Adinma: 50% of Nigerian couples experience infertility

  Prof. Brian Adinma is the President, Society of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON). In this interview with APPOLONIA ADEYEMI, he discusses rising infertility among Nigerians, some lifestyles fuelling the trend, challenges facing available interventions, among others.   What is the prevalence of infertility in the country? Infertility is a big problem in the sense that there is no couple that come together, especially among the blacks that will not want to have children. The prevalence of infertility in the country varies. Available data is mostly institution-based but varies…

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Deadly blood products on the loose

Incidence of transfusionrelated HIV and other infectious diseases are high in the country but availability of safe blood in facilities could change things. APPOLONI A ADEYEMI reports   Every day, 145 women of childbearing age and 2,300 children under-five die in Nigeria, according to UNICEF. A significant chunk of these deaths a can easily be attributed to lack of blood at the right time and place. In one hospital alone, lack of blood accounted for over 20 per cent of maternal deaths. A lot of people lose their lives as…

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Nourish yourself with pineapple (2)

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK   Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation. Pineapple contains small amount of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required in maintaining healthy skin and is essential for good vision. Studies suggest that consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the human body to protect itself from lung and oral cavity cancers. In addition, Pineapple is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like floats, thiamin, pyridoxine,…

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Minister seeks clinical audit of tertiary hospitals

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the newly appointed the newly appointed Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Directors (MDs) of federal tertiary hospitals to mbibe the culture of clinical audit of their various facilities. Also, the minister advised the chief executives to strive to create a harmonious working relationship among the management and staff of their various institutions with a view to achieving maximum performance in the hospitals. Adewole gave the advice in Abuja, on Monday, while presenting appointment letters to the newly appointed executives whose…

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… Raises alarm over food poisoning outbreak

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has alerted the public aboutfood poisoning outbreak in South Africa. In a statement, Adewole described the outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa as food poisoning caused by eating food items such as meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables contaminated by listeria monocystogene. To this end, the minister for health said, “The Nigerian public is advised to wash their fruits and vegetables properly and ensure that meat products are well cooked before consumption.” Adewole called for increased vigilance at the points of entry into the…

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Surfers face risk of drug-resistant bug

Surfers who take to coastal waters are three times more likely to harbour a dangerous ‘superbug’ in their gut than non-surfers. According to findings of the Beach Bums study, published in the journal ‘Environment International,’ nine per cent of surfers were carrying E. coli that could not be eliminated by the common antibiotic scefotaxime. he researchers also found that regular surfers were four times more likely to harbour bacteria that contain mobile genes that make bacteria resistant to the multiple antibiotics.   They said this is significant because the genes…

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Isolation raises diabetes risk

Scientists said socially isolated people may be more likely to develop diabetes than adults with closer ties to family and friends. The new study is published in the ‘BMC Public Health’, an open access, peer-reviewed journal. According to the study, loneliness has long been linked to a wide variety of physical and mental health problems, particularly among chronically ill and elderly people. With diabetes in particular, close friends and family can influence how patients eat, how much they exercise, and how well they keep the disease in check. To see…

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