• Saudi-German hospital collaborates with Nigerian hospitals, doctors 

    Nigeria’s effort to curb medical tourism has received a boost as the Saudi-German Hospital (SGH) in Dubai seeks to collaborate with Nigerian hospitals and doctors.
    Besides, doctors from the hospital were in Nigeria to screen and treat patients in Abuja and Kaduna.
    The essence is to ensure that cases that could be handled here in the country are dealt with so as to discourage unnecessary traveling on the part of patients.
    It is reported that Nigeria spends over $1 billion on medical tourism
  • Pharmacists seek end to drug importation

    A call has been made for an end  to drug importation. Besides, government  has been urged to provide  an enabling environment for pharmacists to practise their trade. These were the demands  of participants at a worshop  at the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria at the Ball Room of the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. It was a departure from the norm. The meeting advocated a shift from 70:30 ratios in importation/manufacturing in p
  • Other forms of abuse: prevention, treatment

    There are other forms of abuse that are equally terrifying. This includes psychological (emotional) abuse, economic or financial abuse and abuse of power (abuse of privileges). We shall deal with all these in this concluding part of Abuse, Treatment and Prevention series.
    Emotional/Psychological Abuse: The opposite of expression of words is silence. Silence can mean several things. Now take for example, a man who refused to speak to his wife or though they live in the same home, the wife refused
  • Omisore hosts North America medical team

    Health is Wealth, was the declaration of Senator Iyiola Omisore when he played host to a team of medical practitioners of Ife extraction who came from North America
    The doctors, who specialise  in various fields of medical practice were in Osun State to provide free medical services to the indigenes as a form of social responsibility to the communities that made them. In the course of their mission, they paid courtesy visit to the former Deputy Governor and Senator at his Ife home.
    Expressi
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  • Lagos begins Health Insurance Scheme in November

    The Lagos State Government   has said the much awaited State Health Insurance Scheme (LSHS) will begin in November.
    Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris stated this  at the 2017 Ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Health to commemorate second year in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration in Lagos State.
    Idris said a core implementation team comprising relevant technical persons, stakeholders, private sector and donor community was set up  to draw
  • Kebbi re-introduces sanitary inspectors

    Kebbi State  govrernment has reintroduced sanitary inspectors in  its health sector. Making this announcement, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said the re-introduction of the inspectors popularly called “Duba-gari’ is to awake a consciousness for a healthy and cleaner environment among the people.
    Bagudu stated this at the first State Council of Health meeting in Birnin-Kebbi. The theme was: “Revitalisation of Primary Health Care services towards achieving universal he
  • AIDS agency screens 166 motorcyclists in Badagry

    In support of Lagos at 50 celebrations, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has counseled and tested 166 motorcyclists(okada riders) in Badagry Local Government Area of the state to curb the spread of HIV virus. Earlier on,  the agency had carried out a similar programme in Ikorodu and Epe Local Government areas.
    Sensitising the motorcyclists  on the basic facts of HIV/AIDS and stigmatisation, the health educator of the agency, Mrs. Olushola Adebambo, said the virus could
  • World malaria day: Mushin residents get 1000 nets

    Residents of Mushin, a suburb of Lagos State on Wednesday got 1000 mosquito nets as gifts to commemorate the 2017 World Malaria Day celebrated around the world.
    An initiative, Malaria To Zero visited the area and gave advice to residents on how to curb malaria, modes of getting to know the symptoms and mediums of preventing the deadly disease.
    Agoyi Mary, who is a volunteer for the event and medical students from the University of Lagos, advised the residents on the health benefits of sleep
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  • Pay attention to eye discomfort, says expert

    An iridologist, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, has warned against ignoring any feeling of discomfort in the eyes.  It could be a sign of the state of one’s health.
    Many Nigerians Ezengige said, were unaware of the usefulness of iridology as an alternative arm of healing. He said Iridology (also known as iridodiagnosis or iridiagnosis) is an alternative medicine technique whose proponents claim that patterns, colours, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information
  • Nutrition facts and health benefits of corn

    Eating whole grain corn regularly may have a number of health benefits:
     
