• Stanbic IBTC renovates LUTH’s Accident and Emergency Unit

    Accident and Emergency (A/E) Unit of the Lagos University Teaching (LUTH), Idi Araba, has been renovated. It was done by the Stanbic IBTC bank.
    At its commissioning, Stanbic IBTC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Demola Shogunle thanked the management for giving the bank the opportunity to be part of the development going on in the hospital, which is an integral of the health care industry in Nigeria.
    Dr Shogunle said as a group Stanbic IBTC engaged in humanitarians endeavour as an organisation: &ldqu
  • Neurologists challenge people on their health

    Experts and a non-governmental organisation are creating awareness that neuro-surgical patients can be helped if they go to hospital early, reports Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha
    Findings have shown that neurosurgical patients are not seeking   early medical attention due to myths, misconceptions and false/misleading belief systems and that is complicating their conditions.
    Neurological Surgery is a discipline of medicine that provides the operative and non-operative management of disorders o
  • Group urges govt on cancer

    Do you know that cancer can be prevented? How, you wondered? It is through a healthy lifestyle/dietary changes and medical instructions.
    According to the wife of governor of Lagos State,  Bolanle Ambode  Nigerians, especially women should take their health seriously by going to health facilities for early screening/diagnosis if they have concerns about their health, especially breasts.
    Mrs Ambode stated this at the fourth annual public lecture to commemorate the World Cancer Day, organ
  • Councillor gives free health service

    The Apapa Iganmu Local Council Development Area Ward B residents have been given a one-day healthcare service and health talk. It was at the instance  of the councilor and leader of the House, Ward B, Mrs. Adedeji Funmilayo.
    The talk, which held at the Elemu Town Hall, Onokoya, Sari Iganmu, saw beneficiaries enjoying free blood pressure tests, blood sugar screening, eye screening, free medicated glasses and medications.
    According to Mrs Adedeji, the exercise was for helping those, who could
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  • 447 foreign trained doctors fail assessment exam

    No fewer than 447 of the 686 foreign trained doctors who wrote the assessment test of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) failed.
    The Federal Government decried the poor performance of the foreign trained medical and dental graduates as only 249 were successful in the examination conducted in November 2017.
    Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of the 243 successful medical doctors and six dental graduates that participated at the remedial c
  • Tips on reflexology

    Humans, we are made up of physical and emotional body, in conjunction with a mind and spirit. They function interdependently. Reflexology incorporates all aspects of the human being: mind, body, emotion, and spirit. In a relaxed state, we integrate all aspects of our being.
    Definition of reflexology (n), (Dictionary), re·flex·ol·o·gy pronounced [ree flek sóllYjee]Massage therapy: a form of massage in which pressure is applied to parts of the feet and hands in o
  • Some herbal guardians of health in 2017 (6)

    Hawthorn berries (Crataegus spp.)
    THERE are two deficits in this series to remind us of the herbs and other natural medicines which helped to safeguard our health last year. One is the conclusion on the feature on SODIUM. The other is on the conclusion of the feature on Magnesium, which continues today. As some readers of the column have noted, this is not the traditional way in which we start a new year in this column. That traditional way has not been abandoned. That traditional way is to give
  • Remedies for hot flashes

    Hot flashes are symptoms of menopause. They are characterised by sudden body heat, flushing, and sweating. Other unpleasant symptoms often coincide with hot flashes, include- weight gain, mood swings, depression, loss of libido and sexual dysfunction.
    According to a Naturopath of Herbs’ Villa Ventures, Lagos Prof Theophilus Lambo luckily, there are several treatment options for hot flashes. Your choices range from medications and herbal supplements to lifestyle changes. The most important
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  • ‘Be sure of your Yoghurt’

    Nigerians have been advised not to consume anything that is labeled ‘Yogurt’, without verifying its quality, and NAFDAC registration number. This is because many health damages can be experienced by drinking inferior, poorly produced and packaged products.
    This was the submission of the Managing Director of Sotibe Nigeria Limited, Mr. Monah Chalabi Chalabi at the launch of Dolait Yoghurt into the Nigerian market.
    Chalabi said a wholesome Yoghurt like Dolait is rich in nutrients, incl
  • LASUTH, Apollo Hospital inaugurate kidney centre

