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August 16, 2018

FUTO holds Int’l Conference on Gender, Health and Sustainable Development

A four-day international conference with the theme: “Gender, Health and Sustainable Development”, was recently organized by the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWOGDs), Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). The conference which was the seventh in the series, had the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze as chief host and his wife, Dr. Mrs. Egejuru Eze, Director of FUTO Farms Ltd and also President of FUTOWA as the special guest of honour. The conference was held at IWOGDs building FUTO on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The lead paper presenters were, Dr. (Mrs.) E.A. Nzeribe, Chief Consultant OB/GN Federal Medical…

Paracetamol abuse damages liver, Kidney – PSN chairman

Abuse of pain relieving drugs

    Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned against indiscriminate or misuse of Paracetamol, saying such practice damages the liver and kidney. Mr Jelili Kilani, PSN Chairman, FCT Chapter, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday emphasised that Paracetamol, an analgesic, was not suppose to be misused. Kilani defined drug misuse as the use of drug for purposes for which it was not intended or using a drug in excessive quantities. He said drug abuse is an ill-wind which its effect might not manifest immediately but later in life….

Lassa Fever: Doctors, Nurses flee hospital over outbreak in Ebonyi

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There was a pandemonium at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, FETHA, at the early hours of Monday as doctors and nurses fled the hospital over the outbreak of lassa fever in the state. It was gathered that this followed the death of two doctors and a nurse on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ebonyi State government has confirmed the death of the said doctors and a nurse, who contracted lassa fever after treatment of a patient at the hospital. Briefing Journalists in Abakaliki, the commissioner for Health Dr. Daniel Umezurike regretted that the state had suffered so much outbreaks resulting from outbreaks of…

Blood Cholesterol: The confusing story

The recent health consciousness of people has made it possible for many to know about the relationship between blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and heart diseases. This awareness has gotten to the level that some persons go on their own for laboratory services requesting to know their blood cholesterol levels. Some have even gone a step further to ask the Laboratory Scientist to prescribe medicines to lower the level when it is found to be raised. Others will take the supposedly high result to the Pharmacists requesting for cholesterol lowering medications. Amongst all those, including Medical…

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….

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE A MIRAGE IF …?

  Complement of the New Year. After my last outing – Rape of Medical Laboratory Science the Bane of Adequate Health Care Delivery in Nigeria, there were some violent reactions. The reactions were quite expected but some of them were misplaced. We are here to say the truth, and as it is said, it is only the truth that can set us free. It is not about being parochial or selfish. What are the truths? (a) Is our health care services the best or up to our desired expectation? (b) Is our medical laboratory services among the best in the…

Managing Stress

No matter what we do we can’t avoid stress, it’s all around us in our personal lives and in our work lives. Stress in itself is not bad as it can motivate us to do things, the problem is when it all starts to mount up and gets more than we can cope with, becoming chronic stress. As it would then start to affect our health, relationships and well being. After a reported budget of 1.9bn being spent in preparing for the Olympics, there was much disappointment in many quarters when no medals were achieved in the main Olympics. There…

A PROGRAMME OF ACTION FOR THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE

BEING THE SUBMISSION OF CHIEF FELIX AMADI (WHEKUBI) TO THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE SITTING IN UMUAHIA ON 30TH OCTOBER, 2013. Protocol: President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan spoke the minds of not a few when he called for a national dialogue in his Independence Day Speech of 1st October 2013. He also expeditiously set up a dialogue committee to craft a road map appropriate for the proposed dialogue. Until the announcements, many mistook the president to be a non-risk seeking establishment man, who thrives more in avoidance than action. I join well meaning Nigerians focused on national peace and progress…

TATTOOS

After a visit to a tattoo parlor, hopefully you will end up with a beautiful piece of body art that will last a life time. However, several complications can occur after the tattoo is finished. You will be able to decide whether you want a tattoo for yourself if you know about its process and dangers. It is quite appalling to know that a frighteningly growing number of teens and young adults around the world are injecting dangerous chemicals under their skin in the name of art and self expression. Tattooing is an art form that has been used for…

Abortion Law: Why Imo People have continued to reject It

The decision by Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Imo State Governor last Tuesday, Sept 3, 2013 to make a U-Turn, mandating the State House of Assembly to take the necessary steps to repeal the controversial Abortion Law, which had attracted widespread condemnation across the state, is a welcome development. That directive followed a stakeholders’ meeting which Okorocha convened at the Ikemba Ojukwu Conventional Centre Owerri attended by State Legislators, religious leaders, including bishops and pastors of various Christian denominations; opinion moulders as well as pressure groups. The legislation in contention is: The Imo State of Nigeria, Violence Against Persons Protection, Law…

