Category : Health

Living / Health - 12 hours ago

‘Afe Babalola’s hospital solution to Nigerians’ appetite for medical tourism abroad’

he African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the 400-bed Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital (ABUMSH) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, is the solution to Nigerians’ appetite for medical tourism abroad. The continental bank described Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) as a world-class institution which provides effective health care delivery on virtually all fields of medicine. It stressed that the health facility is on the same pedestal with John Hopkins and other first-class hospitals in Europe, Asia and America. AfDB’s Senior Director for Nigeria’s Country Department, Mr. Ebrima Faal, spoke at the weekend at ABUAD during a visit to the university’s founder, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN). Faal said Babalola had changed the face of the country’s medical sector, adding that the problem of medical tourism abroad was over with the existence of ABUAD’s supersonic multi-system health facility. The AfDB senior director noted that with the existence of ABUMSH, Nigerians can now be treated in Nigeria with the latest medical equipment at the hospital. During a visit to the university in 2017, AfDB’s President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, agreed to the institution’s request for the granting of $40 million loan for more infrastructure development. Faal added that the multi-sector...

Living / Health - 17 hours ago

Health specialist seeks review of academic curriculum

An Australian based Health Specialist Victor Banji-Oke has advocated urgent review of the academic curriculum to tackle the menace of unemployment among teeming youths. Banji-Oke, founder and chairman of a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Ekiti Titun Initiative, also attributed increase in unemployment level in the country to irrelevant career being pursued in the universities. Speaking at a novelty football match organised for youths in Oye-Ekiti, the Health Specialist stressed that Nigeria needs to ensure that courses being in our tertiary institutions are in tandem with the reality. He hinted that his organisation is poised to offer interventions in the areas of  Counselling, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship. “The main agenda of our organisation is redirect the energies of Ekiti youths towards productive ventures,” he stated. Read Also: Capacity devt solution to unemployment, says Kumuyi He urged Ekiti youths to take advantage of the new opportunity to get out of lack. “Many of our youths spent four to five years in the university studying courses that cannot add value to their lives .I think ,we must wake up to this reality as a nation .The reason other countries left us behind is because we do our things in the same old way and we are expecting a better...

Living / Health - 1 day ago

Suicide: Experts Call For Increased Mental Health Education

Public Health experts, speaking across various platforms, have called for increased mental awareness and education to help reduce rising cases of depression and suicide in Nigeria. Dr.Chinomso Egemba, a global health advocate who works with Avon medical practice, identified depression as a major cause of suicide, describing depression as a medical condition, a psychological state of unhappiness or low morale which lasts longer than several weeks. It may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or in extreme case, suicide. According to Egemba, depression is usually caused by a decrease in the level of serotonin, a chemical in the brain, which serves as a contributor to feelings of well-being, and happiness in human. She therefore advocated for an increased awareness and education from the government and the private sector. Another expert, Dr.Chioma Nwakanma, a public health advocate and digital media strategist, said common health problems such as depression and anxiety affect one in four people and it may not be easily noticed. Read Also: ‘Mental health diagnosis should resonate with patients’ experiences’ “Many people still find it very difficult to discuss issues of depression and mental health. That may mean that many people keep their feelings about having a mental health pr...

Living / Health - 2 days ago

The end of our appetites passions, and emotions – Love

A life without love is not a story to tell. All humans need to be loved and to love starting from birth and ending in death.  We are social beings and normally part of a society.  In order for our appetites, passions, and emotions to work optimally, the family is compulsory; the workplace or business is compulsory; the faith community is compulsory; the world is compulsory. I just heard a commentator on TV say that the strongest man is the one who can control himself, not the man who controls others.  In the same vain, one who cannot direct himself well can hardly direct others well. Appetites, passions, and emotions are safest when love is their end.  By love, we are not fixed on sexual gratification.  By love, we mean tending towards the good and pleasure of a person, be it self, be it spouse, be it child, be it parent, be it boss, be it subordinate, be it colleague, be it citizen, be it servant, be it master, be it ruler, be it stranger, be it pastor, be it follower, be it rich man, be it poor man, be it the sick, be it the healthy, but most especially love of God, the source of humanity.  Appetites, passions, and emotions are best when love is their end. Many questions are asked about what is wrong and what is right about our appetites, passions, and emotions.  Possibly, no a...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

