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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Laughter is The Best Medicine (Proof)

A recent discovery by the British Medical Journal has come out with another interesting side to the popular saying that laughter is the best medicine for the soul.
The benefits and harm linked to laughter have been documented in the British Medical Journal.
TimesLive says that the article is part of the Christmas edition that intersperses scientific data with amusing asides.

The Proposed Anti-Stigma Law

The House of Representatives Committee on HIV and AIDS, Malaria Control, Tuberculosis and Leprosy, through its chairman Dr. Joseph Kigbu, has said that the proposed HIV and AIDS Anti-Stigma Law will assist Nigeria to achieve zero infection.

Kigbu commended the House for passing the bill into law, hoping that the Senate and the president would also do the same.

He said it was important to ensure the passage of the anti-stigma bill into law to “show our seriousness.”

He said the law would make people living with the virus declare their status; seek for treatment without fear of stigmatisation.

“When we reduce stigma and discrimination, we also cut the chain of transmission, so the essence of this bill actually is to get to achieve a zero level of infection of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

British Surgeon Suspended for Branding his Initials on a patient's Liver

Media reports according to the Vanguard Newspaper have said that a British surgeon has been suspended over allegations that he had branded his initials on the liver of a patient during a surgery.

The accused, Simon Bramhall was suspected of the allegations when a fellow colleague discovered his initials, S.B, on the organ during a follow up visit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

According to the British news daily, the Daily Mail, the surgeon was alleged to have seared his initials into the liver of the patient with non-toxic argon gas.

Investigations are still being made to get to the heart – or shall we say, the liver – of the matter.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

High Maternal Mortality in Ondo State

Mimiko, right receiving the report
Simon Ateba
The high rate of maternal death in Ondo State, southwestern Nigeria, is caused by quack doctors and the activities of unqualified midwives, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has said.
The Ondo State Governor made the submission in Akure, the state capital, while receiving the report of the Committee on Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death in Ondo State, CEMDOS.
The report was submitted by the committee coordinator, Olawale Oyeneyin, a medical doctor.
The report blamed the high rate of maternal death in the state on traditional practices and the activities of unqualified midwives who attend to expectant mothers at the point of delivery.

Doctors end Strike, mull fresh action January

Dr Osahon Enabulele, the National President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Sunday said doctors in public hospitals would end their five-day warning strike and resume duty on Monday.
Enabulele, in a statement in Lagos, said that all doctors in the public health sector would resume full services with effect from 8.00 a.m. on 23 December.
The NMA had on 15 December directed its members to embark on the nationwide strike, to protest poor working conditions, inadequate funding, and poor infrastructure in the nation’s health sector.
“NMA wishes to inform the general public that doctors in the public health sector will resume services from 23 December. This is in line with our earlier promise to give prime consideration to the Yuletide season in the prosecution of our warning strike.
“Also, to give another opportunity for the Federal Government to concretely resolve all the demands of NMA for which it first issued a 21-day ultimatum on September 2,” he said.
Enabulele also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the demands of doctors were met.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mark D Ball 2013


Mark D Ball Basketball Tournament in Benue State | Wednesday 26th – Monday 31st December 2013

It’s that time of year again folks, when all roads lead to Benue State for the annual baskestball tournament! Mark D Ball basketball tournament is just days away to kick off! The youth focused sports tournament is aimed at removing kids off the street, and placing them in scholarship programs that will develop their gifts so they can build successful sports careers.
The 2013 episode of Mark D Ball promises to be even bigger than that of 2012.  This year, the tournament will host even more athletes and stars from all over!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nigerian Doctors Commence 5-day Warning Strike

Nigerian doctors today began a 5-day warning strike following a 21-day ultimatum issued weeks ago to the federal government, demanding pay rise, improved welfare, infrastructure and other benefits which was promised to them.

The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele said this is the first phase of the strike, that the second phase would be effective after the yuletide if there are no favorable developments.

All doctors in public hospitals this morning retrieved their services.

Source: Linda Ikeji

Monday, December 9, 2013

Rivers State Tops the HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rate This Year with ?15.2 Percent from ?3.1 percent ---- Read More

The Federal Ministry of Health, Friday released the 2012 Naational HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health Survey-Plus (NARHS Plus).
The survey indicated that Nigeria now has HIV prevalent rate of 3.4 percent.
Rivers State is however leading other states of the country with a prevalent rate of 15.2 percent.
NARHS is conducted to monitor the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the general populace in the country.
It also monitors other sexual and reproductive health indicators.
The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Sani Bala, at the national dissemination of the survey findings, said that the result of the survey was a reflection of the efforts of the Federal Government in the fight against HIV in the country.
According to the survey, “the  HIV prevalent situation compared with 3.6 percent in 2007 about3.4 percent of Nigerians are currently living with HIV/AIDS with 3.2 percent in urban and 3.6 percent in the rural areas and 2.9 percent among young people aged 15-19 years.”

