• Firm encourages good sleep pattern

    Regular sleep recreates and stabilises human system while its deprivation causes disorder, writes Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha
    Nigerians have been urged to observe regular  sleep  to enjoy heathy  living. They were told that the consequences of sleep deprivation are grave.
    The Group Managing Director, Vitafoam Nigeria plc, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, stated this at this year’s World Sleep Day organised by the firm as part of the activities marking the event. This year’s theme was: So
  • Fed Govt urged to maximise natural plants, boost traditional medicine

    The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Ruzu Natural Health Products and Services, Dr Robert Uzu, has urged the Federal Government to appreciate the country’s natural endowment in plants, saying it is needed to boost traditional medicine in the country.
    He said a boost in traditional medicine would enable the country  have an edge, generate revenue, and set a pace for local production and for export, which could replace oil.
    Uzu, a herbal medicine practitioner, spoke during&nb
  • Any five super food supplements for wellness?

    In the Kusa Green Pasture Herbs chat group two weeks ago, someone asked me to name five super food supplements for wellness. My understanding of the question was the search for five magic bullet food supplements into which the crowd of nutritional supplements on the health food store shelves can be distilled. My immediate response was that a categorical answer was impossible because all human beings are different from one another in terms of their individual nutritional requirement. The closets
  • Dentist urges Nigerians to clean their mouths after meals

    A dentist, Mr Broderick Ijehon, has advised Nigerians to wash their mouths after taking their meals.
    Ijehon, who is Head of Dental Department, Dutse General Hospital, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Tuesday.
    He said that brushing after taking breakfast helps to remove food particles left in the mouth after eating.
    The dentist added that such food particles, if left in the mouth, make bacteria to produce acid which could destroy the teeth over tim
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  • PACFaH seeks more health budget reporting

    To ensure that the government meets its commitment  to adequate funding  of  the health sector, the Partnership Advocacy for Child and Family Health (PACFaH) has sought the support of the media.
    The Health Reform Foundation  of Nigeria (HERFON) Programme Officer on PACFaH Project, Ms. Aanu’ Rotimi, made the request at a symposium organised by the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in Lagos.
    PACFaH is a social accountability project for capacity buil
  • How to deal with pains (3)

    Chronic pain
    When a pain lasts longer than six months irrespective of its cause,  it is said to be chronic.
    Pain in this category is itself a disease. Unlike acute pain, which  warns the victim, chronic pain does not. It does not relate to the injury or its cause.
    Long-term pain disturbs sufferers’ daily activities. Such regulars as walking downstairs or going up to the next floor of his or her property may become a huge challenge for the sufferer of, say, knee pain.  Chroni
  • ‘Glaucoma can be managed’

    The World Glaucoma Week is observed from March 12 to 18 yearly.  This year’s theme is Beat Invisible Glaucoma (BIG). OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes that with proper diagnosis, treatment and compliance, one can win the war against the silent thief of sight.
    when Alhaja Falilat Otule was 48, she took one of her children for physiotherapy at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba. But she did not expect what followed.
    While the child was being attended to, she saw the G
  • ‘Check out that menstrual pain’

    Mothers have been urged not to ignore the complaints of pains by their daughters, especially during their monthly menstrual period as they could be the sign of endometriosis.
    Nordica Fertility Centre Medical Director Dr Abayomi Ajayi gave the advice at this year’s Endometriosis Day, which had as theme: Endometriosis in adolescent.
    He said many people mistook endometriosis for menstrual pains, a reason the clinic held the endometriosis awareness campaign.
    Ajayi said endometriosis, which aff
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  • Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, gone like the wind

    Like a candle stick burning in the wind, Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, 57, is gone. He was killed fleeing from gun- shooting robbers when he was hit by motorists who, driving furiously and blindly, were also desperately seeking to escape. It is a gory story and ending of a simple and humble man I do not wish to remember.
    The path of Onukaba and mine met this earth life when he came to work at The Guardian newspaper in the 1980s as a trainee or cub reporter. Like journalism recruits of The Guardian of tho
  • ‘Glaucoma can be slowed down’

    As the world marks this year’s Glaucoma Week, OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes on how to slow down the disease from causing vision loss.
    Have you ever turned sideways to take a good look at an object and discovered that you saw nothing? That is, tilting your head to take a full grasp of an image and did not see anything? If you have experienced this, it is the first sign of gradual vision loss due to glaucoma.
    According to eye care experts, it could mean that you have developed glaucoma, and
  • Sexual violence, headache to Lagos community – AHI

