Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

 Nigeria To Set Up Cancer Treatment Fund

Nigeria To Set Up Cancer Treatment Fund

 To reduce the burden of treating cancer, a terminal disease claiming over 40, 000 Nigerians yearly, the federal government is planning to roll out a cancer treatment fund, health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has said.
 Nigeria To Set Up Cancer Treatment Fund

To reduce the burden of treating cancer, a terminal disease claiming over 40, 000 Nigerians yearly, the federal government is planning to roll out a cancer treatment fund, health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has said.

“There will be a creation of a fund, either a cancer treatment fund or whatever we decide to call it. It is important and can be driven by investment or donation,” the minister said.

“It can be driven by any method that takes you beyond the point where health insurance cannot cover anymore in your treatment.”

The minister said this in response to a touching story on the painful battle against cancer shared by Serah Shimenenge Yugh, a breast cancer survivor, on Tuesday at the National Health Dialogue holding in Abuja.

Mr Ehanire and Ms Yugh were both panelists who discussed the topic, “Cancer control in Nigeria”.
Speaking first in the panel, the cancer survivor shared how she battled with the debilitating ailment without getting at least a free or subsidised cancer screening.

She said many cancer sufferers die needlessly because their conditions are mostly not diagnosed on time.
Ms Yugh appealed to the government to at least make cancer screening free.

Speaking, the minister alluded to the need for early diagnosis.
“One thing about cancer is that early diagnosis is important and once you detect it, you have to start treatment immediately to avoid spread,” he noted.

The minister said apart from health insurance, the new funding plan on cancer will help reduce the cost of treatment and diagnosis.

He said the funding plan will also draw support from the private sector who will set up “treatment centres just as we have private sectors setting up dialysis centres in this same way.”
“Nobody needs to suffer financial burden in regaining their health when the society can provide treatments for those who need it. Those are the steps that the ministry will take.”

The official said the prevention of cancer is one of the best ways to avoid it.

The minister noted that one way to do that is by avoiding unhealthy habits that causes cancer.
Mr Ehanire stressed the need for proper awareness. He applauded Serah for being able to identify that she was having a cancerous growth timely.

The official appealed to health workers to have the index of suspicion in detecting cancer.
The minister said the Nigerian government placed taxes on alcohol and cigarette to reduce the chances of people getting cancer from such products and also derives funds for health interventions.
He said the Basic Health Care Provision Fund will begin to cover cancer.

Cancer In Nigeria
Earlier in February, the World Health Organisation said an estimated 116,000 new cases of cancer and 41,000 cancer-related deaths were recorded in Nigeria in 2018.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide as new cases and deaths from the disease keep rising.

In Nigeria, the painful killer has continued to claim many due to high cost and inadequate radiotherapy treatment which has been the bane of cancer patients.

Radiotherapy is one of the key routines in the painful fight against cancer. A cancer patient often needs treatment at one point or the other. Experts say it is often better not to start it than to have a break in the sessions.

Today, Nigeria boasts of eight government-owned radiotherapy machines located in different areas in the country.

Source: PremiumTimes

Friday, October 11, 2019

Psychiatrists Call For Mental Health Education To Curb Suicide

Psychiatrists Call For Mental Health Education To Curb Suicide

A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Abdur-Rasheed Awesu, has called for mental health education as a tool to curb the rising tides of suicide in Nigeria.

Psychiatrists Call For Mental Health Education To Curb Suicide

Awesu, who works at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, made the call on Friday in Lagos, while commenting on the commemoration of the 2019 World Mental Health.

FreshReporters News want you to know that mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act.

It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

According to Awesu, there is need to change the mindset of everyone on how to maintain a good health.

He said that family and neighbours need to be up and doing, and as well be up to the task of curbing the tide.
Also, Dr Veronic Nyamali, a psychiatrist,said that life should be seen from a mixed angles of good, sweet and bad.

Nyamali said that suicide should not be an option to end one’s life, noting that the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s statistics show that one million people died of suicide.

She also said that every 40 seconds, someone died and at every two seconds, someone issomewhere attempting to commit suicide.

Nyamali said that factors associated with suicide include: Biological, Medical, Social, Genetic and psychological.

She said that when these factors occurred, attention should be given to the families of the bereaved, not to be hammering on what the victim used in taken his or her life, such that we all know sniper now.

The psychiatrist enjoined the governments to put up a unit in the hospital environment to be dealing with cases of suicide as it was being done in accident emergency in normal hospitals.

Nyamali said that the media also have great role to play in the surge and should always help in the areas of information and keeping hope alive for whoever was passing through one challenge or the other.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Body Odor: Causes, Control And Cure (MUST READ)

Body Odor: Causes, Control And Cure (MUST READ)

Body Odor, How It Starts, What Causes It, And How It Can Be Controlled (MUST READ)

Every individual has a unique odor, which is influenced by different variables like age, diet, health, and gender.

