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August 14, 2018

Consumption of ‘suya, isi-ewu, kilisi’ killing Nigerians – Health minister

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has lamented the rate of death in Nigeria resulting from unhealthy diet. According to Adewole, hypertension is the leading cardiovascular disease in Nigeria and can result in stroke if untreated. He remarked that 1 in every 5 Nigerians is hypertensive and at risk of premature death. Presenting the keynote address in Lagos, during the First Annual Black Tie Gala event organised by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), to raise N500 million in support of cardiovascular care in Nigeria, he observed that unhealthy diets contributed significantly to the development of non communicable disease in Nigeria….

Yellow Fever Hemorrhagic Disease is just around the corner (1)

Yellow fever is an acute haemorraghic fever caused by the yellow fever virus, a 40- to 50-nm-wide enveloped RNA virus, belonging to the family Flaviviridae and genus Flavivirus. Approximately 200,000 cases of yellow fever occur annually, worldwide, resulting in about 30,000 deaths, with nearly 90% of these occurring in tropical and subtropical areas of South America and Africa. Yellow fever manifests as a range of clinical diseases rather than one distinct condition. In areas where the virus is endemic, some infections may be entirely asymptomatic while in some cases it could constitute a severe, life-threatening illness. Overall, however, the case-fatality…

Dr Sam Madugba – “I won’t compromise my integrity”

There will be no breeding place for mosquitoes in Owerri, if Dr Samuel Iheanacho Madugba has his way. He will rid the town of litter, drain the gutters and ensure adequate refuse collection. Dr Sam will create temporary dumps on Douglas road and Ekeonunwa, even if it means knocking down a few buildings. Monthly clean ups will be compulsory, continuous and regulated. People won’t wait for a week, month or even a year to have the garbage removed from streets. But that’s not all. The goodly doctor will take the cleanup campaign to schools also. He will ensure children are…

GLAUCOMA, A Leading Cause of Blindness

Glaucoma is the 2nd leading cause of blindness in the world after cataract.  World Glaucoma week is celebrated from 10th to 16th of March, every year and 12th of March is usually recognized as World Glaucoma day. From the free eye project we have carried out in various parts of Imo State; we discovered that the prevalence of glaucoma is very high in Imo State. Glaucoma has been called the silent “thief of sight” because the loss of vision often occurs gradually over a long period of time and symptoms only occur when the disease is quite advanced.  And once…

VIRUSES ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN CANCER (1)

Cancer may be described as any tumor arising from abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells that then invade and destroy surrounding tissues. Most of them are named after the organ or cell in which they start e.g. liver cancer, cervical cancer, skin cancer etc. Cancers are grouped into: carcinoma when they arise in the epithelium, sarcoma when they involve connective tissues, leukemia with origin in blood or bone marrow, lymphoma arising from B or T lymphocytes (white blood cells), myeloma originating from plasma cells, and central nervous system cancer when the cells of the CNS are involved. Cancer is a…