Category : Health

Living / Health - 6 hours ago

Meningitis: 26.7m kids at risk in Nigeria—Agency

About 26.7million Nigerian children between one and seven years of age are  currently facing the  risk of contracting meningitis, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) warned on Friday. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said in a message in Calabar during the introduction of “Men A” vaccine into routine immunization in Cross River that 25 states  and the FCT are  within the meningitis belt. He described the use of vaccines as the only way to prevent meningitis for now. “The introduction of Men A vaccine into the EPI schedule will provide protection against Neisseria Meningitis Serotype A,” Shuaib said. In his speech, Prof. Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Cross River, said the state had trained hundreds of health workers to ensure the success of the exercise. Read Also: Meningitis currently in 15 states, says NCDC Esu said that since Cross River was among the 25 states that fell within the belt, the government would do everything possible to ensure that every eligible child was immunised. “Immunisation remains the protection against meningitis. Meningitis is a devastating disease that affects children. “We will ensure that every eligible child in the state is immunised,” he said. The deputy governor urged all women to take their children withi...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

Expert decries poor blood donation culture

A consultant hematologist/acting executive secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Bodunrin Osikomaiya, has decried the dearth of blood in the country’s blood banks. Dr. Osikomaiya spoke during a blood donation ceremony organised by the Rotary Club of Lagos, Palm Grove Estate, in partnership with Rotary District 9110, Securisk Insurance Brokers Limited and Indian communities at Palmgrove Estate in Ilupeju, Lagos. Many Nigerians now pay lip service to the humanitarian act of donating blood voluntarily, she lamented. “While a lot of Nigerians pay lip service to the humanitarian submission of donating blood in spite of the World Health Organisation (WHO) directive that at least one percent of the population of every country would always need blood, hence the necessity for voluntary and regular blood donors. Few clubs of Rotary International, District 9110, comprising Lagos and Ogun states in conjunction with Indian communities in Lagos have decided to partner with Lagos State government and rid the blood bank in the state of the dearth of the essential human need,” she said. According to Dr. Osikomaiya, more than 90 per cent of blood being donated in Lagos now is by husband donors or relatives of patients, which of course is in sharp contrast to voluntary and constant...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

‘Our commitment to quality service is unshaken’

The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has said that its commitment to provision of quality pharmaceutical services in Nigerian hospitals for the benefit of patients is unshaken. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of its 21st annual national scientific conference held in Sokoto. The theme of the conference was: Innovative Disruptions in Pharmacy Practice: A Road Map for Hospital and Administrative Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria. According to the communiqué, specialisation in pharmacy practice is a modern concept and a model of practice that would engender excellence in pharmaceutical care. The conference identified mentoring as an innovatively disruptive tool in hospital and administrative pharmaceutical practice and submitted that it remains a basic requirement for engineering capacity building and also strengthening the practice skills of pharmacists. “Achievement and sustenance of excellence in practice shall be predicated on a concept of teamwork among pharmacists on one hand and between pharmacists and other members of the healthcare team, on the other hand,” it stated. The keynote speaker at the conference, Professor Noel Wannang, emphasised that practitioners must embrace knowledge, specialisation and capacity building...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

‘Ajinomoto is safe for human consumption’

Contrary to recent reports warning against canned foods, Ajinomoto is not a poisonous or harmful chemical found in tin and sachet tomatoes as sweetener and preservative. The West African Seasoning Company Limited, makers of Ajinomoto, made this clarification in a rejoinder to dispel “inaccuracies, malicious information and misconception it (a recent negative online report) conveys about our Ajinomoto brand.” According to the company, the online report is not only malicious and erroneous; it also contradicted globally accepted scientific facts on monosodium glutamate (MSG). The company queried the competence of the leader of the training team from where the report was generated, asking if the purported trainer has the requisite scientific jurisdiction on such a topic. “Ajinomoto is the first monosodium glutamate seasoning discovered since 1909. We do not compromise the quality of our product and wish to emphasise again that our product is very safe, contrary to the malicious report. It is highly unprofessional to mention and position a brand in such a bad light because it will be de-marketing the product,” Francisca Ikediashi, corporate communications officer, West African Seasoning Company Ltd, said. In a further clarification provided by the company’s consultant, Prof Sanni Abio...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

Coping with diabetes foot complications

Foot ulcers and multiple amputations are major causes of morbidity and disability for people living with diabetes. Podiatric experts say early recognition and management of risk factors can prevent or delay the onset of adverse outcomes, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF. Olufemi Sadipe had a flourishing career as a chartered accountant. Although he was aware of his diabetes status and adhered strictly to his dietary and medication prescriptions for over 20 years, he paid the price of not seeking the review of his medical condition until he developed diabetes foot ulcer in 2017. He suffered the pain of parting with his toes, which still did not heal up until a specialist who told him after tests that the damage to his leg had gone beyond the knee. After multiple amputations in Nigeria and the United States, he now lives to tell his story. So was Samuel (real name concealed) who developed ulcer foot while still in the university. It affected him so much that he went through multiple amputations, having had his condition mismanaged in the public hospitals where he was admitted for months before he was attended to for a surgery that eventually went awry. He had to travel to India before his condition got better. His travails, which started in 2006, have reduced him to an amput...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

You and your mental health (11)

