P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Living http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:27:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Over 6m Nigerians live with diabetes, say Experts http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-6m-nigerians-live-with-diabetes-say-experts/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-6m-nigerians-live-with-diabetes-say-experts/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:58:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219806 Diabetes

Mr Peter Ujomu, Executive Director, Health Matters Inc, on Friday said that an estimated six million people were living with diabetes in Nigeria.

Ujomu made the assertion in an interview with NAN on the sidelines of activities marking the 2014 World Diabetes Day (WDD) in Lagos.

NAN reports WDD is a day set aside by the International Federation for Diabetes to increase the awareness about diabetes.

WDD is marked annually on 14 November, and the 2014 campaign marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.

Ujomu said: “The number of people with diabetes may be on the increase because there are so many predisposing factors that are all over the place.

“Like every other statistics in Nigeria, there is always controversy about the number but right now, we believe about six million people are living with diabetes in this country.

“Some of the factors are the kind of foods we eat; culture, lifestyle and other things that happen to us.

“These are all signposts of an imminent danger in the increase of the number of people living with diabetes”.

According to Ujomu, there is need to expand the message horizon by talking to communities as almost half of the people with diabetes remain undiagnosed.

“For this year’s WDD, we had a walk, which is about sensitisation and awareness creation and over 500 people were screened.

“At our level, all we are doing is education, testing, making sure that people know their status and encouraging early treatment.

“Internationally, stem cells are being developed for all kinds of ailments but we do not have any proof of that yet in the country,” he said.

Dr Afoke Isiavwe, Medical Director, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lekki, Lagos, said, that “Diabetes often times has no symptoms and by the time most people realise it, the cost of treatment and management becomes high.

“Majority of people who have diabetes are between the ages of 40 and 59 years. But again, the younger age groups are getting diabetes now, especially as a result of feeding habits and lifestyles.

“Eating healthy breakfast will help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Healthy breakfast should consist of water, green vegetables, fruits, nuts and cereal.”

Dr Paul Amaze, a Consultant Endocrinologist, said that there were different types of diabetes.

“There are different types of diabetes such as Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes and a few others. The Type 2 Diabetes is common and affects the older people.

“The predisposing factors to Type 2 Diabetes include obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, advancing age, strong family history, hypertension and western diet.

“Younger children usually have the Type 1 Diabetes. We also have Gestational Diabetes, which is found in some women during pregnancy. Constant exercise and healthy diet are the only ways to prevent and manage diabetes,” he said.

Amaze urged Nigerians to be careful with their feeding pattern.

“We should watch what we eat. Avoid too much intake of fatty and oily foods, smoking, alcohol, carbonated drinks as well as sugary food and drinks.

“Exercise regularly to burn calories and keep fit always; by so doing the rate of diabetes would be reduced.

“ Nigerians should be conscious of regular checkup to enable early treatment and management of positive cases.

“The rapid test for the check takes less than five minutes to be done,’’ he said.

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Over 500, 000 visitors expected at the Port Harcourt Carnival 2014 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-500-000-visitors-expected-at-the-port-harcourt-carnival-2014/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-500-000-visitors-expected-at-the-port-harcourt-carnival-2014/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:24:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219751 L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo during Carniriv 2014 unveiling

L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo during Carniriv 2014 unveiling

An estimated number of over Five Hundred Thousand carnival lovers and participants are expected in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, for the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival, making it the biggest carnival brands in Africa.

Speaking during an interaction with journalists in Port Harcourt, the Director General of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Dr Sam Dede announced that the 2014 edition of the carnival, set to hold from 14–20 December, will outstrip other carnivals both in scope and size with participants and tourists drawn from Europe, Americas and the Caribbean joining their African counterparts for the one-week fiesta.

Dr. Dede assured that security will be top on the agenda of the Rivers State Government while stressing that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, also known as the Port Harcourt Carnival, will go down in history as one of the best organised with new innovations such as the introduction of the Miss Carniriv Beauty Pageant, the launch and deployment of the biggest state-of-the-art performance stage; and increased exposure for local artists to perform on the same stage with international stars.

Dr. Dede also told journalists about the value-added marketing opportunities that companies and corporate bodies can avail themselves as participants in the carnival. “We have opened up the carnival for commercial exploitation from interested corporate bodies by packaging at lease twelve signature carnival events into stand-alone brands for category sponsorships. Each category sponsor is entitled to multiple levels of commercial and non-commercial exploitations such as publicity, speaking opportunities, branding, the distribution of company literatures/souvenirs and other levels of corporate canvassing. The carnival is also up for headline sponsorship with innumerable value propositions already lined up for the sponsoring brand,” he added.

Dr. Dede, an award winning Actor and Theatre Arts lecturer also said that a cocktail of incentives await carnival lovers this year as His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has insisted that the carnival is deployed as an empowerment platform for local artists and Micro, Small and Medium scale enterprises to connect with their fan base and clients alike and improve their business fortunes ahead of the Xmas and New Year seasons.

Chairman of the Board of Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, RSTDA, Deacon Vincent Erinwo, assured that the RSTDA will judiciously expend every fund released by the government for the purpose of the carnival while reiterating that the carnival is a project that is dear to the heart of the people of the state.

“We at the RSTDA, have being given a matching order not only to put the scare funds to the best use but to also seek for sponsorship and collaboration from both corporate and non-corporate organisations to make the carnival a self sustaining annual exercise in line with the vision of the state government,” he said.

Deacon Erinwo also promised that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival, which is themed as the One Love, One People edition, will be remembered for its organisation, audience management and satisfaction. “We will exceed the expectation of our guests and indigenes alike with the quality of world class performers and chart toppers that will grace our events for one week. I will urge interested carnival lovers from both far and near to make early preparations in terms of visa secure and other travel arrangements in order to witness the world-class fiesta that awaits them from the 14th to 20th of December this year,” he said.

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Nigerian Sex Workers Explore Social Media http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/14/nigerian-sex-workers-explore-social-media/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/14/nigerian-sex-workers-explore-social-media/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:08:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219647 Eromosele Ebhomele

For many commercial sex workers in Nigeria, the internet has become a blessing as it is increasingly becoming a major avenue for them to meet clients and patrons.

