Sunday May 24th, 2015
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Misconduct: PCN delists two pharmacists

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From left: Tribunal member, Mrs. G.M.O Chukwuma; Tribunal chairman, Mr Bruno Nwankwo and Tribunal Assessor, Mr Thompson Olatigbe, during the PCN tribunal sitting in Abuja.

TWO pharmacists, Pharm. Ogbonnaya Emmanuel Nduka and Clifford Osonduagwuike Ogbonna, have been delisted from the Pharmacists’ Register for various offences bordering on gross professional misconduct.

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Family physicians worry over dearth of medical doctors

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Family Physicians have decried the dearth of medical doctors in the country, lamenting the ratio of one doctor to 6,400 patients as against the World Health Organisation WHO, recommendation of one doctor to 600 patients

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Gonorrhoea: Silent rage of a ‘forgotten’ disease

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A complication of gonorrhoea infection in a baby born by an infected woman.

FRANCIS complained that he was having an embarrassing difficulty. He said in the last few days, he had been experiencing a burning sensation whenever he was urinating, but now, in addition to the pain, a yellowish white discharge was oozing from his male sex organ. Alarmed, the young man confided in some of his male friends who just laughed and waved his concerns aside.

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Coalition canvasses safe delivery for rescued pregnant girls, women

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Sonnie Ekwowusi is shown in the photo presenting the envelope containing the cash to Mr. Bitrus Samuel of NEMA franked by other members of NEMA

“They also refuted the earlier claim which put the number of pregnant women at 214, since pregnancy tests were yet to be carried out on the women.” According to Okonkwo, another member of the group who resides in Yola, Adamawa State, noted that at present the rescued victims lack the bare necessities of life such as clothing, food, water and shelter. “One would think that these should be the immediate concern of any philanthropic group instead of focusing on a campaign for abortion while these victims remain in need.

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Unilever steps up action against anaemia

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L-R: Mr. Yaw Nsarkoh, MD Unilever Nigeria; Professor Ngozi Nnam, President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Knorr Ambassador at the Follow in My Green Food Steps Symposium organised by Unilever in Partnership with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria in Lagos.

In a bid to reduce the incidences of anaemia related disorders among Nigerian women and teenage girls, Unilever’s biggest brand Knorr weekend flagged off its campaigns aimed at reducing the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in Nigeria. The Knorr’s Green Food Steps targets 50,000 mothers and daughters who will practice the new cooking habits in Ijebu Ode and Amaigbo.

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Kizito Hospital diagnoses 8,000 TB cases in 10 yrs

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Master Barry Joel Adefusika, winner of the baby picture competition on Facebook, organised by Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, to mark its 12th anniversary. Poses with Clinic Manager, Nordica Lagos, Mrs Tola Ajayi (carrying the winner) and his mother Yetunde, (left).  Barry and his family won an all-expenses-paid trip to Ghana on the 29th of May - 1st of June, 2015.To emerge winner out of 133 contestants, Barry garnered a total of 2753 likes.

NO fewer than 8.000 Tuberculosis patients have obtained care and treatment support at the TB/DOTS Centre of St. Kizito Clinic, Lagos, over the last 10 years. Disclosing this recently, management of the hospital said of this number over 1,200 patients were treated successfully since the Centre was established in 2005.

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New test detects drug use from fingerprint

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A NEW potential drug test may be in the offing as researchers from the Netherlands Forensic Institute, the National Physical Laboratory, King’s College London and Sheffield Hallam University all in the UK, are analysing the fingerprints of patients attending drug treatment services. Led by other researchers at the University of Surrey, the team tested the prints against more commonly used saliva samples to determine whether the two tests correlated.

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Robust blood bank system’ll reduce maternal mortality

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Nigeria needs about 1.4 million units of blood, unfortunately, only 54,392,000  are generated from its 17 fully operational centres across  the six geo-political zones of the country.

It is indisputable that Nigerian women are dying before, during and after childbirth. The lamentation of unnecessary loss of lives has been on for decades now, almost soundinglike a broken record. Everyday, several Nigerian women go into the battle of giving birth to children and not many come out to tell the happy story. In fact, statistics from relevant sources have it that maternal mortality in Nigeria is not only alarmingly high but one of the highest in the world.

