Wi-fi And Cellphones Increases Risk Of Miscarriage- Research

A new research reveals that Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant women’s risk of suffering a miscarriage by nearly 50 percent, new research reveals.

Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is also given off by power lines and cell towers, has been found in past studies to put a stress on the body, leading to genetic damage that can cause pregnant women to miscarry.

Those exposed to the highest levels of MF radiation are 48 percent more likely to lose their baby than women exposed to the lowest amounts, the United States (U.S.) study found

MF radiation, which everyone is exposed to at some extent, has previously been linked to cancer and has been recommended by the World Health Organization to be studied for its effect on pregnancies.

Miscarriages affect between 15 and 20 percent of pregnancies in the US. They are defined as losing babies less than 20 weeks into their gestation.

The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

How was the research carried out? Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, analyzed 913 pregnant women at varying stages of their gestation.

Some of the study’s participants had previously suffered at least one miscarriage.

All of the participants carried an EMDEX Lite meter, which measures MF-radiation exposure, for 24 hours on a typical day.

Their pregnancy outcomes were followed for the duration of their gestation.

Results reveal pregnant women with the highest MF-radiation exposure have a 48 percent greater risk of miscarrying than those with the lowest exposure.

Among pregnant women exposed to the highest levels of MF radiation, 24.2 per cent had a miscarriage compared to 10.4 per cent of those exposed to the lowest amounts.

This risk occurs regardless of whether women have suffered miscarriages in the past and are therefore more likely to lose another baby before its birth.



Osun Launches Four New Health Programmes

It was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, as the government of the State of Osun flagged-off a four-in-one programme of health activities embarked upon by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The four-in-one programme is a combination of sensational events which includes; Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results; December edition of the Maternal Newborn and Child Healthcare Week; Sustainable Development Goals and distribution of 12,500 Mama kits for pregnant women in the state.

In his address, the governor harped on the need for family planning amongst parents in the state.

His advocacy was based on the fact that Nigeria with a population of 193 million people was on the brink of population explosion.

According to him, “in the next few years, Nigeria with a population of 193 million people will be the 3rd most populated country in the world after China and India.

“In order to help control the level of population growth which is fast overtaking the resources available to cater for such growth, government should encourage family planning to achieve optimum development”.

Aregbesola made it known that no religion kicked against family planning, as it is a worlwide phenomena that the rate of population growth globally was unprecedented.

He also stated that as part of the efforts of his government towards encouraging family planning, he was distributing 12,500 Mama Kits for pregnant women all over the state.

Meanwhile, in a bid to boost health of its citizens, the Aregbesola administration has embarked on the repair of health centres spread across the state and ensured that free health care is the bedrock of the government’s health policy.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu stated that the ‘Save One Million Lives Programme for Results’ was a federal government programme supported by the World Bank which focuses on maternal and child health.

He said: “About 900,000 children and mothers die every year in Nigeria largely from preventable diseases. The Save One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML PforR) is designed to drive the institutional process needed in saving mothers and children from avoidable deaths.

“The programme is designed to catalyse change in the way health business is done by focusing on results rather than the inputs”.

Isamotu revealed that the aim of SOML PforR was to promote competition in the day to day activities, assuring that the programme would be used to rate the performance of health workers and facilities.

He also revealed that an award for the best performing health facility and the best performing local government in the state had been instituted.

“SOML PforR was also to objectively increase the utilisation and high quality impact reproductive, child health and nutrition interventions”, he stressed.

For the Maternal Newborn and Childcare Week (MNCHW), he said communities would be utilised as a means of incurring coverage of simple, but effective, positive interventions such as childhood immunisation, vitamin A supplementation, nutrition assessment and de-worming.

“During the MNCHW, health workers from public health facilities are expected to visit remote villages to provide these basic health services. Communities living closer to these health facilities are expected to visit the health facilities nearest to them to receive these services.

“MNCHW is a weeklong activity, conducted twice a year, aimed at strengthening the routine services at health facilities while harnessing the excitement and energy of a campaign”.

The Commissioner maintained that MNCHW represented an opportunity to increase demand for preventive and primitive services and also to bring services closer to communities, thereby yielding quick wins in terms of immunisation and vitamin A coverage.

“The achievements of SOML PforR in the state according to Isamotu include; repair of cold chain system to aid immunisation programmes; support LLINs replacement campaign in the state and the routine distribution of LLINs; training of health workers on modern daily family planning methods, malaria eradication campaign and skilled birth attendance.

Others are; “Provision of HIV test kit to all the primary healthcare facilities towards Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCT) of HIV; procurement of Mama Kits for distribution to health facilities; integration of supportive supervision to the health facilities towards ensuring quality service delivery.

“The essence of the Mama kits is to encourage pregnant women to deliver in public health facilities across the state so as to ensure their safe delivery. This will go a long way in preventing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR)”.

In respect of the matching order given for the establishment of the State Health Insurance Scheme to ensure achieving Universal Health Coverage and reduce pocket expenditure in health, Isamotu assured the Governor that the assignment would be fulfilled with the birth of the State Health Insurance Agency before the end of 2017.

He also thanked the Governor for his doggedness in ensuring the birth of the state Primary Health Care Development Board which has brought all the Primary Health Centres in the state under one roof.

