Category : Health

Living / Health - 2 days ago

Major health stories last week

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Living / Health - 3 days ago

Psychiatrist recommends early treatment of mental ailment

Dr Shehu Sale, a Consultant Psychiatrist, has advised Nigerians to report persons with mental ailment early at recognised health facilities. Sale, who is also the Medical Director of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Kware, Sokoto State, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Sokoto. The psychiatrist said that early report and diagnosis of mental ailments would help to curtail the number of rising cases in the country. He pointed out that mental cases were on the increase in the country because they were hardly reported at the right hospitals and at the right time as most people patronised traditional healers first. According to Sale, mental cases can be easily controlled if such cases are taken to the right hospitals in good time for proper diagnosis and treatment. READ ALSO: Day Corona tackled child’s mental health, depression Sale, who is also an associate professor and master trainer with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), decried the stigma associated with mental health, saying it discourages people from seeking medical help. He said that plans were underway to establish a family health clinic to address stigma with an aim to reduce stigma and other associated public perceptions in relation to mental h...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

ICRC trains Journalists on humanitarian reporting, first aid

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held three-day media workshop and first aid for Journalists in Lagos recently. At the training, Journalists were among other things taught on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), humanitarian reporting and first aid training which included how to manage themselves and others injured causalities at sites in the course of their duty or elsewhere. The ICRC Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Dawobe, said objective of the training is to relate with Journalists and to remind them much more on humanitarian reporting angles so that they would be able to report in a way that considers the humanitarian angle of the news. “Also considering the fact that the media works in violence affected areas, we have trained them to be more prepared on how to provide first aid for themselves and people around them when something happens that has to do with blast or building collapse, so that they will be able to manage themselves and help communities close to them in terms of first aid. “For Journalists that reports conflicts or violence, they are bound to have issues and may come across people who are injured and they may be injured themselves, we have trained them to be able to help themselves and those around them in terms of first aid. “We have also...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

How to end rising suicide, depression cases, by SURPIN

Worried by rising suicide and depression cases in the country, the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN), set up two years ago by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has raised alarm over the issue and called on relevant authorities to put appropriate measures in place to stop it. This was one of the high points of activities to mark the two year’s anniversary of SURPIN, which took place at LUTH, Idi-Araba. Commending SURPIN for “saving so many lives” within the two years of its existence, LUTH’s Chief Medical Director Prof Chris Bode said he was delighted for embracing the idea when it was suggested to him two years ago that suicide was becoming rampant in the country and that the teaching hospital needed to set up a structure for suicide research and prevention. “Today, we are witnessing a very good programme that has saved so many lives within a space of two years. It is cost effective. It is productive and it is being embraced by not only other institutions in our country; even international institutions outside our shores are coming to us to ask us how we did it and how we can assist,” Prof Bode said. Dr. Raphael Ogbolu, a consultant psychiatrist, who is the Coordinator of SURPIN, lamented that the country does not have any structured suicide prevent...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Androcare: we’ve taken fertility cure to everyone’s doorstep

From conception to delivery, it was a seamless process. This was because the idea that gave birth to Androcare Fertility Centre (AFC) was properly distilled in clarity of purpose. Unlike the usual practice of concentrating fertility treatment hospitals in highbrow areas to cater primarily for the moneyed elites, Androcare decided to pitch its tent with the masses by building an ultra-modern fertility treatment hospital in Akowonjo, a Lagos suburb. A risky venture, especially given the massive investment involved, but Dr. Adeleke Daramola, Androcare medical director, said it was a conscious decision to take fertility treatment to the doorstep of everybody; instead of concentrating all the energy, expertise and resources on the affluent alone. The decision was taken six years ago, and it seems to have paid off with success stories of people who have bought into Androcare’s goals to “help individuals, couples succeed in their attempt to have a child.” What this means, he added, is that affordability without compromising quality is a component of service package on offer at the hospital. “Androcare is a centre for those on the streets not only for the rich. By this, what we mean is that we do not want IVF to be only for the rich. Everybody should have access. We know IVF is an expens...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Zinc: An element with numerous health benefits