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Epidemic: Kenya cholera death toll rises to 65

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Cholera patients at a hospital

At least 65 people are confirmed to have died in a nearly five-month-old cholera outbreak in Kenya, with infections also continuing to rise in the capital Nairobi, health officials said Wednesday. Health Minister James Macharia said 326 new cases have been reported over the past week nationwide, a nearly 50 percent increase over the previous week and bringing the total number of cases to 3,223.

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30 in 100 adult Nigerians have hypertension

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Cardiac expert has raised alarm over the increasing incidences of hypertension among Nigerians saying that 30 out of every 100 adult Nigerians are hypertensive. A renowned cardiologist and President of the Cardiac Society of Nigeria, Dr. Amam Mbakwem in chat said over 30 million adult Nigerians are living with disease and handful of others yet to know their status. Mbakwem who advocated the need for Nigerians to adopt the culture of home monitoring of their blood pressures as part of efforts towards preventing complications arising from the killer disease warned that in most patient hypertension does not give signs or symptoms.

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ULCO opens as mega drug distribution centre

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Towards addressing the country’s chaotic drug distribution system that is often characterised by circulation of fake and counterfeit medicines, Ultra Logistics Company Limited, ULCO, a private sector initiative, opens today in Lagos to begin operation as a mega drug distribution centre under the watch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN.

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HIV vaccine: Experts explore viable options

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AS Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day today, an Associate Professor of Paediatric Dentistry and Consultant at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, Dr. Morenike Ukpong, has called for all hands to be on deck to ensure that all available HIV prevention methods reach people who need them.

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I’m shocked that even children have cancer — Kenny St. Brown

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From left: Kenny St.Brown, the Face of Childhood Cancer in Nigeria; one of the children being supported by CLWCF and Dr. Nneka Nwobbi, Executive Director, CLWCF during the unveiling in Lagos last week.

EVEN as she was being unveiled as the Face of Childhood Cancer in Nigeria, popular artiste, Kenny Saint Brown, said she was shocked to learn that children also have cancer.

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Fed Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu suspends 3 staff

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ENUGU—The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, has placed a male nurse on three months suspension for allegedly injecting a patient with unprescribed drugs. The nurse, identified as Alozie Ejimadu, allegedly carried out the act during the March 28 presidential election. Similarly, two other members of staff of the hospital, Ozurumba Anthony and Ihezue Ejike, were equally interdicted for different alleged offences.

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Ugwumba gets emotional on Delta’s feat in health sector

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Dr. Rukevwe-Ugwumba

Everything is like clockwork in the Diaspora. You wouldn’t expect power to go out and then having to do this. To be honest, some Nigerians work under very tough conditions. I’m talking about our health staff and it would not occur that for a Diaspora doctor, you cannot pay them for certain conditions such as seeing very high volume patients, having little rest, no power sometimes, etc., but Nigeria needs to get many things right.

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When you are expecting in your 40’s & 50’s

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GETTING pregnant and giving birth is one of those things a woman often takes for granted until the day rolls around when you decide to have children and experience trouble conceiving. But while some causes of infertility are hereditary or due to health problems beyond your control, there are actually a few steps that can be taken to preserve and enhance a woman’s ability to have children. The truth is that a healthy lifestyle alone won’t necessarily protect you from infertility, but it may help especially as it is known that people who are very unhealthy have a much higher incidence of infertility.

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Diet doctor: Lose most weight with least effort

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Eat smaller mealsThis simple food-timing trick sends messages to your brain to release fat stores. If you haven’t eaten anything for 2 to 3 hours, it’s time to eat again. Ideally, choose some protein and non-starchy vegetables to get the best results. Some great options include: soaked almonds (soak for eight hours or overnight, then drain), celery sticks with almond or hemp seed butter, and apple slices with avocado or almond butter.

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Govt must prioritise postgraduate medical training – Olusegun Odukoya

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About 30 years ago, EKO Hospitals Group was fully accredited for the postgraduate fellowship training in family medicine. Early this year, it obtained a two year accreditation for postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In this interview, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Mr. Olusegun Odukoya, a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, speaks to Chioma Obinna on the impact of post-graduate training to healthcare delivery.

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Avon HMO rolls out community health plan in Anambra

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SUCCOUR came the way of the communities in Idemili LGA, Anambra state and its environs recently as a partnership to provide qualitative and affordable healthcare at Iyi-Enu Mission Hospital was signed between Avon Healthcare Ltd (Avon HMO) Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCo.

