NMA loses 16 doctors to COVID-19, 321 others test positive

Moses Emorinken, Abuja To date, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lost 16 doctors to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, with 1,031 doctors exposed and 321 confirmed positive for the disease. The President of the NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, made this known on Monday in Lagos, during a press conference to mark this year’s Physician week. Ujah also condemned the kidnapping and killing of doctors and other health workers by insurgents and therefore urge the federal government to do all within its power to rescue those in captivity. According to him,…

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Environmental hygiene can avert avoidable deaths, says expert

By Adeyinka Aderibigbe   A public health expert, Dr. Tunde Ayeye, has called for an improvement in environmental hygiene, saying it is panacea that can significantly reduce deaths from communicable diseases, such as Covid-19, malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Ayeye said it is said that many do not know that Covid-19, which currently ravages the world, can be prevented by environmental and personal hygiene. He stated this at the press conference to herald the 40th anniversary of Draiklinas, a commercial and industrial dry cleaning firm at the company’s headquarters, in Lagos.…

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‘17 things we don’t know – and shouldn’t pretend to know about COVID-19’ (2)

Femi Kusa That the scientifically proven “nocebo effect” (the opposite of the well studied and poorly understood “placebo effect”) isn’t amplifying what might have been a relatively benign outbreak were it not for a media-driven pandemic of terror and fear. Think about it as a sort of medical hexing, a kind of institutionalized power of suggestion leading to real physiological symptoms and measurable changes in the body, as happens in patients in pharmaceutical trials who are warned about the side effects of the drug being tested – and then they…

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Winners emerge in Ajinomoto’s cooking competition

By Adekunle Yusuf After a fierce contest, winners have emerged in a cooking competition organised by the West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO), makers of Ajinomoto, a seasoning ingredient, for members of Home Economics Teachers Association of Nigeria (HETAN), Lagos State chapter. According to the management of WASCO, the cooking competition was put together to promote ideas and practices that impact and strengthen the well-being of individuals and families. The cooking competition, which had four female and two male contestants representing the six districts of HETAN in Lagos, saw the…

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Lagos, micro-finance banks to take health insurance to grassroots

By Adeyinka Aderibigbe TO deepen health insurance enrolment in the untapped informal sector, the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) has reached out to captains of micro-finance banks. At an event to enlist micro-finance banks,  LASHMA General Manager, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, said the deal was to ensure that more Lagosians, irrespective of their status, have access to quality healthcare through the state’s compulsory health insurance scheme. Zamba, represented by LASHMA’s Director of Finance, Mrs. Aramide Ojo, said: “The focus of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration is to ensure that about 23…

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Local foods healthier, have more proteins, say experts

Adekunle Yusuf NUTRITIONISTS have advocated a quick return to food that are locally available, stressing that such foods have more proteins and healthier for human consumption. This, they stressed, would help in tackling malnutrition crisis in the country. ADVERTISEMENT This advocacy was made by a panel of nutritionists and medical doctors during the Protein Challenge Webinar Series 4, with the theme: ‘Protein deficiency in a pandemic.’ The experts advised Nigerians to engage in home gardening to guarantee food security and prevent protein deficiency, adding that adequate food supply of food…

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CACOVID refutes Rep’s claims to palliatives in Edo

The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has denied a media report that House of Representatives member for Oredo Constituency in Edo, Dr Omoreigbe Ihama, donated the palliatives he made claims to in the constituency. The House of Reps member, in a report on Independent Television, Benin, Edo stated besides sponsoring bills and motions, he will continue to champion the course of improving the lives in the constituency. He also added since outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has given out food items and networked with other agencies to attract relief materials…

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The damaged colon: Death begins slowly but surely in the intestine (5)

FEMI KUSA WHENEVER I think of Professor Pottenger or Pottenger’s cats, my thoughts race to milk, egg, chicken and beef…and the many contributions they make to health problems in different parts of the body, none the least of which are the stomach and intestine. The story of Pottenger’s cats is not a story of a solitary man or a hermit who kept an array of cats for company. It is a study in nutrition. Between 1932 and 1942, Prof Francis M. Pottenger Jr, M.D, experimented with two basic groups of…

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Rotary offers free prostate cancer screening

By Adekunle Yusuf No fewer than 105 men have benefited from the free screening for prostate cancer by the Rotary International District 9110 at its District Centre in Ikeja, Lagos. Each screening costs N4,200. Kicking off the event, Rotary International District 9110 Governor (DG), Bola Oyebade, said the event was held as part of activities to mark the World Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. He said similar programmes would follow later in some parts of the district that includes Ogun and Lagos states, stressing that the programme would run for the…

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IMSA graduates specialist gynaecologists in ART

From Moses Emorinken, Abuja The Institute of Medical Sciences Africa (IMSA), a leading non-governmental, not-for-profit medical institution developing human capacity in healthcare in Africa, has graduated its first batch of sub-specialist gynaecologists in Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Experts say this is a milestone for Nigeria, as the institute is the first post-fellowship programme that the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) has accredited. In his address during the end of programme for its six graduands, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of IMSA, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, said Nigeria…

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