Sunday, 30 September 2012

Kidnapped Kathryn Cox 28, Rescued!

 Kathryn Cox, pictured, was dragged away from the river and into the jungle where she was robbed. 

The 28-year-old accountant was then abandoned in the middle of a remote nature reserve - teeming with alligators and anacondas - when her panicked kidnappers realized the military was closing in on them. 

She was rescued along with fellow hostage Fiona Wilde, pictured with her right, close to the lawless Colombian border, pictured, after an operation involving more than 100 soldiers, police and park rangers.Welcome lady.

Happy Independence Day Anniversary NIgerians!

Its another year again and another time to celebrate our nation and our people.Despite all we have been through,Nigeria has remained strong and there is hope of finally reaching the promised land.

May the LORD himself fight our battles and lead us into a nation of peace,prosperity and progress.
Long live the federal republic of Nigeria.God bless Nigeria.

DO you still believe in Nigeria?  

Good People,Great Nation.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Epilepsy:Incidence Is Increasing Globally

Epilepsy is twice as common in low and middle-income countries as it is in the developed world, according to an international team of researchers.

They say the higher incidence is linked to increased risk factors, including head injuries and infections such as pork tapeworm and river blindness.
And more than 60% of sufferers in those countries receive no appropriate treatment, they  say in the lancet.

A Lancet editorial said epilepsy had to be a global health priority.

Epilepsy is a condition in which disturbances to the brain's normal electrical activity cause recurring seizures or brief episodes of altered consciousness.

There are about 40 different types. Epilepsy is not a mental illness, but can develop after injury or damage to the brain.

About 85% of the global burden of epilepsy occurs in low and middle-income countries.
Phases of epileptic fits

The Man Behind Anti-islam Video Arrested

 A man linked to an anti-Islam video that sparked riots across the Muslim world has been held without bond after a hearing in Los Angeles, California.

A judge said Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was a flight risk and cited a pattern of deception when making his ruling, Reuters news agency reported.
Nakoula was investigated for violating probation terms after he was released from prison in 2011 for bank fraud.

He has not been detained over the contents of the inflammatory video.
Nakoula, who allegedly produced the 14-minute trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims, was banned from accessing the internet or using an alias without an officer's permission under the terms of his probation.

Earlier, the Obama administration had requested Google, the company that owns YouTube, to remove the clip. The technology firm refused, saying the film did not violate its rules.

The US Attorney's office in Los Angeles confirmed Nakoula had been taken into custody earlier on Thursday.

"Mr Nakoula was arrested pursuant to allegations made by the Probation Office that he has violated the terms of his supervised release," spokesman Thom Mrozek said.
He had been in hiding after the release of the video

Hospital Strike Suspended?

Hospital entrance:No sign of activity
News has it that the ongoing strike that has paralyzed activities in in some federal government hospitals has been called off.It seems that some hospitals are yet to get the proper directive and commence normal duties.

At the National orthopaedic Hospital,Enugu,everywhere remained as quiet and deserted as it has been over the weeks.

Empty Wards
The ever busy road leading into the facility remained deserted,and within  one easily notices the absence of white dress-wearing people(nurses)who normally dotted the whole place as they carried out their duties.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Online Registration By Nigeria Nursing Council


The Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria has really shown a positive and progressive attitude and commitment to excellence by introduction of online registration.

The introduction of online registration of candidates and everything that has to do with transactions and inquiries is a very welcome development and is even long overdue.

And we all believe that with the present pace ,more innovations will soon be here to enable us get off faster and reach the heights that others have gotten to,soon.

This is a time to call on all Nigerian nurses to sit up and get ICT compliant.Its no longer an option but a mandatory requirement as more ideas on how to use computers for most activities in the wards will soon be commenced.And no one will like to be left behind,in the cold when others are moving forward.

Nigerian nurses,especially the younger ones should brake away from the old norms and atavistic patterns and follow the modern trend to set the stage for more pragmatic development in nursing in Nigeria.We must be willing to learn and explore,the women should not believe that marriage limits them permanently from advancing in this noble profession.You can go higher  and the time is now.

