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Regular sex prevents mental disorder – Psychiatrist

By Newsdesk

Following statistics released by Federal Government on Nigerians suffering cases of mental disorder, a psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, has asked married women in the country to have regular sex with their spouses, basically to prevent them from depression and gain happiness.

Kadiri’s appeal came barely two days after the Apex Government lamented that 60 million Nigerians were living with cases of mental disorder across the country.

According to her, depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Kadiri, Medical Director, Pinnacle Medical Services, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Lagos, stressing that sex does not only nourish women body, but also beneficial to their mental health.

She noted that for any woman that aimed to avoid mental cases, their spouse must be their best friend, saying, studies have shown that women who have more active sex and in long term relationships were less likely to be depressed than women who went without sex.

“So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy to curing women from having persistent headache.

“Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into. A woman can be depressed when that sexual drive that she used to have is no more there.

“Frequent active sex can play good roles toward women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ the medical director added.

She explained that sex was not just for procreation and to have children, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep.

Kadiri urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, while boosting their self-esteem.

She also advised women who are over-weight to also involve in active sex, saying doing so will boost endorphins which are happy hormones.

“The happy hormones will make them lose some calories as well as sleep better. Orgasms trigger the release of endorphins which are happy hormones secreted by the brain that act as effective painkillers,’’ she said.

Kadiri added that sex was not only beneficial to the men, but especially to women because it was capable of freeing them from stress.

How Nigerians can defeat Cancer- Anyanwu-Akeredolu

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

As 80,000 Nigerians die of cancer related diseases annually, Ondo State Governor’s wife, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has disclosed strategy that could assist the country’s citizen beat the deadly scourge and reduces number of causalities recorded yearly.

Anyanwu-Akeredolu hinted that part of the strategy was for Nigerians to often identify with cancer patients and not neglect them.

Her statement came as World Health Organisation (WHO), maintained that over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually out of which 20, 000 survive while the others die.

She spoke at a fund-raising dinner organized by PROJECT PINK BLUE, tagged: “Show Love” in Abuja, adding that another strategy that could aid reduction in number of victims was to support them with funds to fight the life-threatening disease.

Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who is founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), expressed concern on Nigerians’ poor giving attitude when it comes to patient support, which according to her is a major force needed to beat cancer, which comes with a lot of financial burden.

She lamented that most women die of cancer because of delay in raising fund for treatment, which gives room for the cancer cell to multiply as the disease progresses with time.

The BRECAN founder urged Nigerians to pay attention to message of early detection which saves lives by adhering to the periodic breast self examination, letting go of the misconception that breast cancer is a spiritual attack, and see it as a pure medical issue by presenting it to a medical doctor, and not going to a prayer mountain.

She pledged not to relent in her fight against breast cancer as a life-threatening disease, under her twenty years old NGO, BRECAN, through public education, advocacy, patient support, and research.

In his welcome address, the founder, Project Pink Blue, Runcie Chidebe, said their “Show Love” fund-raising program was born out of their passion to make a little difference in the society, adding that government alone cannot do it all.

Canadian Governor-General, Payette, Ambode commission $4.5m Ebola biobank

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Canadian Governor General, Julie Payette, and Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has commissioned $4.5 million biobank laboratory, designed to diagnose and manage Ebola, Lassa Fever outbreak and other infectious disease.

While commissioning the biological containment laboratory, tagged, Lagos State Biobank, LSB at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, on Tuesday, they argued that outbreak of any infectious disease including Ebola, in Lagos considering it’s population could spell doom if such facility isn’t provided urgently.

On reason the Canadian Government chose Lagos, Payette stressed that the achievement recorded by the state in 2014 tackling Ebola virus was responsible for the partnership on the project.

“And Canada is very glad to have filled that gap with you with this laboratory and Bio-bank. We will continue to collaborate with you.”

She noted that the facility will assist to “prevent, detect and respond to about the worst calamities possible outcomes that could happen.

“The incidence of infectious disease if not contained could do so much damage and could ravage so many lives.

