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  • 11 months LUTH becomes regional centre for oral surgery TheNation |Health
    The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has gained the status of a regional centre for oral maxillofacial surgery and treatment of cleft palates and lips, especially in new born babies. The President/CEO of Smile Train Global, Ms. Sussane Schafer, who visited the teaching hospital on Tuesday, said the organisation would partner with LUTH to provide eighth-month post-fellowship training for facial surgeons across West Africa. Oral and maxillofacial surgery specialises in the treatment of injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. The congenital conditions can be corrected ... more
  • 11 months LUTH becomes regional centre for oral surgery TheNation |Health
    The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has gained the status of a regional centre for oral maxillofacial surgery and treatment of cleft palates and lips, especially in new born babies. The President/CEO of Smile Train Global, Ms. Sussane Schafer, who visited the teaching hospital on Tuesday, said the organisation would partner with LUTH to provide eighth-month post-fellowship training for facial surgeons across West Africa. Oral and maxillofacial surgery specialises in the treatment of injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. The congenital conditions can be corrected ... more
  • 11 months Renal failure: 36-bed dialysis facility to the rescue TheNation |Health
    When the dialysis centre being built at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) by the Lions Club International comes on stream, renal failure patients may no longer need to travel abroad, reports ADEKUNLE YUSUF. THE Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is to host a new dialysis centre. The centre, which will be equipped to treat all renal ailments in the country, is being built by Lions Club International (District 404 A1) Nigeria for the Lagos University Teaching Hospital  (LUTH). On completion, the 36-bed facility will stem medical tourism, thus, conserving the much-needed foreign exchange for the country. Chairman, LUTH Board ... more
  • 11 months Renal failure: 36-bed dialysis facility to the rescue TheNation |Health
    When the dialysis centre being built at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) by the Lions Club International comes on stream, renal failure patients may no longer need to travel abroad, reports ADEKUNLE YUSUF. THE Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is to host a new dialysis centre. The centre, which will be equipped to treat all renal ailments in the country, is being built by Lions Club International (District 404 A1) Nigeria for the Lagos University Teaching Hospital  (LUTH). On completion, the 36-bed facility will stem medical tourism, thus, conserving the much-needed foreign exchange for the country. Chairman, LUTH Board ... more
  • 11 months Pepsodent, NDA preach good oral hygiene TheNation |Health
    TO promote oral hygiene in the country, Pepsodent, a brand of toothpaste from the stable of Unilever Nigeria, and the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) have emphasised the need for parents and their children to adopt good oral care habits. This was the message at this year’s World Oral Health Day celebration, organised by Pepsodent and the NDA. Explaining why Pepsodent has been consistent in raising global awareness on oral care, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business Director, Unilever Nigeria and Ghana, Soromidayo George, said the toothpaste brand was promoting the benefits of good oral hygiene because there is a prevalence of ... more
  • 11 months Pepsodent, NDA preach good oral hygiene TheNation |Health
    TO promote oral hygiene in the country, Pepsodent, a brand of toothpaste from the stable of Unilever Nigeria, and the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) have emphasised the need for parents and their children to adopt good oral care habits. This was the message at this year’s World Oral Health Day celebration, organised by Pepsodent and the NDA. Explaining why Pepsodent has been consistent in raising global awareness on oral care, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business Director, Unilever Nigeria and Ghana, Soromidayo George, said the toothpaste brand was promoting the benefits of good oral hygiene because there is a prevalence of ... more
  • 11 months Don’t go through vaginal delivery after two attempts of c-sections – Expert warns TheNation |Health
    Dr Emmanuel Anthony, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the Masaka Central Hospital, Karu, has advised women to avoid going through vaginal delivery after giving birth through caesarean section twice. He gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. Anthony noted that women who wished to try vaginal birth after two c-sections were at greater risk of complications and are less likely to succeed. He added that forced vaginal birth could lead to a uterine rupture, where the uterus tears open along the scar line from a previous caesarean delivery. “A woman ... more
  • 11 months Don’t go through vaginal delivery after two attempts of c-sections – Expert warns TheNation |Health
