• Causes of premature birth

    Dr Chris Abumchi, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, says violence among couples can predispose pregnant women to preterm ( premature ) births.Abumchi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.
    He said that other social vices such as smoking, alcohol consumption and drug abuse could also lead to preterm birth.
    He said that Nigeria ranked the highest with the burden of premature babies in the world after India and China.
    According to him, prete
  • NAFDAC union insists on strike until new DG’s appointment

    The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC ) workers say they will continue with their strike until the Federal Government appoints a substantive Director General.
    Mr Ejor Michael, the National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Medical and Health Union of Nigeria, NAFDAC chapter, made this known on Saturday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
    The union on Sept. 22 embarked on an indefinite strike to demand for a new DG or the appointment o
  • ‘Excess light, heat can damage eyes’

    Dr Ayodeji Alade, an Ophthalmologist at the General Hospital, Omuaran, Kwara, has warned people against getting exposed to excess light and heat to avoid damage to cornea of the eyes resulting in blindness.Alade gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran on Friday.
    He explained that exposure to excessive light and heat could lead to the growth, pterygium, an infection of the eye caused by dust, heat, smoke, pollen and wind.
    He said the disease occurred mor
  • Strike: How union officials chased nurses with cane

    Reporters’ diary of how nurses were chased out by cane welding union officials
    I went to keep a medical check up appointment on Thursday at a federal Teaching Hospital in Lagos. I left my house at about 6.30 am, got to the hospital about an hour later, but had to wait till about 11.00 am for my medical records file to be found. Some patients waited endlessly without getting theirs.
    After the nurse on duty checked my weight and I was waiting with others for our Blood pressure to be taken, s
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  • School head advises Nigerians on health, safety practices

    How did Dansol High School, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos come first to get a level-two (on a three-star ranking) safety compliance standard award of the Lagos State Safety Commission and a level three (of a five-tier ranking) of SafeZone?
    Its Proprietress, Mrs Adun Akinyemiju, said it was by strictly observing hand washing in the school. This has resulted in zero recording of diarrhoea or food poisoning or any significant health hazard incident in the school in over 21 years of its establishment.
  • Pfizer supports GPs in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya

    General Practitioners (GP) in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have benefited from Pfizer’s General Practitioners’ (GP) programme, a corporate social responsibility initiative of the company.
    The GPs medical skills and education got a boost through the pharmaceutical company’s ‘Learning Exchange Advancement Programme (LEAP).
    The initiative, which began three years ago, has reached 5,000 doctors, with 2,000 being reached between July and  last month through technology.
  • Multiple IVF cycle to the rescue

    The road to tackling infertility via In vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is costly. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA reports that the new multiple IVF cycle has its merit.
    In vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is costly. To buy an IVF cycle is costlier than picking a package of six.
    This new information renews the hope to couples preparing for their first IVF cycle as well as those who have experienced failures.
    According to the Medical Director, Nordica Fertility Clinic, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, it is important that all ferti
  • Dealing with death, grief and bereavement (II)

    Last week, we discussed how to deal with loss of a loved one: be it family member or a friend. Ironically, the work of a medical doctor extends beyond caring for the living.  In this present article, let us consider you. We will consider how you can deal with and prepare for your own death. Stop deceiving yourself: death is inevitable. The best approach is to prepare for it without getting anxious.
    Preparing for death, ironically starts far from before you were ever conceived at a time when
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  • ‘Mind what, and how you eat’

    Mart Life Detox Clinic/Mart Life Wellness and Anti-ageing day Spa Managing Director, Mrs Idowu Ashiru, in this chat, tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA that a diet plan and others based on the principles of VIVAMAYR can guarantee good health.
    You are what you eat is the bedrock of  health. And this starts from training oneself in eating best parctice.
    According to Mart Life Detox Clinic/Mart Life Wellness and Anti-ageing day Spa Managing Director, Mrs Idowu Ashiru, the principle of  staying
  • Herbs for short-term side effect of chemotherapy

    Cancer diagnosis is devastating to even many lion-hearted people. Suddenly, life appears to stand still and, after a short while, begins to swirl. The challenged person begins to think he or she is no longer a member of the human family, that, sooner than later, the proverbial “last call” would come. Such a person begins to think like JIM REEVES, the American star singer who died on July 31, 1964 in his private single-engine aircraft which he flew, leaving behind many chart bursters
  • Experts challenged on role of food in medicare