“It is not important, it is absolutely  essential to have a facility like this to make sure that never happens.

“As serious as the outbreak of Ebola was here in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa, it could not have been much worse,” Payette added.

Earlier, Ambode explained that the fund expended on the project which commenced in 2016, was provided by both government to boost prevention of public infectious diseases.

According to him, the Canadian government was responsible for the project design and construction while the state funded the community engagement, training of personnel, maintenance and environmental impact assessment for the facility.

He described the partnership as an effective collaboration which the state government was very proud that the Canadian government lead in this part.

“Lagos is excited over the project. It is a perfect example by a forwarding looking governments through partnership.”

On the facility, the governor stated that the biobank was designed for the management and control of infectious disease in the country.

“It will help to promote and diagnose public health diseases and boost clinical management of infectious disease outbreak in Lagos.”

Ambode added that the Lagos State Biobank would help Fast-track global and local research on infectious diseases.

“It will help to launch the state into a new frontier in research and development in various area of need especially in the diagnostic kits and production of vaccines for containment of infectious disease,” he added.

Earlier, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, hinted that the facility was one of the recommendations made by the committee inaugurated by the former Governor, Babatunde Fashola, after the state was declared Ebola free in October 2014.

Representative of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Adebayo Adeniji, disclosed that Ebola virus outbreak made the Federal Government realise the importance of collaboration with other countries on disease control.

Abuja doctor recommends patients right training for health workers

By NewsDesk, 

An Abuja based Neurological Surgeon, Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium (BASS), Dr Biodun Ogungbo, has called for adequate training of health workers on patient’s right.

Ogungbo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

“Some hospitals, doctors and nurses refuse to disclose the names of drugs or treatments to their patients for fear the patient will know what they are taking and then go off to buy it from an outside source.

“Some doctors also refuse to disclose details of operations performed, implants used or other critical details for whatever reason, best known to them.

“Patients, relatives, doctors and nurses should join the debate, especially if you are a healthcare practitioner and most especially, if you work in such an environment. You might even be one of the doctors or the owner of such a dreadful hospital,” he said.

Ogungbo said the right of patients are usually infringed more often in public hospitals, saying some will remove urinary catheters, cannulas, bandages on wounds from the patients before tossing them out.

He however said some other hospitals also sometimes physically force patients out of the hospital bed, once discharged and refuse to re-admit the patient.

“A few hospitals have in my experience, refused the use of their ambulances, to convey the patients to the nearest hospital or home, in a childish game of retribution,’’ the expert noted.

He said the most important person and the reason hospitals exist is the patient, saying that the man who ensures the bills are paid including the salaries of healthcare practitioners is the patient.

Ogungbo advised healthcare practitioners to have a change of attitude towards patients, adding that their job is to keep the patients alive and in good health.

“We cannot be nasty to the patients or perform acts that reduce their chances of survival, by not giving them the right information.

“So, if patients don’t come, you are a goner, once you get that, you realise that the attitude and behaviour of the practitioner is to ensure the wellbeing and longevity of the patient, dead patients do not pay the bills,” he said.

NSCDC arrests fake soldier over army uniform, police beret possession in Kaduna

By NewsDesk

The Kaduna State command of  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna State Command, has arrested a fake soldier who was in possession of Nigerian Army uniforms and Police beret.

As gathered, the suspect who gave his name as James Abelagi Tersoo, 25, was apprehended during a stop and search operations along Jos Road in Kaduna.

The Commands Public Relations Officer, Orndiir Terzungwe, disclosed that the Tersoo was arrested having giving fake identity and in possession of army uniforms and police cap.

Through a statement issued on Tuesday by the office, Terzungwe, said that the suspect who claimed to be working with a private guard,  was heading to Kakuri area of the metropolis when he was arrest “When searched, his bag contained one pair of Nigerian Army Camouflage, Black boot, one Green Beret with police crest and two belts (black and white).

“The operatives who escorted the suspect to his residence located at Jos
Road during investigation, also recovered another pair of Army Camouflage uniform, two camouflage jungle hats and one pair of Army Uniform.