9,000 MIdwives and Nurses To Be Employed By FG

 The federal government has plans in place now to employ over 9,000 midwives,nurses and community health workers nation-wide to curb the rising maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.

This was disclosed by the north east zonal coordinator, Performance and Results (Sure-P), Engineer Ali Fatoma in an interview with newsmen Tuesday at the Sindaba Hotel, Bauchi during a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) orientation programme organised for midwives and community development health workers under the SURE- P scheme.

Fatoma said that the midwives would be deployed to various rural areas in the geo-political zones and assisted by Community Health Workers (CHEW) and Village Health Workers (VHWs) to support the work going on in the communities
According to him, under the SURE-P programme, the Federal Government would reinvest its oil subsidy funds into a combination of programmes including health to stimulate the economy and alleviate poverty through critical infrastructure and safety net projects.

The SURE-P coordinator, who said that the programme is aimed at complementary the efforts of the Primary Health Care Development Agencies in the nation, disclosed that “this is one of the programmes as safety net for our unemployed midwives and nurses.
“The other component is on infrastructures and we have one on employment. Already there exists nurses and midwives by state government but what the SURE-P MCH intends to do is to bring in more nurses and midwives and even village health workers to attend to pregnant mothers and infant.”

He said that the SURE-P MCH programme the federal government would provide additional funds over the next four years in order to improve the lives of women and children under the ages of five by thereby reducing the maternal and infant mortality rates.
He said the programme would upgrade selected Primary Health Care Centres facilities, set up referral centres in each senatorial zone to handle emergency cases, provide drugs and equipment to selected facilities and provide ante-natal services for a minimum of two to three days immunization of the child.

Speaking during the workshop, the Executive Director of the Primary Health Care Development Agency, Abuja, Dr Ado Muhammad, expressed the hope that Sure-P MCH would improve the health outcomes of women and children in rural communities in the attainment of the MDGs 4 and 5.

Muhammad said that the SURE-P MCH would recruit midwives, community health workers and village health workers for deployment to additional 500 PHC centres selected from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
there is plan to train them on life saving skills, expanded life-saving skills for medical officers in the General Hospitals, integrated, management of childhood illnesses and other initiatives and also provide MAM kits, Outreach kits and VHW(village health workers') kits. 

By  Segun Awofadeji (culled from Thisday)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Celebrities and Marriage

Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
 It was in the news last year that the Nollywood super actor-Kate Henshaw Nuttal's marriage was collapsing.The question then was :what was the problem with our TV stars?

Could it be that they are not actually "wife materials?'' or marriageable.Does acting have anything to do with stability in marriage?

 Well it depends on the person involved and so many other factors.Marriage is serious business and only those in it can actually tell what it feels like.

There are a lot of celebrities who have robust and thriving homes,enjoying a wonderful relationship.

There are also many others who are far from that ideal reality.That one or even a hundred have failed marriages does not mean that movies stars are not good for marriage.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Marriages work because the people involved are ready to sacrifice and make it work.When selfless love and willingness to do all for the other is a culture of the heart,any marriage must work.

I Dedicate This Video To My,Readers, Colleagues and Patients

No matter what it has been matter what the world around you looks like,no matter what you have done,there is someone who loves YOU more than anything else.

National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu:Strike Enters Week Three

Milpark hospital South Africa:Do they ever go on strike?
Its not a time of debate about what is wrong and what is right;its not about who is right and who is wrong now but who suffers most-the patients and their relations.Some of them have lost the person that they had spent fortune on struggling and praying he/she gets well.Even saw a full grown man weeping like a baby early in the morning and walking toward the hospital gate,maybe to go tell his people that all hope is gone as they had lost their loved one.

I am yet to understand when we got to this extent even of allowing frivolous issues to blur our vision o the common good and also our oat as medical professionals.And to the point where we no longer seem to have any conscience.

