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Youth Corps members to enjoy NHIS Coverage

March 6, 2014 Administrator 0

Youths Corps members in Nigeria may begin to experience a better quality of life soon, as plans are underway to ensure that members of the National Youth Service Corps receive medical attention with ease, under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). A press release issued by the Head, Media & Public Relation, Ayo Osinlu, quoted the Executive Secretary of the Read More

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Health benefits of mushrooms (I)

March 6, 2014 Administrator 0

The health benefits of mushrooms include relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes. It also helps in weight loss, and increases the strength of your immune system. Almost all of us are familiar with mushrooms and their miraculous, beneficial powers. Mushrooms are edible fungi with various scientific names, but the family name is “Agaricus”. They are Read More

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Abuse of antibiotics can cause virginal odour – Gynaecologist

March 6, 2014 Administrator 0

A gynaecologist, Dr Prosper Igboeli, yesterday advised women against abuse of antibiotics, saying it could cause virginal odour. Igboeli, Managing Director, M&M Fertility Centre, Karshi, Abuja, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. “It is actually the abuse of antibiotics that causes some of these things. Normal vaginal discharge is usually white. “When Read More

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Hospital counsels 31, 331 pregnant women against HIV

March 6, 2014 Administrator 0

The Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, yesterday said a total of 2, 228 pregnant women tested HIV positive out of the 31, 331 screened in 2013. Dr Musa Babashani, the hospital’s HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator, disclosed this during a news conference yesterday in Kano. “20, 544 infants born to HIV infected mothers from parts of this region have been tested Read More

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Best foods to eat to beat PMS!

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

If you one of the unlucky women who suffer extremely uncomfortable pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aches and pains, the following ten foods may help you suffer a lot less each month when “Aunt Flow” comes to visit. 1. Whole Grains While simple carbohydrates, like white breads and pastas, will cause an energy crash—carbohydrates of the complex variety actually soothe premenstrual hunger Read More

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Ensuring every baby survives

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

—Ending newborn deaths: In supporting the development of global plan to reduce newborn deaths, especially in Africa, a Non Governmental Organization, Save the Children, plans for a two-thirds reduction in newborn deaths. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes The first 24 hours of a child’s life are the most dangerous, with more than one million babies dying each year on their first Read More

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As SAF partners Kelina Hospital on surgical mission

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

The partnership between the Surgical Aid Foundation (SAF) and Kelina Hospital has provided succour on the area of provision of health to the needy. Liaison Officer of SAF, Adenike Adeshina, yesterday said as part of year 2014 Community Outreach Programme, the foundation will sponsor minimal access surgical procedures, a humanitarian gesture that will bring relief to many. FRANCIS ADINOYI KADIRI Read More

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Family planning affects every sector in Nigeria – Emembo

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

Oghome Emembo is the administration, finance and support person for the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) FCT field office. In this interview with ENE OSANG, she explains the importance of family planning in Nigeria, adding that it affects every sector in the county NURHI’s on the spot FP programme’ in Dutse This outreach on Family Planning (FP) is coordinated Read More

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Lepers association chairman seeks early detection of disease

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

The Chairman, Association of Lepers in Gombe State, Mallam Sani Abubakar, has called on the public to visit any health centre if they noticed a patch on their skin. Abubakar made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently in Gombe. He said that leprosy still existed in some communities as new infections were being Read More

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Oral health care for diabetics

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

Diabetes mellitus is a disease state where there is an excess level of glucose in the blood over a long period of time. The high blood glucose is loosely referred to as high blood sugar, as glucose is a type /class of sugar. The condition can damage many body parts including the heart, vessels, eyes, kidneys and literarily could affect Read More

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Patients commend free eye treatment initiative in Jigawa

February 27, 2014 Administrator 0

The Birniwa community in Jigawa has commended the state government for the free eye treatment of 113 people in the area. Alhaji Musa Muhammad, spokesman of the community, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birniwa that the gesture had saved the beneficiaries from blindness. Muhammad said that the gesture would enhance eye care services at the grassroots. “We Read More

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Counterfeit drugs responsible for treatment failures – Orhii

February 20, 2014 Administrator 0

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),  have said that counterfeit drugs have been identified as one of the factors responsible for treatment failures and development of drug resistance. The Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, stated this during the inauguration of the re-constituted Federal and state task forces on counterfeit and unwholesome Read More

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Pupils’ enrolment to cost N48, says NHIS boss

February 20, 2014 Administrator 0

The vision of the new leadership of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to bring affordable and effective healthcare to all Nigerians, it has declared that N48b will be required to implement its proposed coverage for all pupils in public primary schools in the country. A press release issued by the Head, Media & Public Relations of NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, Read More

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The slow crippling disease of the spine

February 6, 2014 Administrator 0

Alhaji BA is a 75 year old gentleman who was rushed to Abuja for urgent operation on his neck. He had slowly become crippled in his own house. He woke up one day to find he was unable to get out of bed. His hands and legs had slowly stopped working and he was in deep trouble. He also had Read More

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Blood test predicts diabetes early on

February 6, 2014 Administrator 0

Diabetes greatly increases the possibility of having a heart attack or stroke. Early detection and treatment, however, can prevent further progression of the disease. People with diabetes can have too much blood sugar in their system, which in time can damage blood vessels and nerves. Those with prediabetes have higher than normal blood sugar levels that can lead to diabetes Read More

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15 surprising uses for coconut oil

February 6, 2014 Administrator 0

You know that you can use coconut oil to cook, but did you know about these other surprising uses? I recently started using a lot more coconut oil both in my cooking and around the house. What changed? I’ve been able to find a few places selling fair trade coconut oil at more affordable prices. Until a few months ago, Read More

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Ministry of Health develops cancer awareness in local dialects

February 6, 2014 Administrator 0

The Federal Ministry of Health has developed Cancer awareness jingles in pidgin english, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba languages to further increase the awareness of cancers across the country, especially in rural areas. The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Amb. Sani Bala, stated this  at a Ministerial press briefing in Read More

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Cancer: The awareness challenge

February 6, 2014 Administrator 0

Cancer, which is a ‘global burden’, has been on the increase and in a bid to control the scourge; there is need for concerted efforts in form of awareness. In view of this, the United Nations has marked the 4th of February every year, to raise awareness on the disease and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. AJUMA EDWINA Read More