Thursday, 30 June 2016

Bridge Clinic Records Nigeria’s First Cryopreservation Baby

A fertility centre, the Bridge Clinic, Lagos, has recorded the first live birth of a baby boy, using the oocyte cryopreservation protocol in the country. The outcome of the process carried out in the clinic earlier this year, was a healthy baby boy called Tiwatope.

Oocyte cryopreservation is the cooling of female eggs to sub-zero temperature in order to stop all biological activity and preserve them for future use.

According to Dr Emmanuel Owie, a fertility doctor at the clinic, Tiwatope’s birth was significant in many aspects as it puts Nigeria on the global map in the practice of oocyte cryopreservation.

The doctor explained further that the mother of the infant had her eggs frozen using the vitrification, also known as flash-freezing process (the cutting edge technology in cryobiology, where the eggs or oocytes of a woman are dehydrated and the water content replaced with “anti-freeze” solution (cryoprotectants) before freezing).

The Coordinator, Corporate Communications and Client Services, Dr. Ekundayo Omogbehin, stated that with this accomplishment in fertility processes, Nigerian women need not go to foreign lands in search of fertility options.


Nurse Quits Job With A Cake

Thinking of quitting your job? Then take a cue from this nurse if you are bold enough.

Sarah Childers, a nurse in Lakewood, Washington, chose to tell her employers at Western State Hospital she was resigning with a cake.

The cake may be sweet, but Childers said the seven months she spent working at the hospital left a sour taste in her mouth.

Childers said the pay is low, the hours are long and hospital staff aren’t given enough training. She also said management spends too much time writing up employees’ mistakes and handing out punishments.

Kathleen Spears, communications manager of the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services, sent this statement to The Huffington Post:

This was quite likely the most unique ‘letter’ of resignation ever submitted to Western State Hospital. Meanwhile, we thank the 2,000 dedicated staff members who do come to work day and night because they find it both challenging and rewarding to help our patients on their journey to recovery.
One thing’s certain — Childers is definitely a contender for the prestigious title of “Person To Quit A Job In The Most Awesome Way Possible.”


Nigerian Doctors Are Poorer Than UK Cleaners

A twitter user seems sure that a cleaner in the UK is richer than a Nigerian doctor.

If this is true, then what a pity!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Gunmen Kidnap Chief Accountant of FMC Owo

On Sunday, armed men kidnapped the Chief Accountant of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, Mr. Kayode Asaju.

Asaju, who was reportedly on his way to Abuja for a meeting, was kidnapped on the Lokoja-Abuja highway and the kidnappers have demanded a N5 million ransom.

Ondo state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph said the incident occurred outside the command’s jurisdiction but assured people that they would work with the Kogi State Police Command to ensure that the victim is rescued.

..hopefully soon and safely.

LASUTH Doctors Perform 16 Successful Cochlear Implants

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has successfully conducted 10 cochlear implant surgeries for less privileged Lagosians with hearing loss.

The Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof David Adewale Oke said: “So far in LASUTH we have done 16 cases of cochlear implants, of which six was sponsored by the affected victims, while the state government sponsored ten residents.

"Out of these beneficiaries, four were adults while six are children, five males and five females. Four were adults, six are children, five males and five females.

 “It is a thing of joy that our home-grown experts carried out these surgeries successfully.”

The surgery, which is the 2nd in series cost the state government N70 million. LASUTH in 2014 in collaboration with Cochlear Foundation in Germany carried out the first–ever cochlear implantation in the country.

Monday, 27 June 2016


I saw this funny note on facebook which compared foreign nurses to Nigerian nurses.

I could not help but chuckle at the matron's part. Read the full piece below:

"If you see where a woman is giving birth abroad,even as a man, you will feel like getting pregnant.

For only one woman in Labour,You will see an obstetrician, a gynaecologist, a general surgeon, a specialist surgeon, an anaesthetist, a registered nurse midwife and even registered nurses, plus social welfare officer and so on.

And they pet women in labour That is why it is called "Delivery Room" over there.
But in Nigeria my country it is called "Labour Room".

And if you see what women go through here,You will agree that it should also be called confession and trial room.
Nigerian nurses make pregnancy look like a criminal offence.

And the worse thing is that they are everywhere Both private and government hospitals.

For instance, when a woman who is in Labour is brought to the hospital,They will throw her into the labour room and lock her up like a criminal awaiting trial. And they will go to the reception and be gossiping Or go into the Dr.'s office and be "totori-ing" Until the woman will start shouting like a goat.
And when they go to meet her is not to help her but to abuse her.
You hear things like....
" Na me do you?"
"The man wey do you no dey here oooO"
" Madam push oooO!"
"Abi u wan kill your pikin?"
" You better push now or I go leave you here ooO!"