P.M.NEWS findings show that the prostitutes majorly use social media including Twitter, Facebook, Eskimi, Twoo, Tango, Blackberry Messenger and 4clique to advertise themselves to likely patrons either directly or through agents.

While some of these media like Eskimi, Twoo forbid members from uploading and displaying nude photographs, others including Facebook, BBM and Twitter do not really give their members such restrictions apart from emphasising its rule against infringement of privacy.

“Some of these social media afford us the opportunity to display some of our assets to attract guys like you,” one of the girls on Twitter, who later gave her name simply as Bisi, a resident of Egbeda, told our correspondent, who had posed as a client.

“The use of social media is even better because some men are very shy to approach a lady physically. Some are also very scared of going to brothels. But on social media, they are bolder and encouraged to speak their minds because it is just like a blind date where they are not physically with the woman,” the 30-year old Bisi added.

File Photo: Sex workers protesting against discrimination

File Photo: Sex workers protesting against discrimination

She, like many of her colleagues, have adopted a strategy to make it easy for them to meet with a client for sex over an agreed fee.

“What we do now is to come together-maybe three of us-and rent an accommodation where men visit us and have fun. But before then, we would have agreed on a fee.

“We fix the appointment after making sure it would not clash with those of our roommates. We either also give the impression that we are sisters or friends when our customers visit,” she said, adding that in the alternative, they would visit the “customer” at home after his assurances that it is safe to do so “or hang out somewhere else if the customer has enough money for entertainment and getting a room.

“I think it is more economical that the customers visit us, do what they want and pay rather than getting a venue and spending more for short time,” she said asking our correspondent which of the options he wanted.

On Eskimi and Twoo, the ladies are free to give details about themselves, their stature, marital status, number of children where applicable, and what they want from their likely catch.

P.M.NEWS finding showed that while some on these media are genuinely searching for love, others are there to date and flirt as found on some profile messages.

A 32-year old mother of two, who registered her profile as Victoria, told P.M.NEWS in an online chat that her husband left her and the children for another woman.

“Since then, I have been made to cater for the children and their education. He does not care and I can’t just allow the children suffer.

“You also know that it is difficult to find a man that would marry a woman who has two children when single ladies are even finding it increasingly difficult to get a husband.

“Instead of going about the streets to beg, the best thing is to make myself available to men who can afford it. That could help me take care of myself, the children and my rent,” she confided in P.M.NEWS.

Abuja-based Chidinma, who plies her trade on Twoo said she is not cut out for men lesser that 30 years, stressing that many of them are still children who do not know how the “sex business” operates.

“I can only date you if you are married. I go out with only married men and on exceptional cases, with spoilt children of wealthy men in Abuja,” she said.

She told our correspondent that she lives with two other ladies in a two-bedroom flat and that through the business, she now has a car and has been sponsoring two of her younger brothers through school.

Philomena, a 28-year old woman from Akwa-Ibom, who does ‘business’ majorly on Twitter explained that she had come to Lagos at the age of 15 to serve as a house help. She then graduated into prostitution at age 20, adding that since then, the business has paid off.

“I ran away from my the family I was serving as house help after the woman’s husband continuously tormented me with sex till the day my madam caught us.

“I then joined a group of girls in a brothel in Iyana-Ipaja and after a year, I was not meeting my expectations. So I started joining girls to seek customers around major streets.

“But since someone introduced me to Twitter, things have changed. I have been getting more clients than when I was at the brothel. I now live in a rented apartment, but I select the type of people I bring into my apartment,” she said, adding “I am just giving you details of myself because I like you and I believe you are a serious person.”

P.M.NEWS finding revealed that women are not the only ones who pass through agents. Men are also part of the group.

However, those who seek to be linked up through agents include men in search of sugar mummies, adult women in search of younger men for sexual relationships and men in need of young ladies.

These agents demand particular amounts for the different services.

For example, to register for a sugar mummy on Mature And Rich Sugar Moms And Dads Hookups, one is expected to pay the sum of N3,000 while belonging to the BBM group costs just N500 through recharge cards.

While defending this business strategy, one of those who told P.M.NEWS that he had patronised some of the women through social media, said it was more economical and “it brings the two of you close even before you finally meet each other and it affords you the opportunity to know more about the kind of woman you want at that particular period.”

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Navy School Bans Students From Solat http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/08/navy-school-bans-students-from-solat/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/08/navy-school-bans-students-from-solat/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 10:36:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218963 Harrison Iyoha

File Photo: Nigeria Navy School

File Photo: Nigeria Navy School

Barely weeks after a court in Lagos upheld the ban of Hijab in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos, the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State has banned Muslim students from observing solat (prayers).

The affected prayers are solatul magrib and Ishai, which the school Commandant, Lieutenant Arukwe claims falls during the evening prep. Not only that, we were reliably told that the ban, which has been described as a violation of Muslims’ right to worship by the parents, has extended to other prayers (subh, zuhr and asri).

Some of the Muslim students, we learnt, are no longer praying since the Commandant issued the directive weeks ago.
According to one of the students who pleaded not to be named, “our Commandant has stopped us from praying in the school Mosque. She said our school is a military and not a missionary school. If she must allow us to pray, it’ll only be on Fridays, just as the Christians pray on Sundays. She said praying five times everyday affects the school activities.

“The school is over 20 years old and such a thing has never happened, until this woman came with her anti-Islam policy. The school built the mosque for us to worship at the appropriate time. The Directorate of Islamic Affairs recognises mosque, that’s why they appointed an Imam for us.”

When contacted an official of the school who also pleaded not to be quoted because he was not authorised to speak to the media said: “Nobody was been banned from praying in the mosque. They pray four times a day and their chaplain (Imam) said that the fifth one, which falls within the time of prep, is just an admonition and not compulsory. That’s why the students were stopped from attending admonition since it affects the activities of the school slated for that period.”

Another official of the school told our reporter on phone that the matter has been resolved.

“We are even the ones pushing them to go and pray because we believe nobody can achieve anything in this life without backing it with prayers.