    Action Health Incorporated (AHI), a non-governmental organisation on youth forum health service, has voiced its opinion on sexual violence in Iwaya, a Lagos community.
    According to the organisation, it has been a headache following the research carried out among the people of the community, this came out in a community dialogue organised by the organisation on Friday, 10th march 2017, at Iwaya health centre, Yaba Lagos.
    The organisation whose findings is got from seeking people’s opinion
  • Kebbi’s health road map for 525 remote settlements

    Kebbi State Government has mapped out the 525 hard to reach communities in the state for urgent medical intervention
    At the kick-off of Hard to reach project in Danko Wasagu, the wife of the state governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu, said since the inception of the administration of  Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, policies and interventions have placed priority on developing the health sector in order to minimise the menace of preventable diseases affecting women and children.
    The scheme was flagged off wit
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  • How to deal with pain (2)

    Earlier on we defined and described what a pain is. In today’s article, we will consider what an acute pain means and how we can take care of it. Acute pain is the body’s normal response to harm such as a cut, pain due to an infection, or other physical hurts. Put in another way, acute pain is a kind of pain that on average lasts less than three to six months, or pain that is directly related to soft tissue damage such as say a twisted finger, a whitlow, boil, or b
  • How to avoid kidney disease, by experts

    Simple steps like regular exercise and routine medical check-up can prevent kidney disease,  OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA reports. To mark The World Kidney Day on Wednesday, some experts gathered in Lagos under the auspices of an hospital to sensitise the public on the disease.
    Do you know your weight? Weight is not decided by climbing on the weighing scale but through a simple step of conversion: Convert your weight from pounds to kilogrammes. Your weight (in pounds) ÷ 2.2 = your weight
  • ‘Govt tiers must collaborate to help epilepsy patients’

    A consultant Physician/Neurologist and Epileptologist, Dr. Olusola Talabi, has advocated a synergy among the three tiers of government in tackling  epilepsy.This will stop the stigma associated with the condition and ensure a society free of epilepsy.
    Dr. Talabi spoke at the event commemorating this year’s International Epilepsy Day, held at Health Suite in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
    Dr Talabi said the Day was meant to educate the public on the facts about epilepsy and the need
  • Fed Govt launches guidelines for HIVprevention, treatment

    The Federal Government has launched the 2016 National guidelines for HIV prevention, treatment and care.
    At the launch in Abuja,Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire   said  the event  climaxed the  journey that Nigeria embarked upon in 2001 in search for a stable and sustainable system for the delivery of HIV/AIDS services.
    He said the guidelines were informed by the basic principles of equality, equity and social justice , adding that they aligned with the un
  • World Kidney Day: Experts caution against junk foods, sedentary lifestyle

    Mr Babatunde Samuel, the chairman, Kwara branch of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria has cautioned Nigerians against over consumption of junk foods and sedentary lifestyle to reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease.
    Samuel gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin ON Wednesday.
    The pharmacist said that people who were overweight had a chance of developing end stage renal disease compared to those of normal weights.
    He recommended routine urine and blood te
  • Women,“toilet infections” and some vaginal issues (3)

    We are still in the woman’s world to which caring men are invited.  After all, women are the mothers, aunts, nieces and sisters of men. To the doctor’s clinics where “toilet infections” and vaginal questions are addressed, we are hopping on a tour to learn more about what some physicians think about these challenges and how they address them. The golden rule many orthodox doctors always refer to is that women should not douche or expose the vagina to chemical substan
  • ‘Kit yourself against wet season illness’

    The wet season is here. As usual, it comes with cold, cough, and catarrh. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes now is the time to stock up on wellness foods, especially those that can boost the immune system.
    The best way to prevent cold and any wet season infection is through natural remedies that boost the immune system, fight of virus, bacteria and fungi, and help the body cleanse toxins.
    According to traditional practitioners, the rainy season is a break from hot temperatures, and with it comes th
  • ‘Avoid bad oil, evade heart attack’

    Ogun State indigenes have been urged to pay attention to the oil they consume to avoid  contracting cholesterol.
    The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nafiu Babatunde Aigoro, gave the advice at the opening of the Power Oil Health Camp Project at Ori-Omi ground in Oke Sokori, Abeokuta.
    He said too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cholesterol forms plaques on the inner walls of the arteries, thereby interfering with the blood flow to the heart.
    In recognition of the efforts of th
  • ‘Stroke becoming an epidemic’

