The governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi yesterday warned against dirty environment following the outbreak lassa fever in the state Umahi issued the warning while inspecting the Ministry of Health at the Centenary city, Abakaliki. He, however, expressed displeasure over the condition of the ministry. He also warned that his next visit to the ministry would attract severe punishment on the health workers especially if they fail to maintain serene environment. The governor said that his administration will no longer condone unnecessary lackadaisical attitude to work, adding, “I take this first visit as a warning, the next time I shall visit again, It will be action. It will be action because it is not funny to see the environment of the ministry of health dirty.” “At this
Coughing or sneezing spread germs and diseases. People have been used to coughing or sneezing into their hands or handkerchief, however medical experts have advised against this. They say when people cough or sneeze, they should do so into the crook of the elbow or upper sleeve and not their hands. They advise that another option is to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. The experts said the handkerchief can be a harbinger of unpleasant micro-organisms, and bacteria can multiply in them, while sneezing into sleeves helps stop germs from spreading. According to Dr. Ezie Patrick C, handkerchiefs can “store the germs in your pockets and ensure continuous re-infection.” He said sneezing into sleeves is one of the ways of improving hygiene and preventing diseases like pneumo
The Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases has held a public hearing on the Bill to back the establishment of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the control of diseases in the country. The NCDC was established in 2011 as a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health with the mandate to coordinate public health response to communicable diseases of public health significance, but it had never been backed with an Act of the Parliament. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, represented by the deputy Senate leader, Senator Balla Ibn Na’allah (APC, Kebi South), declared the public hearing open and said the Bill will formally and legally establish the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control when signed into law. LEADERSHIP reports that the Nigerian Ce
Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, a medical researcher with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Yaba, Lagos, has called for stiffer regulation of slimming drugs to safeguard the health of consumers. Iwalokun made the call in an interview with the Newsmen in Lagos on Sunday. He said there was the need for evidence of safety, effectiveness and approval from drug regulatory agencies in the country before such products are sold or consumed. ”The mechanism of action of these drugs and pills should be known, but people lack this awareness and that is where the concern lies. ”We are now in an era where medicine is evidence-based. So, any medicine without evidence is not worth taking. ”Therefore, the habit of taking slimming drugs without evidence of safety or effectiveness
As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner. Many people are hopeful that this decrease in sex drive has a simple cause and therefore a simple solution. While that's true in some cases, low libido is more often the complex result of several intertwining factors. Low desire can have many causes, whether biological influences such as the side effects of medication, psychological factors such as body image or relational triggers such as being angry with your partner. Addressing the problem means viewing it through multiple lenses at once, taking what we call a bio-psychosocial-relational approach. Here's a l...
THE Federal Medical Centre (FMC), in Yenagoa on Sunday pledged to sustain its policy of extending quality tertiary medical services to rural dwellers in Bayelsa at affordable costs. Dr Denis Alagoa, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, gave the assurance during a free medical mission at Ewoi Community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. According to him, the hospital conducts periodic free medical services, both at its Yenagoa and Otuoke outreach hospitals, as well as medical missions to rural communities within its neighbouring communities. Alagoa, who was represented by Dr Anthony Eguvbe, Head of Otuoke Outreach Unit of FMC Yenagoa, said the policy of affordable healthcare for rural people informed the establishment of the Otuoke centre. “The free medical mi
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH in collaboration with Lokmanya Hospital India will this week hold a free medical camp for Othopaedic patients with joint replacement and spinal cord injuries. India Orthopaedic surgeons will be in the country to facilitate the free medical camp in conjunction with Nigerian Orthopaedic surgeons. The Medical camp is billed to hold between 25th and 26th of January, 2018. The team leader, Krishan Mohan Sharman said Lagosians with such challenges should take advantage of the Medical camp to review and know their Orthopaedic status as well as get the best advice from these professionals towards comprehensive treatments at the facility. The medical camp is in line with the policy of the Lagos State government to ensure that Lagos re...
