Thursday, 31 December 2015

Town Where Pregnant Women Are Left Unburied

In Olomu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, not all corpses are buried, according to their cultures and tradition.

Pregnant women who die while pregnant or during childbirth are not buried, instead their corpses are thrown into the evil forest near Akperhe-Olomu Community within the kingdom.

It is a taboo for a woman to die with pregnancy as it is their belief that if given proper burial, the dead woman will reincarnate, hence the people do everything to prevent her reincarnation.

"Deaths from such circumstances are classified as bad deaths and such corpses are not given proper burial by not being buried in the town", says His Royal Majesty, Ovie Richard L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, JP, the Ohworode of Olomu, who is also the oldest person (Okpako-Orere) of Ogoni-Olomu.

In the times of old, there were cases where new-born babies had marks of women who had died from such deaths. This is why we don't bury them at home to avoid reincarnation."

In addition to dead pregnant women, the traditional ruler adds that "when someone in a family have mental illness, epilepsy or other disease that are genetical in the family, if such a person is not treated properly or cured and he or she dies with such infirmities, it is also our belief that such people reincarnate by being born as children, and it is usually shameful to the family." Such practices, he adds, are also applicable to people who died by suicide, in accidents, or from drowning.

The ruler said Western education and Christianity have affected people's belief in the practice.  He said: "Some families, when they lose a pregnant woman, they immediately carry out surgery to remove the foetus so they can bring her home for proper burial. This is the very wrong practice that is going on now.

The late woman and her foetus are supposed to go to the evil forest. The Church has affected many practices. For instance, many who used to carry out such traditional functions like taking the corpses to the evil forest, have now become Christians and you can't get people to perform such traditional rites anymore."

He believes some of these disregards for cultures and tradition could pollute a community and cleansing activities are undertaken for seven days till a total purification and warding off of such spirits are attained.

Source- Vanguard Newspaper

Beware of Carbon Emission and Avoid Cancer!

Experts have blamed the rising rate of cancer in Nigeria on carbon emission from generators.

The announcement was made this week at an international conference on Mathematical Modelling in Abuja.

Speaking to journalists, the director and chief executive, National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Prof Adewale Solarin, said the fumes from generators are responsible for the high increase in cancer because they are carcinogenic.

He said, “If you have for instance, a whole village or a whole town, electricity is generated from one source and it is distributed to everywhere, then you can control the pollution from that point but now, it’s virtually in every building that you have generators and this is causing a lot of pollution.

One of the experts said, cancer is about to surpass HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria as 26 females die of cervical cancer and 40 women die of cancer of the breast, including deaths from prostate cancer on daily basis.

The claim by the experts is supported by the World Health Organization who previously said diesel fumes cause lung cancer and is more carcinogenic than secondhand cigarette smoke.

Diesel exhaust fumes currently shares the W.H.O.’s Group 1 carcinogen status with smoking, asbestos, ultraviolet radiation, alcohol and other elements that pose cancer risks.

To reduce your exposure to dangerous fumes, please avoid standing by exhaust pipes and gas fumes. Also, avoid operating engines in enclosed areas.

As for me, whenever I'm on the road and I notice any truck or trailer blowing thick smoke in the air, I hold my breath for a few seconds or roll up my windows to avoid inhaling the smoke. Please try it too.

Stay healthy! X

Sahara Reporters Master Register is Fake - MDCN

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has declared the medical master register published by Sahara reporters as FAKE!

The register which was allegedly issued by MDCN, was said to contain the list of all licensed and registered doctors in Nigeria, and was published by SaharaHealth, the health arm of Sahara reporters in a bid to expose quacks in the medical profession.

Members of the public were urged to visit the Sahara reporters website to check if a doctor is registered and licensed medical professionals were advised to send an email to the website administrator if they couldn't find their names on the list.

However, MDCN has published a public notice on its website on the matter and it clearly states:

The attention of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has been drawn to the publication of a fake Master Register purported to have emanated from the MDCN and attempting to inform the public of the list of licensed and registered doctors in Nigeria.

MDCN wishes to categorically disown such publication and hereby states that:

It has at no time released the Master Register to anyone, group or agency/agencies.