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More sex doesn’t lead to increased happiness

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Countless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, based on the common finding that those having more sex are also happier. Scientists now report that simply having more sex did not make couples happier, in part because the increased frequency led to a decline in wanting for and enjoyment of sex.

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Malaria vaccine less effective than expected

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• Search for a universal malaria vaccine has been on for several years. The World Health Organisation, WHO, says malaria vaccines are considered amongst the most important modalities for potential prevention of malaria disease and reduction of malaria transmission.

HOPES of a universal, commercially licensed malaria vaccine this year may have dimmed as the first candidate malaria vaccine to reach phase III clinical trials, though safe, has been found to provide only modest protection for infants.

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Hypertension: Experts advocate regular screening, free anti-hypertensives

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With over 70 percent of hypertensive patients guilty of non-compliance with their drug regimens in Nigeria, experts have harped on the need for Nigerians to develop the culture of regular blood pressure checks even as they expressed worry over patients’ drug inconsistency.

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Hospital harvests 23 organs from brain-dead donors

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In a remarkable act of humanity, Apollo Hospitals, has harvested 23 organs from five brain dead organ donors even as it carried out 10 transplants in one day at its flagship Hospital in India.

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Liberia’s achievement against Ebola is monumental — WHO

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

The campaign to eliminate the Ebola virus marked a significant milestone on Saturday 9 of May, as the World Health Organisation, WHO, declared Liberia free of the Ebola disease.

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Group offers free blood pressure checks

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Team Up For Health, TUFH, a Carlisle Healthcare initiative has start a free blood pressure check campaign aimed to nip in the bud chronic diseases that may result from high blood pressure.

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Scientists investigate why the Ebola virus ‘hides’ in the testicles

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: A young man, dressed in a biohazard costume, stands on the corner of 546 West 147th Street on October 25, 2014 in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea, where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing where he was officially diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 23.   Bryan /AFP

EVER since a Liberian woman was diagnosed with Ebola after having sex with her spouse who is a survivor of Ebola, doctors can no longer tell for certain when it’s safe for Ebola survivors to return to a normal sex life.

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Dearth of midwives, threat to maternal/child survival – Bauchi PHCDA

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The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, BPHCDA, has identified shortage of midwives at the primary health care level as the major factor threatening maternal, new born and child survival in the state.

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I’ll pay every HIV-positive South African N0.84m to wear a tatoo — ZUMA

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CONFIRMED HIV positive South Africans that volunteer to be marked near their genital area with a tatoo depicting their status, will in addition to free counselling and medication. be paid an equivalent of N840, 000 (50 000 Rands) each, according to a bill newly signed by President Jacob Zuma.

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Oncologists urge Buhari to prioritise cancer care under NHIS

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President-elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) waves in Abuja on April 1, 2015. Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. AFP PHOTO

With over 80 percent of Nigerian cancer patients paying out of pocket, the need for the incoming administration of General Mohammadu Buhari to include cancer care under the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, has been stressed.

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Family planning: Yes for women, no for men

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UNlike women, a greater percentage of men detests the family planning. To many of them, family planning is like a suicide mission which may terminate the life of any man that tries it. As Vanguard went round Ibadan city to seek the opinion of married couples on why some homes don’t subscribe to family planning, various reasons were given. They specifically complained about a particular method called vasectomy which means male sterilization. It is a procedure performed on a man that will permanently keep him from being able to get a woman pregnant.

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Africa’s sustainable development begins with local capacity

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Over the last decade, there has been a gradual, yet significant shift in the way large international donors give foreign aid in countries like Nigeria. Increasingly, major development donors, such as the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, have begun giving money directly to developing country governments and local non governmental organisations, NGOs.

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NAFDAC, 42 schools to fight against fake, counterfeit foods, drugs in Anambra

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EKWULUOBIA-MORE than 42 secondary schools in Anambra State have been mobilized by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for the fight against fake and counterfeit drugs and food products. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, said that the students were being mobilised through the NAFDAC Consumer Safety Clubs, NCSC, in secondary schools, “which as a catch them young programme,” was yielding the needed positive results as hundreds of schools had key-in into the programme nationwide.

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