    Dr Emmanuel Anthony, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the Masaka Central Hospital, Karu, has advised women to avoid going through vaginal delivery after giving birth through caesarean section twice. He gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. Anthony noted that women who wished to try vaginal birth after two c-sections were at greater risk of complications and are less likely to succeed. He added that forced vaginal birth could lead to a uterine rupture, where the uterus tears open along the scar line from a previous caesarean delivery. “A woman ... more
  • 11 months Scatterbrain (add/addhd) children and adults (4) TheNation |Health
    WHEN a child’s school report is poor or when an adult just can’t put his or her acts together, not many people wonder if such persons have enough oil in their brains. The dry weight of the brain is almost 60 percent fat. That fact is enough evidence that fatty substances are required to maintain brain fat and to keep the brain working optimally. By fatty substances, I do not mean just any type of fatty substance, otherwise that would be legitimising such fats as margarine and many of those vegetable oils in the market which are better classified as ... more
  • 11 months Scatterbrain (add/addhd) children and adults (4) TheNation |Health
    WHEN a child’s school report is poor or when an adult just can’t put his or her acts together, not many people wonder if such persons have enough oil in their brains. The dry weight of the brain is almost 60 percent fat. That fact is enough evidence that fatty substances are required to maintain brain fat and to keep the brain working optimally. By fatty substances, I do not mean just any type of fatty substance, otherwise that would be legitimising such fats as margarine and many of those vegetable oils in the market which are better classified as ... more
  • 11 months Varsity teaching hospital successfully performs first spinal surgery TheNation |Health
    The Orthopaedic Department of the Babcock University Teaching Hospital (BUTH) in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun, said on Tuesday that it had successfully carried out its first spine surgery. This is coming barely three months after the hospital recorded its first total knee replacement surgical procedure. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dr Kelechukwu Onuoha, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon with BUTH, said that the surgery was carried out under general anaesthesia on a middle-aged female patient with multi-level spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. ... more
  • 11 months Varsity teaching hospital successfully performs first spinal surgery TheNation |Health
    The Orthopaedic Department of the Babcock University Teaching Hospital (BUTH) in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun, said on Tuesday that it had successfully carried out its first spine surgery. This is coming barely three months after the hospital recorded its first total knee replacement surgical procedure. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dr Kelechukwu Onuoha, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon with BUTH, said that the surgery was carried out under general anaesthesia on a middle-aged female patient with multi-level spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. ... more
  • 11 months Vitamin C can cut time spent in intensive care units TheNation |Health
    VITAMIN C could be a cost-effective way to reduce the time that patients spend in intensive care. This was the conclusion of a recent analysis of evidence from published trials. Dr. Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki in Finland and Dr. Elizabeth Chalker of the University of Sydney in Australia have written a study paper that features in the journal Nutrients in which they explain how they found the “statistically highly significant evidence” that led to their conclusion. A pooled analysis of data from a dozen trials found that giving patients vitamin C reduced time spent in the intensive ... more
  • 11 months Vitamin C can cut time spent in intensive care units TheNation |Health
    VITAMIN C could be a cost-effective way to reduce the time that patients spend in intensive care. This was the conclusion of a recent analysis of evidence from published trials. Dr. Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki in Finland and Dr. Elizabeth Chalker of the University of Sydney in Australia have written a study paper that features in the journal Nutrients in which they explain how they found the “statistically highly significant evidence” that led to their conclusion. A pooled analysis of data from a dozen trials found that giving patients vitamin C reduced time spent in the intensive ... more
  • 11 months Nutritional benefits of mango TheNation |Health
    When you savour delicious and succulent mangoes every season, you probably don’t think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite. A common nickname for mangoes is actually ‘the king of fruits’. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assure your optimum health. Here are myriad benefits of mangoes Mangoes could help facilitate healthy digestion. Dietary fibre helps lowering risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes. Green mangoes have more pectin fibre than ripe mangoes. Mangoes contain enzymes that aid the breakdown and digestion of protein, and also ... more
  • 11 months Nutritional benefits of mango TheNation |Health