The only authentic Master Register resides with MDCN, as prescribed by law.

MDCN will soon create a link on its webportal that will assist the public determine whether a practitioner is genuine or not. This will consist of  the practitioner’s folio number, names, passport photograph and other security variables.

Thank you.

I'm glad  MDCN quickly cleared the air on this issue, so please disregard the Sahara reporters list.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Yay! Another Vlog

To my dear readers, thanks for checking my blog regularly and I have to apologize for not blogging yesterday. 

I was working on my YouTube video and was really tired (Please watch the video below).

But I'd really like to thank you for your patience and the precious time you spend on my blog. 

Bear hugs! X

Monday, 28 December 2015

Doctors' Quarters In Port-Harcourt Razed By Fire

News report by the Daily Post has confirmed that there was a fire outbreak at the doctor’s quarters of the Rivers State Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, BMSH in Port Harcourt.

The fire is said to have started from the last floor of the two-storey building and would have razed the entire building, but for the combined efforts from the state's fire department, as well as Shell and the Nigerian Port Authority's fire department.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the inferno but the last floor of the building was badly damaged.

To help out, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, relocated doctors at the state Hospital to guest houses in Port Harcourt and a panel of inquiry has been set up to establish the immediate and remote causes of the inferno.

PCN To Arrest Erring Pharmacists Nationwide

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria(PCN) has warned that from January 2016, all erring pharmacists and unregistered pharmacies nationwide will face the council's wrath.

The Council's Registrar, Pharm. Nurudeen Muhammed, disclosed this last week in Abuja at the End-of-Year Media Chat organised by the council.

He said the council will arrest and prosecute all erring pharmacists to serve as a deterrent to others, as well as start the confiscation of products in all unregistered pharmacy stores nationwide.

The registrar added that the agency had observed with deep regret the alarming rate at which several Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors(PPMVs) practise pharmacy with substandard and fake pharmaceutical products, to the detriment of the public.

So, the renewed disciplinary efforts are meant to minimise the hazards associated with quacks and reduce counterfeit pharmaceutical products in the market.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Motivational Quotes By Dr. Crystal

My dear colleague, Dr. Nneka is a year older today and I'd like to say Happy Birthday Zoki. I wish you many more years of success, joy and peace.

Asides being a doctor, Nneka is also a motivational speaker and writer with her own NGO for children.

When it comes to business, I can truly and sincerely say I've never met a smarter young woman and I assure you, I'm not the only one with this impression of Nneka.

She has made an impact in many lives including mine and I'm really glad to share some of her inspiring quotes with you.

If you like them, please follow her for more on instagram @thedrcrystal.

Once again, happy birthday Nneky Zoks! Hugs and kisses!!!!

"My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today"

I saw this interesting post on Nairaland which was purportedly written by a doctor, and I think it's worth sharing. Please read the post below in the writer's words (I'm not the writer):

"Tears run down my cheek as I type this. I went into the medical profession to save lives, but today I watched a patient die and I could do nothing.

It was around 11am today, 26th Dec. 2015, I was in the emergency room as the only doctor and house officer on call in a State Specialist Hospital when a Peugeot station-wagon followed by a police van drove in. They opened the doors and trunk and started bringing out accident victims.

I did a quick triage and saw that the two in the trunk were in a more critical condition, So the immediate plan was to refer the two to FMC where they have better hands and equipment to handle it. So I asked d policeman who the driver is so that the two will be rushed to FMC and he said the driver died at the accident scene.

 I ran outside to buy airtime to start calling other House-officers (HOs), but before I could return, they had dropped the two and drove off.

I called other HOs, only 2 showed up, others had travelled. To my greatest suprise, I called a medical officer who is a senior colleague in d profession, and she said I should not touch anyone till they paid. That I should infact refer all of dem. I was incapacitated, the patients were in pains, crying, calling on us to help, some already unconscious, but we couldn't help because we have an order from above.
Within 5minutes, one young lady in her early 20s died. About 10minutes later, another police van came and carried the remaining 7 to FMC.

