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Public servants to be barred from medical tourism?



A Bill for an Act to amend the National Health Act to regulate and prohibit medical trip abroad by public servants has passed through second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Sponsor of the bill, Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP), while leading the debate, said the amendment seeks to curb the huge foreign exchange loss to medical tourism.

This is by facilitating the development of effective healthcare facilities as well as strengthening existing public and private health institutions for efficient service delivery.

Ogun stated that over 5,000 Nigerians fly out on a monthly basis, seeking medical treatment in India and other countries.

According to the lawmaker, Nigeria losses over 500 million dollars annually, with India alone getting about 260 million dollars of the cash flight.

Ogun said it was against this background that the proposed amendments seek to create a conducive operating health environment that would attract the best Nigerian medical brains in the Diaspora.

He expressed confidence that if the amendment is passed into law, it would regulate medical tourism by public officers and also bring an end to huge cash flight, which was inimical to economic growth and development.

Ogun said that only serious health cases, which cannot be attended to in Nigeria, would be granted approval by the Minister of Health.

Contributing to the motion, Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-APC), called for swift passage of the bill, saying it will encourage public servants to fix the healthcare sector by providing world class equipments and facilities through proper funding of the sector.

On her part, Rep. Nnena Elendu Ukeje (Abia-PDP) faulted the amendment, saying it infringes on the rights of public servants, arguing that there is nowhere in the world this was done.

Subsequently, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, referred the bill to the Committee on Healthcare Services.

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Bitter leaf boosts fertility, fights prostate



Drugs: Essential to human health

Drugs: Essential to human health

Dr Grace Johnson, a specialist, has said bitter leaf works so well for fertility, and fights prostate cancer because its boost the functions of the reproductive system, balance hormones and help the ovary release healthy eggs.

Johnson, who is Food Nutritionist, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, that the effect of bitter leaf ranges from specifically toning the reproductive organs and boosting overall health.

According to her, the problem with a lot of infertile patients is that they do not connect infertility with “fertile nutrition”.

“Good nutrition is considered to be the foundation of a healthy body. That is why a healthy ovary will only be found in a healthy body.

“When the ovary is healthy, it releases a healthy egg (ovum) which once fertilized, results in a healthy pregnancy and if all goes well, you will have a healthy child.

“Bitter leaf has a bitter taste and it is true that most people cannot withstand it but remember that the best of medicines comes with a bitter taste and bitter leaf is ranked high among them,’’ she said .

NAN reports that bitter leaf plant with leafy green vegetable and used in the form of vegetable eaten to promote and enhance the digestive tract to do job.

Johnson said “bitter leaf fight prostate cancer which is common among men who are over 40 years old and one of its known symptoms is difficult and painful urination.

“Bitter leaf is very good for this ailment. It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain as well as regulates the spread of the cell.

“To fight prostate cancer with bitter leaf, just squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily while you constantly go for a checkup.

She added that bitter leaf also fight Insomnia, `insomnia is a condition that promotes habitual sleeplessness’.

Nutritionist, however, said that bitter leaf extract has been doing wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness by taking two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night and they would experience a calmness and sleep.

She said that almost everybody knows bitter leaf is a well-known remedy for stomachaches treating malaria, typhoid, diabetes, diarrhea, tuberculosis, gallstones, kidney disease, prevention of cancer and lowering of hypertension among others.

“It is important that bitter leaves should always be taken fresh in other to enjoy its miraculous health benefits,’’ Johnson said.

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Without regular sex women risk mental disorder – Psychiatrist



Mental disorder in women who do not have regular sex

Mental disorder in women who do not have regular sex

A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri on Saturday advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness.

Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Pinnacle is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioral, and mental health related issues.

According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health.

“As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be mentally healthy.

“Studies have shown that women who have more active sex and in long term relationships were less likely to be depressed than women who went without sex.

“So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy to curing women from having persistent headache.

“Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into. A woman can be depressed when that sexual drive that she used to have is no more there.

“Frequent active sex can play good roles toward women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ Kadiri said.

She explained that sex was not just for procreation and to have children, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep.

Kadiri, popularly called ‘celebrity shrink’, urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, while boosting their self-esteem.

She also advised women who are over-weight to also involve in active sex, saying doing so will boost endorphins which are happy hormones.

“The happy hormones will make them lose some calories as well as sleep better.

”Orgasms trigger the release of endorphins which are happy hormones secreted by the brain that act as effective painkillers,’’ she said.

She added that sex was not only beneficial to the men, but especially to women because it was capable of freeing them from stress.

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NGO Set to Launch a Cancer Trust Fund for Indegent Cancer Patients Treatment.



NGO Set to Launch a Cancer Trust Fund for Indegent Cancer Patients Treatment.

NGO Set to Launch a Cancer Trust Fund for Indegent Cancer Patients Treatment.

By Faith Ekeh Abuja

A non-governmental
cancer organisation, Project Pink Blue (PPB) is set to launch a cancer trust fund to help make funds readily available for treatments of indigent cancer patients already signed up on their trust and website.

Speaking to newsmen during a ‘show love’ fundraising comedy and music show recently in Abuja, the founder, PPB, Runcie Chidebe, stated that the organisation hopes to achieve the target of raising the sum of 100 million naira that will be kept in a trust to cater for cancer patients already signed up on their trust and website with their consent.

According to him, “We are looking at how we can bring individuals and organisations together to collaborate and raise funds that will enable us attend to cancer patients on time and not have to wait for sometimes six months to source enough funds on the social media for their treatment”.

“The management of the funds that are are going to be raised here today is going to be very public and transparent so the sponsors can trust us to touch lives of these patients with these funds”, he added.

Also at the event, one of the fundraising partnering organisations and the coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, Chido Onumah, assured the general public on the judicious use of their funds for cancer patients treatment. In his words, ” We appreciate all those partnering in these fundraising. We want you to be rest assured that whatever penny that is raised here today will be transparently and judiciously managed in the treatment of these cancer patients”.

Also speaking at the event, the First Lady of Ondo State and the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, stated education and awareness is at the foundation of the fight against cancer.

She further stated that you can beat cancer if you are adequately informed because she is also a survivor of breast cancer. In her words, “The first thing is to be aware and seek medical help on time. I am standing here to specifically say that you can beat cancer and specifically because I am a survivor of breast cancer”.

She urged everyone to join their voices in these fight against cancer. According to her, “We have to be our brothers and sisters keeper because you would never know the family cancer will knock at its door”.

Also speaking at the event, a veteran journalist and former broadcaster with the Nigerian Television Authority, Moji Makanjuola stressed that cancer is an epidemic that can happen to anybody and so should be given such attention.

She intimated that she is proud to have identified with PPB right from the beginning and after she lost her best friend and also an aunt to cancer.

“I cannot do any other thing for humanity than to be part of these course because these is all about humanity”, she added.

The fundraising featured and had in attendance, Alex Unusual of BBNaija as the host, Chidinma Ekile for music, Osama, Koboko master, Amb.Wahala, Ghana Must Go, Mc Tagwaye, Mc3310, McBob, Mc Ukodo for comedy, Annie Idibia as Nollywood actress, Adogah Moses and Friends for dance, CEOs like Payport and PlayNetwork Africa and the hosts of other celebrities.

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