“We’ve invited the Imam, and we’ve agreed to shift the last prayer (ishai) time till after prep, which ends by 9:30pm. By then, they can observe their prayers.”

Meanwhile, some aggrieved parents dismissed the claim that the matter has been resolved, saying it’s far from the truth. In a chat with P.M.NEWS Campus Square, a parent lamented: “This is wickedness! What kind of directive is that? My son has not prayed for five days, in a school that has a big mosque.

If she claims that the night prayers clash with prep times, what about morning and afternoon prayers? This is a violation of our right, and the Directorate of Naval Education must hear about it.”

Another parent told our reporter that “Everybody knows that Muslims pray five times a day, even Christians too are aware. Why would the Imam tell her that solatul ishai is not compulsory? Obviously, she’s lying. The truth is, she ordered the ban because it falls within the time of prep.”

The Secondary School was founded in 1990, and it is a full boarding school for boys only.

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Murray becomes ambassador for WWF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/06/murray-becomes-ambassador-for-wwf/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/06/murray-becomes-ambassador-for-wwf/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:35:34 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218762 Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was announced as a global ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday.

Murray has lent his support to the WWF’s fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade and will help to raise awareness through an initiative in Nepal that trains dogs to track down poaching activity within Chitwan National Park.

Tigers, rhino and elephants are all under threat in Nepal due to poaching for animal parts.

In honour of Murray’s support, a puppy which is part of the sniffer dog training programme, has been named after the 27-year-old Scot.

Murray, who is well known for his love of dogs, said: “I’ve followed WWF’s work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and have been looking for a way to support the campaign.

“I think it’s incredibly important that this trade is prevented and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect venture for me to get behind.

“I know from my own dogs how clever they can be and it’s fascinating how these sniffer dogs communicate with their handlers.”

Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is currently preparing for the ATP Tour Finals, which get underway at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday.

The world number six has been drawn in the same group as Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

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Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/01/hello-kitty-celebrates-40th-birthday/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/01/hello-kitty-celebrates-40th-birthday/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:53:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218146 Hello Kitty (L) and her twin sister Mimmy (R) celebrate in the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary parade

Hello Kitty (L) and her twin sister Mimmy (R) celebrate in the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary parade

Hello Kitty, Japan’s global icon of cute, marked her 40th anniversary on Saturday with a human-size version of the feline character regaling fans at an upscale Tokyo department store and a theme park.

The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over, began her birthday as a one-day manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district.

Clad in pink from head to toe — including a child-like bow — a human-size Kitty showed up at an in-house meeting at the store, drawing cheers and applause from a horde of employees.

As she bowed, the employees bowed.

The mouthless character did not speak but waved and struck poses, sending many on the floor blurting out “kawaii!” (Japanese word for cute).

As the store opened, she greeted the first wave of customers, many of whom hugged the character and posed for pictures.

Kitty, dubbed the eternal “girl” by her creator, also celebrated her birthday with fans at Sanrio Puroland, a theme park west of Tokyo.

Surrounded by hundreds of fans, she made dance performances with other characters including her twin sister Mimmy.

On the other side of the Pacific, a Hello Kitty Convention in the Little Tokyo district near downtown Los Angeles has opened for a four-day run through the weekend, expecting to draw some 25,000 fans.

The first merchandise with Kitty was a coin purse launched in Japan in 1975.

She now appears on more than 50,000 products in 130 countries and territories — including a dress made for pop diva Lady Gaga.

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What You Are Eating, Could Be Killing You http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/what-you-are-eating-could-be-killing-you/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/what-you-are-eating-could-be-killing-you/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:47:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218110 Every one of us make life critical decisions each day. With each meal, we are determining our short term and long term mental and physical health. With every single mouthful of food, our health is going in one of two ways. Either getting closer or further away from good health. “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health,” says Hippocrates.

Our food menu these days is so exotic that one would think we do not have local natural dishes anymore. We now feed our children on junk food. Yet, we have grains like beans, maize and guinea-corn with which we can make a delicacy. We also have rice, yam, potato, plantain, fruits and vegetables which can be grown with organic manure.

Unfortunately, Western diets and lifestyle is what most people prefer nowadays and that is what is gradually destroying us. Let’s join hands to bring back living food for our people and jettison this modern diet that consists mainly of no substantial nutritional element, they are processed foods that are often laden with refined-sugar and artery-clogging fats. Is it any wonder that the serious diseases that plague the country today can be prevented and reversed by simply eating the right food?

By replacing artificial food with natural food, you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to renew its living cells. And that means your body will be healthier, and more powerful, no matter your age.

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true it is? Simply put, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. Food affects all of our cells, and by extension, every aspect of our being: mood, energy levels, food cravings, thinking capacity, sex drive, sleeping habits and our general health. If you feed your body junk food it will simply lay down sick, lower your energy, even your brain power.

The continuous use of chemicals such as growth hormones, drugs and steroids in livestock production is risky. Instead, we should strive to use natural food ingredients to raise healthy and safe farm animals for eating.

Prince Arinze: grasscutters are also natural nourishing source for meat

Prince Arinze: grasscutters are also natural nourishing source for meat

Organic products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic plant-based food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or bioengineering. They are free of additives, chemicals or genetic manipulation.

Processed food has a bad reputation as a fake and diet saboteur. It’s blamed for our nation’s obesity epidemic, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Processed food refers to foods that are packaged in containers, boxes, cans, bottles or bags. In addition to going through many complex processing steps, processed foods often contain additives, artificial flavourings and other chemical ingredients.

Diseases prevention and cure is not outside what we eat and how we live. Personal responsibility for personal health, that’s the 21st century way. Proactive for health rather than reactive to disease. Disease is painful, activity limiting, and costly. That’s why eating the right food will become as routine as checking your credit card balance. Why? Because it can help you be an active participant in your personal health process.

God has already given us the right food to nourish our bodies in Gen: 1-29. People that follow diet consisting of organic-based food, which are the basis of any healthy diet, will find it easier to maintain a healthy body, and will live a healthier life due to their food choices.They are more likely to buy and consume local, organic food, which is significant for many people worried about the rise of genetically modified organisms present in a lot of the mass produced food now found in the local food market.