Then the next thing is to report to Matron, Those matrons with extra extra large buttocks.
I no know wetin dey make their nyash big ooO But do you know if you don't have such an extra ordinarily extended pelvic protuberance (a.k.a.Big Nyash),You cannot be a matron in naija?.
Those matrons only have two jobs.

Sitting down in one place for hours or slapping women in Labour So when the matron is called,The next thing she does is to slap the woman in Labour And the baby will jump out with anger. (I wonder if they are not women themselves)
This practice pains me a lot,Because if you know how painful labour pain is YOU GO DEY RESPECT WOMEN AND SHOW THEM LOVE."

Do you agree with him?

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Picture of the day- Road to Life or Death?

This road leads to a General Hospital in Osun State.

Stent Retriever Improves Stroke Care and Reduces Disability

New devices called stent retrievers, which effectively reverse strokes, have revolutionized the treatment of certain stroke patients, according to an article in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics.

Eighty-seven percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by clots that block blood flow to a portion of the brain. In selected patients, stent retrievers can be used to remove such clots.

A stent retriever is a self-expanding mesh tube attached to a wire, which is guided through a catheter (thin tube). The endovascular specialist inserts the catheter in an artery in the groin and guides the catheter through various blood vessels all the way up to the brain.

Once the stent retriever reaches the blockage, the endovascular specialist deploys it. The device pushes the gelatinous blood clot against the wall of the blood vessel, immediately restoring blood flow. The stent retriever then is used to grab the clot, which is pulled out when the surgeon removes the catheter.

"With the advent of stent retriever devices, there has been a paradigm shift in the utilization of endovascular therapies for acute ischemic stroke," Drs. Gill and Schneck write.

Recent trials of stent retrievers consistently show the newer devices are clearly superior to the intravenous drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) alone in reducing disability from strokes.

Drs. Gill and Schneck foresee future device improvements that will do an even better job of restoring blood flow and increasing the number of patients who could benefit.

Loyola University Health System

Friday, 24 June 2016

FG Declares JOHESU Strike Illegal

The Federal Government, last night declared the warning strike called by the medical workers as ill-advised, adding that it is committed to the full implementation of the Trade Dispute Act.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said in a statement that negotiation was already ongoing with the unions over their demands, pointing out that embarking on strike when negotiation is ongoing, is illegal.

The statement said: “The attention of the Federal Government has been drawn to the activities of a group of trade unions operating as an unregistered Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) under the Federal Ministry of Health, which has declared a seven-day warning strike effective today, June 22nd, 2016.

“The Federal Government wishes to state unambiguously that the so called warning strike is ill-advised and in bad faith more so as the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has since waded into the matter and is in fact, in negotiation with the Ministry of Health and the affected Health unions.

“We wish to add that we are fully committed to the implementation of the Trade Dispute Act, hence, the overriding need for these unions to ask their members to return to work immediately as negotiation continues next week, Thursday, June 29, 2016 as agreed at the last joint conciliatory meeting of June 21, 2016.”

“It is important to add at this juncture that there is nothing like ‘warning strike’ as strike is strike and must follow all procedures as clearly stipulated in the labour laws. Seven days of illegal absence from work is tantamount to abandonment of work and we therefore appeal to the members of these unions to attend to their duties in the various hospitals and health establishments through the country.”

.........Let's wait and see who blinks first.

Just For Laughs!!

In a "Mental Hospital" a journalist asks the Doctor: How do you determine whether to admit a mental patient or not to?

Dr: "Well, we fill a bathtub with water and then give the patient;
(a). a teaspoon,
(b). a glass,
(c). a bucket,
and ask them to empty the bathtub."

Journalist: "Oh, obviously a normal person would use the bucket because its bigger."

Dr: "No, a normal person would pull the drain plug! Please go to bed No.39. We will start further investigations on you!"
😀😀 You also thought of the bucket, didn't you? Please go to bed No. 40 ! 😝

OAP Yaw Writes On Nigeria's Healthcare

Comedian and On-Air-Personality Yaw wrote the piece below on his Instagram page:

"I just went to the Texas Children Hospital, West Tower, 18 floor to check a friend from Nigeria whose is not a citizen but whose 15mouth old son is undergoing surgery.

"To my greatest shock he has spent like 4 months so far here. And his bill so far is $2.3m
Even if him tiff sef how many people him go rob.

Now this is the shocking thing.

He told them in the hospital that he couldn't pay such and he was advised to apply to the Charity Committee, that they would get someone for him to pay the bills, which he did and a man from no where agreed to pay up all the bill.

Ronald McDonald (the popular McDonald eatery) gave him accommodation for free, all he pays for is $25 per day to feed his wife, 2 other kids and himself, free shuttle to and fro the hospital.he did not buy toothpaste, toothbrush, no utility bill, diaper free, cloths free.