    Medics have been urged to teach their patients the role of food as medicine for combating daily health challenges, especially oxidative stress.
    They were also urged to recommend Jobelyn, the herbal/medicine food, into mainstream healthcare.
    Medical Director, Lindabel Medical Centre, Surulere, Lagos, Dr David Abia-Okon stated this at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of the Lagos Chapter of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria
  • Lagos screens 36,000 for HIV

    To achieve Lagos State’s plan to eliminate the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) by 2030, the state aids control agency (LSACA)  is screening of over 36,000 residents of Ikorodu.
    According to LSACA Director- General/CEO Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, who spoke at Ijede in Ikorodu, the story of HIV/AIDS has changed because 30 years ago, HIV was unknown and it killed a lot of people.
    “But today, HIV is no longer a death sentence; rather it is a life sentence. People can live their norm
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  • First lifestyles clinic opens in Lagos

    Glover Medical’s LifeStyle Clinic, described as Nigeria’s first lifestyle’ clinic, has opened on Victoria Island, Lagos.
    Its Chairman, Chief Anil Glover, said the facility was the brainchild of his wife, Arvinder, and himself. He said they were touched by Glover’s father-inlaw’s death, which was caused by diabetes. His parents also urged him to build a clinic that would cater to lifestyles diseases.
    Glover said the clinic, which is in partnership with Artemis Hospit
  • Dealing with death, grief and bereavement (1)

    There are some events that are certain to happen to us all, regardless of our social status, financial might, political or professional positions or place of birth. Those events have no regard for gender, age, colour of the skin or geographical location. Anyone who is born is surely going to die with very rare Scriptural exceptions. In most cases, birth of a person, brings joy to the family.  Death which is cessation of life or which may also be defined as being cut-off from continuing, on
  • ‘Cancer is now an epidemic in Nigeria’

    Prof. Remi Ajekigbe is a consultant at the Department of Radiotherapy, Radiodiagnosis and Radiography at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba. In this interview, he tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA some of the steps that can be taken to stem the cancer tide ravaging the country. 
    hat have you discovered over the decades in the treatment of cancer?
    I have learnt in close to 40 years that the management of cancer and its car
  • ‘ Cancer is now an epidemic in Nigeria’

    Prof. Remi Ajekigbe is a consultant at the Department of Radiotherapy, Radiodiagnosis and Radiography at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba. In this interview, he tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA some of the steps that can be taken to stem the cancer tide ravaging the country. 
    hat have you discovered over the decades in the treatment of cancer?
    I have learnt in close to 40 years that the management of cancer and its car
  • ‘The Big VD’ and cold fish syndrome

    Let’s not beat about the bush…The big VD is not about any terrible venereal disease…but about VAGINAL DRYNESS! And the cold fish syndrome? That’s about women who fail to light up in the bedroom when their men are flaming! One of my cousins reminds me of such women whenever our extended family has to meet to resolve a dispute between her and her husband. He’d say, accusingly, he could count, on his fingertips, the number of times she yielded in 10 years to make fou
  • NIMR, Paxherbal sign MoU

    How can the government enhance availability of indigenous natural medicine as answers to common health problems in Nigeria? It is by funding research institutes such as the Nigeria Insitute of Medical research (NIMR) to have them determine scientifically the safety and efficacy of natural medicine products.
    This was the common ground agreed upon by representatives of NIMR and Paxherbals at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two bodies. They agreed to work on solutions t
  • ‘Check out underlying causes of poor sex’

    Men have been advised to go for proper screening instead of ingesting all sorts of herbal preparations to address impotence, otherwise called erectile dysfunction. A sex, fertility and relationship counselor at Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, Mrs Tola Ajayi, who gave the advice, said medical reasons can be the underlying cause.
    According to her, as men get older, impotence becomes more common. Impotence is the loss of ability to have and maintain erection hard enough for sexual intercourse. &ld
  • Benefits of Tomatoes

    Did you know that tomatoes do not have to be a deep red colour to be an outstanding source of Lycopene? Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that has long been associated with the deep red colour of many tomatoes. A small preliminary study on healthy men and women has shown that the lycopene from orange- and tangerine-coloured tomatoes may actually be better absorbed than the lycopene from red tomatoes. That’s because the lycopene in deep red tomatoes is mostly trans-lycopene, and the lycopene
  • Health workers to begin strike September 20

