Study links sitting to death from 14 diseases

American scientists have raised the alarm over sitting too much, saying study finding have linked such sedentary lifestyle to early death that may result from 14 disease conditions. According to the findings of a new study published in the ‘American Journal of Epidemiology,’ if you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 per cent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours. “The simple message is that we should be moving more,” said Alpa Patel, who is lead researcher of the…

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Improving health system curbs diseases – Ex LUTH CMD

Former Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and a Consultant Public Health Physician, Prof. Akin Osibogun, has said that Nigeria needs to strengthen its health system to effectively tackle disease control. He said this during a presentation titled “Emergency Response To Disease Outbreak: The Way Forward In Nigeria,’ during the 8th Annual Symposium of the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN), which held in Lagos on Friday. Osibogun stressed the need to establish ready infrastructure even before the outbreak of diseases, advising the government to ensure…

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Infectious diseases outbreak imminent – NMA

Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote is the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter. In this interview with APPOLONIA ADEYEMI, he discusses poor immunisation coverage in the country and negative impact of disease outbreaks, the reason for the reviewing of the Physician’s Oath and measures to tackle brain drain. What is your take on the ongoing review targeted at banning medical doctors in public service from engaging in private practice? What I think that the Federal Government should do is to enable its parastatal, the Medical and Dental Council…

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Curbing water borne diseases in rural Akwa Ibom

In most rural communities In Nigeria, the people drink mostly water from rivers, streams and in very few instances, bore holes. For those low income earners who cannot afford to sink a personal bore hole, they resort to making use of the community borehole where it is available. Current statistics by the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) shows that about 57 million Nigerians do not have access to safe water, relatedly; the World Health Organisation (WHO) said 3.4 million people die annually as a result of preventable waterborne diseases…

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Over 60% children risk vaccine preventable diseases – NMA

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has raised the alarm over declining immunisation coverage in the country, saying that only 33 per cent of children received three doses of pentavalent vaccine again the global target of 90 per cent. Disclosing this in Lagos, the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote lamented that only 23 per cent of the children that received the immunisation – 12 to 23 months of age, were fully immunised. “Forty per cent do not receive any vaccines from the health…

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‘Hand washing tackles diarrhoea, pnemonia’ …as 600 children learn skills of fighting diseases

A Public Health Physician has alerted Nigerians about the importance of fighting diseases through behaviour change, saying that hand washing with soap by care givers could reduce the incidents of Diarrhoea in under-five children by up to 50 per cent and respiratory infectious incidents such as Pnemonia by at least 25 per cent. To this end, Dr. David Atamewalen, chief of party, Stop Diarrhoea Initiative at Save The Children International, has urged parents and care givers to teach their children to wash their hands correctly always so as to improve…

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