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Admin director’s appointment sparks tension in UCTH

August 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

The appointment of the Director of Administration (DA) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has pitched the institution’s staff and stakeholders against the Federal Ministry of Health and the management of UCTH. Recall that the Federal Ministry of Health had, in a letter reference SMH/530/T/1/71, dated July 19th 2019, titled ‘Re: Director of Administration, University of Calabar Teaching Read More

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Expert unveils remedy for prostate cancer in Benin

August 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

Hope has risen for prostate cancer patients as over 10 persons have benefited from new discoveries and tested ‘Brachytherapy (implant) treatment for the ailment. A medical consultant and radiation oncologist, Dr. Oludare Folajimi Adeyemi, disclosed the remarkable breakthrough to journalists after performing another treatment on a prostate cancer patient at the LA oncology clinic in the Benin-City, Edo state capital. Read More

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Beware of breast implant illness, experts warn women

July 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

Globally, women get breast implants – usually insertion of silicone-gel into the breast – as part of reconstruction after breast cancer or mastectomy. However, insertion of these implants has increasingly become common for cosmetic reasons. Now, women are warned to be wary of increased side effects associated with the process. A recent report by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Read More

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The menace of road advertising

June 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria’s advertising regulatory body seems to be more concerned with the lucrative areas while leaving other segments of advertising to dance to their tune of music. Road advertisers in Nigeria are so voracious for sell and profit that they only look at their gains and have no concern on the people’s health and comfort. Unregistered advertisers congest the streets selling Read More

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Primary healthcare collapse bane of teaching hospitals – Minister

May 22, 2019 Editor 0

Nigerian teaching hospitals will not function optimally until adequateattention is given to primary and secondary healthcare facilities,Minister for Health Isaac Adewole  has said. He also said 14 out of 36 states in Nigeria were yet to access theBasic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). The BHCPF is one per cent of the federal government’s consolidatedrevenue and contributions from donor grants set aside Read More

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Happening Now: Health Minister submits self before Senate

May 21, 2019 Editor 0

The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole is currently at the Red Chambers briefing the Senate about the current state of healthcare facilities and services in the nation’s teaching hospitals. This follows a resolution of the Senate last week to invite the minister over a motion querying the state of the nation’s teaching hospitals The motion sponsored by Senator David Umar follows Read More

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Women’s day: Ensure equitable, prosperous world, leaders told

March 7, 2019 Editorial II 0

As part of activities marking this year’s Women Day celebration, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), said it will honour women and girls, while calling on leaders to ensure a more equitable and prosperous world. In a statement signed Friday by its Advocacy & Marketing Manager Steve Aborisade, said this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is to “Keep the Promise to Read More

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How medicine store operator caused death of abortion seeker – Police

October 21, 2018 Editorial III 0

The police in Borno on Sunday said it arrested a 32-year old, patent  medicine store operator, Muhammad Isa, for the murder of a 28-year old lady in Maiduguri. The Commissioner, Damian Chuckwuu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Chukwu said the lady died at the suspect’s apartment while attempting to abort Read More

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Canada legalizes sale and use of marijuana

October 17, 2018 Editorial III 0

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. The nationwide market for cannabis opened on Wednesday at midnight amid lingering questions about the impact on health, the law and public safety. Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and public awareness campaigns. But there remain concerns, including about Read More

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Curbing the scourge of diabetes

July 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure that about 5.5 per cent of the country’s population is sickened by diabetes ordinarily may not ruffle feathers outside the medical circle. Translating into a little over nine million Nigerians out of the 180m, the figure can be easily brushed aside as insignificant compared to other prevalent diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, etc. Speaking at a 3-day Read More

The making of Rixari Skin Secrets brand by Rita Ebigbagha

June 7, 2018 Editorial II 0

Despite the relative boom experienced in the skincare industry in Nigeria in the last ten years, some startups are still finding it rather tough to get on their feet. More often than not, the problem is not of their own creation but normal dynamics that ensue with starting a new business and getting people to trust it. For one of Read More

