• Doctor warns against female genital mutilation

    A former Director of Public Health, Enugu Ministry of Health, Dr Uche Ene, has urged parents to desist from female genital mutilation as it could lead to infertility.
    Ene in Enugu on Thursday that “female genital mutilation is the removal of genital tissue which involves removing necessary glands leading the vaginal environment to become unfavourable to sperm.”
    He said that female children who undergo such practice were at risk of infertility.
    According to him, genital muti
  • Low sugar drinks are deadlier killer drinks

    Over many years, I have met many people troubled by ailments which they and their doctors cannot pinpoint or address. Oftentimes, these conditions yield to detoxification, alkalization, mineralization, oxygenation and so on. The greens lead the way in this battlefield, for which reason I once wrote in this column LET’S DRINK GREENS, for the world is not green for the fun of it. They bind to the molecules of these culprits, drag them out of the body and replace the offensive molecules with
  • How to preserve sight, vision, by ophthalmologist

    Eyes are God’s best gift to man and they must be well taken care of, an ophthalmologist, Prof Adebukola Adefule-Ositelu, has said. Eyes, she noted, help man to enjoy the beauty of nature and to recognise things.
    Mrs Adefule-Ositelu said besides age, there are other factors that cause damage to the vision.
    Eyes are the only exposed part of the brain and should be cared for, she added.
    According to her, the eyes are exposed to many factors that endanger them, such as the strong glare of comp
  • ‘Drinking while eating is healthy’

    A seasoned nutritionist has cleared the air on whether it is proper to drink water along with food while eating.
    According to the Vice-President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Dr. Bartholomew Brai, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that drinking water during meal is wrong or that doing so reduces the nutritional composition of the food.
    At the Nestle Nutrition Seminar at its Agbara, Ogun State Factory, Dr Brai said digestion is the breakdown of food in
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  • National Health Act: NMA threatens court action

    …Plansbi-weekly match protest to Aso Rock
    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) seems to have joined the wave of protest that has enveloped the country in the last 24 hours.
    The doctors on Wednesday carried out a protest walk to the seat of government, Aso Rock to protest the none implementation of the National Health Act.
    Though they were not allowed to go beyond the main entrance of the Three arm zone, the doctors vowed to seek legal action should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to imp
  • Hope rises for infertile women

    The major difficulty associated with infertility in a developing countries like Nigeria is that it transforms from a private agony into a public stigma, with complex and devastating consequences. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes on how ‘Merck More than a Mother’ initiative is engaging professionals in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to cause a cultural shift, and also empower affected women.
    The expansive hall of the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos was filled to capacity.
  • ‘Vegetable, fruits, modified lifestyle can curb heart attack’

    At the third public lecture of the City Club, Surulere, Lagos, which had its topic as: “Heart Attack”, the unexpected happened about 45 minutes into the programme.  One of the elderly members (name withheld), who sat on the high-table collapsed, almost falling off his seat. But for the intervention of the medical team on ground  conducting a routine medical examination on participants., the old man might have died.
    The medical team, led by the first female Professor of
  • Some natural solutions to sleep disorders (3)

    I hope you now enjoy a good night rest. As earlier sections of this series have suggested, rest full sleep is the outcome of many factors. For example, the nerves must not be tremulous or spasmodic, that is gripping and shivery, otherwise many unpleasant situations may arise.  Nerve spasms may cause irregular contractions of smooth muscles in the blood vessels of the brain, and these, in turn, may decrease blood circulation to the brain or flood it with more blood than it needs. Too little
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  • Mistletoe: Efficacious anti-hypertensive herb

    Mistletoe (Viscum Album) extract can lower blood pressure safely and  lower serum triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in the blood. When one eats, the body converts any calories it does not need into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in the fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals.
    According to a naturopath and homeopathic medical practitioner, Dr Henry Nwachukwu, Mistletoe, (Afomo in Yoruba) is a plant that grows on a vari
  • Stem cell therapy good for infertility, NCDs

    Adult Stem Cell Therapy is new in Nigeria. David Ikudayisi of Glory Wellness and Regenerative Centre, Lagos, says it has many benefits. In this interview with OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA, the medic urges Nigerians suffering from non-communicable diseases and infertility to go for the therapy.
    It is believed that Stem Cell Therapy involves the use of embryos, hence, peoples’ reluctance to accept it. Is this true?
    There are two main types of stem cells – embryonic stem (ES) and adult
  • Nigeria’s healthcare mature for long-term investments, says expert