    •Firm launches product for treatment
    AN Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kolawole Wahab, has described stroke as a disease that deserves  more public attention like others in its category.
    He spoke at the launch of a  product NeuroAid, manufactured by Moleac PTE Limited, Singapore and introduced to the country by Bolar Pharmaceuticals Limited, in Ikeja, Lagos.
    Speaking on Incidence of stroke cases and current treatment strategies, Dr Wahab sa
  • How to prevent pneumonia, meningitis, by experts

    Experts have urged Nigerians to practise good hygiene to avoid contracting pneumococcal and meningococcal diseases.
    The specialists, who consist of the best from West African, spoke  at this year’s West African Vaccine Summit in Lagos.
    It had as theme Ready for life.
    The professionals agreed that though there were vaccines by Pfizer to treat the diseases, if one rested, drank plenty of water and juices to keep the body hydrated, increased the intake of Vitamin A and C, washed hands to
  • How to deal with pain (1)

    In this series, we will take a look at the nature of pain, a major, perhaps the commonest health problem. Further, we will examine what causes pain and also how to deal with the short term pain (which in medical parlance is called acute pain) and also long term pain otherwise called chronic pain. Also, we will differentiate between the two and we will advise on how to handle pain which is either physical in nature or distress pain which is mental or psychological in form. In b
  • Fed Govt stops registrars from referring patients for overseas treatment

    •N1b West African Surgeons college secretariat opened
    The Federal Government has stopped registrars from referring patients for treatment abroad.It has given the job to consultants.
    It accused the registrars of conniving with patients to ask for foreign exchange (forex) for overseas treatment of cases that could easily be handled in the country, adding that this has led to a loss of about $1 billion yearly to medical tourism.
    Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole stated this at the inaugura
  • Women, toilet infections and some vaginal issues (2)

    We are getting to a point in this series where I believe I would require a lion’s heart and, perhaps, a Lion’s Mane mushroom food supplement to make ways through a thick forest. A lion’s heart connotes courage and strength. Lion’s Mane mushroom builds energy for nerves. Most of my friends are women. And men need nerves to talk straight to women. Where I am heading is that many women are emotional, manipulative and domineering, and when they cannot conquer the environment
  • ‘Eat fruits, vegetables for optimal health’

    A Naturopath, Dr Idowu Ogunkoya, answers the question.
    Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant. Vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.
    Watermelon has the highest concentration of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps f
  • Oceanic Health marks 10 years of performance

    Oceanic Health Management Limited has marked 10 years of  providing good health to Nigerians.
    At the ceremony to mark the feat, its MD/CEO, Dr. Charles Onwuzuluigbo,described the firm   as a leading Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO)  licensed by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)  in 2007 to  provide managed healthcare.  “We are one of the few licensed managed health care services providers that have been recently re-accredited by the NHIS. T
  • LUTH acquires new lab equipment for outpatients

    The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has separated its out-patient laboratory from the in-patient. This is to ensure faster release of   tests’ results and save patients from trekking from the Outpatient Department (OPD) to the general laboratory on the fourth floor of the Female Ward.
    At the inauguration of the laboratory, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Chris Bode, said  LUTH acquired the Architect C-4000 machinefor faster service for outpatients.The machin
  • Kudos for HIV/AIDS Coalition at officers’election

    A new set of officers, (co-chairs) have been inaugurated to run the affairs of the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA). The event took place at the Skyline Terrace of Oriental Hotel in Lagos. The dignitaries including Chief Executive Officers and policy-makers lighted up the night. They were all   dressed in national and international attires.
    They all came for one purpose-  to witness the inauguration of new co-chairs for  NIBUCAA.
    Dr Pascal Dozie, a co-chair
  • Govt ‘ll step up support for leprosy patients, says minister

    The Federal Government will work with the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) and others to increase support for persons affected by leprosy,Health Minister Prof Isaac Adewole has said. He spoke when he visited  on  Yangoji Leprosy Communityin  Kwali Area Council of  Abuja, as part of activities marking this year’s World Leprosy Day.
    Adewole said government would work with stakeholders to provide facilities and consumables to the victims in their communities.
  • Benefits of exercise. Your solutions to manifold diseases (5)

