• Diabetes: Commissioner cautions pregnant women on diet

    Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin, has advised Nigerians, especially pregnant women to be cautious of their diet to prevent developing diabetes.
    Ekochin gave the advice during a seminar to mark the 2017 World Diabetes Day at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) College of Medicine, Park Lane, Enugu on Tuesday.
    The seminar has the theme: “The Challenges of Managing Diabetes in Women in a Resource Constrained Setting’’.
    He said that bei
  • U.S. Scientists find new possible cure for leukemia

    Group of American scientists have found a new possibility to cure leukemia, the results of a new study showed on Tuesday.
    Leukemia is a deadly disease that knocks down patients as young as only seven years old.
    In the study published in Journal Nature Medicine, the group of scientists from Stanford University and National Institute of Health (NIH) found that a molecule, called “CD22”, could serve as a potent target for the killer cells of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common childh
  • Vomitting deserves more attention than it often gets

    On my way from home to work everyday, I often stop over at a pharmacy to check my blood pressure and blood sugar. I am not hypertensive. And I am not diabetic. My systolic (upper reading) and diastolic (lower) sometimes dip below my longstanding normal of 110/70 and make my pulse rocket. As for my blood sugar, the random reading tends to wish to hit 150. I’d rather prefer 120. I check them regularly to know which of the herbs and food supplements I am taking are doing what. The latest amon
  • ‘Herbal medicine is different from voodoo’

    For over 14 years the Herbal Therapy Society of Nigeria (HTS) has painstakingly educated its members on the dos and don’ts of modern day herbal practice. In this interview, its president, Akintunde Ayeni (President/Founder- YEMKEM Group) tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA some of the society’s achievements, including its challenges and possible solutions to positioning traditional medicine in primary health care. Excerpts:
    What basically are this group’s vision and mission?
    Herbal T
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  • Italy donates $5m to help eradicate polio in Afghanistan

    The Italian government donated 5 million dollars ( 4.3 million euros ) to the UNICEF and WHO to help eradicate polio in Afghanistan, a UNICEF statement said on Tuesday.
    “Of this amount, 2.9 million dollars (2.5 million euros) will go to UNICEF and WHO, which are both working in the framework of the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio (NEAP) aimed at interrupting the disease transmission in Afghanistan”.
    The statement also noted that the remaining 2.1 million dollars (1.8 million
  • FG plans N1b support to fight HIV/AIDS through NHIS

    The Federal Government said on Monday that it would support the fight against HIV/AIDS programmes through the National Health Insurance Scheme ( NHIS ) in 2018.
    The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this at the opening of a two-day Nigeria HIV/AIDS intervention symposium in Abuja.
    Adewole said that the support had become important because of the prevalence of the epidemic in the country and the world at large.
    He explained that in 2016, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS ( UNAI
  • HEN Foundation screens 393 women for Cervical, Breast Cancer

    Three hundred and ninety three women have been screened for cervical and breast cancer during the recent HEN Foundation, U.K Cancer screening held in Lagos.
    The screening was held at the Akerele Primary Healthcare Centre, Surulere on October 26th -28th, 2017.
    Five advance cases were referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital ( LUTH), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and the  Cancer Research Centre, Ibadan, for follow-up and treatment.
    Highlights of the three-
  • Rotary Lagos Island marks World Polio day

    Members of Rotary Club Lagos Island have marked this year’s World Polio Day at Elegushi Market, Lekki.
    Members of the club marched round the market with a band and a big banner. They sang and danced as they moved round. Some of them came with their children and spouses. They also held a talk.
    The club’s President Sanjeev Tandon said the aim of the event was to, principally create awareness on the dangers posed by the disease, immunise children and ensure that the marketplaces were ke
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  • PZ uplifts LUTH Children Emergency ward

    The Professor Olikoye RansomeKuti Children Emergency ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has been renovated by PZ Plc and branded with two of its brands – Cusson and Premier.
    The company also donated bone marrow transplant equipment for the treatment of sickle cell anaemia.
    The Chief medical Director (CMD), Prof Chris Bode said the donation, which adds 200 new bed spaces to the hospital would help address the overstretched facilities.
    Prof Bode described PZ Cussons Plc as
  • Power Oil partners Ogun health ministry

    There  is a strategic  collaboration between  Power Oil Company  and the Ogun State Ministry of Health  to improve  health   standard of residents of the state. To realise this, the company  has deployed its health team across three primary health centres  from different local governments in the state  to support and facilitate the vital check process.
    This was stated during the formal launch of the project at the Ogun State Ministry of Heal
  • How to deal with common disorders occurring in pregnancy (1)