Body odor is the last thing you want to be the cause of your embarrassment.
Sweating, in general, is actually the body’s natural way to regulate its temperature. However, the body odor that comes with it can be a major turn off.

Deodorants are one of the best known and also the generally accepted ways to combat body odor. But of late, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the chemicals used in deodorants and their cumulative effect on the human body.
Therefore, many people are looking for safer and natural alternatives to deal with the issue

What Causes Body Odor?

Body odor is produced when the bacteria that live on our skin break down the proteins in our sweat into different acids.
Some people tend to think that it is the growth of bacteria on the skin that produces body odor, but in reality, it is this process that produces the unpleasant odor.

Mostly, we have people who do not think bathing regularly is a good way to help refresh your system and also reduce body odor.
Scientifically, and medically, it is advising to bath at least twice a day (morning and night) tho.
Another cause of body odor is the type of activity we engage ourselves in.
Sometimes, it might be or day to day job, Sport, environment, the temperature of the room or area we stay, and so much more.

How We Can Reduce Or Eradicate Body Odor Completely From Our Body

   1. Bath regularly with Antibacterial Soap

Bathing with antibacterial soaps can help reduce body odor because they are built naturally to help fight any skin defect. They help reduce the level at which the odor causing bacteria operates and it kills them gradually.
Washing thoroughly with an antibacterial soap bar will help get rid of some bacteria, which can help with the odor.

   2. Apply Lime On Your Body Before Bathing

Lime has some type of chemicals which are mainly aimed at helping to reduce skin defects and so much more. It is multi functional. You can squeeze the lime or lemon till it is soft then apply in areas like your armpit, face, neck, and other part of yur body which generates sweats faster.
Do this at least 3 times in a week before bathing, it is most effective in the morning period.

   3. Keep Your Armpits Dry Always

Bacteria have a hard time breeding in dry areas of the body. You can always apply dusting powder, or sometimes deodorant sprays to help keep your armpit smell neutral till you take your next shower.

   4. Wash Your Cloths Properly And With Disinfectants

If sweat from working out is your No. 1 cause of body odor, wash your workout clothes often. Sweaty gym clothes are a bacteria-breeding ground.

   5. Change your diet

Sometimes, fatty foods, oils, or strong-smelling foods such as garlic, curry, and onions, can seep through your pores and cause body odor (always see a doctor or dietitian before making drastic dietary changes).

   6. Shave All Hidden Hairy Parts

Shaving your underarm regularly will help prevent the accumulation of bacteria and can reduce sweat and odor.

   7. Dry Yourself Well After Bathing

Once you’ve showered, dry yourself completely, paying close attention to any areas where you sweat a lot.
   8. Avoid Wearing One Cloth For Too Long

Change clothes often when you’re sweating heavily. Fresh clothes help keep body odor down.
Be sure to change your socks as well, especially if you tend to have foot odor. Use deodorant powders in your shoes, replace insoles often, and go barefoot when possible.

   9. Try Apply Coconut Oils After Bathing

Some oils are known to have various properties that help combat body odor (7). A combination of these oils is also often used to address this issue.

   10.Drink Plenty Water Always

Water is also a very viatl way of killing body odor. Drinking a lot of water will help neutralize everything in your system and will surely help whatever you take to work as expected.

   11.Avoid Using Bleaching Creams

One of the worst thing about bleaching is you will be open to diseases apart from the body odor it generates easily after a little stress.
That’s how they would bleach away their senses and look brighter than their future 😆😅. I don’t consider fair girls any prettier than dark skinned ladies.

One of the funniest part is we are always responsible for the type of odor that comes out of our body. Some people don’t seem to know how bad their odor is.
The fact is that they actually believe they smell the same way everyone smells and they don’t believe their's is bad.
Body are just like automatic turn offs to a lot of people. In fact, some religions have strict guidelines about bathing practices and personal hygiene.

So Guys, the questions here are

Which Of The Remedies Listed Do You Know About?

What Other Body Odor Solution Do You Know?


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Why Humans Age, Despite Promise Of Eternal Youthfulness By Cosmetics Industry

Why Humans Age, Despite Promise Of Eternal Youthfulness By Cosmetics Industry

Why Humans Age, Despite Promise Of Eternal Youthfulness By Cosmetics Industry

Aging, the natural process of becoming older, is something that all living organisms go through. The prerequisite for aging is simply to be born and to continue to live. Considered from a medical point of view, aging may be summed up as progressive physiological changes or a steady and progressive decline of biological functions, as well as the human ability to adapt to metabolic stress.

The aging process is genetically determined and environmentally modulated. It takes place in every cell, organ and the total organism with the passage of time. It is a process that goes on over the entire life span of any living thing.

