Key facts Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder. The monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals but has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission. Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been between 1% and 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups. There is no treatment or vaccine available although prior smallpox vaccination was highly effective in preventing monkeypox as well. Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans similar ...
The meeting between the federal government and striking members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, which held between Tuesday and Wednesday has failed to resolve the crisis. The leaders of various unions who convened at the meeting held in Abuja to review the negotiation between the parties did not concede to the appeal made by federal government’s negotiation team led by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, to end the strike. Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Ngige had accused the union of not following procedure before they began their nationwide strike. The minister who called the reconciliation meeting said the union neglected to give the government a 14-day notice required by law. While the union said the strike will continue; it, however, urged its counterparts
Three people have been confirmed dead following outbreak of diarrhea in Kardi area of Birnin Kebbi. Unconfirmed reports had put the dead figure at over 40 but the Community Health Officer in charge of the Primary Health Care at the village, Abdulkarim Abubakar, said they had only recorded three deaths from the 160 patients admitted there. He said five people whose cases were serious had been referred to Sir Yahaya Specialist Hospital in Birnin Kebbi while 147 others have been discharged from the PHC after they were treated. During his visit to the affected areas in Kardi, the Vice Chairman of Birnin Kebbi Local Government, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim delivered drugs worth N350,000 to the PHC where the patients are currently receiving treatment. He said, “We felt sad over the deaths so f
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to speak out on depression to prevent suicide. Owoseni spoke at the Ordinary Meeting and Scientific Conference organised by the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba in Lagos. Theme of the conference is: “No Health without Mental Health, Break the Silence: Role of Pharmacology in Suicide Prevention.” He said: “Police is the first respondent in everything you can think of and it is the way people interact with us that sometimes make us suggest they need mental checkup. “There are so many things that can lead to suicide. “From our own point of view and looking at the trends of suicide lately, there is what we call depression which has not been accepted in A
It can be worrying for parents, especially when you see your child struggle with itching or discomfort. For some parents, they will think it was a food allergy when their 3-year-old child breaks out with red, hot patches all over his body. But then, when flaky scales and weeping rash start to appear on the little child's scalp, experts say the symptoms may be due to psoriasis. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. In most cases, it is a long-term (non-contagious) condition that waxes and wanes over a lifetime. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, skin, nails - though it can appear on any location. It is an autoimmune disorder. That means something in your child's immune system ...
A new study has confirmed that eating red onion, a common, vegetable used in cooking around the world, may help to fight cancer. According to the study, which was presented at the ‘Food Research International’ forum, the tasty vegetable is full of powerful compounds that help to kill tumours. One type of the red onion known as anthocyanins, which was responsible for its dark colouring, were believed to be inhibiting the spread of the disease. A flavonoid called quercetin, one of the compounds, had the same effects by shrinking the size of cancerous masses, medical experts had affirmed. According to Canadian scientists, any type of onion, regardless of its colour, may help to destroy cancer. Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invad
Former Minister of Health and President of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has urged health professionals in the country to work in harmony to tackle issues for the good of the country.” Adelusi-Adeluyi, who lamented the current situation of the health sector, said: “the poor state of affairs is made even worse by the animosity, distrust and consequently, disharmony among different professionals in the health sector.” Adelusi-Adeluyi said that the most vital resource in the health sector was not the annual budgetary allocation from government, but the huge human resource endowment. It is only by building on its strengths which include its diversity, that the health sector can become truly primed to deliver optimal value to Nigeria. “Here is
The Federal Government has directed all federal medical facilities and primary health care centres to treat cases of meningitis free of charge. Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole disclosed this in a statement saying that the outbreak of cerebral spinal meningitis since November 2016 had killed 328 persons. He said Nigerians especially residents of Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara and Jigawa states should seek early attention, when discomforted with symptoms of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM). He also urged them to avoid clogging together in unventilated and over-crowded rooms. He said the present outbreak would be nipped in the bud. He said the government was in discussion with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, E-health Africa and other international ...
This year First West African Vaccine Summit organised by Pfizer seeks to find answers to the health burden poised by meningococcal and Pneumococcal diseases globally, medical experts in Nigeria have called for early diagnosis and vaccination in Paediatrics and adults, in order to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate attributable to these diseases. The medical practitioners who spoke at the summit said it was unacceptable to be losing a large percentage of the Nigerian population to preventable diseases like meningitis and Pneumonia, with the availability of effective Vaccines to prevent the attacks. Meningococcal disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with reported epidemics and outbreaks in different parts of the world. Despite the availability of antimic
Certain genes are associated with weight gain, making some people more susceptible to obesity. New research finds that for these individuals, abnormal sleep patterns can exacerbate the problem. The study found that people genetically predisposed to obesity whose sleep duration was too long or too short weighed more than those who slept for the recommended 7-9 hours each night. Daytime napping and shift work were also linked to a heavier weight for those at high genetic risk for obesity. The research findings were recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Obesity is now a major public health concern in the United States, affecting more than 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 6 children and adolescents. Studies have shown that obesity can run in f
Oyo State College of Health Sciences and Technology said it had included dental surgery technicians’ scheme into its programme to checkmate the dearth in this cadre of health workers for the primary healthcare level. The college’s acting Provost, Mr Siji Ganiyu made this disclosure during the institution’s 2016/2017 matriculation of 443 into its seven programmes in Ibadan. Ganiyu declared that many dental surgery technicians in government service were either retiring or retired and as such the need for their replacement. According to him, “it is part of the college’s effort to continually ensure it produces quality and adequate manpower for health care, especially at the primary healthcare level.” Ganiyu, however, urged the new entrants into the institution to be conversant
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has expressed sadness over the state’s inability to access the $7milliom World Bank intervention fund on HIV before its expiration period. The governor made the disclosure in Abakaliki, the state capital at the weekend, when he received the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, African region, Mr. Rigid Benmosud. Umahi said it was unpleasant that the state could not access the fund, adding that having such money would have played a significant role in curbing the HIV, AIDS’ menace in the state. The governor, who presented the consolidated performance of World Bank-assisted programme in the state, explained that the assistance had contributed immensely to the development efforts. Umahi announced the approval of additional
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Dr Chizoba Wonodi is the Country Director, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) What is your assessment of vaccine availability in the country? Right now it is really good because there has been no stock out of routine vaccines in the last two years or so. But there will be funding gaps coming up, beginning from 2017 when the funding from GAVI will start to decline. We need to have our plans in place. We need to know how we are going to replace the money that is leaving from GAVI. We need to know how we are going to fund the additions of new vaccine that are going into the programs. Do you see government increasing funding for vaccines using the revenue from the country? I think that is even the best thing to do because if you consider the altern
New research has concluded the Basic Health Care Provision Fund at its current level of financing will not assure universal health coverage for pregnant women and children. The fund, built into the National Health Act, stipulates at least 1% of consolidated revenue be set aside to pay for a package of basic health. But researchers at the Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) based in University of Nigeria examined the Fund’s feasibility using six scenarios providing basic minimum of care in test states of Imo, Kaduna and Niger, and concluded the Fund would need to be increased at least fourfold to make a difference. “What we discovered is that in reality, the money is actually too small,” said Dr Felix Obi, a researcher with HPRG. “If we focus only on 1%, we might not be a