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Depression comes to town, still the old story

Twenty-two years ago (how time flies), a multinational company introduced a new drug for the management of depression. It was the first of its kind and quite different from the

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Tales from dental clinic

My first encounter with a dentist was quite memorable. I had this excruciating toothache that just wouldn’t respond to simple analgesics and for two days or so I couldn’t chew

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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

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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

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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

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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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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