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Whither Nigeria in elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission?

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•Stella Ibianujulu Ebelu (3rd right) with family. She is living with HIV but gave birth to five healthy, HIV-free children through the PMTCT initiative.

LAST week , the World Health Organisation, WHO, validated Cuba as the first country on earth to eliminate Mother-to-Child-Transmision of HIV, eMTCT, and syphilis. WHO Director-General. Dr Margaret Chan, who recognised that the elimination of transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible, described the feat as a major victory in the long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.

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Aderemi seeks N8.3m for kidney transplant

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• Ailing Aderemi Ajibade undergoing dialysis.

ADEREMI Ajibade, a patient of chronic kidney disease is barely hanging on to life. The once radiant and active young man was first diagnosed with hypertension and chronic kidney disease in April 2012 and has been receiving haemodialysis. In a chat with Good Health Weekly, His wife, Temitope, said his health took a turn for the worse suddenly. “Remi is my best friend and companion to cherish. We were married in 2013 after a courtship that lasted about a year and half and our relationship is one I can describe as made in Heaven.

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Born with sickle cell disorder, determined to survive

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Marylyn Jacob

“I have many friends living with this disorder, but the most painful thing is that most of them have died and is really painful.” Recalling the death of her younger brother, Marylyn said the incident occurred while he was preparing for his JSS 3 exam. “My brilliant brother died at the age of 12 when he was reading for his exams. At that moment it became almost too difficult for me to put myself together. I lost concentration because we were attending the same school.

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Hypertension management takes centre stage in Nigeria

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L-R: Head of Medical and Regulatory, Sanofi Nigeria/Ghana, Dr. Inoussa Fiffen; Deputy Managing Director, Maayoit Healthcare Limited, Dr. Ademola Aderigbigbe; Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke; at the official launch of new blood pressure control drug, Aprovasc by Sanofi Aventis at Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, last week.

TOWARDS ensuring the availability of affordable medicines for sustained management of hypertension among Nigerians, Aprovasc, a fixed-dose combination treatment was recently introduced from the stable of Sanofi Nigeria. Introduction of the new drug, combined with the continual support of establishing clinics for the better management of the disease, is in direct response to the healthcare needs of patients with hypertension in Nigeria.

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Donate blood and save lives, Agba urges Nigerians

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BLOOD-PRESSURE-test

NIGERIANS have again been urged to regard voluntary blood donation as a social and civic responsibility.

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Charlie Boy rallies support for ailing musician, Majek Fashek

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Charlie Boy and Wife

“He was so promising, so full of dreams that it breaks my heart to see him so degenerated and entirely disconnected today,” he lamented. Charlie Boy said that empathy would help someone better understand the present condition of the ‘rain maker’. “Looking at him now, I say to myself, it could have been me or any of us. “Some people are not so lucky to imbibe self discipline for things that are destructive to them, however, that doesn’t necessarily make those of us better human beings for being able to.

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N480bn spent annually on malaria treatment

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World-Malaria-Day-2

“Advocacy, communication, social mobilisation is critical in promoting the malaria strategies of government. State governments to take up full responsibility for malaria control and Public-private partnership to fight malaria critical.”

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Common foods that cause poisoning

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Water Melon

Ice cream is a type of food that many people are sad to see on this list, but the truth is ice cream poses a major risk to your health because it’s made out of dairy products. If the eggs or milk, for instance, used to make the ice cream contain salmonella, consuming such food will most likely lead to food poisoning.

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Best exercises for weight loss

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walk

Walking is an ideal exercise for weight loss: It doesn’t require any equipment, other than a decent pair of walking shoes, and you don’t need a gym membership to do it. It’s a low-impact exercise, which means it won’t blow out your knees or cause other stress injuries that can leave you on the sidelines for weeks or even months.

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Autism: Awareness will demystify cultural beliefs – EXPERTS

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Experts and caregivers in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, have said that adequate awareness will demystify cultural and spiritual beliefs associated with the disorder.

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My dream has always been to heal the sick— Prathap Reddy, Founder,

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At the age of 50, when his contemporaries were getting set for, retirement, renowned cardiologist, entrepreneur and founder, Apollo Group of Hospitals, India, Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy, was already revolutionising the healthcare industry in his country. His singular goal was to prevent unneccessary death from preventable and treatable diseases.

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Nigeria, others unite to combat NTDs

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Nigeria’s progress to end the burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs, such as schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), among others, could generate productivity gains to the tune of $11.4 billion between now and 2030.

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Brain drain: Commit more funds to medical education, FG told

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To stem the tide of brain drain and enable Nigeria meet up with the World Health Organisation’s recommended doctor to patient ratio and stem the tide of brain- drain as well as prevent half-baked specialists, the Federal government has been called upon to empower training institutions with equipment and personnel.

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Older women are becoming new mothers

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Stories of women over 60 giving birth following IVF pregnancies have generated debate in recent years around the world. Just how old is too old to become a parent? One thing that is certain is that the possibility of bearing children later in life is making women to realise that they have choices, even as this same possibility of conceiving so late in life, via IVF, raises ethical questions about how much choice women should have over when they have children.

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What you eat affects how you sleep

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Nice food to induce sleep

We’ve all heard of warm milk’s magical ability to send us off to dreamland. Do you know why it’s true? Dairy foods contain tryptophan, which is a sleep-promoting substance. Other foods that are high in tryptophan include nuts and seeds, bananas, honey, and eggs.

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Researcher comes up with diabetics meal flour

  /   in Education, Health, News 12:42 am   /   Comments

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Diabetics meal (fufu) flour is a functional food product developed from two local edible plants. I formulated the tubers into a type of powder to make fufu in order to satisfy the swallowing habit of our people because that is one of the major problems of some diabetics; they just cannot afford not to swallow so I was trying to create something for them.

