• FMC Keffi confirms Lassa fever case

    Dr Giyan Joshua-Ndom, the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa state, has confirmed that a patient at the centre was suffering from a disease suspected to be Lassa fever.
    Joshua-Ndom told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that the centre had reported the matter to the Ministry of Health as well as the Centre for Diseases Control, Abuja.
    “It is true that a suspected case of Lassa fever had been discovered at the centre with a male patient being its victim
  • Kogi resident doctors join national protest

    The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, has joined the strike by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.
    The ARD President in Lokoja, Dr Kennedy Obohwemu, said on Friday that his members were part and parcel of NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.
    “NARD directed its members to carry out peaceful protests by wearing black ward coats and conductin
  • Your role in preventing miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and preterm (5)

    In the last 4 weeks, we have been dealing with extremely emotive issues of miscarriage and abortion. If the former two names and experiences evoke huge sensitivities in you, then spare a thought for parents that escaped miscarriages, abortion of any sort but nurtured desirable pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, had a raised hope, often desperately wanted the baby that the woman was carrying; but in the end, the foetus ended as still birth. Pray too for the clinicians (doctors, nurses, counsellors and so
  • ‘Oral hygiene is germane to healthy living’

    Nigerians have been urged to brush their teeth twice in a day (morning and  night before going to bed) so as to ensure good oral hygiene and its benefits, which include self esteem and confidence.
    According to the Assistant Brand manager, Oral B, Folarin Ojo, who made the plea in Lagos, about five million households have enjoyed good oral practice since the product came to Nigeria in 2011.
    Ojo, who stated this during Oral B loyalty reward event for those who emerged winners in the anniversa
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  • Children’s centre calls for support for people with disability

    The Children’s Development Centre (CDC) in Nigeria has reiterated the need for parents, communities and governments to provide better  support to people living with disabilities through the provision of care and services as well as policy directions.
    The CDC, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), dedicated to the care and support of people living with disabilities, made the call at a Parents’ Summit  in Lagos. It formed part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of th
  • 36% contraceptive prevalence ‘achievable’

    Nigeria is committed to achieving the 36 per cent target in Family Planning (FP) Contraceptive Prevalence by 2018, Director and Head of Reproductive Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi, has said.
    Dr Afolabi, who disclosed this in Abuja at the FP Watch final dissemination event, said notwithstanding this year’s  prevalence rate of 16 per cent, the 2018 target of 36 per cent is achievable as Nigeria forms part of the global movement on Family Planning-FP 2020
  • Food and medicine in your flower beds (1)

    On December 10 last year, I was a guest speaker at a training programme in Lagos for women who wished to improve the health of members of their families, using herbs and medicinal food crops which grow in their gardens.
    These women are called URBAN GROWERS. The group is the brainchild of Mrs Sola Sowemimo, of Ope Farms, and her friend, Mrs Yinka Odukoya, of Dasyooh Farms.
    I remembered them all this morning while writing the introduction to this column. Two women had come to ask for permission to
  • Conditions for healing

    A cleric, Father Anselm Adodo, tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA how to obtain in the new year an awesome health, which does not mean the absence of pain or disease, but harmony of body, mind and spirit, based on proper use of nature’s provisions.
    Father  Anselm Adodo of the Catholic faith has said only a holistic approach to health and well-being can provide lasting solution to human sickness. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, the cleric
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  • Nigerian population: Adolescents more vulnerable

    Reports have revealed that young people (10-24 years) constitute one-third of Nigeria’s population while adolescents (10-19 years) constitute almost a fifth.
    The report, according to Champions for Change, observed that this significant but vulnerable population is exposed to a broad range of Reproductive Maternal Newborn Adolescent and Child Health (RMNCAH) challenges that include unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS, e.tc.
    The reported further note
  • Nigeria population: Adolescents more vulnerable

    Reports have revealed that young people (10-24 years) constitute one-third of Nigeria’s population while adolescents (10-19 years) constitute almost a fifth.
    The report, according to Champions for Change, observed that this significant but vulnerable population is exposed to a broad range of Reproductive Maternal Newborn Adolescent and Child Health (RMNCAH) challenges that include unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS, e.tc.
    The reported further note
  • Cheap labour: main cause of quackery in medical profession

    The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria, (AMLSN), has identified quest for cheap labour by some health centres as factor for the rise in quackery in the medical profession.
    Mr Solomon Chollom, Chairman of the association, National Veterinary Research Institute, (NVRI) Chapter, Jos, said this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Wednesday.
    He said that the desire of some health care centres and professionals to recruit cheap labour had led them to engage untrained indi
  • NAFDAC to traders: Don’t store beverages on bare floor