This evening, some road safety corps came to inquire if any accident victims were brought to our center. They had retrieved the manifest from d vehicle and contacted d families of the passengers. They came with the relations of one of the patients, and when I told them one of them died, they asked for d description of d one that died and I showed them the picture of the girl that died, behold she was the one they were looking for and right there was the girl's fiance. Their traditional wedding was to be in 3days time.

I want to use this medium to call on the government to make policies that'll enable doctors treat patients in such condition. Let's save the human race."

If this story is true, I think it's really sad and this is one area health insurance can be helpful. If all hospitals have a policy that covers accident victims, then hospitals will have the resources needed to treat the patients.

It's a two-way street though, because there's also the patient angle which I'll explain in my next video.

Hopefully, our government will pay attention to this nagging problem to prevent the needless loss of lives.

Man Sexually Assaults Woman To Force Her Into Marriage

In a case of marriage-by-force, a 30 year old Muslim man from India has been arrested for kidnapping and raping his female co-worker for five days just to coerce her into marrying him and converting to Islam .

Police said the man, Engineer Syen Emad Hasan, proposed to the unnamed 27-year-old woman but she rejected his proposal because her family would not allow 'an inter-religious marriage.'

Prior to the incident, Hasan and the woman worked together at a Dell computer repairs shop in Hyderabad, India before she quit and travelled to Dubai.

When the woman travelled to Dubai, Hasan continued to harass her until she cut her trip to Dubai short so she could go back to confront Hasan in India.

A police officer, Inspector Ravinder said, 'The woman told us she was forced to talk to Hasan as he showed her photos and videos of them together in Hyderabad, and threatened to send them to her father. He also demanded that she send inappropriate photos of her body.'

Unfortunately, on her return to confront Hasan, he abducted her, locked her up in his house and took away her phone.

Hasan then took three days’ leave so he could brutalise and sexually assault her. He also threatened to continue doing so until she agreed to marry him after converting to Islam.

After four days of being brutally raped,, the woman managed to get onto Facebook and contacted her friend. The friend in turn reached out to the woman's brother who got the police to rescue her.

When police found the woman, she was locked in a bathroom in a state of shock with severe injuries to her head and face. Hasan's phone and laptop also contained photos and videos of the woman.

Weird world!

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Alariwo of Africa Seeks N26M Funding for Varicocele Surgery (R-18)

It is no longer news that ace musician, Rotimi Martins popularly known as Alariwo of Africa is currently suffering from varicocoeles and requires surgical management.

According to reports, the singer may soon appear on the popular television game show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ to solicit for funds to pay for his surgery.

Alariwo is believed to need about $130,000 which is about N26million for his treatment.

So what are variocoeles?
Photo Credit - MaleInfertility.Org

A varicocele is the result of the veins in your scrotum (the pouch of skin that holds your testicles) becoming enlarged because of the accumulation of blood in them. These veins are also called the pampiniform plexus.

A varicocele can feel like you're holding "a bag of worms" and most of the time, they cause no problems. Occasionally, they can cause pain, infertility, or shrinking of a testicle.

How do they happen?

Varicoceles may result from valves in the veins working poorly (or not being present at all). With a poorly functioning valve, blood flow can become sluggish, thus allowing blood to accumulate in the veins. This makes the veins enlarge/swell up to form a varicocoele. 


A varicocoele can be corrected either by embolization of the veins (to stop blood flow) or surgically by tying the abnormal veins permanently to prevent continued abnormal blood flow.

From my digging, both the embolization and surgery are done on an out-patient basis and the stitches  are removed within 48hours.

Also, the surgery could cost between $15,000-$20,000 (N4.2m - N5.6m); so I can't help but wonder why Alariwo's surgery is  pegged at $130,000 or N26m. It should not be that high, even when you add air tickets and all. 

Anyway, I'm just saying my piece and I wish him a speedy recovery.

200 Shops Burn In Ibadan On Christmas Day

In what can be termed a Christmas disaster, 200 shops in the plank section of Sango Market, Ibadan were gutted by fire on Friday.

According to reports, the fire started around 3pm and was yet to be put out as at 8pm.

Vanguard reports that a vehicle belonging to the Oyo State Fire Service was seen rushing towards Eleyele Water Works for a refill when it ran out of water.