My question is why don't we have these kind of people and hospitals in Nigeria? When will our govt consider the Child as important as there pockets?

Do you know any such philanthropist or hospital in Nigeria so I can always refer people to...."

..........I don't know any, do you?

I just went to the Texas Children Hospital, West Tower, 18 floor to check a friend from Nigeria whose is not a citizen but whose 15mouth old son is undergoing surgery. To my greatest shock he has spent like 4 months so far here. And his bill so far is $2.3m Even if him tiff sef how many people him go rob. Now this is the shocking thing. He told them in the hospital that he couldn't pay such and he was advised to apply to the Charity Committee, that they would get someone for him to pay the bills, which he did and a man from no where agreed to pay up all the bill. Ronald McDonald (the popular McDonald eatery) gave him accommodation for free, all he pays for is $25 per day to feed his wife, 2 other kids and himself, free shuttle to and fro the hospital.he did not buy toothpaste, toothbrush, no utility bill, diaper free, cloths free. My question is why don't we have these kind of people and hospitals in Nigeria? When will our govt consider the Child as important as there pockets? Do you know any such philanthropist or hospital in Nigeria so I can always refer people to....
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

EFCC Arrests Consultants and Health Officials For Stealing $4M HIV Funds

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested seven officials in the Federal Ministry of Health for their alleged role in the diversion of over $4m.

The money, it was learnt, was part of the money given to Nigeria by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

A source at the EFCC said, “The Presidency directed the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to investigate the matter. We have made arrests and we are currently compiling our report. We will send it to the Presidency and then charge the suspects to court.

Global Fund, through its Office of the Inspector-General of Police, had in May issued a report in which it accused Nigerian officials of embezzling part of the fund.

It alleged irregularities such as the payment of $20m to suppliers without confirming delivery and the failure to account for $3.7m supposedly spent on anti-retroviral drugs.

The organisation added that seven out of 10 Nigerian health officials and three consultants were linked to the misappropriation of funds through inflating hotel bills, falsifying receipts, claiming expenditures for travel not made, and colluding with and receiving kickbacks from hotel operators and suppliers.

In a separate report, Global Fund noted that it had stopped disbursing funds to Nigeria.

.......and someone said greedy officials.

JOHESU Dares Buhari, Embark On Strike

Biobelemoye Josiah
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has directed its members nationwide to proceed on a seven-day warning strike.

A communiqué issued on Wednesday evening by its President, Biobelemoye Josiah, at the end of its meeting with the Federal Government at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, urged its members not to be agitated over sack threats.

It noted that “Having consulted widely with members nationwide and having shown consistent understanding since February 2015, the leadership of JOHESU hereby directs that all members in Federal Tertiary Health Institutions should proceed on a seven-day warning strike from 12:01am of Wednesday June 22 2016.

“We hereby appeal to the general public to please bear with us and impress it on the Federal Government to meet the demands of the unions to prevent the warning strike from becoming a full blown indefinite strike.

Sack, because we are going on strike? That will be laughable, especially as employed people are not students. We are employed. There is a procedure on how you employ people. And, as registered trade union, there is a procedure that would be followed before we embark on strike action.”

“We have given notice to government up to 92 days; government came up to tell us something they should have told us long time ago, trying to deny what happened, that there wasn’t an agreement to adjust CONHESS. The question is: if there wasn’t, was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation at that time, Anyim Pius Anyim, lying to us?

“If that wasn’t (the case), on what basis did they make the calculation for financial implications? So I don’t think sack is the issue, it is not that easy."

...........Awaiting the response from Aso rock.

IDPs in Bama Dying of Hunger

A catastrophic humanitarian emergency is currently unfolding in a camp for internally displaced people in Borno State, Nigeria.

For several hours on 21 June, an MSF medical team was able to access the town of Bama, Borno state, where 24,000 people, including 15,000 children (among them 4,500 under five years of age) are sheltered in a camp located on a hospital compound.

During those few hours, the MSF medical team discovered a health crisis – referring 16 severely malnourished children at immediate risk of death to the MSF in-patient therapeutic feeding centre in Maiduguri. A rapid nutritional screening of more than 800 children found that 19 percent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition – the deadliest form of malnutrition.

During its assessment, the MSF team counted 1,233 cemetery graves located near the camp which had been dug in the past year. Of those graves, 480 were for children.

MSF was told more than 30 people die daily due to hunger and illness. Since May 23, at least 188 people have died in the camp – almost six people per day – mainly from diarrhoea and malnutrition.

So sad!

