Patient’s car detained by hospital over N480,000 childbirth bill

A medical practitioner, Dr Alfred Nwoyeocha, has been dragged before Justice Hannatu Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court by a nursing mother, Peace, and her husband, Uche Onu, over her detention due to her family’s inability to settle the N480,000 allegedly incurred during childbirth through caesarean section. The couple is demanding N32m from the doctor and the Maneks Hospital Limited for alleged negligence, confiscation of peace’s car valued N4.6m and for carrying out illegal surgery on her without her consent. Nwoyeocha and his medical facility were named as the…

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Scientists discover mosquito species that carry zika virus, dengue, yellow fever

A species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, that can carry Zika virus, dengue and yellow fever, has been discovered in Nebraska, United States (U.S.), for the first time. Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever viruses, and other disease agents. The mosquito can be recognised by white markings on its legs and another in the form of a lyre on the upper surface of its thorax. According to a study published in New York Science Journal and titled “Diversity and distribution…

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NMA laments Doctors’ exodus, says 700 leaves Nigeria annually

Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has lamented the exodus of medical doctors saying many medical doctors are abandoning the country for greener pastures abroad. Investigations revealed that although the exodus of doctors was not new, it had been on the increase in the last two years with countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as their destinations. It was learnt that the exodus had increased the workload of those who were still in government service, as many states had not been employing doctors. The…

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Indian Woman becomes ‘World’s Oldest Mom’ after giving birth to twins at 74

Mangayamma Yaramati , a southern India woman may have just set a new world record after giving birth to twins in her mid-70s. Yaramati, whose age has been reported as both 73 and 74 ― gave birth on Thursday to two little girls who were conceived via in vitro fertilization. Doctors delivered the girls via Caesarean section in what turns out to be Yaramatti’s first set of offspring in her 57-year marriage to her husband Sitarama Rajarao, who is in his 80s. “We tried many times and saw numerous doctors, so…

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Babies born by C-section 33% more likely to develop autism, attention deficit disorder -Study

According to a study of more than 20 million children, babies born by caesarean section are more likely to be autistic or develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research found C-section babies have a 33 per cent higher chance of autism and are 17 per cent more likely to get ADHD. But scientists are in disagreement about whether the birth actually has anything to do with the disorders, or if both are consequences of deeper issues. In their paper the researchers suggested that not being exposed to bacteria in the…

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Eating ants, grasshoppers, silkworms protect against cancer -Study

Following a groundbreaking new study, researchers have discovered that eating ants and other insects could soon be recommended to protect against cancer. A series of experiments by Italian scientists show that the ubiquitous invertebrate – in common with others such as grasshoppers and crickets – contains high concentrations of antioxidants. The compounds are important for reducing chemical reactions in the body that produce free radicals, which are themselves believed to raise the risk of cancer. They have also been linked to higher chances of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Antioxidants are…

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Access Bank partners GE to Reduce Healthcare Delivery Cost

Access Bank and GE Healthcare Africa, have partnered to create accessible and repayable loans to healthcare providers to acquire health technologies and to reduce cost of quality healthcare delivery. Speaking at the signing of agreement for healthcare financing between Access Bank and GE Healthcare in Lagos recently, the President GE Africa and GE Healthcare Africa, Farid Fezoua noted that the partnership will go a long way by providing accessible healthcare services in Nigeria to reduce medical tourism. “I commend Access Bank for investing into the healthcare business. The private sector…

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Woman Donates Kidney To Ex husband 5 Years After Divorce

Kelly Hope, a 43-year-old woman, has been tagged selfless by many after she donated her kidney to her ex-husband, Dan Pyatt five years after their divorce. It is gathered that Hope began dating Pyatt when they were 18 and they got married 13 years later, in 2007. However, Pyatt fell ill with kidney disease less than a year after their wedding and by September  2017, he was told his kidney function had fallen to just 8%. He was put on dialysis and on a deceased donor waiting list but 12 months on the…

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150 new cases of Drug-induced mental disorders among Nigerians diagnosed weekly— Dr. Ogun

Dr. Oluwayemi Ogun, the Medical Director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Yaba, FNPHY, has raised the alarm over increasing prevalence of drug abused induced mental disorders among children, adolescent and adult Nigerians saying over 150 new cases are admitted at the hospital and its Child and Adolescent Centre, Oshodi Annexe every week. Ogun who also lamented poor funding of the hospital disclosed that most of the patients who have been admitted in the 60s and 70s are ageing without any form of budget for their upkeep from the government. Ogun…

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GTBank Holds 9th Annual Autism Conference

For the ninth year in a row, Africa’s foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in Autism for two days of critical discourse on supporting children and adults living with Autism in Africa. Organized as part of the GTBank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative, the Annual Autism Conference will hold on the 30th and 31st of July 2019 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Themed, “Autism: Transitions, Vocational skills and The Role of Technology,” the Annual Autism Conference will bring to the fore the…

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