Friday August 29th, 2014
Friday August 29th, 2014
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Resident doctors fail to resume work in Lagos

  /   in Health 9:05 am   /   Comments

Five days after the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) suspended its strike, resident doctors in the Federal Government-owned hospitals in Lagos State have yet to resume work.

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Veg diet versus Ebola and other zoonotic diseases

  /   in Health, Veggie Victory 12:50 am   /   Comments

Wondering what ‘zoonotic disease’ means? If you think of zoo then you are pretty close. Yes: animals! More precisely, diseases we human can catch from animals. Zoonotic diseases are common and can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites and other agents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Ebola: Deadly, cowardly and stupid

  /   in Health 12:38 am   /   Comments

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While the eye of the hurricane of Ebola still sits on a cluster of small countries in far West Africa, its wind shears has now engulfed our nation, Nigeria.

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Tackling low libido in women with Eve’s Desire

  /   in Health 10:02 pm   /   Comments

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DATA from research suggests that 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men report some degree of sexual dysfunction yet it is a topic many people especially women are hesitant or embarrassed to discuss.

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Scientist invents ‘robot’ that kills Ebola virus

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RECENTLY, in effort to eliminate Ebola at the source, through use of innovative disinfection technology, two “germ-killing robots” were deployed from the US to the JFK Hospital and ELWA Hospital both in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia, both hotspots of the Ebola disease outbreak.

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NHIS set to take community health insurance to 36 states — Thomas

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Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Dr. ‘Femi Thomas says the Scheme is set to launch Community Based Health Insurance Programme, CBHIP, in at least three LGAs of each state of the Federation by the end of the year.

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Stakeholders advocate better care for the elderly

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In the effort towards better care and health for the elderly, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, FIIRO, Oshodi, in collaboration with Dave Omokaro Foundation, DOF, teamed-up with stakeholders to assess the welfare of the elderly and commenced review of policies that would advance their health and well-being into old age.

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Good bras do bad things

  /   in Health 12:22 am   /   Comments

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Surgeons found women are more likely to suffer regular breast pain, which has been linked to breast cancer. Across the world, breast cancer is a problem only in cultures where women wear bras. There is already international evidence that cultures where women do not wear bras are free of breast cancer.

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Bitter kola, not a cure for Ebola virus – Iwu

  /   in Health 10:42 am   /   Comments

Prof Maurice Iwu

IN recent times, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu, has been in the news over his acclaimed research of a potential cure for the Ebola virus in a drug synthesised from Garcinia (bitter kola).

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Lagos State Govt’s response to Ebola

  /   in Health 12:08 am   /   Comments

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I am writing these words as I watch what is probably the highest concentration of Europeans in the UK….at the exit/entrance point of the Eurostar train at St Pancras Station, London. I am surrounded by recognisable Spanish, Italian, French and German dialects and a few unknown ones, probably Polish and Romanischte. No, I am not

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Why your baby should not receive any supplement or water

  /   in Health 12:05 am   /   Comments

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How do you expect me to feed my baby with breast milk alone? Will she cope all through the six months period? She asked. Mmmm, my sister breast milk is enough for your baby during those periods.

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Ebola: WBFA stresses importance of stronger health systems

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Health, News 12:59 am   /   Comments

A file photo taken on June 28, 2014 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Guinea announced on August 9, 2014 it was closing its land borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola fears.    AFP PHOTO

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, WBFA, has noted that the current Ebola outbreak in the intersection of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, does not come at much surprise, when one considers that Liberia and Sierra Leone have the worst doctor-patient ratios in West Africa.

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We need breastmilk banks, says Ogundimu

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Breast feeding mothers.

In a bid to reduce the infant mortality rate in the country and give hope to babies whose mothers were not opportuned to breastfeed, Project Coordinator of ColostrumInternational, Dr. Bunmi Ogundimu has advocated for establishment of breast milk banks across the country. The initiative which she described as a way of identifying with nursing mothers who are passing through some challenges that have denied them opportunity to breastfeed their baby.

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French drugmaker delivers first semi-synthetic malaria drugs to Nigeria, others

  /   in Health 10:22 pm   /   Comments

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced Tuesday the delivery of the first anti-malaria drugs using a semi-synthetic version of their key ingredient to millions of patients in Africa.

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PSN tasks Nigerian pharmaceutical, scientific researchers on Ebola virus

  /   in Health 12:26 am   /   Comments

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NIGERIAN pharmaceutical and scientific researchers have been tasked to respond to the public health concern brought about by the Ebola Virus Disease through intense research and development to identify a vaccine to prevent infection with the disease.

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‘We’re in the middle of largest Ebola outbreak ever’

  /   in Health 11:52 pm   /   Comments

Medical doctors attending to an Ebola virus disease victim

As at August 7, 2014, there were nine cases (two probable, seven suspect) on Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and two deaths.All nine cases have been known primary contacts of the index case in Nigeria, Mr Sawyer. At this point therefore, as far as we know, while there has been transmission in Nigeria, it is

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Ebola: Spare a thought for health workers at risk

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Health workers evacuating the remains of an Ebola  Virus Disease victim.

