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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Gov Mimiko

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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Poor health system responsible for difficulty in containing Lassa fever – AGBAJE

As Nigeria continued to battle the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, a renowned Pharmacist, and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos, Mr. Olujimi Agbaje has blamed the difficulty in containing the outbreak of Lassa fever on poor health system among other issues affecting smooth access to quality care.

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Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin

Global leaders seek $9.4bn to meet family planning needs

Global leaders have called for greater investment and urgent action towards increasing access to family planning services worldwide, even as an estimated US$9.4 billion is required annually to meet all women’s needs for modern contraception in the developing world. Making the call for more commitment to family planning initiatives Monday at the opening of the 4th International Family Planning Conference, ICFP, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, government, health and development leaders from around the world, unanimously agreed that the way to truly ensure sustenance of family planning programmes is to mobilise funds locally.

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Doctor introduces novelty in teleclinical care in Warri

A KING’S College, London-trained public health doctor, Dr. Omas Ubiame, has introduced a novel health care delivery service that links telecommunication technology to clinical health care in the oil city of Warri, Delta State. Designed to put health care delivery at the fingertip of patients, the Tel-clinical care project, as an innovative approach to provision of clinical care will expand the access of the population to basic health care and benefit hundreds of thousands of people in the Warri Metropolis.

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How smoking, excessive drinking fuel erectile dysfunction -Expert

WHAT is Erectile Dysfunction? It is the inability to achieve and maintain a normal erection adequate for penetration. A delay in achieving erection or inability to maintain erection will also imply erectile dysfunction. Immediate and extreme symptoms: These include complete loss of erection and often acute psychological distress and gradual loss of desire for sexual activity.

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One of the counselling points at the Tarhembe PHC, Benue State.

NACA Takes HIV, Campaign, Care to Tarka LGA, Benue

No fewer than 4000 people recently benefitted from counselling, testing and care services provided by the National Agency for the Conrol of HIV AIDS (NACA) in Tarka Local Government Area of Benue State. The services which were sited at the two Primary Health Centres, PHCs, of Tarhembe and Aboho communities were part of the four days activities of NACA to mark the 2015 World AIDS Day (WAD).

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Prof. Innocent Ujah, Director General, NIMR.

FG didn’t issue directive on mode of payment for HIV treatment – Prof Innocent Ujah, DG, NIMR

NO directive on ARVs: There is no Federal government directive for PLWA to start paying. What happened is that we have to be creative, since the donor agencies are withdrawing. We cannot close down the clinic and let tPLWA go away, and we also have project staff in the clinic that are not NIMR staff that we could not dismiss. So, I had to write a memo to the then Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, stating that the funding agencies are withdrawing and we still have cases of HIV. Suggestions were made to reabsorb the staff; otherwise if we allow them to go, it means that the clinic will close down. So eventually we had to reabsorb the staff and keep the clinic going.

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