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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has explained why its cancer machine (Linear accelerator) has not been functioning in the last two months, blaming it on technical faults. Meanwhile, the hospital has faulted the recent call for the removal of the Hospital’s Chief Medical Director, CMD, Prof. Chris Bode from office by the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA querying the legality of such call.Continue Reading →
As Nigerians Tuesday joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Heart Day, with the theme: “Healthy Heart Choices for Everyone, Everywhere”, Nigerians have been urged to shun an unhealthy lifestyle. Making the call yesterday at a free health screening exercise in Lagos to mark this year’s World Heart Day in Lagos, experts who gathered at the 8th Chike Okoli Week organised by Chike Okoli Foundation with support from Dangote Foundation, World Heart Federation, Nigerian Heart Foundation, NHF and Daily-Need urged Nigerians to surround themselves with healthy food options.Continue Reading →
Hypertension is one subject every Nigerian should be wary of. This is because the numbers are increasing. Fifteen to 20 years ago, about 11 percent of adult Nigerians were expected to have hypertension but today the story is different. Cardiologists are now reporting scary figures of 30 percent and above among the populace.Continue Reading →
A United States-based Oncologist, Dr. Olatunji Alese has identified MedEnhanz as a vital platform that would equip Nigerian medical professionals with information to curb incidences of cancers in the country and other developing countries.Continue Reading →
About 15 years ago, the impression around the world was that Nigeria, the giant of Africa would be the last country to eradicate polio, the reason being that it had with high burden of the disease at that time.Continue Reading →
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PCN, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to reconstitute the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, recently dissolved alongside the Boards of other Parastatals.Continue Reading →
Before the end of today about 700 newborns would have died in Nigeria swelling up the 270,000 neonatal deaths that occur within the first month of life, a Consultant Paediatrician, and Managing Director, Outreach Children’s Hospital Festac Town, Lagos, Dr. Efunbo Dosekun has disclosed.Continue Reading →
A diagnosis of cancer is bad, but a diagnosis of cancer in Nigeria is often described as end of the road. Ask any of the thousands of cancer survivors and several millions of persons living with cancer and they will tell you about the many faces of cancer. None of these faces are pretty.Continue Reading →
Most women regard their legs as part of their sex appeal. But not Kanya Sesser, the stunning 23-year-old lingerie model. Kanya was born without legs, abandoned at 1 week old, and brought up in a foster home, but even all that has not held her back.Continue Reading →
SIX-YEAR-OLD Joshua Takon is partially blind. His right eye has lost total function, while the left eye is severely threatened. His parents are desperately seeking help to raise money for a crucial surgery that would save him from going completely blind.Continue Reading →
EPILEPSY in Nigeria is one of the
neglected disorders and the misconception about the disorder has not helped sufferers. Even when the attack occurs only a few people know what to do and how the disease can be managed and treated.
Experts say proper diagnosis and right drugs as well as treatment will improve quality of life of patients. Epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder, is a general term that refers to a tendency to have recurrent seizures. A seizure is a temporary disturbance in brain function in which groups of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally and excessively.
According to a Senior Consultant Neurologist, Institute of Neuro-sciences, Apollo Hospital, Delhi, India, Prof. Pushpendra Renjen, cases of epilepsy are growing in Nigeria due to absence of proper diagnosis and the belief that the disorder is more of a spiritual attack than a medical disorder. “If you pick up the right treatment epilepsy is controlled in 70 to 75 percent (3 in 4) of uncontrolled epileptic patients,” he said. Many epileptic patients in Nigeria today do not get treatment due to the myths and misconceptions surrounding the disorder.
Deep Brain Stimulation
Renjen said although there is no permanent cure for epilepsy, but with the right diagnosis and right drugs patients symptoms will improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, these drugs are not available in Nigeria and many people do not know where to get help for epilepsy.
Epilepsy affects the brain and causes problems with the wiring. It is not contagious; the saliva and the foaming from the mouth cannot transmit epilepsy. He said people with uncontrolled epilepsy can be treated with surgery.
“For instance, a Deep Brain Stimulation, DBS, can be used to treat patients. DBS is a surgery technique which involves implanting electrodes inside the deep nuclei of the brain called subthalamus under local anesthesia. With the progress of the disease the parameters of stimulation are changed over a period of time so that patients can remain symptom free for a long period.
Renjen who said Apollo hospital has carried out 100DBS said 20 out of the patients were from Nigeria. “Rechargeable pacemakers are now available that can be recharged at home. The life of these pace makers are 15-20 years. It cannot be cured but controlled in 75 percent of patients. If your diagnosis is right and the drug is right, 75 percent will go into long term remission and they will not have attack for the rest of their lives.
Orthopaedic experts have decried the growing incidences of back pain among Nigerians saying, over 70 percent of cases seen at orthopaedic hospitals are back pain related.Continue Reading →
Unless there is urgent intervention Rotimi Michael Sowemimo might go blind following a complicated eye problem which the medical doctors handling his case at the Eye Foundation Hospital described as Rhegmategenous Retinal Detachment.Continue Reading →
Private medical doctors under the auspices of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, say family physicians regardless of background constitute the critical mass needed for turning around the practice of medicine in Nigeria.Continue Reading →
A group of researchers have urged Nigerians to consume made-in-Nigerian foods and fruits as most of them contain ingredients and nutrients that can serve as medicine in the body.Continue Reading →