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We utilize the efficacy of enzymatically alive God’s original diet in preventing and reversing illnesses. By showing people how simple diet and lifestyle changes can, in most cases, help a person restore their health and stop future sicknesses, while extending their years.

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Carniriv 2014 will be best carnival ever, says Sam Dede http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/carniriv-2014-will-be-best-carnival-ever-says-sam-dede/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/carniriv-2014-will-be-best-carnival-ever-says-sam-dede/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217888 L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo all of RSTDA

L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo all of RSTDA

The Director General and CEO of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Dr Sam Dede has said that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival is set to go down in history as the most colourful and memorable carnival event ever witnessed on the African continent in recent times.

Dede, an award winning actor and lecturer, gave the hint at a media interactive forum held in Port Harcourt to announce the 2014 edition of the carnival which is scheduled to hold from the 14 to 20 of December in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to him, an estimated number of over five hundred thousand participants made up of residents, tourists, fun lovers and representatives of corporate bodies will converge in Port Harcourt during the one-week long carnival, with daily business exchanges running into several millions. He also revealed that the carnival is repackaged to deliver value and cement Port Harcourt’s reputation as a foremost tourist city in Africa.

“Because of the traditional high influx of carnival lovers to our city during our annual showpiece event, we have put in place adequate security measures to ensure the protection of lives and property during the entire duration of the carnival. We are also working with other stakeholders in the health and other key sectors to ensure that we create a conducive environment for our visitors,” Dede said.

Deacon Vincent Erinwo, Mandy Stewart of the Treasure Base Band and Chris Anani of the RSTDA at Carniriv press briefing

Deacon Vincent Erinwo, Mandy Stewart of the Treasure Base Band and Chris Anani of the RSTDA at Carniriv press briefing

He also spoke about the technical innovation of the 2014 edition of the carnival. “This year, we are set to introduce our state-of-the-art performance stage spanning 140 feet and reputed as the biggest of its kind in Africa. The stage has the capacity to hold a large collection of performers at once and withstand heavy duty
equipments and stage accessories. The stage will also be deployed for the first time for the benefit of sponsors in the areas of branding and related purposes,” he explained.

In response to media enquiry, Dede provided insights to the commercial opportunities available for the 2014 edition of the Port Harcourt carnival. “We have opened up the carnival for commercial exploitation from interested corporate bodies by packaging at least 12 signature carnival events into stand-alone brands for category
sponsorships. Each category sponsor is entitled to multiple levels of commercial and non-commercial exploitations such as publicity, speaking opportunities, branding, the distribution of company mementos and other forms of corporate canvassing,” he said.

Chairman of the Board of Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, RSTDA, Deacon Vincent Erinwo assured that the RSTDA will judiciously expend every fund released by the government for the purpose of the carnival, reiterating that the carnival is a project that is dear to the heart of the government and people of the state.

“We at the RSTDA have being given a matching order not only to put the scare funds to the best use but to also seek for sponsorship and collaboration from both corporate and non-corporate organisations to make the carnival a self sustaining annual exercise in line with the vision of the state government,’ he said.

Deacon Erinwo also promised that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, which is themed as the ‘One Love, One People’ edition will be remembered for its organisation, audience management and satisfaction.

“We will exceed the expectation of our guests and indigenes alike with the quality of world class performers and chart toppers that will grace our events for one week. I will urge interested carnival lovers from both far and near to make early preparations in terms of visa secure and other travel arrangements in order to witness the world-class fiesta that awaits them from the 14th to 20th of December this year,” he said.

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Health benefits of milk under scrutiny http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/217754/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/217754/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:09:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217754 Milk: still beneficial?

Milk: still beneficial?

For centuries doctors and nutritionists have recommended drinking lots of milk to strengthen one’s bones and boosting one’s health. Now, the centuries-old beliefs are being challenged in a new study.

A study in The BMJ medical journal Wednesday said Swedes with a high intake of cow’s milk died younger — and women suffered more fractures.

The findings may warrant questions about recommendations for milk consumption, although further research is needed, its authors said, as the association may be purely coincidental.

A Swedish team used data taken from 61,000 women aged 39-74 and monitored for about 20 years, and more than 45,000 men aged 45-79 followed for 11 years.

The volunteers gave details about diet and lifestyle, body weight, smoking habits, exercise frequency, education level and marital status.

By the end of this long study period, 25,500 of the group had died and 22,000 had suffered a fracture.

Higher milk intake was not accompanied by a lower risk of fractures but “may be associated with a higher rate of death”, the study said.

Among the women, 180 per 1,000 in the group which drank three glasses of milk or more a day died during a 10-year period, compared to the group average, independent of milk consumption, of 126 per 1,000.

Among those who drank a glass or less per day, the rate was 110 per 1,000, co-author Karl Michaelsson of Uppsala University told AFP.

The figures for hip fracture was 42 out of 1,000 women who drank a lot of milk, 35 per 1,000 on average, and 31 per 1,000 of women who drank the least milk.

“Women who consumed three glasses or more per day had a 90 percent higher risk of death, 60 percent higher risk of hip fracture and 15 percent higher risk of any fracture compared to those who drank less than a glass,” said Michaelsson.

For men, the difference in death rate was less pronounced: 207 per 1,000 among the three-glasses-a-day group over 10 years, 189 per 1,000 on average, and 182 per 1,000 among low consumers. There was no difference in fracture rates.

“The higher risk of mortality was evident with all types of milk: full-fat, half-fat and skimmed milk,” Michaelsson added — and started from a daily intake of about two glasses of milk.

At a lower consumption of half a glass to one glass per day, “there was a tendency of slightly reduced hip fracture risk” compared to zero intake, but the same was not true for mortality risk.

The team found that fermented milk products like cheese or yoghurt were associated with lower mortality and fracture rates, particularly in women.

One reason, the authors speculated, is that milk, but not cheese, is high in D-galactose, a type of sugar that in animal studies was shown to hasten ageing and shorten lifespan.

The researchers said it was impossible to draw any conclusions or make recommendations on milk consumption until further work is carried out.