    When you savour delicious and succulent mangoes every season, you probably don’t think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite. A common nickname for mangoes is actually ‘the king of fruits’. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assure your optimum health. Here are myriad benefits of mangoes Mangoes could help facilitate healthy digestion. Dietary fibre helps lowering risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes. Green mangoes have more pectin fibre than ripe mangoes. Mangoes contain enzymes that aid the breakdown and digestion of protein, and also ... more
  • 11 months Wellness tips this dry season TheNation |Health
    Dry season is in full force, it also comes with some health concerns such as being dehydrated, excessive exposure to sun which accelerates aging of the skin, among others. Omolara Akintoye writes on tips to stay healthy and safe this season. IN certain states across the country, the sun could be as intense as biting one’s skin, hypothetically, while in the coastal area, the sun is hot enough to cause immeasurable discomfort. Some side effects of excessive exposure to the sun, include skin cancer, freckles, which are small light brown patches on the skin, mottled pigmentation, shallowness, which is ... more
  • 11 months Lagos Govt orders investigation into patients’ poaching by govt doctors TheNation |Health
    Lagos State Government says it has ordered investigation into the death of a child, and allegations of patients poaching by some doctors from the state General Hospitals to their private clinics. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, also said that the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) had shut private hospital, HJ Clairoowen Medical Centre and Maternity where the child allegedly died. According to Idris, investigations are ongoing on the operations of the facility whose documents showed that it has not been registered with HEFAMAA or certified for the purpose of healthcare delivery. The News Agency of ... more
  • 11 months Blindness: Optometrists caution against artificial eye lashes, mascara TheNation |Health
    The Nigeria Optometric Association, Enugu State Chapter (NOAESC) have advised teenagers to shun activities that can damage their eyes including artificial eye lashes, mascara and tampering with eye lids. The optometrists made the call during sensitization of students of some selected secondary schools in Enugu State on Thursday to educate them on the need to care for their eyes. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for the programme is ‘The need to pay attention to childhood blindness and eye care services.’ NAN reports that the association visited Government Secondary School, Abakaliki Road, Enugu. Dr. Gilbert Enechi, ... more
  • 11 months Health workers to Buhari: Don’t appoint only doctors as health ministers TheNation |Health
    The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to avoid past mistakes in his appointment of ministers, especially as it concerns the ministry of Health. MHWUN urged the president not to appoint only Medical Doctors as Ministers of Health. In the current dispensation, the two ministers of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Dr. Osagie Ehinare are both medical doctors and not until recently, the permanent secretary of the ministry was also a medical doctor. Nigerians are looking forward towards appointment of new ministers as the president sets to commence his second ... more
  • 11 months Breast Cancer: Oncologist urges women to examine self frequently TheNation |Health
    Dr Mary Kigho, an Oncologist, Universal Hospital, Benin has advised women to examine their breast frequently for early detection of breast cancer. Kigho, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Benin, defined breast cancer as “a cancer that forms lumps in the cells of the breasts.” She said that tests and procedures were the best methods to diagnose early breast cancer. “Women should always examine their breasts to ascertain if there are lumps; they can also visit doctors to check their breasts and lymph nodes in their armpits. READ ALSO: Curbing ... more
  • 11 months Numbness, cramps, tingling in fingers and toes TheNation |Health
    WHEN one of my friends wanted to sign a cheque recently, and the two fingers to hold the pen couldn’t do the job, and a doctor suggested he may have had a partial stroke, he had to embark on serious lifestyle changes to prevent a recurrence or even a bigger blow. Many people take numbness in the fingers and toes not with the seriousness it deserves. They do the same with cramps in the hands and feet as they do with tingling pains in the fingers and toes. I have heard stories of people getting off their beds in the ... more
  • 11 months Quackery: NMA shuts down illegal medical facility in C’ River TheNation |Health
    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River has shut down a medical facility in Yala Local Government Area in its ongoing fight against quackery in medicine in the state. The NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Agam Ayuk, disclosed this on Wednesday in Calabar in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that Divine Favour Clinic and Maternity in Ugaga village was shut after an inspection visit to the facility. Ayuk, who led members of the association, including the Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke on the inspection, told NAN that the ... more
  • 11 months Macular hole causes blindness, Optometrist warns TheNation |Health