“Other items recovered are one Army winter cap, one Army neck Muffler, two Army knee guard, one Army cardigan, two Army Crested T-Shirts and a pair of private guard uniform.”

Terzungwe said the State Commandant of the corps, Mr Madu Bunu, had on Sunday, ordered full deployment of officers and men of the command to ensure law and order and enforcement of 24 hour curfew imposed on Kaduna town and environs.

The curfew followed upsurge of violence in some parts of Kajuru, Chikun, Kaduna-North and South and Igabi Local Government Areas.

“In the interest of peace and stability, Bunu, restates call on parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to be law abiding and desist from all forms of crime.”

He also called on traditional and religious leaders to caution their
followers against indulging in any act capable of destroying the peace
measures put in place by government.

He warned that anyone who disobeys the order and is arrested will face
appropriate sanctions.

Pharmacists’ council takes up adequate healthcare delivery responsibility

By NewsDesk,

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has made it know that the council was poised to reposition community pharmacies and patent medicine vendors for improved spectrum and quality healthcare delivery.

It indicated that  place of community pharmacies and patent medicine shops as primary health care facilities cannot be overemphasized in view of the Federal Ministry of Health’s renewed commitment to drive the Universal Health Access through PHC.

The Registrar, PCN,  Elijah Mohammed, said that cocumented evidence shown that the first point of call by majority of Nigerians seeking healthcare services were community pharmacists and Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs), and that the government must take critical approach in such area.

Giving assurance at an inaugural meeting for the development of PCN Family Planning (FP) and other Primary Health Care (PHC) Strategic Plan on Monday in Abuja, Mohammed noted that the vision of the council was to create an enabling and regulated environment for the provision of quality service for sustainable healthcare delivery.

However, The strategic plan initiative by the council was supported by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy of Child and Family Health @Scale Project (PSN-PACFaH@Scale).

“As well as their determination to shift the task of some healthcare services to the private sector.

 

According to the PCN registrar, the council articulated its mission in order to effectively regulate and control the training and practice of pharmaceutical service providers through the instrumentality of capacity building.

He said: “Some of the steps to be taken by the council to actualise the repositioning of CPs and PPMVs and align them with current realities as primary healthcare providers include the review of the curricula of all our service provide.

“They are pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and PPMVs in order to build the capacities to carry out these expanded roles.

“The expanded roles are the stratification of PPMVs into three different accreditation models, categorised into tier one, tier two and three.

“It also includes the development of supervisory model for PPMVs as well as the Satellite Pharmacy Concept model,’’ Mohammed said.

He specially noted that the development of the PCN FP and other primary healthcare strategic plan action was necessitated by the keen interest of several development organisations in collaboration with the council.

The PCN registrar said that these organisations wanted to work with CPs and PPMVs.

He identified the PCN Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for FP as a novel approach to the council as a regulatory agency to develop a collaborative framework that will effectively ensure quality delivery by CPs and PPMVs.

“It is evident from data that private practitioners such as CPs and PPMVs under the regulation of the council are key sustainable healthcare providers toward ensuring quality access to FP.

“This document will define operational and technical capacities, not only for the CPs and PPMVs but also to ratify gaps in areas where development partners can support the council’s regulatory efforts at ensuring quality care provision in maternal health by the group.

“As we commence the development of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for FP, I urge all stakeholders to provide their expertise, contribute and ensure that an implementable SIP is produced,” Mohammed advised.

Canada running out of marijuana two days after it became legal

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

Canadians were so excited about getting their hands on some legal, recreational marijuana the country is reportedly experiencing a shortage.

Police were called to help shops struggling to handle long queues and with frustrated people unable to buy cannabis.

Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who has led the government’s legalisation programme, told public broadcaster CBC the country was unable to supply enough to meet demand.

“We expected, you know, certain strains might run out and there would be a bit of a run on supply,” he said.

“But, you know, they’ve got a pretty good infrastructure in place and I’m confident it will work.”

On Wednesday Canada became the first industrialised nation and only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalise recreational cannabis as part of a controversial experiment in drug policy.