    The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday warned traders in Taraba against storing beverages on the bare floor.
    The State Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Suleiman Folorunsho, gave the warning during a mop-up of imported foreign juices in shops and warehouses in Jalingo.
    According to him, storing beverages on the floor is an illegal act which undermines the integrity of the products.
    He said the poor storage habit was partly responsible for the unusual
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  • Your role in preventing miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and preterm explained (4)

    So far, we have looked at abortion – both legal and illegal. We discussed possible reasons for legal abortion though not everyone may agree with my position. I believe the true test of decision on if abortion should be done or not is first to weigh in the letter of the law and also pertinently to pause and consider:  “What will I do, if I got an unwanted pregnancy or what will I do if my daughter or sister or any member of my family faces an issue of undesirable pregnancy?&rdquo
  • ‘Prioritise forex for health sector’

    The Federal Government has been urged to prioritise the allocation of foreign exchange(forex) to the health sector.
    Vitafoam Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Taiwo Adeniyi made the appeal while donating the firm’s products to the Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos.
    The items included wooden baby cots, mattresses, pillows, duvet, baby pillows, and feeders.
    He said forward-looking countries have always given the sector a special treatment in forex allocation.
    He said t
  • Omisore pays patients’ bills at OAUTH, visits orphanage homes

    Former Osun State Deputy Governor Senator Iyiola Omisore has visited  some patients of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), IIe- Ife, and children and care givers at the Covenant Orphanage and Welfare Centre in Moro, Osun State, where he paid their bills and gave them gifts.
    At the OAUTH, he was received by the top management staff of the hospital led by the Chief Medical Director, Prof Victor Adetiloye.
    Others at the event were the Director of Administration, Mrs Bola
  • Lagos repositions mental health desks

    The government of Lagos State is set to activate  mental health desks in all the primary health centres (PHCs) across the state.
    To ensure their seamless take off, the Head of Department of Psychiatry, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja,  Prof Abiodun Adewuya, the desk officer in-charge of Mental Health, Ministry of Health Alausa, Ikeja, Dr Dolapo Fasawe and experts in the field, have held a training for officers drawn from the PHCs in the state. The event held at
  • ‘Colon cancer is treatable, preventable’

    An expert, Mrs Eniola Salu, has said colon cancer is not only treatable, it is also preventable.
    Mrs Salau, Chairperson, Eniola Cancer Care Foundation, spoke  during a visit by officials of organisation to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja to present gifts to patients, especially those receiving treatment for cancer.
    She said her experience with her late husband inspired her to join the advocacy for early screening of the disease to fight colon cancer, adding that
  • Excessive consumption of catfish can cause cardiovascular diseases — Expert

    A medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, said on Thursday in Abuja that excessive consumption of catfish could increase the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.
    Adeolu, a practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
    He said that catfish contained omega-6 fatty acids, which could increase the level of inflammation in the body.
    He added that inflammation was the underlying cause of cardiovascular diseas
  • Project sues Coca-Cola of downplaying risk of sugary drinks

    Coca-Cola Co and the American Beverage Association trade group were sued on Wednesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the health risk of consuming sugary beverages.
    The case was filed in federal court in Oakland, California, U.S.
    The nonprofit Praxis Project accused the defendants of downplaying the risks to boost sales, despite scientific evidence linking sugary beverages to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    Praxis accused both defendants of using euphemisms such as “
  • ‘Traditional medicine can be practised to international standard’

    The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Diafra Ayodele Herbals, Lagos, Dr Isaac Ayodele, a researcher who has digitalised herbal medicine practice and written some e-books on it, gives an insight in how to step up its practice and modernise it.
    I am 53 years old with over 20 years of managing Diafra Ayodele Herbals that is touching lives positively. And, indeed, in this perspective, I can say the outfit has come a long way.
    At the take-off of Diafra Ayodele Herbals in 1996, it was a sin
  • Random thoughts from X-mas to Ibori’s home-coming

    CONGRATULATIONS, 2016 has gone away, 2017 is here, young and fresh and brimming with hope that it would burn off all the dross and ugliness of last year. As I settled behind my desk last Monday, Boxing Day, to write this column, I couldn’t pin my thoughts down to gather steam for what has almost become a routine every first week of January… Alternative Medicine products to watch out for in the New Year. I guess that will come later. Instead, I settled for random thoughts and experie
  • Lagos Psychiatric Hospital Doctors protest,wear black bands, coats

    The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba in Lagos, on Tuesday complied with the directive of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) by wearing black bands and coats to register their grievances.
    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was in line with the NARD directive to its members.
    The national body of the association had directed its members to wear black ward coats and conduct rallies at the expiration of initial ultimatum given
  • Kwara to spend N450m on solar power in hospitals.