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In Pictures: Fayose showcases Glitzy life of ex-governor Fayemi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/24/in-pictures-fayose-showcases-glitzy-life-of-ex-governor-fayemi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/24/in-pictures-fayose-showcases-glitzy-life-of-ex-governor-fayemi/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217242 Governor Ayodele Fayose has opened the interior of the new Ekiti Government House to the cameras, to show the world the ‘expensive’ taste of his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi.

Among the items on show were the beds for the ex-governor and his wife that the new governor said cost the state N50million.

The governor also complained about the overall cost of the lodge, which he put at N3.3 billion.

You be the judge yourself whether the old governor went overboard in furnishing the state house.

Outside: the government house in Ado Ekiti

Outside: the government house in Ado Ekiti

ex-governor Fayemi's bedroom

ex-governor Fayemi’s bedroom

Erelu Fayemi's bedroom

Erelu Fayemi’s bedroom

A wardrobe area

A wardrobe area

A wine shelve

A wine shelve

an inner sitting room

an inner sitting room

A main sitting area

A main sitting area

.Photos: Courtesy of Premium Times

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6.4m Nigerian adults are exposed to tobacco smoke – Senate http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/16/6-4m-nigerian-adults-are-exposed-to-tobacco-smoke-senate/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/16/6-4m-nigerian-adults-are-exposed-to-tobacco-smoke-senate/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:31:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216203 Senate President, David Mark

Senate President, David Mark

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP-Delta) said on Wednesday that statistics had shown that about 6.4 million Nigerians were exposed to tobacco smoke in restaurants while 5.6 per cent used its products.

This was announced by Okowa at a public hearing to consider the harmonised National Tobacco Control Bill (Senate Bill) 2012 and 2014 Executive Bill.

Okowa, who attributed the statistics to the 2012 Global Adult Tobacco Survey, further disclosed that about 600,000 people die annually globally from second hand tobacco smoke.

He said it was in view of the alarming negative effect of tobacco on peoples’ health that the Senate decided to hold a public hearing.

According to him, the bill will provide the legal framework for the control of production, manufacture, sale, labelling and advertising, promotion, sponsorship and use of tobacco products and exposure to tobacco smoke.

The chairman further said the bill would provide for the prohibition of advertising, promotion and sponsorship as well as regulation of tobacco products.

“The bill we are considering today provides for health warnings and other information required on tobacco product packaging.

“It further provides for the protection of tobacco policies from commercial and vested interest of the industry as well as education and communication and public awareness as it relates to Nigerian public,” he said.

The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, while declaring the public hearing open, said the bill would help protect future generation of Nigerians from the devastating health consequences.

He also said it would protect Nigerians from social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke amongst others.

Mark said that anything with adverse effect on public health such as effect of tobacco, deserved the right awareness and attention.

“The statistics surrounding the impact of tobacco in the world at large and in Nigeria in particular, is staggering, a seemingly slow-killer that must not be ignored.

“Much to the contribution of the negative effect of tobacco and tobacco products in the country is the illegal production.

“Also the distribution and advertising of the product by many vendors lead to the cause of many diseases and untimely death of many Nigerians.

“This gathering has an onerous task of assessing issues not limited to just tobacco distribution, sale, advertising, manufacture and sponsorship.

“But also issues like age restriction and penalties, effects of second-hand smoke both on children and adults smoking in public places and implementation of these regulations hereafter,” he said.

He said, as a member of World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and by adopting treaty on Tobacco Control, the Nigerian Government and National Assembly had to live up to the mandate.

Mark added that the Nigerian Government and National Assembly would ensure that the adverse effects and burden of tobacco and its products on public health system was sustainably controlled.

“We must understand that for this bill to be sustained, it needs more than government backing. We must shun illegality in this business sector in its entirety.

“Our customs, judicial system and relevant health agencies have to be on deck to provide succour where and when needed,” he said.

He enjoined all stakeholders at the hearing to contribute gainfully, to help the Senate Committee on Health to arrive at a more informed and conclusive decision.

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CATE, Waka-about in Clean-Up campaign http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/cate-waka-about-in-clean-up-campaign/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/13/cate-waka-about-in-clean-up-campaign/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:40:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215790 Michelle Obama and some kids on a Clean-Up campaign

Michelle Obama and some kids on a Clean-Up campaign

Children And The Environment (CATE), foremost Nigerian NGO which focuses on creating environmental health awareness and promoting eco-tourism amongst young people, in partnership with Waka-about Media, publishers and promoters of culture and tourism in Nigeria, will on Saturday 18 October hold a Beach Cleanup exercise with 100 volunteers in the Lekki area of Lagos.

The programme, tagged “Let’s Cleanup & Greenup Okun Alfa Beach”, is part of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of both partnering outfits and is aimed at educating participants on the need to help communities keep the beach clean and beautiful.

The Cleanup exercise will also sensitise participants on guarding against the negative effects arising from Climate Change, as well as ensure that these environments are sustainable and continue to serve as places both people and wildlife can use safely.

The slogan for the one-day exercise is: ‘Stage a Rebellion against Trash – Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level!’

Participants are expected to meet at Ikeja for 8:00 a.m. at Forte Oil Petrol Station, Oba Akran Avenue; Surulere for 9:00 a.m. at Mr. Bigg’s, Masha Roundabout/Ogunlana Drive and at Lekki for 10:00 a.m. at first roundabout.

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Lagos steps up campaign to eliminate HIV transmission http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/12/lagos-steps-up-campaign-to-eliminate-hiv-transmission/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/12/lagos-steps-up-campaign-to-eliminate-hiv-transmission/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:37:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215695 The Lagos State Government is set for another round of campaign to accelerate the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to reduce maternal deaths in the state.

This is contained in a statement by the state’s Ministry of Health on Sunday. The statement said that the campaign would enable infected pregnant mothers to have increased access to services, to prevent their babies from being infected and encourage more families to embrace family planning practices.

Part of the strategy, it said, was to unveil Wife of the state governor, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, as the face of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Maternal Health in the state.

The strategy, the statement noted, would also provide an update on progress towards elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV in the state in the light of the global plan targets highlighting achievements and gaps.

