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Birth Defects Linked To Use Of Antidepressant Drug

Using paroxetine, a medication prescribed to treat conditions including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder, during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase newborns’ risk of congenital malformations and cardiac malformations, a recent analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has disclosed. Up to one-fifth of women of childbearing age experience depressive symptoms that often lead ...

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PMTCT: Nigerian Journalists Seek Closer Collaborations With AIDS Control Bodies

Journalists covering HIV, AIDS and related issues in Nigeria have expressed concern over the communication gap in the management of the epidemic, especially in the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of the virus across the country. This, they said have constituted a major draw-back in efforts towards elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (eMTCT) and by implication, the ...

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100 Women Die Daily In Northern Nigeria During Childbirth – UNFPA

Nigeria Country Director of United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA), Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, has said about 100 women die daily in Northern Nigeria in the process of childbirth. Ndhlovu who spoke at a consultative meeting on Thursday in Sokoto decried the high maternal mortality figure in the country, especially in the north. She, however, stressed that the country and partners ...

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UN Alerts On African Child Brides Population Explosion

By Onche Odeh Africa is set to overtake South Asia as the region with the largest number of child brides, new figures from the United Nations children’s fund (UNICEF) have revealed. In a report Thursday by the Thomson Foundation, the United Nations body pointed out that the number of child brides in Africa is expected to soar to 310 million, ...

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Diabetes: Foundation Marks Anniversary With Free Treatment For Patients

By Ejikewme Omenazu, LAGOS The Edna Nwobi Diabetic Care  Foundation’s  (Endicare) diabetic care will on Monday Novembner 23, 2015 celebrate its second anniversary and commitment to the eradication of diabetes in Igbo – Ukwu, Anambra State . According to a statewment made available to Dasily IUndependent by the founder of the Foundation, Mrs Edna Nwobi, the event will take place ...

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Nigeria In Need Of Innovative Solutions To Health Challenges – Wigwe

Managing Director of Access Bank Plc and Chair of the Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace (NHIM), Herbert Wigwe has advocated a consensus building between donors, government and the private sector in order to address healthcare challenges in Nigeria. Speaking at the presentation of awards to inaugural winners of the Health Innovation Challenge Awards in Lagos, Wigwe noted that health innovators, through ...

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At 55, Nigeria’s Healthcare Deserve Re-appraisal –Experts

Former NASCP Chair, Prof. Ibironke Akinsete (left), DG. NIMR, Prof. Innocent Ujah (middle) and Vice President, Commercial Affairs, Sysmex Europe, Prof. Torsten Reinecke at the commissioning of the new Biomedical Training and Cancer Research Centre

Yinka Shokunbi LAGOS At 55, so much has been said and identified as the many challenges facing healthcare delivery in the country. Stakeholders are now of the opinion that what is truly needed as the country throttles on, is a sincere re-appraisal of the system. According to the pioneer chairman, National AIDS Control Programme, (NACP), Professor Ibironke Akinsete, “I sincerely ...

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FG Urged To Reconstitute Pharmacists Council

Sy Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Nigerian Pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have been appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the recently dissolved Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and save the already degenerated drug situations. President of the Society, Olumide Akintayo in a statement to mark the 2015 World Pharmacy Day noted that the pharmacy environment ...

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Foundation Offers 15 Couples Free Fertility Treatment

Ms Omolara Amubee (left), Clinical Manager, Mrs. Tola Ajayi and Lead Counsellor, Madam Esther Adigwe at the Fertility Foundation Support Foundation media event         										 Photo: Yinka Shokunbi

Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Fertility according to the Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, Fertility is the natural capability to produce offspring. Infertility on the other hand, is the inability of a person, animal or plant to reproduce by natural means. In medical parlance however, infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year of unprotected sex Infertility ...

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Nigeria, 43 Others Agree On Providing Universal Health Coverage

Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos

Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Nigeria and 43 other countries at the weekend issued an Economists’ Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to demand that every world leader increase spending on universal health coverage for their people. The Economists gathered at the instance of The Rockefeller Foundation and led by Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at ...

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Winning The Battles On Malaria

Cycle of malaria

Yinka Shokunbi LAGOS Monica couldn’t understand why she couldn’t feel any taste from the cookies her sister brought to mark her birthday. She always loved cookies. Much as she tried hard to even entertain her few guests, she couldn’t hide the fever that was beginning to show and this caught the attention of the sister who suggested that the family ...

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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Fibroids

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Fibroid tumors are described as benign (non-cancerous) growths that appear on the muscular wall of the uterus. They range in size from microscopic to masses that fill the entire abdominal cavity, in some cases, as large as a five month pregnancy. Here are 10 Things every woman should know about Fibroid: 1. Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages, ...

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Nigerian Drug Market Veritable For International Competition

Yinka Shokunbi Lagos The drug manufacturers came from far and near, not less than 130 exhibitors from Asia, Africa, America and Europe were on hand to showcase their products and machineries as well as exchange business ideas during the three day 3rd Nigeria Pharma Manufactures Expo which ended last Thursday in Lagos. It was an occasion where indigenous and multinationals ...