It is said that aging begins somewhere between 28 and 36 years of existence. At this turning point in life, most people are no longer growing-they are ageing. In medicine, people who have clocked 65 years, even older, are considered to belong in the elderly category.

Renowned American physiologist, Walter Cannon, opened his classic book on human physiology with the sentence: ‘Our bodies are made of extraordinarily unstable material’. It is therefore to be expected on the one hand that the body is affected by its hostile environment and slowly degrades, much like man-made objects.

On the other hand, it is the efficacy of maintenance and repair processes that determines how long it takes for this eventual degradation to catch up with the body and start to be demonstrable. It is generally thought that the ultimate cause of ageing is damage to the macromolecules that constitute the human body. If not repaired, this damage will gradually accumulate, eventually leading to increasing oxidation of the DNA.

Epidemiology of aging

In the United States, the aging population, as a percentage of the whole, has steadily increased over the past 100 years. This is due to the fact that the average life expectancy in that country increased from 68 years in 1950 to 78.6 years in 2017 due to the reduction in mortality at older ages from various advancements in Medicine, and a general decline in the poverty rate over the past 50 years. The current growth of the elderly population, driven by the so-called “Baby Boomers” generation (born between 1946 and 1964) is unprecedented in American history.

In Europe, the aging population is also known as the “greying of Europe”. As birth rates drop and life expectancy improves, the shape of the continent’s population pyramid shifts such that there is a transition towards older population structure, also fueled by the “Baby Boomers”.

Finland has one of the oldest populations in Europe. The Finnish population is rapidly aging, while its birth rates have steadily declined. It is a historical era in Finland where four concurrent generations are alive and people are living much longer lives.

Japan is believed to have the highest aging population in the world. The country is experiencing what is called a “super-aging” society both in the rural and urban areas, with about 25 per cent of its population aged 65, at least. This is expected to increase to about 30 per cent by year 2050.

The situation is somewhat different in Africa. The African continent accounts for about 17 per cent of the global population (about 1.3 billion people) scattered across more than 50 countries.  Africa is, by far, the world region with the youngest population with more than 50 per cent being below 20 years of age. Positive factors that have led to a rise in the aging population in other parts of the world, such as improved life expectancy and declining poverty rate have not been achieved in most of Africa.

In sub-Saharan Africa, most low income countries are among the worst countries for elderly people to live in, as shown by the Global Age Watch Index 2015. According to Help Age International, the author of this new Index, the worst performing countries lack a comprehensive approach in the political framework to respond to the challenges posed by the aging of their populations. It means that more Africans fall sick and die before they reach old age.

It also means that Africa has a youthful population who can take advantage of the age of knowledge and technology to improve African productivity and their own aging.

The aging process in all humans is affected by many factors.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

HEALTH TALK: Preventing Colon Cancer

HEALTH TALK: Preventing Colon Cancer

Preventing Colon Cancer
Preventing Colon Cancer
Many young Nigerians have either died or they have been hospitalised due to colon cancer. Why? It is because nobody likes to talk about bowel movements or cancer and nobody likes to get a colonoscopy.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. So that makes it a subject worth discussing.

Although some people consider it embarrassing to talk about colon cancer, it is important to become knowledgeable about it and to undergo a test for it.

Colorectal cancer is also the third most common cancer in both sexes and it is rising at an alarming proportion. This form of cancer does not get as much attention from the media as breast cancer, for example, but it is more common and just as deadly. Even when it does not kill, the consequences of bowel surgery can compromise the quality of life.

Although a family history of colon cancer increases the risk for the disease, it is estimated that 75 per cent of colon cancers occur in people who are 50 years-old or older, who have no family history.

Most colon cancers originate in polyps found in the colon. These polyps are usually benign (not cancerous), but they can become cancerous. Having a lot of polyps in the colon is a risk factor for colon cancer.

A colonoscopy is a colon cancer screening test that checks for polyps in the colon and rectum. However, doctors tend not to recommend a colonoscopy as often as they should because of the embarrassment factor and because a colonoscopy is invasive and uncomfortable: a flexible tube with a tiny camera on it is inserted into the rectum and pushed up into the colon in order to look for polyps and other signs of cancer. There is also an attachment that can snip off polyps, if the doctor thinks this is necessary.

In spite of the discomfort and embarrassment associated with a colonoscopy, everyone should have one when they turn 50, 60 and 70 years-old.

There is another way to test for colon cancer. It is not as direct a test as a colonoscopy and it is not a substitute for a colonoscopy, but it is one that more people are willing to do more often, particularly since it is inexpensive and easy to do.

One of the most common warning signs of colon cancer is blood in the stool. However, there may not be enough blood visible until colon cancer is advanced. That is where the EZ Detect test comes in. It is a simple, inexpensive test that can detect even very small amounts of blood in the stool, and it is available over the counter for home use. These types of tests are called Fecal Occult Blood Tests.

