By Bernard Tolani Dada Uyo - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed satisfaction  with the facilities put in place at the newly refurbished Etinan General Hospital in Akwa Ibom. The vice president who at the weekend commissioned the facilities at the hospital said  Governor  Emmanuel is deliberately impacting on the lives of  his people. He lauded Governor Emmanuel for setting out to meet the health needs of the people across the state. “I can say here that the equipment is state of the arts, and that of the 21st century, and there are several trained medical personnel including doctors, and I want to congratulate the people of this community, hoping they will make good use of the facilities to stand the test of time.” Vice President Osinbajo expressed hope that the ongoing reconstruction of facilities at other General Hospitals in the state will also be completed as promised, to the benefit of the people. Governor...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja Fatimatu used to be convinced that feeding her babies only breast milk would leave them hungry and that they could not possibly thrive on breast milk alone. Cases of severe acute malnutrition, wasting and stunting are common among babies in Fatimatu’s community in Kebbi State, along with serious illnesses and deaths associated with poor feeding and hygiene practices. The mother-of-four had always attended ante-natal classes, she gave birth at the clinic and ensured her children were immunized. But she just could not believe the clinic’s advice about the benefits of exclusive breast feeding, so she added herbs, water and other foods to the diets of her newborn babies. It was only when she was pregnant with her fourth child and met a very happy mother holding a plump, healthy baby at an ante-natal clinic visit supported by UNICEF and the EU that she decided to re-think her decision about...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja A Consultant Neuro Surgeon, Dr. Charlse Ugwuanyi has urged  youths to avoid any activity that may lead to incidence of Spinal Cord Injury as it is about the most difficult to treat. Speaking to Leadership in an interview, he said injury in the brain is easier managed than one on the Spinal Cord due to the fact that activities of the body are being controlled through it. The Surgeon who condemned reckless driving and other dangerous activities that could put an individual in the dreaded state, said, there is no guarantee that treatment of a Spinal Cord Injury will reverse the effects especially if it’s a complete injury. Ugwuanyi said, the aftermath of Spinal Cord Injury is about the most devastating period of a victim's life as virtually everything is being done for the individual. Speaking on the different degrees of Spinal Cord injury, he said most injuries are not...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, ABUJA After four years of deliberation,  Cedarcrest hospital Abuja, is collaborating with a German healthcare manufacturing company to begin production of artificial limbs to help rehabilitate and better care for the disabled.   Speaking to Leadership at a one day workshop, organised to educate specialists on modern concepts in management of post polio deformities, the hospital's Director of Surgical Services, Dr Kingsley Ekwe said Cedarcrest has partnered with  Otto Bock HealthCare in Germany to set up a Prosthetics and Orthotics Plant in Nigeria.   The plant which is mainly for  local manufacturing of artificial limbs will ensure quality treatment of patients with disabilities especially ones caused  by Polio.   “it is still possible to live quality life, because your limbs have been cut off doesn’t mean you have to be on crutches for life which limits your options. We are hoping that in the next few months, our patients will be able to...
By David Ujah Abakpa, Abuja The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has declared a nationwide indefinite strike. Speaking to news men in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the Chairman of the Union, Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah disclosed on Wednesday that the strike will become effective on Thursday, September 21. He added that the Union had earlier issued seven-day ultimatum on Thursday, September 14, 2017, to again draw the attention of the government to their demands but nothing meaningful was achieved with the ultimatum. “This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently until this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS. However, rallies and meetings should be held at all hospital premises every other day. “We once again appeal to FG to tow the oath of honour and implement all agreements,...
By Winifred Ogbebo Unrestricted access to quality and essential medicine and medical products are germane to achieving a healthier world, experts have posited. Access to essential medicines as part of the right to the highest attainable standard of health (“the right to health”) is well-founded in international law. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the right to health first emerged as a social right in the Constitution (1946) and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) The director of Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP), University of Ibadan, Prof  Chinedum P. Babalola, has said that lack of access to essential medicines remains one of the most serious global public health problems. She said essential medicines save lives and improve health when they are available, affordable, of assured quality and properly used. Babalola gave the disclosure recently during a two-day international conference organised by the Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production...
By Francis Okoye Maiduguri - No fewer than 701 fresh cases of cholera epidemic were recorded at various Internally Displaced persons ( IDPs) camps in Maiduguri and other local government areas of Borno State between Friday last week to Monday . Over 4 victims also died within the said period with Muna Garage IDPs camps where the first case of cholera was traced to,  recording 1425 cases while Dikwa IDPs camp recorded 600 cases with Monguno IDPs camps recording 607 cases as the remaining 96 cases were recorded in other IDPs camps in Borno between 16th August this year when the first outbreak was reported . This was disclosed yesterday by the Borno State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia during the flag off of the cholera vaccination campaign organised by the Borno state government, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) which was held at the Muna-garage IDPs camp in...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja - As Nigeria celebrates  13 months  without Polio outbreaks, the World Health Organisation(WHO) yesterday urged the federal government to tackle issues threatening the total eradication of the disease in the country. Speaking at the 34th Expert Review Committee (ERC) in Abuja, WHO Country Representative, Wondimagegnehu Alemo noted that lack of access to some of the local government areas in Borno State is one of the reasons polio cases still arise in the country. Wondi said although it is good to celebrate 13 months without polio, the Nigerian government needs to put in more efforts towards totally eradicating the virus. He further added that quality surveillance is a crucial part that needs attention, to help detect any polio virus circulation. In the same vein, the chairman of the ERC, Prof Oyewale Tomori pointed out that celebrating one year of no polio virus is not an achievement but a wakeup call noting...
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...