    Eye Health
    Macular degeneration and cataracts are among the world’s most common visual impairments and major causes of blindness. Infections and old age are among the main causes of these diseases, but nutrition may also play a significant role.
    Dietary intake of antioxidants, most notably carotenoids, such as zeaxanthin and lutein, may have considerable benefits for eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the pre
  • ‘Excess salt can damage good health’

    Nigerians have been advised to watch their salt intake for the sake of their health.
    According to a naturopath, Dr Idowu Ogunkoya, while salt makes food tasty, it should be used moderately. “If one eats too much  salt, the extra water stored in the body raises one’s blood pressure”, he said, adding: “So, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain. This can le
  • LASUTH Asst Director of Nursing launches two books

    The Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH), Mrs. Shode Modupe Jokotola, has launched two books: “Paediatric First Aid” and Emergency Management Skills”, and “Professional Nursing as a passion”.
    The launch was held at the MCR Hall, LASUTH, Lagos.
    While one of the books focuses on first aid requirements, the other is about transformational leadership.
    According to Mrs. Shode the books are for mothers, nannies, h
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  • Lagos prepares health workers for NHI

    Lagos State Health Service Commission has commenced activities to reposition public health care facilities for the National Health Insurance Scheme, whose implementation begins next month.
    One of such activities is the on-going tour of General Hospitals and health centres, with the aim of auditing infrastructure and sensitising the workforce in preparation for the scheme.
    At the various staff assemblies during the tours, the Commission Chairman, Dr. Adebayo Aderiye, said since there was no
  • Lab scientists to minister: reactivate central lab to fight meningitis

    Laboratory Scientists have urged the Minister Health, Pro Isaac Adewale to reactivate the Central Laboratory an Yaba, Lagos Mainland, in the wake of the cerebro-meningitis ravaging some parts of the country.
    The laboratory was noted in the past for the production of vaccines to prevent infectious mocro-organisms.
    Lagos State Chairman of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AMLSN) Comrade Adegoke Kehinde said the laboratory was redundant because people who make a for tune from vaccines i
  • Create environment for health firms’ success, govt told

    An indigenous equipment manufacturing firm, FINLAB Nigeria Limited, has called on the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for local manufacturers to thrive.
    Its Director of Marketing (Fine Furniture/Finished Laboratories), Uzo Nwaije Jr, who made the call, said such an environment would include improved factors of production. According to him, the first step at doing so should be by making it easier for manufacturers to get funds to operate.
    “That will improve the economy
  • Community gets free treated mosquito nets

    Residents of Ilasamaja and its environs last weekend gathered at the palace of their Baale to get free insecticide-treated nets. Among them were women, expectant mothers, nursing mothers, children and men, who benefitted from the gesture meant to commemorate the 10th year coronation anniversary of the Baale of Ilasamaja. The donation was sponsored by a community leader of ward F2 in the community, Hon Adeolu Diyaolu.
    According to Diyaolu, the initiative was to reduce and prevent the rate at whic
  • Abuse: Prevention and treatment (3)

    Verbal Abuse: Most people do not seem to realise that word is the most powerful tool that exists. As any medical doctor especially psychiatrist will tell, word can kill a person and even more importantly word is a powerful healing tool. This understanding of the power of word is deployed in psychological intervention for the good of the patient. Most commonly, most people would have been familiar with prayer, any form of prayer for that matter. The only tool to convey any form of prayer in any r
  • ‘Malaria can be treated with herbal medicines’

    Treating malaria is much simpler and more effective with herbal-based medicines, OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes.
    Despite the huge funds voted for its treatment and prevention yearly, malaria  remains a thorn in the flesh of many Nigerians.
    The choice of the theme “End malaria for good”, by the WHO for its World Malaria Day celebration, is, therefore, apt, an expert has said.
    The event, which coincides with WHO’s 25th anniversary to be  held next week, is focusing on t
  • Some natural cures for cerebrospinal meningitis

    CEREBROSPINAL meningitis, a team leader of hot weather diseases in Nigeria, is striking again with characteristic deftness. This time, it has swept through northern parts of the country as usual and is hitting at the South-western states which had always appeared immune to it. Two weeks ago, about 20 deaths were reported in the South-west alone. This is a season I do not wish to be in the north. And now that the South-west, too, is becoming a ‘no go’ area, I may become boxed in Lagos
  • Let’s talk about sex

