As Nigeria continues its quest to become one of the twenty leading economies by 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that one out of every three adults worldwide has high blood pressure, a development that has become a public health issue and threatens the nation’s economy.
While this disease condition has assumed an epidemic dimension, there is an enormous financial burden associated with the disease as treatment of hypertension requires an investment over many years to ensure disease-free years among those affected.
Nigerians have been advised to reduce belly fats to avoid health complications that come as a result of this.
The advise was given by a renowned Gynaecologist, Dr Fred Achem, on Tuesday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Achem, who works with the Feropod Hospital, Abuja said that too much intake of fats, carbohydrates and animal protein would reduce the functions of the vital organs in the body.
Worsening health indices threaten Nigeria from meeting up with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG Goals 4 and 5) target of reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health as the 2015 target approaches.
Nigeria has been ranked as one of the worst countries for mothers and children to live in, according to ‘State of the World’s Mothers 2014’ annual mothers’ Index. The report ranked Nigeria 171st among 178 nations with a death rate record of 124 per 1,000 (having infant death rate of 74 per 1,000) and maternal death due to pregnancy and childbirth put at 1 in every 29 Nigerian woman.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday promised that the Federal Government would act expeditiously on the report of the Presidential Committee of Experts on Inter-Professional Relationship in the Public Health Sector.
Jonathan made the pledge when he received the report from the committee chaired by a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The world can stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by the end of the year but months of tough work remain, the outgoing chief of the United Nations’ anti-Ebola mission said on Friday.
The outbreak, first identified in Guinea’s remote southeast in early 2014, has struck six West African nations, with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia bearing the brunt of the 20,000 infections and nearly 8,000 dead.
Acting Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, Prof. Chris Bode, has asked the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to embrace dialogue as panacea towards solving industrial action.
Bode made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing nationwide strike that has crippled healthcare services across government health institutions in the country.
He said that incessant strikes was not the best way to press home demands
People with the itchy skin condition eczema are more likely than others to have osteoporosis – which may be undiagnosed – and fractures, according to a new analysis.
Eczema, which is marked by red, swollen, itchy skin, can be caused by other diseases, irritants or allergies. It is usually treated with topical corticosteroids or oral antihistamines.
Chairman of Medical Health Workers Union of Nigeria in Zamfara, Sabo Tsafe, said they would join the strike by National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) if the latter’s requests were not met by government.
Tsafe issued the threat during interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Saturday.
The chairman said they would join the strike if the Federal Government failed to respond to the demand of their colleagues.
No fewer than 50 doctors on Wednesday donated blood at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, for those in need.
The donation was part of the programmes lined up for the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Resident Doctors, LASUTH chapter.
Ultimate Health Management Services, one of the Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) re-accredited by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has announced a strategic implementation of a five year business consolidation plan with effect from January, 2015.
This new business concept was based on the recapitalization and re-accreditation of the company as a national HMO by the NHIS, which is the regulator.