    The Kwara Government has released N450 million for the provision of solar power in all state-owned General Hospitals across the three senatorial districts.
    The state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Atolagbe Alege disclosed this in llorin on Tuesday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
    The Commissioner said this was part of an effort to enhance health care service delivery in the state and also to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.
    Alege explained that the solar power pro
  • We lost five months to strike in 2016 – UBTH

    The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Prof. Michael Ibadin, on Monday, said industrial actions disrupted medical activities in the hospital for a cumulative period of five months in 2016.Ibadin disclosed this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Benin.He said industrial actions embarked upon by the various unions in the hospital were hinged on staff welfare.He said that some of the issues had been resolved while others were yet to be resolv
  • Nigerians advised to regularly test their borehole water

    The Federal Government has advised Nigerians who drink borehole water to test the quality regularly to reduce its negative impact.
    Mrs Elizabeth Ugoh, the Deputy Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, stated this in Abuja on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
    She said the ministry was working with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), to enforce the National Standard for Drinking Water Quality toward ensuring the q
  • Hospitals of death, tears and sorrow (1)

    With crippling challenges of dilapidated infrastructure, obsolete medical facilities, dearth of professionals, teaching and paucity of funds to contend with, teaching hospitals have been reduced to centres of regrets and heartbreaks. Fresh from a two-month tour of these ailing facilities, Assistant Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF reports that the regular harvests of woes in the public hospitals may not abate until the right structures are in place
    As far as miracles go, his is a classic example of life af
  • A claim of coconut oil cure for cancer

    We live in a world of edible oils. Mr Lade Bonuola (a.k.a LADBONE) told me many times he knew of palm oil as an edible oil only when he came from his home town, Kishi, for his Higher School Certificate Education (HSC) at Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, in Southwestern Nigeria. Kishi is an agrarian town in the north of Southwestern Nigeria. In Kishi of the 1960s, shea butter was the staple cooking oil. Mr Bonuola said he saw a palm kernel tree for the first time in the South of Southwestern Nigeri
  • Drug hawking to end by August 2017

    Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, Registrar Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to ending open drug hawking by Aug. 1, 2017.
    Mohammed gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja described this as part of efforts to regulate drug distribution system in the country.
    He said the move would assist in curtailing the menace of an open drug sale.
    Mohammed attributed major challenges in the health system to op
  • LASUTH assures of good staff welfare in 2017

    The Management, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Monday said it will continue to provide good welfare package for members of staff, to improve quality healthcare delivery in 2017.
    LASUTH`s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Oke, said this in a statement in Lagos.
    Oke said that the hospital’s achievements in the outgoing year could not have been without the dedication to duty by workers.
    “We will continue to aspire to provide welfare to our members of st
  • 2017: LASUTH assures of good staff welfare package

    The Management, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, says it will continue to provide good welfare package for members of staff, to improve quality healthcare delivery in 2017.
    LASUTH`s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Oke, said this in Lagos on Monday in a statement made.
    Oke said that the hospital’s achievements in the outgoing year could not have been without the dedication to duty by workers.
    “We will continue to aspire to provide welfare to our members
  • Lassa Fever: Ogun places 396 people under surveillance

    The Ogun Commissioner for Health Dr. Babtunde Ipaye has said that 396 people that had primary and secondary contacts with the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Idi- Aba in Abeokuta, who died of Lassa fever have been traced and placed under surveillance in case they develop symptoms of the disease.
    Ipaye  made this known during an official commissioning of Shoremekun Memorial Hospital (Blue Star) at Ifo Local Government Area of the State, yesterday.
    The Commissi
  • Ebola vaccine trial highly effective – WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) said an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea.
    “The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year,” WHO said in a press release.
    The UN health agency noted the results of the latest trial published on Friday in the medical journal “The Lancet’&rsqu
  • ‘Lassa fever killed 149 in Nigeria’

    … 273 cases reported
    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday said Nigeria recorded the largest outbreaks of Lassa fever in its history between 2015 and 2016, with 273 reported cases resulting in 149 deaths.
    Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer of NCDC  said this in a statement in Lagos.
    Ihekweazu said the cases were reported from 23 states.
    He said following this the Minister of Health inaugurated a Lassa Fever Eradication Committee, under the leadership of Pr
  • Yuletide: Nigerians urged to watch source, quality of food intake

    The former Chief Medical Director, State Hospital, Ota, Ogun, Dr Tunde Banuso, has advised the Nigerians to watch the quality and sources of the food they eat during the festive period, in order to avoid food poisoning.
    Banuso told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Ota, Ogun that the step was necessary in order to prevent vomiting and contracting diarrhoea during the period.
    He also implored Nigerians to keep a clean environment during the Christmas and New Year period, in orde
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption during yuletide – Doctor

    Dr. Olumide Akadiri, the Chief Medical Director, Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Okitipupa, has cautioned against excessive consumption of alcohol during the yuletide.
    Akadiri, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Okitipupa, warned that alcohol was injurious to the kidney and liver which are very important organs in the human digestive systems.
    The medical expert said that there were many patients in the hospital with cases of kidney and liver problems as a result
  • Zika virus infection rises in Vietnamese city

    Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has so far recorded 145 Zika virus infections in 23 of its 24 districts.
    At least 19 pregnant women were among the victims,  the municipal Preventive Medicine Centre said on Thursday.
    It noted that among four new cases of infections was a local pregnant woman.
    “Relevant agencies in the city are urging residents to kill mosquitoes and their larvae, use mosquito nets when sleeping, and minimise travel to affected areas,’’ it stressed.
     