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Friesland Campina WAMCO Marks 1000 Days Without Lost-Time Accident

FC WAMCO celebrates 1000 days without lost-time accident

By Yinka Shokunbi Lagos As part of its policies to promote best occupational health and safety standards among management and staff, foremost dairy manufacturer, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria on Wednesday celebrated 1000 days without Lost Time Accident charging employees to get set to reach a target of zero Speaking on what led to the birth of the initiative, Operations Director, Doyin ...

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Drug Manufacturers Seek Tax On Imported Products

Chairman, PMG-MAN) Okey Akpa, (right), Managing Director, JAWA Group, Varkey Verghese  (middle) and  Chief Executive Officer, Topway Pharm Industry Limited, Mrs. Olamide Adegbenro (left) during the briefing to herald the Pharmaceutical Exhibition in Lagos

Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Local drug manufacturers have been kicking against government’s continued exception of imported finished medicines from the tax list to the detriment of locally manufactured pharmaceutical products and employment of young Nigerians. The manufacturers however applaud government’s zero tolerance for corrupt practices that they argued have been responsible for the decline in capacity utilisation of the local manufacturers ...

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Roche Unveils First Health Journalists Academy

Roche Country Manager, Herman Addae (left), Director, FMoH, Dr Ngozi Azodo, (middle) Ag. Swiss Ambassador, Daniel Cavegn (second right) and Director, Professional Studies, PAU, Isaac Ezechukwu during the Launch.				                    Photo: Yinka Shokunbi

Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Fifteen Reporters were at the weekend unveiled as pioneer of the first Health Journalist Academy (HJA) in the country premiered by leading Swiss Pharmaceutical, Roche, in partnership with the School of Media Communications (SMC), Pan Atlantic University (PAU), Lagos. The reporters who are drawn from across the print, radio, television and new media were selected through a ...

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Building Capacity, Structure Essential To Implement Vapp Laws

IGP Arase

Following the enactment of the 2014 Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act and the 2015 Administrative and Criminal Justice Act, stakeholders are calling for the institution of structures and capacity building to prepare grounds for the implementation of the laws. The VAPP Act which essentially protects various forms of violations, especially sexual violence and assault of any kind, against persons, more ...

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Nigerian Women Told To Embrace Culture Of Breastfeeding

By Yinka Shokunbi Lagos As the world rounds up another weeklong event to celebrate the breastfeeding week with the theme: “Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!” Nigerian mothers have been urged to key into the culture of exclusively feeding every new born with breastmilk for the first six months of life. And as a measure to encourage the culture ...

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Why Good Nutrition Key To Early Life

By Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Experts have continued to give reasons why good nutrition in the first 1000 days in the life of any child is very crucial not only to the physical and mental development of the child but also in the outcome of adulthood. A nursing mother breastfeeding her baby At a maternal and child symposium held in Lagos ...

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Why Akwa Ibom Farmers Use Mosquito Nets On Vegetable Farms

Samuel Ita, Uyo The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) of the federal government has suffered setback in parts of Akwa Ibom State with the discovery by our Correspondent that many farmers now use the long lasting insecticide treated nets collected from various malaria campaigns to build walls around their vegetable farms. A recent visit to some of the communities in the State ...

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Ogun Community Gets Water, Health Centre

By Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Residents of Adigbe community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State now have cause to celebrate the presence of some social amenities in the area with the recent donation and commissioning of a water facility and healthcare centre by the management of Guinness Nigeria Plc. The water facility consists of a borehole and an ...

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Anxiety, Night Sweats, Causes And Treatment

Night sweats are a common and distressing anxiety symptom. Many people with anxiety find themselves wide awake all hours of the night, dripping in sweat. It can be incredibly uncomfortable, and in some cases it can lead to further anxiety that never seems to let up. It’s not uncommon for night sweats to be one of the main reasons those ...

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Drug Firm Canvasses Prevention Of Hepatitis

By Yinka Shokunbi Lagos Concerned about the prevalence of Hepatitis virus (HPV) among Nigerians, management of leading local drug manufacturer, Fidson Healthcare Plc, has canvassed for mass preventive action to stem the menace of the deadly virus in the country. Speaking on the theme for the World Hepatitis Day (WHD), ‘Prevent Hepatitis. Act Now’, marketing manager, Friday Enaholo, observed that the ...

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World Hepatitis Day: Annually, Viral Hepatitis Affects 400 Million People Worldwide

Hepatitis

Every year, July 28 is marked as World Hepatitis Day (WHD). It is a day dedicated to increase the global awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. The theme of this year’s  WHD is “Prevent Hepatitis. Act Now”. Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a group of virus known as hepatitis A, ...

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Curbing Deadly Hepatitis B and C

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Yinka Shokunbi LAGOS July 28 is another World Hepatitis Day (WHD). It is a day set aside by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to call attention to the deadly nature of the disease, hepatitis which primarily is one that makes the liver its focal area of attack. Hepatitis is medically known as a condition characterised by the inflammation of the liver ...

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