    Pregnancy, by all measures, is a normal occurrence or shall we say, should be a normal event in the life of a pregnant woman and the family.  However, by all accounts, most pregnancies will pass without trouble. That said, a significant number of pregnant women may experience illnesses that are either caused directed by the pregnancy or simply occurring in association with the pregnancy.
    In the coming weeks, we will examine some of these disorders and how you and your family can deal with t
  • HIV awareness campaign at Seme border

    Inter-state and border drivers have been urged to ensure proper use of condom to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDS).
    This was during the HIV awareness programme by the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) for members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Seme border Motor Park. It was in collaboration with Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).
    The event was the second to the last among the 10 selected clusters in Lagos for LSACA 
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  • ‘Education, others can transform health sector’

    Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has recommended that to improve the reproductive health system in the state and across the federation, there must be mass education, increased investment in health, good governance, social and economic empowerment of women. Other issues to be addressed according to him, are strengthening of health services, development of a rights-based code of ethics and domestication of international conventions.
    Dr Idris stated this at the maiden lecture and
  • 1992 Alumni renovates UNILAG’s College of Medicine

    As part of efforts to return the College of Medicine (CMUL), University of Lagos (UNILAG) to former glory, the 1992 Alumni set of the school has renovated one of the students’ hostels.
    This is  to mark their 25 years anniversary as professional doctors. They, in addition, renovated one of the hostels’ toilet, bathroom and the kitchen.
    Shedding light on the efforts o f the alumni, chairman of the group,   Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, praised the contribution of the 1992 set to
  • Nigerian food crops loaded with deadly poisons

    When you read the little report below this introduction, you may become afraid of modern foods and meals because you probably now realise they are armouries of poisons which cause most, if not all, of today’s monstrous diseases…pain and premature death. You may find yourself at a cross-roads: if food, like air and water, is poisoning you every time you eat, and you cannot stop eating or improve the quality of the food available to you to eat, what can you do other than go on eating
  • How to checkmate cardiac arrest

    OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes on natural ways to prevent cardiac arrest.
    Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart beat stops suddenly for some time. Every year, thousands of people suffer from cardiac arrest and not all are lucky enough to survive the fatal condition. Cardiac arrest can be prevented or one can at least avoid it by bringing a few changes in one’s daily life.
    But one may ask, what is cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or
  • Useful information before and during pregnancy

    Adequate information entails intake of routine drugs by pregnant women, avoidance of over-the-counter drugs early appointment, among others, will help in guiding against unnecessary risk during pregnancy and delivery. Omolara Akintoye writes 
    WOMEN should be fully involved in decisions about their care and treatment during pregnancy and therefore need to be given the knowledge to make informed decisions. Where appropriate, a woman’s partner and family should be involved and informed a
  • Star clinic introduces free health care service to Ikorodu

    Star Clinic begins free health clinic service programme for the young and elderly members of the society, starting with the Ikorodu community, Lagos state.The health programme is an initiative of Dr. Adeolu Olusodo, founder of Star Clinic, which offers free medical services and treatments to people from ages 0-12 and adults from the age of 60 and above.The programme is created to celebrate the first year anniversary of the clinic’s existence as it also looks to better the lives of the host
  • Managing your stress

    Stress is one of the commonest illnesses that exist. The sad thing about stress is that most people undergoing stress, very often do not recognise that they are suffering from the disease entity called stress. Such a person may ascribe the consequences of stress to some other imaginary illness. Further, a third party such as wife, husband as the case may be or a relative may be blamed for the virtual breakdown that the victim suffers from.
    What is stress as an illness? When we talk of stress, we
  • LASUTH to screen staff for mental health

    The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja workers will soon undergo mental health assessment screening/test. According to the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Wale Oke, the step is necessary to enable the hospital pick in time any of its staff from breaking down or slipping into depression, traceable to workload.
    Prof Oke made this known at this year’s World Mental Health Day  observed by the hospital’s Psychiatry Department. The theme was:  Mental heal
  • Indigenous Braille manufacturer gets honour

