‘Multiple sex partners raises cervical cancer risk’

Dr. Damilola Akinsulire is a consultant public health physician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). In this interview with APPOLONIA ADEYEMI, Akinsulire highlights factors that make creating awareness on contraceptive use for young persons necessary, why abstinence from sex during teenage years could be beneficial health wise, among other issues   What motivated you to go into public health practice? The reason why I chose public health is that after medical school, I started working in different hospitals, I discovered that a lot of people were dying from preventable…

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Higher life expectancy, communicable diseases persist

Annual Global Burden of Disease study, world’s largest scientific collaboration on population health, reveals new trends in illnesses, deaths, and risk factors leading to poor health. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI reports   Life expectancy is growing in Nigeria but the country continues to struggle with communicable diseases like malaria and HIV, as well as neonatal ailments that kill infants. Globally, countries have saved more lives over the past decade, especially among children under age five, but persistent health problems, such as obesity, conflict, and mental illness, comprise a “triad of troubles,” and…

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NPHCDA to reach 33m children in measles vaccination

Regina Otokpa Abuja The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, has called on the media to help the agency achieve its vision of vaccinating the 33 million children who are eligible for measles vaccination, during its forth coming measles vaccination campaign. Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who made the call at a one day Media Sensitisation Forum For 2017/2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign, MVC, last Thursday in Abuja, stressed that the media was crucial towards achieving a minimum target of 95 percent measles vaccination coverage and totally eliminating the…

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Graduate, 29, seeks N10m for kidney transplant

Joan Yakubu and Esther Olaifa A graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ayomade Balogun who is suffering from chronic kidney disease, is seeking N10 million assistance to fund life-saving kidney transplant. This is the second time that 29-year-old Ayomade who is also a fashion designer, is experiencing kidney failure. She first had a kidney failure in 2014 and had a kidney transplant at the Max Specialist Hospital in India. That kidney was donated to her by her mother, Mrs. Fayosaye Balogun. That kidney has failed again, prompting medical doctors from…

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NIMR begins clinical trials of Pax Herbal medicines

One factor that continues to hinder the acceptability of herbal traditional medicine in the country is its efficacy which has not been backed by scientifically evidence. All that is about to end with a new plan to subject herbal drugs to clinical trials, raising hope that indigenous natural medicine could now provide answers to common health problems in Nigeria, especially against the backdrop of skyrocketing prices of orthodox medications. The Pax Herbal Clinics and Laboratories has begun a partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) aimed to scientifically…

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Establish under-5 clinics to stem child mortality – Paediatrician

Sola Adeyemo Ibadan In order to stem the alarming rate of child mortality in the country, a former Head of Department of Paediatrics, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof Julius Familusi has advised the Federal Government to establish efficient and effective Under-five Clinics across Nigeria. Familusi gave the advice while delivering a lecture on the topic: ‘Practice of Paediatrics in Ibadan: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ organised by UCH as a part of events marking the 60th anniversary of the teaching hospital. Speaking at the Emeritus Theophilus Ogunlesi Murtipurpose Hall, South…

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Women ‘more likely to be turned off sex’

  Women are more than twice as likely as men to lack interest in sex when living with a partner, a study of British sexual attitudes suggests. It found that while men and women lost passion with age, women were often left cold by longer relationships. Overall, poor health and a lack of emotional closeness affected both men’s and women’s desire for sex. The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 5,000 men and 6,700 women, published in BMJ Open. The UK researchers said problems of sexual desire should…

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