Under the new law, citizens will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public and each household will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants.

Nestlé, Chefs promote healthier eating for children

By Health Desk,

Having a variety of fresh foods from all the essential food classes provides one with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, Nestlé Nigeria Plc said on Saturday in Lagos.

Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs (CCPA) Manager of Nestlé Nigeria, made the assertion at an event to mark the 2018 International Chefs Day.

The International Chefs Day is commemorated annually on Oct. 20.

The theme for 2018: “ Healthy Foods for Growing Up’’,  is intended to encourage children to think about what they will like to be when they grow up, and how healthy eating today can help them get there’’.

According to Uwadoka, the body needs a variety of the nutrients from protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals food classes to stay healthy and productive.

“We at Nestlé believe that foods and beverages can be both tasty and healthy; food plays an important role in a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

“So, the World Chefs Day is an opportunity for us to gather with the chef community, those who make sure that we have food to sensitise people about the importance of healthy eating, healthy food habits, especially for children.

“It is important to know how to combine the food that we eat, how to eat healthy and to grow up healthy, then to achieve our dream of living a qualitative life because it is one thing to be alive and one thing to live well.

“Good food makes us live good life and well and for us at Nestlé, our purpose is to contribute to healthier future for individuals and our families,’’Uwadoka said.

SON confirms human flesh in Chinese drugs

By News Desk,

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has confirmed the receipt of a letter sent on Chinese Drugs reported to be made from human flesh.

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) earlier alerted the SON, National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Customs Service on a Chinese drugs made with human flesh.

The Technical Assistant/Head, Public Relations of the organisation, Bola Fashina, explained that his organisation is on the lookout for the products even though he explained it is the primary responsibilities of both NAFDAC and Customs Service.

Investigations revealed that the capsules were filled with powdered flesh from dead babies.

They were made in North Eastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.

Thousands of the drugs were first confiscated in South Korea in 2012.

However, according to NIA, “the South Korean Customs Service, on 30th September 2018 revealed that it has seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetus, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals.

“The manufacturers claims that the drugs/capsules can boost stamina, cure cancer, diabetes and some other terminal diseases.

“The capsules were smuggled in suitcases and through international mail.”

The agency revealed that South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety indicated that 18.7 billion viruses, including hepatitis B virus were found the capsules.

It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.

NIA explained that it was monitoring the situation for detailed information.

“However, it is important for all relevant health regulatory agencies in Nigeria especially the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA and SON to sensitize Nigerians of this development and warn them of the inherent dangers of patronizing drugs imported from China.

“The Customs Service, NIPOST and other mail delivery services should also step up monitoring of cargoes and packages with drugs imported into Nigeria.”

In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses.

The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease.

Drug test for politicians, workers in Kano

By News Desk,

Political appointees, civil servants and prospective higher school students are now to undergo compulsory drug test in Kano state.

The Kano State ‎Government has approved compulsory drug test the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said the decision was taken at weekly State Executive Council meeting in Kano on Thursday.‎

‎He said that the policy was adopted to mitigate drug abuse in the state.‎

“All political appointees, civil servants particularly the ones that are due for promotion and students seeking admission will henceforth undergo compulsory drug test in the state,” he said.

Garba said the council had also approved N332 million for the treatment of malnourished children for the period of six months in 2018.‎

According to him, the council also approved N67.3 million for the construction of drainages in Warkai village in Warawa Local Government Area in order to avert flooding.‎

‎“The council also approved over N240 million for the maintenance, renovation and procurement of diesel for traffic lights and street lights for the months of April, October and June.

‎“The council approved N70 million for electrification works at Kofar-Mata, Sanka and Yakasai quarters in Kano metropolis,” he said.‎

He added that the council approved the release of N16 million for state contingents to participate in the 2018 Agric show in Kano, Nasarawa state.

“Similarly, the council also approved N16 million for equipping and furnishing of Hotoron-Arewa health centre in Nasarawa Local Government Area.
The commissioner reiterated the state government’s determination to develop infrastructure in the state.