BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI - The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said that it has received 180 reported cases of measles infection, with 13 laboratory confirmed cases, from 69 blood samples test, conducted in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The confirmed cases are from four area councils, namely, Kwali area council (seven cases); Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) with three cases, Gwagwalada area council has two cases, while Bwari area council has one case. Briefing newsmen on the outbreak of the disease at the weekend, acting secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu explained that children below five years accounted for 46 per cent of the confirmed cases. Odey-Achu frowned that out of the 13 confirmed cases; only one of them was vaccinated against measles, just as she called on stakeholders to ensure that no child is missed during the upcoming measles vaccination campaign in the territory. She noted...
BY DICKSON AGBO Few research manipulates the deep sleep phase and examines its effects on learning new skills. Most of us know that a good night’s sleep is key for happiness and productivity, and that conversely, a night of poor sleep can have negative effects on our performance during the day. But a new study manages to find precisely the brain area responsible for learning new skills and shows how it can be affected by poor sleep quality. A team of researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, both in Switzerland, set out to examine the effect of a disturbed deep sleep phase on the brain’s ability to learn new things. More specifically, the new study - published in the journal Nature Communications - looks at the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to the stimuli that it receives from...
Injection site soreness differs with every patient and medication. Though in reality the actual injection of syringe and pain associated with it is minimal, there are times when the pain persists well after returning home and sometimes it worsens with swelling. TUNDE OGUNTOLA writes on how to manage injection pain. Prior to beginning your injectable medication cycle, you should notify your doctor of any latex or adhesive sensitivities or allergies so that he can consider alternative medicines and treatments. Another issue to be aware of is how the use of anticoagulants (blood thinners) or the regular use of aspirin can impact the injection site’s ability to clot. Ask your physician what is right for you. You should be aware that these medications may cause increased bleeding and bruising around the injection site. For some of us the most dreadful thought of visiting a clinic is getting injected with a syringe. Just...
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 283 illegal pharmacies and patent medicine shops in Zamfara for failing to meet its pharmaceutical regulations and standards. Mrs Anthonia Aruya, the Director of Inspection and Monitoring of the council, made the disclosure at a press conference in Gusau on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PCN enforcement team was in the state as part its efforts to carry out its responsibilities of ensuring effective monitoring and inspection of medical facilities in the country. Aruya said that out of the 329 pharmacies and patent medicine shops visited by the council across the state, only 46 met the standard requirements while the remaining 283 were sealed for various offences. She said that out of the 283 sealed premises, four were pharmacies while 279 were patent medical stores. According to her, most of the pharmacies and patent medical stores in the state are operating...
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Thursday said it had commenced another round of medical outreach programme in Borno. The Director, Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. According to Adesanya, the new round of medical outreach programme was primarily aimed at enhancing available NAF medical facilities and personnel at the Medical Centre of NAF 105 Composite Group (CG), in Maiduguri. “This is to position the medical centre to adequately attend to the anticipated increase in the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of the intensive day and night aerial bombardments by NAF,” he said. In the statement, the NAF Chief of Medical Services Branch, AVM Saleh Shinkafi, also said the programme was an initiative of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. Shinkafi said that it was also designed to win the hearts and...
By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos - Following the strike action embarked upon by resident doctors to compel the government to meet their demands, many patients are currently being moved from government owned hospitals in Lagos to the private hospitals to get better treatment speaking with a staff of Lagos State University Hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity said nurses are merely going to work but could not  do anything without the availability of doctors. "We are just going to work just to make ourselves available but nurses are handicap without  doctors. Patients are there hoping the strike would be called off this week", she said. LEADERSHIP checks showed that patients have been bearing the brunt of the strike in the General hospitals,  since the doctors attend to them are not enough. In a chat with a staff of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) who is also a nurse, she said consultant doctors are...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja - States that do not pay counterpart funds before September 15th 2017, will be stepped down in the next measles campaign, the Federal Government has Said. The Executive Secretary, National Primary Health  Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib gave the warning while briefing newsman in Abuja,  yesterday. Dr Shuaib said contrary to agreement made at the Nigerian Governor’s Forum, only four states have fully released their counterpart funds for Measles vaccination campaign. “NPHCDA has held a meeting with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum for mobilisation of states counterpart funds fund the campaign, Kebbi, Borno, Nasarawa and Imo have fully released state counterpart funding into a dedicated account, Kano has only partially. “we cannot continue to have poor quality campaign in this country that leaves our children susceptible to measles infections and deaths,” Shuaib said. The spread of Measles infection to more states and local governments has necessitated a nationwide vaccination campaign, the...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan - Oyo State government has shut down the hatchery of NPG factory over a suspected case of Avian flu (bird flu). The special adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Agriculture, Prof Segun Adekunle, said the decision was taken as a result of the spread of the virus at NPG main factory in Egbeda area of Ogun State, with the Oluyole farm as hatchery. Acting on a hint by the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture on September 6, 2017, Adekunle had on Saturday led a team of officials from the Avian flu office, Ibadan, to the factory where samples of day-old chicks were taken to a lab in Plateau State, for diagnosis. Adekunle said the factory was only shut to protect unsuspecting chicks’ buyers from spreading the virus, since the laboratory result revealed that the viruses were discovered in the samples taken. He urged residents of the state not to fret...
By Fatima Moh’d Ali, Abuja A six-year-old Boko Haram victim, Ali Ahmadu, who got paralysed in 2014 during an invasion of Chibok village by the terrorists, was yesterday flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for corrective surgery. Addressing journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, yesterday, shortly before Ahmadu’s depature for Dubai, the coordinator of Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), Nuhu Kwajafa, said he needs corrective surgery to enable him walk again after he was overrun with a motorcycle in Chibok by Boko Haram terrorists during a night raid. Kwajafa disclosed that the non-governmental organisation, GIPLC, got to know about Ahmadu’s case three years ago and after waiting for government’s intervention over the years, decided take the responsibility for his treatment. According to him, the spinal cord surgery to enable young Ahmadu to walk again will cost $48,000 (N14,640,000.00). This is as he said the total money needed for the complete...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja  It’s been four days since Nigerian Resident Doctors embarked on a total indefinite strike. Leadership checks at the Abuja Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Gwagwalada and the National Hospital Abuja confirmed that the Doctors have actually left their duty post. An official at the National hospital who took our Correspondent round the hospital  said the impact of the doctors presence will only be felt if the period of the action is prolonged. “No patient has been discharged yet, doctors on housemanship, Nurses and the Consultants are working, though patients are still turning in for treatment, they have reduced in number,” he said. Inside the GOPD, GGOPD, Emergency, Neurology and Immunisation sections, patients were seen seated and waiting to be called. However, the entrance and the environs of the hospital had an uneasy calm, when our correspondent visited, it was around 11 am and cars were not trooping in as usual, only few...