Colon cancer has a 90 to 95 per cent cure rate when caught early and there lies the catch. Many people have no symptoms until the cancer is advanced and that’s what makes it so deadly. Colon cancer is known as the “silent killer”.  Unfortunately, colon cancer rates are steadily rising. Early diagnosis (prior to symptoms) could save 90 per cent of people who are afflicted with the disease. Therefore, everybody should undertake early diagnostic screening tests.

If one waits until suggestive symptoms occur (blood in the stool, irregular bowel movements, pain, weight loss), the colon tumour is likely to be advanced and cure much less likely. Obviously, what is needed is a better, less intrusive and less expensive screening test for colon cancer. The Fecal Occult Blood Test can detect hidden blood in the stool, which is one of the first symptoms of the disease, and they can be done at home once a year. But by far, our best option is prevention. Fortunately, we know a lot about prevention. Diet is probably most important. Let’s take a closer look.

Eating to prevent colon cancer

In a nutshell, to prevent colon cancer, we need to increase our fibre intake. Eat a variety of fresh vegetables, maintain good levels of antioxidants, avoid processed foods, drink plenty of good water and get some exercise. These factors have shown up again and again as preventive measures in the study of colon cancer. Exercise has been shown to prevent colon cancer more than any other cancer.

The colon is also known as the large intestine and it is the last area of the digestive tract that waste matter passes through before elimination. It is where your body re-absorbs water and minerals for recycling and where it absorbs vitamin B12 as well as fat-soluble vitamins A and E. The bacteria in the colon manufacture vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting. Fibre is what keeps all of these processes moving along in the bowel.

Fibre refers to the indigestible residue of plants. It consists of complex carbohydrates that we are unable to digest. They encompass a wide variety of molecular structures that differ in their degree of solubility in water. They add to the bulk of bowel contents and stimulate the passage of waste matter through the colon. Shorter transit times (time of ingestion of food until its elimination via defecation) are related to decreased incidence of colon cancer. In other words, constipation increases your risk of colon cancer and fibre prevents constipation. Drinking plenty of water also helps to prevent constipation.

Until the past six or seven generations, humans ate a diet filled with vegetable and grain fibre. With industrialisation, our diets changed radically: the processing of foods for commercial sale resulted in the loss of much of the fibre, especially of grain foods.

Comparing the illnesses occurring in industrialised and non-industrialised populations, it is apparent that many common illnesses rarely occur in less industrialised areas that eat high fibre diets. Such illnesses include diabetes, constipation, diverticulitis, colon cancer, heart disease, obesity, gall bladder disease and gallstones, pancreatitis, hiatus hernia, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and even breast cancer. There is an unmistakable epidemiologic relationship between these diseases and low dietary fibre.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

UK Donates £22m To Tackle Malnutrition In North-East

UK Donates £22m To Tackle Malnutrition In North-East

United Kingdom is to tackle malnutrition in troubled North-East of Nigeria with £22 million till March 2022, the United Nations Children Fund has revealed.
UK Donates £22m To Tackle Malnutrition In North-East

Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Sanjay Das, Nutrition Manager, UNICEF said the funding followed the success of initial fund of $10 million which was expended on the treatment of 233,000 malnourished children in the North-East between October 2018 to May 2019.

He said the initial fund of $10 million was released by the United Kingdom through her Department for International Development, the department responsible for administering overseas aid. Das said the fund was spent on nutrition complements and drugs to tackle cases of malnutrition in the region.

Sanjay said that the DFID has released £22 million to comprehensively tackle the problem of malnutrition in the region for three years.

He said under the latest intervention, which spans April 2019 to March 2022, 87,000 persons are targeted.

He said not only malnourished children would be covered under the latest intervention, but their mothers and infrastructure would be put in place to put an end to malnutrition in the region.

He, however, lamented that the earlier intervention was faced with some challenges including insecurity which made project areas inaccessible.

He also noted that the medical team were not able to access some areas in Borno State during the rainy season due to flooding and because some parts of the state have a scattered population, thus making it difficult to bring them together to medical facilities.

A visit by our correspondent on Wednesday to one of the IDPs camp, Bakasi, which houses 39,176 persons showed that 105 new cases were attended to in the last one week.

Ibrahim Shaibu, a Community Management of Acute Malnutrition Provider at the camp said they also attended to patients from the host community.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Nigerian Who Died In UK Detention Centre Was Denied Medical Attention Says Brother

Nigerian Who Died In UK Detention Centre Was Denied Medical Attention Says Brother

Nigerian Who Died In UK Detention Centre Was Denied Medical Attention Says Brother

A Nigerian man, Oscar Okwurime, 34, who died in his cell at the Harmondsworth removal centre in London had told the authorities at the centre that he was feeling unwell but he was not provided with medical attention, says latest report.