Five health benefits of sorghum

Sorghum are considered as a “whole grain” and they are generally packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber, B Vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. A diet rich in whole grains is said to have less risk of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. A very good example of whole grain is Sorghum. Sorghum is a broad term for a group of grasses found in many tropical regions of the world. It has more than 30 different species but only one is harvested for human consumption; others are primarily used as fodder for animals. The specie for human consumption, sorghum bi-color, has its origin in Africa but can be found around the world as a staple food product. It is a cereal grass having broad, corn like leaves and a tall, pithy stem bearing the grain in a dense terminal cluster. Sorghum is a very small but mighty grain, which is very rich in terms of its nutrients. It is considered the fifth most important cereal crop in the world, and it contains Vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, copper, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and almost half the daily required intake of protein. Its numerous health benefits include: 1. Improves Digestion Fibre are known to help break down food easily, and sorghum is one best food for dietary fibre. It greatly improves the functionality...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

Medical Council inducts 412 doctors

he Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has granted 412 foreign-trained Nigerian doctors the nod to practise medicine in the country. The breakdown shows 407 medical doctors and five dentists. A total of 893 foreign-trained medical and dental students appeared for the examination, while 412 successful ones were inducted. The overall percentage pass is 46. The doctors, who had to undergo another training and examination on returning to the country, were inducted yesterday. At the ceremony in Abuja, the nation’s capital, the Chairman of the council, Prof. Abba Waziri Hassan, urged the Federal Government to domicile the central internship fund in the council. This, he said, is to enable the council centralise internship project this year. The fund is already captured in this year’s budget. Hassan also appealed to state governments to upgrade at least three hospitals that will be suitable for internship and to recruit the required number of consultants to supervise them. This, he said, would create enough spaces for internship every year. Hassan also emphasised the need for parents to be cautious about which countries to send their children for training. The MDCN council chairman noted that there were efforts to increase the capacities of existing medical schools across the c...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

Osun vows to eradicate indiscriminate dumping of refuse

Osun State Waste Management Agency (OWMA) acting general manager, Festus Ogunbanwo, has reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to eradicating indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roads and other unauthorised places. He stated this while addressing a joint meeting between OWMA and the private sector partnership (PSP) operators on issues of concern to both parties, stressing that all illegal dumps must be totally discouraged because they are detrimental to public health and security. “Waste defaulters must be exposed to face the full wrath of the law. I am therefore, urging PSP members to be alive to their responsibilities of ensuring timely evacuation of refuse and regular payment of tax and levies to avoid being sanctioned. All the law suits filed against the agency have been settled out of court in deference and respect to the governor. I am also commending the harmonious working relationship between the new management and the PSP,” he said. Read Also: Osun monarch advocates death penalty for kidnappers Also speaking, the PSP chairman, Osun State, Wale Olayemi, urged OWMA and his group to remain undaunted in their resolve to ensure a clean environment despite the challenges. Olayemi and Ogunbanwo were unanimous in calling on residents of the state to patronise private waste...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

How to improve access to cardiovascular care, by experts

Worried by increasing deaths from cardiovascular diseases, stakeholders in the healthcare industry are proffering ways to address the challenges and reverse the negative trend, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF. How can the huge harvest of preventable deaths from cardiovascular diseases be reversed in Nigeria? That was the question top-notch medical experts and other stakeholders in the healthcare industry sought to answer last week. Gathered at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos, were leading cardiologists, medical directors and health policymakers–all united with the mission to ease access to treatment for cardiovascular diseases (non-communicable diseases) in the country. The stakeholders’ forum was organised by the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN), a coalition of private healthcare sector stakeholders agitating for improvement in the sector, and Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device company. Aside being the leading cause of deaths worldwide, non-communicable diseases ((NCDs) are a major public health challenge of this century, accounting for 41 million (71 per cent) of the 57 million deaths recorded across the globe in 2016. According to a recent report of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the major NCDs responsible for these deaths included cardiovas...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