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Our bodies are made up of between 50 – 70 % of water so we need to ensure that we keep hydrated to top up the water lost through breathing, sweating, our urine and bowel movements. The recommended amount is 2.5 litres a day, for those in hotter climates, if you exercise or are pregnant, you will need more.   Here are some good reasons to ensure you drink sufficient water: · It flushes toxins out of your body and removes waste from the body. · It hydrates your skin giving you a more youthful appearance. · It helps to…

2013 World Breast Feeding Week kicks off in Imo

This year’s World Breast feeding Week with the theme, “Breast feeding support: Close to Mothers”, started in Owerri, on Thursday (August 1, 2013). Briefing journalists in his office on the objectives of the week-long global event, the permanent  secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Johnny Ihebereme said it draw attention to the importance of peer support in helping mothers to establish and sustain breast feeding. It is also to inform people of the highly effective benefits of peer counseling, unite efforts and expand peer counseling programme. The 2013 World Breast Feeding Week will encourage breast feeding supports irrespective of their educational…

Religious Leaders in Central African Republic Pray for Peace

… As Rebel Forces Overthrow Government in Violent Coup Religious leaders of Bouar, Central African Republic have called for a day of prayer for peace on August 12th. Currently the country is in turmoil after Seleka, a rebel coalition, overthrew the government and installed rebel leader Michel Djotodia as president. According to Fides Agency, Fr. Aurelio Gazzera, a Carmelite missionary, the initiative was taken during the meeting of religious leaders held in Bouar on July 19. The meeting was attended by 31 people representing Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. The religious leaders also prepared a message that was read in the…

Church demands Subvention to Catholic Hospitals – As Imo State Council on Health meets

Catholic Health Services of Imo State has once again appealed to the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to approve subvention to Catholic Hospitals in the state. This is contained in their submission to the 2nd Imo State Council on Health Meeting held July 9-12 at the Imo Concorde Hotel Owerri. The State Council on Health meeting is convened to bring together all stakeholders to assess the situation in the health sector, identify areas of priority and proffer solutions. The Catholic Church’s submission was read on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Imo State by the Provincial Health Co-ordinator, Lady Stella…

SOLAD Flags off 2013 Immunization Week

Lady Chioma Ogoke the Sole Administrator Ehime Mbano LGA last week kicked off the Maternal and new born child- health week at Umuanunu-Umunumo Health centre. She was represented by the Chairperson lady Chinwe Ubah who personally applied Oral polio vaccines, vitamin A and general immunization drug against the five child killer diseases which include Cholera Hepatitis B, Measles, Malaria, Yellow fever and Tetanus. Comrade Eke Godson Chinedu, the disease surveillance and notification officer, Ehime-Mbano LGA Urged parents to report cases of fever and body rashes to his office for investigation. He enjoined them to ensure that cases of suspected polio,…

FG saves N3trn in contributory pension scheme, says Okonjo Iweala

The Co-ordinating Minister for Economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has disclosed that the contributory pension scheme which is a compulsory saving for workers, has made a total savings of over N3 trillion. The Minister who was speaking at the Ministerial Briefing in Abuja assured Nigerians that the scheme was in good health, adding that the government was reforming the old scheme to make it more transparent, “Compulsory pension scheme is fine.  We have more than N3 trillion there.  It’s working well and I want to reassure Nigerians of its good health.  So, it’s only people who…

Your Health Your Fertility

It’s not something that’s often talked about but are you aware that the state of your health can impact on your fertility. Making some simple lifestyle changes may help in improving your chances of conceiving naturally. Here are 6 lifestyle changes you can make to help boost your fertility: 1. Maintain a healthy weight or take the necessary steps to get to a healthy weight. A study done found that overweight or obese women,  take nearly  twice as long to conceive as healthy weight women and underweight women, take nearly four times as long). 2. Maintain a healthy balanced diet,…

Holy See Representative Addresses UN Session on Access to Medicines

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed the XXIII Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council on Access to Medicines. The address, which was pronounced on May 27th, was made available today by the Holy See. Archbishop Tomasi opened his address by pointing out several “key elements” that required attention in the initial report on Access to Medicines. Regarding accessibility, the archbishop stated that a “comprehensive analysis” was necessary to examine the social and political realities that exist and deprive access to medical and physical needs to millions of people….

Too Many of God’s Children Still Go to Bed Hungry- G8 Bishops

…Urge Governments to Focus on Nutrition Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined the bishops’ conferences of the Group of 8 nations (G8) to urge national leaders to protect the poor and assist developing countries at the upcoming G8 Summit in the United Kingdom. In a letter from Monday, the bishops urged leaders to focus on agriculture and nutrition ahead of the G8 Meeting. “In a world that has made great strides in improving food production and distribution, far too many of God’s children still go to bed hungry or suffer from…

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…