  • Lassa fever: Ogun creates Isolation Centre

    Following the death of two health officers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta, the state government said it had taken steps to create an Isolation Centre to cater for cases of Lassa fever.
    The Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, said this while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abeokuta.
    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Lassa fever had on Monday, claimed the lives of an Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and a Mortuary Attendant.
    The commissioner said the minis
  • A season of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD)…2

    THE SERIES SO FAR…The weather is hot and axing the health of many people. Sweating is profuse. Some people may sweat out as much as 10 liters of water every day along with important minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, copper and Manganese. Sodium and Potassium, too, are lost. The body calls for a replacement of the lost items and water through the thirst signal. But many people refill only with water. Many others take sugar-loaded soft drinks. The sugar thickens the blood, aggravat
  • Artistes should improve knowledge of mental illness -Kelani

    Film producer, Tunde Kelani, says that artistes have the responsibility to learn more about mental illness in order to apply the knowledge in their movies.
    Kelani told journalists on Thursday in Lagos that such movies would influence and educate the society about mental illness.
    He spoke on the side-lines of the Annual Conference organised by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba in Lagos.
    The conference has the theme, “Religion and Mental Illn
  • Nigerians should embrace positive lifestyles to prevent HIV/AIDS -Scientist

    Nigerians have been urged to embrace lifestyles that would prevent them from HIV/AIDS.This call was made by Mr Chineye Nwekpe, an Enugu-based Laboratory Scientist,on Thursday.
    Nwekpe, who is also a former Chairman, Laboratory Scientists Association of Nigeria, Enugu Chapter gave the advice in an interview with journalists in Enugu.
    He said that it would be better and easier to prevent the condition than managing it, adding that HIV treatment could not be found in every hospital in the country.
    T
  • Imo Govt, urged to step-up primary health care -IVAC

    The Imo Government has been urged to step-up in the level of primary healthcare service. This call was made by the Country Director of John Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC), Dr Chizoba Wonodi, on Thursday at a two-day orientation workshop.
    The two-day orientation workshop was based on the new Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) reform of the Federal Government, organised by IVAC in conjunction with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Owe
  • Minister: emulate traditional healers

    There is the need for orthodox medicine practitioners to borrow a leaf from traditional medicine practitioners.
    According to the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who briefed Health Editors in Lagos to mark one year in office, traditional healers show empathy to their clients and their services are accessible and affordable.
    Adewole said there were many areas of traditional medicine that more Nigerians could benefit from. Some of them, according to him, are bone setting and healing with he
  • A season of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD)…1

    The weather is changing in Nigeria, from the cool or cold of the rainfall months to the searing heat of the interlude days between the rains and the harmattan season in December or January. Already, these seasonal changes are ushering a season of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD). In the SAD season, the behaviour and health of many people change negatively, mildy or adversely. Many people are aware that mental illnesses relapse in certain seasons or that bone fractures or ulcers that had healed
  • Okowa advocates holistic approach to eradication of malaria, other diseases

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday said only through a holistic approach could malaria and other tropical diseases could be eradicated in the country.
    The governor said this when he received a former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and his South-South Advocacy Group on the control of Malaria and other Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Asaba on Monday.
    Okowa, however, commended Gowon for his commitment to the Nigerian project, assuring that his administration would support the fight agai
  • $30bn required to tackle Africa’s healthcare challenges — Expert

    Between $25 billion and $30 billion is to be required in tackling Africa’s healthcare challenges.
    This assertion was made by Dr Olamide Okulaja, a healthcare finance specialist, in a lecture, he delivered on Monday in Ilorin at the Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) chapter.
    The lecture was entitled: “Public Private Partnership in Today’s Healthcare System: Prospects and Challe
  • Borno records 512 new HIV cases in IDPs’ camps

    Malam Barkindo Saidu, the Executive Secretary, Borno Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BOSACA), says 512 new cases of HIV infections have been recorded in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.
    He spoke on Sunday in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen.
    Saidu said that the cases were recorded after voluntary screening in some IDPs’ camps in the state.He pointed out that two out of the 512 persons were children.“We are currently conducting voluntary screening on HIV/AID
  • 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