    Participants at this year’s Arise Women’s conference  were full of gratitude to   Mrs. Jean Obi, the Steering Committee/Coordinator of the Braille Book Centre. The centre was set up in 1995 with two main aims: to produce Braille books for visually-impaired students; and to provide computer training to prepare visually-impaired applicants for gainful employment.
    The convener of the conference, Pastor Siju Iluyomade, said its theme, ‘Branded for Christ’, was
  • Diabetes: Why Nigeria is recording high rate

    Experts from Africa gathered in Lagos for a one-day summit to find ways of reducing diabetes rate. OYEYEMI GBENGA MUSTAPHA reports.
    It was no ordinary gathering. It was a summit to intimate indigenous medics and others in diabetes care of the frightening decline in diabetes management across the country, and its implications. It was also to enlighten the participants that Nigeria can actually get it right in diabetes care, like what obtains in some other African countries.
    It was organised by Sa
  • ‘Condom can prevent STDs, unplanned pregnancy’

    Any Nigerian who is sexually active has been enjoined to always use a condom, not only to prevent unwanted pregnancy but to also protect against contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
    Speaking at the media launch of Flex condom in Lagos, the Managing Director/CEO, Society for Family Health Nigeria, Sir Bright Ekweremadu, said, “We are expanding and launching our new condom series in different brands, flavour and texture to ensure that every sexually active Nigerian is able to fi
  • 15 deaths, 864 cases recorded from measles in Gombe

    15 deaths and 864-suspected cases have been recorded as a result of measles outbreak in Gombe State from January this year to date. 
     The Cluster Consultant for World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr.  Raymond Dankoli disclosed this during a parley with journalists in Gombe on Thursday. 
    The Consultant explained that the outbreak was recorded in seven out of the 11 local government areas of the state, with Gombe local government area having the highest number of suspected m
  • Role of herbal medicine in infertility treatment

    The Managing Director of Health Forever Product Limited, Ikeja, Lagos, Otunba Olajuwon Okubena, answers the question.
    I am fertility challenged. I need a referral to a traditional healer worth his onion because my experience is basically hormonal imbalance and infection.
    Grace Idris, 27-year-old typist, Kogi.
    Readers of this Health Page may recall that several years ago, I wrote about the importance of infertility in the stability of marriage in this part of the world. I will rep
  • Barley grass not the least of greens

    Do not know why BARLEY GRASS always escapes my thoughts whenever I work with the greens. Yet this is one green, medicinal herb I have had deep respect for since Dr. George Malkhmus threw it up in his book, HALLELUJAH DIET. Dr. Malkhmus is an American Baptist church minister whose mother died of cancer, of which he, too, was later to suffer. He believed his mother died not of the cancer but of chemotherapy to cure the cancer. So, when he, too, was told he had to undergo chemotherapy, he bluntly r
  • 200,000 living with HIV in Oyo

    Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says an estimated 200,000 people are living with HIV in Oyo State.
    He made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan during a courtesy call on Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State at the executive council chamber of the governor’s office.
    The delegation was led by Aliyu, included representatives of World Health Organisation, other international donor and funding agencies.
    Aliyu stated that only 16,000 out of the estimate
  • Hospital to spend N1 bn on equipment, others

    Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna plans to spend over N1 billion on new equipments and completion of projects in 2018, its Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abdulkadir Tabari, has said.Tabari told newsmen on Monday in Kaduna that the hospital has uncompleted projects spanning over the last five years.
    He said that the focus would be on providing relevant equipment to improve services and to meet accreditation requirements.
    “We are proposing N1 billion for the new projects and N78 million f
  • Monkey pox: Kano confirms suspected victim

    Dr Kabir Getso, the Kano State Commissioner for Health, has confirmed that a suspected case of Monkey Pox has been recorded in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state.The Commissioner, who stated this while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Kano, disclosed that blood sample of the victim had been sent to Abuja for clinical verification.
    He added that, “one of the symptoms of the disease was noticed in the patient, but we are suspecting that the diseases is more of Chickens pox than monkey
  • Research: Adherence to prescription can alter hypertension

    Experts in public health have demonstrated that pharmacy-based treatment of hypertension is possible. The Centre for Epidemiology and Health Development (CEHD), Lagos in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Omron Healthcare (OMC) have proved this.
    It was at a day conference in Lagos, where findings from a study on the feasibility of pharmacy-based treatment of hypertension, carried out in urban Lagos, were presented. The research became necessary becau
  • ‘Overhaul NHIS now’

