Wednesday January 28th, 2015
Wednesday January 28th, 2015
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Genetic engineering turns malaria parasite into vaccine candidate

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A team of scientists at Seattle BioMed is making progress on developing a genetically engineered version of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum that could act as a vaccine.

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After defeating Ebola, Nigerians shun hand sanitisers

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Where are the hand sanitisers? This is the poser currently making the rounds. Barely three months after the country was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organisation, WHO, alcohol-based hand sanitisers that held sway at the peak of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, outbreak, have practically disappeared from the nation’s health scene.

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Childhood cancer threatens the future in Nigeria

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While undergoing her residency at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Dr. Nneka Nwobbi, Founder/President, Children Living With Cancer Foundation, CLWCF, came face to face with children with cancer whose parents were unable to offset their hospital bills. As a result, they were detained in the hospital.

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FDA approves blood donation by gay men

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Gay men will be able to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, if indications from the US Food and Drug Administration are anything to go by, under a proposal that will be introduced this year to end a ban that has been in place since 1983.

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Yuletide: Don’t drink on an empty stomach — Experts warn

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Diabetes remains a major health problem and can cause a long term complications on the arteries or nerves. This artery damage results in medical problems that are both common and serious.

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Experts seek review of Nigerian health sector

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Worried about the huge economic loss due to medical tourism, health professionals have called for total review of the Nigerian health sector with a view to providing better healthcare services for Nigerians.

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How economic insecurity impacts diabetes control

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Increased access to health insurance offered by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not improve diabetes control among low-income patients because of social determinants of health, which are outside the scope of medical practice, such as difficulty paying for food, medications, housing or utilities (material need insecurities), according to the study background.

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Ibuprofen has potential to ‘extend lifespans’ — STUDY

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The common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug, Ibuprofen, could play a previously unknown role in extending lifespans, according to a new study.

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Free eye treatment for Bayelsa community

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

When the news went round the oil rich but rural communities of Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State that people with eye related ailments should converge on Otuoke, there was skepticism.

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FG introduces Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

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TOWARDS averting the deaths of over thousands of children below five years of age from pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases annually in Nigeria, the Federal government has introduced the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, PCV, into the National routine immunisation schedule.

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Eko Hospital calls for zero tax rate on medical equipment

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Irked by the plight of cancer patients in Nigeria, management of Eko Hospital, Lagos has appealed to the Federal Government to impose zero tax on medical equipment.

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2014: Ebola, strikes dominate health sector

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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

FOR the Nigerian health sector, the outgoing year 2014 was eventful in several respects. It was a cocktail of the good and the bad. The year was marked by gloomy health stories that elicited fear, sadness and death, as it was illuminated by events that gave reason to cheer and remain hopeful. The year 2014 will never be forgotten as the year the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, came to Nigeria. Much more reported than any other health event, the historic Nigerian Ebola incident topped the list of medical and health stories even though the year saw quite a few other memorable moments.

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Effective surveillance, major tool in healthcare system — Idris

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has identified effective surveillance as a major tool in driving quality and functional healthcare delivery system.

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UNTH acknowledges Toyin Saraki’s contributions to maternal, child health

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*Mrs Toyin Saraki (left) with Ugandan First Lady, Janet K Museveni, during the "Africa regional consultatiove meeting on maternal health, convened last week in Kampala, Uganda, by Partners in Population and Development , Africa Regional Office (PPD -ARO) and Women Deliver.

THE University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital’s Institute of Child Health, in Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State, has acknowledged the wife of the erstwhile Kwara State Governor, Mrs. Toyin Saraki for her invaluable contribution to advancing the cause of maternal and child health in Nigeria.

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National Health Bill: NMA, PSN, others harp on effective implementation

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By Chioma Obinna, Favour Nnabugwu & Victoria Ojeme Months after agitation  for the assent of the Revised National Health Bill trailed it’s passage by the Senate, healthcare professionals have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signed the much awaited Bill into law. However, they urged the Federal government to ensure quick implementation of the Act. The

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Bank of Industry nurtures local pharmaceutical growth

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In contributing its quota towards ensuring that Nigerian drug makers do not just make drugs considered safe enough for Nigeria, but produce medication that will put Nigeria in a respectable position on the world map, the Bank of Industry, BOI, Nigeria’s oldest and most successful development finance institution, is injecting life into the nation’s ailing local pharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

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LASUTH doctors raise concern on blood donation

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Medical Doctors under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (ARD-LASUTH) branch have raised alarm over shortage of blood in hospitals across the country, urging Nigerians to embrace voluntary blood donation.

