Flying Doctors Nigeria Step up to Save University Sickle Cell Patient

Apr 20, 2018 0

Abiodun Bakare, a university student was about to give up hope due to his desperate need of surgery to alleviate the ravages of sickle cell disease and previous medical care which has worsened his condition when he discovered the cost of his surgery would be N18 million (about $50,000) Bakare and his family had also done their research and realized that hospitals in India could provide him with the care he needed but the cost of the care and the journey was beyond his capability. Determined to solve his challenge locally, his search connected him with a hospital in Sokoto state where medical experts agreed to perform the operation for a nominal fee. Social media fundraising campaign was pulled together by Bakare’s friends, however, Bakare still had to overcome the problem of how to get to the hospital for the 18-hour overland journey which was out of question due to Bakare’s critical condition. However, through a friend that discovered Flying Doctors Nigeria, the company has agreed to fly Bakare to... ...

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JOHESU Commence Nationwide Indefinite Strike

Apr 18, 2018 0

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says it has commenced nationwide indefinite strike in earnest.  Obisesan Oluwatuyi, General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr Oluwatuyi said that they would not call off the strike until government meets their demands. He said: “The soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender until government does the needful.” Members of the JOHESU had earlier threatened to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike beginning on Tuesday midnight, due to alleged federal government’s failure to meet their demands. Josiah Biobelemoye, president of the union, who issued the strike notice on Monday, attributed the industrial action to what he described as the “insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector.” He directed all JOHESU members in federal health institutions across the country to commence the strike at midnight of April 17. Mr Biobelemoye listed their demands to include upward adjustment of the... ...

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Three cups of coffee, tea daily may cut stroke risk: Study

Apr 18, 2018 0

Sydney: Are you an ardent coffee or tea lover, but advised to avoid caffeinated beverages due to your heart conditions? Cheer up, drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea a day is safe as well as reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, a study says. A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes. The results suggest that caffeine intake of up to 300 mg per day may be safe for arrhythmic patients.  “There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.  But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties... ...

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MedShare Donates $40 Million Medical Supplies to Nigeria

Apr 17, 2018 0

A U.S. based non-profit organization, MedShare, says it has donated more than $40 Million worth of new medical supplies and biomedical equipment to strengthen Nigeria’s healthcare systems in the last 20years. The Vice-President, International Development of MedShare, Nell DIallo, disclosed this at the Nigeria Day at Atlanta to celebrate MedShare 20years of strengthening healthcare in Nigeria. All the 19 Northern state government and the Federal Capital Territory have benefited from the charity organization while Southern states beneficiaries include Abia, Anambra, Balyesa, Delta, Osun, Oyo, Lagos and Enugu states. ...

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Omega-3 not as beneficial for dry eye disease as believed: Study

Apr 16, 2018 0

Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish-derived supplements and commonly used to treat dry eye disease is no more effective than placebo at alleviating the condition, a new clinical trial shows. Dry eye disease is an often chronic condition that causes burning, itching, or stinging sensations in the eye, as well as impairs vision.  The study results refute the long-held belief that EPA and DHA — types of Omega-3 — reduce dry eye symptoms.  Even the highest dose of Omega-3 supplements ever tested, did not show significant difference than placebo in outcomes for participants, the researchers said.  “Our findings provide evidence that, contrary to a long-held belief in the ophthalmic community, Omega-3 supplements are not significantly better than a placebo at reducing dry eye symptoms,” said Maureen Maguire, ...

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Osinbajo Inaugurates Abia Tele-Health Initiative

Apr 14, 2018 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated the Abia Tele-health initiative, otherwise known as “Dial-a-doctor,” describing it as commendable effort in the healthcare delivery system in the state. Speaking at the event held at the International Conference Centre, Umuahia, Mr Osinbajo said Abia had blazed the trail in the utilisation of Global System of Mobile Telecommunication (GSM) in the delivery of quality healthcare to the people of the state. He said, “This is an especially exciting project because it is leveraging on available technology, in this case, the mobile phone to deliver affordable healthcare to the people. ” He said it had become expedient in Nigeria to embrace technology to close the healthcare gap between the urban and rural areas. Mr Osinbajo said avalaible records showed that Abia had about 1.5 million mobile phones. According to him, the state has taken “the lead in utilising the potential that mobile phone has as a means for delivering healthcare for the people.” “I am told that citizens can through a dedicated telephone line and... ...

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WHO commends Toyin Saraki’s Efforts on Maternal Health

Apr 12, 2018 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Wife of the Senate President of Nigeria and Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, for her advocacy and projects geared towards improving Maternal and child health in Nigeria. Also WHO has appointed Mrs. Saraki as the special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) Regional Office for Africa; this was disclosed by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Mathshido Moeti during her high level courtesy visit to Mrs. Saraki in Abuja. Moeti said the appointment is in recognition of the commendable works Saraki has done in the area of maternal health as well as efforts toward Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria. ...

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Anti-epileptic drugs may up Alzheimer’s, dementia risk

Apr 11, 2018 0

Older adults who regularly use anti-epileptic drugs may be at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a new study has warned. Anti-epileptic drugs are the main type of treatment for most people with epilepsy that aims to stop seizures from happening. Up to 70 per cent (7 in 10) of people could stop having seizures with the right medication. Besides for epilepsy, ...

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