According to The Independent UK, Okwurime told his siblings that he was feeling unwell during his first week in the removal centre.

His older brother, 44, who asked to be identified as Alex told The Independent, “I told him straight away: tell the authorities there and they will get you checked.

“That first week, they didn’t do anything. And the second week he said they were still saying nothing. The last time I saw him, he told me he was on a waiting list of about 400.
He said he was feeling pain in his side. He hadn’t had any health issues before.

“It was a pure case of negligence. If someone is in your custody and telling you they’re not feeling well, it’s your duty of care to get them checked.”

Alex said that before his brother’s death he had been detained around three weeks when he entered the country on a visitor’s visa and told the authorities he wished to seek asylum.

“I’m feeling so livid now. Any time I’m alone, I’m in tears. It’s terrible, It’s very painful. I don’t know what to do,” he said.

The cause of his death is unknown but the Home Office said it was investigating it, punch reports

Monday, September 9, 2019

Two Medical Experts In Africa Receive Special Award For Fighting Ebola

Two Medical Experts In Africa Receive Special Award For Fighting Ebola

Two Medical Experts In Africa Receive Special Award For Fighting Ebola

Omaswa got the prize because he has been able to address the crisis inherent in the global health workforce and built a health system that is pro-people around the globe.

On the other hand, Muyembe-Tamfum got the award for his research work that has been able to take on the challenge of Ebola head-on and his passionate effort in adequately training people who can handle deadly viruses and diseases.

The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize was instituted to honour people with great achievements in medical research and services aimed at combating infectious and other diseases on the continent.

The prize was officially called The Prize in Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Medical Research and Medical Services in Africa Awarded in Memory of Dr Hideyo Noguchi, and was first awarded in July 2006.

A brief public profile on Omaswa describes him as a Ugandan cardiovascular surgeon, an academic and administrator.

He is the present chancellor of Busitema University in Uganda, a position he has held since 2009. He was born in 1943 in Mukula village in the country and has had a very fulfilling professional life.

Jean-Jacques is the current general director of National Institute for Biomedical Research and was one of the first active teams that confronted the outbreak of Ebola in his country.

He had his medical education at the Lovanium University in Congo where he specialized in microbiology.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

HEALTH TALK: Unripe Paw Paw, A Cure To Ulcer

HEALTH TALK: Unripe Paw Paw, A Cure To Ulcer

HEALTH TALK: Unripe Paw Paw, A Cure To Ulcer

Unripe pawpaw contains high percentage of papain, which makes it a wonderful food that helps the digestive system function better.

According to a Nutritionist, Mrs Aisha Abdullahi exposed the health  benefit of consuming unripe pawpaw, it aids in the healing of external and internal ulcers.

 The expert explained that unripe pawpaw has numerous benefits due to its high contents in vitamins A, B and C, fibre and protein, among others.

The consumption of an unripe pawpaw on an empty stomach helps in the digestion of protein, reduces inflammation, improves immune system as well as helps expel bacteria and viruses.

It should be further noted that unripe pawpaw has been an anti-inflammatory supplement which helps in reducing inflammation, including osteoarthritis and asthma, among others.


A.  Get raw pawpaw and wash it. It must be raw, not ripe
Do not peel it and do not remove the seeds.
B.  After washing the outside neatly, slice it without peeling it into small small pieces. The cutting should be small like sugar cubes.
C.  Put all the small pieces of the raw pawpaw into any clean container.
Fill the container with water to stop at the same point the sliced pawpaw stopped.
D.  Leave the pawpaw in the water for four days. For example if u soak it on a Monday, count Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be the fourth day.
E.  On the Fourth day, the water will be looking white in colour. Seive it and throw away the pawpaw and the water becomes your cure for ulcer.

>> DOSAGE: drink half a glass of the pawpaw water every morning, afternoon and evening. You will no longer feel those ulcer pains because it will heal the wounds inside that are causing the pain.
This morning, afternoon and evening drinking of the pawpaw water can continue for weeks and months depending on how severe the ulcer is. It is not relief. It is a cure.

Additional note: an ulcer is an internal wound usually in the stomach or intestines.

Common causes of ulcer are infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and long-term use of aspirin and certain other painkillers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox, others).
Stress and spicy foods do not cause peptic ulcers. However, they can make your symptoms worse.

Other benefits of unripe pawpaw includes: 

1. Its richness in antioxidants which helps in the prevention of cholesterol oxidation.

2. It also reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes and also binds toxins that cause cancer in the colon.

3. Consuming the fruit also helps with digestive problems such as bleeding piles, chronic diarrheoa as well as constipation.

4. Pawpaw consumed in juice form helps reduce inflammation in the lungs especially to those who smoke and those that are exposed to secondhand smoke.