Ebola, the dreaded disease that has no known cure has come knocking on the door of the Nigerian nation and thus the dilapidated health system has no choice but to answer.

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SFH promoted exclusive breastfeeding

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• Breast feeding is a family affair. Many men mistakenly believe that breastfeeding is strictly confined to women and babies. Men often see their role as that of a passive or neutral  observer who have little influence on the process. Many fathers of breastfed babies tend to feel excluded from the intimacy of the nursing dad. But fathers actually have tremendous potential to facilitate or undermine the success of breastfeeding. Understanding the importance of their role is the first step in equipping fathers to help their breastfeeding partners.

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week themed “Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life” by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, focused on activities that lay emphasis on protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding of infants and young children.

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With mobile health insurance, every Nigerian’ll be covered — Thomas

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The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. ‘Femi Thomas has stated that the National Mobile Health Insurance Programme (NMHIP) is a game changer that will revolutionise the industry and establish the Scheme as the heart beat of the health sector.

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Experts say transmission of Ebola virus by air possible

  /   in Health 6:28 pm   /   Comments

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THE Ebola Virus is essentially transmitted from human-to-human through direct contact with infected patients, or through contact with body fluids of a victim. However, scientists are not ruling out the possibility of transmission by air through aerosolised particles.

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LUTH conducts open heart, kidney transplant surgeries

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*Deserted corridor leading to the entrance of a main wing of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, in Lagos as the strike called by the Joint Health Sector Unions persisted weekend. Photo: Sola Ogundipe

In its bid to end medical tourism and save huge capital flight lost by the country following rush by Nigerians to obtain medical treatments overseas, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has successfully performed open heart surgeries and kidney transplant on three patients. The feat is a first by the apex referral institution.

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20m Nigerians living with hepatitis

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A medical researcher at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, Dr Rosemary Audu, says over 20 million Nigerians are living with Hepatitis B Virus, HBV.

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Ebola: The Enemy at Your door

  /   in Health 8:17 pm   /   Comments

Medical doctors attending to an Ebola virus disease victim

Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, is a contagious illness that has been reported in several African countries, including Uganda, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. It is caused by an infection with the Ebola virus, and is often lethal in humans and non-human primates (such as monkeys and gorillas). Since 1970, there have been at least 25 confirmed outbreaks of EVD. In the latest outbreak in West Africa, around 1,200 infections and 730 deaths have been reported

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Adamawa Dep Gov accuses ex-Gov Nyako of mismanaging N82bn

  /   in Health 12:38 am   /   Comments

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

YOLA — Adamawa State Acting Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, yesterday, accused the former Governor of the state, Murtala Nyako of allegedly mismanaging N82 billion during his tenure, saying that the government had concluded arrangements to probe the former governor.

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Ebola: The enemy at your door!

  /   in Health 12:39 am   /   Comments

Ebola-virus

IS Ebola in Nigeria? Are Nigerians at risk of transmission the incurable disorder? No one could provide a definite answer to this question on Friday after the confirmation of the suspected case by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Abuja, and the Lagos State Ministry of Health the previous day

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Ebola: The virus, the disease

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- A file photo taken on June 25, 2014 shows the isolation ward at the Donka Hospital in Conakry where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said on July 11, 2014. The haemorrhagic fever sweeping through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has left an estimated 539 people dead, according to the latest WHO figures.    AFP PHOTO

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea and the suspected case in Nigeria, the rend of the epidemic in West Africa remains serious, with about 1,500 cases of infection reported up to 24 July 2014, including suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases

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Consumption of groundnut prevents Hemophilia – Nutritionist

  /   in Health 3:35 pm   /   Comments

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“People suffering from nose bleeding benefit from eating groundnut. It is also helpful in reducing excessive menstruation in women. “Groundnut contains vitamin B3 that boosts memory and helps lower cholesterol; it also contains vitamin A, B, C and E.”

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Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

  /   in Health, News 6:30 am   /   Comments

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The death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, today confirmed that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Nigeria.

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Body odour reveals malarial infection

  /   in Health 12:07 am   /   Comments

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Scientists have found that an infection with malaria pathogens changes the scent of infected mice, making those infected more attractive to mosquitoes. These are the findings of a team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Pennsylvania State University in a new study.

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Doctors’ Strike: Lack of oxygen kills two-month-old baby

  /   in Health, Special Report 9:44 am   /   Comments

An empty ward in a Lagos owned hospital due to the strike by the medical doctors

A two-month-old baby has died at the Daughters of Charity Hospital, Kubwa, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as a result of lack of oxygen for treatment following the nation wide strike embarked upon by doctors.

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Malaria: Disarming a killer at large

  /   in Health 12:51 am   /   Comments

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For several centuries, Africa was tagged the “white man’s graveyard,” no thanks to malaria. Today, Africa is still engaged in combat with the Anopheles mosquito.

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Habits to be discouraged

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Habits tend to be developed; these habits are often difficult to shake off, whilst a considerable number of these habits are relatively harmless from the health and indeed oral health point of view, however some if continued over a period of time may become harmful and could easily be initially avoided.

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