Ohio state Hospital.American Health pros cannot do it.
It is so disheartening that such an ugly even should be allowed to happen for two times in a year and somebody is talking about going to industrial court.perhaps by the time we come back from the courts,all the patients would be gone:either to their graves,or irreparably morbid,or into our own individual private clinics where they will even pay more for the '' expert services.''

From the MD to the least person who may have a hand in this i am pleading for mercy and compassion to be revived once more in your hearts.Remember the Hippocratic oaths remember God and remember posterity.Lets all make the sacrifice that will set these things straight again.

God is watching.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Nurses Are Beautiful


      The beauty is not just of the face or shape of the body;It is not about her uniform or about her profession.....

     Her beauty comes from a loving heart that accommodates all men and cares for their needs despite all odds.

    The beauty of a heart that loves beyond race and gender,age or religion.....

That's the nurse.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Common False Beliefs about Acne


Common False Beliefs about Acne 
Acne is related to diet – no evidence exists to suggest that any particular foods directly cause acne. Ever heard the groundnuts or eating too much oil causes pimples? Though mot proven, but many believe it.

 Acne results from a person’s inability to ‘properly take care of
themselves’ – In other words, they want to make you believe that you are not as clean or cute as you should be. Granted, some people really do not care about their skin and looks, and obviously this can cause some skin problems. Acne is actually due to inherited factors that increase the
production of a substance called sebum and has nothing to do with how a
person takes care of themselves’.

 Strong cleansers and constant scrubbing are helpful – this can actually lead to increased inflammation; mild non-abrasive cleansing is best. Do not use hard sponge on your skin in order to remove anything. It affects your skin adversely.

 Acne is just a stage that people go through during adolescence – acne may actually begin in or continue through adult life and can affect a
person’s self-esteem whatever the age of onset.

Why do people believe all this and where does the information come from?’

The most important factor in spreading this kind of information is the media; print and electronic. We also get some misconceptions or wrong ideas from the community based on what they have come to believe over the years and which has no scientific basis.

***Did you know that some ignorant people have related acne to not having sex—and this especially is common among the adolescents both in the villages and in the urban? This is a devilish notion that actually instils fear into some young minds and those who have no good guide can derail at this time and may never get back on track again***.

The makers of all these beauty products in their different shades, shapes and sizes are doing it to sell their products. The media now tell us how we should look and once you don’t fit into that, you can go and hide.

Once you buy this hype, the next logical action is to look for the advertised product they have promised to make you look acceptable to the standard set by “a certain beauty or celebrity magazine, television presenter or one radio fashion presenter”

We are not against buying of beauty products but do not be under pressure to change the way you look because someone somewhere told you that you are not a human being unless you look a certain way.
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“Your dignity does not depend on what people say but on the fact that God sees you  as His own” 

Are Nurses Guilty of Indecent Dressing?:

Nurses Are Beautiful
Are Nurses Guilty of  indecent dressing?:
Indecent dressing is the wearing of any apparel clothes that is not socially, culturally and morally acceptable. The society obviously frowns at this modern trend that is causing serious vices and creating serious outcry. The nurse is supposed to be an epitome of every inimitable virtue, a mirror of goodness and powerful light that shines strongly to illumine the dark path of the society where s/he operates.  

The nurse is seen as same both in the hospital setting and outside. The patient and relations that you treat in the hospital will always address you as,”nurse” or “my nurse” whenever they see you either in the bus, train, driving your car, at the airport, church or any social function. And each time he will associate you with the hospital.

His memory associates you with immaculate white or blue dress, injections/drugs, calm talk and smiles. The man, woman or child you cared for in the hospital sees you as that innocent and pure person that cares for people. They seem to also associate nurses with high moral standards and silently sees some as role models of kindness, purity and love.And this is what nurses really represent.

 There is a silent and gradually increasing talk about indecency in the dress codes of some nurses. However this tends to be common among students nurses and fresh graduates.  

