Agan: Our health sector needs some peace

Professor Thomas Agan is the chairman of the Committee of Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals in Nigeria. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), in this interview with CLEMENT JAMES, discusses the impact of incessant strikes and the neglect of care services in public facilities   What should be the long term development plan for public hospitals? For us here at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), our strategic development plan for the next five years is being developed. We…

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Combating rising cases of pneumonia

With more Nigerian children losing their lives from pneumonia, a preventable medical condition, experts said increasing immunisation coverage will cut vaccine-preventable diseases. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI and ESTHER OLAIFA report The World Health Organisation (WHO) commemorated the World Pneumonia Day last Sunday, bringing to the fore the huge pneumonia burden facing Nigeria and its populace. A report released by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) to mark the 2017 World Pneumonia Day, revealed that in Africa, Nigeria accounts for the highest number of pneumonia deaths in children, accounting for 25 per cent…

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Nuts linked to lower risk of heart disease

People who regularly eat a variety of nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or never eat nuts, a U.S. study suggests. According to the findings of a study published online in the ‘Journal of the American College of Cardiology,’ compared to people who rarely, if ever, ate nuts, people who had one 28-gram serving of nuts at least five times a week were 14 per cent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 20 per cent less…

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Ambode: Let’s join hands to fight quacks

  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has called on graduates of health institutions in the state to join hands with government to checkmate the activities of quacks in the health sector by professionally utilising the training they received while in schools to effect better change. The governor gave the advice in Lagos on Monday at the 3rd graduation ceremony of the Lagos State College of Health Technology, Yaba. Represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat OlurantiAdebule, the governor noted that the health sector is too critical to human existence and should not be…

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Bringing back mushrooms in community settings (3)

I have attended many seminars and workshops where I was taught that people need money in order to eat a balanced diet, and that if you give poor people money, they will eat good food. Armed with such foreign-made academic knowledge, I went to work among the poor men and women in a rural community in Nigeria. And they taught me another set of lessons, more realistic and more down-to earth. Here are some of the lessons: • Do not give the people what they do not ask for: Some…

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TMP, scientists seek synergy in care delivery

  Stakeholders of traditional medicine are advocating for synergy between the traditional medicine practitioners and scientists for the effective development of African traditional medicine. The Former Chairman of the Traditional Medicine Board in Lagos State, Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi who is one of the stakeholders pushing for the synergy, confirmed that it could be effective if top government officials could put certain things in place including proper policy, relevant law and adequate funding to ensure the synergy,” adding that anything short of that cannot move traditional medicine practice forward. According to…

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PharmAccess builds capacity for Lagos health insurance

With the sliding quality in health care provision across the federation, PharmAccess Foundation recently trained some staff under the Lagos State Quality Champions initiative, that would mann the mandatory Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme (LSHS). The workshop was organised to strengthen the capacity of the State’s Quality Champions to support improvement efforts of healthcare facilities empanelled under the mandatory Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme. Participants at the one-week Quality Assessor training were drawn from various units and department within Lagos State Ministry of Health, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency…

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