• Religious activities can help stabilise people with mental conditions — Psychiatrist

    Religious activities can help stabilise people with mental conditions, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof. Olatunji Aina, has said.
    Aina said this on Friday in Lagos while addressing participants at the Annual Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Yaba.
    The theme of the conference was: `Religion and Mental Illness`.
    Aina, who lectures at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said: “The mentally ill most times use religion t
  • Your role in preventing miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and preterm explained (3)

    This is the concluding part of last week’s article. Another method of family planning is the use of condoms by both men and women. It’s safe and helps to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
    Condom is available in most pharmacies and shops without the need for prescriptions. Hormones, such as the daily pill can also be used too. Two or three monthly injections are other choices. Devices, such as intra-uterine devices, are another effective method of contraception. In a stable cou
  • Quality diagnosis vital, say experts

    PathCare Laboratories Executive Director, Operations, Dr Tolulope Adewole, has stressed the need for quality diagnosis in laboratory analysis.
    At a seminar by the firm in Lagos, he said any life lost to misdiagnosis is avoidable, describing it as injustice to the patient, his family and friends.
    “Evidence-based medicine is hinged on obtaining an empirical evidence of a diagnosis before administering the appropriate treatment. All over the world, the bedrock of laboratory medicine is qualit
  • My vision, by lab council chief

     Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) Acting Registrar/CEO Mr Tosan Erhabor speaks to OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA on some issues affecting the Council, and the way forward. 
    Peace has returned to the Council since your appointment, after uncertainties and rancour. To what would you ascribe the development?It’s evident that we’ve been able to earn the trust and loyalty of members of the staff. As soon as this administration was appointed, the first set of activi
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  • Health workers urged to intensify campaign against child malnutrition

    Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Health Service Commission Dr. Jemilade Longe has urged health workers and civil society groups to intensify their campaigns to improve child nutrition. This, he said, would aid the government’s effort in providing treatment and care for them.
    Longe spoke when the state Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PSN-PACFaH) Civil Society Partners visited him at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital.
    According to him,  the government will conti
  • Three Nigerian labs bag ISO certificates

    Three outstanding Nigerian laboratories have been awarded the International Standard Organisation (ISO) accreditation certificates by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).
    Mr Tosan Erhabor, Acting Registrar of the council, presented the certificates, known as ISO 15189: 2012, to the laboratories located in Lagos on Thursday in Abuja.
    The recipients are Clina Lancet Laboratories, 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital Laboratory and El-lab Laboratories.
    He noted that the gesture was
  • 3 Nigerian labs bag ISO certificates

    Three outstanding Nigerian laboratories have been awarded the International Standard Organisation (ISO) accreditation certificates by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).
    Mr Tosan Erhabor, Acting Registrar of the council, presented the certificates, known as ISO 15189: 2012, to the laboratories located in Lagos on Thursday in Abuja.
    The recipients are Clina Lancet Laboratories, 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital Laboratory and El-lab Laboratories.
    He noted that the gesture was
  • FMC, Umuahia, American University sign MoU on kidney transplant

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between The Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, and the Toledo University, Ohio, U.S. for kidney transplant service
    This disclosure was made by the Medical Director, Dr Abali Chuku, on Thursday in an interview with journalists in Umuahia,  saying  that the services would kick-off in February 2017.
    He recalled that discussion for the partnership began in 2015 when he was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame by the univ
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  • Hauwei donates N50m to eradicate malaria

    Hauwei Technologies has donated N50million to Access Bank and other private sector companies in support of the campaign to eradicate malaria in the country.
    The presentation was done on Wednesday at the press conference on ‘Malaria to Zero’ campaign in Lagos by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Huawei Technologies, Nigeria, Frank Li to MD/CEO, Access bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe.
    Mr. Ade Kehinde, Head, Enterprise sector, Huawei  Technologies, who spoke on behalf of Chief Executive O
  • Do a selfie monthly to beat Breast cancer

    Breast cancer is the leading cancer suffered by women, rapidly overtaking cervical cancer in recent times.
    Despite its high mortality rate, this silent killer of women can be stopped in its tracks by a simple procedure, one every woman can carry out in the privacy of her bedroom every month for the rest of her life.
    By giving yourself a ‘selfie’ monthly you can detect early changes in breast tissue that could herald the presence of breast cancer, and avoid losing your life to breast
  • Hernia: A myth, disease or health issue?

