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Why Ebola is so dangerous

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is taking “very seriously” the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Out of 122 cases recorded in Guinea so far, at least 80 patients have died, with a further four deaths in Liberia. What is Ebola? Ebola is a viral illness whose initial symptoms can include a sudden fever, intense Read More

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2015 election threatens Nigeria’s polio eradication drive

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

2015 election threatens Nigeria’s polio eradication drive   As Nigeria prepares for the 2015 general elections, President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Dr Oyewale Tomori said over concentration on the election by politicians and government officials could rob the country of other vital progresses, while causing setback for Nigeria’s fight against child killer diseases and target of interrupting polio Read More

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Healthcare centre in Enugu records large turn-out of women, children

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Director of Nursing Services at the Uwani District Hospital, Enugu, Mrs Patricia Ejim has said that the  turn-out of women and children in the health centre has been impressive. Ejim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the increased turn-out was due to the uplift of all the health centers in the state. “There are surgical Read More

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FCT to begin another round of polio immunisation April 12

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

The FCT Primary Health Care Development Board will hold another round of immunisation against polio from April 12 to April 15 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The board’s Executive Secretary, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, who announced this at a two-day workshop for vaccinators in Abuja, said the exercise could be the last for 2014 in the FCT. Mohammed said the Read More

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The problem with Nigerian doctors

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Once a doctor has been trained, he is proficient in many fields in medical practice, at the basic level. He has been through the pre-clinicals where he learns about anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology etc. Then, he passes through the clinical years when he shadows senior doctors and becomes trained in medicine, surgery and community health. He is, on qualification, Read More

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Health benefits of grapes

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Grapes are small round or oval berries that feature semi-translucent flesh encased by a smooth skin. Some contain edible seeds while others are seedless. Like blueberries, grapes are covered by a protective, whitish bloom. Grapes that are eaten as or used in a recipe are called table grapes as opposed to wine grapes (used in viniculture) or raisin grapes (used Read More

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Hepatitis: Expert warns homosexuals

March 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

An expert on Family Medicine, Dr Esther Bankole, has warned homosexuals and those practising oral sex of the dangers of contracting hepatitis. Bankole, a staff of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), gave the warning on recently at the Lenten season programme organised by the wife of the state’s governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed. She said those at risk were Read More

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Cardiologist cautions against excessive intake of alcohol, salt

March 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

A Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Olushola Osho, recently said unhealthy lifestyle such as intake of excessive salt, alcohol and processed food could cause hypertension, even at early age. Osho, who is the Chief Consultant Cardiologist at the Gold Cross Hospital, Ikoyi, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that hypertension, commonly referred Read More

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7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution – WHO

March 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

In new estimates released recently, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives. Read More

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10 surprising health benefits of yogurt (II)

March 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

6. Yogurt may prevent high blood pressure. Every day 70 percent of us consume more than twice the recommended amount of salt; over time that can lead to hypertension and kidney and heart disease. The potassium in yogurt, almost 600 milligrams per eight ounces, may help flush some of the excess sodium out of your body. 7. A daily serving Read More

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FG takes over Bauchi National VVF centre

March 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

The federal government and the Bauchi state government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the takeover of the Ningi VVF Centre and the designation of the Centre as a National Obstetric Fistula Centre. According to a press release issued by the Information Officer, Federal Ministry of Health, Markus Mangai, the Minister of Health, Prof. C. O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Read More

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Weight problems and obesity in children

March 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

…Helping your child reach and maintain a healthy weight The number of children who are obese or overweight is growing at an alarming rate. Extra pounds put kids at risk of serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Childhood obesity also takes an emotional toll. Overweight children are frequently teased and excluded from team activities, which can lead Read More

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The basics of braces for kids

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

In the last decade, clear removable braces that move teeth with plastic trays called aligners (rather than wires and rubber bands) have become available, but these are usually only for people without bite problems. Some kids may need other devices, too, such as headgear (don’t worry — this is usually worn only at night!). Headgear uses a horseshoe-shaped wire that Read More