Source- MSF

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Resident Doctors Resume Work After Sack Order

In a circular released yesterday, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, ordered the replacement of all striking resident doctors in the various government teaching hospitals. According to the minister, the striking doctors failed to attend their training programs despite ongoing negotiations and so their vacancies should be filled up with other doctors that have before now sent in their applications.

However, after a meeting between resident doctors and other health sector stakeholders, organised by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara in Abuja on Tuesday, the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) agreed to suspend the strike.

The Association’s leadership appealed to members to suspend the strike until they reconvene at their next meeting scheduled for July 14.

........President Buhari must have really put the fear of him God in them.

Are Doctors Bribed With Meals?

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach and doctors are afterall men with stomachs that need to be filled.

But can your doctor's appetite determine your prescription? Yes

A new study published Monday in the JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that pharmaceutical companies can subtly influence how doctors prescribe drugs with nothing more than the gift of a free meal.

The researchers analyzed the prescription records of physicians who were compensated through Medicare Part D in 2013 and cross-referenced them with data taken from the federal Open Payments Program and found a clear link:

Doctors who attended even a single industry-sponsored meal aimed at promoting these drugs prescribed them more often than those who skipped the meetings. And the more meals a doctor treated themselves to, and the more expensive they were, the more they prescribed the promoted drug.

Elsewhere, medical ethicists and watchdogs have repeatedly warned about the damaging effects that financial incentives can have on doctors’ ability to provide the best health care for their patients.

But they know the "long-throat" will NEVER

Nigerians react to the news of resident doctors sack

  • Yesterday, the media was awash with news of the Federal Government sacking resident doctors because they went on strike and although some people have said the story is untrue, many Nigerians have taken to social media to voice their opinion.
  • Below are some of the comments Nigerians wrote in reaction to the news: 
  • "USELESS GOVERNMENT's not their fault because they fly out to get medical treatment."
  • "Dear sacked doctors , do not hesitate to start injecting government officials kids with killer syringe😡."
  • "I kinda like d action taken by d govt. Resident doctors luv going on strike, hold the nation to ransom all in d name of wages and conditions of service. The fact of the matter is, all workers in Nigeria r going tru the same hardship, one union can not continue to act like demi-gods. Doctor work naa 4 humanitarian work. Who dem epp see?
  • "Buhari continues to display foolishness in abundance."
  • "The masses will eventually be the ones to suffer, shebi they will still travel out to treat their finger and those ones who are suffering from this high cost of living will continue to suffer even when they fall ill!"
  • "Ok. I'm not surprised o! Because prof has a reputation for being a ruler with an iron fist ( ask those under him when he was CMD of UCH and vice chancellor of UI). However I think dialogue should have been employed before sacking the doctors." 
  • liliegreyIt's amazing how workers in this dispensation are not free to strike. If it was Jonathan time now, everybody will b forming right.
  • signor_alegria@holarjobs plix tell them 💁💁💁
  • badassvittyThem no born Gej papa to even insinuate this thing. Una for don kill am
  • sholamiposiI don't get hw cruel these people can be. Are doctors not human??Don't they have needs?? After everything some person with no knowledge of wat humanitarian service is all about wil com nd open his/her mouth to say doctors shudnt go on strike when some of you sit in your ac tight offices doing nothing nd stil get robust take home, dnt knw why ur skill of humanitarian service don't com out then. Nigeria my country I hail thee ."
  • As for me, I really hope the sack story is a rumour because it doesn't make any sense.

Sharon Blac is Living an Inspiring Life to the Fullest

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and without any doubt, Shalom Blac is a whole lot of "inspiring"-- using makeup to share an empowering message.

As a young girl in Nigeria, Shalom and her younger sister were badly burned by hot oil.

When she was 9 years old, she was in her mum’s grocery store where she also sold fried food during the evenings. She was tired and wanted to go to sleep. Her mum asked her to sleep in the room inside but when she got there, she was scared by a cat so decided to sleep elsewhere on a table.

Her younger sister was also placed alongside on the table later on.

They both slept until they woke up suddenly after scathing hot oil fell on both sisters.

It was a terrible scene as they were rushed to the clinic but when they were told that there were no doctors on duty.

She fainted soon after…

Fast forward, it was very tough dealing with the scars. Glamour Magazine shares an experience Shalom had  –  “People began to stare at me, or look at me in a nasty way,” she recalls. “One of my neighbours, we used to play together, came in my house and when he saw me ran away crying.”

Eventually, an aunt helped the family move to the United States of America where she had numerous operations.

She was bullied and considered suicide. Eventually, she discovered makeup and today she is a successful beauty blogger.

She said, " "I love myself for who I am. I'm accepting for what has happened to me. Makeup is not the reason why I'm happy. I'm happy because I love myself."