    Dr Progress Oyegbeda, the Chief Medical Director, Clear Vision Eye Clinic in Bayelsa, has warned that macular hole in the eyes could lead to blindness, if not treated. Oyegbeda told our reporter on Wednesday in Benin that macular holes in the eyes are “a small break in the macular, located in the centre of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina”. “When a stage-3 macular hole develops, most central and detailed vision can be lost, if left untreated; a macular hole can lead to a detached retina, a sight-threatening condition ... more
  • 11 months Kano records 335 TB deaths in 2018 TheNation |Health
    Kano Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Getso, on Tuesday stated that over 335 persons lost their lives as a result of Tuberculosis- related diseases in 2018. Briefing reporters as part of activities to mark the 2019 World TB Day, he expressed disgust the deaths could have been preventable if TB patients gain access to the free medical services provided by the state government. On the number of TB deaths recorded in the state in 2018, he said: “An unfortunate happening in that most deaths are preventable if people can access and utilize the free and available diagnostic services and commence ... more
  • 11 months Ortom’s wife expresses concern over menstrual health TheNation |Health
    Wife of Benue Governor, Dr Eunice Ortom, has expressed concern over hygiene and other practices surrounding menstrual health among women in the state. Ortom spoke at the opening of the Training of Trainers Workshop on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Makurdi on Monday. The workshop was organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the UN Children’s Fund. According to her, some practices, taboos, misconceptions, culture of silence have promoted poor menstrual health and hygiene, thereby reducing dignity of women and girls in the state. She called for improved information and awareness ... more
  • 11 months 71 percent of TB patients are affected by catastrophic cost, says FG TheNation |Health
    A survey conducted by the federal government in collaboration with her partners in 2017 showed that 71 percent of TB patients and their households are affected negatively by the catastrophic cost due to tuberculosis (TB). This was revealed by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, during a press briefing to commemorate the World Tuberculosis Day and the official launch of the report of the catastrophic cost survey yesterday in Abuja. The Minister of Health, who was represented by Dr. Felix Ogenyi, Director of General Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, said that: “A worrisome trend is that of ... more
  • 11 months ‘Why we keep talking about endometriosis’ TheNation |Health
    As a woman, do you experience prolonged abdominal or pelvic pains during your menstrual cycle that is so extreme that it stops you from doing your chores for days? If yes, it is advisable you see a gynaecologist because you may be suffering from endometriosis. Described as a medical disorder experienced by women, endometriosis is a condition where patches of the womb’s inner lining are found growing in other parts of the body. According to Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, the disease occurs when tissues similar to the lining of the womb are found where they are not ... more
  • 11 months Why your age affects your fertility TheNation |Health
    We have heard and I am certain you may have been told that, as far as life is concerned, time is everything. To extend this fact a bit to a religious level, we can take a look at a well written ageless advice: Let us look at  the Book of Proverbs: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a ... more
  • 11 months NAIIS: A new dawn in HIV management TheNation |Health
    With the launch of Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) results by President Muhammadu Buhari last week, experts say a new dawn beckons in HIV/AIDS treatment and management in the country, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF. The Federal Government has unveiled  the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) for measuring the size, distribution and determinants of HIV/AIDS epidemic and the impact of interventions. It has set a new path in the country’s handling of the pandemic that has ravaged many of its citizens and depleted its active workforce for decades. Experts described NAIIS as the largest survey on ... more
  • 11 months NGO raises awareness on adolescents’ reproductive health rights TheNation |Health
    The Breaking All Barriers (BAB) project, a non-governmental organisation(NGO) advocating the rights of people with special needs, has called for enlightenment on sexuality education for adolescents with disabilities. To this effect, a multi-stakeholders programme for the sexual and reproductive health rights of young persons with disabilities was organised by the Festus Fajemilo Foundation (FFF) in collaboration with Centre for Youth Studies. The ceremony, which held in Agege, Lagos, raised awareness about sexual and reproductive health rights and challenges for young persons with disabilities. It was sponsored by VOICE/OXFAM. A peer educator from Modupe Cole Memorial School, Mr. Olusola Michael, who ... more
  • 11 months Sterling Bank, others to host digital health summit TheNation |Health
