Residents demand health insurance scheme

April 19, 2018 Taiye Odewale. Abuja 0

  Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly to demand for health insurance scheme through required legislation. The residents led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat, Barrister Iyabo Amanda Pam, also requested for similar legislation for establishment of FCT Primary Health Care Board. Making the requests during a courtesy visit on Senator Read More

Malaria: Group seeks new combination therapies

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV), says it is working with various organisations to develop new combination therapies to address the challenges of antimalarial drug resistance. MMV, an organisation that aims to reduce the burden of malaria in disease endemic countries, said the new therapies will be done by identifying molecules with novel mechanisms of action and antimalarial activity against all Read More

Health workers’ strike: No retreat, no surrender – Scribe

April 19, 2018 Ajuma Edwina Ogiri Abuja 0

Members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), who embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike yesterday, have vowed not back down until their demands are met. The General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Obisesan Oluwatuyi, who disclosed this in an interview yesterday in Abuja, said “the soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender Read More

95% world population breathes unsafe air – Research

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ninety-five per cent of the world’s population breathes air polluted above the levels that the World Health Organisation (WHO) deem safe. The report of a research by the Moscow-based Health Effects Institute stated on Tuesday that the air pollution contributed to millions of deaths in 2016. “Based on these data and knowledge of the populations in each country for 2016, Read More

3 cups of tea, coffee per day good for heart – Study

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Drinking up to three cups of tea or coffee per day could protect people from developing irregular heartbeats or arrhythmia, a new study revealed yesterday. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and the most common form of cognitive enhancement. However, more than 80 per cent of clinicians in the United States recommend patients with palpitations Read More

‘Taking painkillers during pregnancy may harm baby’s future fertility’

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Pregnant women who take painkillers could be harming the fertility of their unborn child, and even that of future generations, a new study has revealed. Researchers from Edinburgh University looked at the effects of paracetamol and ibuprofen on samples of human foetal testes and ovaries. The results indicated that ovaries exposed to paracetamol for one week had more than 40 Read More

NERI moves against cholera in Yobe community

April 18, 2018 Musa M. Buba. Damaturu 0

In order to check the spread of cholera in Yobe state, especially along riverine areas, the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), in collaboration with Yunusari local government council, has organised a 10-day Cash for Work programme at Garin Gada in Yobe state. The exercise, in which 100 youths would benefit from, is aimed at keeping the community clean, safeguarding the Read More

Lassa fever: Adamawa govt takes steps to stop spread

April 18, 2018 Muazu Abari. Yola 0

Disturbed by the reported cases of Lassa fever in the state, Adamawa state government, has taken urgent steps to curtail the spread of the disease in Adamawa. Addressing journalists yesterday in Yola, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fati Atiku Abubakar, said the state government was seriously disturbed with the situation but assured that, the situation will be brought under Read More

Healing the mental scars of IDPs

April 14, 2018 Ajuma Edwina Ogiri 0

During and after conflicts, people are more likely to suffer from a range of mental health problems. Mental health is crucial to the overall wellbeing, functioning, and resilience of individuals, societies recovering from emergencies. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI, writes with agency report on the need to prioritise mental healthcare for people living in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). It began Read More

Enforcing ban on tobacco

April 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Federal Ministry of Health always warns that tobacco smoking is dangerous to health, still the Federal Government allows tobacco producers to continue to flood the Nigerian market with all sorts of tobacco due to the so-called tax it collects from these companies at the expense of the citizens’ health! This can be likened to human ritualism in another dimension! Read More

How to help children maintain a healthy weight

April 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Why is Childhood Obesity Considered a Health Problem? • Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. The effects of this can last into adulthood. • Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and Read More

Pulling doctors from under the bus, by Dr. Biodun Ogungbo

April 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is today. Chinese proverb Nowadays, news of emigration of Nigerian Doctors, especially newly qualified doctors to Europe, North America, Middle East and elsewhere – to seek specialist training or earn a living – is common. Consequently, one question arises. Do Nigerian medical schools exist to train Read More

Organisation donates medical equipment worth N400m to Yobe state

April 11, 2018 John Oba. Abuja 0

The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), as part of its intervention in the north east has donated medical equipment worth N400 million to Yobe State government. Presenting the equipment yesterday in Damaturu, Yobe State, the vice chairman, PCNI, Mr Tijjani Tumsa, said the committee’s intervention is to fill identified gaps, adding that medical outreach in the state Read More

Yellow fever: 21m Nigerians to be vaccinated in 2018 – FG

April 11, 2018 Ajuma Edwina Ogiri. Abuja 0

…Seeks more vaccines, reference lab for elimination The federal government has said about 21 million people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in Nigeria by the end of 2018, with support from World Health Organisation (WHO), Gavi – the Vaccine Aliliance, UNICEF and other health partners. This comes after the outbreak of yellow fever in September, 2017, as the high Read More

Nigeria should declare emergency on mental health – Dr. Uchendu

April 7, 2018 Ajuma Edwina Ogiri 0

  A Neuropsychiatrist, and Head, Mental Health Department, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr. Ifedilichukwu Uchendu, has lamented the lack of attention being paid to mental health in the country given the rise in drug abuse. In this interview with AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI, Dr. Uchendu, who is also the founder of Centre for Information and Prevention of Mental Disorders (CIPMED), Read More

10 foods that promote sleep

April 6, 2018 Blueprint Newspaper 0

There’s no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep. Failing to get a full seven to eight hours of rest can leave one feeling irritable, distracted, and above all exhausted. But that’s not all—many studies have shown that people who regularly get less sleep than they should be getting are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, Read More

13 die of Cholera in Yobe

April 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A cholera outbreak in Gashua, Yobe state has claimed 13 lives out of 160 cases reported in the last six days, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. A source at the Gashua General Hospital said five deaths were first recorded while eight lives were later lost to the disease. The source said that the victims were brought in from Sabon Read More

Diabetes symptoms in children

April 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Diabetes is often thought of as an adult disease, as it can be caused by diet and lifestyle choices (eating habits and alcohol consumption). However, a 3-year old in the U.S. was recently diagnosed as one of the youngest ever to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (Adult Onset), while children can be struck early with the inability to produce Read More

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High-BP, hepatitis major causes of death in Nigeria – NGO

April 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A Non – Governmental Organisation, NGO, Moole Charity Foundation, has said that the major causes of death in Nigeria were high blood pressure and hepatitis. The Project Manager of the organisation, Dr Linda Odoh, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sideline of project “Silent killers’’ campaign held in Abuja. Odoh said that regular Read More

Experts warn pregnant women against delivering in religious homes

  The Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife, Professor Orji Ernest, has warned pregnant women against delivering in church, as it could lead to serious complications and death. Prof. Ernest who gave the warning in an interview with Blueprint, disclosed that some pregnant women register for ante-natal in hospitals, and end up delivering Read More

Strange disease kills 10, others hospitalised in Jigawa

April 5, 2018 Bayo Alabira. Dutse 0

  An unidentified illness has claimed the lives of no fewer than 10 people in Babura local government area of Jigawa state, while about a dozen others are currently receiving treatment at the Cotage hospital, Bubura. Also, a similar illness was recorded at both Ganji and Maule villages, where about five people were reported to have died. This is coming Read More

Centre trains parents with autism children

April 3, 2018 John Oba. Abuja 0

The Ize Therapy and Vocational Centre has trained several parents with autism children as part of programmes to mark the 2018 World Autism Awareness Day. The World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is set aside to spotlight the hurdles that people with autism and others living with autism face every day in the society. Founder of the vocational centre, Miss Aisha Read More