Category : Health

Living / Health - 12 hours ago

Five ways to improve your Mental Health

It is important to take care of yourself and get the best from life. Below are five ways to look after your mental health. 1. Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people. Talking about your feelings can help you stay in a good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings to family and friends is not a sign of weakness, it is part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what can make you stay healthy. 2. Eat well: There is a link between what we eat and how we feel. The food you eat has a long lasting effect on your mental health. The brain needs a mixture of nutrients to stay healthy and function well. A healthy balanced diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables and plenty of water. Taking nutritious meals and enough exercise helps to decrease depression and anxiety. Read Also: 22 danger signs to watch out for when using a gas cylinder 3. Avoid alcohol and other drugs: Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to “self-medicate” but in reality, alcohol and ot...

Living / Health - 2 days ago

Why we must fight tuberculosis at the grassroots

Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable disease caused by any of the several species of Mycobacterium referred to as tubercle bacillus. Nigeria is currently ranked third among the 22 highest-burdened countries in the world and the first in Africa. In Nigeria, Lagos State, carries 10% of Nigeria’s TB burden. In this interview with Omolara Akintoye, the supervisor, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Ikeja local government, Lagos, Mr. Oladimeji Joseph, reveals how the council is fighting tuberculosis at the grassroots by focusing on case detection and treatment. Excerpts WHAT is tuberculosis and how is it contacted? Tuberculosis is one of the chronic tropical diseases which principally affect the lungs, but with time we’ve discovered that it can also affect any other organs of the body. It’s caused by a particular bacterium called micro bacterium tuberculosis; it has other siblings called micro bacterium Leparee, the one that causes leprosy and micro bacterium lazaree the one that causes ulcer. It is contacted through the air, precisely through droplets. As I’m talking, if I’m sneezing, coughing or singing the bacilli has the tendency of coming out through my nose and the mouth if I’m a TB-infected individual. For prospective individuals also, they inh...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

Appetites, passions, and emotions — society’s driving forces

June 12, 2019 was marked as Democracy Day in Nigeria and President Buhari’s second term in office was set to take Nigeria on a path that will lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.  Nothing is impossible in this life when people are capable of making it happen. The civilization of a country generally reflects its social wellbeing or welfare, the qualities and characters of components of that society, and the vision of its leaders, past and present. Defining aspects of characters of a society that reflect in its civilization are their appetites, passions, and emotions. Parents, teachers, and leaders are all in this together when it comes to vision leading to civilization. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines appetites as “any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life; especially: the desire to eat (“    In a broader philosophical sense, the appetites are tendencies towards or desires for objects of satisfaction, be it food, or housing, or health, or smart phone, or social media, or television, or money, or sex, or education, or qualifications, or drugs, or power, or wealth, or titles, or friends, or possessions, or entertainment, or travelling, or photography, or music, or religion, etc.  Th...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Nutrition as your recipe for good health (4)

In spite of our cultural differences across the world, the basic contents of all human foods are the same. The differences occur because of weather conditions which make some of the fruits in Asia or Africa look different from the ones Europe or United States. The second point is that, the method of preparation of our food is culturally different. In the end, we are all eating the same fat, protein, water, carbohydrates and vitamins: after all we are human beings!   Dealing with obesity: Ideal body weight No two individuals are completely the same. One may be short and thin, the other may be tall and fat or vice versa.  Scientists and healthcare workers have been battling with the problem of ideal weight for ages. So far, we have been able to come up with a simple mathematical guide which is generally known as Body-Mass Index or BMI for short. BMI measures your body weight and height as follows:   BMI = Your Weight (in Kg) (Your Height in Meters)2 Scientists have measured many people and found out that many “normal” people will be between a range of 18 to 24.9. Example:  A woman of 80kg with a height of 1.6 meters will have a BMI of: 60/(1.6)2 The BMI comes to 21.48. Using the same formula, a man of 86kg with a height of 1.9m will have a BMI of 23.82. You can now calculate your o...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

‘US has invested over $5b in Nigeria’s fight against HIV’

The United States (US) has invested over $5 billion in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, it was learnt. The US has also the largest commitment globally in the fight against the scourge with $80 billion investment. The US Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, disclosed this during an event organised by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – Nigeria-Programme, where 16 nominated individuals were honoured and given awards for their contributions to the control of HIV in Nigeria. “PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and represents the largest commitment in history, by any nation, to address a single disease,” Symington said. He stressed that, through the leadership and generosity of the American government and people, together with the work of many partners, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives, averted millions of infections, and changed the course of the AIDS epidemic. The envoy explained that the war against the disease cannot be fought by one institution or group of officials ‘tasked by the government,’ saying “people, not programmes solve problems and they only do it by working together.” Read Also: How Nigeria ‘Kills’ Children Living With HIV (5) He said the prevalence of the disease poses a big threat, u...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

How to check pervasive drug abuse, by pharmacists

Besides intensifying campaigns on the dangers in the rising spate of drug and substance abuse in the country, leading pharmacists and other professionals have recommended ways to curb the menace, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF Determined to free the country from the jaws of rising drug and substance abuse, leading pharmacists and other stakeholders converged on Alade market in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday. Although it rained heavily, the weather inclemency was not sufficient to break the resolve of the body of pharmacists to embark on a well-attended road walk that attracted the attention of passersby. The 1000-man sensitisation and awareness walk, organised by the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAP), kicked off from Allen Avenue/Obafemi Awolowo Way Roundabout to Ikeja Under the Bridge, as part of efforts to educate the public on the dangers of drug misuse. Besides attracting leading pharmaceutical professionals and regulatory groups, many interested member of the public also joined the walk. After the walk, Dr. Lolu Ojo, chairman of drug and substance abuse committee of NAP, decried the state of substance abuse among youths, adding that addiction crisis in the country has reached an epidemic stage, which poses a threat to public health, if not urgently tackled by the governme...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

