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May 24, 2018

Immunization: National Security, Challenges and Way Forward

Immunization: National Security, Challenges and Way Forward

IMMUNIZATION refers to the process of conferring protection to a person against a disease or medical condition, by exposing the person to the causative organism in whole or in part, killed or attenuated or genetically engineered. Immunization can also result from actual exposure to the disease. The aim is to stimulate the body defence system against the particular disease, in the event the person gets subsequent exposure. Immunization is a major breakthrough in the field of medicine, and has inestimable benefits to humankind. It has resulted in individual and National growth and security by prevention of unnecessary deaths and promotion…

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…

Cardiac arrest or heart attack: Any difference?

Many a times, we tend to confuse cardiac arrest with heart attack, as if they are one and the same disease condition. Cardiac arrest and heart attack are entirely two different heart disease conditions, even though they may have some similarities and some linkages. Cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function due to the malfunctioning of the heart electrical system. In this condition, the heart will suddenly start beating abnormally, producing irregular heartbeats that originate from one of the lower chambers of the heart, known as the ventricle. This reduces the pumping capability of the heart which will…

The Dangers of the National Health Act 2014 (1)

Many People hear about the law called the National Health Bill 2014 now called the National Health Act 2014. They are told it is a legal framework to improve medical services in Nigeria. However, what they are not told are what exactly the improvements are. Some people say that there is free maternal and child care, as if it has not been free in most parts of Nigeria for years. Others say, that it is to stop medical tourism out of Nigeria, but they will not mention how? For others they say, new better health facilities by foreign investors will…

Are You Drinking Your Calories?

When individuals are cutting back on their intake to reduce their calories, food tends to be the first point of call, not everyone is paying attention to the amount of calories contained in their drinks. Most of the carbonated drinks, energy drinks, sweetened drinks and even some fruit juices on the shelf are laden with calories and excessive sugar. Excess sugar consumption increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, can contribute to you becoming overweight and can cause tooth decay. Some other symptoms are fluctuations in energy levels and moods. Look at the ingredients on the label of your drink. Does…

HYPERTENSION: SILENT KILLER (1)

High blood pressure (Hypertension) is the constant elevation of blood pressure above normal for a particular age range. According to expert committee on non-communicable diseases (1993) B/P of 120/80mmHG is considered normal for a 30 year old person, while 140/90mmHG is considered high for such a person, similarly, B/P of 140/90mmHG is considered normal for a 60 year old person while B/P of 160/100mmHG is high for such a person’s blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured at two levels Systolic pressure (when the heart is contracting) Diastolic pressure (when the heart is relaxing) I decided to write on hypertension amongst…