Meningitis: 26.7m kids at risk in Nigeria—Agency

About 26.7million Nigerian children between one and seven years of age are  currently facing the  risk of contracting meningitis, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) warned on Friday. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said in a message in Calabar during the introduction of “Men A” vaccine into routine immunization in Cross River that 25 states  and the FCT are  within the meningitis belt. He described the use of vaccines as the only way to prevent meningitis for now. “The introduction of Men A vaccine into the…

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Breast implants will not prevent sagging – says Obstetrician

Dr Dauda Adekunle an Abuja based Obstetrician, has advised women who intend to go for breast implants that breast augmentation would not prevent their breast from sagging. Adekunle gave the advice in interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. According to him, women who believe breast augmentation will correct sagging breast should have a rethink, because they will also need a breast lift in addition to the breast augmentation. “You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed,…

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Yellow fever claims 16 in Ebonyi

At least 16 persons have reportedly died following an outbreak of yellow fever virus in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State. Many others are also receiving treatment at the Virology Centre and Iboko General Hospital in the State. The virus invaded the community since July before the information got to the state ministry of health which quickly moved into the area to avoid further spread. Dr. Chris Achi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in the state confirmed the incident on Friday to Journalists in Abakaliki. He said the Federal…

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‘Clinical governance will boost healthcare outcomes’

Burdened with challenges of worsening morbidity and mortality rates, Nigeria’s healthcare sector should rise up to the demand for equity, transparency and accountability in healthcare delivery by enthroning clinical governance frameworks. This was the charge by Dr. Ademolu Owoyele, managing consultant with Harley and Wall Consulting, an international healthcare and business consulting firm. As governments at the state and federal levels increase efforts to improve the physical structures and ambience in health facilities, the most important critical success factor to healthcare quality, patient-cantered care and reduction in morbidity and mortality…

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‘Afe Babalola’s hospital solution to Nigerians’ appetite for medical tourism abroad’

he African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the 400-bed Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital (ABUMSH) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, is the solution to Nigerians’ appetite for medical tourism abroad. The continental bank described Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) as a world-class institution which provides effective health care delivery on virtually all fields of medicine. It stressed that the health facility is on the same pedestal with John Hopkins and other first-class hospitals in Europe, Asia and America. AfDB’s Senior Director for Nigeria’s Country Department, Mr. Ebrima Faal, spoke…

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Ebola: Death toll in DR Congo rises to 1,540, says WHO

The death toll in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to 1,540, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In an update on Friday, the world health body said 2,284 people had been infected since the outbreak in the country’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces nearly 11 months ago. However, vital work of tracing people infected with the deadly virus is progressing, in spite of of evidence of “several” massacres in the affected area earlier this month, the organisation said. In spite…

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End Codeine and Tramadol….. Alternative medicine options (1)

Nigeria’s ban on cough mixtures, which contain Codeine and a similar axe which fell on Tramadol may open wide the door to a multi-billion naira business for traditional and alternative medicine recipes for cough, pain and depression. But, making an in-road into this market, may not be easy as the pharmaceutical industry is not allowing the exit of Codeine cough syrups and Tramadol to cause a vaccum in its multi-billion moderate pain drug industry. Already, the Federal Health Ministry has instructed that, in these cough syrups, which are being recalled,…

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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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