An estimated N250m worth of planks and equipment were lost in the fire and the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Aisha Buhari Visits The Hospital On Christmas Day

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Friday visited Kubwa General Hospital in Abuja to distribute Christmas gifts to patients who spent their holiday in the hospital.

She used the opportunity to wish all Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year ahead, whilst urging Nigerians to remain peaceful and law abiding.

During her visit to the hospital, she met a woman who had been abandoned by her husband.

The patient, Mrs Helen Agada had undergone multiple operations after she was admitted and was abandoned thereafter by her husband,

Mrs Buhari criticized the man saying, I was not happy when I met a lady who had had several operations and her husband ran away and left her. I think men should have feelings for their wives.”

She reminded men to take better care of their wives and remain the pillars of their families.

I think it was pretty thoughtful of her to visit the hospital on Christmas day and hopefully, she'll help the woman with her bills.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas From Me To You!

Merry Christmas my dear friends and readers! I wish you a wonderful celebration filled with lots of joy and smiles.

And if you happen to feel gloomy today, just look up to the sky and smile because someone up there certainly loves you.

Have a wonderful day......XOXO

Thursday, 24 December 2015

"Chemist Manager" Lures Gay Man Home For Mob Attack

I saw this interesting news piece on a young gay Nigerian who was lured to a "chemist manager's" house, encouraged to strip naked for sex and then beaten with planks by neighbours.

The victim, identified only as Abraham, is believed to be between 20 and 22 and the attack happened in Port Harcourt on December 13.

Allegedly, Abraham met the "chemist manager" at a pharmacy where he goes to collect drugs for his asthmatic mother. They became friends, chatting regularly on phone and on WhatsApp.

Abraham told NoStringsPodcast: ‘We were only chatting as good friends until he inquired about why I was so serious with him, and if I was in love with him. I told him that I really liked him and that I felt like I was with a woman each time I was with him, so he invited me over so we could see to talk more. That was when I decided to go see him. I realized I was gay in 2008, while I was still in school, and ever since then I have found it really hard to stop.’

The chemist manager said: ‘I knew this guy was a homosexual when he started calling me frequently and constantly wanting to meet me. I actually thought he was joking until when he came to my house, and asked that we have sex. That was when I excused myself to go to the bathroom to call my friends on the phone, who mobilized friends and neighbours.’

When NoStrings reporters arrived at the scene. They found a mob armed with planks, slapping and beating Abraham while he was still naked.

The pharmacist told NoStrings they had called Abraham’s parents to inform them of the situation, and make them aware of what their child does.

Abraham's mother told reporters that Abraham moved out of the family's residence after the incident.

When NoStrings visited the pharmacy and asked the manager for Abraham’s number. He eventually provided it but told them: ‘I will need to be compensated too, after all it would’ve been worse for me if he succeeded in having anal sex with me. Whatever you are doing, make sure I also get some cash for trapping this young man for you, here is the number.’

From the report, Abraham now lives in a market with no place to call home and other gay men have been advised to be extremely cautious about meeting other men and always to meet in a public place first.



NACA - Kwara State Has Low HIV Infection Rate

The National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), has said Kwara is one of the states with the lowest rate of HIV infection in the country. NACA Chief Program Officer, Mr Tajudeen Arowolo stated this at the opening of Four-day Free Medical Outreach organised by the agency at Oja Tuntun, Boboko in Ilorin on Sunday.

Arowolo said that the North-Central geopolitical zone of the country was reputed to be the most endemic with the highest number of recorded cases of HIV. “This is because of the high cases recorded in Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “Out of the states in North Central, Kwara has the lowest rate of HIV cases and one of the lowest in the entire country”, Arowolo said.

He said counselling and testing for HIV was one of the entry points for HIV intervention, but noted that Nigerians performed low in this regard. Umoru stated that just over seven million Nigerians knew their HIV status out of over 170 million people in the country.