    It was a large crowd that gathered at Solid Rock Hospital (SRH), Ojodu, Berger, Lagos, to benefit from the free medical services organised by the hospital. Men, women, children, couples, expectant mothers, the sick, and not so sick were all there. It was part of a week-long activity organised to mark its 25th year anniversary.    The hospital was founded in 1992.
    According to its Medical Director, Dr Ayo Sanu, who established the hospital with his wife, Dr Tosin,  Dental Serv
  • Lagos trains workers on new strategies to curb terminal diseases

    Lagos State government has begun training for commissioners, special advisers and civil servants on new strategies to prevent diseases, especially terminal ones.
    It expressed concerns that a large percent of workers do not know their health status and a healthy workforce is a productive one.
    Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Health Matters, Dr. Shola Pitan, in a chat with newsmen at the health engagement campaign, disclosed that Governor  Ambode believed that the
  • Cancer of the ovary: Avoiding the shadow of death

    Among all cancers afflicting women, ovarian cancer is a cancer that is most damaging and self-hiding until very late when little intervention is what is left to help the patient. That is to say, ovarian cancer, is not so easily detectable until very late when available treatment may not be so helpful.
    Let us discuss the risk factors for ovarian cancer:
    If you have a family history of ovarian, breast or pancreatic cancer in a woman, you may be carrying some risks of developing any of the above ca
  • Secrets of longevity

    At 70, a don and healer, Prof Adebukola Adefule-Ositelu, shares her secrets of longevity with OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA
    Looking radiant and buoyant, Prof Adebukola Adefule-Ositelu was quick to tell this reporter that contentment and keeping faith with one’s creator is the secret behind her hitting 70 years on earth.
    It was at her 70th birthday celebration. The gathering witnessed crème-la-crème in the academic, health sector, traditional healers, and alternative medicine practi
  • Secrets of longetivity

    At 70, a don and healer, Prof Adebukola Adefule-Ositelu, shares her secrets of longevity with OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA
    Looking radiant and buoyant, Prof Adebukola Adefule-Ositelu was quick to tell this reporter that contentment and keeping faith with one’s creator is the secret behind her hitting 70 years on earth.
    It was at her 70th birthday celebration. The gathering witnessed crème-la-crème in the academic, health sector, traditional healers, and alternative medicine practi
  • Herpes simplex virus tameable like monkey virus

    Monkey pox, caused by monkey virus, a cause of human tissue cancer picked by humans from vaccination against polio, continued to top the Nigerian health talk chat last week. More deaths from monkey pox were reported as this viral disease spread to more states. Last week, this column suggested the use of antiviral herbs in the daily diet and intake of foods and herbs which promote immune function as the best remedies against this disease and any other caused by viruses.
    We cannot exhaust Mother N
  • Cucumber: Health benefits, nutrition facts

    Few foods are as cool as a cucumber. These low-calorie veggies contain many nutritional benefits, including hydrating properties and valuable nutrients.
    There are hundreds of varieties of cucumber, and they come in dozens of colors, but the edible types are classified as being for either slicing or pickling, according to Cornell University’s Growing Guide. Slicing cucumbers are cultivated to be eaten fresh, while pickling cucumbers are intended for the brine jar. Slicing cucumbers are usua
  • Canada earmarks $3.5bn to support children health in Nigeria

    Dr Christopher Thorney, Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, says the Canadian government has earmarked $3.5 billion to advance the health of women and children in Nigeria.
    The High Commissioner made the disclosure during the Multi-Country Dissemination of the Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) Project on Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illnesses (ICCM) in Abuja.
    According to him, Canada has a long history of working to improve the health of women and children in Nigeria.
    He said
  • Tips on healthy living, by cleric

    How can Nigerians improve on their health? It is by doing regular exercises, appropriate choice of good stable food, routine medical screenings and having a meaningful relationship with God, the Convener/Founder, ‘Arise Women Conference’ (‘Arise’, for short), Pastor Siju Iluyomade, has said.
    She spoke at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos before her group embarked on a walk round major streets of Victoria Island to create awareness on healthy living.
  • ‘Reccession affecting workers’mental health’

    Many Nigerians, especially those in employment, have been victims of recession and it is affecting their mental health, the Medical Director of Neuro-Pscychiatry Hositpal, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Oluyemi Ogun, has said.
    She said this during the  World Mental Health Day and the hospital’s 110th anniversary.
    The hospital was established  as an asylum on October 30, 1907 at Nigerian Railway in Yaba, where its first 48 inmates were admitted.
    The theme was: Mental health in the workplace.
  • Cancer of Endometrium: Prevention and treatment