5. It is also a remedy for cough, worms, bladder problems, jaundice, gastric fermentation and gastritis.

6. The unripe pawpaw in juice form also helps regulate the menstrual cycle especially for those with irregular menstrual cycle.

7. Boiled unripe pawpaw fruits help in the improvement of potency especially in men.

She stated that pawpaw leaves was a remedy for people suffering from epilepsy, stomach ache and severe constipation and malaria. Also, that pawpaw has been scientifically proven as a cure for many chronic diseases such as pile, among others.
The expert warned that consuming unripe pawpaw juice may cause allergic reactions to pregnant women, adding that it may induce abortion.

NB: Please avoid taking strong pain killers without prescription. If you take time to read the side effects you will see that the drugs for pain relief cause ulcer or wounds in the body.
This treatment mentioned is not a reason not to go to hospital, because not all internal pains are ulcers.

REMEMBER: The procedure above is not for only relief. It is a cure!!!.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

WHO Identifies ‘more Effective’ Ebola Treatment Drugs

WHO Identifies ‘more Effective’ Ebola Treatment Drugs

WHO Identifies ‘more Effective’ Ebola Treatment Drugs
Two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.

WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Nov. 20, 2018.

The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.

ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials. During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.

As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organizations.

FreshReporters News understood that the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.

The other two treatments, ZMapp and remdesivir, will no longer be used.

Some 681 patients were enrolled in the trial as of August 9, 2019, with a total aim of 725 patients, the NIAID said.

According to the CDC, Ebola is a virus that is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone infected with the virus or who has died from it, or through blood, body fluids or tissues of infected fruit bats or primates.

Symptoms, including fever, muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting, severe headache, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained hemorrhaging, occur within two to 21 days of coming in contact with the virus.

Currently, there is no approved vaccine or treatment for the virus, so prevention is crucial, the CDC states.

Trials like “Together Save Lives” have been introduced in areas like the Congo during outbreaks to test what treatments may be most effective for infected patients.

Just under a month ago, the Ebola outbreak in Congo was declared a global health emergency.

As at Aug. 6, there have been 2,781 reported cases of Ebola in the country, according to the WHO.

There have been 1,866 reported deaths as a result of the virus – NAN reports

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding

Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding

Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding

This week is the world breastfeeding week. It is celebrated every year around the world from 1st to 7th August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. It promotes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. This piece is put up to demystify the myths about the effects of palmwine on breastfeeding. I had gone to congratulate a woman and to see that the new born baby was doing fine. I met the new mum she was happy, on a lighter mood, baby was also happy as evidenced by the numerous spontaneous smiles from the baby. I asked for the husband, she was said to have gone out. I later met him at the reception and noticed he was worried.

The following ensues between the two of us:

Doctor: Congrats Sir, where have you been?

Man: Doctor, I’ve been out all day in search of palm wine for the new mum.

Doctor:  Palm wine! Palm what!

Man: The nurse requested I get the palm wine for the mum so that she can lactate.

Doctor: No Sir, you need to hold on, you don’t need to get it, and the mum doesn’t need palm wine either.

Man: But the nurse asked us to go and get it, anyway thank God, thank you
Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding
I later approached the nurse, who requested for the palm wine to be brought and given to the new mum. I asked her if she knew that palm wine contains alcohol on the average up to six per cent. I also asked her whether she knew that alcohol passes through breast milk and can affect the baby. She replied that it is a cultural practice, but agreed that it was not a medical proven treatment and that it was not ordered by the doctor.

Medical Explanation

Naturally, palm wine is a low alcoholic drink. Its alcoholic content is as little three per cent, but fermented palm wine has the potential to breed as high 12 per cent alcoholic content. When palm wine is taken by breastfeeding mum, it passes into the breast milk. It is on record that there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding. Mums should avoid palm wine/alcohol intake in the first month after a baby is born until breastfeeding is well established because it impedes the milk flow as opposed to the cultural belief. It takes about two hours for the average woman to clear one standard glass of alcohol drink from her system, therefore four hours for two glasses, six hours for three glasses and so on.

Effect of palm wine/alcohol on breastfeeding mum

Using alcohol may make the mum fall into a deep sleep which can be dangerous to the baby. Mums who are going to drink alcohol are strongly advised not to have their baby sleep with them on the bed.  They are to always put babies in their cots. They may not wake for the baby’s next feed, or if the baby becomes distressed. They are to make ‘safety plans’ – have an adult take care of the baby. Palm wine is used by some mums as post natal beverage. This is dangerous to health; the levels of alcohol in breast milk remain close to those in the mother’s bloodstream. Levels will be at their highest between 30 and 60 minutes after drinking, or 90 minutes if drinking with a meal. It takes two hours for a unit of alcohol (a small glass of wine, or half a pint of beer) to leave a mother’s blood.

