Tuesday April 28th, 2015
Tuesday April 28th, 2015
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Children living with cancer: Alive today, dead tomorrow?

  /   in Health 3:26 am   /   Comments

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“We do not know why we were born with cancer. Did we or our ancestors wrong the gods? Even scientists have no acceptable explanation,” they ask. “Thousands of us are born every day. Right now, we have no idea how many we are. Our plight is overshadowed, perhaps because no one understands what we go through. “We have suffered much and for long, and now, we wish to let the society know what it is like to be a child living with cancer in the hope that this will bring us attention and succour.”

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Mortein partners Lagos Govt to tackle malaria

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‘‘Mosquitoes are carriers of malaria parasite and they breed in dirty environment. Keeping the environment clean means that mosquitoes have no breeding place, if we can stop the life circle of the insect through constant cleaning of our environment and application of the insecticide that have the ability to kill mosquitoes 100 percent, that means we have succeeded in killing the disease,”

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IoD preaches healthy living with ‘walk for life’

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* Staff of Vanguard Media Ltd. on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway during the 10km “Walk for Life” activity held over the weekend. Photo: Chioma Obinna.

The Institute of Directors, IoD, Nigeria, penultimate week, embarked on a health walk tagged “Walk For Life” (WFL) to ensure healthy living among directors and participants. The fitness exercise which lasted for about 1hr, 45minutes took off from IoD’s office at 53 Glover Road, Ikoyi-Lekki, with participants going through Malverton and Alexander roads, across Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge.

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PSN tasks FG on commercialisation of phamacies in FHIs

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has reaffirmed its call to the Federal Ministry of Health to halt the commercialisation of pharmacy facilities in Federal Health Institutions once and for all in the interest of national health. Making the call, in a petition to the Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, the PSN President, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, said rather than abate, the tendencies and flair for vindictive actions targeted against pharmacists and the profession of pharmacy has continued unchecked at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin and Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.

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We can prevent Nigerians from dying before their time – Okolo

  /   in Health 6:41 pm   /   Comments

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Even as the Nigerian and South African governments are contending with a diplomatic row arising from the series of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans residing in South Africa, the two countries are strongly collaborating on the medical front, specifically in the area of gastrointestinal medicine.

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World Bank approves $500m to improve maternal, child health

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*Nursing mother...Kidnapped at home

The World Bank has approved 500 million dollars International Development Association (IDA) credit to improve maternal and child and nutrition services for women and children in Nigeria.

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Expert says alcoholism causes liver cirrhosis

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Dr Pokop Bupwatda, a Consultant Physician, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), has identified excessive drinking of alcohol as the major cause of increased rate of liver cirrhosis detected among youths in the country.

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Nigeria must tap into the multi-million-dollar mushroom market — Prof Ikhuoya

  /   in Business, Health   /   Comments

John-Okhuoya

As a matter of fact, WHO sponsored one of the top mushroom scientists to develop some mushroom products that helped to treat an AIDS patient in South Africa. What that product did was to enhance the appetite of the patient because one of the things we see with AIDS patients is that they lose appetite, lose weight and gradually die. It was found that when their food was fortified with mushroom, the appetite increased and they ate more, put on weight, and started living healthy lives.

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Ode Irele: Physiotherapists caution against alarmist reports

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Worried by series of conflicting reports emanating from Ode-Irele in Ondo State over the outbreak of a strange disease, the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, NSP, has called for caution against false alerts and alarm with regards to the outbreak.

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NIPDs: Lagos targets 4m children

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The Lagos State Government has said 4.3 million children were immunised against childhood vaccine preventable diseases including polio during the March National Immunisation Plus Days, NIPDs, in the State even as it is targeting more four million children in the April NIPDs. Disclosing this last week, Special Adviser on Health to the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Yewande Adeshina said the March NIPDs had 96 percent coverage.

