UCH oversubscribed, overwhelmed by patients — CMD

The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, has said that high patient influx and inadequate personnel prevents the hospital from meeting the demand for high quality and optimum healthcare. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, told reporters in Ibadan that the inadequacies of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and secondary health facilities, including the General Hospitals in many states of the federation has imposed a heavy burden on UCH. Oyegbayo, spoke at a news conference to herald the activities marking his first 100 days in office,…

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JUTH undertakes first brain surgery using drilling machine

The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), at the weekend undertook its first surgery to remove brain tumor using a machine that drills the skull bone to gain access to the tumor. “It is the first Trans-labyrinthine approach to a posterior fossa tumor. We used the C-Arm machine to drill the skull bone so as to see what is behind even while facing the front of the head. “In the past, we had to open the brain which was always risky and led to deaths because the brain is delicate,’’ Dr…

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Strike: Anambra doctors shun Obiano’s offer

Striking resident doctors of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka Anambra State, on Wednesday, rejected the minimum wage offer by Governor Willie Obiano. They said there was no going back on the indefinite strike action embarked upon on May 13, 2019. President of the association, Dr. Obinna Aniagboso, who conveyed the governor’s message to his members during its congress meeting in Awka, said the governor offered to pay them the newly approved minimum wage. He said, “The governor said the wage will amount to N12, 000 increment to…

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‘Migraine increases risk of pregnancy complications’

A recent study conducted at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, has revealed that migraine is associated with an increased risk of pregnancy -related hypertension disorders in mothers and newborns. According to the lead author of the study, Nils Skajaa, Epidemiologist Department of Clinical Epidemiology, “Migraine is a disabling condition, common among women of reproductive age. “Accumulating evidence shows that migraine in pregnancy may lead to several adverse outcomes in the mother and child, but treatment may alleviate these risks”. The study further revealed that maternal migraine was associated with an increased…

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2019 World Asthma Day: 15 million Nigerians have Asthma

The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) on Tuesday in Abuja said that no fewer than 15 million people have Asthma in Nigeria, based on numerous studies. Dr Olanisun Adewole, Secretary General (NTS), made the disclosure in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in commemoration of 2019 World Asthma Day. World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day takes place on the first Tuesday of May. Adewole described…

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‘Nigeria will be polio-free in 6 months’

He spoke at briefing commemorating the 2019 African Vaccination Week (AVW) attended by the Country Representative for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Clement Peter; Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Champion for Africa on Immunization and CEO Avon Medical Limited, Dr. Awele Elumelu, and Country Coordinator for GAVI, Nadia Lasri, among others. Shuaib said: “Because we have been innovative and creative with routine immunisations, we are now at a point where we are just some six months away from being declared polio-free in Nigeria.” He commended the efforts…

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Inside LASUTH’s psychiatric ward

Although other wards and departments in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) continually enjoy renovations, its psychiatric ward has become so dilapidated over the years that it is no longer able to admit patients. The management, however, said it is already working to remedy the situation, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF. In many cultures, the mentally ill are made to contend with harmful effects of social stigma and discrimination – feelings of shame, isolation, hopelessness, and self-doubt – despite the deleterious damage these often inflict on their recovery efforts.…

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Psychiatrist recommends early treatment of mental ailment

Dr Shehu Sale, a Consultant Psychiatrist, has advised Nigerians to report persons with mental ailment early at recognised health facilities. Sale, who is also the Medical Director of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Kware, Sokoto State, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Sokoto. The psychiatrist said that early report and diagnosis of mental ailments would help to curtail the number of rising cases in the country. He pointed out that mental cases were on the increase in the country because…

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Tobacco: Health Ministry, MAN tackle FG on N35m fine

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has kicked against a penalty clause in the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations. The bill was sponsored by the Federal government but the Industry, Trade and Investment Ministry was against a penalty of N35m for the issuance of license for tobacco or tobacco products businesses (manufacturers, importers and distributors) pursuant to Section 29 (1) and (2) of the NTC Act. The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) also supported the Ministry in the rejection of the clause on the ground that the fine…

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