    The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital ( LASUTH ), Ikeja, on Wednesday, in Lagos inaugurated a Renal (Kidney) Transplantation Centre that would carry out kidney transplants for residents.The Chief Medical Director ( CMD ), LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, told newsmen that the programme was in collaboration with an Indian based hospital, Apollo Hospital.
    Oke said, however, that LASUTH had since 2015 started renal transplant and had conducted five transplants with its indigenous doctors carrying
  • WHO provides drugs for Oyo students to cure tropical diseases

    The World Health Organization, ( WHO ) has provided medicines for students of Primary and Junior Secondary schools in Oyo State to cure tropical diseases like worms that are endemic in the country.
    The distribution of the medicines were made available during a flag off of School based deworming exercise in Ibadan on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and Education, Science and Technology in conjunction with Evidence Action, the facilitator and partner of WHO.Speaking at the flag off c
  • Dating Site for HIV/AIDS Patients Launched

    People living with HIV/AIDS deserve the right to love. No other day is perfect than today, February 14th, St. Valentines’ day, a day earmarked for the celebration in several climes round the world. Dennis Akagha, Team Lead for PLconnect has devoted his time to establishing a community where people living with HIV/AIDS meet and connect to build lasting relationships, psychological and social support systems. He has taken this initiative a notch higher to debut the No. 1 dating site specific
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  • Doctors: cancer treatable

    Cancer has become the world’s most expensive and deadliest disease. According to doctors and consultants in oncology at the Lagos University teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, prevention, early medical intervention and treatment remain the best ways to handle the disease.
    Seizing the opportunity of this year’s World Cancer Day, the experts in cancer care and management, visited a church and a mosque to create awareness on the disease. According to them, as professionals, they are c
  • Dangote, Aig-Imoukhuede seek African Union-Private sector collaboration on health

    Africa’s richest man and Chairman of Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the immediate past President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, who is also the Chairman of Coronation Capital and co-chair of Global Business Coalition on Health, GBCHealth, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede have advised that public-private sector collaboration will improve the health sector across Africa.
    At the Africa Business and Investment Forum, a high-level public-private sector dialogue, which was a side event at t
  • Common gynaecological emergencies (3) Bleeding

    Though there are other gynaecological emergencies, few can be as life-threatening to the woman and the family as any condition that causes bleeding. Not long ago, a woman was referred to me because of heart problem. She had been to several cardiologists. However, it turned out that this unfortunate woman was having heavy menstrual bleeding. The heavy bleeding had given rise to anaemia. The anaemia had itself affected her heart and her heart began to fail. Searching deeper and deeper, I discovere
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons meet on better practice

    Cardiothoracic practice in Nigeria is developing but faces multiple challenges that need to be overcome to enable sustainable practice. That was the consensus of thoracic surgeons, who gathered at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba for their inaugural meeting and scientific conference – the first of its kind.
    Some of the identified challenges to increasing cardiothoracic surgical activity are- limitations in manpower development, infrastructure, laboratory support, lo
  • Some herbal guardians of health in 2017 (5)

    Hawthorn berries (Crataegus spp.)
    TWO deaths last month got me thinking about Hawthorn berries. Just before the first one, I noticed that one of my acquaintances always breathed heavily, almost gasping for breath, on little exertion. I asked him to watch his heart and add to his diet such food supplements as Hawthorn berries, Lecithin, Pomegranate, Co-Enzyme Q10, Magnesium and Calcium, Omega-3 fish oil and the likes of them. But he thinks so little about food supplements. So, I was surprised abo
  • ‘Nizamiye hospital can compete anywhere in Europe, America’

    The Public Relations Officer of the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has said that the hospital which was commissioned by former President Goodluck Jonathan can compete with any hospital in Europe and America.
    The Image maker of the hospital made the statement during an interview exclusively with select editors on Friday.
    According to him, the hospital qualities have given Nigerians reasons not to travel abroad for medical treatments because all they needed can be done in the
  • Workers are LUTH’s best assets, says CMD

    The workers of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba are its best assets, its Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, has said.
    He spoke at the awards for the workers and corporate partners of the hospital.
    He said the workers had been outstanding in the discharge of their duties.
    Bode said they had proven this by, among others, curtailing many infectious diseases, especially communicable ones.
    He urged the workers not to rest on their oars.
    He said though as a tertiary insti
  • Nigeria set for local vaccine production