    Pain relief: Apart from the use of exercise in rehabilitation of persons with surgical, mental health and other physical illnesses, exercise can help banish or reduce psychological pain whatever its origin: such as grief, divorce and life failures. This is because exercise produces endorphins in the brain. Endorphin is a powerful pain killer like morphine.
    Sleep: exercise generally speaking, improves sleep for a lot of people. It also alleviates sleep disorders such as insomnic illness. However,
  • Be guided by rules, registrar tells lab institutions

    The Acting Registrar/CEO of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Tosan Erhabor, has urged Colleges and Schools of Science and Technology to stick to their areas of jurisdiction at all times.
    He made the call while presenting certificates to 10 approved schools and eight others that received full accreditation  in Abuja.
    Erhabor told the gathering that the the institutions were approved   after a rigorous process,pledging its support in the training of technicians
  • Women, ‘toilet infections’ and some vaginal issues (1)

    Like babies and children, women will always remain in the centre stage or commanding height of men’s thoughts. While many men would bottle urinary problems until they begin to get out of hands, they run helter skelter for help immediately their wives or mothers, sisters or daughters report a breast lump, lower abdominal pain or some issues in their secret places. I was hardly surprised, therefore, to read about a medical alert on women’s health which Mr. Wahab Gbadamoshi posted somet
  • Herbs can solve heavy menstrual bleeding

     OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes that there are many herbs with astringent action that can help stop heavy menstrual bleeding.
    Some women usually experience heavy blood flow and clotting during their menstrual cycle. On the average, a woman with normal menstrual cycle should only shed two to three tablespoons (30 to 44 millilitres) of blood during menstruation. Every woman is unique, so also their menstrual cycle. But if one has concerns that she may be bleeding too much during her period, i
  • Abuse of the girl child: different shades, perpetrators and health implications

    Sixteen year old Omonsiegho(not her real name), an SS3 girl  in a mixed sex Boarding School was  asked to stand on her desk ; her offence? Not paying attention . For the rest of that class, the  punisher; a middle aged, unmarried ‘Geography Teacher’ ignored her pains ,suffering and tears as she shifted weight from one lower limb to the other , seeking any position that will reduce her pain and  give her some comfort . A few days later, Omonsiegho was called out to
  • ‘We insist on what is right at LASUTH’

    Does Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) lack basic amenities as claimed by some patients? No, says its Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof Wale Oke in this interview with OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA.
    Patients complain of disgusting services at LASUTH. Their complaints range from lack of vintage services at the laboratory and pharmacy to lack of bed space, why is that?
    The Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, visited the hospital recently during the launch of the helipad. He toured the hospita
  • How to tackle endometriosis, by experts

    Some medical experts have gathered in Lagos to discuss endometriosis, a disease rampant  among women. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA reports.
    Experts are against surgically removing endometriosis; where the endometrium grows outside the uterus, unless the symptoms do not respond to treatment. But the disease causes severe pains for premenopausal women.
    The experts spoke at an event organised by some specialists in reproductive health in Lagos. They urged reporters to help shed light on the disease
  • Eight-month-old boy needs N3.5m for heart surgery

    An eight-month-old boy, Mubarak Jaiyesimi, is down with a heart disease.
    An outpatient with  registration number 671632 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos, he lives on compound drugs.
    Jaiyesimi, who was born on May 25, last year, was barely two weeks old when it was discovered that his breathing was abnormal. He was initially taken to a private hospital in Ikorodu, Lagos, from where he was referred to another private hospital on Victoria Island, Lagos last Ju
  • Benefits of exercise. Your solutions to manifold diseases (4)

    Human fertility. It’s well- established that regular exercise can help you shed weight. Obesity is bad for your fertility either as a male or female. For the female, obesity can distort the female reproductive organs and thus delay or even prevent conception from occurring. Further, excessive weight may require or produce excess hormones that regulate female function and appearance. The result is that excess circulating hormone such as estrogen may lead to uterine fibroid, cancer of the br
  • Toilet-pupil ratio in Katsina primary schools 1:161 – UNICEF