    Sterling Bank Plc is collaborating with Premier Medical Systems (PMS) and PharmAccess Foundation to host a digital health summit. It is aimed at repositioning the  healthcare sector for better service delivery. At a press conference in Lagos, the bank’s  Chief Executive Oficer (CEO), Mr. Abubakar Suleiman,  noted that though many people are making efforts to lift the sector, such  were not enough to take it to the next level. He said: “Our approach is to use our influence and resources to bring all collaborators in the sector together to brainstorm on the way forward through a sustainable collaboration that is ... more
  • 11 months Ganduje distributes safe delivery kits to expectant mothers in Kano TheNation |Health
    Kano State Government has distributed over 10,000 Delivery Kits worth N150 million to Pregnant Women in the State. The distribution exercise covered 15 Local Government Areas with each package containing basic items needed during and after delivery. The State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this on Thursday, during the launch of the distribution of the Free Delivery Kits to 2,000 expectant mothers at Gama Primary Health Centre, where the re-run will be held in Nassarawa Local Government Area. Dr. Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated that the present administration has given priority to free Maternal ... more
  • 11 months UCTH doctors embark on indefinite strike TheNation |Health
    The Association of Resident Doctors-University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (ARD-UCTH) has embarked on an indefinite strike due to the alleged failure of the Management of the hospital to meet their demands. A notice of commencement of the strike, signed by its chairman, Dr Imoke Echeng and Secretary, Dr Ucheji Okechukwu, expressed their resolve and commitment to call off the industrial action and maintain industrial peace and harmony with the management of UCTH in the belief that the management on its own part will live up to its responsibilities and make good on its promises to the ARD-UCTH. The notice, obtained ... more
  • 11 months FG earmarks N43.5bn for immunisation in 2019 TheNation |Health
    The federal government has earmarked N43.5 billion for routine immunisation programme in 2019. The Director General Budget Office of the Federation Ben Akabueze made this disclosure in Abuja at the Nigeria Value for Money in the Health Sector Workshop. In his presentation, the DG budget said there was a need to scale-up allocation to primary health care and also called for equity in the allocation of funds to different areas in the health sector. Akabueze explained because Nigeria was operating a deficit budget, it has become very difficult for the country to further borrow to fund projects in the health ... more
  • 11 months NCDC registers 83 death, 381 confirmed Lassa fever cases in 2019 TheNation |Health
    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC ) has registered 83 deaths, 381 confirmed cases and 1,279 suspected cases of Lassa fever in 2019. Dr Kola Jinadu, Senior Technical Adviser to the NCDC Chief Executive Officer, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday. He was speaking at a health journalism masterclass organised by NIGERIA HEALTHWATCH, a non-governmental organisation. The senior technical adviser said the centre also has 12 probable cases, adding that the cases cut across 21 states of the country. “We so far have 21 states with active Lassa fever cases with fatality ... more
  • 11 months Medical Korea is key to health TheNation |Health
    According to the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), It is estimated that about 30,000 Nigerians spend up to a $1 billion on medical tourism per annum and about 60% of this amount is spent in the healthcare areas of cardiology, orthopedics, renal dialysis issues and cancer. I have observed that indigenous pharmaceuticals companies’ healthcare medical centres in Nigeria are only able to meet about 45 percent of the demand for drugs and medical equipment which provides an avenue for import substitution. Nigeria with its massive population and lack of a robust national health insurance framework, has become a major source ... more
  • 11 months Kidney disease: why you should not take ‘agbo’ TheNation |Health
    According to the World health organisation (WHO), traditional medicine is generally available, affordable, and commonly used in large parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. WHO estimates that about 80 per cent of the population in developing countries still depend on traditional medicine for their Primary Healthcare (PHC) needs; however, this percentage may vary from country to country. In Nigeria, many people, especially in the South-West region, believe and rely on local herbs for medication. `Agbo’, the Yoruba name for herbal medicines, is a concoction prepared from a variety of herbs and; it is one of the most popular herbal ... more
  • 11 months ‘Managing kidney failure is expensive’ TheNation |Health
    It’s another World Kidney Day (March 14th), another opportunity to draw government attention to the plight of kidney patients. Omolara Akintoye writes about the travails of these people, opinion of a Nephrologist and how the disease can be prevented THE woke up that fateful morning and noticed swellings on her foot and face. Initially she thought it was a reaction to food but upon clinical advice by her doctor to run some tests, she discovered that she had, unknown to her, very high urea and creatinine values which had built up over the years. That was when it dawned on ... more
