Nutrition experts reaffirm Ajinomoto’s safety

By Adekunle Yusuf As the management of West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO), makers of Ajinomoto Umami food seasoning, rolls out the drums today to celebrate this year’s Umami Seasoning Day, food and nutrition experts have once again reiterated the safety of the product. The Umami Seasoning Day is celebrated on July 25 every year to raise awareness about the importance of the Umami seasoning popularly known as Ajinomoto or Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in cooking and its safety for consumption. The day is also aimed at educating the general public…

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Coronavirus: NAFDAC, CUGZIN, 20 other plant medicines waiting for official recognition

By Femi Kusa Unlike many other people, I am not shocked that only one (CUGZIN) of the 21 Nigeria herbal medicines presented  and screened for COVID-19 cure has been accepted so far, not  even as a killer of the new  Coronavirus, but a possible cure of its symptoms through immune boosting. In the matter before their Lordships at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), we should have expected that in the light of politics and power play, time and money constraints, and other Nigerian factors.  …

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I get insulted advising people on healthy living –Nutrition expert Emiko Kathy

I ventured into nutrition business after undergoing Caesarian Section twice Princess Kathy Emiko is a woman of many parts. Besides being a fashion enthusiast and owner of a popular boutique, she is also a nutritionist. But the wife of a popular Warri prince, Yemi Emiko, did not become a nutritionist by accident; it was a field she ventured into after she had to undergo Caesarian Section twice because of her weight. She spoke with PAUL UKPABIO about these and other issues concerning her private and public life. WHAT is it like to be married into the Warri royal family? Royalty in the…

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Warming up as weather goes under the weather

FEMI KUSA LITERALLY speaking, the weather has been under the weather for about one or two weeks in many parts of Nigeria. Rainfall has gone on a short holiday, giving way to gentle, cold wind in some places before the seasonal AUGUST break. In Southwestern Nigeria, this is the season senior citizens are said to leave the flesh in large numbers. So, it is the time young ones pay serious attention to the elderly. Do not be surprised if you find more women tie scarves which cover their ears. It…

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‘Unsafe abortion accounts for 40% maternal deaths’

Omolara Akintoye Health experts have stated unsafe abortions account for up to 10-40% of maternal deaths, among others in Nigeria. This was the consensus at the just concluded five-day online training workshop for feature writers and health reporters in Nigeria with the theme: How Family Planning contributes to Prevention of Unnecessary deaths of Women and babies and Slows Population Growth. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/ Director Africa Centre for Excellence for Population Health & Policy, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/ Bayero University, Kano, Hadiza Galadanci, who spoke on health and social…

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NCDC scales up as community transmission of COVID-19 continues in Nigeria

By Peter T. Udo-Akpan The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a profound shock to Nigeria and all countries all over the world. Measures to control the spread of the virus have have had a deep impact on our lives, affecting people’s income, job security and social relationships. Four months after recording the first case, Nigeria has recorded over 26,000 COVID-19 cases and is now in the community transmission phase. This means that the virus has spread widely, and it is increasingly difficult to trace the source of infection in most cases.…

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Rotary donates lab equipment, others to Ogba PHC

By Adekunle Yusuf The Rotary Club of Eko Atlantic has donated laboratory equipment to Ogba Primary Health Centre, in fulfilment of its pledge to help end sickle cell, cancer, maternal and infant diseases in Lagos State. The items included electrophoresis machine, medical centrifuge machine, laboratory/research binocular microscope, heamoglobin metre and laboratory incubator to upgrade testing and diagnosis capacity to reduce death rates in the state. ADVERTISEMENT Handing over the equipment,  the club’s immediate past president, Dr. Sunit Deb Roy, explained that it donated the items  to actualise its mission in…

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Unanswered questions on FCCPC’s Irukera actions against Med Contour boss

Adekunle Samson The social media was abuzz in the last few days with the news of the arrest and purported arraignment of Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju of Med Contour Services Limited, a Lagos-based medical Doctor, by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, over the death of one of her clients, Mrs Nneka Onwuzuligbo. According to the FCCPC, Dr Anu Adepoju and her hospital were arraigned for allegedly obstructing the investigation by the commission into the case which led to the closure of the hospital for more than two months…

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‘More Nigerians at risk of non-communicable diseases’

By Adekunle Yusuf Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant negative impact on the health of people battling with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, there is still insufficient evidence on the number of Nigerians who are at risk. “Evidence globally shows that those living with NCDs are particularly vulnerable. The full extent of this may be unknown, due to the many cases of NCDs that go undiagnosed. The prevention and control of NCDs therefore has a crucial…

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Women bleaching skins prone to cancer of kidney, infertility, says Gynaecologist

Agency Reporter Prof. Ernest Orji of the Department of Gynaecology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, says women in the habit of bleaching their skins are prone to the cancer of the kidney and infertility. Orji said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ile-Ife. According to him, everybody has normal flora that protects their skins from cancer. ADVERTISEMENT He , however, said that one of the components of bleaching cream is “lead” that is harmful to the skin . He…

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