Woman With "Sleeping Beauty" Disease Sleeps Through Labour

24 year old woman from Birmingham, Jody Robson who is believed to have the ‘sleeping beauty syndrome’ has no memories of going into labour or giving birth to her son, as she slept through the childbirth process.
This syndrome is medically referred to as Kleine Levine Syndrome. It is a rare neurological disorder that makes its victim unable to wake up from sleep for days, or sometimes even weeks.
Jody has had series of sleep episodes, some of them being so severe that she would sleep and wake up into a new year barely realizing she had slept for too long. She said: “one moment I’ve closed my eyes, and the next I’ve woken up and its two or three weeks later. I’ve missed holidays and my sister’s eighteenth birthday because I was in an episode.”
The experience started for the first time at a sleepover when she was 12. Jody had packed her toys, sweets and change of clothes hoping to have fun, but unfortunately, she drifted off into a long sleep.
This rare disorder also leaves with bits of her memories; she has to rely on Steven, her husband to update her on what is happening in the life of their two sons.

Jody is frustrated because she is sleeping through the children’s childhood and cannot do anything about it. While speaking on sleeping through childbirth, she said: “it upsets me because I don’t remember giving birth and it’s supposed to be a precious moment. I think it’s the most upsetting episode I ever had. It gets me emotional because I missed it.”
She has high hopes that one day the doctors would fully diagnose what is really wrong with her and prescribe a medication.

Gynaecologist Says Unsafe Abortions Increase The Risk of Infertility

A Gynaecologist, Dr Adaora Ukoh, says partial evacuation of the foetus from the womb during an abortion could increase the rate of infertility in women.
Ukoh, who works with a private Hospital in Abuja, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
She said that abortions could be done in two ways; either through the use of medicines or via a surgical procedure.
The expert explained that abortion, itself, does not cause infertility in women; rather complications during the procedure put women at high risk of infertility.
According to her, studies have shown that there is a link between abortion and vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy which leads to complications that could result in infertility.
She explained that unsafe abortions could injure the cervix, causing a weakened cervix, which leads to premature opening of the cervix during future pregnancies, with associated foetal loss, thus contributing to infertility.

She added that, "Abortions could damage or leave a hole in the uterus, which might need surgery to correct for the woman to be able to conceive, thus increasing the risk of infertility."
"Inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication during an operation is also a factor associated with abortion."
She said that repeated abortions could cause damage to the cervix and increase the chances of late miscarriages.
She advised strict adherence to the use of antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor after an abortion. Ukoh said that this would help to reduce the risk of infection of the reproductive organs which, ultimately, caused infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
She warned against intercourse for about two weeks after abortion to enable the body to heal properly as well as prevent immediate conception during the healing period.
She also enjoined women to consult a specialist before undergoing any form of abortion in order to minimise complications.


Nigerian Man Invents One-Of-A-Kind Monitoring System

Chide Ohagi, a secondary school leaver from Abia state has come up with an invention in the medical field called the “Cohagi Intravenous Monitor” (CIM)  and a lighting mechanism called the "Cohagi Ever Light."

Ohagi came up with the invention to address certain issues he'd observed during a previous admission in the hospital. 

He said, "I noticed that when a patient's IV fluids finished (without the attention of the medics), the patient's blood would begin to rise up through the IV line. Medically there is no known hazard associated with this incident but the psychological hazard it might cause prompted me to create this monitor."

He added that, although, the phenomenon of blood going up the tube causes no harm, he had witnessed a situation where a patient slapped a nurse for allowing his blood go up the line.

To avoid this, the Abia State-born scientist invented CIM which will help medics monitor the process of the infusion and duly alert them when it was done.

Besides monitoring the infusion process in a patient, the invention, according the 41-year-old inventor, detects when an IV line is not properly sited in a vein.

“When blood clots on the tip of the needle the invention identifies it as a line blockage, it acts accordingly. Again, if the patient’s temperature goes higher or lowers than normal the monitor alerts the medics. Most importantly, this monitor aids a weak patient to call for assistance when the patient needs attention."

Describing how he acquired his technical know-how. Ohagi said, "Although I was not able to study in the higher institution, I later came in contact with Cleveman Institute of Electronics, Ohio in United States of America and they offered me admission to study Electronic System Engineering. The institute is not concerned with grades an applicant makes but they solely depend on the interest of the applicant to study Engineering. It was not easy for me to study in the institute due to lack of finance, I could not pay my fees so I dropped out. Later, I joined Radio Netherland because they were running a short technical programme. So, that was how I started."