    Foreign investors will find Nigeria’s healthcare sector attractive, The Bridge Clinic Managing Director, Dr Richardson Ajayi, has said.
    He spoke at the fourth yearly Africa Hospital Expansion Summit in Accra, Ghana.
    Ajayi, who gave a keynote speech, told participants the sector has shown significant growth in the past five years.
    He listed the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), reduction in out-bound medical tourism because of the difficulties in obtaining foreign e
  • Nigeria Prize for Science: Search for solutions to Malaria continues next year

    As the world continues to search for a lasting solution to the Malaria scourge, the Advisory Board of the Nigeria Prize for Science sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has announced the extension of the search for solutions to 2017 competition, after the evaluation of 15 entries submitted for this year’s prize.
    With this year’s theme: “Innovation on Malaria Control”, the extension is the first since the competition began  in 2014.
    The Advisory Board for the Scien
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  • Medico-Legal: clinicians owe a duty to treat you well and with dignity (4)

    Duty of Care: All clinicians (doctors and nurses and others) owe their clients a duty of care to wit: to diligently provide a care that is appropriate, timely and safe for their patients. Failing to do so is a breach of the law and such breach may amount to negligence. If it leads to harm, such negligence may lead to criminal prosecution by the state.
    The Right of Patients: Apart from the code of conduct that regulates the respective professionals which also provides safeguards for patients, con
  • ‘Adopt Rapid Diagnostic Test for malaria’

    Nigerians have been urged to adopt either a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) or parasite-based diagnostic testing (microscopy) before treating malaria.
    According to the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the Department of Public Health, National Malaria and Vector Control Division, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), this is part of the guideline to ensure that Nigerians treat the disease properly.
    NMEP made this known at a forum with the media at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.
    The RDT i
  • Some natural solutions to sleep disorders (2)

    After the hurly burly of daylight hours, I look forward to nightfall with untold joy. The joy is boundless not simply because, It is almost 7, I would be able to give my bones and muscles some rest in which my nerves, brain, the heart and other vital organs would also be revitalized. It is during sleep that the human body produces the largest amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which supports the repair of damage in the organs. Imagine a mother car flung up and down every day and not taken to
  • How negative emotions can lead to cancer

    Is there a link between cancer and unexpressed anger? A traditional medicine practitioner, Dr Godwin Ihesie, tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA more on this.
    Cancer is caused by the suppression of toxic emotions; primarily anger, hate, resentment and grief. Suppression of these toxic negative emotions increases stress hormone cortisol levels, which directly suppress immune system function. When the immune system is not functioning properly, normal cells mutate into cancer cells as revealed
  • Ayodele marks 20th anniversary

    When in 1996, Dr Isaac Ayodele, a traditional medicine practitioner, was advised by his clients to persist and not despise his small beginning; it sounded rather out of place for him.
    Why?  The perception people had for the practice then. Traditional medicine was being perceived as being synonymous with charms (juju).
    Today, his outfit, Diafra Ayodele Herbals, is 20 years  and has become a popular brand for natural health and alternative medicine lovers.
    Under the auspices of Ayodele S
  • PZ Cussons, firm partner on hand washing campaign

    TO tackle hygiene-related diseases, such as diarrhoea, which causes death of one in five  children yearly, PZ Cussons has partnered Concern Universal to  launch a hygiene campaign in Lagos as part of activities marking the global hand washing campaign.
    Concern Universal is an international development and relief organisation. Its Country Director, Tim Kellow, said diarrhoea causes stunted growth, and death of children under six years could be prevented with proper hand washing, ad
  • Medico-Legal: Clinicians owe duty to treat you well and with dignity (3)

    Differences between Criminal Law and Civil Law Criminal Law: In criminal law, the action of the government is represented and conducted by the Ministry of Justice of either the federal or state government. If a crime is committed by an individual, say unintentional death in the hands of a clinician, the government can step in to determine if prosecution is necessary.
    The agency of the Ministry (the Police) would have investigated the case and pass the file to the prosecutor in the ministry. The
  • Kebbi governor’s wife targets 3000 indigent women for cancer screening