It was also expected to stimulate commitment of critical stakeholders, provide vital information on PMTCT and compile a directory of functional PMTCT sites in the state.

The goal of the campaign, according to the statement, is to catalyse high level support through the mobilisation of strategic stakeholders, including women of influence.

The aim, it added, was to improve demand for quality Prevention of PMTCT services and to encourage healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

The statement said the state was working in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

It added that it was also working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as other relevant stakeholders to achieve this goal.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

It expressed worries that in spite of the existing facilities and services, the state still contributed significantly to the unacceptably high national maternal deaths and the national burden of HIV.

This, it noted, was due to low utilisation of PMTCT and Family Planning services.

The statement further noted that Lagos state was one of the 12+1 states, which accounts for 70 per cent of Mother –to-Child Transmission of HIV burden in Nigeria with its HIV prevalence of 5.1 per cent.

This, it said, was based on the 2010 National HIV Zero-Prevalence Sentinel Survey and its vast population of 21,883,048, according to the Lagos State Bureau of Statistics.

The statement, however, said that UNAIDS was committed to revolutionising HIV prevention policies and practices that would ignite policy makers, opinion leaders and community gate keepers to focus on populations and programmes.

This, it said, was expected to make a difference in getting to zero new infections. “One of such programmes is the elimination of vertical transmission of HIV and the reduction of AIDS-related maternal deaths by half in 2015.

“This mandate is clearly in line with that of UNAIDS zero AIDS-related deaths, and UNFPA’s mandate of delivering a world where every birth is safe and where every woman is treated with dignity/respect,” the statement read.

It noted that according to the 2012 projected population figures for Lagos State, there were 1,060,225 pregnant women in that year.

This, it added, was at an HIV prevalence of 5.1 per cent, adding that about 54,071 pregnant women were infected with the virus.

It held that approximately one-third of women would, in the absence of any interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, pass the virus to their babies.

This, the statement said, translated to 16,468 preventable HIV infections among infants in the state during 2012 alone.

“The Lagos state maternal mortality ratio of 555/100,000 life-birth, or 555 mothers dying out of 100,000 mothers while giving birth, is higher than the national figure of 545/100,000 life birth.

“This statistics clearly negates UNFPA’s mandate of a world where every birth is safe and where every child is born free of HIV,” the statement said.

It added that it was against this background that UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF were supporting the state government and other critical stakeholders to identify their roles in the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and maternal deaths.

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African Oscar winner, Bridget John joins Okoku’s Foundation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/24/african-oscar-winner-bridget-john-joins-okokus-foundation/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/24/african-oscar-winner-bridget-john-joins-okokus-foundation/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:36:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213220 American-based Nollywood star, Bridget John has endorsed the Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation (GTCF), a charity-based organisation, whose primary aim is to help the less-privileged children in the Nigerian society and in the United States.

Founded by former Nigerian international Paul Okoku, the GTCF was officially launched in April 2014 in Abuja, with a firm resolve to help correct the imbalances in the society, through the provision of life-saving facilities and tools for those in dire need of them.

Touched by the gains that have been made by the foundation, Bridget, whose recent movie won the Best Diaspora Film at the Hollywood and African Film Critics, in Beverly Hills, California, USA, has pledged to be an Ambassador of the GTCF.

Speaking during an interview from her base in the US, Bridget, who produced and was the lead actress in Adora, said that it was an honour for her to help promote a project that seeks the well-being of underprivileged children and the deprived, adding that she would do everything within her means to draw attention to the plight of society’s downtrodden.

Former Super Eagles player, Paul Okoku (right) with actress Bridget John

Former Super Eagles player, Paul Okoku (right) with actress Bridget John

“I find it quite interesting and a thing of honour to be an Ambassador of the Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation and I hereby pledge my support to help project the ideals of the foundation so that we can impact the lives of our children,” Bridget said.

She praised Okoku for his humanitarian services. “Okoku, former Super (Green) Eagles AFCON medalist, is someone who I have known for a while now and what strikes me most about him is his large heart. He loves to help and that is why he founded this foundation, which I am proud to support and urge private and corporate bodies to partner with us so that we can reach out to those who really need help.

“There is so much we can do for the society by just giving a little of our support and partnership. It will go a long way to help rebuilding the lives of those who have nothing to live on.”

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3.2 million Nigerians are unnecessarily blind – Expert http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/18/3-2-million-nigerians-are-unnecessarily-blind-expert/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/18/3-2-million-nigerians-are-unnecessarily-blind-expert/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:15:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212254 Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

R-L: Presentation of eye glasses to beneficiaries by Hon Yinka Mafe (in theatre attire)

R-L: Presentation of eye glasses to beneficiaries by Hon Yinka Mafe (in
theatre attire)

Dr. Daniel Anthony, an ophthalmologist with the St. Mary’s Catholic Eye Specialist Hospital, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, southwest, Nigeria has put the number of unnecessary blindness in the country at 3.2 million.

The medical doctor who spoke to journalists during an eye care intervention exercise at Yinka Mafe Foundation in Sagamu local government area of the state blamed the development on ignorance, poverty and lack of access to medical facilities.

The N5, 000, 000 (five million naira) worth of medicare which was bankrolled by a member of Ogun State House of Assembly representing Sagamu I State Constituency, Asiwaju Yinka Mafe had interventions like eye screening, surgery and distribution of eye glasses.

Speaking on the intervention, the ophthalmologist explained that the programme successfully screened over 2,000 people from across the local government, adding that such will be the first intervention of such by an individual.

“There are primarily three reasons why people are unnecessarily blind, the first is ignorance of various eye disease and various medical interventions that are accessible to them; the second is the inaccessibility to an eye care facility, and the third reason is poverty but I am happy to tell you that unknown to Mafe himself, he has actually addressed all the three factors.

An out patient at a ward in Sagamu appreciating the sponsor

An out patient at a ward in Sagamu appreciating the sponsor

“We did health care talks, he has also brought us to his people on various areas, and on the cost of treatment, he has just given it to them free of charge. It is a project that seeks to reduce the risk of avoidable blindness in the community. We have had people coming out to do things for their communities, this is not the first time, but I must say this is eventually coming out on a larger scale that an individual will do,” Anthony stated.