A trace element necessary for a healthy immune system, zinc helps to stimulate the activity of about 100 enzymes in human body. A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to diseases and illnesses, writes VINCENT IKUOMOLA For Aminatu Abubakar, a grandmother, it would have been a double jeopardy if she had lost her grandchild to diarrhea. Her daughter died when the baby was just five months, leaving the child as a source of consolation to her. Another tragedy also struck when the child became sick as a result of zinc deficiency. Abubakar said: “He was having diarrhea and I tried using traditional medicine. But unfortunately, it did not work. I then decided to try the hospital. When I took him to the hospital where Plan International is implementing the project, many people thought he would not survive because his body was very weak. The nurse was angry with me for not coming to the hospital early, and that the child was already in a terrible condition.” But the boy survived. He was placed on zinc supplement, as directed by the physician, and the diarrhea stopped almost immediately. “When I continue giving the child the supplement, I discovered that his body began to change. I then took him back to the hospital and showed the nurse the level of improvement,” she said. Abubak...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Your choice of family planning (3)

Last week, I informed you of what you should look for before you decide on a particular family planning method. In this week, I will take you along as we discuss the various family methods that are currently available. I will also point your attention to those methods that are in common use in Nigeria. Natural methods: The most effective family method that never fails is abstinence from sex. You cannot be pregnant if you don’t have sex barring medical intervention, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Advantage of abstaining from sex is that you do not need to take any medication and you have nothing to worry about.  Further, this method is compliant with almost all known mainstream religious doctrines and Nigerian cultures. Next in line is Billings or Calendar method. This method is for those who are looking to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy by monitoring their time of ovulation. The problem with this method is that couples especially women may not be able to accurately determine their menstrual cycle to help them calculate the fertile or ovulation period. The advantage though is that there is no medication to take and this method is acceptable to some religious authorities such as the Catholic Church. Still on natural method, is the Lactatio...

Living / Health - 5 days ago

Easter 2019 : Stigmata, a closing event of Golgotha

Every easter season, I strive to deepen some of my recognitions of the high mission of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God, to an earth still engulfed in darkness at the approach of a final judgement. Before I proceed, I wish to state that my focus is on STIGMATA and STIGMATISTS. Stigmata are those wound marks of the Lord, as He hung on the cross, which appear on some people, especially stigmatists, periodically, year round or during easter seasons. Stigmatists are people on whose bodies these wound marks appear. So painful are the wound marks and bleeding that medications to stop them worsen the conditions. Some stigmatists are whipped by unseen hands. Some of them hear strange voices.When they are studied and relay the words  they hear, language experts suggest this was the language spoken in the Golgotha region at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus. In the 1970s and 1980s in eastern Nigeria, some stigmatists were sighted and sent to Rome. Generally speaking, christiandom would appear not to understand stigmata and the stigmatist. In Rome, Christians troop to them to touch them or to pray before them, believing that these men were specially favoured  by The Almighty Creator to bear the wound marks of Jesus on the cross. They do not ask themselves how a God of PEACE, LOVE and JUSTIC...

Living / Health - 5 days ago

Doctors commence strike in Imo

Medical doctors in Imo state owned hospitals and health facilities on Wednesday began an indefinite strike action. The Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kyrian Duruewuru, who briefed journalists, alleged that the state government is treating the striking doctors unfairly. He explained that the first phase of the strike would involve all doctors in Imo state University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Imo State Specialist Hospital, Umuguma and Hospital Management Board. According to him, the second phase of the industrial action would have all doctors in private hospitals and those in federal health centres in the state downing their tools. READ ALSO: Imo Assembly recalls suspended lawmakers He noted that while their “colleagues practising in other states were enjoying the adjusted salary structure for medical practitioners, the state government had refused to implement it in the state”. In his words:  “For the past four years, doctors in Imo state have received seventy percent of their salaries. Also the doctors are being owed three months’ salary arrears by the Imo state government. For us, this is highly unacceptable and very insensitive.” He said that all the moves by the NMA to make sure that the situation was resolved fai...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

