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No crisis at LUTH, says Management

Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof.  Chris Bode

THE management of the Lagos Uni-versity Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos has refuted reports of alleged crisis at the health institution. It said the allegations of delayed December 2015 and January 2016 salaries, non payment of Skipping Allowance, among other issues, was an attempt by some minority groups of the Lagos State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, to give the impression of impending crisis at the institution.

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Survivorship, key to cancer management, control — GRALOW

A professor of Medical Oncology, Prof. Julie Gralow, has said that for Nigeria to reduce incidence of cancer, the country must bring survivorship to the center stage. Speaking at the 2nd Omolara Jolaoso Memorial Lecture to commemorate the 2016 World Cancer Day, Gralow, of the Department of Medicine, University of Washington and Director of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in the US, said presently the US has over 14 million cancer survivors while the cancer death rate dropped 20 percent since 1990. She added that the five years survivor rate for cancer patients exceeded 90 percent.

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KIDNEY CARE CENTRE: The high incidence of diabetes, obesity and High Blood Pressure among adults in Ondo State prompted the setting up of a state-of-the-art dialysis unit by the state government.

How Ondo is tackling high incidence of kidney disease

IN 2014, the Ondo state gov-ernment established a Kidney Care Centre as part of its medical village as part of moves to urgently nip in the bud, the rising incidences of Non Communicable Diseases in the state. During a tour of the Centre, Good Health Weekly gathered from the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Akin Bodewa Akinwunmi, that from a study carried out in Akure South and Ondo West in 2014/2015, High Blood Pressure had a prevalence of about 75 percent while obesity among women was more than 90 percent.

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Killer – Zika Fever : Mosquito–borne virus is potential death sentence

THIS is the season of fevers. The menace of fevers is rocking the world. True, yellow fever is no longer a global threat, but malaria fever is still with us while typhoid fever remains on the prowl . Sierra Leone is still at alert for Ebola fever and Saudi Arabia is wary of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome a.k.a MERS – a viral respiratory illness that is relatively new to humans.

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LASSA, ZIKA FEVERS: Poor disease control fuels killer-viruses in Nigeria —Prof. Ugbomoiko

Professor Uade Sam Ugbomoiko is a parasitologist and former Head of Department of Zoology, University of Ilorin. His research focus covers parasites of small mammals, epidemiology and control of zoonotic parasites. Ugbomoiko gives a fresh insight into the treatment of diseases in Nigeria and how to stem the tide. He speaks against the backdrop of the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria.

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FCMB promotes healthy lifestyle

Management of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Limited has described employee health as key priority even as they pledged to execute programmes that would promote healthy living for employees and their families. Speaking during the bank’s Health Week, the Divisional Head, Human Resources and Strategy, Felicia Obozuwa, said the Health Week was one of the initiatives instituted to promote a healthy lifestyle for employees and their family members.

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ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: Pregnant women are urged to stay away from regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak due to the risk of brain damage to foetuses.

What you need to know about Zika virus

The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could cause birth defects. Until recently, global health officials paid little attention to the Zika virus that circulated in the same regions as Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. It is estimated that four million people could be infected by the end of the year. Pregnant women have been urged not to travel to about 24 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America, where the outbreak is growing. Zika infection appears to be linked to the development of unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns.

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Pain can drive you crazy

There are more chronic pain sufferers than diabetics, stroke and cancer patients added together. In 2012, the American Academy of Pain Medicine published figures that showed 27 percent of reported pain was backache, 15 percent was neck pain, 15 percent was for severe headaches and 4 percent for facial pain. The same publication stated that among chronic pain sufferers, 86 percent report poorsleep, 75 percent report depression, 74 percent complain of low energy, 70 percent report poor concentration and 59 percent complain of decreased enjoyment of life.

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PARTNERSHIP: L-R: Environmental Surveillance Officer, Mr. Haliru Usman;  President, Dangote Group Ltd, Aliko Dangote and Co-Chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, during a visit to Rigasa Environmental Surveillance site, Igabi  LGA, Kaduna State.

POLIO: Dangote, Gates commit $42m to routine immunisation

To maintain the success of Nigeria’s delisting from the group of polio-endemic countries and ensure global-level standards of surveillance, Dangote Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have extended their existing partnership on routine immunisation and strengthening of primary health care in Kano and Bauchi states to four additional states of Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto and Yobe.

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Ondo explains rationale behind massive investment in health

Ondo State Government has explained the rationale behind its continued massive investment in the state health sector, saying, it was to ensure that the citizenry enjoy optimum health for maximum productivity. The Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who gave the explanation while declaring open the State Council on Health meeting, weekend also disclosed that a bill on the State Health Insurance Agency is being drafted and would soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.

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FAMILY PLANNING: More Nigerians are getting access to contraceptives.

Nigeria tops list of countries providing contraceptives

Nigeria provided 22 per cent of the contraceptives provided by the top 10 contraceptives providing countries in 2013 and 2014. Out of a total of 8,153,431 contraceptives provided for the two years, Nigeria provided 3,873,115. In 2013, Africa’s most populous country provided 1,835,966 contraceptives, a figure that increased to 2,037,149 in 2014 according to data released by the Family Planning 2020, FP2020, at the just concluded 4th International Conference on Family Planning, ICFP 2016, held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.

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