    The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) says the toilet-pupil ratio in public primary schools in Katsina State is ‘’one toilet per 161 pupils’’ (1:161) on the average.
    Mr Muntaka Mukhtar, the UNICEF Katsina State Education Specialist, disclosed this on Thursday in Katsina while presenting the state’s Annual School Census for 2015/2016.
    Mukhtar put the primary schools enrollment in the state at 1,549,157 sharing a total of 9,631 toilets across the 34 local governm
  • Random thoughts about aflatoxin, pawpaw leaf detox (2)

    I foresee poor pawpaw fruit harvest in the future if, carelessly, Nigeria plunges into pawpaw leaf medicine without putting the horse before the cart. Many people are showing interest in pawpaw leaf tea, juice, vegetable salad garnish and as anti-malarial, among its many natural medicinal uses. In the housing estate where I live in Lagos, it is almost impossible nowadays to find a pawpaw plant growing outside a house with its full complement of leaves. The health food stores hardly stock proprie
  • ‘How to prevent arthritis’

    Unknown to many, food plays a vital role in preventing or managing arthritis. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes.
    Nutrition can  help prevent or  manage arthritis, a traditional practitioner, Dr Segun Fahuwa, has said.
    In an interview, he said what one eats or does not is the first step to avoiding the disease.
    Fahuwa, popularly called Mister Guarantee, said eating processed foods, such as baked or prepackaged meals and snacks could aggravate arthritis because they contain trans-fats which
  • AFC Launches clean water campaign

    The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has launched its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program, tagged ‘AFC Clean Water Campaign’.
    The Campaign,which is a staff led initiative, aimed at increasing access to clean water and improve health and sanitation in schools and orphanages.
    According to a statement by AFC, the Clean Water Campaign provides access to clean water via a solar powered borehole, water treatment plant and storage tanks, which is in line with corporation&rs
  • Beat Arthritis by checking your teeth

    Gum/tooth disease is a common complaint that comes with aging, which is the reason many elderly people lose their natural teeth with age. One thing many physicians and their patients are yet to realize is that tooth/gum trouble is a symptom of a much more serious health challenge. Pain in the joints is a well known symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis, but a much less known fact is the relationship between arthritis and gum/tooth troubles. Physician/researcher Al Sears points this out when he says, &
  • 2,500 children affected by Lead poisoning in Niger

    The Federal Ministry of Environment, says it has facilitated the treatment of lead poisoning of more than 2, 500 children affected  in Shikira community of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger.
    Mrs Aanu Basil, the Deputy Director, Marine Pollution, Contamination Clean-Up and Remediation in the ministry, said other residents of the community were safe from lead poisoning with the clean-up.
    Basil made this known in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.
    She sa
  • Rotary donates two incubators to hospital

    The Rotary Club of Omole Golden, in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGS), has donated two incubators to Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital.
    Making the donation at the paediatrics ward of the hospital, the OSSAP-SDGS, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and Rotary Club District 9110 Governor Mr Patrick Ikheloa, harped on the need for more philanthropists and clubs to join the onerous task of reducing maternal and child m
  • ‘Leprosy is not heaven’s punishment‘

    The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has denounced speculations in some parts of the country that leprosy is  heaven’s punishment, adding that it is curable.
    He spoke at a briefing with reporters to mark this year’s World Leprosy Day in Umuahia, Abia State.
    The day was set aside to create awareness and mobilise support for leprosy control, and this year’s celebration was the 64th. The theme was: “Zero disability among children affected by leprosy”.
  • Lagos warns against infected, unscreened blood

    The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has urged  residents not to buy blood for transfusion from questionable sources, but to patronise registered blood banks or centres.
    According to the agency, patronising approved centres is one of the surest ways to avoid contracting HIV. This, the agency said, is because the state has put in place mechanisms to ensure blood supply with zero risk of transmitting infectious diseases, especially human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
    The agency’s
  • Club urges govts on cancer care

    Nigeria could do with more diagnostic equipment, especially for cancer, the old students of Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, also known as Landers ’88 Reunion Club, have said.
    The President, Mr Soji Adekogbe, who spoke at the third edition of Omolara Jolaoso Memorial Lecture, urged federal and state governments to provide adequate funding to equip hospitals with tools required for early diagnosis and prompt treatment of cancer.
    He also said the status of cancer care was worrisome a
  • Benefits of Exercise. Your solutions for manifold diseases: (3)

    One way to do your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on five  days a week. All adults should also break up long periods of sitting with light activity. What counts as moderate aerobic activity? Examples of activities that require moderate effort for most people include: walking , water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball.
    Please take