He said many components were involved in putting together the CIM which is fully digitalized and took him four years to develop.

Now Ohagi is seeking the assistance of his state as well as the Federal Government to grant him financial assistance for the mass production of his invention which is estimated to cost about N153 million.

I must say his invention makes sense especially if it will prevent future slaps.... lol.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Test Your Psychiatry Knowledge

A 68-year-old black female is brought to your office by her daughter, who tells you that her mother has recently been exhibiting short-term memory loss and confusion.
For example, she has difficulty remembering how to get dressed appropriately and sometimes forgets to turn off the oven after using it.
These symptoms developed fairly abruptly. The patient’s medical problems include type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and osteoarthritis. She had a stroke last year and has residual mild hemiparesis.
A physical examination is normal except for mild hemiparesis. On cognitive testing she is able to recall only one of three words, and all the numbers are on one side on the clock-drawing test.

Which one of the following types of dementia is most likely in this patient?

a. Alzheimer’s disease
b. Dementia with Lewy bodies
c. Vascular dementia
d. Frontotemporal dementia
e. Multisystem atrophy

The correct answer is C.
This patient's history and examination meet the criteria for vascular dementia published by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Association Internationale pour la Neurosciences (NINDS-AIREN). Significant findings include cognitive decline from a previously higher level of functioning, manifested by impairment of memory and of two or more cognitive domains, and evidence of cerebrovascular disease by focal signs on neurologic examination, consistent with stroke. To fully meet the NINDS-AIREN criteria, she would need to have neuroimaging that demonstrates characteristic vascular dementia lesions.

Osun NMA Reacts To Aregbesola's Sack Threat

The Osun State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said it will mobilise every doctor in Osun state to strike should the state’s governor, Rauf Aregbesola, carry out his threat to sack striking doctors.

The striking doctors were given until December 25 to return to work in an ultimatum by Aregbesola yesterday.

Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, the NMA chairman in Osun state, said the doctors were on strike because they had not been paid since June, and that doctors in Osun state were not covered by the agreements reached by labour unions with the state government on workers receiving half salaries.

He added that, the NMA had put every doctor inside Osun state on the alert and they would not hesitate to shut down the health sector if the governor carried out his threat.

Reacting to claims that the doctors were on an illegal strike, Ogunyemi said the state government was served several notices and they had to resort to industrial action because of the refusal of the government to listen to their demands.

The doctors have been on strike since September 28 in protest against delayed wage payments and the government’s refusal to remit deductions made from their salaries, including contributory pension deductions.

More Health Troubles For Ebola Survivors

On Wednesday,  a team of researchers reported that Ebola survivors may suffer potentially blinding vision problems, hearing loss and joint pain for months post-recovery.

The experts examined 277 Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone, about four months after they were discharged, and found that: nearly 80 percent of the survivors reported joint pain; 60 percent experienced vision problems; 18 percent suffered eye inflammation that could make them blind, and a quarter reported hearing difficulties.

The new study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, is reportedly the largest and most detailed yet into the nature of post-Ebola complications, and how widespread they were.

Asides the complications, the researchers found that the higher a patient's "viral load" had been at the height of their illness, the worse the complications afterwards.

Prior to this study, the World Health Organization (WHO) had confirmed that Ebola virus may persist for up to a year in the eye or semen, and in the breast milk of women infected while pregnant.

However, the WHO website says transmission by survivors, sexually or otherwise, "appears to be rare".

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Free Lip Surgery For 100 Children - Rotary Club

A team of 17 medical workers from the US, Canada and Australia will arrive Nigeria on January 8 to perform free surgeries to correct cleft lip and palate in 100 children.

Nigerian doctors will join in the 12-day  surgeries at General Hospital, Ilorin fom January 10 to 22, supported by the Mike Omotosho Foundation and the US-based Alliance for Smiles, and facilitated by twin Rotary International districts in Nigeria and the US and Kwara State government.