    Declare operation alligator bite
    Health workers in the country under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has declared what it called “Operation Alligator Bite“, asking its members across the country to proceed on an indefinite and total strike action from Wednesday, September 20, 2017 if government fails to meet its demand.
    The Unions accused the Federal Ministry of Health and the federal government of bias in their handling of matters that concern the health sector,
  • Staphylococcus and infertility

    I will like to state here that bacteria infections like staphylococcus, escheria coli, gonococcus, and kleps are major infections that can cause a lot of havoc in the male and female reproductive system thereby leading to low sperm count, weak erection, lack of sexual desires among married couple, penile and vaginal discharges, irritaitons in the male and female organ, lack of ovulation, unbalanced hormone,,irregular menstruation and at times miscarriages if at all there is conception.
    For insta
  • Nigeria may miss 2030 SDGs goal, UNICEF warns

    Nigeria may miss SDGs Goal 6 by 2030 if the government does not ensure accessibility to water supply, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) specialist Moustapha Niang has said.
    According to Niang, over 15 million Nigerians still drink water from rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and irrigation canals.
    He spoke at the opening of a two-day media dialogue on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with Child Right Information Bur
  • Medical physicists oppose proposed radiology, radiation medicine bill

    The Nigerian Association of Medical Physicists (NAMP) has opposed the National Council of Radiology and Radiation Medicine (NCRRM) Bill, which is being considered for passage by the House of Representatives, describing it as needless.
    The Bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to establish the National Council of Radiology and Radiation Medicine (NCRRM) to provide for the control and practice of the profession of Radiology, Radiation Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy, Radiography, Medical
  • HMO urges best professional practices

    The Managing Director of Clearline Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), Dr. Isaac Akintunji, has reiterated the need for best practices in corporate governance in the health sector, particularly among the Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs).
    This, according to him, will instill public confidence in the health insurance scheme and engender growth in the industry.
    Akintunji, who disclosed this to The Nation, said it was imperative for corporate organisations to ensure strict adherence to bes
  • HIV not death sentence, says LSACA chief

    HIV is no longer a death sentence if the person eats well and routinely takes the prescribed drugs. Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, has said.
    He spoke at the kick-off of the Health Initiative Programme for rural dwellers in Poka, Eredo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
    It was organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and supported by the wife of Lagos State Governor Mrs. Bolanle Ambode.
    According to Temowo, it w
  • Common skin disorders: Ulcers and other illnesses

    In today’s article, we will conclude this series on common skin disorders. We will exploit diseases that are peculiar children and some that are common to adults and children alike.
    Ringworm (Tinea): Ringworm often wrongly called “ezcema” is common to all: women, men, adult and children, but most especially seen in children. Unlike its name, ringworm is not a worm and it’s neither a ring. The disease is caused by fungus that takes opportunity into its hand to grow. Ringwo
  • ‘Cancer does not kill, if detected early’

    Chief Oncologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Chief Executive Officer, St. Cyril Cancer Treatment Foundation, Dr. Mojisola Animashaun, has said.
    She disclosed this at a memorial programme in honour of the late Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ayinke Joel-Osebor (nee Agboola), founder and executive director, Life Impact Foundation International (LIFI), who was killed by breast cancer.
    The event, which held at NECA House,  Ikeja, Lagos was themed: “Celebrating a life of
  • Watch it…someone is sucking your energy!… (2)

    I had no doubt as I wrote the column of last week on the stealing of psychic energy among men that it would be trailed by as many enquiries as one would expect from a column on erectile dysfunction (ED) or the BIG VD. The column of last week was titled…WATCH IT…SOMEONE IS SUCKING YOUR ENERGY! It was about how to recognise if any illness you suffer from is caused by your loss of vital energy to someone you are relating with, husband or wife, friend or boss or subordinate, child
  • Tap into the many benefits of ‘smelly garlic’

    I stay with my grandma who is fond of cooking with garlic. I detest the smell. For crying out loud what are the usefulness of this smelly thing?
    –Ekaete Dickson, Student. 18 years old. Ikoyi, Lagos.
    Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make it work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell. Some products are made “odorless” by aging the garlic, but this process can also make the garlic less effective. It’s a good idea to look for
  • Cancer prevention: Seven tips to reduce your risk