Watch her video below:

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

FG sacks ALL resident doctors on strike

In the most outrageous move ever, the Federal Government has ordered the immediate sack of all striking resident doctors in the country.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in a document signed by Amina Shamaki, the permanent secretary of the ministry, directed Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and medical directors (MDs) of FG tertiary health institutions to fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who have “abandoned” their programme.

Resident doctors in government hospitals had declared indefinite strike on Monday over issue bordering on their entitlements.

The circular reads: “It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training program by refusing to report for training without authorisation. public service rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant.

“This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.

“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.

“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the residency training programme in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.

This sort of sack move has never been successful in the past and I wonder if this will change under our new "CHANGE" government.

5 Tips for Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Taking regular exercise is important while you are pregnant. However, do you know which activities are safe and which you should avoid? Read these tips to discover how to exercise safely during pregnancy.

Exercise is essential during pregnancy to maintain your health. Women who keep physically active while pregnant and less likely to experience issues such as back pain and tiredness. Exercise may also help to reduce your risk of pregnancy complications like blood clots and gestational diabetes. Finally, maintaining your physical fitness helps to prepare your body for labor. However, you should take precautions to make sure that your exercise regime doesn't harm you or your developing baby.

Activities to avoid 
Although many forms of exercise are safe for you to take part in while you are pregnant, you should avoid activities that pose a greater risk. High risk activities in pregnancy include:

• Contact sports like basketball, softball and volleyball
• Horse riding, skiing and any other activities where you are likely to fall
• Any exercise that risks abdominal trauma
• Activities that involve a lot of jumping, skipping or running
• Bouncing while you stretch out during your warm up or cool down section
• Twisting your waist while you are standing up
• Exercise that requires you to lie on your back for more than a few minutes
• Activities that require you to hold your breath such as underwater swimming
• Any exercise when the weather is hot and humid

Exercise in moderation 
If you are already physically active, you can usually continue with your chosen activity, as long as it is not one of the types of exercise mentioned above. You may need to reduce the intensity of your exercise, as you shouldn't allow your heart rate to rise above 140. You should also follow the signals that your body gives you, exercising at a level that feels comfortable.

If you are new to exercise
For anyone not physically active before pregnancy, as long as you get the go ahead from your doctor, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to start low-intensity exercise during pregnancy.

Walking is a good activity to start with, though low-impact aerobics and swimming are also suitable activities. Whatever activity you choose, try to aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days each week.

Join a prenatal exercise class 
Taking part in an aquanatal group or an antenatal yoga class, for instance, guarantees that the activity is suitable for you during pregnancy. Joining an exercise group for expectant moms also helps you to meet other pregnant women in your area, allowing you to meet up socially with them after your baby's birth.

Taking extra care 
While most women can exercise safely during pregnancy, you should discuss physical activity with your practitioner in certain instances. For example, if you have a history of spotting during pregnancy, a weak cervix, recurrent miscarriages or premature delivery, exercise may pose a greater risk to you. Your doctor can, therefore, provide individual advice on activity based on your circumstances.

Author Bio:
Maggie Martin is completing her PhD in Cell Biology, works as a lab tech for and administered ELISA kits in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. She contributes content on Biotech, Life Sciences, and Viral Outbreaks. Follow on Twitter @MaggieBiosource

FMC Patient Accuses Doctor and Nurse of Trying to Kill Him

An accident victim who is presently hospitalized at Federal Medical Center, FMC, Owerri, Imo State, Mr. Martin Chukwu has cried out to the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu to save his life from a couple who are a doctor and matron in the hospital.

Mr. Chukwu who spoke to Nigeria Newspoint from his sick bed, said that his persecution started immediately he was admitted into the hospital following a ghastly motor accident he had with a “hit and run” driver.

The patient asserted that after his admission into the hospital, the matron in-charge of ward II of the accident victim Maria Asodike allegedly asked him to tender a discharge request so that he would introduce him to another hospital where he would be treated.

Mr. Chukwu alleged that the hospital the matron wants to go, is allegedly owned by her husband, Dr. E. Asodike who is an orthopaedic consultant at the FMC. He said that the matron issued him with an open threat immediately he refused her request, that she would make sure that he dies in the hospital.

Mr. Chukwu, a journalist and father of six claimed that since March no medical attention has been administered on him, as the matron has allegedly connived with other nurses under her to make sure that his medical record disappeared.

The accident victim alleged that the matron and her husband, had a confrontation with him in one of the routine ward checkups and hit him in the process.

Mr. Chukwu also alleged that the matron on one of the days, brazenly disconnected the skeletal traction that was helping his bones heal.

He continued “because of lack of attention, my broken bones have been infected, smelling and detorating. My bed sheets have not been changed for three months.”