Effect of palm wine/ alcohol on breastfed babies

While large amounts of alcohol in breast milk can have a sedative effect on the babies, it is more likely to make the babies agitated and disrupt their sleep patterns. When a nursing mother takes it, it gets into the breast milk and the baby sleeps and unable to suck. Alcohol inhibits a mother’s let-down (the release of milk to the nipple). Studies have shown that babies take around 20 per cent less milk if there is alcohol present, so they’ll need to feed more often. Some infants have been known to go on ‘nursing strike’, probably because of the altered taste of alcohol in the milk.

In conclusion, drinking palm wine by breastfeeding mums is counterproductive because it is proven scientifically that palm wine does not make the breast flow. It reduces the flow contrary to perceived increase by traditions. The act of palm wine drinking by new mum is a myth, with no scientific basis or benefit. Most importantly, it is a harmful practice. Breast flow is, however, increased by staying hydrated, eating a well-balanced diet, putting baby to breast on demand, resting and having enough sleep.

Rotimi Adesanya; Child and Public Health Physician, [email protected], 08037202050


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Medical Outreach: NGO, African Doctors Offer Free Treatment To 700 Patients

Medical Outreach: NGO, African Doctors Offer Free Treatment To 700 Patients

No fewer than 700 patients with various illnesses in Dobi, a community in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT, have benefited from a free medical treatment offered by Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), an NGO, in collaboration with African Doctors for Africa.
Medical Outreach: NGO, African doctors offer free treatment to 700 patients

The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr Ver-or Ngutor, said on Thursday in Abuja that the medical outreach which took place on Wednesday was for women and children with focus on malaria control, oral health, Hepatitis B and C, nutrition, eyes screening and provision of lenses, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids.

Ngutor in a statement expressed excitement over the huge turnout of the people and commended the traditional institution in the area for mobilising its people to take advantage of the programme.

He pledged the commitment of OHAI and African Doctors for Africa to continue to work closely to ensure that that healthcare was available for as many as possible.

Aside the testing and treatment, the organisers donated 80 wrappers to women during the outreach.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu represented by Mr Joseph Dzungwe at the event, explained that the outreach had given credence to Nigeria’s signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

She also said it was a sign of elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) as well as other statutes, conventions and treaties which enjoin states, parties to ensure the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health facilities for the prevention and treatment of illnesses.

Anagbogu noted that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs placed premium on well-being and rights to quality health of women and girls and other vulnerable groups in the society, hence, the collaboration with non-governmental organisation and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and other initiatives to this end.

“Government alone cannot meet the health needs of our teaming population, hence, the need for the contribution of NGOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and partners who provide a variety of services and programmes for the health benefits of the populace,” the statement quoted Anagbogu as saying.

It also quoted Mrs Nma Ogbonna, Assistant Director/Head NGOs, who represented the Director of Health Planning and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Health, as saying that the activities championed by OHAI and African Doctors for Africa would in no small measure contribute to government’s efforts to improve health of the people.

Earlier, the traditional ruler of the community, Alhaji Ismaila Nda-Etsu Dobi, lauded the organisers for their commitment in providing medical care to his subjects.

He urged governments at all level to support NGOs such as OHAI that had shown capacity over the time in providing healthcare services particularly for the local communities.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

JUTH Performs First Brain Surgery Using Drilling Machine

JUTH Performs 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.
JUTH Performs First Brain Surgery Using Drilling Machine
“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 Origoya Peter Binitie, the lead neurosurgeon in the operation in Jos  told The News Agency of Nigeria

He said that the tumor had been in the woman for three years before the surgery.

“Half of her face was affected and she could not hear with the ear affected,’’ he explained, adding that the operation was a combined effort by neurosurgeons, Ear-Nose-Throats (ENT), surgeons and the Anaesthetists.

Binitie, who described tumor as an abnormal growth of tissue largely outside the brain stem, said that the new approach helps the surgeons to navigate around the head to see all sides at the same time.

In the past, we used X-rays to ascertain the position of every part of the head; that involved moving the X-ray machine up and down to, and from, the theatre.

“That process usually takes a longer time and will not give us the position of a bone or the tissue in real time. But with the new machine, it is very quick and saves more than two hours.

“With the new device, we can easily get the picture in motion. While the X-ray is static and one must wait for results, the new device is a kind of video where one can see the picture in motion, instead of static motion.

“The new device is also more accurate, can tell you exactly where you are and saves cost because you spend less time on anaesthesia which minimise the money you pay for that particular service.

“We can also ease our job by taking the picture up, down, front, back or sideways,’’ he explained.

Binitie, first neurosurgeon in northern Nigeria, who had been in service since 1974, said that the cost of such operation was “around N300,000 in JUTH’’.