    The search engine- http://www.mayoclinic.org explains simple basic steps to avoiding cancer. And Dr Segun Fahuwa of Mister Guarantee Trado-Medical, 4F, Akerele Extension, Near Super Shopping Plaza, Surulere, Lagos answers the second question. 
    As cancer has been declared an epidemic in Nigeria what steps can I take to prevent developing one?
    –Folasade Ipaye, 32-year-old-Teacher, Ikeja, Lagos.
    Concerned about cancer prevention? Take charge by making changes such as eating a healthy die
  • Cuba to partner Nigeria in medicine, biotechnology

    Cuba’s  Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Carlos Sosa said his country would collaborate with Nigerian government on research in medicine, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.Sosa made this known when he paid courtesy visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu on Wednesday in Abuja.
    He said that the two countries would share ideas in many areas of science and technology.
    “Cuba will collaborate with Nigeria in the areas of training and exchange of innovations through
  • Worry less about gray hair

    While some people welcome gray hair, which many believe, is associated with old age, others cannot stand it. The good news: Scientists are hard at work on how to prevent it. However, research has shown that using natural ingredients will help to boost and rejuvenate the hair, Omolara Akintoye writes
    EVERY man and woman knows the day will come, and they all dread it. You look in the mirror, and there it is — your first gray hair! Men are seen shaving their hair while women start dyeing it o
  • Bridging the gap in healthcare system

    NIGERIA medical industry has continued to suffer shortage of professionals.  Emigration of health personnel compounds the challenges as a sizeable number of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals are lured out of the country in search of lucrative jobs in developed countries because of our broken down healthcare system, inadequate infrastructure and poor compensation packages.
    For instance, statistics shows that in 2005, 2,395 Nigerian medical doctors practiced in the United Sta
  • Urinary probblems, infections, infertility and other health disorders

    Let me quickly mention that Dr Paul Torty presently shuttles betwen Lagos and Abuja for consultations, pls call him on 08038824033 for his schedules.
    Also note that we have updated our website http://www.drpaultorty.com/ and a facebook account Dr Paul Torty through which you can easily read my health blog online, as well as easily make your enquiries for all diagnoses services done in our independent medical laboratory outfit professionally managed by licensed health officers. You can also place
  • Urinary Infections, infertility and other health problems

    Let me quickly mention that Dr Paul Torty presently shuttles betwen Lagos and Abuja for consultations, pls call him on 08038824033 for his schedules.
    Also note that we have updated our website http://www.drpaultorty.com/ and a facebook account Dr Paul Torty through which you can easily read my health blog online, as well as easily make your enquiries for all diagnoses services done in our independent medical laboratory outfit professionally managed by licensed health officers. You can also place
  • US medical team offers free treatment in Ogun

    A team of medical practitioners from the United States is on a medical mission to Ogun State.
    The team headed by Musbau Kasumu, an indigene of Ayepe- Odogbolu Local Government of state, is screening, treating and conducting surgeries on residents  of Ayepe, Odogbolu   and  the  neighbouring communities
    The team consists of general practitioners, ophthalmologists, surgeons, orthopaedics, mental health specialists, family nurse practitioner, and an intensive unit
  • UNILAG medical students get hand-washing products

    Cleanmax Industries has donated  hand-washing liquid products to the Nigerian Medical Laboratory Science Students Association, College of Medicine, University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter.
    It was during the sixth Annual Healthweek of the association.
     Cleanmax Industries Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Inibokun Okafor, said  said the donation was the commitment of the firm to enlighten people to inculcate good hygiene practices, especially hand washing to prevent infections. the gestur
  • MeCure launches programme for low income earners

    Mecure Healthcare Limited has launched a healthcare programme called ‘We Care’ designed to assist low – income Nigerians access first-hand medical diagnosis and treatment.
    According to its Chairman, Mr. Samir Udani: ‘’We Care’ program is meant to assist in detecting symptoms of any health conditions.
    “The health programme captures 61 health investigations. It reveals symptoms of any health conditions, enabling people to be aware and then receive medicati
  • ‘How to resolve ethical issues in assisted fertility’

    Experts in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) have met at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos to discuss ethics in IVF – in vitro fertilisation. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA, who was there, reports .
    The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs’ (NIIA) hall in Victoria Island was  filled when who-is- who in fertility and reproductive health in the country gathered to chart the way forward on germane issues in Assisted Reproductive Tec
  • Common skin disorders. Body odour, excess sweating, STD