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Ignorance often the cause of resistance to immunisation

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Obianuju Ozoh

It is important to get babies immunised because when they are born, they have little or no immunity, so they are prone to infectious diseases. They have a little protection from their mothers’ immunity but that wanes within a short time. The time to immunise a baby is right from birth. There is an immunisation protocol that is followed. The vaccination protects them and prepares them for the challenges ahead from the infectious diseases that can occur.

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Society tasks FG to provide more funds to tackle Malaria

  /   in Health 5:03 pm   /   Comments

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Dr Babajide Puddicombe, the President, Malaria Society of Nigeria, (MSN) on Sunday called on the Federal Government to provide more funds to effectively tackle malaria scourge in the country.

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NGO spends $150,000 on malaria annually in Akwa Ibom, says director

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Africare, an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working in Eket and Ibeno areas of Akwa Ibom, says it spends $150, 000 yearly on malaria control programmes in the state.

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Millions of people die annually of malaria, says Jeff-Nnamani

  /   in Health 6:03 am   /   Comments

Jeff-Nnamani

Dr Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani is Managing Director/CEO, Novo Health Africa. Novo Health Africa is a Health maintenance Organization (HMO) in Nigeria with the mission to develop, provide and manage sustainable health care programmes, service and support systems through a dedicated team of professionals, ensuring quality and outstanding client servicing.

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Colorectal cancer: Screening saves lives

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Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with colorectal (colon and rectum) cancer, from which several die. It is one of the fast emerging causes of cancer-related deaths globally affecting people more often than expected. The toll of colorectal cancer is much higher among populations with limited access to screening and early treatment die much more often from the disease.

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What to do when you have Erectile Dysfunction

  /   in Health 7:11 pm   /   Comments

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When a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection, he is said to have Erectile Dysfunction (ED) which is a common type of male sexual dysfunction. ED can be a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections.

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To defeat malaria, ensure access to quality medicines

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Mosquito

With more than 90 percent of Nigeria’s population at risk of malaria infection, it seems we all have a story to tell about the disease. When I was younger, my sister had a close shave with malaria. She developed a high fever and received several antimalarial ‘treatments’ from unlicensed chemists, which did not help. Her case became quite severe before she finally received proper treatment just in time to fully recover.

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Agbami partners give kiss of life to Delta, Ondo TB/leprosy patients

  /   in Health 12:10 am   /   Comments

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EKU—THE horrible condition of the signboard of Hospitals Management Board, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Referral Centre, Eku, Delta State, is the first indication that all is not well with the health institution. Turning to what looks like a farm path, which is actually the road to the clinic at Sanubi-Eku, one wonders whether government still remembers that there is such a facility anywhere in the map of the state.

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Experts advise parents to immunise children

  /   in Health 1:37 pm   /   Comments

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Two health experts on Tuesday advised parents to immunise their children and wards regularly against preventable diseases to help reduce the rate of infant mortality in the country. The experts gave the advice in separate interviews withnewsmen ahead of the 2015 World Immunisation Week.

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Alcohol with energy drinks, a dangerous combination

  /   in Health 12:15 am   /   Comments

Beer

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks poses a serious public health risk. The explanation is because people who drink heavily, become more intoxicated, and have more negative drinking consequences when they ingest both energy drinks and alcohol, compared to when they only use. Drinking either alcohol and energy drinks on the same day or combining the two at the same time tends to cause you to spend more time drinking—thus consuming more alcohol—than you would have without the caffeinated drinks.

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Saved by the second opinion

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Rita-Wilson

WHEN Rita Wilson, actress and wife of Tom Hanks, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she got a second opinion. A friend who had had breast cancer suggested she obtained a second opinion and that was what she did. Another expert discovered “invasive lobular carcinoma,” which was confirmed by a third pathologist. Eventually, she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery following the diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma.

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Anambra govt, group sign pact to develop health sector

  /   in Health 7:55 pm   /   Comments

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ONITSHA—ACTIVITIES marking this year’s medical mission being embarked upon on an annual basis, by a team of health professionals from Realizing Inter-Disciplinary System of Excellence, RISE Health Corporation, RHC, a non-governmental organization, NGO based in the United States of America, USA, kicked off penultimate Tuesday with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the corporation and the Anambra State government.