Achebe flays Anambra health workers’ abscondment to duty

The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe has expressed displeasure over alleged abscondment to duty by health workers in some health centres in Anambra state. Achebe, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues when health workers paid them courtesy visit in Awka, said the rate at which health workers abandon their duty posts was regrettable. He said, “Whenever I stopped to ascertain how the health workers were faring in some of the centres, I often met nobody at their duty posts.” While commending them for the visit, Achebe who doubles as Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, urged the workers to always do the needful for the good of the people. He also enjoined them to intimate the council on their activities at various health centres for improved healthcare delivery. Acting Chairman, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA), Dr Emmanuel Okafor, said the agency would soon commence checks on all the health centres. READ ALSO: 1,700 indigent students get Achebe’s scholarship He warned that anybody found wanting at their duty posts would be sanctioned. He said, “The state health workers have no reason to absent themselves from work going by government’s commitment toward them.” Okafor who said the visit was to intimate the monarchs...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

Funke Akindele backs campaign on improved hygiene, Dettol

Funke Akindele-Bello has been unveiled as the new face of ‘Clean Naija’. ‘CLEAN NAIJA’ is an improved hygiene initiative that will be taken to every nooks and crannies of the country through a designed Public , Private Partnership scheme. Championed by Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria; makers of Dettol – the  ‘Clean Naija’ initiative,is aimed at creating awareness, education and driving behavioral change to achieve a cleaner and healthier Nigeria. Notable Nigerians both in the public and private sector have thrown their weight behind the initiative which officially kicked off on Tuesday in Lagos with the unveiling of the Popular Nigerian actress and comedian as the campaign Ambassador and face for the nationwide initiative. According to the General Manager, Reckitt Benckiser West Africa, Mr. Dayanand Sriram who shed light on the lead of the initiative and why the campaign should be embraced by all Nigerians and even at the grassroots said, “At RB, we have made it our responsibility and purpose to help people live healthier lives and have happier homes. This is why we are launching the Clean Naija Initiative which is an integrated multi-level campaign with the aim of creating awareness, education and driving behavioral change to achieve a cleaner...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

Medical expert decries parents’ delay in seeking children medicare

A medical consultant, Dr. Aigbokhaode Adesuwa has expressed worry over delay by parents in taking their children to healthcare providers at the appropriate time. He attributed certain avoidable deaths to delays by caregivers who often resort to self-help and traditional ways of treating ailments. Speaking Friday at Atani, Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state at a 2-day training of Nurses and Community Health Extension workers, Adesuwa canvassed for community leaders’ partnership in health policies implementation. He explained that effective partnership with relevant stakeholders were essential in promoting quality healthcare delivery in communities. Adesuwa, from the department of Public health, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta state, however regretted the adverse effects of harmful health practices on the health of individuals in the community. He said, “Community health extension workers need to collaborate with the relevant stakeholders, especially government, community, religious and political leaders in enforcing policies geared towards promoting the health of the rural dwellers. “Such collaboration will enhance the implementation of the laws guiding the harmful practices.” The workshop, themed, “Improving the quality of health services i...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

CMD: we’re restoring LUTH’s glory

Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof. Chris Bode has just been appointed for a second term in office. He spoke with some reporters on his experience in the past four years, and his determination to improve the 57-year-old institution. ADEKUNLE YUSUF was there. Past challenges & When I came on board four years ago, the system was suffering. The greatest challenge was lack of confidence in the system, both among the workers and the people who come here. Our various clients stopped believing in the system. Now, with the co-operation and collaboration of others, that narrative has changed. It’s humbling to know that the same environment that was so hostile has gradually embraced change. We had stormy relationships, stormy reception from the trainees, from workers group, but I guess through appealing to their good side and showing by example from the leadership of the institution in the past four years, the situation has improved appreciably. We have been able to change the mindset so that all workers at LUTH now appreciate what we were established to do – render services to people. That is what matters; any other thing will be excuse; people are not interested in that. No matter what you do, if you do it very well, people will come to...