    A response to Sonnie Ekwowusi’s ‘Sexualisation of Children: Matters Arising’.
    Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi
    On Wednesday April 12th, Sonnie Ekwuwosi wrote an article that was published in This Day Nigeria newspaper called ‘Sexualization of Children: Matters Arising’. It did not come as a surprise to me because he has been frantically circulating his sensationalist claims about adolescent sexuality, sex education and the proposed Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB) onli
  • Menopause: Why women swing from laughing to weeping

    Dr Buki Adewole, a Consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says eight out of 10 women suffer sudden mood swings at menopause.
    Adewole told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the mood swings and menopausal hot flashes were common to all women particularly from ages 40 and above.
    Experts including Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English define mood swings as extreme or abrupt fluctuations in emotional state; it can also be a sign o
  • Mission to eliminate NTDs by 2020

    The Federal Ministry of Health is collaborating with two organisations, Countdown and Sightsavers, to eliminate five major neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the country by 2020. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA reports.
    The huge number of sufferers shows the danger posed by negelcted tropical diseases (NTDs). With over billion people in 154 countries having one NTD or  the other, the Federal Government has woken up to the challenge of tackling the problem.
    The target NTDs are: Onchocerciasis (Ri
  • Guinness Nigeria equips LUTH Eye centre

    Guinness Nigeria has donated a pair of slit lamps to the management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, in keeping with its commitment to deliver impactful social investments across the country especially in host communities.
    Slit lamps are the most frequently used and most universally applicable examination instrument in ophthalmology.Its field of application include the examination of the anterior segment of the eye including the crystalline lens and the anterior vitreous body, ob
  • Abuse: Prevention and treatment (2)

    Prevention of Sexual Abuse: Child: Proper parenting with love and vigilance is recommended. Knowing the value of human beings and the potential that human beings hold is essential.
    Parents facing difficulties in child rearing need to seek help from other family members as it’s done in our society and in any loving society. If the parents cannot deal with the child, such child could be considered for adoption rather than abusing the innocent.
    Sex education should be a compulsory course in p
  • WHO: Mental health care and treatment

    In the context of national efforts to develop and implement mental health policy, it is vital to not only protect and promote the mental well-being of its citizens, but also address the needs of persons with defined mental disorders.
    Knowledge of what to do about the escalating burden of mental disorders has improved substantially over the past decade. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating both the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of key interventions for priority mental disorders in
  • Tips on mental disorders for healers, by don

    A professor of Psychiatry   at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Lagos State University (LASU), Abiodun Adewuya, has advised mentally ill-people healers to treat them with care.
    He gave the advice in an interview with The Nation.
    He said the role of traditional healers in psychiatry could not be overemphasised.
    “We, as professionals, take due recognition of these trado-medicine healers as complementary, but then, they have their limitations, hence they must know whe
  • Dr. Orji, sickle cell and brain disorder, jaundice (2)

    Dr. Allwell Chiawolamoke Orji is fading out of memory. He was that Nigerian medical doctor who, fed up with his life, plunged into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge about four weeks ago. There is no doubt that he suffered from depression, of which there were many conjectures. One of these, addressed in this column last week and posted on www.olufemikusa.com, was that he was a sickler. Another possible cause of his depression mentioned later by people who claimed to have known him,
  • Suicide: LUTH launches hotlines, support group

    The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has initiated two help programmes to contain the rising cases of suicide in the country.
    According to the Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, suicide is preventable, but there is a lack of prevention strategies in most countries, including Nigeria. Consequently, LUTH has initiated a suicide prevention service called the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) and Staff Emotional Care Services (SECS).
    He stated this while unveiling th
  • NACA , NiBUCAA partner

    The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA) have collaborated on determining the statistics of the prevalence of HIV in Nigeria.
    This was made known when the NiBUCAA Executive Committee led by Dr. Gertrude Bassey,  visited NACA Director-General Dr. Sani Aliyu in Abuja.
    Aliyu said another target his agency was determined to achieve is Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) which has been achieved by other co
  • ‘Medical team incomplete without occupational therapists’

    The Medical Director of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Yaba, Dr Richard Adebayo, has called on hospitals to include occupational therapy practitioners in their medical teams for the holistic recovery of patients.
    According to Adebayo, occupational therapy practitioners are the professionals who put the icing on the cake in medical care because the therapy (OT) is widely provided for people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions. So after the surgery and other medical interventions,
  • Medical experts canvass healthcare revolution