    Generally speaking, all cancers are bad. However, few cancers if any can be so stealthy as much as cancer of the womb lining (endometrium) and that of the ovary. Like all cancers, if caught early, the danger posed by cancer of the endometrium and that of the ovary can be nipped in the bud. Cancer of the endometrium can also be called cancer of the womb. This cancer is very common for several reasons.
    What are the risk factors or reasons for cancer of the endometrium?
    Most commonly, this cancer a
  • Adadevoh, LUTH get awards

    The Ebola amazon, the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, will be honoured with a posthumous life-time achievement award in recognition of her selfless services to humanity and ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
    The event, first of its kind, will hold on Sunday, October 22 in Lagos. It is being organised by Amity Awards and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in recognition of the immense  achievements recorded by the late woman and the hospital under its  management.
  • ‘80 % of blindness preventable, treatable’

    About  80 percent of cases of blindness could be avoided, treated or prevented, experts at the MeCure Eye Centre, Mecure Health Care Limited, Oshodi, Lagos, have said.
    According to them, Nigerians should be able to identify symptoms of eye diseases and report them immediately.
    The doctors stated this at the free eye test organised by the centre as part of activities marking the World Sight Day.
    Dr Adegboyega Alabi, a Consultant Ophthalmologist with the centre, said ignorance has led most pe
  • Monkey virus, polio vaccine, cancer, immunity, herbs

    Monkey virus and monkey pox are the latest health issues in Nigeria. Ebola fever, with its potential to depopulate nations as the Black plague which wiped out about 30-60 percent (75-200 million) of Europe’s population between 1346 and 1353, is long forgotten now. So is HIV/AIDS which once caused a stir. Cancer is still on the ravage, with breast and prostate cancers being major causes of cancer deaths. But few people, doctors and patients alike, link a cancer with fungi, candida, bacteria
  • ‘Fast has many benefits’

    When last did you fast?  Do you know fasting has many benefits? Fasting has been described as the oldest therapy with many benefits.
    According to a researcher at the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Chinyere Nwokeke, the benefits of fasting include anti-aging effects, better attitude, resistance to disease, and better sleep.
    Others are change of habits, clearer planning, skin, creativity, diet changes, drug detoxifica
  • Expert: healthy lifestyles lead to long life

    Healthy lifestyles can boost life, the Director, Women and Gender Affairs, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Abuja, Mrs. Annetu-Anne Aliu, has said.
    She spoke at the kick-off of the Power Oil Healthy Heart Mission project in Abuja.
    She said a recent study found that four bad behaviours—smoking,  too much alcohol, non-exercise, and non-eating of enough fruits and veggies—could lead to early death or make one age by about 12 years.
    She said eating fewe
  • Ongoing vaccination to prevent Yellow Fever – Kwara Govt

    The Kwara Government sys the ongoing Reactive Vaccination in Ifelodun Local Government Area and other neighbouring communities is to prevent the spread of Yellow Fever.
    The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Atolagbe Alege, made this known in a signed statement on Wednesday in Ilorin.
    Alege explained that the vaccination exercise has no connection with the Nigerian Army and is not dangerous to children’s health as it has been rumoured by certain individuals.
    According to Alege, the exercise
  • Six tips of living a healthier life

    There isn’t any shortcut to good health but it isn’t very hard either. Being healthy is a matter of choice.  How you value the precious aspect of life will largely depend on your commitment to lead a healthy one by a simple set of rules. There is a common misconception that being healthier means giving up a lifestyle that you enjoy because what’s life after all if you have to deprive yourself of its pleasures ?? You couldn’t be more wrong!!!
    You can be healthy and en
  • ‘NAFDAC will continue to safeguard public health’

    The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ( NAFDAC ) said on Tuesday in Osogbo that it would continue to safeguard public health in the country.The South-West Coordinator of the agency, Mrs Ayeduni Adenuga, made the pledge when he received operational vehicle donated to the agency by the Osun Chapter of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (AIPN).
    Adenuga said that the agency would continue to ensure that only safe and quality food, drugs and other regulate
  • Monkey Pox cases increase to 74 in 11 states – FG

    The Monkey pox virus outbreak has spread to 11 states with 74 suspected cases recorded, Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has said.
    Adewole made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
    President Muhammadu Buhari chaired the meeting held at the State House Council Chamber, Abuja.
    The Federal Government, on Oct. 11 confirmed that 33 suspected cases of the virus were recorded in seven