    The Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Kebbi State Ministry of Health and other partners are to create awareness, build capacity and raise funds for indigent cancer patients in Kebbi State.
    The eight-year-old foundation is an initiative of Dr Zainab Atiku Bagudu wife of the state governor.
    With the theme: ‘’Promoting early detection of cancer to reduce mortality rate’’, the wife of the governor said she was  worried about the increasing practice of bringing late&n
  • Doctors blame ignorance for medical tourism

    Some Nigerians travel abroad for treatment out of ignorance, some doctors have said.
    According to them, people do so not because of lack of well-equipped medical centres or indigenous expertise.
    Led by Dr Austin Okogun, Chief Executive Officer of Lily Hospital in Warri, Delta State, they said many of the delicate cases that Nigerians go abroad for can be handled in the country.
    The medics explained what they are doing to convince Nigerians and other West Africans that many of the medical needs t
  • 10 get free cochlear implant at LASUTH

    Ten people- three women, two men and five children-  have regained their hearing  following a free cochlear implant sponsored by the Lagos State government.
    The surgery was conducted by the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) team of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
    A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces a damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear replaces the damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provi
  • ‘Your health in your hands’

    A palmist, Prof Theophilus Lambo of Herbs’ Villa Ventures, Lagos answers the first question while the Healthcare provider at Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, Otedola Estate, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Mrs Bolanle Alabede, answers the second.
    Your life and your health are in your hands. Your hands, the lines, shape, nails and colours all indicate various things that greatly influence you, especially health wise, in palmistry.
    Before the discovery of stethoscope and thermometer, physicia
  • Some natural solutions to sleep disorders (1)

    Many people take sleep for granted, simply because they fall asleep with little or no effort. In a bus, I have witnessed situations in which some passengers were fast asleep when the bus arrived at their destinations. They were either woken up by their neighbours or woke from sleep a few bus-stops away. Such people may suffer from sleep attacks. One man who intrigued me about how easily lost in sleep he could be was my gate-man when I lived at 34, Ajanaku Street, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos. About 11p.m
  • Many benefits of coconut oil

    Coconut oil has made the journey from villain to victor in the health food world. What used to be deemed an evil saturated fat and dangerous for anyone worried about heart disease and high blood pressure, has become a healing, nourishing substance soaring in popularity.
    How did such a drastic change come about? What made people change their minds about the numerous benefits of coconut oil? This story is tied to the saturated fat myth that to this day spreads misconceptions.
    Coconut oil is one of
  • Minister gets report on restructuring residency training

    The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has received a report on restructuring Residency Training Progamme from the Ministerial Committee set up to appraise the previous committee’s reports on the programme. The committee was also given the task of recommending sustainable uniform Residency Training Programe in Nigeria, when it was inuagurated in May, this year.
    The report was presented by the Registrar, National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria, Prof. Wole Atoyebi, who chaire
  • Medico-Legal: Clinicians owe duty to treat you well and with dignity (2)

    The Business of Healthcare: Meanwhile, members of the Healthcare Sector as in any other industrialsector within the larger economy are allowed to operate like any other business. This operation can be as asole trader, partnership or as an incorporated body.
    They, physicians/clinicians are also allowed to partnerwith others for the orderly and beneficial conduct of their respective and businesses in synergy. Thus,healthcare providers and healthcare professionals operating as a business must also
  • Lagos to rejig primary health care centres

    The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to improving the quality of service delivery at its Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) across the state. It has  also  urged health workers to discharge their duties conscientiously to ensure quality care and a healthy environment.
    Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, who gave the charge during unscheduled visit to some PHCs, said the government was not unmindful of the challeng
  • How cultural practices induce private part infection

    As a woman, have you experienced some discharge and itching in your private part and wondered how they happen? Have you bothered about how to treat them in order not to have a repeat experience?
    If your answer is yes, a simple understanding of vaginal pH, and how it should be maintained and balanced could be all you need.
    Gynaecologists and obstetricians, who gathered at the Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Nigeria (SOGON) meeting in Lagos, said in healthy women, vaginal pH was typ
  • Gen. Martin Osahor and Nigeria-made noni juice