Mr. Chukwu therefore appealed to the Governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Taiwo Lakanu to come to his rescue from the couple whom he alleged want to kill him by all means.

The management said that investigation on the patient's allegation has begun with the view of carrying out justice.

Policeman pushes nursing mother, baby off Okada over N100

A nursing mother and her son were injured yesterday in an accident caused by a policeman trying to extort N100 from a commercial motorcyclist in Ondo town, Ondo State.

Eyewitness account said trouble started when a team of anti-crime police officers attached to one of the police stations in the town allegedly mounted a road block in one of the major roads.

Vanguard learned that one of the officers, in an attempt to stop the Okada rider, pulled down the boy and mother, while the motorcycle was in motion. Mother and child were rushed to the hospital, while commercial motorcycle operators staged a peaceful protest to show their displeasure over alleged incessant extortion by policemen in the town.

 However, the state police command has, however, denied the allegation of extortion by its officers. A top police officer in Ondo town said that Okada riders who were arrested had no identification numbers on the motorcycles.

Speaking in confidence, the officer added that the directive was to guide against crime in the state.

............and collect bribes.

Picture of the Day

Lmao.......Some people are clowns!

Young Lady Needs Donation For Medical Treatment

A young lady wrote this touching piece to solicit funds for her sister who's in dire need of funds for medical treatment. If you are touched, please give whatever you can.

Read her story in her own words below:

"My sister Sandra is only 29 years old. She was admitted to hospital for a simple gall bladder surgery. She was sent home after a couple of days, but when my mother sent me a picture of how distended her abdomen had gotten I advised her to return her to hospital and she was then operated on to drain the fluid.

However her stomach is still distended she's not mobilising nor eating or drinking. One of the Dr's decided she needs to be fed via PEG (this goes through the nostrils and ends up in the stomach), however the consultant overide the decision and they decided she was suitable for central line.

However a senior consultant secured the central line but in the wrong place, no consent was signed from my sister or my mother.This led to the complication of having and all the food going into the pleural cavity of her lung. They had to rush her back to theatres to correct this, they then discovered my sister has a clot due to the incompetence. And as they days went by she developed fluid on her lungs.

At present she's vomiting and not eating or drinking shes deteriorating very quickly. The hospital wants to transfer her to a specialist hospital to fix all that's basically gone wrong ASAP but it costs N6,000,000 but will not accept her for operation unless half the money is received. I am literally begging, I have never done anything like this but my sister is literally dying and i feel as though I cannot help her. If it hasn't for my nurse training my sister would've been dead because my mother is older and probably doesn't fully understand the medical terms they use to explain about my sister.

Please, please, please I need help any contribution is step forward to her having this operation.pls u can send ur donations to Sandra David 2027164615 UBA. For Friends and Family outside Nigeria, u can send ur donations by following this link"

Monday, 20 June 2016

Nigerian doctor banned from practising medicine in UK

A Nigerian gynaecologist in the UK has been ordered to repay £75,620.73 within the next six months or go to prison, after being accused of fraud.

The accused, Dr Anthony Madu, 45, is reported to have been carrying out well-paid jobs in secret while on paid sick leave from another hospital.

According to Daily Mail, the accused is reported to have been given an Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrar post at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, in August 2009 but was suspended and placed on extended leave two months later over the allegations that he had falsified his training record as well as his unsavoury conduct towards other staff members.

Dr Madu reportedly began submitting sick notes in January 2010 on three different occasions, complaining that he could not work due to the level of stress he was facing at the hospital.

Unknown to the staff of the hospital where Madu worked, he went on to earn huge sums as a locum at four other hospitals in Manchester, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Prosecutor, Christian Jowett, revealed to Cardiff Crown Court that accused also transferred £95,000 to a bank account in Nigeria.

The presiding Judge, David Wynn Morgan, disclosed that Madu will never be able to practise medicine in the UK again following his fraudulent actions.

.....But he can practise in Naija.

Traditional Doctor Uses Mirror and Calabash For Ultrasound Scan

You've got to watch this video of a tradomedical doctor using a mirror and calabash on a pregnant woman for an ultrasound scan.

Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Video Credit- Battabox

Nigerians react to President Buhari's return

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Sunday, saying he was feeling well after a two-week stay in London where he received treatment for an ear infection.

"I'm ok. You can see me inspecting the guard of honour," the 73-year-old told reporters as he arrived back at Abuja airport.

Speaking in the local Hausa language, he jokingly added: "I'm strong, If you want to wrestle with me, let's wrestle."

His return has received mixed reactions, evident from the comments below:

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Kind Nurse Saves Pensioner in Imo State

A nurse was pictured administering treatment to a pensioner who slumped while protesting the 36months pension arrears owed them by Governor Rochas Okorocha in Imo state.

God help Nigeria!

APC's Change?

