More than 1,000 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria, the Centre for Disease Control said Thursday, but added that the spread of the disease is slowing. The outbreak has mostly affected children in Africa’s most populous country. As of May 9, a total of 13,420 suspected cases had been reported in 23 states with 1,069 deaths, giving a fatality ratio of eight percent, the CDC said in a statement. The northern states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi, which were the worst affected, have all seen a drop in the number of cases. Two others which were also badly hit — Kebbi and Niger — recorded no deaths, the CDC said. A new strain of meningitis C was first reported in Zamfara last November and spread to 22 other states in northern Nigeria. A mass vaccination programme was started to limit its spread. The CDC said a new batch of vaccines...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja A group, the Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) yesterday faulted claims that the tobacco industry in Nigeria has created job opportunities for many farmers. The NTCA which was on a courtesy call to LEADERSHIP, Abuja said the illusion created to discourage the federal government from regulating the use of tobacco in the country are all a hoax as it found in its investigation that Nigeria has been importing Tobacco leaves from about 12 countries. Speaking further, the Chairman, NTCA Board, Mr Akinbode Oluwafemi also said, it was unfortunate that the Tobacco industry pays same tax as that of medic-care when it has no healthy benefit to continuous human existence. “Tobacco products also killing those harvesting it, there are economic studies that have shown that the global economy is loosing about $1 million due to the impact of smoking. “The tax regime on medicare in Nigeria today is same on tobacco...
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...
  BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Secretary General, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, FCT Chapter, Dr Jesse Gwandi has urged Nigerians to make good of the opportunities offered through continuous consumption of quail eggs. Speaking with LEADERSHIP in an interview, Gwandi said, the quail eggs has a lot of health benefits if consumed considerably. He said apart from the fact that the egg helps to reduce high blood pressure and diabetes, it also helps to tackle Alopecia; a condition in which one’s hair follicle is being mistakenly attacked by the immune system. This condition leads to fall out of body hair, either from the head or any part of the body. “ It also addresses the problem of cholesterol storage in the body as it doesn’t not have much of it unlike the normal chicken eggs,” he added. The Veterinary Doctor however said it was unfortunate that some mischievous people had tried to put down the...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE & Taofeek Lawal Abuja Worried by the dwindling quality of healthcare services in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday met behind closed doors to discuss on the way forward. Speaking at the opening of the two days deliberation, the Director General of the NGF, Mr Asishana Okauru, said the meeting was paramount as the number of deaths of mothers and children continues to soar. Okauru said in 2015, life expectancy in Nigeria was around 53 and 56 years for men and women respectively, adding that, while th country constitutes only about 2 per cent to the world population, it contributes up to 10 per cent to maternal mortality in the world. “Diarrhea prevalence rate in Nigeria is abysmal. The indices for deaths and impaired quality of life caused by malaria, lower respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, HIV, especially amongst children and women, are even more appalling”, he added. In his...
By Ankeli Emmanuel No child in Sokoto and the country at large deserves to be crippled or suffer from diseases or their complications for which vaccines are readily available, free and effective, World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Speaking in a remark on behalf of Partners, Dr. Fiona Braka, the EPEI Team Leader of WHO said, Nigeria is at a critical stage of the polio eradication  programme. According to Dr. Fiona, while Nigeria has recorded significant progress in keeping polio abay, the insurgency in North East seems to have impeded on the successes recorded following a re-insurgence in that area. "Remarkable progress has been made in Nigeria in reducing the number of wild polio virus  cases over the past decade fro  as high as 796 cases in 2008 to 0 in 2015. "The re-emergence of wild polio virus cases in July 2016 in north eastern Nigeria, after a silent period of close to two...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah   The federal executive council (FEC) has approved a  joint venture agreement between the federal government  and May and  Baker  plc to produce vaccines in Nigeria  from 2017-2021. According to the agreement ,the federal government will own 49 per cent of the joint venture while  May and Becker will own 51 per cent. This was disclosed by the minister of health, Isaac Adewole after the FEC meeting presided over by acting president, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa. The board of the company will comprise seven people, four from May and Baker and three from the federal government. He said the federal government is using existing  facility at the Federal Vaccine Production Production Lab, Lagos, as their  equity and  that has been costed by Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, is about N1.27 billion and May and Baker will put in about N1.3 billion in keeping with the 51, 49...
Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has called for heightened vigilance and intensified awareness efforts on symptoms of hemorrhagic fevers following the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Minister made the call in a statement issued on his behalf on Saturday in Abuja by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health. The Minister advised health care providers and members of the public, to report any sign of illness to public health officials. He said in response to the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), government had directed health officials stationed at the ports, to step up inspection activities. He said that the symptoms to look out for included fever, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and muscle aches. He said explained that patients with more severe cases would show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja The Federal Government has declared its willingness to collaborate with traditional healers to develop the nation’s herbal medicine sub sector. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu stated this when he visited a traditional medicine practitioner, Pa Aliyu Giwa, who was renowned for using traditional medicines to treat cancer and other complicated terminal ailments at Adavieba community in Adavi Local Government of Kogi State. The minister, who was accompanied by his Ministry of Health counterpart, Prof. Isaac Adewole, decried the nation’s overdependence on importation, stressing that the tradomedicine sector could be developed to rake in the kind of gains already being enjoyed by Asian countries. He said: “We are tired of importing everything we need from outside; the time has come for us to look inward and see how we can export our traditional medicines.” Onu urged Giwa and other traditional healers and alternative medicine practitioners to release...
The federal government has donated drugs and other essential commodities to an undisclosed medical facility for the rehabilitation of the 82 rescued Chibok school girls. The minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, presented the items to the clinic yesterday in Abuja. Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, said this in a statement. According to her, the Adewole made the donation during a visit to the rescued girls at the health facility where they are currently receiving care. “The minister has assured the recently freed 82 Chibok Girls of the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure their complete health and wellbeing. “We are happy for you and we thank God for your release. “President Buhari has shown his commitment to your plight and has directed that we offer best of medical services. “We are going to take care of you so that you can go out and...