    Medical experts have urged  public and private sector institutions to work together for a paradigm shift in the health sector. This, according to them, will improve its  quality and practice and provide easy access to international standard.
    This was the position of speakers at the Doctors’ Forum, organised by The Bridge Clinic and Pathcare Laboratories in Lagos. The main bowl of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island where the event
  • Abuse: Prevention and treatment (1)

    Introduction
    Sexual intercourse is a purposeful biological function. But then, sex in every culture is revered and guided by local customs and laws. In modern and in most decent societies, sex is prohibited under certain age. A child is not competent to consent to sex.  In a lot of cultures, sexual intercourse is frown upon between close relatives. Therefore, for avoidance of doubt, let us define sex even though the wave for expanded definition is staring down various nations. For our purpo
  • Meningitis: Reps invite Health Minister

    The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved the investigate Federal Government’s handling of the recent outbreak of Meningitis in parts of the country.
    It has mandated its Committee on Healthcare Services to invite the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to brief it on the ministry’s efforts combating the scourge.
    The resolution followed the adoption of a motion entitled “Urgent Need to Curb the Scourge of Meningitis in Nigeria’’ sponsored by Rep. Johnson
  • Dr. Orji, sickle cell and brain disorder, jaundice

    MEDICAL Doctor Allwell Chiawolamoke Orji popped out of obscurity about-three weeks ago to top the Lagos talk chart when he jumped from the third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos Lagoon. His death shocked may people and raised many questions. Dr. Orji was returning from Church in a Nissan X-trail Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) driven by his driver. He received a phone call, asked the driver to stop the car, pretending to empty his bladder, came out of the SUV, climbed the rail and plunged into the lag
  • Benefits of traditional medicine bill

     The President of the Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine, Prof Magnus Adeyemi, answers the question.
    I must first state that traditional medicine practitioners have been on the issue of having regulatory laws for their practice for over two decades. It has been 20 years of struggle. Different interest groups in the two branches of healing have been on this. They include the Governing Board of Traditional Medicine now known as National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medi
  • Study opens door to new treatments for diabetes – Researchers

    A New study that was released by some researchers in the University of Otago and Aucklandon on Tuesday said that Women who took a naturally occurring probiotic were less likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy.
    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.
    The joint study by the universities of Otago and Auckland involved the probiotic, Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, which was used to make fermented milk products such as yoghurt.
    The
  • Online referral platform takes off

    Are you in need of medical consultation or a quick referral? DoctorsHub Nigeria can assist.
    The online platform was founded by Dr. Damian Avar, who felt that the dismal doctor-to-patient ratio (1:4000-6000) in the country, caused by a deficit of doctors, could be mitigated by leveraging technology. DoctorsHub Nigeria was launched last November.
    Avar conceived the idea during his final year at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos. With only seven doctors at inception, DoctorsHub Nig
  • Legislate against suicide, experts tell National Assembly

    Experts in Psychiatry have urged the National Assembly to pass a law to tackle the rising wave of suicide in the country.
    In separate interviews, they said this became imperative because of the rise in suicide cases.
    The Nigerian 1958 Lunacy Act criminalises suicide. When the same person attempts suicide and does not succeed, the experts said the best way to assist the person is not to imprisonment, but treatment in a hospital.
    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), health is a s
  • How to maintain good sight, by opticians

    The health sector has received a boost as a world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor Optical Supply Nigeria (EOSN), opened its office in the country to provide eye care services.
    At the unveiling of some of its products in Ikeja, Lagos, its East Africa Region Managing Director, Mr Tamas Toth,  said four of five persons who need corrective lenses do not correct their sight. Essilor’s goal, he added, is to improve the vision of such in Nigeria.
    He said EOSN’s
  • Group threatens strike over non-implementation of agreements

    The Council of Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions(SSAUTHRIAI) has threatened to down tools over alleged non-implementation its agreement with the Federal Government.
    The agreement was signed under the auspices of  the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).
    In a communiqué after its meeting at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Council urged the Federal Government to expedi
  • Do not legislate against suicide, experts tell National Assembly

