Category : Health

Living / Health - 4 days ago

India bans e-cigarettes

The ban includes the manufacture and production of similar products The post India bans e-cigarettes appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria.

Living / Health - 5 days ago

Bill Gates to African Leaders: Invest more in girl-child education, health

Mr Bill Gates again harps on the need for African leaders to invest and develop human capital as “the best way for a country to unlock productivity and innovation, cut poverty create opportunities and generate prosperity". The post Bill Gates to African Leaders: Invest more in girl-child education, health appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria.

Living / Health - 1 week ago

Adamawa receives laptops, phones for disease outbreak reporting

Adamawa State has received laptops and phones from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use by disease surveillance officers in the 21 local government areas to survey and report cases of disease outbreak. Handing over the devices to the management of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (APHCDA) in Yola, the state Coordinator of WHO, Dr Iyobisa Igbinovia, said WHO procured the laptops and phones with assistance from the Canadian Government for distribution to disease surveillance officers because things such as disease surveillance and reporting need to be done efficiently and fast. “We believe that these devices will help the surveillance officers perform their functions in a more efficient manner,” he said. He explained that disease surveillance officers should be able to pick incidents of disease occurrence and report them on time to their head office for action to be taken. “With outbreaks of diseases anywhere, timely report to headquarters and prompt response is vital,” he added. Read Also: Poverty, unwanted pregnancies keep 51 percent Adamawa children from school He said the ICT devices had similarly been donated by WHO to the other two states affected by insurgency, namely Yobe and Borno. The Adamawa State Primary Health Care Dev...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre steps up manpower training

The multi-billion NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre has embarked on some proactive measures to guarantee the sustainability of the facility. This includes a deliberate plan for continuous training of competent and sufficient personnel to manage the centre, in fulfillment of its mandate as a flagship cancer treatment facility not only in Nigeria, but West Africa The equipment suppliers, Messrs Varian of Palo Alto, are providing capacity by building a training centre at the hospital in support of its commitment to human capacity development in radiotherapy across the West African sub-region. This is premised on a 10-year service maintenance contract that was built into the purchase agreement to enable the centre give at least a full decade of uninterrupted service. A team of experts from training colleges in the United States, which recently visited LUTH, expressed satisfaction with the state-of-the-art facility, saying it has rekindled hope for manpower training in oncology in the sub-region. Also, the Director of the centre, Mr Frank Sullivan, expressed confidence in its capacity to meet emergent demands. “The nurses in the Chemo-therapy Department are highly trained oncology nursing practitioners who are on the label of general practitioners in South Africa. They have exceeded first gradu...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

Firm, Centre sign pact to improve healthcare

A Biotechnology company, BioMérieux, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to help improve Nigeria’s public healthcare system. The NCDC Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, signed on behalf of the Federal Government while BioMérieux’s Vice President, Africa Cluster, Mr. Sinde Chekete, signed on behalf of the company at a ceremony in Abuja. Chekete said the collaboration with NCDC would focus on diagnosing bacteria and recommending the proper anti-biotics for treatment of patients. It would also help to improve the use of anti-biotics in the country. “The MoU is about improving public health and tackling the particular issue we have with antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It is a public health issue today because we are seeing more and more pathogens and bacteria in particular being resistant to most of the anti-biotics that we have in Africa in general and in Nigeria in particular. “The issue we have with this problem is that anti-biotics as everybody knows has been the most beautiful innovation in healthcare for quite some time. Today, we are being less effective in terms of the use of those anti-biotics, especially the first tier anti-biotics and the fact that some of them are being resistant lead us to use the second...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

‘How Nigeria can achieve medicine security’

Besides guaranteeing the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines at affordable rates, experts say local production of essential drugs will create employment and boost economic development, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF To the detriment of her economy, Nigeria depends on importation to feed most of her essential medicine requirements. Annually, as all available records have revealed, between 70 to 80 per cent of Nigeria’s critical medicine needs are produced and supplied through pharmaceutical firms operating outside the country’s shores. That means about 80 per cent of employment opportunities that should have accrued to the country’s expanding army of unemployed graduates from the all-important industry are shipped abroad every year. But that is not all. Besides turning Nigeria to a dumping ground for all manners of pharmaceutical products in a clime endowed with more than 150 drug manufacturing firms, importation has also ruefully gifted the country with problems of fake and counterfeit drugs. This is, however, not new. The threat of drug insecurity in Nigeria dates back to the 60s, though it was in the 80s and 90s that the crisis reached a climax when ‘briefcase importers’ of drugs created overwhelming situations of chaotic supply and distribution of drugs of quest...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

Yeast infection and your fertility

Yeast infection (otherwise called candidiasis) is as common as anyone can imagine. Yeast is a fungus in similar category as our common mushroom, though the mushroom is much bigger and visible to our naked eyes. The yeast is smaller and less obvious to the untrained observer. Yet, this infection of candidiasis may first appear as innocent but on a closer look, it does a lot of damage or has potential to do a lot of damage as we shall see below. Yeast could affect anyone: men, women, children, young and adult, depending on the circumstances of the individual. Nonetheless, women in their reproductive age constitute the largest group of people that yeast affects mostly. You as a reader may be surprised why this is so. The reason for the relationship between yeast and women is a matter of hormone and the anatomy of women. The hormones create moist environment in women’s anatomical areas and in particular the vagina and the entrance to vagina, which is otherwise called vulva. It’s these moist anatomical areas that yeast frequently affects. For this reason, yeast infection is very common in pregnant women. From vagina, yeast could also affect other organs of reproduction such as fallopian tubes and uterus. Still on women, yeast could affect any parts of human skin, especially the armpit...

Living / Health - 1 week ago

‘8,000 of 14,000 women die of breast, cervical cancer in Nigeria annually’

An Australian-based organisation, the Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora Foundation said 8,000 of the 14,000 Nigerian women diagnosed with cervical cancer were at the risk of death annually. President of the Foundation, Prof. Chris Onyebuchi disclosed this during the flagging off ceremony of a two day workshop by the organization themed, “Arm Our Youths Heath campaign” towards eradicating cervical cancer among women. He said the campaign in collaboration with the Anambra State Government, would target students across senior secondary schools in the country. He said, “The beauty of the ArOY Campaign is that should this ever be the case, the campaign’s beneficiaries would we already well prepared and ready to, not only embrace these changes when they come, but to actively seek for the interventions. “Of the roughly 14,000 Nigerian women diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, just over 8,000 will die. “This leaves family, husbands, children and a whole lot of others, devastated. “We can either continue to accept this unfortunate trend, or perhaps, just pray over it, or worse still, ignore it, and hope that it goes away. Alternatively, we can stand, and fight,” he said. He said a curriculum on anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer would be introduced as part of the crusade...