    Hernia has for long been a dreaded health issue prevalent mostly among men from their late adolescence to old age. It is common among people engaged in physically-laborious occupation. This health issue is common among people engaged in  building industries, mechanical and structural engineering jobs where lifting of heavy items is involved, traditional medicine practitioners who also produce their products physically, weight lifting athletes, traditional farmers and reckless style of livin
  • Anxious moments in the other room (5)

    When I am asked by a man advancing in years what he can do to overcome erectile dysfunction, I reply with a counter question: Are you hypertensive and taking anti-hypertensive pharmaceutical drugs? Most of them reply that they are! I often ask this question because many anti-hypertensive drugs of pharmaceutical origin lower the heart rate to prevent the heart from overworking and injuring itself thereby, and a lowered heart rate means less blood pumped to the penis, and less blood delivery means
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  • Nigerian Nurse bags global excellence award

    Abia State Malaria Program Manager, Uzoamaka Uja has received the Joanne Ruiz Achievement Award for Excellence in clinical practice in HIV.
    She was conferred with the award in Atlanta Georgia, USA early in November.
    Uja is globally recognized for her knowledge and skill in caring for people with HIV and their vulnerable families.
    The award is for  an outstanding nurse who is a source of pride to self, peers, patients, communities and colleagues and would most want to care for loved one
  • Stroke: Early identification of symptoms prevents loss of life – expert

    A cardiologist, Dr Afolabi Akinkunmi, on Sunday in Lagos said that early identification of risk factors of stroke remained the best way of preventing the life threatening illness.Akinkunmi, President, Association of Residents Doctors (ARD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that stroke was also known as a cerebrovascular accident.According to him, the risk factors of stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking
  • Preventing miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and preterm (2)

    On this note, let us begin the difficult task of dealing with  the reasons for Induced Abortion.
    It’s an ironical that while millions of women are desperately looking for babies, others are either having unwanted babies or terminating credible pregnancies of viable and non-deformed foetus.
    The most common reason for abortion is unplanned pregnancy caused by unprotected sex or failed protection. Abortion may also result from unwanted pregnancy – that is pregnancy that was initial
  • ‘GSK won’t hike price of pneumonia vaccines for 10 years’

    Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will not increase the price of its pneumonia vaccines for the next 10 years.
    The company said it took the decision to ensure that children do not die of the disease.
    Pneumonia is the number one killer disease among chiodren under five.
    According to the International Vaccines Access Centre’s (IVAC’s) preliminary findings launched in Abuja on the World’s Pneumonia Day, marked on November 12, an estimated 750,000 Nigerian children died la
  • Governors’ wives hail MTN’s breast cancer initiative

    Wives of Kaduna and Niger states’ governors have  hailed MTN Nigeria for throwing its weight behind the eradication  of breast cancer.
    At the yearly Breast Cancer awareness campaign, which was part of MTN African Patrons Cup Polo Tournament, Kaduna State governor’s wife Hajiya Hadiza Nasir El-Rufai said increased awareness and advocacy and public-private partnership would help stem  cancer.
    She said: “We need all hands to be on deck if we are going to successfull
  • ‘Eat heart-friendly oil, avoid diseases’

    •Oil health team visits Kano, Abuja communities
    Nigerians have been urged to eat heart-friendly foods to avoid contracting cardiovascular diseases.
    Two experts, Dr Barba Miko and Dr Teju Adeyekun, gave the advice during a visit by a Power Oil Health Camp team to Mariri community in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State and Tunge-Maje community in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
    It was part of the Power Oil Health Camp initiative by Raffles Oil LFTZ Enterprise, makers of the “heart- friendly
  • Diabetes can only be managed, says clinician

    Diabetic patients can live a near-normal life because the disease is manageable, Head of Diabetes Centre, of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Anthonia Ogbera, has said.
    She spoke at the presentation of Nova Max Plus – a product which measures glucose and ketone. Ketone is any of the class of organic chemical compounds that are formed by the oxidation of secondary alcohols.
    Speaking on the theme: “Unmasking diabetes mellitus,” Dr. Ogbera, a consultant e
  • Blood donation is harmless, says agency

    It  is not harmful to donate blood, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service Executive Secretary Mrs Modupe Olaiya has said
    She spoke at the maiden monthly Rotary Clubs’blood donation camp held at the Rotary International Centre in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
    She said the aim of the programme was to get enough blood to save lives, adding that only human beings and not animals could do so. Unless people donate, she warned, more lives would be lost. The shortage of blood plaguing most hospitals, she
  • Anxious moments in the other room (4)