    Major General Martin Chukwudi Osahor (rtd) is a present tense man. A man of such description fits the high bill of the Newsmaker, a terrific column where The Guardian newspaper, in its days of vigour and eloquence and high taste featured exceptional men and women who were changing the lives of fellow-men for the better. The editor at that time, Oyinlade Bonuola (LADBONE), ensured that the Dicks and Harris’s of this world had no place in this hall of fame of sort. It didn’t matter if
  • Africa needs more paediatric surgeons, says group

    The Pan African Paediatric surgeon Association (PAPSA) President, Prof Essam Elhalaby, has said Africa needs more paediatric surgeons.
    This, according to him, is because the challenges of paediatric surgery  in Africa is huge, as more than 12 African countries had no paediatric surgeon, leaving  children, who required surgery to be handled by surgeons in other fields.
    Also, he said there were no paediatric nurses and anaestisiologists, and other specialties.
    He spoke at 11th Biennial M
  • ‘Malaria drugs vital to expectant mothers’

    Expectant mothers have been advised to register at any Primary Health Centre (PHC) close to them and get free sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) provided by the government to  be malaria free.
    The Head, Case Management Branch, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr Godwin Ntadom, gave the advice during an   event to assess the impact of malaria programmes in Nigeria held by the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health.
    Ntadom, who represented Dr. Bala Moh
  • Kolade: Nigeria needs true professionals

    Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade has urged true professionals to provide selfless leadership in the country.
    Speaking at the investiture of six fellows of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm) in Ikeja, Lagos, he said: “Leadership performance is a need that the nation can no longer deny or postpone. Sadly, the constitution that gives political office holders access to elections does not require them to show any evidence of performance in any previo
  • Firm acquires coating machine

    The post Firm acquires coating machine appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.
  • Avail yourselves of pharmacists’services

    Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) President, Ahmed Yakasai, has urged Nigerians to avail themselves of the services of  pharmacists nationwide.
    In a message to commemorate this year’s World Pharmacy Day, he described a pharmacist as an invaluable source of information on  medicines and that it is consumers’ right to tap this huge reserve and potential.
    The commemoration had as theme: Pharmacists: caring for you.
    Shedding more light on the various aspects of pharmacy,
  • ‘Your eyes can reveal your health status’

    OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA writes that in addition to being precious organs, the eyes can  give tell-tale signs of the state of the body.
    AN iridologist, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, says the eyes are capable of revealing the health of the body.
    He said iridologists can look at the iris, or the coloured part of the eye, and tell what is wrong with the body.
    In an interview, the medic said:   “The fibre structures that make up the iris are actually nerve fibres, and these reflex to ever
  • Dragging (detoxifying) heavy metals out of your body (5)

    OLOROGUN MICHAEL IBRU passed away earlier this month, after many years of Parkinson’s disease challenges. This is a condition in which the nervous system degenerates, leading to tremors or shaking, and in ability to control some body processes. Saliva drools from the mouths of some challenged people. Some have to be carried in and out of bed. In such cases, the muscles may have become rigid. It may all begin with the shaking of the thumb and the forefinger, especially when the hand is at r
  • Benefits of pineapple

    Pineapple manages to perform this feat, thanks to the massive amount of vitamins and minerals in each serving. Most importantly, it manages to rejuvenate the skin and keep it elastic, hence ensuring that your under-breast skin won’t succumb to the weight.
    Not only that, but some women have noted a definite enlargement of their breasts after eating pineapple for a month. The fruit managed to make their breasts fuller, firmer, and higher without the use of any other type of cream, wonder bra
  • The world’s popular herbs: Prunus Africana, the anti cancer tree

    Recently, using “African herb” search words at yahoo.com, I got to bestprice.com and observed that the African herbal products there mostly sold for about 10-30 dollars each.  Indeed, African herbs do have a potential for contributing to the economic boom of Africa.
    If you asked a rich neighbor for money he may tell you that money does not grow on trees, it is not free, you have to work for it.  This may not be true for some African plants.  Money does grow on trees.&n
  • Diabetes

    The term diabetes, when not specified, refers to Diabetes mellitus, a serious metabolic disorder characterized by defects in the body’s use of carbohydrates. The other kind of diabetes is Diabetes insipidus, which is quite a different and relatively rare condition, in which an individual passes large quantities of pale, dilute urine, with consequent dehydration and excessive thirst.
    Diabetes mellitus is a syndrome in which the basic defect is the absence or shortage of the hormone called i
  • National e-health steering panel to address sector’s challenges