"We Need more Psychiatric Hospitals in Lagos State"

Two psychiatrists --  Dr Maymunah Kadiri, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Dr Oluyemi Ogun, the Director, Clinical Services, Federal NeuroPsychiatric Hospital, Yaba- on Sunday called for the establishment of more psychiatric hospitals in Lagos State in view of the high level of stress and mental disorders recorded in the state.

“The rate of traffic jam in Lagos and the stress placed on people and society affect their mental wellbeing.

Alcohol and Auto Crashes in Nigeria

The increase in the rate of auto crashes in Nigeria has been attributed to the consumption of alcohol, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has attributed 

CDR Kehinde Adeleye in charge of the the Zonal Commander of RS8of Ekiti, Kwara and Kogi States, has disclosed that research conducted on the cause of auto-crashes by drivers in Nigeria show that quite of few drivers who took the wheel were in effect inebriated and thoroughly under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

As road safety is not just the concern of the FRSC, but that of all citizens of Nigeria, Adeleye, has appealed to drivers and pedestrians alike to observe caution on the highway.

"ASUU Strike has Worsened Health Services and Increased Foreign Medical Trips" - - Medical Experts

As Nigerians is looking forward for Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumption, medical experts in Abuja have said the strike has worsened health services and increased foreign medical trips in the country.
A Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham in the United Kingdom, Dr. Segun Abudu stated that medical tourism and foreign trips for health purposes remained on the increase as the strike impacts negatively on medical training.
Speaking at the first edition of Joint Pain School in Abuja organised by Lagoon Hospital, Lagos, he said the situation started deteriorating in Nigeria about 20 years ago due to the absence of regular training and disruptions in academic calendar due to incessant strikes by university lecturers.
Abudu explained that medical tourism could deplete the finances of any nation while at the same time placing professionals at a disadvantaged position before their colleagues abroad.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


People drink to socialize, celebrate, and relax. Alcohol often has a strong effect on people - and throughout history, we've struggled to understand and manage alcohol's power. Why does alcohol cause us to act and feel differently? How much is too much? Why do some people become addicted while others do not?

If you are someone who drinks alcohol its likely you've experienced first-hand at least some of its short-term health effects, be it a hangover or a bad night's sleep. It's the longer term health effects of alcohol that people often only experience once its too late.

From a disturbed night's sleep to alcohol's effects on the body can have a varying impact on our lives. Alcohol's effects vary from person to person, depending on a variety of factors:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mirabel Centre LASUTH (For Victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse)


A positive has occurred thanks to the opening of Mirabel Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos provide for victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Inaugurated by the Partnership for Justice, the centre is reported to be a safe and conducive haven for the victims of sexual assault to get help by being provided with holistic and quality services and support.

Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba, the Managing Partner of Partnership for Justice, stated that the centre is to provide counselling over the phone and face to face advice to aid survivors of sexual assault in their journey to cope with the psychological and emotional effects of rape, making use of an all-female professional team of doctors, nurses and counsellors with special training to offer services to survivors of rape.

Drug Alert (Sickle Cell Anaemia) NIPRISAN Formerly known as NICOSAN

Prof. Karniyus Gamaniel, the Director-General, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID), on Sunday said the institute had commenced the production of NIPRISAN, a sickle cell management drug.

Sickle cell anaemia management drugs were produced initially under the name `NICOSAN’ but their production stopped in 2008 after the production company, Xechem International, was declared bankrupt.

Gamaniel said a number of court cases had hampered the production of the drugs over time.

“Now, you can get NIPRISAN if you need it. The last time it was selling between N10,000 and N15,000 for a bottle of 30 capsules.

“But today NIPRID is giving it directly to patients who need it, based on consent, at the rate of N3,000.

He said while the medicine was only available now at the institute’s headquarters in Abuja, plans were underway to extend availability to other facilities before the end of 2013.

Gamaniel said NIPRID had however received a lot of support from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), adding that funding had been a major setback.

“What the Minister of Health (Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu) is saying is that we can continue the production on a pilot scale for six months or one year,” he said, describing NIPRISAN as a combination of medicine which is predominantly food items that works better when they are together.