Imo State Health Workers To Get 10months Salary Arrears

Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has directed that all the health workers in the state be paid their 10 months arrears of salaries including that of December. He explained that the government delayed payment to enable it resolve certain questionable allowances, as well as the issue of nonchalant attitude to work on the part of the health workers.
Okorocha  gave the directive during the end-of-the-year party organised for Government House workers. The governor stated that since 2011, when he became governor, the workers had been paid as at when due until recently when the bad economic situation in the country began to impact negatively on the finances of states’ across the nation.
He said that his love for Imo workers’ influenced his being the first governor to pay N20,000 to workers in the state’s civil service.
He said:   “The truth is that there was never a time the state government intended to owe the health workers in the state. The only thing was that the government was not satisfied with the conduct of the health workers and their poor service delivery to the people of the state, despite the huge amount being spent on the payment of their salaries and allowances."
Witholding salaries for 10months just because of investigations......hmmmmm. All the same, this is a timely announcement for a Merry Christmas!

JOHESU Faults Temporary Closure Of FMC Owerri

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) over the weekend condemned the closure of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri by the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

The union in a statement signed by JOHESU chairman, comrade Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, the vice chairman, Dr. Ogbonna Obinna and the secretary Florence Ekpebor also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis rocking the FMC, Owerri.

It stated that the decision to temporarily shutdown the medical centre by the minister came as a surprise to the entire labour leaders and stakeholders in the health sector.

The unions said the closure of the FMC was not among the options arrived at in a meeting held at the centre in Owerri on December 4, which has in attendance the minister himself, members of House of Representatives and the union leaders who all travelled down to Owerri for the crucial meeting.

The JOHESU leaders explained that after a long deliberation on how to resolve the problem, the minister and came up with two options, which include a decision that the Medical Director and her Top Management Committee (TMC) should be given a second chance and allow to stay in office, while the situation would be assessed within three months.

The union said surprisingly, the minister “discarded the peoples’ decision, and opted for the closure of the hospital, which was not an option placed before the house.”


Gay Men Now Free To Donate Blood - FDA

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The United States government on Monday lifted its 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men, saying they can now donate 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man.

The Food and Drug Administration said its decision to reverse the policy was based on an examination of the latest science which shows that an indefinite ban is not necessary to prevent transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The blood ban has been a sore point for the gay community in the U.S for many years.

Last month, Twitter Headquarters issued directives to stop blood drives in all its branches because one of their gay employees was not allowed to donate blood

And even though the updated policy seems like progress, gay rights advocates maintain that the policy remains discriminatory.

Nevertheless, this move brings the United States in line with countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand which also have 12-month deferrment periods.

Monday, 21 December 2015

First Deaf-Blind Harvard Law Graduate Is An African

Eritrean-American Haben Girma, is the first deaf-blind graduate at Harvard Law School and she is a true inspiration in every way; living proof that being disabled is certainly no barrier to achieving academic excellence.

Ms Girma was born blind in California after her mother fled Eritrea in the early 1980s.

Growing up in the US school system, she benefited from accessible technology, such as a digital Braille device - something her elder brother, who is also deaf-blind, was denied in Eritrea. 

Her academic achievements include, a “J.D. in 2013 from Harvard, and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College.” 

Now she is working as a lawyer to try to improve access to this technology and challenge expectations of people with disabilities.

Earlier this year, she met US President Barack Obama. 

Using a digital device that displays Braille characters, Haben Girma talked with President Obama at a White House ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She's really come a long way!

Nigerian Medical Student Gifts Trey Songz A Picture

A final year medical student at the University of lagos (UNILAG), Fola David, drew a picture of Trey Songz and got to give the star the picture.

I can only imagine how excited he must have felt.

Aregbesola Gives Striking Doctors 7-days Ultimatum

Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has issued a seven-day ultimatum to striking medical doctors in the state to return to their duty posts or be seen as having voluntarily resigned their appointments with the state government.

Aregbesola in a public service announcement released by the Permanent Secretary, Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr Sunday Festus Olajide, said despite series of appeals from government to medical doctors in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo and other government health institutions to show understanding, the striking doctors have remained adamant.

He said, the doctors have continued to receive their salaries in the last two months and still remain at home thus eating their cake and still having it.