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10 surprising health benefits of yogurt

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

Yogurt’s got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold. Here’s the scoop on what it can do — and how much you should eat. 1. Yogurt can give you flat abs. Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much — in Read More

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Diabetes and Stress

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

Stress has been proven to impact on blood sugar levels Stress, whether physical stress or mental stress, has been proven to instigate changes in blood sugar levels, which for people with diabetes can be problematic. While stress can affect diabetes control, both directly and indirectly, it can also be caused by various diabetic factors such as being diagnosed with diabetes, Read More

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Stopping colon cancer before it starts: The Silent Killer

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

Colon cancer is known as a silent killer.  Many people who have it are unaware of the danger until symptoms show up.  When this happens, the disease has progressed to the point where treatment is more difficult.  As scary as this sound, colon cancer remains quite treatable when caught early thanks to having a colonoscopy, an extraordinarily effective preventive screening Read More

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Foundation advises NAFDAC on difficult products registration

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have advised the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to reduce difficulties in products registration processing. The Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs to the Foundation, Dr Vincent Ohonkhai, who gave the advice when he visited the agency in Abuja yesterday, urged the agency to focus more on value added activities, Read More

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NGO frowns at cost of medical services

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Technical Coordinator, Accountability for Maternal and Child Health in Nigeria, a Civil Society Organisation [CSO] health advocacy group, Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba has said that it is unreasonable for the government to commercialize medical services beyond the reach of the mass, most especially at the rural areas. Dr. Garba who expressed concern at a maternity and child health workshop Read More

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NHIS is realigning for greater impact – Thomas

March 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas, has assured that the Scheme is presently going through a major transformational phase, in its bid to achieve its statutory mandate of ensuring that Nigerians enjoy easy access to effective healthcare. A press release by the Head, Media and Public Relation Officer of NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, quoted Read More

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Social Welfare Network and the war against glaucoma

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian public over the years seemed to be dangerously unaware of a silent thief of sight ravaging its hapless citizens- Glaucoma. The governments at all levels have also not shown adequate concern to this problem. But a non-governmental and non -profit organization, the Social Welfare Network Initiative, has taken up the task to increase effort this year to eradicate Read More

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Ministry of Health adopts new security features for new yellow card

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Federal Ministry of Health has adopted new security features on the new yellow card to prevent imitation and abuse. The Head of Port Health Service, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, disclosed this recently in Abuja at a sensitization meeting of stakeholders on the new security-featured yellow card administration. Dr. Gwarzo said the Ministry presented the yellow card to the 55th national Read More

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Achieving Universal Health Coverage: Analyzing relevant options

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

Considering the overwhelming global support and documented benefits of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in Nigeria which the Federal and State governments are implementing through a number of initiatives. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes on this The Recent presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), held in Abuja, which was organised by the Federal Government vowed to do everything within its Read More

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Expert calls for preventive measures in health care delivery

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

A renowned vaccinologist Dr Simon Agwale has called on Nigerians to adopt disease-preventive measures for healthy living. Dr Agwale who stated this in Abuja during the launch of Innovative Vaccines Limited, the first indigenous vaccine manufacturing and administering company in Nigeria, decried the rate at which vaccine-preventable diseases are ravaging Nigerians and called for sensitization. According to him, Innovative Vaccines Read More

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Health benefits of mushrooms (II)

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nutrient Absorption: Vitamin D is a relatively rare vitamin to find in vegetables, and in fact, edible forms in general are not particularly common. However, mushrooms have it, and this essential vitamin can facilitate the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. Mushrooms also contain levels of these two nutrients, so the combined effects of having all of these nutrients Read More

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Low enrolment level unacceptable – NHIS boss

March 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas has said that the current enrolment profile under the Scheme is a challenge which will be tackled with maximum strength. A press release by the Head, Media & Public Relations of NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, quoted the executive secretary as saying the current low enrolment figures has only Read More