Do traditional healers really know what they treat?

Some years ago, a young girl developed epilepsy and the family was thrown into confusion about what to do, considering people’s reaction.  Everyone in the village advised the mother to


‘We are winning against the AIDS epidemic but…’

World AIDS Day Message by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations * Michel Sidibé Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million

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Merck empowers African women cancer survivors

… Launches Merck-More-than-a-Patient Initiative NAIROBI, Kenya, November 2, 2016: Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced the kick off of “Merck More than a Patient,”  a new initiative

You should be dancing!

… To reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain forms of cancer According to experts, the human body is not designed to be still for a long time.

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Family Planning saves women, booms economy

  With the many misconceptions that have reduced the use of family planning methods among couples in Nigeria; thereby, increasing the deaths of pregnant women in childbirth, medical experts have

Get to know signs of heart failure

By them, any one sign of heart failure may not be cause for alarm. But if you have more than one of these symptoms, even if you haven’t been diagnosed


Wanted: Nigeria’s own Surgeon General

Like our constitution, this is one office we need to borrow from the United States of America as a matter of urgency. In the US, the Surgeon General is a


When government lives off the sick

Have you bought a drug lately? From “simple” analgesic to the complex ones for serious ailments such as cancer, asthma, diabetes or hypertension, the prices are now so outrageously out


Sordid state of Lagos FP clinics

Most facilities lack consumables for modern contraceptive procedure Some have no dedicated FP room to ensure privacy for users Some operate with old or incomplete equipment Many can’t offer implant

About 5000 Lagosians may lose homes to flood in 2016, says LASEMA operations boss

  Following the prediction by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), that high level of flood will occur in Lagos and other states this year, Head Operations and Logistics, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA),

Stroke on increase in Nigeria

Dr Biodun Ogungbo is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Director, Stroke Action Nigeria. He currently practices at Lifebridge Diagnostic Centre, Abuja. A passionate crusader against stroke, Ogungbo says incident of stroke

How Nigeria loses 800,000 U5 children annually

… Malnutrition is underlying cause in 50% of cases In Nigeria, about 12.3million children suffer from chronic malnutrition, out of which 300,000 are at risk of dying. For those that


Why we adopted Nigeria’s CDC for Africa – Amb Maiyegun

The African Union last weekend adopted the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, as one of its five Regional Collaborating Centres for Disease Control. It is part of the AU’s

How diabetes causes blindness

For the diabetics – experts say there are over twelve million of them in Nigeria – how they will control the disease to ensure that they avoid complications often associated

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Nigeria’s number 1 disease

Sam Eferaro This Week As the remains of mama Rebecca Eferaro, my mum was being lowered into the grave penultimate Saturday, some pictures and memories of her very active life

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Why men often die earlier than women

By Rsobert Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications My wife recently asked me, “Why do you assume you’ll die before me?” Her question caught me by surprise. But it’s

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More Nigerians develop diabetes mellitus foot

Caption: A Diabetes Mellitus foot Pa Emmanuel Dodoh never really paid any serious attention to his blood sugar level, least of all his feet, when he was diagnosed with diabetes

Guinea worm disease: Going, Going …

The picture of an individual with dracunculiasis or guinea worm disease, seen above, will soon be a rarity or totally non-existent on earth. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),

Thoughts for Nigerian cancer patients

Sam Eferaro This Week No matter what doctors or other experts will say, the diagnosis of cancer, to me, is like a death sentence, especially in Nigeria – and I


Facts you should know about Zika virus infection, Zika fever

What is Zika virus infection? Zika virus infection is caused by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, usually causing mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and muscle pain. The virus was

Check your toothpaste composition!

Do you know there is a colour code on your toothpaste indicating its composition? Just check now as indicated in the picture above. A green colour means the toothpast contains

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Sudden death : Watch out for cardiac arrest – Cardiologist

There were conflicting reports about the sudden death, on November 22, of Abubakar Audu, fomer Kogi State Governor and APC governorship candidate for the 2015 election. While it was rumoured

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Breakfast still most important meal any day!

• You may end up with weight gain, diabetes, other diseases if you skip it, endocrinologist says Are you one of those who think skipping breakfast is a good way

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49 per cent of Nigerian women are anaemic, experts say

At 26, Grace, a banker, could not cope with the rigours of her job. She was always weak and tired all day, making her to resort to heavy eating both

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How micronutrient deficiency ruins Nigerian children

… Several defects could be avoided through antenatal care, exclusive breastfeeding, experts say When 29 year old Vivian brought Andy, her 16-month-old boy to Medway hospital Obalende few weeks back,