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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Nine importance of exclusive breastfeeding

Exclusive breastfeeding is when a child, starting from an hour after birth to six months, receives only breast milk without additional food, drink or water. While it may sound like hard work, it is important to know that exclusive breastfeeding is the most recommended form of breastfeeding as it has benefits for both child and mother. Below are a few: · It reduces the risk of the development of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type2 diabetes and heart diseases in mothers which could avert about 20 000 maternal deaths caused by…

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Two midwives win Red Cross posthumous medal

Two Nigerian midwives, Ms. Hauwa Liman and Ms. Saifura Hussaini, have been honoured posthumously with the highest international distinction in the nursing profession by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The duo of Liman and Hussaini were abducted in Rann, March last year, where they were working as midwives for the ICRC. At that time, Rann had been badly hit by the armed conflict, and only three health care centres were operational, with a tiny number of midwives offering vital services to more than 80,000 people. The Florence…

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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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Five things you don’t know about Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath is one of the most revered documents of history. It is a powerful rite of passage that connects generations of medical professionals around the world. Laid out in the oath are principles that provide the framework for modern medical ethics. As the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) grants 412 foreign -trained doctors the nod to practice medicine in the country today, here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the Hippocratic Oath: *The Hippocratic Oath was composed over 2,000 years ago around the years…

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Group seeks declaration of emergency on malnutrition

A coalition of stakeholders, under the auspices of international Society of Media in Public Health (lSMPH) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called on the Kano state Government to declare a state of emergency on malnutrition to avert persistent death of children under the ages of five. Speaking to reporters in Kano on Tuesday, the Executive Director of ISMPH, Mrs. Moji Makanjuola and Executive Director CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa expressed worries on the continued neglect of prevention and treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition by northern state governments. Makunjuola…

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Psychologist says more women attempt suicide than men

Clinical Psychologist, Miss Titi Tade, on Saturday, said more women attempted suicide than men. Tade of Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) made the assertion while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Depression, vis-à-vis Suicide Rate in the Country, at the July Congress of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Chapter According to her, while more women attempt suicide, women also have more chances of survival than men. Tade, also a Deputy Director, Medical Social Services at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), noted that this was so because…

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