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Drug Alert (Malaria)

A team of researchers has identified a key metabolic enzyme that is required by the common malaria parasites at all stages of its life cycle for survival in humans.
Co-first author Marcus C.S. Lee, PhD, associate research scientist in microbiology and immunology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) said the study is important because most antimalarials are effective at killing the parasites only as they circulate in the bloodstream.
However, the parasites can hide in the liver for years before re-emerging and triggering a relapse of the disease.
The other co-first author is Case W. McNamara, PhD, research investigator at the Genomics Institute for the Novartis Research Foundation. The study leaders are Elizabeth A. Winzeler, PhD, professor of pharmacology and drug discovery at University of California San Diego, and Thierry Diagana, head of Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore.
The enzyme, phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase (PI4K), was found by screening more than a million drug compounds against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for the most lethal form of malaria. Using this screen, the researchers found a class of compounds known as imidazopyrazines, which are capable of killing several species of Plasmodium at each stage of the parasites' life cycle in its vertebrate host.

Cerebral Palsy :Benola Takes Campaign To Hospitals

As part of its enlightenment and advocacy campaign, Benola Cerebral Palsy Initiative has concluded plans to visit three hospitals in Lagos.
The visits are in continuation of the organisation’s effort at bringing succour to sick children including those living with cerebral palsy. It is also aimed at raising awareness about cerebral palsy. During the visit, hundreds of toys will be handed out to children in the wards.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its Co-Founder, Mrs. Alaba Gbadebo, the organisation urged Nigerians to come to the aid of children with cerebral palsy.
“This year’s children’s Christmas gift celebration will hold on Monday, December 16, Wednesday December 18 and Friday December 20, in the Children’s Ward of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH),Idi-Araba, Massey Street Children’s Hospital, Lagos Island and Lagos Island General Hospital.”
Daily Times

NMA Worry Over the Increasing rate of HIV/AIDS among Nigerians

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged concerted efforts to reduce the national prevalence of HIV/AIDS from the current 3.4 per cent to less than 2 per cent within the next five years.
The NMA spoke through its national President, Dr Osahon Enabulele, on Sunday, in a message to the nation’s 36 states to mark this year's World AIDS Day.
It expressed worry over the increasing rate of cases of HIV/AIDS among Nigerians, especially among the adolescents who had continued to remain vulnerable because of their adventurous life style.
``The Nigerian Medical Association decries the continued persistence of the socio-demographic factors in the epidemiology of the disease, and its high level in the distribution of the disease among Nigerians.

TORCH Syndrome ----- A Must Read

H.erpes Simplex Virus
TORCH is an acronym for infectious diseases that affect pregnant women in such a way which can cause serious birth defects to an unborn fetus. The following paragraphs include a little blurb about each of these diseases…

Sunday, December 1, 2013

World AIDS Day

Today, Sunday December 1st 2013 marks the World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
The 2013 theme for World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
According to the United Nations, in 2012, an estimated:
  • 35.3 million [32.2 million - 38.8 million] people globally were living with HIV
  • 2.3 million [1.9 million - 2.7 million] people became newly infected with HIV
  • 1.6 million [1.4 million - 1.9 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses
On World AIDS Day – and all year round – we’re asking you to Act Aware. Acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using this knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection.
On this day, contribute your own little quota to spreading the word and educating someone about HIV/AIDS. Join people from around the world in raising awareness about the fight against HIV and AIDS and get to know your status.
Make a difference this World AIDS Day!


Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens inside the eye - which is normally clear. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes. If they develop in both eyes, one will be more severely affected than the other. A normally clear lens allows light to pass through to the back of the eye, so that the patient can see well-defined images. If a part of the lens becomes opaque light does not pass through easily and the patient's vision becomes blurry - like looking through cloudy water or a fogged-up window. The more opaque (cloudier) the lens becomes, the worse the person's vision will be.

According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, cataract is"Complete or partial opacity of the ocular lens.".

There are two types of cataracts:

  • Age related cataracts - they appear later in life; the most common form.

  • Congenital cataracts (childhood cataracts) - these may be present when the baby is born, or shortly after birth. Cataracts may also be diagnosed in older babies and children - these are sometimes referred to as developmental, infantile or juvenile cataracts. 
A patient with cataracts will eventually find it hard to read, or drive a car - especially during the night. Even seeing people's facial expressions becomes difficult. Cataracts are not usually painful. The patient's long-distance vision is more severely affected at first. 

Fruits, Dandruff and The Findings.

A nutritionist, Hajiya Jummai Hassan, said in Abuja that eating fruits regularly could stop and reduce dandruff.
Hassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that eating fruits for three days and applying baby oil could eradicate dandruff.
Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by itching and flaking of the skin on scalp.
Although dandruff is not contagious and is rarely serious, it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.
According to her, the formula is from new findings by researchers that eating vegetable for a period of three days only, reduces it.