The government in the statement said that any striking doctor that failed to return to work on or before the expiration of seven- day ultimatum beginning from 18th December 2015 should consider himself or herself of having voluntarily resigned his or her appointment with government.

The statement declared that the strike embarked upon by the medical doctors in the state of Osun Publiic Service ( both at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital( LAUTECH), Osogbo, and other government health facilities) is illegal, saying it does not follow due process, thereby breaching even their professional Hippocratic Oath.

It would be recalled that the medical doctors embarked on industrial strike since Monday, 28th September 2015.


Medical Records Prove Adolf Hitler Had Only One Testicle

On Saturday, German media was agog with the news of medical documents that confirmed long-held suspicions that Adolf Hitler only had one testicle.
The rumours about Hitler missing a testicle has raged for many years and at one time, British soldiers sang the song “Hitler has only got one ball.”
One school of thought said he lost his testicle during the Battle of the Somme in the First World War.

But a medical record from the time when Hitler was put in prison after the failed Munich beer hall putsch in 1923 shows he suffered from "right-side cryptorchidism" - a condition where a testicle fails to descend into the scrotum -according to Prof Peter Fleischmann of Erlangen-Nuremberg University

The  prison doctor's notes were thought to have been missing for years but reappeared at an auction in 2010, at which point they were seized by authorities.
The findings appear to contradict earlier reports that Hitler lost a testicle to shrapnel in the First World War. The Soviet autopsy carried out on Hitler’s remains in 1945 listed that one testicle was missing — although, curiously, it recorded the left as being absent.
Officially, Hitler had no biological children but some people allege that he may have had a 'secret son.'

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Mum Captures the Reality of Mastectomy in Pictures

A cancer patient who had both breasts removed in her 20s is sharing a frank image of her scars in a bid to raise awareness of the reality of mastectomy.

Mother-of-two Michelle Ross, 30, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, had the operation after being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer at the age of 25.

An image of the scars she's been left with from surgery and radiotherapy has been viewed 30,000 times since being posted on her Facebook page.  

The image shows a long scar across Michelle's stomach where surgeons removed tissue to reconstruct her breast with - a procedure known as a diep flap.

Part of her floral tattoo was also taken away in the process and she had a new belly button built. 

Michelle hopes that sharing the image will educate people and help others going through cancer, as she raises funds to pay for tattoos to cover the scars.

Be Inspired!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9

Suya Pepper Causes Cancer - Commissioner for Health

I just read a news report on ThisDay about the link between Suya and red pepper by the Commissioner for Health, Ondo State, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju.

According to the report, Dr. Adeyanju said the red pepper sprinkled on Suya is more like to cause cancer than the meat itself. 

He added that, researchers have suggested that the pepper used contains certain chemicals, which when added to the grilled meat, tends to provoke carcinogenesis, leading to gastric cancer.

On an advisory note, he said that, with the notoriety cancer was gaining in the country, it was important that people were aware of what to do and things to avoid in other to prevent it.

I found the full article quite enlightening but I could not help but disagree with the part of "red pepper being more likely to cause cancer more than the meat itself." 

In my opinion, the cancer risk associated with suya, is a function of both the meat and the pepper. And if at all one of the two should be more responsible for causing cancer, it should be the meat.

First off, meat alone, processed or unprocessed has been OFFICIALLY  linked to bowel, pancreatic and prostate cancer by the WHO.

This year, researchers also confirmed that cooking meat at high temperatures - over an open flame (as done with  Suya) or  by pan-frying could cause kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma (RCC)). The study was published online  in the journal CANCER by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. Read more here.

Meanwhile, the role of Capsaicin -- the compound that makes chili peppers spicy has been largely controversial. While capsaicin is suspected of causing gastric cancer because the highest rate of the disease was found in the those who eat pepper (e.g Mexicans), capsaicin has also been proven to kill cancer cells too without harming healthy cells.

Therefore, I think if Suya causes cancer, the pepper sprinkled on it,  cannot be more responsible than the meat itself.

All in all, it's just my opinion and in case, you missed it, please watch my Youtube video below:

Can you guess the diagnosis?

This is the Leser-Trélat sign.  It is defined as the sudden eruption of multiple seborrheic keratoses caused by a malignancy/cancer ...