    To tackle the daunting challenges bedevilling Nigeria’s health sector, the Minister of Health, Prof.Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated eHealth Steering Committee in Abuja to address some of these challenges such as data collection and management, human resource, and issue of universal health coverage.
    The Minister said the government  intervened to address these challenges through various approaches despite limited resources, adding that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can
  • Medico-Legal: Clinicians owe a duty to treat you well and with dignity (1)

    Anyone who had ever attended an hospital, clinic or any health giver centre in Nigeria would have something to say.  Such may be on the filth (or otherwise) in the environment where the care is being given or it may be in the personal character, attitudes and conducts of the healthcare professionals, be it in personal presentation or the conducts of the said professional.
    On the other hand, consumers of healthcare service in Nigeria are often concerned about the undignified manner by which
  • Doctors stage exhibition on information, personnel in health services

    The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria and the Guild of Medical Directors are holding an exhibition and conference to showcase  what is happening in the Nigerian health sector.
    The exhibition which will take place next Monday and end the following day, has its theme, “All things medical (ATM)’’.
    A renowned neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Director of the f
  • ‘Autism is not a disease’

    OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA was at the 10th anniversary and fundraising dinner of Patrick Speech and languages Centre, a centre for autism. Her report:
    The beautifully decorated hall of Habour Point, Wilmot, Victoria Island, depecits the mood of the event. A moment to celebrate outstanding people even in their condition.
    For Oti Osasere-Adams, Osato, whose son, will be four years next March 15, it was a good evening for them and a way to share tips on how to get results for an autistic child.
  • ‘Nature can cure hormonal imbalance’

    As a woman do you experience migraine, insomnia, weight gain, hot flashes, mood swings, low libido, or even infertility without  an explanation?
    You may be having hormonal imbalance, according to Dr Isaac Ayodele, Founder, Diafa Ayodele Herbals.
    In an interview, he said nature could cure the disease.
    According to Ayodele, a Herbal Medicine practitioner and holder of Doctor of Science in Public Health from Atlantic International University, Honolulu in Hawaii, United States, though hormones
  • Dragging (Detoxifying) heavy metals out of your body (4)

    WELCOME back from Eid-el-Kabir festivities. During Eid-el-Kabir, I am reminded not only that ram meat is better than cow meat for anyone who is mindful of his or her health, but, also, that, of the Four Animals at the foot of the Throne of the Almighty Creator, as the Christian Bible renders this image in the Book of Revelations, only the Ram bear the countenance of man. The ram and the three other animals form a perfect square. The three others are a Lion, Eagle and a Bull, sometimes called an
  • ‘Use insecticidal nets to curb malaria’

    Stakeholders have reiterated that malaria control and elimination programmes should prioritise the delivery of either Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) or indoor residual spraying (IRS).
    They stated this at the third annual conference of the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) in Lagos. It was held at the  Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja.
    The conference was anchored by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NMIR), with malariologist Dr Sam Awolola as the chairman of
  • Nigerian Breweries renovates PHC

    It was excitement all the way as residents of Akerele, Surulere on Lagos Mainland, trooped out for the inauguration of the renovated Akerele Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) by the Nigerian Breweries.
    Majority Leader at the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabia-mila, was there.
    The sections renovated were the general outpatient, child welfare and cold chain office. The maternity was renovated two years ago.
    According to the Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigeria Brewries Plc, Mr Kufre Ekanem, the
  • Leaving No Nigerian Behind (LeNNiB) campaign begins

    The new HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) has positioned itself to lead the Leaving No Nigerian Behind (LeNNiB) campaign.
    According to the coordinator, Dr Morenike Folayan, there is a global sense of urgency to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. Added to this is the need to reach the 90-90-90 target by 2020.
    “Currently, we have about 3.4 million people living with HIV infection, 210,000 new infections annually, less than 10 million people taking HIV test annually, only 30 pe
  • How to choose the baby you want

    Reasons for sex selection could be medical, social or personal. In this interview, Nordica Medical Director Dr Abayomi Ajayi tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA how genetics is assisting couples choose the babies they want perfectly.
    Sex selection refers to the practice of using medical techniques to choose the sex of your baby. Sex selection’ encompasses a number of practices, including selecting embryos for transfer and implantation following in vitro fertilisation (IVF), separating sperm, and