Showing posts from May 22, 2022

2023: I'm Driven by the Need for Better Healthcare - Dr. Abimbola

BY CHIOMA UMEHA Dr. M.K.O Abimbola, the secretary of the Tinubu Support Group-USA Chapter, has expressed interest in running for the APC's (APC) Ibadan South West State Constituency one seat in the Oyo State House of Assembly. Abimbola, who holds a PhD in physician associate studies, remarked that the desire to improve healthcare delivery and access inspired him. He also emphasized his concern for Nigeria's poor, whom he claims are at the forefront of the country's inefficient and inadequate healthcare system. It's important to note that Abimbola is the main force behind the Nigerian physician associate profession's gazetted bill Dr. M.K.O Abimbola, a columnist for "Health Education with Dr. M.K.O Abimbola," has often criticized Nigeria's lack of a physician associate profession. According to him, he engaged with various lawmakers who were apprehensive to sponsor or support the bill because they feared it would be crushed by special interests once it r

Nigeria FP2030: Pathfinder International Organises Capacity Training For Advocacy Working Groups To Track Implementation

BY CHIOMA UMEHA Lagos Pathfinder International's Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative has organized three Advocacy Working Groups, one from Kaduna, one from Lagos, and one from Gombe, to learn more about Nigeria's FP2030 commitments. This is in order to increase accountability and establish advocacy tactics for tracking and monitoring commitments using the AFP SMART approach. The Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative from Kaduna, the Public Health Sustainable Advocates Initiative from Lagos, and the Saif Advocates Foundation from Gombe are among the Advocacy Working Groups attending the three-day workshop in Abuja, the nation's capital. The groups are using AFP SMART goals to select commitments that will be implemented in the third and fourth quarters of 2022. At the start of the workshop, each of the advocacy groups described their actions in their various states over the previous year, including changes in Family Planning policies, champions, money, and funder

Pharmacists Say Project 91 Could Build Medicine Security In The Country.

BY CHIOMA UMEHA Lagos State Pharmacists representing the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs) have claimed that if Nigeria expands investments in the country, one of its medical plant cultivation programs, Project 91, might limit capital flight and provide the country with medicine security. With the required investment, the ALPs said the project hoped to provide good health, nutrition, and economic benefits. It is expected to boost the country's gross domestic income (GDI), gross domestic product (GDP), and hence the economy. In the end, Nigeria would be grouped with China and India, which now control the worldwide market for traditional and herbal medicine. The ALPs will cooperate with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to ensure that the final products of cultivation are standardised to fulfill current pharmaceutical needs, according to Victoria Ukwu, National Chairman of ALPs. The ALPs' strategy was revealed at a press conference in

How To Manage Dehydration In Children

  BY CHIOMA UMEHA Dehydration occurs when a child's body is deficient in fluid. Dehydration can be caused by a lack of fluid intake, vomiting, diarrhoea, or a combination of these factors. Dehydration can occur when you sweat excessively or urinate excessively. Since infants and small children lose fluid more quickly than older children or adults, they are considerably more likely to get dehydrated. Why A Child May Become Dehydrated 1.   Dehydration is often caused by a viral infection, which causes fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and a diminished capacity to drink or eat. Example of these viral infections are Rotavirus, Norwalk virus, and Adenovirus. 2.   Sometimes wounds in a kid's mouth (produced by a virus) make eating or drinking uncomfortable, which contributes to or worsens dehydration. Other severe bacterial infections may make a child less likely to eat and may induce vomiting and diarrhoea. Common bacterial infections include  Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Campylob