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Nordica Asaba marks 5 with quadruplets

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THE birth of a set of quadruplets was a befitting anniversary gift for the Nordica Fertility Centre, Asaba, in Delta state, as it clocked five on November 3, 2014 as a frontline fertility treatment centre in Nigeria.

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LASUTH bags International BID 2014 Quality Crown Award

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The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has won for the first time the International Business Initiative Directions, BID, Quality Crown Award for its outstanding healthcare services and clean environment.

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Free HBP diagnosis, treatment from Neimeth

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No fewer than 100 hypertensive patients have received free diagnosis and hypertension treatment under the Neimeth International Pharmaceutical “Fight the Good Fight Against Hypertension, FITGAH, national initiative.

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Bill Gates hails Jonathan, Nigeria in fight against polio

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American business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has lauded the Goodluck Jonathan administration for recording significant success in its fight against the endemic polio virus disease.

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When SURE-P saves mother and child!

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Long queue of vehicles at AP Petrol Station, Gbagada, Lagos on Monday

Following the controversy that trailed its emergence in 2012, there were doubts that the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme ,SURE-P, would achieve the objective it was was seeking to achieve

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End crisis in health sector now, AMLSN urges FG

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The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSN, has expressed worry over the unending industrial actions in the health sector, urging the Federal Government to immediately resolve the crisis to ensure better healthcare services for Nigerians.

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Community Pharmacists advocate access to safe medicines

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NAFDAC DG, Paul Orhi.

Community pharmacists have stressed the need to entrench access to safe medicine as a human right in the country, saying “it is a major way of guaranteeing better access to quality medicines for all Nigerians.

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Mirabel Centre Goodwill Ambassadors emerge against gender violence

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meeting: From left, Mirabel Goodwill Ambassadores for Gender based Violence: Ice Prince, music artiste; Queen Ubah,Nigerian Centenary Queen; Mrs. Itoro Anaba, Managing Partner, Partnership For Justice; Bimbo Akintola, Noolywood actress; Kofi, Comedian, and Wana Udobang, journalist and writer during their meeting,  in Lagos.

The fight against gender-based violence received a boost recently in Lagos as Mirabel Centre, a sexual Assault Referral Centre, unveiled celebrities as Goodwill Ambassadors against gender –violence.

This is coming on the heels of rising trends of violence against women and girl child all over the world. The unveiling ceremony held during a recent workshop organised in Lagos by the United Kingdom Department For International Development, DFID, funded Justice for All , J4A, programme in collaboration with the Lagos State government, Partnership for Justice and Women Aid Collective, WACOL.

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National Health Bill: NMA, PSN, others harp on effective implementation

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Months after agitation for the assent of the Revised National Health Bill trailed it’s passage by the Senate, healthcare professionals have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signed the much awaited Bill into law. However, they urged the Federal government to ensure quick implementation of the Act.

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Malaria: Mortein unveils automatic insect control

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In a renewed fight against malaria, Mortein from the stables of Reckitt Benckiser has introduced Mortein automatic insect control system made from natural extracts. At launch in Lagos, Marketing Director, West Africa, Reckitt Benckiser, Oguzhan Silivrili represented by the Head, Trade Marketing, Mr. Emmanuel Ugwuanyi said development of the new product was informed by the need to stem the prevalence of malaria in the country and Africa in general.

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Ebola fight, service to humanity — Volunteers

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When news broke that the Federal government is sending 504 health workers in response to the call by Ebola affected countries for an urgent assistance to contain the Ebola Virus Disease, (EVD) many Nigerians had mixed feelings.

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SWAAN seeks indigenous commitment to HIV/AIDS advocacy

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The Society for Women and AIDS in Africa Nigeria, SWAAN, has urged indigenous companies and individuals to be committed in supporting government in the fight against HIV/AIDs in the country.

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Hope rises as researchers discover destructive compound for malaria parasite

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The infected cells changed shape and shrank in size. They also became more rigid and exhibited other alterations typical of aging red blood cells.

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LASG procures assistive aids for physically challenged

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ASCEND is not a political party as it is only poised to see that good governance which also sees to the welfare of the physically challenged is brought to Nigerians

To improve the lot of Lagosians with various forms of disabilities, the Lagos State Government is collaborating with private manufacturing companies to provide assistive aids at subsidised rate.

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Little big shot health drinks debuts

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A new range of health energy drink, ‘Little big shot’ specifically formulated with organic substances to boost energy at all time has been introduced into the Nigerian market.

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