    Many men know little or nothing about PEYRONIES but suffer from it in varying degrees, in extreme cases embarrassed to strip before a woman. Peyronies is curvature of the penis, which may sometimes be so curved that it presents like a bow from which an arrow can be fired, when it becomes erect. So embarrassed can it make a man become that he’d rather push in, limp, and then try to force erection within. Many women may not be able to tolerate the pain of the curvature and may wish to have n
  • Your role in preventing miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and preterm explained (1)

    This write-up series on miscarriage and abortion, stillbirth and premature birth, over the next couple of weeks will deal with perhaps the most emotive issue in clinical medicine, medical ethics, and society morals; touching also on religious impact in healthcare. No other issue has been more controversial all over the world than matters relating to the pros and cons of abortion. We will take a look at this too.  Yet, there are fundamental questions that do not really have a straight-forwar
  • NACA plans HIV prevention conference

    Ahead of the World AIDS day, over 250 participants have registered for the upcoming national scientific conference on HIV prevention process billed for Abuja on 29th and 30th of this month. The conference organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is part of activities to commemorate World AIDS Day 2016, under the theme Hands on for HIV prevention.
    According to Head, Corporate Communications Unit, NACA, Mrs Toyin Aderibigbe ‘Hands on for Prevention’, signifies th
  • Towards malaria eradication

    To boost the fight against malaria, the government has unveiled the guideline for the engagement of the private sector. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA was at the launch.
    With the unveiling of a document entitled: “Engaging the private sector to eliminate malaria in Nigeria,” the fight against malaria has received a huge boost. The document is a support plan of the Federal Government on partnering with the private sector  to end the malaria scourge by the year 2020.
    It was launched at t
  • Fed Govt plans cancer control agency

    The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the Federal Government plans setting up the National Agency for Cancer Control (NACC).
    He made this known at a meeting with Head of Eastern Europe, Middle East, African (EEMEA) region, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Pharmaceuticals Division, Dr. Peter Hug, in Abuja.
    Adewole said the institution would be responsible for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care for cancer patients. It would also provide leadership and technical
  • Emzor unveils new paracetamol

    A leading Nigerian pharmaceuticals, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, has introduced a brand of analgesics called Emzor Para 1000 into the market. The company said the drug would change paracetamol consumption in the country.
    According to the company‘s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stella Okoli, unlike the  paracetamols, which require double dose to be effective, Emzor Para 1000 provides relief from headaches, pains and fever with one caplet.
    “We  are happy to record another mile
  • LSACA trains Tbas on Hiv transmission in expectant mothers

    The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has commenced the training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the five divisions of the state in Ikeja.
    Its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, said the aim was to sensitise the birth attendants on the 90-90-90 initiative and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, Service Linkages and Universal Precautions programmes.
    The agency, he said, would boost its implementation strategies to achieve the initiatives’ obj
  • Exercises, good diet, others vital to diabetes’ management

    How to manage diabetes was the focus of a seminar to mark this year’s World Diabetes Day held in Lagos.
    The event organised by the Union Diagnostics with Nova Biomedical, United States had as theme Unmasking diabetes mellitus.
    Participants agreed that more people are down with diabetes as a result of lack of exercises, poor diet, and inability to go for checks, among others.
    The speakers, which included Dr Olaniyi Aruna of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, said diabetes i
  • Anxious moments in the other room (3)

    There is a church sermon video circulating in Nigeria which I’d like to quickly talk about before we come to matters, such as low sperm count, zero sperm count, and erectile dysfunction. This video reminds me of a woman who almost abandoned her marriage because the husband made their bedroom sexually inhospitable for her wellbeing. Anxious moments in the other room reminds me, also, of the report of a Nigeria woman in the United Kingdom who bore a wholly white child for her Nigerian husban
  • How to curb TB in rural areas – experts

    Improved diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis (TB), especially in rural and disadvantaged communities will curb the disease, some experts have said.
    They spoke at an international workshop on improving case detection and providing comprehensive care to mitigate tuberculosis and its complications, including Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDRTB) organised for medical personnel by Loving Gaze at St Kizito Clinic in Lekki, Lagos.
    The event tagged: “Update on clinical and laborator
  • WHF previews global ‘Roadmap’ to tackle cholesterol