But it costs several millions of naira in other hospitals and even more when done outside Nigeria,’’ he said.

The expert said that there were a total of 90 neurosurgeons in the country, adding that more were being trained to meet rising demands.

JUTH is one of the few centres training neurosurgeons in Nigeria. Six are currently being trained and are at various stages of the programme,’’ he said.

Binitie commended the management of JUTH for its efforts to improve services through acquiring modern equipment like C-Arm that would ease surgery and enable the hospital break new grounds.

Speaking on the C-Arm device, Prof. Edmund Banwat, Chief Medical Director of JUTH, said that it cost N32 million, adding that more equipment were being acquired to improve service delivery and break new grounds.

Banwat said that a German NGO, Christofell.Blindmission (CBM), recently donated an operating microscope to be used by the ophthalmology (eye) department.

He said that the hospital was undertaking a free eye surgery for children which would end in September, adding that children requiring glasses would equally receive them.

Parents should take advantage of this opportunity to correct any defect in the eyes of their children,’’ he told NAN.

Banwat, however, decried the poor funding of teaching hospitals, saying that much funds were required to purchase equipment, meet infrastructure needs, as well as for training and research.

We have several needs and want to improve services and break new grounds, but we cannot meet these needs with the budget we currently run.

“What we have is mostly an envelope system; what comes out of the appropriation is not encouraging at all.

“With more funds, we can operate optimally and provide quality service. The medical sector keeps moving and changing, with new grounds broken every day. We cannot afford to be left behind,’’ he said.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S.

Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S.

Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S.
A US-based Nigerian Doctor, Dr Chibawanye Ene has won the 2019 Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research.

A statement from the Clinical Department, Applied Radiation Oncology U.S., said Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting held from April 13 to April 17 in San Diego.

Ene who is from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, won the award with his research work on ‘Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma’.

It was reported that Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps immune system fight cancer.

The immune system, made up of white blood cells, organs and tissues of the lymph system, helps the body fight infections and other diseases.

The Clinical Department stated Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy.

Also, Glioblastoma, known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain. Initially, signs and symptoms of glioblastoma are non-specific.

They may include headaches, personality changes, nausea, and symptoms similar to those of a stroke.

Immunotherapy for glioblastoma has been largely unsuccessful in part, because molecular heterogeneity drives selective elimination of only a subset of tumor cells.

According to the statement, it appears that therapeutic success in patients would require achieving an abscopal effect, where following focused radiation therapy, non-targeted tumor cells are attacked by the immune system.

The statement further revealed to Freshreporters News that it remains unclear how glioblastoma respond to focused radiation in terms of failure location and whether immunotherapy could amplify the immune response to tumor outside the radiation field.

The result of the study’s experiment show that radiation combined with anti PD L1 therapy induces an immunological response to unirradiated glioblastoma.

The researchers are currently optimizing other treatment combinations that could also be readily assessed in phase I human clinical trials.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Expert Gives Explanation On Why Nigerians Are Experiencing Hot Weather

Expert Gives Explanation On Why Nigerians Are Experiencing Hot Weather

Reasons For An Excessive Heat In Nigeria Discussed By An Expert.

Expert Gives Explanation On Why Nigerians Are Experiencing Hot Weather
Describing hot weather

According to a knowledgeable personnel, Dr. Mohammed Bukar Ngamdu, made striking declarations in his statement on the prevailing weather condition.

Today being Monday, Dr. Ngamdu who is from the Department of Geography, Yobe State University Damaturu during his interaction with Daily Post made the following explanations on the reasons for hot weather felt in Nigeria.

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“The excessive heat in this part of the country is as result of global climatic change which can be attributed to human activities.

“Activities such as deforestation among others without replacing them are responsible. For instance, in an environment, normally trees serve as carbon storage facilities, that is the excess carbon that exists in the atmosphere is being stored in the trees.

“So in the process of cutting down these trees, the carbon being stored in the tree will go back to the atmosphere, thereby increasing the rate of heat in the atmosphere,” he noted.

According to him, as a result of continues climatic change, the Southern part of the country keeps on experiencing the problem of flooding, whereas the northern part keeps on experiencing the problem of increased heat waves, desertification and drought among other environmental challenges.

“Climatically, as of now if you move northward in the state, the rate of desertification, drought and excessive heat keeps on increasing in that area. For instance, when you compare places like Machina, Yunusari and Yusufari in northern Yobe, they ore hotter than places like Fika, Gujba and Gulani located in the Southern part of the state.

“That means that the more you go northward part of the state, the higher the heat becomes”, the climatologist expatiated.

He further attributed the high rate of health issues such as dehydration and kidney diseases among people in the state to the increase in the heat waves, while calling on policymakers in the state to stretch out laws that would discourage people from cutting down trees.