of the college, but just an “associate lecturer.” Although Nigerians who read the story on PUNCH Online and different social media platforms took different sides, they agreed that the Ogun State Government must investigate the case and bring culprits to book. However, while Adu, who is married with two children, accused the 28-year-old of seducing him, Mosunmo
Ethiopia’s Tedros Ghebreyesus Becomes WHO Chief

Ethiopia’s Tedros Ghebreyesus Becomes WHO Chief

NEWS
The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia as the new Director-General of the world body. WHO said in a statement following the afternoon vote that “Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on July 1, 2017.” Ghebreyesus was Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Health. He also served as Chair of the Global Fund and of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board (RBM), where he secured “record funding” for the two organisations. Ghebreyesus also created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which expanded RBM’s reach beyond Africa to Asia and Latin America, according to the UN agency. The incomi
WHO Admits Slow Response To Ebola

WHO Admits Slow Response To Ebola

Health & Life, NEWS
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday admitted It responded “too slow” in its handling of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, also regretted that the virus had recently re-emerged near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. The outbreak, which led to the death of hundreds of people in the West African countries, happened on Chan’s watch. The outgoing chief of the global health body, admitted fault and said: “I am personally accountable”. “WHO was too slow to recognize that the virus, during its first appearance in West Africa, would behave very differently than during past outbreaks in central Africa, where the virus was rare but
Private Partnership In Strengthening Nigeria’s Health System: Prospects, Challenges And Way Forward

Private Partnership In Strengthening Nigeria’s Health System: Prospects, Challenges And Way Forward

Interviews, NEWS
Involvement of Private entities to participate in healthcare strengthening has been a drive to achieve national health goals in Nigeria. Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Health is the collaboration of both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, working harmoniously to harness and optimise the use of all available resources, knowledge and facilities required to promote efficient, effective, affordable, accessible, equitable and sustainable healthcare for all people in Nigeria. PROSPECTS In the MDG era, National Policy on Public Private Partnership for health in Nigeria was adopted in 2004 to meet the healthcare need of the entire population. The involvement of Private interest groups and actors in healthcare provisioning was due to the deplorable national health profile and de...
How Fashion Can Impact On Your Health

How Fashion Can Impact On Your Health

Fashion Health, NEWS
Fashion is a way of life; it is how something is done or a trend that is on. Fashion could also be the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics, or behaviour, and this is why it could be easily described as a passing fad because it could be in vogue today and tomorrow it is out of circulation as it where. Fashion usually will have to do with clothes, skin beauty, make-up, footwear, and other accessories, etc. When I was a little boy for example I saw old women wearing wigs; I also saw old men and women too dying their hair, and men also barbed their hair leaving a good portion on their head, and sometimes they even had a parting to it. But the fashion has today changed in that nowadays I see young women and girls wearing wigs, while young people are even dying their hair –
S. African Doctors Perform 2nd Penis Transplant

S. African Doctors Perform 2nd Penis Transplant

Health Issues, Men's Health, NEWS
South African doctors successfully performed a second penis transplant, the first time in the world that the same doctors conducted such an operation. The transplant was performed by a team of doctors from Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Academic Hospital, both near Cape Town, according to a statement from the university The recipient, whose name was withheld for ethical reasons, is a 40-year-old male who had lost his penis 17 years ago due to complications after a traditional circumcision. “He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward. “He is doing remarkably well. There are no signs of rejection and all the reconnected structures seem to be healing well,” said Andre van der Merwe, Head of the Division of Urology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health
15 Million Nigerians Are Suffering From Asthma – Dr. Efosa Erhabor

15 Million Nigerians Are Suffering From Asthma – Dr. Efosa Erhabor

Interviews, NEWS
A day in the month of May every year is set aside in which countries observe the World Asthma Day. It is an annual event organised to improve asthma awareness and care. Dr. Gregory Efosa Erhabor is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Chest Physician at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; he is also the President & Founder, Asthma and Chest care Foundation in Nigeria, as well as Chairman, National Asthma Committee. In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he sheds light on the prevalence of Asthma in Nigeria, and the need to create specialised centres to manage the condition in the country. What exactly is asthma? Asthma is a disease characterised by chronic airway inflammation making it difficult for someone to breathe. Usually respiratory symptoms su
Towards Ending Medical Tourism in Nigeria

Towards Ending Medical Tourism in Nigeria

NEWS
It is an established fact that health is wealth even as it is well known fact that the nation’s health sector has been subject of different discourse owing to the fact that the sector is yet to be where it ought to to be. But then of course, the Nigerian health sector is undergoing major reforms aimed at repositioning primary, secondary and tertiary health care system for easy access and affordability to all. One outstanding feature of the nation’s health system is that due to poor services occasioned by lack of good equipment, privileged Nigerians prefer to seek health care outside the shores of the country. This has led to what is commonly referred to as medical tourism. Exerts have advocated an end or at best, drastic reduction in the number of people travelling abroad to seek
Women’s Sexual Health