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Preparedness is key to emergency response — UNICEF scribe (2)

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Mr. Sonji Adeniyi, UNICEF M&E.

We still have a long way to go. We are much better as we have been in the last 10 years. Since the flood in 2012, a lot more preparedness has taken place. National Emergency Agency has become stronger. They now have Zonal offices even at state levels where the risk is high.

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Strike at FMC Ebute Meta takes toll on patients

  /   in Health, News 3:53 pm   /   Comments

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“The allegation of using obsolete and outdated equipment is unfounded and our generating set is working perfectly well,’’ she said. According to her, FMC Ebute-Meta has the greatest traffic of outpatients’ patronage, even in the event of strike last year. “ When some left after the strike, they came back after considering the services we render here; we are rendering quality services in this hospital.

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Medical marijuana may help some symptoms, but not all

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IGBO-CANVABIS

Medical marijuana shows some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain but there is less evidence of its success in warding off nausea or helping ill patients gain weight, researchers said Tuesday.

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How skinny jeans could pose a health risk – doctors

  /   in Entertainment, Health, News 12:30 pm   /   Comments

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Squatting in super-tight “skinny” jeans may pose a health risk, Australian doctors warned Tuesday, reporting the case of a woman who temporarily lost feeling in her legs from an hours-long squeeze.

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Persons living with disabilities task FG on legislation

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•Cross section of Persons with disabilities at the Lady Atinuke Oyindamola Memorial Home, Araromi, Badagry, Lagos State.

Persons living with disabilities have called on the Federal Government on the provision of national disability legislation that would guarantee the rights of the estimated 22 million Nigerians with various disabilities.

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Optimal Healthcare introduces N200 insurance scheme in Lagos

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Pregnant women in low-income countries lack access to family planning, antenatal care and skilled birth attendance, amongst others.

In its bid to provide affordable and sustainable healthcare service delivery to the people of Alagbado area of Lagos State and its environs, Optimal Healthcare Limited recently introduced a N200 monthly Community Health Insurance Scheme, CHIS.

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Managed healthcare: More Nigerians place hope in HMOs

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• A medical team in the theatre during the operation

FOLLOWING the 2014 reaccreditation of Health Maintenance, HMOs, operating in Nigeria, by the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, more Nigerians have expressed greater confidence in the overall potential benefits of signing up for a health insurance plan in the country.

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Smartphones can interfere with implanted cardiac devices

  /   in Health, News 9:02 pm   /   Comments

Smart-phone

A new study recommends that people with cardiac devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators should be wary of smartphones, stating that close proximity to the phones can potentially disrupt functioning or cause painful shocks.

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Exploited! Breast cancer survivors cry out

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Ebunlola-Anozie (R), , Executive Director, COPE.

ALTHOUGH they have survived breast cancer, one of the most debilitating disorders in the world, the pains and agony of undergoing treatment continue to haunt them.

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Lifestyle: Your feet say a lot about your health

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President Goodluck Jonathan (m) juggling the Suckett Football to electricity (a new invention)

Cold FeetIf your toes are always cold, one reason could be poor blood flow—a circulatory problem sometimes linked to smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The nerve damage of uncontrolled diabetes can also make your feet feel cold. Other possible causes include hypothyroidism and anaemia.

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Human breast milk on sale via website: the hazards involved

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File Photo: Breast examination

“Failure of women to sanitise properly when producing milk, failure to sterilize equipment properly, and improper or prolonged storage and transportation of milk can also expose consumers to bacterial food-borne illnesses. “While many online mums claim they have been tested for viruses during pregnancy, many do not realise that such screening needs to be undertaken regularly,”

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Surgeon promising first human head transplant makes US pitch

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An Italian neurosurgeon’s project to undertake the first human head transplant has received a skeptical welcome in the United States, where he made a pitch to donors and fellow scientists.

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Be patient-focused, Provost tasks doctors, others

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• L-R: Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof Chris Bode; Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, CMUL,Prof Folashade Ogunshola, and Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, LUTH, Dr. Olufemi Fasanmade, during the get together held for 25 new Fellows of the tertiary health institution, last week in Lagos

NIGERIAN health care providers have been admonished to be always patient-focused in their professional deliberations so that they can live up to the expectations of the public at large. Making the call in Lagos, Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, CMUL, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, said in agitating for better working conditions and environment, the health team should not forget the patient.

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Dangers of Tramadol

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Tramadol is typically used for the management of moderate to severe pain, such as for after surgery and for ongoing pain from arthritis. When it was approved in 1995, tramadol was thought to be safer and have a lower risk of addiction than other narcotic pain relievers, with fewer gastrointestinal side effects for older adults who needed long-term pain relief.

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400m lack access to essential health services — WHO

  /   in Health, News 12:47 am   /   Comments

Pregnant women in low-income countries lack access to family planning, antenatal care and skilled birth attendance, amongst others.

AN estimated 400 million persons across the world do not have access to basic but essential health care services including family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, child immunisation, antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, and access to clean water and sanitisation, among others.

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Hope beckons for cancer patients as hospital makes surgical advances

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In response to Good Health Weekly’s story about tough times being experienced at the  Lady Atinuke Oyindamola Memorial Home, Badagry, Lagos, Mr Sunday Omolu of Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria Ltd. (3rd right) and his wife,  Mrs. Modupe Abiola Omolu (2nd left), visited the Home, recently to  donate welfare materials.

Hope for a better outcome in cancer treatment was recently rekindled as Apollo hospitals made advances in surgical oncology. Over the years, surgical oncology commonly known as cancer surgery, a branch of cancer medicine that deals with the removal of cancerous growths in an organ has remained a challenge in most countries including Nigeria.

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