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Obiano’s wife’s lifeline for children with cleft lips

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EKWULOBIA—THEY are children born with one deformity or the other especially on their lips or palate. These children are born with the congenital abnormality of cleft lips and cleft palates. Often times, it brings confusion in marriages as accusing fingers go in wrong directions.
Parents of such children are always worried and often times, they would not afford the cost of surgery and the children grow up with such deformity.

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Hope rekindles for 500 MDR-TB patients

  /   in Health 8:02 pm   /   Comments

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FIVE hundred patients of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, MDR-TB, are to benefit from quality assured 2nd Line Drugs, valued at US$1.42 million being procured by the Federal government of Nigeria. The 2nd line drugs, will be delivered by Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility begining June 2015. Drug resistant tuberculosis, DR-TB, also known as drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a public health threat globally. Drug resistance occurs when drug-susceptible TB patients do not receive the correct treatment regimens or do not complete the full course of treatment.

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Health insurance: Lagos plans social mobilisation campaign

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Nigerians obtaining free healthcare services during a medical mission \exercise recently.

Lagos State Council on Health has announced plans to launch a comprehensive and sustained social mobilisation campaign for health insurance with a view to promoting universal health coverage in the state. The Council met recently in Lagos to showcase the progress made in the State Health Sector over the last seven years while identifying areas for consolidation and intervention in the sector.

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Fending for orphans has turned me into a beggar

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Despite setting out very early, the heavy traffic along Orile-Badagry expressway, Lagos, ensured that this reporter did not get to Araromi, Badagry, location of the Lady Atinuke Oyindamola Memorial Home before 1pm. On entry into the premises which is fenced, the sight of the three building inside, comes as a bit of a shock. A first time visitor to the Home would have no cause to cheer. Right from the gates, the feeling of despair, desolation and despondency is immediately apparent.

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100 health professionals acquire special skills in Anambra State

  /   in Health 12:20 am   /   Comments

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NO less than 100 health professionals in Onitsha, Anambra state have undergone hands-on skills training in various health fields including Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, CPR, proper usage of a defibrillator machine, and the use of an Epinephrine pen for anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions.

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Sanofi Pasteur, APHPN advocate food safety standards

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WORRIED by the proliferation of food and water borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases in Nigeria, Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, in partnership with the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, APHPN, Lagos Chapter, have called for an effective and sustained food safety and hygiene quality assurance system to be in place in the country.

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Expert allays fears, as Ebola scare hits Lagos

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Health, News 8:28 pm   /   Comments

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By Sola Ogundipe Residents of Lagos and environs have been urged to ignore a rumoured re-emergence of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Lagos. The rumour, which began trending on the social media late on the night of Friday April 10, 2015, threw a wide section of the populace into wild panic even as

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The health sector we need under Buhari – Oluwole, MDCAN President

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Steven   Oluwole

The President, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Dr Steven Oluwole, in this interview, explains the expectations of his members from the president – elect, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

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Half of Ebola cases located on Sierra Leone-Guinea border — WHO

  /   in Health 12:31 am   /   Comments

Medics in full gear to avoid contracting the virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that almost half of all Ebola infections in West Africa have been recorded in two districts located in the border region between Sierra Leone and Guinea. Winnie Romeril, WHO Sierra Leone Spokeswoman, said in Freetown efforts were being made to contain the disease in the two worst affected areas of Kambia , western Sierra Leone and Forecariah, eastern Guinea.

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Mother and lover, are you woman enough?

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SHE is 34 and breastfeeding an 8-month-old infant. It is her first baby and she is quite happy carrying out her motherly duties. The problem is that she has no sex drive to write home about. Before the birth of the baby, she and her spouse couldn’t have enough of each other. In the first few months after their wedding, they were at it practically every day. Even when she became pregnant, they still managed to have a roll in the hay at least once every other day.

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