The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Nigeria and other countries in the region to increase public-private partnerships and investments to scale-up local manufacturing of traditional medicine products.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, made the call in her statement to mark this year’s African Traditional Medicine Day. The theme of this year’s commemoration is ‘Local Manufacturing of Traditional Medicine Products in the African Region’.
It highlights the need to promote and enhance local manufacturing for better access to quality-assured medicines.
Dr Moeti said scaling-up local manufacturing was key to contributing to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which includes access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines for all.
“This will require stronger regulatory systems in countries to guard against low-quality medicines, and ensure locally manufactured traditional medicine products and raw plant materials meet international standards of quality, safety and efficacy. Such medicines would conform to WHO criteria for registration and selection for inclusion in national essential medicines lists,” she said.
The WHO Regional Director said the number of countries with national traditional medicine policies has risen steadily since 2000 and now totals 40 countries in the African Region, adding that seventeen countries are manufacturing traditional medicine products from locally-cultivated medicinal plants, while 14 allow marketing of some traditional medicine products to treat priority communicable and non-communicable diseases. Eight countries have included these products in their national essential medicines lists, she said.
Meanwhile Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said that the recognition of three healthcare systems by the WHO namely; conventional, traditional and complementary, is a wakeup call for Africans to also begin to review our traditional healthcare system for untapped benefits, as Indians and Chinese have done, to derive benefits for the world.
Akowonjo Agog as St Ives Specialist Hospital Berths on November 1
All roads lead to Akowonjo, a sleepy suburb of Alimosho LGA, ( largest LGA in Lagos) on Thursday November 1, 2018 as the rapidly expanding St Ives franchise opens a new state-of-the-art specialist hospital.
The grand unveiling which will feature a galaxy of eminent personalities will officially welcome residents of Alimosho and environs, especially the women and children, to a new era of quality healthcare delivery comparable to the best on offer anywhere in the world.
Renowned gynecologist Dr Babatunde Okewale FRCOG whose grandiose vision birthed the franchise is determined to spread the gospel of top class medical services to every nook and corner of the country. The newly launched Akowonjo branch is another step closer to his dream.
The New Hospital is poised to become a one stop shop for medical consultancy, Fertility & IVFtreatment and the treatment for family, women ,and children.
Established in 1996, st ives healthcare group in Nigeria consists of St. Ives specialist hospitals, St. Ives Family clinics, St. Ives IVF& fertility centres and Ivesmedicare HMO with branches in Lagos and Ogun States.
The company has over time built up a reputation for quality healthcare through the provision complete family health care services, commitment to quality of life issues for family, provision of quality screen procedures, diagnostic techniques and effective treatment of various diseases, among others.
Too much consumption of Fruit causes Diabetes – Consultant Endocrinologist
A Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, has cautioned Nigerians against too much consumption of fruits, saying it causes diabetes and other health conditions.
Ashiru, also the Chief Executive Officer of a Lagos-based Detoxification Clinic, Mart-Life Detox Clinic, decried the poor eating habits of Nigerians.
He spoke as the guest lecturer at a Public Lecture organised by an NGO, The City Club, Lagos, on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the title of the lecture was: “Diabetes: Cause, Diagnosis and Management. “
According to him, excess fruits consumption is bad and a major contribution to why many people are diabetic.
“People are taking smoothies and mix a lot of water melon, pineapples, oranges and then, mix all like that in large quantities.
“They are not good for the pancreas, because they are too much.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended daily amount of fruit is like 200 grammes, which is just very small amount.
“Too much of it exhausts the function of the pancreas and that is what leads to diabetes, because the organ that produces the insulin cannot regenerate,“ Ashiru said.
The consultant reproductive endocrinologist advised people to eat their foods slowly, chew them, and have the habit of eating our local foods such as garri, beans, tiger nuts, coconut milk, among others.
Ashiru said: “We can make healthy choices by eating our home grown foods; these foods are healthy and made for us.
“Ninety-five per cent of blacks are milk intolerant; we can take our own milk made from tiger nuts and coconut milk.“
Speaking, Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State, called for massive enlightenment on the need for people to adopt healthy lifestyle to reduce the possibility of being predisposed to diseases.
Ambode was represented by the Special Adviser on Primary Healthcare, Dr Olufemi Onanuga.
According to him, today, humanity is faced with the challenges of diverse health issues which the medical world is still researching on to develop appropriate solutions.
“One interesting thing which cuts across these emerging and increasing health challenges is that most, if not all, are related to our lifestyles, especially in modern age.
“It is, therefore, very clear to everyone that beyond the issue of providing healthcare facilities with necessary equipment and drugs as well as qualified medical personnel.
“There is a need for massive enlightenment on the need to embrace healthy lifestyle to reduce the possibility of being predisposed to these diseases,“ he said.
The governor assured Lagosians of the state government’s commitment to sustain the implementation of both the preventive and curative measures through mass campaign.
According to him, through these health outreaches, people, especially in the rural communities are given the opportunity to know their health status through basic test and screening.
In his remarks, the Chairman, 2018 Public Lecture Committee, The City Club Lagos, Gbenro Oluwole, called on well-meaning Nigerians to give back to the society by educating people about their health.
According to Oluwole, educative programmes such as the lecture will go a long way to informing people.
“Our club decided to hold this lecture and push it out to members of the public to enlighten them about their health.
“Other organisations and well-meaning Nigerians should do more of programmes like this so that many people can get to learn about their health and chose to live healthy.
“`I also urge youths to emulate clubs like ours and contribute positively to the society, “Oluwole said. (NAN)
Most Nigerians Not Meeting Fruit Intake Requirement – Nutritionist
A renowned nutritionist, Dr. Bisi Abiola has identified cultural and natural restrictions as the major problems preventing a greater percentage of Nigerians from meeting the recommended daily fruit servings.
Abiola, Managing Director of Indulge Nigeria Limited, said this in her latest monthly healthy living discourse, a platform that reviews the positive role that fruit juice can and does play in a healthy diet
During the series sponsored by Chivita, the nutritionist said Nigerian culture does not recognise fruit as satisfying enough to stand as a diet. This, she noted, is one of the reasons many people do not pay serious attention to fruit consumption.
The expert regretted that the few people who have risen above the confine of unfavourable culture to embrace fruit meal are often confronted with convenience and suitability challenges.
To enjoy the benefits of fruit all seasons, Abiola urged health-cautious and busy individuals to embrace 100% pure fruit juice, which she described as a perfect substitute for whole fruits.
She, however, cautioned consumers to pay attention to labels while shopping to ensure that they buy pure fruit juice, saying: “If 100% fruit juice is not clearly written on the pack, it is likely not a pure fruit juice.
“The truth is that 100% fruit juice is proven to have similar or exactly same nutrition as fresh juice does, straight from a fruit without added sugar or preservatives. In other words, 100% fruit juice is nutrient-dense beverage that provides vitamins, minerals (folic acid, thiamine and magnesium) and beneficial plant nutrients like polyphenols.
“When fruit juice is 100%, it counts as one portion of fruit, which is not onlyconvenient but also helpful as many Nigerians do not meet their daily fruit quota for the maintenance of good health.
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