While speaking on the programme, the sponsor explained that the programme was close to his heart, adding that, he believed in such interventions than distributing money to people in the name of politics.

“As you can see, my people are in need of eye care and I decided that I want to give back to the society, even if it is little and that is why we are doing this today, we organised a free eye screening for our people and I am happy that about 2,000 of them turned out in the whole of Sagamu local government across three centers.

Doctors at the theater while the surgery is ongoing

Doctors at the theater while the surgery is ongoing

“Of the 2,000, that were screened some have been selected for surgery, some require glasses and others only require drugs. We’ve given out drugs already, and today, we decided to give out glasses and commence surgery and as you can see I am just coming out of the theater.

“This is a project that is very close to my heart and that is why I am investing in it. I believe it is not just stomach care that should be done, eye care is also needed, we should forget about politicians saying we have to give people money, they’ll appreciate this better than giving them money, it is part of dividend of democracy”, the lawmaker, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Education revealed.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Isiaka Okunoren who said he has not been seeing with his left eye for some years now, disclosed that he was at the center for surgery after he got the information from his mosque, adding that, “I have earlier approached Sagamu Teaching Hospital, but I could not foot the bill given to me
which was N40, 000.”

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Nigerians need education on female condoms http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/nigerians-need-education-on-female-condoms/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/nigerians-need-education-on-female-condoms/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:36:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212087 Woman tearing a female condom

Woman tearing a female condom

Stakeholders in the health sector have stressed the importance of increasing public awareness on the use of female condoms in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

This is contained in a joint statement issued by Mrs Esther Agbarakwe and Mrs Nwabundo Onyeabo on behalf of the organisers of the 2014 Global Female Condom Day in Abuja on Tuesday.

The statement said that though the global distribution and use of female condoms had significantly increased, there was room for improvement, particularly in Nigeria.

“In 2009, around 26 million female condoms were provided through international and nongovernmental funding sources, compared to 10.7 million in 2006.

“However, the global distribution of female condoms is still far less than that of male condoms as it is currently not a well-known product, with only 13 per cent of persons having heard of the female condom, and much fewer have ever used one,” the statement read.

Female Condom

It said that though the campaign for female condom use in Nigeria had been in the media for some time, stakeholders in the sector had identified strategies that could improve condom use among women.

According to the statement, the Society for Family Health (SFH) currently creates demand through innovative mass media campaigns and advocacy to key community and opinion leaders and distributes female condoms nationwide.

It said that the government in collaboration with stakeholders had in the past promoted the distribution of over three million female condoms as part of its campaign against the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

The statement said that the effectiveness of female condoms against both unwanted pregnancy and STDs could not be over emphasised.

“The effectiveness of the female condom cannot be over emphasised as when used perfectly, its failure rate is below 5 per cent and it can be inserted up to five hours before sex.

“The principle behind its operation is basically the same as the male version: it provides a barrier to the exchange of bodily fluids during sexual intercourse that can lead to HIV transmission.

“Strong grassroots intervention, interpersonal communication and elimination of inhibiting cultural and social beliefs are keys to promoting increased female condom use in Nigeria,” the statement said.

The statement said that the country programme activities for Global Female Condom Day will hold from 13 to 16 Oct. and would include providing support for large scale female condom programming in Nigeria.

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Ebola: NAFDAC to arrest LUTH consultant on Ewedu claims http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/ebola-nafdac-to-arrest-luth-consultant-on-ewedu-claims/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/17/ebola-nafdac-to-arrest-luth-consultant-on-ewedu-claims/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:11:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212071 By Oluremilekun Osobu-Asubiojo

Prof Adebukola Adefule Oshitelu, who laid claims that Ewedu is capable of curing the Ebola Virus Disease

Prof Adebukola Adefule Oshitelu, who laid claims that Ewedu is capable of curing the Ebola Virus Disease

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and ‎Control, NAFDAC has made a pronouncement to arrest the Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lagos State Teaching hospital, LUTH, Prof Adebukola Adefule Oshitelu, who laid claims that ‘Genus Corchorus’ popularly known Ewedu is capable of curing the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii, made this known at a press briefing on the activities of the agency, which was held on Tuesday at the agency’s Oshodi branch in Lagos.

She made this claim at the 2014 African Traditional Medicine organised by NAFDAC at ikeja, Lagos, in regards for the urgent need of cooperation between Traditional Medicine Practitioners and Conventional Medicine Practitioners in order to enhance better and reliable healthcare delivery system.

According to Oshitelu, Ewedu cures Ebola by improving an infected person’s immune system, likewise providing prevention against the deadly virus for uninfected persons.

Dr Paul Orhii, Director-General, NAFDAC

Dr Paul Orhii, Director-General, NAFDAC

“The nutrients in Ewedu is so much that it could kill Ebola by preventing the virus from replicating and destroying more organs in the body. This could immediately stop the symptoms such as high fever, stooling and vomiting.. Ultimately,leading to cure” Oshitelu said.

According to the DG, this claim is even more dangerous because the pronouncement was made by a medical and pharmaceutical professor in a precarious time. “Yes, we are going to arrest the Prof Adebukola Adefule Oshitelu because she did not heed to our advise and also because she made this statement in an event organised by NAFDAC, that is the “2014 African Traditional medicine Day,” he said.

Orhii said that when a scientist discovers a remedy for a disease, the right thing to do is to publish the results in a medium other scientists respect, and not rush to the press.

“One of the consequences of this unsupported and possibly fraudulent claim is that people may be misled into false sense of invincibility on the account of eating Ewedu or Bitter Kola and drop their guard.”

He added that the claim was a national embarrassment and the Agency will not take such uncorroborated claims by supposedly learned people lightly.

He urged the media to continue to support the national efforts to contain the spread of Ebola Virus Disease by publishing information that is the product of evidence-based medical research and which has been verified by the Agency.

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Oncologist wants plan for breast cancer reduction http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/15/oncologist-wants-plan-for-breast-cancer-reduction/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/15/oncologist-wants-plan-for-breast-cancer-reduction/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:19:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=211748 A radiation oncologist, Dr Lola Salako, has called on stakeholders in the health sector to map out a five-year strategy to reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer.