One Facebook user cannot see President Buhari's change in LUTH.

Another said, "In Nigeria today, nurses are now turning to hunters simply because Babatunde Fashola the minister of power is seriously working!!

With so much darkness, I cannot see the change promised too.

Quote of the Day!!!

Free Caesarean Section in Ondo Government Hospital?

A facebook user praises Ondo state government for providing free C-sections.... I think that would truly be impressive if it is true.

Fire Razes UBTH Neurosurgery Ward

On Tuesday, the Neurosurgery ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) was razed by fire which emanated from an electrical source in one of the doctor's offices.

The fire which started around 7pm  immediately spread through the electrical wires on the roof to the whole ward covering the entire ward with thick smoke.

The neurosurgery ward had over 30 patients on admission as at the time of the incident.

A Medicalworldnigeria reporter and the ward Consultant, Dr. Udoh  were in the ward when the fire started and joined others in the evacuation of patients to safety.

The fire was successfully brought under control by the joint efforts of the UBTH, UNIBEN and Edo state fire service after all the patients were evacuated and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Michael Ibadin has ordered a full investigation into the incident.


Drinking Very Hot Beverages Could Cause Cancer

An international Working Group of 23 scientists convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has evaluated the carcinogenicity of drinking coffee, tea and very hot beverages.

The experts found that drinking very hot beverages probably causes cancer of the oesophagus in humans and that the risk of oesophageal cancer increased with the temperature at which the beverage was drunk.

“These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible,” says Dr Christopher Wild, IARC Director.

“Smoking and alcohol drinking are major causes of oesophageal cancer, particularly in many high-income countries,” stresses Dr Wild.

So letting our beverage cool down before drinking can "cool" our risk of  developing oesophageal cancer.

Stay healthy! X

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Child Theft In Nigerian Hospitals

I was very surprised when I saw this headline in Leadership Newspaper and quickly read through the interesting piece.

Acoording to the report by Leadership, several babies have been stolen from different hospitals in Nigeria shortly after delivery.

In one case, Mrs Chigozie who could not deliver through normal delivery process and had to undergo Caesarean surgery since she underwent premature labour discovered that her baby could no longer be found few hours after she was operated.

According to her, “After the Cesarean surgery, I was very weak until the next day when I regained consciousness. And that was when I demanded to see my babies, but the nurse on duty told me that my babies were alright, that I should get better first before seeking to see the babies.

“I was not myself; as if I knew something went wrong. I was thinking my baby died; if not why should the nurse prevent me from seeing my baby. After much pressure on her, she told me that their incubator was not functioning, so they kept the babies in another hospital’s incubator.

“I asked my husband if he had gone to see our babies, but he told me that the hospital management said that nobody should disturb the baby, that he was fine. They also told him that I needed to be strong first before going to check on the babies.”

Continuing, she said, “After my husband insisted on seeing the baby threatening to report to the police if they delay any further, they finally opened up, saying while they were on attending a meeting, someone came in and stole the baby.”

She added, “So, I reported the incident to the nearest police station and investigation is still in progress. But my question is this, ‘How can a human being suddenly disappear from a maternity ward just like that without anybody seeing the thieve? But only God has the final answer and I pray that He intervenes, because I’m heartbroken.

“Though the case is currently under investigation, but the worrisome question is how long will that level of impunity continue to thrive in our hospitals? Despite the presence of security personnel in some hospitals, new born babies have continued to disappear.”

A senior health officer who pleaded anonymity narrated her own ordeal in the hand of gunmen.

“It was around 2:00am on Friday when six gunmen, perceived to be ritualists, stormed the hospital located along Iyana-Ipaja in Lagos, allegedly demanding for day old babies. They dealt severely with me and some of the hospital staff members for refusing to identify a particular baby.

“They got more annoyed when they were told that no baby was available in the hospital as at the time they came. As a senior person on duty, I tried to convince them that all newborn babies had been discharged from the centre in the last couple of days, but they refused to be convinced.

“This angered them the more and they descended on the staff members, beating us while some of them were busy ransacking the place, in search of babies,” the senior health officer narrated.

This incident coupled with other gory stories of how ritualist would go at length to steal babies has left medical and security experts stunned on the type of security personnel employed to guard the hospital. Many incidents of child theft have been attributed to laxity on the part of health workers, because a good number of them who should have protected the innocent babies connive with ritualists and kidnappers to carry out the nefarious acts under the pretext that such babies died immediately after childbirth.

What a world!

Read more here.

Malnutrition in Pregnancy May Cause Hearing Loss

The Chairman, organising committee of the annual international conference of the Speech Pathologists and Audiologists Association in Nigeria (SPAAN), Mrs. Grace Ademila Sokoya, has revealed that aside hereditary or genetic factors responsible for hearing loss, other factors including malnutrition in pregnancy may play a major role in hearing disorder among children.