    Vaccine production in Nigeria may soon be a reality with the inauguration of the board of a private local vaccine company, Biovaccines Nigeria Limited, in Abuja.
    Biovaccines is a private-public partnership between the Federal Government and May & Baker Nigeria Plc, a  pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
    The board, inaugurated by Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole,  is headed by Prof Oyewole Tomori, a virologist and former vice chancellor of Redeemers University.
    Its members a
  • ‘Keep the promise on AIDS to Nigerians’

    The last decade witnessed great uncertainty in Nigeria’s HIV treatment program – a period of pseudo-scientists laying claims to cures and operating without checks. A time that help was assumed to be more in miracle centres than in hospitals.
    A phase of general and entrenched misconception of what HIV really is, its routes of transmission and of lived realities of being HIV positive. It was a time of unending stigma – at home and in healthcare settings, discernible with rejectio
  • Fed Govt sets up panel on codeine, other related drugs

    Piqued by cases of drug abuse, the Federal Government has set up a committee to arrest the situation.
    The 16-member Committee on the Codeine Control Working and other related Matter Group (CCRWG) is headed by Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku. It has six weeks to submit its report.
    At the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, said it was important to break the supply end of the drugs.
    He stressed that the government would prevent people from causing harm to themselves and to th
  • Common gynaecological emergencies (2) Ectopic pregnancy

    The world “ectopic” simply means “an abnormal place or position.” Therefore, when we talk of ectopic pregnancy, we refer to the pregnancy that is located or implanted outside the womb where all but a small number of pregnancies are implanted.
    Ectopic pregnancy is one of the medical or gynaecological diseases that requires utmost urgent intervention. Failing, untreated ectopic pregnancy may lead to death of the expectant mother. Two per cent of all pregnancies are ectopic.
  • Beyhealth partners NBA, others on patients’ rights, safety

    Beyhealth has partnered the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to develop policies that will protect the rights of patients and strengthen the health sector.
    Its Director-General, Dr. Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey, said: “The essence of the partnership is to develop policies which will protect the patient’s rights and to strengthen the health sector and its internal mechanism.’’
    Speaking at the  healthcare management conference on medicine, accountability and law held in Lagos,
  • I’ll enforce January, 2019 deadline for drug control centres – Prof. Adewole

    The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday said he would start the enforcement of the Federal Government’s directive on drug control centres from January, 2019.
    Adewole said that this step would end the sales of drugs through the operations of drug marts in Nigeria.
    The minister spoke in Aba at the ground breaking ceremony of the Abia State Wholesale Control Centre ( CWC ) for drugs.
    He said that the final deadline for the enforcement had been fixed for January, 2019, saying th
  • No confirmed case of Lassa fever in Abuja – Director

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA ) said it has not yet recorded any case of Lassa fever in the territory. The FCT’s Director of Public Health, Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu made this known in an interview with reporters in Abuja on Friday.He dismissed the speculation on the reported case of Lassa fever in Asokoro General Hospital as “false”. Okoroukwu explained that some samples of the suspected cases were taken to Irrua Laboratory in Edo State and the result was neg
  • Some herbal guardians of health in 2017 (3)

    THE bell rings again for the train to move on. Its passengers are those herbs we may number among the guardians of health in 2017 for many readers of this column. We do not wish to forget them simply because we have boarded a new year, and we expect our knowledge of guardian herbs to expand. No, we cannot forget old, faithful friends as we make new ones. Thus, this ongoing series is meant to remind us of our old friends and pay tribute to them while we stride onwards towards new friends.
  • Surgery panacea for fibroids, says expert

    Women with fibroids need not worry any more. They  can be  assisted through laparoscopic surgery, Nordica Fertility Centre Medical Director, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, has said. He added that fibroid tumors in the uterus are common.
    According to him, fibroids have no effect on reproductive ability, but sometimes can cause infertility or miscarriage, adding that if a woman notices anything like irregular or heavy menstrual cycle, bleeding between periods, pelvic or abdominal pain, fever or night
  • Minister alerts on meningitis 

    Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has appealed to Nigerians to look out for suspected cases of meningitis, saying the country is already approaching its season.
    Adewole made the appeal in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at a forum by  a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria.
    The Minister said the alert was necessary because the country has no money to vaccinate all Nigerians, adding that meningitis is seasonal and this is the season.
  • Medical Lab scientists blame govt for high rate of misdiagnosis