And they can be stuffs like tight fitting gowns, skimpy skirts/gowns which some wear to school and work, tight fitting trousers that reveal the body curves and contours, open blouses that reveal the armpits brazenly and part of the breast when she is not on uniform or when assisting in a procedure in or outside the hospital.


Always Smiling to Soothe.
This is not at all arguable as colleagues have been complaining and it is obvious.Worrisome is the seeming silence of some school administrations in handling this issue. Either they claim it not significant or they feign ignorance. In all, indecent dressing has certain social, psychological and moral implications:

•    It portrays you as cheap and as one who has no regard for decency and self-dignity. This is because our bodies are meant to be covered and not exposed. We are not animals; we are humans.

•    It encourages sexual harassment. It’s a known fact that many cases of sexual assault of women have been linked to indecent dressing. In the case of the nurse, what she wears to work matters as it can send mixed signals to patients, relations and even some colleagues.

•    It portrays the profession in bad light as some people think and associate nurses with indecent dressing. For the single nurses, this can be a hindering factor as prospective suitors who may be patients’ relations may really be allergic to the way you dressed or dresses as you attend to them and conclude that you are not as noble as is acclaimed.

 Let us uphold the highest standard of ethical,social and moral integrity and let the world see us like that.We are nurses.

To be continued
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Monday, 3 September 2012

Antioxidant:What You Must Know


“Antioxidants” This has become a common and popular word these days especially with the influx of many foreign food supplements and drugs telling us that they contain “antioxidants”

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of another molecule. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions produce “free radicals” which are the culprits that we are talking about. These free radicals can start a chain reaction in a cell that can cause damage or death of the cell. Damage or death of the cell leads to many abnormalities in the human body; hence you can see the reason for increased awareness about antioxidants. Antioxidants terminate the chain reaction.

Antioxidants are essential to combat the damaging effects of free radicals.

So what are free radicals, you might ask?

Free radicals are waste products formed in a variety of situations, for example:

• During normal metabolism and production of ATP (Adenosine TryPhosphate), our body's energy currency. This being the case, exercise actually increases the formation of free radicals!

• They are also formed by the body when it is attacked by environmental toxins (e.g. cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, pollutants in the air and water, man-made pharmaceutical drugs and even sunlight).Avoid smoking.

• Another source of free radicals is inflammation.

Free radicals are highly reactive molecules which lack at least one electron, making them very unstable. To regain stability these molecules scavenge an electron from other molecules. In this way they themselves become stable once more, but they have simply created new scavengers which go on to create more havoc, especially if they have destabilized and damaged important molecules such as the DNA of the cell.

These reactions are known as oxidation reactions, and are not unlike the rusting process that we have all observed. Rampant free radicals that are not effectively neutralized are thought to be responsible for much of our ill health, and also for ageing (often prematurely).

Antioxidants to the rescue!

Antioxidants are able to interrupt the chain reaction by supplying extra electrons where they are needed without becoming free radicals themselves. So they are critically important to our continued good health.

Where do they come from?

The body is able to manufacture some of its own antioxidants. These include the following:

• Glutathione. This is produced continuously by the body from three amino acids, namely cysteine, glycine and glutamine. It effectively neutralizes free radicals as well as toxins like mercury and other heavy metals. Unfortunately, if the toxic load becomes too great it can overwhelm the glutathione system.

• Several different enzymes are also responsible for dealing with free radicals: superoxide dismutases (SOD's), catalases and peroxidases for example.

Other important antioxidants come from our foods, and this is what interests us here in particular. The list here is fairly long:

• Vitamins C and E are well-known antioxidants. They act best when present together, as the Vitamin C is able to reactivate the vitamin E as it gets used up while getting rid of free radicals.

• Alpha-lipoic acid is also an effective antioxidant. It is commonly found in red meats, vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, potatoes, yams, carrots and beets and yeast

• Phytochemicals are potent antioxidants that come from fruits and vegetables, mostly of the highly coloured types. The two groups are as follows:

1.    The carotenoids are fat soluble compounds from bright red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables mainly. Some common sources are carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, spinach, kale, strawberries and papaya. Well known examples of carotenoids are beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin, but there are over 600 members of the family at least.