  • 12 months ‘Avoid pain killer drugs to prevent kidney damage’ TheNation |Health
    A Consultant Nephrologist, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Dr. Enajite Okaka, has urged Nigerians to avoid excessive intake of pain killer drugs to prevent kidney damage. Dr. Okaka who spoke to newsmen to mark the World Kidney Day in Benin City said some herbs could also be responsible for kidney related problems. Okaka said pain killers drugs could cause kidney disease when taken in large amount and for a long period of time. According to him, “And you see people whose jobs are largely physical, they tend to end up with body aches and pains at the end of ... more
  • 12 months ‘Nigeria, fourth country with highest HIV/AIDS victims’ TheNation |Health
    The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Thursday said Nigeria had been ranked the 4th country with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. Adewole disclosed this during the presidential unveiling of the 2018 Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) result at the Banquet Hall of Aso Rock, Presidential villa. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the goal of the survey was to examine the distribution of HIV disease and commodities in Nigeria and assess the coverage. Also to ascertain the impact of HIV services on the population level and to measure HIV related risk ... more
  • 12 months Scatterbrain (add/addhd) children and adults (2) TheNation |Health
    Moving from a low grade apartment to higher grade housing sometimes has downgrading effects. Between the mid-1980s and 2006, I have changed residence no fewer than four times during which I have misplaced or lost no fewer than three prized possessions. Such a loss I see as a downgrade. One of these three prized possesions was a rare book I was given by a woman whose child was experiencing attention deficit caused by a childhood experience many parents hardly pay serious attention to. She gave me this book in love to help me enrich my knowledge of natural healing arts. ... more
  • 12 months MDCN inducts 56 medical doctors in AAU TheNation |Health
    The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria ( MDCN ) has inducted 56 new medical doctors that graduated from the College of Medicine of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma. Performing the Hippocratic oath on the newly inducted medical doctors, Registrar of MDCN, Dr. T. A. B. Sanusi, who was represented by his assistant, Dr. Henry Okwokeye, threatened to punish any doctor found not abiding by the oath. Dr. Sanusi warned the new doctors against negligence saying they would be tried on any suspected negligent act and be severely punished if found guilty. Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ignatius ... more
  • 12 months Beating the Glaucoma challenge TheNation |Health
    Glaucoma is defined as a group of conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve, which sends visual information to the brain. This damage is due to abnormally high pressure, called intraocular pressure, in the eye caused by a buildup of fluid (the aqueous humour) that flows in the eye. Although glaucoma can occur in any age group, it is more common in older adults. Glaucoma has no warning signs, it is, therefore, important to have regular eye exams to measure eye pressure so it can be diagnosed early. This condition tends to be hereditary and when diagnosed early, blindness ... more
  • 12 months ‘Breast cancer not death sentence’ TheNation |Health
    Some women choose to die, rather than remove their breasts once they are diagnosed with breast cancer, but Abigail Simon-Hart chose to live after having undergone mastectomy with the use of mastectomy bras. In this interview with Omolara Akintoye, she reveals how she discovered the disease, her life after surgery and how she is now giving back to society MADAM we are sorry to inform you that you have breast cancer,” that was the shocking news from her doctor five years ago, according to Abigail Simon-Hart. Narrating her ordeal, she said, “My experience as a breast cancer survivor was ... more
  • 12 months ‘Women without natural breast can live a normal life’ – Radiologist TheNation |Health
    IN an interview with the radiologist and coordinator, One Stop Breast Clinic, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. Caleb Yakubu, he reveals how the clinic is assisting indigent women in the society who had breast cancer to live normal lives. The clinic is called One Stop because it is a multi-disciplinary therapy clinic which is specifically for breast cancer patients. According to Yakubu, breast cancer is the commonest malignancy cancer in women. “Women die of the disease because they lack early detection and proper management, rather they present the disease late, but once it is detected early, (1st stage) the ... more
  • 12 months NGO partners Ogun on reproductive health TheNation |Health
    A non-governmental organisation, Family Health Initiative Ogun (FHIO), is willing to support the Adolescent Reproductive Health Strategic Framework in the state. Its chairperson, Mrs. Kemi Balogun, gave the assurance at the launch of scheme for 2018 to 2022, held in Abeokuta, the state capital. “Our youths and adolescents deserve proper monitoring and care, particularly in the area of their reproductive health, and FHIO is committed to contribute its quota to the proper implementation and success of this strategic framework in Ogun State,” Balogun said. The Country Director of Pathfinder International, represented by Kosi Izundu, said adolescence was the period of ... more