    THE Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, (AMLSN) has blamed the  government for the high rate of misdiagnosis in public and private hospitals.
    The body said the government’s refusal to recognise the practice and accord it its rightful place in policy and planning attests to the failure in the medical sector.
    Addressing reporters at the public presentation of new national executive officers of the group in Abuja, the asscociation’s National President, Dr.
  • Lack of funds hinders govt’s policy on SCD

    Lack of funds has stalled the Federal Government’s policy of testing every newborn against sickle cell, it was learnt.
    This is as 150,000 newborns in Nigeria are diagnosed of sickle cell, with 50 per cent of them dying before they are five.
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also said sickle cell disease is one of the main causes of premature death among children under five in Nigeria and in some African countries.
    The estimated cost of care is more than US$ 1000 per patient yea
  • Common gynaecological emergencies (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is peculiar to the female gender because of the way the female body had been constructed. PID is common and can be disabling as well as damaging to the reproduction of the female and the spouse. PID reduces the chance of conception of the woman and if in relationship, PID diminish the potential of the woman to get pregnant or retain pregnancy.
    PID is the inflammation of the female reproductive structures and surrounding organs.  It’s almost exclusivel
  • Adewole advises new CMDs, MDs on industrial harmony

    NEW Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Directors (MDs) have been urged  to create a harmonious relationship between the management and workers of their various institutions.
    The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who gave the advice in Abuja, while presenting appointment  letters to the  CMDs and MDs said the appointees to seek support and information from their predeccesors to enable them start off well.
    He also urged them to report challenges that required urg
  • Nuturing health with apple cider vinegar

    A new food drink is in town. It is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, a drink made from raw and unfiltered apple vinegar. Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha writes that the drink has potency to detoxify, lower and regulate blood pressure as well as reduce cholesterol.
    The search for alternative medicine is widening. Food supplements are competing with regular drugs on the shelf.
    But there is yet another food drink, which researchers say detoxifies the human body. The drink – Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is
  • How to treat mouth odour

    The most common cause of halitosis is bad oral hygiene. If particles of food are left in the mouth, their breakdown by bacteria produces sulfur compounds. Keeping the mouth hydrated can reduce mouth odor. The best treatment for bad breath is regular brushing, flossing, and hydration.
    Cavities and deeper pockets from gum disease give bad breath bacteria extra places to hide in your mouth that are difficult to clear out when you’re brushing or cleaning between your teeth. Either can contribu
  • Niger gov’s wife express dismay over poor cancer care

    The Wife of the Niger state Governor, Dr. Amina Sani Bello has expressed dismay over poor state of cancer care and the lack of treatment centers in the nation.She lamented that  of the six government treatment centers across the nation, only one is functional.
    Bello stated this after the signing of a N400 billion Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU ) between the Niger state government,  Raise Foundation and Roche Products Limited in Minna.“It is disheartening that cancer care in Ni
  • 1500 babies benefit from health programmes

    No fewer than 1500 babies in Ado Odo /Ota area of Ogun State have benefited from the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) and the  State Community Health Insurance Scheme tagged. ‘ARAYA’  to provide qualitative primary health care delivery.
              A Senior Nursing Officer at Sango-Ijoko Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mrs Comfort Ojodu disclosed this in an interview with journalists in her Office in Sang
  • Medical Professionals reject Health Insurance Scheme

    Medical professionals including Pharmacists, Medical laboratory Scientists and Nurses in Ondo State have rejected some aspects of the State Contributory Health Scheme bill pending before the State House of Assembly.
    They described the bill as oppressive, highly discriminatory and misleading.
    At a news conference in Akure, the state capital yesterday,the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) and the National Association of Nur
  • Health benefits, nutritional facts of cucumber

    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
  • ‘Nigeria restrategises on cancer care’

    As part of efforts to ensure quality care for cancer patients, the Federal Government has invited home two professors of Oncology, who are trail blazers at the University of Chicago, United States (US), to among others, help transfer their knowledge to oncologists across the six geo-political zones, starting with Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA, who was at the meeting with the two experts, reports.
    The two could not hide their joy as they were taken
  • Food and water poisoning: Chemical poisoning