    Body Odour (Bromhidrosis)
    Every living thing is made of chemicals. Human beings are the same. We are made up of complex compounds of chemicals whose foundation were laid when we were conceived. These chemicals are building block of our lives. They remain active every second of our lives: they undergo regeneration and shedding. The product of such recycling are constantly being removed from our body as any factory product and wastes are removed in the world.
    Body odour becomes noticeable after pu
  • 7 million Nigerians suffering from stress, depression, says expert

    No fewer than seven million Nigerians are suffering from stress and depression, Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SFPN), Ekiti Zone Chairman, Dr. Olabode Shabi, has said.
    Speaking at a lecture organised by the Information Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Ekiti State, Shabi described stress as an exaggeration of response to events and life-challenges that make a person feel threatened or upset in some ways, adding that depression is a common mental health problem affecti
  • Watch it…someone is sucking your energy! (1)

    I should have titled this section Always Drained of Energy. The subject comes from the question of a reader of this column who reported that, whereas all laboratory tests show that there is nothing wrong with his health, he always finds himself drained of energy. He wanted to know if this was a diabolical attack and if herbs can help him. The question reminded me immediately of two things…the wife of one of my bosses in the 1970s who was always ill whenever she was home with her
  • Kampe herbal drink unveiled

    Ruzu Natural Health Product and Services has introduced a herbal drink into the market.
    Its Chief Executive Officer, Robert Uzu said indigenous roots, especially Aloe Vera, were combined to formulate the drink.
    He told The Nation that the vision came as a result of genuine intention to save lives and contribute to the economic growth of the nation and Africa.
    “Kampe herbal drink takes care of various health conditions, such as oxidative threat, weakness or lack of strength, and menstruatio
  • ‘Give us traditional medicine commission’

    Traditional and alternative medicine practitioners have canvassed its integration into the nation’s primary healthcare delivery system.
    They spoke under the aegis of Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine and the Centre for Research in Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine of  Nigerian Institute of Medical Research(NIMR) during the African Traditional Day celebration in Lagos.
    According to them, the relevance, affordability, accessibility and availability of h
  • ‘Get your sitting right’

    Many organisations do not give  ergonomics priority in the workplace and has led to low productivity.
    A chiropath, Prof Magnus Atilade of St Luke Chiropractic Clinic, Surulere, Lagos, said low back pain is the most common cause for disability for people under 45, causing lost productivity and non-monetary costs, such as diminished enjoyment of life and the ability to perform normal daily activities.
    He said the importance of maintaining a healthy spine is paramount to all ages, especially t
  • Top reasons to eat Walnuts

    Walnuts are in season. Oftentimes, the simplest foods are best for your health, and this is certainly the case for nuts, in which Mother Nature has crafted a nearly perfect package of protein, healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals.
    Among nuts, the case may be made that walnuts are king, as research shows they may boost your health in a number of ways at very easy-to-achieve “doses.”
    Eating just one ounce of walnuts a day (that’s about
  • Mimosa, dozens of benefits from Sensitive Plant

    Like the pure virgin maiden repulsed by the dirty fingers of the scraggy man, MIMOSA PUDICA (Touch Me Not or Sensitive Plant) quickly hides its face and body from the prowling fingers. The rapidity with which it does so speaks volumes and tells us something about its medicinal capabilities. It has a lot of nerve energy, is, therefore, a nerve herb and should be able to help in medical conditions which require the strengthening of nerves. One of these conditions is bleeding, when an astringent he
  • ‘How to treat infertility with herbs’

    Couples suffering from infertility can now heave a sigh of hope. A traditional healer says the condition can be treated with herbs.
    Balogun, the CEO of Kukab Nature Therapy Limited, Ojodu, Ikeja, Lagos, said the condition is caused by both men and women. It is the lack of production of healthy sperm by the man and healthy eggs by the woman, he added.
    For a successful conception to take place, he said, the following conditions must be in place – unblocked fallopian tubes that allow the sper
  • Can staphylococcus lead to infertility?

    For well over 10 years, I have dedicated most of my writing and discussion on both electronic and print media on issues of male and female infertility and within this period I have had living and numerous testimonies of married coples who battled with infertility problems for long years before they met us and when they took our documented herbal remedies, the stories changed as they are now blessed with fruits of the womb. Most of them also progress to have 2 to 4 children after the 1st birth du