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NMA Demands Improved Funding Of Health Sector

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for improved funding of the health sector to prevent diseases and boost the lives of citizens.
The President of NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, made the appeal while fielding questions from newsmen on the state of healthcare delivery in the country.
Faduyile said adequate funding and the complete implementation of the National Health Act 2014 would guarantee Nigeria’s realisation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He explained that with the Act in force, UHC would not only increase access to healthcare delivery but also make it affordable through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBSHIP).
However, he said the NMA believes there is hope for a greater Nigeria, and therefore urge all Nigerians to keep faith with the government and diligently contribute their quota to the ‘change mantra’ of the present administration.
Faduyile noted that the expiration of NMA’s ultimatum to the Federal Government to reconstitute the Council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria elapsed on Sept. 30.
He explained that the council is empowered to police and strengthen the operations of medical services in the country.
The NMA president revealed that the association had extended the ultimatum by two weeks to allow government complete the process of its reconstitution, which has reached an advanced stage.
“However, we will not accept any further delay beyond Oct. 14, 2018.
“We wish to state unequivocally, that the dissolution of the Medical Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has caused a lot of damages to medical practice in the country.

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Council Chairman’s Wife Tasks Women On Breast Feeding

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The wife of Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, pastor (Mrs)Jemima Victor, says exclusive breast feeding of children will impact in the  development of their intelligence quotient and enhance their educational growth.
She stated this in an interview with The Tide on the sidelines of the flagging- off of Breast Feeding campaign programme in Ogu, head quarters of the local government recently and assured that the campaign would be a continuous programme in the area until the women are acquainted and adapt with the practice.
She averred that exclusive breast feeding was crucial for growth and development of every child, adding that  it was key for  mothers and women  to breastfeed their children .
The Ogu/Bolo first lady opined that when the babies are breastfed with the right milk, they would be able to develop the right features God deposited in them and with a right character and attitude.
She attributed the various social vices  happening in the society today as to lack of intimacy between mother and child during the infancy stage, adding that breast feeding will bridge such gap between mother and child at the developing stage of every child.
“When you give a child the natural milk which is gotten from the woman’s breast milk, you get the best from such child. Let us stop giving our babies chemicals and  animal milk, it will make them manifest characters like  animals when they grow,” she said.
Let us breastfeed our children so that we can have generations that have been fed well and not with cow milk”, she stated.
The  Ogu first lady, was decorated with the champion of nutrition  breast-feeding of the local government area during  the programme by the representative of the Permanent Secretary, state primary health care board at the occasion .
She assured that the award would spur her tocontinue to support and sustain the breastfeeding campaign and awareness in the area, even as she called on women in the local government area to embrace the practice for the betterment of the society.
Also speaking, the Medical Health Officer in the local government area, Dr (Mrs) Loliya Koko advised women to ensure the breastfeeding of their new born babies exclusively within the first six months without water and artificial milk, adding that it will save them from infections and diseases.
She thanked the wife of the council chairman for ensuring the success of the programme in the area.

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Breast Implants’ll Not Prevent Sagging – Obstetrician

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An Abuja – based Obstetrician, Dr Dauda Adekunle, has advised women who intend to go for breast implants that breast augmentation would not prevent their breast from sagging.
Adekunle gave the advice in interview with newsmen last Monday in Abuja.
According to him, women who believe breast  augmentation will correct sagging breast should have a rethink, because they will also need a breast lift in addition to the breast augmentation.
“You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed, you might need a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help restore your breasts’ appearance,” he said.
He said that breast implants were not guaranteed to last a lifetime, stating that the average life span of an implant was 10 years.
“Implant rupture is a possibility, also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look,” he said.
The obstetrician also stressed that these issues would likely lead to more surgeries.
“You might need an MRI scan, which is a recommended routine monitoring with MRI after three years”, he noted.

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WHO Considers Two Of Four Ebola Drugs More Effective

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.
WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 20, 2018.
The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.
ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials. During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.
As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organisations.
Although the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.

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