SYNLAB boosts preventive medicine with new lab

SYNLAB Nigeria, a leading provider of medical diagnostic services, has opened an ultra-modern laboratory in Lagos Island, thus giving a boost to genetic testing and preventive healthcare in the country. Experts say the new wellness-focused facility will further expand and enhance the capability of the diagnostic giant to offer advanced genetic testing relating to sports medicine, nutrition and pharmacology. Speaking after the new facility was unveiled in Lagos, Dr. Tolulope Adewole, chief medical officer, SYNLAB Nigeria, reiterated his organisation’s commitment towards introducing innovative and most comprehensive advances in diagnostics services to the Nigerians. Unlike in the past where only outdated technologies and equipment were dumped in Nigeria and other African countries, he stated that SYNLAB has changed that narrative by ensuring that latest technological advancements are launched in the country at the same time they are launched in Europe and other developed parts of the world. Apart from offering advanced and more comprehensive medical test portfolio, the new laboratory spearheads three advanced genetic tests, all designed to improve precision in the practice of personalised medicine and enhance the quality of life in Nigeria. The tests are MyPGx, SportGen and NutriHe...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Lagos trains 825 health workers on attitude change

TO improve patients’ experience and enhance healthcare service delivery in  public hospitals in the state, the Lagos State Government has started training for no fewer than 825 health workers. The training is centered on work etiquette as well as professional core values. The Permanent Secretary in the  Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, made this known  while addressing participants at one of the sessions of the capacity training at Ikeja. She noted that the health workers consist of core health workers and other professionals in the health sector within the senior management cadre drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities as well as departments of the state ministry of health, health service commission and primary health care board. Although nurses form the bulk of the participants, other core health workers like doctors, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and professionals working in the health sector like engineers, accountants, administrative and human resource officers as well as public affairs officers are also being trained. While explaining the rationale for the training, Goncalves said the state government has been inundated with complaints and reports from patients and the general public on poor attitude of its health workforce prompting th...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Hepatitis B more infectious than HIV – Expert

Dr Bello Kumo, a consultant Gastroenterologist with Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, says Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is more infectious than HIV. Kumo stated this in a paper entitled “Face to Face with Hepatitis B: Cost and Burden”, presented at a public lecture organised by Kashim Ibrahim Fellows (KIF) in Kaduna on Thursday. The consultant, who expressed concern that not many people have knowledge about the disease, added that multitude of patients were not identified early enough and managed. He explained that the virus could be transmitted through contact with blood and body fluid, adding that it could infect nearly everyone that came into contact with anyone suffering from it through sharp objects and open wounds. According to him, there is no known cure for chronic HBV, stressing that prevention remains the best option. He added that “but to prevent, people must first know their status so that if they are negative, they can be vaccinated, which gives up to 95 per cent prevention. “And those who tested positive can begin treatment and managing the virus to avoid its spread.” Dr Muhammad Saleh, a medical doctor, described HBV as a silent killer, stressing the need for massive awareness campaign. Saleh said in his lecture on “Hepatitis B: Finding the Missing Milli...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Second Ebola patient dies in Uganda

A second person has died of Ebola in Uganda, just days after the first case was detected in the country, the health ministry said on Thursday. The 50-year-old woman who died on Wednesday night was the grandmother of a 5-year-old boy who became the country’s first victim of the highly infectious virus after returning from a trip to Congo, where over 1,000 people had died in the latest outbreak. A 3-year-old child was also confirmed to have the disease and is still hospitalised. Seven other people suspected of having Ebola are also in an isolation ward near the border with north-east Congo. Read Also: Deadly Ebola virus found in bat “She passed on yesterday at Bwera health centre but the baby, her grandson, is still alive,’’ health ministry spokesman Emmanuel Ainebyoona told dpa. The government has stepped up health control measures among communities along the Congo border. These include urging people to wash their hands with soap, avoid shaking hands or hugging and report people with Ebola-like symptoms. Authorities are also telling people to avoid large gatherings in places of worship and at markets, as well as funerals and weddings.

Living / Health - 5 days ago

Chapped lips, whites, cracked heels, schitzophrenia (1)

We live in a world of QUESTIONS and ANSWERS. If there were no questions and answers, there would be no airplanes and airports, motor cars, radio and television stations and skyscrapers, to mention a few of the gains of the spirit of adventure and enquiry. Some readers of this column often ask me why this page is short on questions and answers. I reply that many of the enquiries end up in those long essays they find there every Thursday. I cannot deny, though, that the mail box does not always run over, despite responses to enquiries on telephone, text messages, Whatsap and on Facebook.The column of today is an attempt, therefore, to kill many birds with one stone. It is a reminder  of our CLINIC DAY of old in which answers were provided to questions… & Chapped lips Many people, especially men, do not bother about their lips. Women do. I grew up to imagine that European women were born with natural red lips. Even when at 14 in high school, I heard the song. It was much, much later when the lips of Nigerian women began to become red that I knew there was something called LIP STICK. Even when at 14 in high school  I heard the song Lucky Lips in which the singer said… “lucky lips are always kissing, lucky lips are never blue”,  I thought kissing and kisses made the l...