    The World Heart Federations (WHF) has previewed the global Cholesterol Roadmap dedicated to achieving the 25% reduction in cardiovascular disease by 2025.
    The Roadmap previewed on Sunday at the 2016 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, USA is aimed at reducing cholesterol in secondary and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and in patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia.
    According to a statement, the World Health Federations (WHF) in the Roadmap call
  • Video, infographic to spread awareness on Diabetes

    In order to raise awareness around Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes as well as “Diabulimia”, a recently reported condition where young people with diabetes choose not to take their insulin in order to lose weight, NRS Healthcare, NRS Healthcare, a leading provider of daily living aids and community equipment in UK  has created an informational infographic and video.
    2016 World Diabetes Day was marked on Monday, 14th November with the theme “Eyes on Diabetes&rdq
  • World Pneumonia Day: NGO wants increased funding to eradicate childhood pneumonia

    The Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has urged the Federal Government to allocate more resources toward eradicating pneumonia among children.
    Mr Remi Adeseun, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)-PACFaH Progamme Director, made the call at the commemoration of World Pneumonia Day on Saturday in Abuja.
    The theme of the event is “Mainstreaming/Prioritising Pneumonia in National Health Planning.’’
    Adeseun s
  • Health benefits of watermelon Seeds

    Watermelon is an extremely popular fruit. While we all enjoy eating this sweet refreshing fruit, we usually discard the tiny seeds scattered in it without realising or rather knowing of their health benefits. These seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals. These seeds are rich in vitamin B like thiamine, niacin, folate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper. Besides, they are a great source of cal
  • Power oil team urges healthy heart through good diet

    •Monarch endorses product
    Power oil health team has appealed to Nigerians to eat healthily as a way to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
    The team stated this during its Heart Health Mission programme to Moniya community in Ibadan, Oyo State. The health initiative was  aimed at bringing free basic health check-up closer to the public with the assistance of certified caregivers, while sensitising people about ways to keep the heart functioning perfectly and how to maintain a low calories
  • How to prevent depression

    Alarmed by the increase in cases of depression, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a one-year campaign- Depression: let’s talk. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA details the tips to treat the monster in adults (over 60s), women of childbearing age, adolescents and young adults.
    The life changes that come with ageing, childbirth or adolescence can lead to depression. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is an illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss
  • Anxious moments in the other room (2)

    Congratulation, grace gratitude miracle! If that name sounds somewhat “somehow”, I will explain in a short while how it came about. Grace Gratitude Miracle, back home from hospital last week, a nine-hour surgery behind her and a shock to many people that she is still alive, about five surgeons brought out about four huge growths from her body but discovered no problem where most of her problems had been thought to be … inside the womb. I will oblige no more details. Grace Mira
  • Sexual reproductive health: Action Health sensitizes Badia community

    Residents of Olojowo community within the Badia, Apapa- Iganmu Area of Lagos State have expressed satisfaction over the public enlightenment programme on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) introduced by Action Health Incorporated (AHI).
    Speaking for AHI at the event on Tuesday, Miss Funso Bukoye, noted that the survey conducted on the Olojowo community revealed staggering information of how young people in the Lagos Sub-Urb get information on sexual health, process the information and communicate
  • Badia community: AHI, stakeholders meet on Sexual health

    Residents of Olojowo community within the Badia, Apapa- Iganmu Area of Lagos State have expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the stakeholders meeting  held to disseminate a survey report on a baseline study on the sexual and reproductive health status of young people living in Badi.a
    Speaking for AHI at the meeting on Tuesday, Miss Funso Bukoye, noted that the survey conducted on the Olojowo community revealed staggering information of how young people in the Lagos Suburb get inf
  • Banish Joint pain with Holy Basil.

    Holy basil, botanical name Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Ocimum sanctum is an aromatic plant of the family Lamiaceae. It is known as Efinrin in Yoruba, Nchuawun in Ibo, Alumokho among the Edos, One of the most revered herbs in Ayurvedic medicine; it is native to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics, and I is very common in Nigeria cookery and herbal use. A study presented at the prestigious Royal Pharmaceutical Society found that
  • The difference between moisturizing and hydrating.

