By Patrick Ochoga  …As Obaseki Pledge Support In Tackling The Disease The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that an estimated of  173, 660 persons were living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Edo State. The Minister who was represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige, Director for Public Health from the Ministry stated this when he led a delegation of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and implementing partners on an advocacy visited Governor Godwin Obaseki in Government House, Benin City, He urged that state take the issue of funding the activities HIV/AIDS more seriously to combat the disease. Adewole explained that there was still a wide gap between those who require HIV care and treatment and those who can access it in Edo State adding that 25, 730 Persons living with the virus were on Anti-Retroviral treatment. The minister said that the state in...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja A civil society group under the auspices of Civil Society Group for Good Governance (CSGGG) has urged the federal government to introduce universal health care scheme for all Nigerians. LEADERSHIP reports that, universal health care scheme is a health care system that provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a particular country. Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, on an independent assessment of University Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) as a pilot site for takeoff of universal health advocacy in the country, the president, CSGGG, Comrade Dominic Ogakwu stressed that the importance of universal health care cannot be overemphasized as there are empirical evidence that the health of a nation significantly enhances its economic development, and vice versa. He, particularly, lauded the doggedness and perseverance of the chief medical director, UCTH, Prof. Thomas Udagbor Agan for his commitment towards achieving the universal health coverage in the...
Dr Sunday Yerumoh, Director, Primary Health Care, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, Edo State, said on Monday that 190,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets had been distributed to fight malaria in the area. Yerumoh disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Igarra, headquarters of the local government area. He said that the treated mosquito nets were provided free to enhance the treatment of the disease and encourage quality health care delivery at the grassroots. “We have so far distributed no fewer than 190,000 treated mosquito nets to the residents in the local government area. “My appeal is for the people to support the fight to eradicate malaria in our homes by sleeping under the treated nets,” he said. The director described malaria as a “harbinger of poverty and death,” urging the people to maintain good hygiene by cleaning their environment to keep mosquitoes away. He stressed the need for increased public awareness...
By Richard Olumide Oyefeso  The eyes are the window into a man’s soul. They are also our door into humanity. But what happens when sight is lost or impaired? Disaster happens as anguish replaces vision. Worry, desperation and misery engulfs the soul. But it need not be so, if only we could nip things in the bud and pay more attention to caring for our eyes just as much we care for what goes into our mouth. According to eye care experts, the common ocular diseases worldwide are cataract, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, uveitis, refractive errors, pterygium. Other eye diseases include trachoma, onchocerciasis, xerophthalmia and ocular malignancies. The pattern of ocular diseases varyin different parts of the world, influenced by racial, geographic, socioeconomic and cultural factors. For many folks in sub-Sahara Africa, the possibility of losing their sight is a real prospect. Already contending with the perils of underdevelopment and poverty, the...
By JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has said  there is tremendous improvement in his health and that he wishes to return home but was only obeying the orders of his his doctors. “But I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge”, he said. The president spoke while receiving the presidential media team and the senior special assistant on Diaspora matters, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, at Abuja House, London, yesterday. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  led the visiting team, including Mr Femi Adesina, special adviser on media and publicity; Mallam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity and Lauretta Onochie, personal assistant on digital/online media. According to a statement by Adesina, when the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the president, Buhari retorted: “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are...
By PAUL UWADIMA, Abuja In the effort to improve health care facilities in the country, the Saudi German Hospital (SGH) Dubai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto,  to cooperate and develop infrastructure as well as establish a cardiac surgery facility at the hospital. According to the statement made available to LEADERSHIP Friday in Abuja, yesterday, by the Saudi German Hospital Dubai, the SGH Dubai will send a team of doctors and technicians to the University Teaching Hospital to train the doctors. Also doctors from Nigeria would travel to Dubai to be trained under the German Professors.  Similarly, as a further development, a telemedicine facility will be developed to discuss medical cases between the two hospitals while the treatment of complex medical cases would be done at Dubai. The statement revealed that free second opinion service will be provided to patients under the MoU. Speaking at the occasion the CEO of Saudi German Hospital, Dr Reem Osman said...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE Despite concerted efforts and much resource invested in routine immunisation, Nigeria has not recorded a laudable achievement in the past few years, a new report has shown. The 2016/017 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey which was disseminated in Abuja revealed that while about 77 per cent of children aged 12 to 23 months did not receive all routine immunizations, mistrust, lack of awareness on the part of parents and distance of facilities were key issues responsible for low and incomplete vaccination. The report, which shows that 40 percent of the infant population did not receive vaccination at all, revealed that only 1 in 4 received all recommended vaccines in the country. The report however noted that the benefits of vaccines are optimised when children receive all recommended doses. While the Northern part of the country had the lowest immunisation coverage due to mistrust and refusal of some parents and consequence of long...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE Following an outbreak of Lasa Fever in Lagos State, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) today disclosed that contact identification and tracing has been initiated and case management has begun for other confirmed cases. It also said that the federal government has provided resources including medical supplies to support case management in the State. Two persons have been reportedly killed and a doctor infected at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). It’s about the 49th week of the disease breakout in the country and 113 deaths have been recorded while a total of 689 suspected cases have been reported as at 31st week of 2017, the NCDC has revealed. The NCDC in a press release has therefore advise Nigerians to be more vigilant, maintaining good hygiene, keeping away of food items from rodents, regular washing of hands and not hesitating to report any suspected case to the Center, using the tool free...
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, A Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Jos, Prof. MandongMafila has lamented the low number of practicing Pathologists in the country, pointing out that, with the population of 170 Million people, there exist just about 150 practicing pathologists. The Professor noted that while the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) has only seven consultant pathologists, only five are actively practicing at the moment serving a population of about 4 million people in the state. He also said, “it is extremely difficult for the clinicians to provide disease specific care to the patients with such a deficient number of qualified Pathologists.” Mafila said that virtually all-practicing Pathologists are clustered in the major cities while most general hospitals and primary health care centres have no Pathology service at all. He said, it is sad that the role of Pathologist as a diagnostician has been relegated to the background by...
JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo About four million residents of Osun State will benefit from the free distribution of two million, two hundred thousand mosquito nets by the Catholic Relief Service in conjunction with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) in their desperate move to reduce the menace of malaria disease in the state. The Programme Manager of Catholic Relief Service in the state, Dr. Adetayo Olusola disclosed yesterday at a workshop in Osogbo that $8.8 million have been earmarked for the procurement of mosquitoes insecticidal nets (LLIN) for the use of the people of the state. The target according to him would ensure that a net will be made available to every two residents of the state to curb the spread of the deadly disease. Olusola further disclosed that, the insecticidal nets would be distributed across the 30 local government areas of the state while 14,000 personnel that would distribute the nets are on...