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Congolese doctor infected with Ebola in high insecurity zone – WHO

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WHO reveals how latest DRC's Ebola outbreak started

 

A doctor in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is hospitalised with Ebola, and 97 of his contacts have been identified in an area almost entirely surrounded by armed militia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

“It is the first time we have a confirmed case and contacts in an area of high insecurity. It is really the problem we were anticipating and at same time dreading,” Dr. Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, told a news briefing.

The town of Oicha is almost entirely surrounded by ADF Ugandan Islamist militia, there are “extremely serious security concerns”, he said, adding that the group held hostages.

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NAFDAC, Customs Set Up Joint Committee To Tackle Importation Of Counterfeit Products

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According to a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, NAFDAC,  Abubakar Jimoh, the establishment of the joint committee was the fall out of the courtesy visit by Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye to the Nigeria Customs Comptroller General, Retired Colonel Hameed Ali recently in Abuja.

The Customs boss said it has become imperative for NAFDAC and NCS to close rank and work together in the interest of Nigerians, particularly the youths and house wives who are exposed to the devastating effects of abuse of codeine containing cough syrups and tramadol illegally shipped into the country.

He pointed out the urgent need for NAFDAC and NCS to put in place quick measures to prevent Nigerian politicians from taking undue advantage of our vulnerable youths and getting them hooked to drugs so they can be used as thugs during electioneering campaigns.

In her response, NAFDAC DG, Professor Adeyeye hinted that the newly established joint committee will come up with action plan on Intensive Education, Training and Foreign Exchange Programme for personnel of both Agencies as well as joint enforcement operations.

She said other areas of collaboration include timely examination of suspected containers based on intelligence report, regular invitation of NAFDAC officials to participate in examination of NAFDAC regulated products, support to NAFDAC to prevent clearing agents from false declaration of consignments and timely release of containers to NAFDAC for destruction after seizure notice has been submitted to NCS.

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Akowonjo Agog as St Ives Specialist Hospital Berths on November 1

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Too much consumption of Fruit causes Diabetes – Consultant Endocrinologist

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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)

 

 

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