BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal  has flagged off immunisation plus days with a call on stakeholders not to relent until the country is free from the dreaded polio virus. Speaking at the event which held at the district head’s residence in Bodinga local government of the state,  Governor Tambuwal said the formation of an expanded high powered task force, made up of leadership of Jamaatu Nasir Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),  would ensure robust mobilisation for the immunisation exercise. He said his administration is committed in ensuring that the successes recorded in the fight against polio and other killer-diseases are not reversed. Tambuwal said the Sokoto State Government has committed huge sums of money for the renovation of hospitals, construction of staff houses as well as provision of basic medical equipment to Primary Healthcare Centres to enable them provide qualitative primary and secondary health...
BY DICKSON AGBO Bee propolis is the gummy substances collected by bees from the buds and sap of conifer trees and plants. Propolis was used for centuries by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as a safe remedy for a variety of maladies. Now modern research has discovered amazing antioxidant properties within propolis, including flavonoids and phenolic acids. In particular, recent studies have narrowed their investigations to a particular compound found in bee propolis called Cape and the effect it seems to have on cancer. Ground-Breaking NYU Study: CAPE and Bee Propolis for Breast Cancer CAPE stands for caffeic acid phenethyl ester. It is a powerful natural biological compound (polyphenol) found in a number of plants and is acquired from propolis in honeybee hives. Studies have concluded that CAPE has not only antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but cytotoxic properties as well when it comes to breast cancer and other cancer cells. Of special interest...
By Doyin Ojosipe,   It was a cloudy Thursday in Enugu when some mothers with their babies trooped into the Toscana Villa Hotel. Among the few babies presented for observation at the advocacy training ground to end malnutrition in Nigeria were Baby Darlington Okoh and Baby Lillian David who quickly caught the attention of all due to their overly active display of pleasure; yes! They are happy infants! It reflects the fact that they are full of energy and life. The two babies in their fourth and fifth months, born of different mothers have obvious round cheeks, big bright eyes, smiles that warms the heart and responded to gestures and baby cues by child lovers around them. The Mothers Mrs Okoh Perpetua and Ifeyinwa David had ensured they fully attended antenatal care and painstakingly followed the lessons during their pregnancy. They were also careful to feed adequately and properly to care for...
By Ruth Tene Natsa The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, recently released two reports on “Food Systems and Diets: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century” and “Improving Nutrition Through Enhanced Food Environments”, funded by the Department For International Development (DFID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ruth Tene Natsa writes on the challenges and recommendations as proffered by the reports. Poverty, rising population and attendant problems as well as low literacy level are challenges that confront many Nigerians at present. It is estimated that well over 100 million Nigerians live on less than $1 a day. There is no hiding the fact that hunger and malnutrition are realities which many Nigerians live with today which the current economic recession has compounded. However, these challenges are not peculiar to Nigeria and Nigerians alone. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DFID, James Wharton MP in his foreword in...
By Terence Gibson With a new outbreak of Ebola cases being announced last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I am reminded of early 2014 when I took up a position as a consultant physician in the largest hospital in Freetown. I was a volunteer member of the Kings Sierra Leone Partnership, dedicated to supporting the development of clinical services and both undergraduate and postgraduate education. In a country of just over six million people, there was an acute shortage of health workers and just 150 doctors nationally. For two months the pattern of my professional life was familiar; a mix of daily ward rounds, teaching and organizing seminars for house officers. The diagnostic facilities were poor and treatment options limited by availability and patients’ ability to pay. In neighboring Guinea, an outbreak of Ebola erupted in March and cast a shadow over Sierra Leone. Ebola had never been seen in...
Recent reports have indicated improved access to malaria interventions especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Diagnostic testing for children as well as preventive treatment for pregnant women has significantly increased. According to the 2016 World Malaria Report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the estimated number of malaria cases declined by 88 percent while death rates declined by 90 percent in Africa between 2000 and 2015. However, despite this heart-warming news, the scourge has not by any means lost its potency. Malaria still poses a potent threat to global health, threatening the achievement of the WHO Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for Malaria 2016–2030 that set an ambitious target of at least a 90 percent reduction in cases, incidents and mortality rate of malaria by 2030. According to WHO estimates, 212 million new malaria cases were recorded in 2015. In the same year, there were 490,000 deaths caused by malaria. Legacy challenges such...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT The Rivers State government has shut down the Churchill Primary Health Centre in the town area of Port Harcourt. It was gathered that a three weeks old baby got missing last week after being administered immunization in the health centre. News on the streets of Churchill area has it that the three weeks old baby who was reportedly missing was later found dead three days after, on the corpse of an unknown woman. Meanwhile, permanent secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Agiriya Harry said that no such incident happened. Harry confirmed the report of a missing baby but said the hospital was shut down because of the activities of hoodlums who claim to be sympathizers of the family that owns the missing baby. He said the police are now investigating the incident. He however advised women and guardians to be careful with their children whenever they...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday its experts have not yet decided whether to use newly developed vaccines to try to contain an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, but officials are making preparations just in case. A second case of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo was confirmed by the WHO on Sunday after an outbreak this week of 17 other suspected cases. Three people have so far died among the 19 suspected and confirmed cases. A spokesperson for the Geneva-based WHO told Reuters the organisation was working with specialists to conduct an epidemiological investigation “to better understand the extent of the current outbreak”. The spokesperson also added that the origanisation is investigating to establish who is at risk of becoming infected with Ebola. The GAVI global vaccine alliance said on Friday that some 300,000 emergency doses of an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck could be available in case of a...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Federal Government will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, 15th 2017 to properly discuss and give directives on measures to be taken to stall the spread of the Ebola disease into the country. Speaking to LEADERSHIP in a phone Interview, the Director of Communications, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Akinola Boade said the federal government has also given a directive to port health officials to step up inspection activities and to report any sick person or suspects to ensure that the State Epidemiologist in the states is immediately alerted and relevant tests conducted. This is coming at the heel of the Ebola disease outbreak in the Northern part of Democratic Republic of Congo after 11 suspected cases were reported and three reportedly killed. Meanwhile, the Congolese government through its twitter handle said it has activated the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network to provide additional support adding that...
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...