    Experts in Psychiatry have urged the National Assembly to pass a law to tackle the rising wave of suicide in the country.
    In separate interviews, they said this became imperative because of the rise in suicide cases.
    The Nigerian 1958 Lunacy Act criminalises suicide. When the same person attempts suicide and does not succeed, the experts said the best way to assist the person is not to imprisonment, but treatment in a hospital.
    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), health is a s
  • Abuse: Prevention and treatment

    IntroductionAbuse
    Abuse is a combination of two words: “Abnormal” (Ab) and “Use” to form “Ab-use”. For a fact, abuse is rampant. Abuse takes different forms and is everywhere. Abuse occurs in private and public places. Parents abuse children.
    Strangers abuse others. Spouses abuse each other in the name of love. Various governments at different levels and their agents in different countries abuse the citizens that they are supposed to lead and govern.
    Religious
  • How to overcome suicide and suicidal thoughts

    Suicide, taking your own life, is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations — and all the more tragic because suicide can be prevented. Whether you’re considering suicide or know someone who feels suicidal, learn suicide warning signs and how to reach out for immediate help and professional treatment. You may save a life — your own or someone else’s.
    It may seem like there’s no way to solve your problems and that suicide is the only way to end the pain. But you
  • Edo, Paxherbal Clinic to collaborate on agriculture

    Edo State Government is set to partner PaxHerbal Clinic and Research Laboratory, Ewu to create agricpreneurs.
    The deal will include the modalities for putting resources together for farmers to take advantages of. The two parties described the partnership as a rare opportunity for farmers.
    The areas of interest will include cultivating ginger, lemon grass, tomato and other herbal plants.
    Governor Godwin Obaseki made this known while receiving a delegation of the clinic, led by its Director, Rev.
  • Coca-cola, Fanta, Sprite, sodium benzoate and vitamin C

    There are some wise saying which keep ringing in my ears every day. One of them is… ‘everything false will inevitably collapse someday’. Another is … ‘A wise man does not plunge for a swim in a vexious sea spewing tsunamis’, yet another says … ‘everything must become new’. I saw glimpses of them all in the thunderbolt judgment of a Lagos High Court three weeks ago. The first impression which hit me from a summary of the judge’s decis
  • Rotary, group hold blood donation camp

    The Rotary Club of Lagos Island, in conjunction with Toleram Group has held a free blood donation  campaign to increase the blood available at the bloodbank of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS).
    The exercise was also aimed to encourage voluntary blood donation and save lives.
    The office turned into a make-shift hospital, with many young men thronging the facility to donate blood. It held the entire day and 86 pints were got, even though 116 were registered for the exercise.
  • ‘Oral health can reveal onset of chronic diseases’

    PERIODIC visits to dentists for mouth examination have been described as a proactive way to prevent or detect chronic diseases.
    The initiator of the Project Smile dental makeover, Project Smile 4.0, Dr Amy Traore-Shumbusho, said this  was because oral diseases are often linked to chronic disease.
    She spoke during the announcement of more beneficiaries on Project Smile Season Four, as part of activities to mark the World Oral Health Day.
    The theme was: Project Smile 4.0 Smile Alive! It was a
  • How to deal with pains (4)

    Chronic pain
    In earlier write-up in previous weeks, the definition of pain was provided. We also discussed the nature of chronic and acute pains. We similarly discussed the treatment of such pains and what you should do in the circumstance.  In this last piece on pains, we are going to look at psychological pain. If all else fails in treatment of acute and chronic pain, psychological pain may result.
    Now what is psychological pain? An emotional distress ensuing either from a current or past
  • Hope rises for cardiovascular training

    Cardiovascular care and training recorded a major feat in Nigeria as two consultant cardiologists training as interventional cardiologists at Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, made history when they solely performed Cardiac Catheterisation at the centre last Sunday.
    Cardiac catheterisation (cardiac cath or heart cath) is a procedure to examine how well the heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that le
  • Alarm on dangerous chemicals

    A report published by  CHEM Trust (Chemical Trust) has highlighted how chemicals in food and consumer products used in homes, schools and offices could harm brain development in children.
    The report is titled: It’s a no brainer!- Action needed to stop children being exposed to chemicals that harm their brain development.
    CHEM Trust is a UK-registered charity that works at European, UK and International levels to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long-term damage to wildlife or h