Salako, Founder, Sebeccly Cancer Care and Support Centre, made the call in an interview with NAN in Lagos on Saturday.

She said that breast cancer was not found only among older women, but also younger women below age 35 could also have the disease.

“The fight against breast cancer is ongoing in Nigeria, however, we need to improve breast cancer care and reduce its mortality rate.

“Stakeholders need to sit at a round table and map out a five year strategy on how we can control and manage cancer,” Salako said.

She said stakeholders should not leave out the civil society organisations, cancer survivors, and private organisations in launching the initiative.

Salako also said that existing facilities like the cancer registry and treatment centre, needed to be equipped and adequately funded for effective fight against “the epidemic”.

An illustration to show breast cancer growth

An illustration to show breast cancer growth

The oncologist stressed the importance of early detection and presentation of breast cancer in the effort to reduce its mortality rate.

She said that many breast cancer patients in the country do not get the right treatment on time because they report to the hospitals with advanced stage of the disease.

“More women presently seeking treatment for breast cancer, many of these cases are already in stage three or four.

“We need to let our women know the importance of early detection and timely presentation to the appropriate doctor, increases the chance of survival.

“Early detection and presentation will help us offer them the best treatment and also have better outcome,” she said.

Salako advised women to be familiar with the shape, size and feel of their breasts at all time.

According to her, regular breast self examination, regular clinical screening and having a knowledge of family history were important factors in early detection of breast cancer.

World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report on breast cancer said, “Early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control”.

According to the organisation, breast cancer is the top cancer in women worldwide, and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.

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Jonathan reiterates commitment to quality healthcare http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/12/jonathan-reiterates-commitment-to-quality-healthcare/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/12/jonathan-reiterates-commitment-to-quality-healthcare/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:59:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=211274 President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja restated Federal Government’s commitment to upgrade medical services in the country to world standard.

This was contained in a statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja.

The statement quoted Jonathan as saying this when the outgoing Ambassador of Cuba to Nigeria, Mr Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes, paid him a courtesy visit.

He said part of the government’s efforts was to acquire new technology and strengthen bilateral cooperation with countries like Cuba with expertise in the medical field.

The President said Nigeria had benefitted from scholarships extended to some of its medical students to study in Cuba.

“We have enjoyed scholarships given to our students in the medical sciences and the use of new medical technology.

“We hope to benefit more from Cuba’s medical expertise in tackling health challenges like Malaria,” the President told the outgoing ambassador.

Jonathan also told the ambassador that both countries could benefit from the ongoing transformation of the Nigerian economy.

He urged Cuban investors to explore the huge potential in the different sectors of Nigeria’s economy, adding that the sectors had been opened to foreign investors.

The outgoing Cuban ambassador thanked the Federal Government for the support given him throughout his tenure and pledged his country’s commitment toward assisting Nigeria in the transformation agenda.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government had offered automatic duty waiver for medical facilities and equipment to be imported by investors.

Mr Tony Elumelu, the Chairman,Federal Government’s Ministerial Committee on the Establishment of World Class Hospitals and Diagnostic Centres, disclosed this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the waiver would be under a special programme aimed at establishing world-class hospitals and diagnostic centres in the country.

Elumelu spoke with State House correspondents after Jonathan met with members of the committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He added that the move was part of efforts by the Federal Government to attract private sector investment into the health sector.

The objective, he said, was to raise the standard of healthcare delivery in the country, adding that under the programme, government would establish six world-class medical facilities and diagnostic centres in each of the six geo-political zones.

“We have just met with the President to discuss how we can fast-track the setting up of six world class medical facilities and diagnostic centres in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.

“We believe that the health sector is key to the development of the country, human capital is important and you have to have a healthy workforce for a country to develop.

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Ebola: NAFDAC begins check on fake sanitizers nationwide http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/10/ebola-nafdac-begins-check-on-fake-sanitizers-nationwide/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/10/ebola-nafdac-begins-check-on-fake-sanitizers-nationwide/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:08:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=210961 DG NAFDAC Dr Paul Orhii

DG NAFDAC Dr Paul Orhii

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has begun a nationwide check on fake and unregistered sanitisers and other related products in the country.

The Agency’s Director of Special Duties, Mr Abubakar Jimoh, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the exercise would also involve a check on the activities of persons with claims of a cure for the Ebola disease.

The director said the Agency was aware of the activities of counterfeiters and claimants who had taken advantage of the Ebola outbreak to sell fake products and to mislead Nigerians.

Jimoh added that the director-general of the Agency had directed all its enforcement officers nationwide to be more vigilant and to check the circulation of fake products and equipment related to Ebola prevention.

“We are conscious of the fact that counterfeiters thrive when there is high demand for any regulated product. They do a lot of study and take advantage of the desperation of the people in times of emergency like we have with Ebola.

“So, NAFDAC as a regulatory agency has not folded its arms, we know their methodology, we already know the nuances of counterfeiters.

“The NAFDAC boss directed all NAFDAC formations all over the country to be vigilant and to watch out for fake hand sanitisers and also claimants, because this is the time for people to come up with fictitious claims either for cure or prevention of Ebola.”

He said that the Agency’s officers at all entry points into the country had been mandated to step up their watch on health products coming into the country.

Hand Sanitizer

Jimoh said NAFDAC was also worried about the distribution of unevaluated screening gadgets by some individuals but noted that its officials were in the field to arrest the situation.

“At the border, our port inspectorate directorate has been directed to redouble their efforts to ensure that some of the unregistered products are not smuggled into the country.

“We have also alerted the public on the possible sale of unevaluated and unregistered Ebola test kits to the public. We have alerted health workers and hospital authorities to watch out for the this particular product,” he said.

Jimoh urged Nigerians to be careful with the products they purchase, stressing that NAFDAC registration numbers could be faked by counterfeiters to sell their products.

He said NAFDAC would soon publish a list of registered and approved hand sanitisers and other kits in order to guide Nigerians on what choices to make.

Jimoh said the effort of the Agency was aimed at assisting other stakeholders to end the scourge of Ebola in Nigeria.

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