  • 12 months Sanwo-Olu campaign concludes free medical outreach in Lagos markets TheNation |Health
    The free medical programme of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed the state of health of the people. The medical programme designed to reach market women in all the 20 local government areas also attracted men in large numbers. Organisers said it is evident through the statewide programme that several people have no access to medical services or nonchalant about checking or monitoring their health status. According to reports of the medical programme, there has been increase in the number of people having high blood pressure, cervical issues and ... more
  • 12 months Federal Govt keeps mum on NHIS crisis TheNation |Health
    More than two months after the presidential panel set up to probe the crisis rocking the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) submitted its report, nothing has been heard on the controversy. VINCENT IKUOMOLA writes on the findings of the panel and the delay in implementing its recommendations. What is the outcome of the Presidential Investigative Panel on the leadership crisis that has been rocking the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the last few years? This is the question begging for an answer in and outside the health sector. To resolve the incessant crisis and mistrust in a ... more
  • 12 months Promasidor supports families of children with disabilities TheNation |Health
    Promasidor Nigeria Limited, a leading food company, has provided succour to more than 60 parents of children with disabilities through its low-interest microcredit scheme – “We Too Can Grow.” The scheme is in advancement of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. Done in partnership with Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC), which supports children and young adults with disabilities, the scheme has benefitted five cooperative groups to which the families belong, with three more to receive their grants. Promasidor said it initiated the scheme to provide funds to cooperative groups in Lagos and Ogun states through CDC. It is facilitated by Surbpolitan ... more
  • 12 months Low sperm count: How to overcome it TheNation |Health
    Low sperm count or as it’s called in medical world, oligospermia, is a major biological and reproductive issue. At the risk of being accused of hyperbole, low sperm count puts survival of humanity at risk. There is no doubt that in some parts of the world, population is increasing such as in Nigeria. But in other regions of the earth, population is diminishing. We all know that even within a country such as Nigeria where population increase is a problem, not everyone desiring a baby gets one because of low sperm count. Low sperm count is common in Nigeria and ... more
  • 12 months Group to incoming govts: prioritise Diabetes management TheNation |Health
    A non-governmental organisation, Diabetes Control Media Advocacy Group (DICOMAG) has called on the incoming federal and state governments to prioritise management and care of diabetes in the country. Similarly, the group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, device concrete measures to address the current heavy burden of the disease in all parts of the country to prevent a looming epidemic. In a statement signed by its Director of Communication, Mrs. Yinka Shokunbi, DICOMAG said it has become necessary to draw the attention of the public, particularly the politicians, to ... more
  • 12 months Scatterbrain (add/addhd) children and adults (1) TheNation |Health
    THERE are many “scatterbrains” around. I am not referring to politicians who just cannot stop trying to be spanners in the wheels. They go by another name. By scatterbrains, I am referring to those children and adults, even parents and grandparents,who cannot bring anything they start to fruition or to a reasonable conclusion.Their lives are jumpy or jerky.They cannot concentrate or focus on anything for enough time to make reason or meaning of it before the loop or hook up to another and make another huge mess of it before they move on and on and on again, in the ... more
  • 12 months ‘Eating allium vegetables lowers risk of colorectal cancer’ TheNation |Health
    A recent Chinese study found that eating more allium vegetables may slash the risk of getting colorectal cancer. Allium is the Latin word for garlic. Researchers from the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, Liaoning Province conducted case-control study from June 2009 to November 2011 in three local hospitals. A total of 833 colorectal cancer patients were enrolled in the study and 833 healthy volunteers in control group. Demographic and dietary information was collected via food frequency questionnaire and face-to-face interviews. A case-control study is a retrospective study that looks back in time to find the relative risk ... more
  • 12 months London patient ‘cleared’ of HIV TheNation |Health