Women’s Sexual Health

NEWS, Women's health
Talking about your sexual needs can help bring you and your partner closer together and promote sexual fulfilment. Women's sexual health, like men's, is important to the overall emotional and physical well-being. A fulfilling sex life improves your sleep quality and reduces stress. But achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn't happen magically; it takes self-reflection and candid communication with your partner. Although talking about sexuality can be difficult, it is a topic well worth addressing. Many people think that your body's physical desire for sex motivates sexual activity, which leads to sexual arousal and then orgasm. Although this may be true for most men, it's not necessarily true for most women. Many women have different motivators and stimuli that make them feel ...
Doctors Decry Rising Suicide Cases, Urge Government To Address Hard Times

Doctors Decry Rising Suicide Cases, Urge Government To Address Hard Times

Mental Health, NEWS
The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) has urged the Federal Government to take proactive steps towards addressing the economic hardship in the country. The group made the call on the heels of rising cases of suicide in the country, which it said, has its roots in the hard times being experienced by most Nigerians. About 788,000 suicide deaths were recorded globally in 2015 and depression was responsible for more than half of all suicide attempts while about seven million Nigerians live with depression President of SOFPON, Dr. Akin Moses, who briefed journalists on World Family Doctors Day 2017 yesterday in Abuja, said about 53.5 percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line compared to other African countries, which have a lower percentage. He also disclosed that...
Allergy Awareness: Keeping A Date With Asthma

Allergy Awareness: Keeping A Date With Asthma

Health & Life, NEWS
Every year the world chooses a date in May to celebrate World Asthma Day. This year May 2nd was the day in which the world gave a special focus on this ailment that is caused mainly as a result of allergic reactions. World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. Moving forward, the entire month of May has been dedicated to asthma and allergy awareness all over the world. Experts say you must be on the lookout for the following signs so as to be equipped on what next to do: For instance, if you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma - a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the ...
Premenstrual Syndrome and the Nigerian Woman

Premenstrual Syndrome and the Nigerian Woman

Health Issues, NEWS
This is a topic that is often overlooked or not talked about. Evidence has shown that a lot of women in Nigeria go through PMS without seeking medical intervention. Everyone is different; while some women can cope well with PMS, others struggle to manage the symptoms. PMS may affect some women drastically leading to depression. Some women may have made important decisions they live to regret whilst going through PMS, others may have left a relationship because their coping mechanism for stress was reduced at the time they had PMS. What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is widely recognised as a medical condition that affects many women. PMS describes a range of symptoms that occur before the menstrual period and usually improve when the period starts. Most women o...
Pushing For Prevention: Malaria, A Tropical Disease On The Run!

Pushing For Prevention: Malaria, A Tropical Disease On The Run!

Cover Stories, NEWS
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that is commonly carried by the female anopheles mosquito which feeds on human blood. Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that for instance, in 2013, 198 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 500,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes so much illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Every year the UN through its health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), marks World Malaria Day with a view to mitigating the destructive effects of the killer tropical disease. In this special write-up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes us through the current actions of the global agency and its partners with a view to r...
The Meningitis Challenge – A Case for Local Production of Vaccines

The Meningitis Challenge – A Case for Local Production of Vaccines

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
It has been over a century since the first outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) epidemic occurred in Nigeria. And just as it is today, the first outbreak also emanated from the northern parts of the country – Zungeru to be precise, and reported in 1905 in the Journal of Tropical Medicine by McGahey. Though the first outbreak of the disease has no detailed accounts of it recorded safe to say that the epidemic was widespread – extending as far as Yola which is on the fringes of the North-East of Nigeria about 500 miles away east of Zungeru. In this first occurrence about 20,000 people were affected in which many thousands of deaths were recorded. There is no gain saying the fact that the meningitis epidemic that has been sweeping through the country recently took the health authoritie
Childbirth: Mother Donates Womb To Daughter

Childbirth: Mother Donates Womb To Daughter

Health Issues, NEWS
A mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter in the first surgery of its kind in India. The 43-year-old offered to undergo the procedure so that her daughter, who was born without a uterus, can experience childbirth. The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India, Thursday. The surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital and led by the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar. “The patients are fine. The surgery took nine and a half hours in total,” he said. “The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short,” said Puntambekar. “It is technically very tough.” The patient will have to wa