    There was a former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko who used to live in London, England. He went out to have tea sometimes ago with some, apparently, acquaintances. Somehow, he died soon after. He was killed by radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea.  This is a very rare form of food and water poisoning.  In this article, I will touch on deliberate criminal act of food poisoning with such agents as radioactive materials or arsenic or via tradi
  • ‘Cancer is curable’

    • NGO fetes survivors, cancer patients
    Is cancer a death sentence? No. That was the firm and reassuring  answer by a foremost oncologist, Prof Remi Ajekigbe at the end of the year party, organised by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), ‘Let’s kill it’ Cancer Foundation.
    The event was to support in cash and kind cancer patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and their caregivers. It was themed: “Hope For Cancer?”.
    According to Prof Aje
  • Some herbal guardians of health in 2017 (2)

    YEAR 2018 is unfolding, gradually pulling away from 2017 towards 2019. This process reminds me of what happens when a human soul leaves the flesh, in what we call death on earth. As the Soul pulls away from the discarded earthly vessel or cloak, it drugs out and pulls along for a while the Astral body. The Astral body is a prototype of the Soul after which the physical body developed in the womb, and through which the Soul would interact with its earthly vessel throughout its sojourn on earth. I
  • ‘Keep moving to stay healthy this year, beyond’

    Nigerians have been urged to keep up physical exercise this year to burn more calories.
    This was the message at the fourth yearly  Power Oil healthy cooking oil consumer engagement tagged: ‘Power Oil Pay with Calories’.
    The organisers said it was in line with their commitment to promote  healthy living while encouraging Nigerians to maintain a healthy body fitness in the new year and beyond.
    You can make weight loss quicker and easier by increasing your metabolic rate and&n
  • Heart-healthy diet: steps to prevent heart disease

    Control your portion size
    How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Overloading your plate, taking seconds and eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories than you should. Portions served in restaurants are often more than anyone needs.
    Use a small plate or bowl to help control your portions. Eat larger portions of low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and smaller portions of high-calorie, high-sodium foods, such as refined, processed or
  • ‘Occupational therapy lucrative profession’

    Potential students seeking admission have been urged to embrace the Federal School of Occupational Therapy, Oshodi.
    According to the Medical Director of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, owners of the school, Dr Oluyemi Ogun, the field of occupational therapy is lucrative.
    She stated this at the institution’s matriculation of 58 intakes.
    On the relevance of occupational therapists in healthcare, Mrs Ogun said they help to improve patients’ability to perform  tasks
  • More patients ‘attend Neuropsychiatric hospital’

    The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos  recorded a 15 percent increase in its attendance for last year.
    This is  a 35 percent increase in male attendance and one percent  in female.
    The hospital’s Medical Director, Dr Oluyemisi Ogun, stated this at the presentation of last year’s annual report.
    Mrs Ogun said in 2016, the hospital recorded 21,026 male attendance compared with last year’s 28, 403, while it recorded 32,261 in 2016 for female compared wi
  • Food and water poisoning: Hepatitis A and E

    Another set of very dangerous germs that often poison us through what we consume are hepatitis A and E. Both hepatitis A and E are viruses. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Therefore, the primary area that hepatitis A and E will cause most damage is in the liver. Human beings have only one liver. A damaged person with severely damaged liver without replacement via liver transplant could be facing a terminal illness. Like most food and water poisoning that we had discussed, Hepatitis A
  • Church, hospital promote blood donation

    It is not often that churches hold blood donation campaigns. But the Catholic Church of the Annuciation, FESTAC, Lagos blazed the trail when its members came out to donate blood. Joseph Eshanokpe reports
    Catholic Church of the Annuciation, FESTAC Town, and Mother and Child Hospital, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos have held a blood donation camp at the church’s premises.
    The Dean of FESTAC Deanry and Parish Priest, Rev Father Jerome Akinyemi, said the church embarked on the campaign to save lives. &rd
  • Tomatoes, fruits diet restores lungs damaged by smoking, says report

    Smokers who quit smoking and live on a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, have better chances of restoring their lung functions impaired by smoking, a new study finds.
    The study, published in the December issue of the European Respiratory Journal, said former smokers who eat more tomatoes and fresh fruits regularly saw a slower natural decline in lung function over 10 years.
    The study was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    According to it, adult
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