World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with other donor agencies, yesterday donated 853 motorcycles to the Federal Government to strengthen diseases surveillance across the country. Speaking during the presentation to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in Abuja, the WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Wondi Alemu said that surveillance was critical to disease control, elimination and eradication. According to him, surveillance enhances the monitoring and assessment of the impact of strategies and activities which are aimed at reducing the burden of diseases. “Surveillance helps in tracking progress in disease control and serves as an early warning system for impending public health emergencies. “This donation aims to build a highly sensitive and robus
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi has advised healthcare practitioners in the state to always observe safety precautions whenever attending to patients. Dr Godwin Tijani, the state Chairman of NMA, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday. Tijani also advised the general public to store food items, especially grains, garri and powdered food in air-tight containers. According to him, the call becomes necessary following Saturday’s announcement of a medical doctor with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, diagnosed of Lassa fever. “The general public should endeavour to quickly report any case of high grade fever not responding to antimalarial treatment to the nearest hospital, so that quick diagnosis and treatment can be instituted. “Ea
With 18 open heart surgeries successfully carried out since inception in 2016, the Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, has said Nigerians need not travel abroad all the time for medical treatment. Disclosing this in a statement, the health facility said among the 18 surgeries were procedures that included 16 coronary bypass surgeries and two valve replacement surgeries. “What stands us out is the fact that our doctors are resident in Nigeria and reside within the hospital premises. “Our team is led by a renowned Cardiovascular Surgeon with over 30 years experience and credited with well over 15,000 open heart surgeries in Turkey. “We are proud of our modest achievements and pledge to continue to render quality services to Nigeria. We took the bold step to invest in a world-class medical
Kogi State government has disclosed plans to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in the state. This followed the death of an infant at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, and the infection of the medical doctor who attended to him. The state Commissioner for Health, Haruna Saka, confirmed the incident to The Guardian in a telephone interview. He said a team set up by the state to curtail the spread has been doing everything possible to check the spread. The infant had died in the early hours of Friday, after being admitted at the hospital. It was learnt that the incident had since thrown the hospital into confusion, as patients admitted in the same ward with the baby made frantic efforts to be discharged. The commissioner said the medical workers on duty at the FMC Lokoja, have b...
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has urged health workers across the country to strictly adhere to standard Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures while handling patients at all times and not just when Lassa fever is suspected. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, gave the advice in Abuja against the backdrop of reports that four cases of Lassa fever and three deaths among health care workers in Ebonyi State were recorded early in the week. He said health workers should also apply Rapid Diagnostic Test, RDT, to all suspected cases of malaria; adding that whenever the RDT turns out negative results, other causes of febrile illness including Lassa fever should be considered. He said: “Health care workers in health facilities are par
A major industrial unrest looms at the Federal Neurospychiatric Hospital, Enugu following a two-week ultimatum to the Minister of Health by the workers. This time, the workers have alleged that the Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe, had refused to enlist them in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS, owing to increasing number of ghost workers in the payroll. The workers alleged that while they were placed on half salary, ghosts were being paid by the management. The hospital has not known peace for over four years now, with the workers pitching themselves against Onwukwe, who is being accused of fraud and victimization of workers. The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of the hospital over a linaty
Personal cleanliness and good hygiene practices are essential for health and social reasons. In fact, people who are perceived as smelly or unclean are often ostracised by others. For the men folk there is more to it than just wearing deodorant and rinsing with mouthwash. Women pay serious attention to men’s looks and get turned off when they meet men who fall short of their standards, especially in terms of hygiene. Either way, there are some serious personal hygiene tips and habits that should be part of the daily routine of the average man. Hand Washing Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Apply soap and lather for at
16 years ago, Andrea Yates, a former resident of Houston, Texas drowned her 5 children - from the oldest who was 7 years old, to the youngest that was just 6 months old. Her action brought into stark reality, the severity of postpartum depression and postpartum PTSD. Everyone usually looks upon pregnancy and child birth as a wonderful experience for mothers. Looking from the other side of the divide, we feel that no matter how harrowing the experience was for the mother, that there should be this intense feeling of joy once she sees her baby and realises that they are both safe. Unfortunately, our ideal is not always the case. Some new mums experience postpartum baby blues. This usually begins within the first 2-3 days of delivery and usually lasts only a week or 2 weeks after the baby i...