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Adopt rural hospital project, medical expert tasks NASS members, others

June 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Coordinator/CEO, Afri-Health Optonet Association, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs network and think-tank for Health, Community and Development Systems Strengthening, Dr. Uzo Adirieje, has called on the National Assembly, to enhance the medical services in Nigeria, by adopting a rural hospital project. He made this known while making a presentation to the Joint Committee on Rural Development Read More

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Health benefits of eating boiled eggs (I)

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

High in nutritional value Eating boiled eggs is possibly the healthiest way to eat eggs because they are cooked without oil or butter, which adds extra calories and fat to the meal – and it does not sabotage weight loss efforts which may be on the go. The nutritional value of a boiled egg is the same as eggs cooked Read More

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Herbal doctor who ‘dreams, talks herbs’

March 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Zainab Ujudad Shariff, a Pharmacist and Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health ,is an expert on local medicinal plants. In this chat with ENE OSANG, the former MD of the Nigeria Medicinal Plant under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stresses the need for full utilisation of medicinal herbs and other natural resources in Nigeria. You are Read More

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Time to increase doctors’ retirement age

February 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

  “Op finished,” announced the General Surgeon, signalling to the anaesthetic team that the surgery was over. The General Surgeon, Dr David, has 35 years of surgical experience under his belt. Dr David, having been put out to pasture at 60, is now 67 and is engaged by government as a contract doctor. He was called in by the gynaecological Read More

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FG trains artisanal miners on safer techniques

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has trained hundreds of artisanal and small scale miners on personal safety and environmental protection. The training was part of a three-day tour of gold mines at Ibodi, Ilesha, Osun State on Friday. Participants were trained on several aspects of health and environmental issues in mining that could hamper mining activities and Read More

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Lassa fever: Delta records 3 deaths, 7 cases

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Delta state has recorded three cases of deaths since the outbreak of Lassa fever while 24 persons have been placed under surveillance. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, who stated this in a press release in Asaba disclosed that since the outbreak on January 26, two of the three deaths were from Anambra state. The health commissioner said, Read More

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Redeemer’s University promises solution to Lassa fever

February 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state, has hinted that the institution was making serious efforts towards providing a lasting solution to the lassa fever scourge. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Debo Adeyewa, gave the hint during the 13th matriculation ceremony of the university, on Friday. The university VC, during the matriculation of 550 students including the Post Graduate students and Read More

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Centre seeks funding for cancer care

February 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Board chairman, Project Pink Blue, Health and Psychological Trust Centre, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Prof Peter Onyekwere Ebigbo, has called for the urgent need for sustainable funding for cancer care and treatment in Nigeria. Prof Ebigbo, while speaking at the just concluded World Cancer Day 2018, commemoration and symposium with theme “Sustainable funding for cancer care and Treatment in Read More

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The science, technology and innovation expo 2018

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Innovation is an aspect of study and research methodology that is very vital in every aspect for any developing or developed nation. BINTA SHAMA examines this report from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. No stone is left unturned The Minister of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu being the general overseer of science, technology Read More

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NHIS: Health Minister couldn’t prove allegations, govt defends Yusuf’s reinstatement

February 8, 2018 Blueprint 0

The real reason President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, has been revealed. Punch quoted a top government source as saying that Yusuf was reinstated because the Presidency believed that the allegations which formed the basis of his suspension by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, remained largely unsubstantiated. Read More

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Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai ‘critically ill’

February 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say. Local media quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister – who is being treated for colon cancer – is suffering from weight loss, exhaustion and muscle thinning. During his political struggle against ex-President Robert Mugabe, he has been beaten and imprisoned Read More

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High cost of medicare pushes 100m people globally into poverty-WB

January 1, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The World Bank says about 100 million people have been pushed into poverty due to high cost of obtaining health services. The findings, released Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report, by the World Bank and the World Health Organization, these expenses are enough to push them into extreme poverty, forcing them to survive on just $1.90. This is Read More