Last week, we dealt with the introduction and causes of mental illness. This week, we will conclude on the causes of mental illness. It’s well documented that significant trauma as an adult, such as military combat, being involved in a serious accident or being the victim of a violent crime may result in one form of mental illness or another. Meanwhile, physical causes – for example, a head injury or a condition such as epilepsy can have an impact on behaviour and mood.  Also, there are hereditary or genetic factors to consider: mental illness may run in the family. Having dealt with the causes, let us now turn our attention to some specific and common mental disorders. Anxiety disorders are very common indeed. Ordinarily, going for an interview or going to write an examination can result in anxiety. At some points in our lives, every one of us will suffer a brief anxiety. Anxiety becomes a problem when it remains persistent and disturbing our daily functions. What is anxiety? Simply put, anxiety is a worry about future events:  be it impending wedding, childbirth, first day at school, going to check our bank account balances, creditors coming to knock on our doors and so forth.  Anxiety is not fear. Fear is holding the view of failing at an event or having something terrible hap...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

Benefits of CBD oil, by Momoh

Princess Lami’ah Momoh, a lawyer and entrepreneur, has introduced the first indigenous brand of CBD oil to Nigeria. In the US, retailers are vying to be the next Saks fifth avenue of the rapidly growing market for wellness products made with cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD. Nigerian consumers have been slower to embrace the CBD OIL. At the launch of The Sterling Herbal CBD OIL range of products in Lagos, Momoh said: “We realised CBD oil was not really used as it is in other countries, so we decided to partner with producers of high quality CBD OIL in the USA, to deliver the most pure, potent and effective CBD oil ever created.” Read Also: Health benefit of locust beans Momoh urged Nigerians to embrace the oil because of its amazing health benefits. She said: “Sterling Herbal CBD oil is extracted from the HEMP Plant and will not make anyone high or give the psychoactive effect associated with marijuana. Children take the Sterling Herbal CBD OIL with no side effects. “Sterling Herbal CBD Brand consists of the Sterling Herbal CBD OIL 750MG, Sterling Herbal CBD OIL 2400MG, which is the true strongest strength ever to be seen in Nigeria. “It is three times the strength of the 750MG and recommended by doctors and medical practitioners. “One of the numerous testimonials on the vape p...

Living / Health - 2 days ago

‘Ajinomoto safe for human consumption’

Contrary to recent reports warning against consumption of canned foods, Ajinomoto is not a poisonous or harmful chemical found in tin and sachet tomatoes as sweetener and preservative. The West African Seasoning Company Limited, makers of Ajinomoto, made this clarification in a rejoinder to dispel “inaccuracies, malicious information and misconception it (a recent negative online report) conveys about our Ajinomoto brand.” According to the company, the online report is not only malicious and erroneous. It queried the competence of the leader of the training team from where the report was generated, asking if the purported trainer has the requisite scientific jurisdiction on such a topic. “Ajinomoto is the first monosodium glutamate seasoning discovered since 1909. “We do not compromise the quality of our product and wish to emphasize again that our product is very safe, contrary to the malicious report. “It is highly unprofessional to mention and position a brand in such a bad light because it will be de-marketing the product,” Francisca Ikediashi, corporate communications officer, West African Seasoning Company Ltd, said. The company’s consultant, Prof Sanni Abiodun of the Microbiology Department of the University of Ibadan, described monosodium glutamate as the water-soluble so...

Living / Health - 2 days ago

Does Hemp (CBD) oil curb or worsen glaucoma?

I was still in a state of advised caution last Saturday when I received the first bottle of hemp (CBD) oil from a friend, who wanted me to try it for my vision. What has held me back until now has been my fear that “pap water is pap”, as we say in Nigeria, that is … CBD oil or cannabinol or medicinal hemp cannot be from different from psychotic Indian hemp that I have known for about seven decades make its users high or stoned. But now, science and medicine are telling us that cannabinol comes from a non-psychotic specie of the cannabis plant known as hemp. Nevertheless, I remain a cautions  person. All around me in Lagos, practically everyone in my age bracket is using CBD oil and claiming  wonderful results. I consider myself  lucky to be avoided by all but one of the health challenges of senior citizens, glaucoma. I have read of and heard about many hilarious testimonials that  CBD oil chases away glaucoma.  One man said last week that after dropping the oil in the eyes of his father for about three weeks, the old man  began to see the sharps of palm trees on the grounds of their home in the village. Hitheto, he saw nothing.  Another woman said she was introduced to CBD oil in the United States for her glaucoma. Soon after, opthamologists there said her eyes...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Breast implants will not prevent sagging – says Obstetrician

Dr Dauda Adekunle an Abuja based Obstetrician, has advised women who intend to go for breast implants that breast augmentation would not prevent their breast from sagging. Adekunle gave the advice in interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. According to him, women who believe breast augmentation will correct sagging breast should have a rethink, because they will also need a breast lift in addition to the breast augmentation. “You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed, you might need a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help restore your breasts’ appearance,” he said. He said that breast implants were not guaranteed to last a lifetime, stating that the average life span of an implant was 10 years. “Implant rupture is a possibility, also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look,” he said. The obstetrician also stressed that these issues would likely lead to more surgeries. “You might need an MRI scan, which is a recommended routine monitoring with MRI after three years. “However, recent studies show that there’s little data to support routine screening unless you have symptoms,” he disclosed. He noted that...

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