Speaking on the purpose of the conference, President of the Association, Professor Abiola Ademokoya noted that its time members of the public become aware of the severity of speech and hearing disorders among the populace and to learn about ways to prevent and manage them.
Professor Abiola Ademokoya

The Professor of Pathology and Audiology University of Ibadan identified some of the speech and hearing problems to include, stuttering, pronunciation problems, voice problems (where some women speak like men), infections in the ear, hereditary or genetic disorders among others.

He therefore advised Nigerians concerned about communication hearing loss, stuttering, and other forms of communication problem by their children or children around them to avail themselves the opportunity to attend the conference.

The conference with the Theme: Communication Disorders In Children: Assessment and Interventions is expected to draw experts from across the fields of Audiology, Speech Pathology and Therapy as well as ENT Surgeons, Nurses, Administrators, people living with language and hearing difficulties among several others for the purpose of sharing experiences on latest methods of preventing the disorders, care and management options as well as coping and living skills for those with hearing and speech disorders.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Why Some Parents Give Their Children Weed
Parents of children with severe epilepsy are turning to medical marijuana in a desperate attempt to find relief—and a life—for their kids as the medical community grapples with the growing popularity of an unproven cure.

The idea of using cannabidiol (CBD) on kids went mainstream in 2013, after a documentary by Sanjay Gupta, a US neurosurgeon and medical reporter, featured the story of a six-year-old Colorado girl with Dravet syndrome who had experienced a dramatic decrease in seizures while on a daily CBD oil regimen.

High-CBD cannabis oil is used commonly, and with great anecdotal success, for kids with severe epilepsy, but there are also reports of parents using it to treat their children’s autism, ADHD and anxiety.

Although CBD has met with stiff criticism from many quarters, medical marijuana advocates are quick to explain that not all cannabis products are the same; and parents of kids with drug-resistant epilepsy choose CBD oil because it’s made from strains of the cannabis sativa plant that are bred to be both high in CBD and very low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for the stereotypical “stoner” high.

Meanwhile a study just published in The Lancet Neurology journal involving 214 patients aged one to 30 enrolled showed a median 36.5 percent decrease in the frequency of seizures over 12 weeks. The most common side effects included drowsiness, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fatigue and convulsions, while the most common “severe adverse event” was the six percent of patients who experienced prolonged or back-to-back seizures.

Good or bad?-- The stigma surrounding weed will take years to erase.

Amodu Shuaibu Was Never Hypertensive Says Wife

Wife of the late Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)Amodu Shauibu, Kuburat in a new interview with the Sunday Telegraph has said her husband never had a history of High Blood Pressure, contrary to media reports which said he did.

"My husband was not hypertensive at any point, so I don’t really know what all these news reports are saying," she said.

Over the years, my husband had been battling very strongly with a Type B diabetics which was the main history he lost weight drastically as he was placed on special diet that burnt all the fat in his body. “I am shocked he died suddenly without any complaint of illness. He spoke to me on Friday evening at about 7pm and he was very fine, with no crisis from diabetics.

For the ailment, he had all the necessary drugs and he knows when his blood sugar is high or too low. If he had felt funny on Friday, he would have told me and he knows what to do to control his blood sugar. So there was no crisis, I wondered how he would just leave us like that.”

Meanwhile, Amodu’s remains have been interred in his hometown of Okpella in Edo State. Tears flowed freely as the hearse which conveyed his corpse from Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin, arrived his residence on Shaibu Amodu Street, off Okeiwo Road, Okpella residence, around 1pm. Shortly after the arrival, an Islamic prayer led by Momodu Musa, chief Imam of Okpella, was conducted, and the remains of the former coach was lowered.

Read more here.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Dr. Enabulele Slams President Buhari for Travelling Abroad

Vice-President of the Commonwealth Medical Association and former National President of the  Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele, recently criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his medical trip to London for an ear infection.

Dr Enabulele said it was a "national shame" that Mr Buhari went to the UK for treatment when Nigeria had more than 250 ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, as well as a National Ear Centre.
Dr. Enabulele
Mr Buhari should lead by example by using Nigerian doctors and facilities, and ensure government officials do not go abroad on "frivolous" medical trips, he added.

The UK had more than 3,000 Nigerian-trained doctors, and the US more than 5,000, Dr Enabule said, accusing the government of failing to address the brain drain by improving working conditions and health centres.

Mr Buhari, in a speech delivered on his behalf to the Nigeria Medical Association in April, said the government's hard-earned cash would not be spent on treating officials overseas, especially when Nigeria had the expertise.

I guess what's good for the goose is not good enough for the gander!

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 ...