    I keep getting enquiries as the difference between moisturizing and hydrating. It’s an interesting question since both words are often used interchangeably, and it would seem they are the same. But are they? Well, not really. You see hydrating products are formulated to increase water content to plump up the skin while moisturizing products keep the skin soft and pliable by preventing water content in the skin from evaporating.
    But I thought I’ll discuss a little more here and to beg
  • Update your knowledge, dentists advised

    Dentists have been urged  to reposition themselves and their practices to enhance productivity.
    It was at this year’s National Dental Association Continuing Medical Education (CME) held in partnership with Oral B.
    The Oral B dental detailing programme is aimed at educating dentists on oral care and developing their competencies.
    Procter and Gamble Brand Marketing Director Tolulope Adedeji said the firm was committed to oral hygiene through capacity building for dentists.
    It sponsors t
  • Society seeks better forex policy, qualified hands for NAFDAC, others

    The government has been urged prioritise the food and pharmaceutical sectors in the  allocation of foreign exchange.
    According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) President, Alhaji Ahmed Yakasai, food and pharmaceutical products are tied to security.
    Yakasai spoke in Lagos at a briefing on the 89th annual national conference of the society billed for next week in Niger State.
    He said no country played with the pharmaceutical sector because, after diagnoses and consultations, come
  • ‘Infertility has solution, don’t patronise baby factories’

    Why don’t people talk freely about Invitro Fertilisation (IVF) even when they have benefited from it? The paradigm is shifting as beneficiaries at the Nordica Fertility Centre have launched the Fertility Awareness Advocate Initiative (FAAI) to support fertility-challenged couples and demystify IVF intervention, writes OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA.
    The launch of any product comes with  excitement and hope. So it was with the launch of Fertility Awareness Advocate Initiative (FAAI) recently.
  • Hypertension: How to tame the silent killer (3)

    Disorders of hormones such as thyroid disease for example hyperthyroidism (overacting thyroid) may lead to raised blood pressure in individual sufferers.  High blood pressure very often coexists or be part of the disease of diabetes mellitus.
    High Blood Pressure in a Peculiar Situation (Pregnancy and in Children):
    As a junior doctor decades ago, I was witnessing a young lady in labour in a government hospital. She had become unconscious of her environment although she could still respond to
  • Texas baby born twice: Prof Ojeniyi hails Oluyinka’s feat

    Professor Ade Ojeniyi on Thursday joined the Federal Government and other well-wishers in commending the United State-based Nigerian Doctor, Oluyinka Olutoye for his amazing role in the delivery of a 23 week old baby at the Texas Children Hospital, Houston recently.
    Dr Olutoye of Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA was actively involved in the operation on Baby Lynlee Hope, who suffered from a tumour known as Sacrococcygeal Teratoma.
    Baby Hope was removed from her mother’s w
  • How to remove an insect sting

    So you were bitten by a bee, an asp or some insect that leaves a painful sting behind, so how do you take it out?Take a good look at the spot you were stung and search for the sting, (it will be the most painful spot).You will notice that it has a tiny hole where the insect’s stinger plunged the sting into your skin.Using a key, place the outermost edge of the inner circle inside the key close to the hole (of the sting) and apply pressure until the sting comes out fully.You will see what l
  • How to use Coconut oil to beat fungal infections

    Coconuts have been enjoyed the world over for centuries, this is why women from various cultures like Bali, India, Peru, Jamaica and various parts of Africa use it for almost everything — from lip balm and skin moisturiser to cooking oil, and as a remedy for stomach complaints.
    Coconuts are also hypoallergenic, and they contain antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic healing properties. But now researchers have discovered what traditional cultures have known for centuries: Coconut is a
  • Benefits of waterleaf

    Pax Herbal Clinic and ResearchLaboratories (Paxherbals) Founder and monk, St. Benedict Monastery, Ewu in Edo State, Rev Father Anselm Adodo, answers the question.
    Waterleaf (Talinum triangulare) is one of those underrated and undervalued plants in Nigeria. Some regard it as a nuisance, a stubborn weed that grows all year. It flourishes more during the rainy season.
    Like grasses in the fields, we match, piss on them and uproot them from our gardens in preference to other plants which we consider
  • Anxious moments in the other room (1)

    What goes on in the other room? Your guess may not be as good as mine, if you assume it is always a matter of the Lord of the Manor, weak in the knees and trembling, becomes beggarly. An HIV-challenged young woman taught me about 15 years ago that it is far more salacious than many men imagine. Again, your guess may not be as good as mine. The young HIV-challenged woman came to me for nutritional advice on how to overcome her condition. That was to include the diet she was to employ to boos