Overcoming psychological pain

In earlier write-ups in previous weeks, the definition of pain was provided. We also discussed the nature of chronic and acute pains. We similarly discussed the treatment of such pains and what you should do in the circumstance.  In this last piece on pains, we are going to look at psychological pain. If all else fails in treatment of acute and chronic pain, psychological pain may result. Now what is psychological pain? An emotional distress ensuing either from a current or past circumstances that has affected one’s life to some degree is known as psychological pain.  It may be due to physical injury as stated above or it may be due to non-physical causes. What causes psychological pain? Any cause of frustration in life may lead to mental pain. A person who may be expecting that his business should flourish but such desires fails and or he or she is frustrated may end up with some sort of psychological pain. A ship that sank in high seas, carrying goods that a businessman had invested all his life savings may cause the businessman to suffer mental anguish.  Likewise, acute or long term physical injuries and pain as mentioned may cause pain to the mind. Invasion of a person’s privacy such as in rape or assault may cause serious mental pain to the victim. Meanwhile, trespass into a...

Living / Health - 3 days ago

Funke Akindele, Dettol promote hygiene in schools, hospitals

In a bid to promote hygiene among mothers and children, and deepen the culture of cleanliness in the country, Dettol and its brand ambassador, Funke Akindele-Bello, have embarked on aggressive sensitisation in schools and hospitals. This is done through the Clean Naija initiative, an advocacy to educate new mothers and children on best health practices. To achieve this goal, Akindele-Bello, a mother herself, visited hospitals and schools in Lagos where she motivated and taught children and women to imbibe the practice of caring for their body through personal hygiene. According to the popular Nollywood actress, personal hygiene include bathing, washing of hands, regular brushing of teeth, and more, stressing that people often come in contact with millions of outside germs and viruses that can linger on their body, and in some cases, make them fall sick. To be on the safe side, according to Akindele-Bello, the use of Dettol can help in preventing bacterial infections. “Our goal is to get 20 million clean hands by the end of year 2020. And as such, I am personally championing the promotion of proper personal hygiene in Nigeria. This is possible because Dettol has products such as antiseptic liquid, anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer, which will be instrumental to the achievemen...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Updated: Medical council inducts 412 foreign-trained doctors

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has granted 412 foreign-trained Nigerian doctors the nod to practice medicine. The breakdown shows 407 medical doctors and five dentists. 893 foreign-trained medical and dental students appeared for the examination while the 412 inducted were successful. The overall percentage pass is 46 percent. The doctors, who had to undergo another training and examination on returning to the country, were inducted on Thursday. Chairman of the council, Prof. Abba Hassan, urged the Federal Government to domicile the central internship fund in the council. This, he said, is to enable the council centralise internship project this year. Read Also; Resident doctors call off strike Hassan also appealed to state governments to upgrade at least three hospitals to standard suitable for internship and to also recruit the required number of consultants to supervise them. This, he said, will create enough spaces for internship every year. Hassan also emphasised the need for parents to be cautious as to which countries to send their children for training, while noting that there are ongoing efforts to increase carrying capacities of the existing medical schools in the country. His summation may not be unconnected to the rate of failure in the examinations...

Living / Health - 4 days ago

Five things you don’t know about Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath is one of the most revered documents of history. It is a powerful rite of passage that connects generations of medical professionals around the world. Laid out in the oath are principles that provide the framework for modern medical ethics. As the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) grants 412 foreign -trained doctors the nod to practice medicine in the country today, here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the Hippocratic Oath: *The Hippocratic Oath was composed over 2,000 years ago around the years 3-5 BC. The original text was written in Ionic Greek by Hippocrates, who is considered to be the father of modern medicine in most western cultures. *. The Oath is still held sacred by physicians: to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, to preserve a patient’s privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation and so on. Read Also: Stop! Fuku elegusi causes tuberculosis (TB) * The content of the traditional Hippocratic Oath can be divided into 12 items: Covenant with the Greek god Apollo, Covenant with teachers, Commitment to students, Covenant with patients, Appropriate means & ends (the good of the patient not the physician), Limits on means & ends, Justice, Chastity, Confidentiality, and Accoun...

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