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Patients Safety Day: FG, WHO hold awareness campaign to curb self medication + Photos

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By Francesca Iwambe

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In a bid to sensitise Nigerians on the dangers of self medication and rights of patients on medication, the Federal Government in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has embarked on an awareness campaign.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire cautioned against self medication saying, it is good to always examined by healthcare professionals and proper diagnoses inorder to get good medication at all times.

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The minister who was by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi said; “We are sensitising the entire populace that it is not enough for you to have headache and you will go and grab Paracetamol or panadol from the pharmacy.

“What is given you that headache? for some people, it may be what they don’t ever think off. It is good for you to be examined by healthcare professionals and diagnosis made so that the correct medication can be given to you”.

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The minister added that the walk was designed with the aim to sensitise Nigerians and to ensure that even the healthcare professionals too, carry out best practices not just the usual.

On sanctions for erring healthcare professionals, Adebiyi explained that there are t regulatory bodies and they know what to do.

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She said once any of these malpractices are reported to the regulatory bodies, action will be taking. 

“There are regulatory bodies and they know what to do. Once any of these malpractices are reported to the regulatory bodies, action will be taken.

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“For example, at the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, there is an investigative panel and there’s a tribunal that tries cases of malpractice. Anyone found wanting, of course, will be sanctioned according to the law,” he stated.

Earlier, Patients’ Safety Ambassador, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Ehi Eden stated that medication error was one of the leading causes of death in healthcare, “as a matter of fact 50% of deaths in healthcare is from medication safety.

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“A number of people have died and the case is under reported, what we are trying to do today is to create advocacy, awareness and engage stakeholders on possible ways that we can manage medication safety”, he said.

He further explained that the essence of the Campaign was to enlighten patients about their right with regards to drug prescriptions: “we are empowering the patient, if treatment is about the patient, patient should be at the center of the conversation.

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“It is your right to know what the name of the drug you are taking is, so if there are contraindications you should be able to know this was what I took. Because this concerns you, it is important you be at the center of this conversation, empowerment of patient and patient relative is very important”, Eden said.

On his part, Prof. Stephen Abah, a Community Physician at the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo disclosed that they were currently drafting a Patient Policy for Nigeria, adding that in a country like Nigeria where self medication is rampant, there was the need to educate people on the dangers inherent in the practice.

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“The Bill of Rights for patients is one thing, but we need a policy to drive the action of regulators, government, individuals, stakeholders who would participate collectively to ensure that for every medication that you take anywhere in this country, there are rules and regulations guiding who gives it, how you take it and consequences for when you take it.

“It also emphasises the role of the various stakeholders; government, individuals, families and empower them in terms of increasing their knowledge and also empower them in terms of funding for certain aspects of medication safety.

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Habits every woman should adopt to reduce sagging br3ast

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By Francesca Iwambe

Body tissues and fat make up the breasts. The breasts sag and deflate if their ligaments begin to weaken and lose their support.

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The main causes of sagging breasts are typically old age, pregnancy, smoking, and hormones. However, there are some methods you can do on your own to enhance breast firmness.

According to Medicinenet and Healthline, the following are 4 home remedies women should start to tighten up drooping breasts:

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1. Massage with ice: Ice massage is a successful method to lift and regain firmness in sagging breasts. This is because the tissue will contract in response to the cold, giving the appearance of firmer breasts. It is advised to take a pair of ice cubes and rub them in a circular motion around your breast.

2. Diet: Eating a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet is helpful for your skin all over your body. Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. Additionally, staying hydrated with enough water might help firm up your breasts by improving the appearance of your skin.

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3. Exercise: Breast tissue cannot be firmed up by exercise due to its lack of muscle, however, there are muscles and fibrous connective tissue behind the breasts that can be worked out to enhance your chest’s overall appearance. Numerous chest exercises, such as pushups, planks, and the cobra stance, are advised to enhance posture in addition to muscle strength.

4: Supportive bra: The chest can look better when you’re wearing a bra that fits properly and provides enough support. The right bra size for many women is unknown, and it might alter over time. Some clothing retailers have staff members who can measure you and determine what size bra you should wear. Additionally, it’s critical to wear a supportive bra while working out.

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Blood group type likely to suffer a heart attack revealed

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By Francesca Iwambe

A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology has revealed the blood group types that are likely to suffer a heart attack.

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According to the report, while myocardial infarction does not only affect older people, young people are also susceptible.

The report listed heart attacks are caused by overweight, obesity and unhealthy lifestyle habits as some of the factors that could lead to heart attack.

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In the study, researchers compared data from more than 1.3 million people from nine previous studies.

Overall, people with type A, B or AB blood were 9% more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, than those with type O blood.

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While it’s not clear why blood type can increase the risk of heart attack, researchers have some suspicions. For one, people with non-O blood types tend to have higher blood clotting proteins, which create clogged arteries that are one of the main causes of heart attacks.

People with blood types A, B and AB also tend to have high cholesterol and higher levels of inflammation.

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NAFDAC Sends Warning Against Bleaching Creams, Moves To Arrest Of Sellers

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, hàs warned Nigerians against too much use of bleaching creams, saying it could lead to skin cancer.

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This is contained in a statement signed by the agency’s media consultant, Olusayo Akintola, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement disclosed that the Director General of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the admonition over the weekend at the brainstorming session of a two-day top management meeting of the agency in Lagos.

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Ms Adeyeye said that an abusive use of cosmetics could even lead to internal damage of body organs as well as cause death.

She expressed shock at the proliferation of beauticians engaged in formulation of unauthorized chemicals with the intention of applying them on their unsuspecting clients.

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According to the NAFDAC boss, majority of SPA outlets in the nation’s cosmopolitan cities are culpable of the unhealthy practice of mixing chemicals and natural products like pawpaw, carrot and others to make creams, for the clients’ use.

Ms Adeyeye said that the formulation was thereafter packaged, labeled, and sold online to clients, adding that SPA owners have gone further to influence some clinics with medical doctors joining to carry out these nefarious activities.

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She said that the practice had advanced to the extent that vitamin C infusion and glutathione was injected into the substances and applied on clients.

She explained further that the challenges in the enforcement of the agency’s safety regulations on bleaching agents, SPAs and other beauty parlors was that the products were prepared extemporaneously and covertly for individual clients.

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According to her, rarely can you see the offending products on the shelves of these facilities and warned that the practice must stop as anyone apprehended by the agency would be prosecuted and jailed if convicted.

She disclosed that most of the products used in the mixture were smuggled into the country and unregistered, citing formulations containing Kojic Acid, and Hydroquinone above their permissible substance limits.

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According to her, all these products which have substance above their permissible limits are at risk of causing harm, and that it is for the same safety reason that the use of mercury is banned in cosmetics.

“We don’t just ban products because they are bleaching agents but are prohibited because of safety issues surrounding particular ingredients in the products as they could cause skin cancer as well as damage the liver and kidney.

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“The lightening of skin today can be cancer tomorrow, many of the importers smuggle the products into the country under the guise of global listing to bypass NAFDAC inspection.

“Bleaching has become a pandemic amongst both women and their male counterparts; the agency is on the heels of some people who engaged in online sales of dangerous unauthorized cosmetics and other products.

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“Investigation and enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC has been given the directive to apprehend merchants of these dangerous products and bring them to book,” she stressed.

She therefore emphasised that the agency was not against the use of cosmetics, but they must be regulated and confirmed safe for human use.

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She said that the agency would uphold its mandate of citizens protection, by ensuring that the quality and safety of goods produced internally and imported into the country went through processes that met global best practices.(NAN)

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