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Today is World Food day

Today, October 16, 2017 is World Food Day. The day which is set aside to honor the founding of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945, is celebrated world wide. The day is widely marked by different other food security organisations including the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is titled “Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.” Just give me poundo and equisi with some ‘orishirishi’ and you would be surprise the things I can do for YOU forever 😊 What’s your favourite Nigerian dish. Feel free to share your with us.

FG bans private practice for medical doctors

The Federal Government has announced, on Wednesday, a ban for medical doctors working in public hospitals to engage on private practice. The decision was taken at the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council,FEC, meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Federal Government also said that henceforth the doctrine of no work no pay which was contained in the nation’s law would be invoked for workers embarking on strike. In a joint media briefing after the FEC, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige noted that most of the unions that recently embarked on strike contravened the labour laws especially the Trade Dispute Act. The ministers further disclosed that a committee had been set up for comprehensive evaluation of job done by...

Meet the man diagnosed with pathological laughter

Paul Pugh had been on a night out with his Cwmaman Football Club teammates in January 2007 when he was targeted in an unprovoked attack that resulted in a brain injury which according to diagnosis is known as pathological laughter. Pugh’s skull was fractured and he fell into a coma for more than two months. A blood clot which measured 10cm x 4cm formed on his brain and he was left with slurred speech, chronic fatigue and mobility difficulties which resulted in him having to use a wheelchair. “I’ve had to learn to walk and talk again and come to terms with the fact that I will never fully recover,” he says. “Life has been a struggle for me and my family, but we’re ploughing through it.” Pugh spent 13 months in hospital, but it wasn’t until mon...

2 suspected cases of Monkeypox recorded in Lagos state

Lagos state has recorded 2 suspected cases of Monkey Pox, the state’s Ministry of Health has announced. Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State made the announcement on Monday during a news conference in Lagos According to Dr. Idris, the Lagos, state government has already commenced investigation of the two suspected cases in the statstate He also explained that, “Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and wcontrol of the disease in line with the policy of the State government.” This is coming after new cases of the airborne viral disease was reported to have been recorded in Akwa Ibom state.

Japan scientists produce drugs in chicken eggs

Japanese scientists have genetically engineered hens whose eggs contain drugs that can fight serious diseases including cancer, in a bid to dramatically reduce the cost of treatment, a report said Monday. If the scientists are able to safely produce “interferon beta”, a type of protein used to treat illnesses including multiple sclerosis and hepatitis, by rearing the hens, the price of the drug – currently up to 100,000 yen (US$888) for a few microgrammes – could fall significantly, said the English edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun. Researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in the Kansai region kicked off the process by introducing genes that produce interferon beta into cells which are precursors of chicken sperm, the ...

New case of Monkeypox recorded in Akwa Ibom state

The Akwa Ibom state commissioner of information, Charles Udoh has confirmed that a new case of Monkeypox has been recorded in the state. The Commissioner confirmed the reports in a statement issued in Uyo, adding that the state government is also investigating two more suspected cases of the viral disease. He also noted that, ‘Monkeypox currently has no treatment and no vaccine. It looks like small pox but the rashes are larger while the disease is milder. The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing and abstinence from bush meat is here again. We will provide more information subsequently.” Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, as well as Chikwe Ihekweazu, Executive Director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have both reacted to the continuous spread of ...

3 people quarantined as Monkeypox hits Rivers State

3 suspected cases of monkeypox have been recorded in Rivers state, commissioner of health of the state, Princewill Chike, has confirmed. The commissioner confirmed the news while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday “In Rivers State, we have three suspected cases already.One is from the Rumuorlumeni area. We saw it and think it is not a serious matter so we have ruled it out. “Another one is a thirteen-year-old boy at Eneka. We discovered they took the boy to a native doctor. The parents think they can handle it the native way”, Mr Chike revealed. He also added that the state has taken steps to activate it’s isolation centres and put on red alert, all its Health centres. He said, “The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memoria...

Minister of Health extends NHIS secretary’s suspension indefinitely

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has extended the suspension of Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), indefinitely. In July, the Minister suspended Yusuf for three months over allegations of fraud. Adewole had set up a committee to probe the NHIS secretary, saying his response to the petitions written against him were “considered unsatisfactory”. In a recent correspondence, Adewole said the investigative committee found Yusuf culpable in the discharge of his responsibilities. “Please refer to my earlier letter ref C.405/1/132, dated 6th July 2017, suspending you from office for three months to allow for an interrupted administrative, investigative committee to look into the various allegations against you including that of monumental fraud, gros...

10 cases of Monkey Pox disease confirmed in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ebi Etebu, on Thursday, confirmed ten cases of a contagious viral disease called Monkey Pox. Monkeypox is a viral disease that produces pox lesions on the skin and is closely related to smallpox, but is not nearly as deadly as smallpox. According to investigations, the 10 persons, including a medical doctor confirmed to have been infected are being treated at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital. Dr Ebi said the state government was working to ensure the disease was contained. He said health workers in the ministry were looking for 49 other people believed to have come in close contact with the identified 10 carriers. He added that the focus of the enlightenment was enhanced personal hygiene and vigilance with wild animals, the primary...

Fat around the stomach is associated with a host of medical problems

Visceral fat is fat that collects around the abdomen, giving a “beach ball” look in some cases, and is associated with a host of medical problems, including heart disease, diabetes, heartburn and sleep difficulties. No one knows precisely when fat becomes dangerous, said Dr Noyan Gokce, a staff cardiologist at the Boston University School of Medicine. But fat seems to behave differently when pushed close to organs such as the kidney, liver and pancreas, he said. Most of the health problems we associate with fat are strongly linked with visceral fat, which in many people seems to accumulate with age, said Dr Michael Jensen, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Although everyone carries some visceral fat, gaining excessive amounts seems to happen only if there ...

Sanofi tests three-in-one antibody to treat or prevent HIV

A three-pronged man-made antibody, created by French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S. scientists, could offer a new way to treat or prevent HIV, results published on Wednesday revealed. Plans are under way to try the so-called trispecific antibody in initial human trials before the end of 2018, potentially adding a new weapon in the fight against AIDS, assuming the product proves safe and effective. If all goes well, the three-in-one antibody could be used either as a long-acting treatment or a vaccine, according to Sanofi Chief Scientific Officer Gary Nabel. “There is certainly urgency for a vaccine and this could help fill that void,” he said in an interview. “But we need to do the clinical studies and let nature tell us what works.” Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. N...

Pharmacists Council seals 283 Illegal Stores in Zamfara

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed over 283 drug stores in Zamfara State for allegedly operating illegally. The council’s Head of Inspection and monitoring, Antonia Aruya said this after an inspection of some pharmacies and patent medicine outlets within the state capital. The affected stores were said to have been operating without approval from the council and selling unapproved drugs to the public. Deputy Director in charge of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi said over 200 drug shops and pharmacies were operating without a license, including selling unapproved medicines were discovered, and thereafter sealed by the council. The Council’s Head of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Antonia Aruya, urged all stakeholders to follow the laid down laws that regulate the practice of ph...

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