2.    The flavonoids on the other hand, are water soluble antioxidants coming mainly from purple and dark green fruits and vegetables such as berries, black grapes, beets, broccoli, spinach and green tea. Some well known flavonoids include resveratrol and quercetin but again the family is much larger than this - over 6000 members!

The important thing is that we need to make sure that our bodies are equipped with all the necessary nutrients to keep free radicals at bay. It is essential to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Getting a full complement of all the different antioxidant nutrients is far better than high levels of just one or two. And it may indeed be necessary to supplement with carefully chosen products.

Partly culled from Andre' van der Hoven,s article. She has a strong educational background in support of this (M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Immunology) To explore further please visit her at  and
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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Why Many People Want To Be Nurses Now

 As we are leaving this place in November, others are coming in. Every year, thousands of candidates are enrolling into the school of nursing. This trend was not there before but, recently it seems nursing has become one of the most attractive professions on earth. Hundreds of thousand nurses review and pass the board exams, and get licensed annually. Still, more and more are lining up just to get that nursing degree. 

Despite the growing number of the nurses, Nursing is still on the trend as one of the career paths today. This trend continues and increases every year. Here are five reasons to tell you why.

1.    The employment opportunities. The industry grows on daily basis because an increasing number of the populace will need adequate care, and we are in a continuously growing population. Job opportunities for the nurses are expanding as well. The modern lifestyle and culture brings with it a set of illnesses that require meticulous care and the nurse has to provide it. Nurses can choose from a variety of specializations --- Burns and Plastic Nursing, paediatrics, adult medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, Peri-operative, Accident and emergency care, Orthopaedic Nursing, community health, occupational or industrial. They can also go into teaching or administration. The possibilities are so vast and more are still been discovered, where the nurse can fit in.

2.    The compensation Plan. The average compensation for a nurse is good and you continue to take a higher salary grade as you add up years for experience. The least period to become a nurse is two years. There are also nurses that prefer to be hired by some big multinationals and their pay is often mouth-watering, though many now prefer a pensionable job (federal job) because it provides a more reliable security. As a matter of fact, nurses are not among the professions that look for job for too long. Their complaints are not joblessness, but compensation. There is always a job for the nurse.

3.    Job Stability. When you go working as a nurse, you have a stable job. Since hospitals are comprised of more than half by nurses, and that the healthcare setting is always in a fast-paced motion, changing staffs is not that ideal. Doctors spend less time with patients, whereas nurses consume most of the time, becoming the primary caregivers of the sick, therefore changes in the number of the working staff due to dismissal or termination is taxing to the hospital, both to the employers and the other employees.

4.    It serves as a prerequisite to a higher education. If you have the desire to go higher in education nursing provides a veritable environment that gives you unlimited and fertile opportunities to do so. If  you are interested in taking up Medicine or any other related course, being a nurse makes it easier as you will not have much problem understanding the subjects like a fresh student. Most subjects are similar and your understanding will be faster.

5.    Job Satisfaction.  
Aside from the compensation and job opportunities prepared for you, the sole reason of becoming a nurse is having that sense of fulfilment. This is one of the things which keep people attracted to the profession. There is nothing as fulfilling as being in a position to assist a person in need or at the point of death and see the person recover and smile again. Nurses become nurses since they have the heart to care, the touch to heal. They are patient enough to stay with the sick, and dedicate their time and energy for the benefit of the other.

 The feeling of having been one of the reasons why your stroke patient is able to talk, why your sick paediatric client is able to play and giggle again, simply gives you a rewarding feeling. Getting the chance to save someone else's life is really far more rewarding than anything else.

These are just the five reasons I want you to see. More are coming. And if you are interested, why not pick up a form today and start the process. You’ll love it.

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