    A London patient has become the second known man to be cleared of AIDS virus after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, according to his doctor. The patient has shown no trace of previous HIV infection since he underwent the transplant operation three years ago. “There is no virus there that we can measure. We can’t detect anything,’’ said Ravindra Gupta, a professor and HIV biologist who co-led a team of doctors treating the man. However, Gupta described his patient as “functionally cured’’ and “in remission,’’ rather than “cured. It’s too early to say he’s cured,” ... more
  • 12 months ‘Appropriate feeding practices for children lacking in Nigeria’ TheNation |Health
    A group, Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WFA), on Monday said appropriate feeding practices for children was still lacking among Nigerians, thus bringing about the prevalence of malnutrition in the country. The organisation’s Communications Lead, Mr Joseph Jikeme, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Jikeme spoke against the backdrop of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, marked annually on March 3 with the theme: “End Malnutrition: Protect the Future of the Nigerian Child ”. According to him, research identifies cultural beliefs of giving children other foods, especially water, during the first six months ... more
  • 12 months Maternal health:Kano emerges 2018 MNCHW North-West champion TheNation |Health
    Kano State has earned $8.1 million emerging the overall winner of the 2018 North-West Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) programme. The feat followed the commitment of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration in Saving one Milion lives Programme on the platform of offering low-cost intervention to Pregnant Women and Children under the age of five years in the State. Dr. Ganduje disclosed this during the Flag-off of the MNCH 2019, held at Getso in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state. Dr. Ganduje who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated that “during the last round ... more
  • 12 months Promasidor supports families of children with disabilities TheNation |Health
    Promasidor Nigeria Limited, a leading food company, has provided succour to more than 60 parents of children with disabilities through its low-interest microcredit scheme – “We Too Can Grow.” The scheme is in advancement of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. Done in partnership with Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC), which supports children and young adults with disabilities, the scheme has benefitted five cooperative groups to which the families belong, with three more to receive their grants. Promasidor said it initiated the scheme to provide funds to cooperative groups in Lagos and Ogun states through CDC. It is facilitated by Surbpolitan ... more
  • 12 months NGO partners Ogun on reproductive health TheNation |Health
    A non-governmental organisation, Family Health Initiative Ogun (FHIO), is willing to support the Adolescent Reproductive Health Strategic Framework in the state. Its chairperson, Mrs. Kemi Balogun, gave the assurance at the launch of scheme for 2018 to 2022, held in Abeokuta, the state capital. “Our youths and adolescents deserve proper monitoring and care, particularly in the area of their reproductive health, and FHIO is committed to contribute its quota to the proper implementation and success of this strategic framework in Ogun State,” Balogun said. The Country Director of Pathfinder International, represented by Kosi Izundu, said adolescence was the period of ... more
  • 12 months Sanwo-Olu campaign offers free surgeries TheNation |Health
    The Professionals for Humanity (PROFOH), a group of doctors, nurses, microbiologists and other volunteers from Houston, Texas, United States, has partnered the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on free medical care to indigent Lagos. The medical mission which provides free surgeries, is done under BOSKOH – Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat (his running mate) – platform At the flag-off ceremony, at the Shomolu General Hospital where experts will spend a week before moving to another, Sanwo-Olu said it was not a political mission as the welfare of Lagosians had nothing to do with politics. “We ... more
  • 12 months Federal Govt keeps mum on NHIS crisis TheNation |Health
    More than two months after the presidential panel set up to probe the crisis rocking the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) submitted its report, nothing has been heard on the controversy. VINCENT IKUOMOLA writes on the findings of the panel and the delay in implementing its recommendations. What is the outcome of the Presidential Investigative Panel on the leadership crisis that has been rocking the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the last few years? This is the question begging for an answer in and outside the health sector. To resolve the incessant crisis and mistrust in a ... more
  • 12 months Low sperm count: How to overcome it TheNation |Health
    Low sperm count or as it’s called in medical world, oligospermia, is a major biological and reproductive issue. At the risk of being accused of hyperbole, low sperm count puts survival of humanity at risk. There is no doubt that in some parts of the world, population is increasing such as in Nigeria. But in other regions of the earth, population is diminishing. We all know that even within a country such as Nigeria where population increase is a problem, not everyone desiring a baby gets one because of low sperm count. Low sperm count is common in Nigeria and ... more
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