Osun Health Insurance Scheme Law: Taking The Bull By The Horn

The Osun State Health Insurance Scheme which would provide affordable health care for all citizens across board has been described by stakeholders as a welcome development.

The scheme is not in place yet, but indications have emerged that before the first quarter of 2018,the scheme would be put in place.

According to first hand information, the Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had given a directive to both the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and Special Adviser on Health, Dr. Oyinlola 90 days to come up with a draft bill on the establishment of the Osun State Health Insurance Scheme to be presented to the State House of Assembly.

Prior to this directive, it had been the policy of the administration of Aregbesola as enshrined in the six point integral action plan to promote healthy living through the provision of free and accessible health care services.

Notwithstanding the success achieved by the free health scheme, more are still being done in the area of health care provision.

Although the health insurance scheme is totally different from the free health care provision, as for the latter, the government provides health care services in all its primary and secondary health care facilities for free, while in the former, every citizen is expected to pay a certain amount of their income into a specified pool and at the end both the have and the have-not will receive health care services without recourse to their social standing in the society.

With that mandate given to the state’s health ministry, the Commissioner for Health and the Special Adviser to the governor on Health were reported to have swung into action and brought together all the experts from the State Ministry of Justice, Finance, Health, State of Osun Primary Health Care Development Board, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a two days stakeholders workshop on how to draft a working state health insurance scheme bill that the state executive council under the administration of Aregbesola could present to the House of Assembly for passage.

The workshop objective was in three fold, and they are; to understand the components of the legal framework for the state health insurance scheme and its implications to the Osun State context; to draft a bill that provides for the establishment of the Osun State Health Insurance Scheme (OSHIS) while ensuring involvement of key stakeholders; and to reach a consensus on the key provision and contents of the OSHIS bill that will ensure universal health coverage to the residents of Osun.

From the administration point of view, if the bill on the establishment of the Osun State Health Insurance Scheme (OSHIS) becomes a reality, it would be another feather on the success cap of the administration, as most stakeholders at the bill drafting workshop agreed that though, the provision of free health care services is desirable, but no more fashionable.

They all agreed that the in-thing now was in health insurance scheme as practiced all over the world, since there are benefits to be enjoyed when the law is fully operational.

The State’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu also asserted that the Insurance Scheme on establishment would take into consideration, the vulnerable people and those who are so poor and cannot pay for proper health care services.

The bill when signed into law and with the subsequent establishment of the OSHIS and its agency, will ensure that the rich pay for the poor and the healthy will pay for the sick since it is an insurance scheme.

As informed by Alhaji Ahmed Yahaya, the NHIS coordinator, the NHIS has been at the forefront of getting the state to log into the health insurance scheme.

Aside that, Pharmacist Nuhu Ajodi, noted that the NHIS and the state will collaborate, saying, the state will be in the driving seat and NHIS will collaborate based on what both parties agreed.

Nigeria Makes It In Another World Rank Survey

In recent times several surveys has been conducted that has placed Nigeria in the first five spot. Nigeria Lagos and Port-Harcourt airport was recently ranked amongst the 5 worst airports in the world, as well as the third most terrorized country by another foreign survey.

Nigeria is now placed third among the ten countries with the highest number of preterm births with 773,600, according to latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Top on the list is India with 3,519,100; and China 1,172,300. Pakistan is fourth with 748,100; followed by Indonesia 675 700; United States of America 517,400; Bangladesh 424,100; Philippines 348,900; Democratic Republic of the Congo 341,400; and Brazil 279,300.

Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-categories of preterm birth, based on gestational age: extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks); very preterm (28 to 32 weeks); and moderate to late preterm (32 to 37 weeks).

According to the WHO, preterm birth occurs for a variety of reasons. Most preterm births happen spontaneously, but some are due to early induction of labour or caesarean birth, whether for medical or non-medical reasons.

Common causes of preterm birth include multiple pregnancies, infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; however, often no cause is identified. There could also be a genetic influence. Better understanding of the causes and mechanisms will advance the development of solutions to prevent preterm birth.

According to the WHO, more than 60 per cent of preterm births occur in Africa and South Asia, but preterm birth is truly a global problem. In the lower-income countries, on average, 12 per cent of babies are born too early compared with nine per cent in higher-income countries. Within countries, poorer families are at higher risk.

Meanwhile, In Vitro Ferlisation (IVF) may almost double the risk of women giving birth prematurely, according to a study of more than 60,000 pregnancies.

Ten per cent of women who conceived thanks to fertility treatment gave birth before 37 weeks, which is considered premature, scientists found. That is almost twice the rate for women who conceived naturally.

Tens of thousands of babies are born prematurely in Britain every year but survival rates are better than ever thanks to improving neonatal care.

However, those born before 37 weeks are still more likely than full-term babies to suffer from a range of long-term problems, including cerebral palsy, and developmental conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). They are also less likely to excel at school.

The doctors behind the study think IVF may trigger changes in the placenta, which make premature birth more likely.

Experts believe that freezing the embryo first and then implanting it later, rather than doing everything in the same menstrual cycle, may offer protection against the risk.

More than 50,000 women in Britain undergo IVF or a related technique called Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) every year, according to official figures, resulting in about 12,000 births. Italian researchers looked at 15 studies covering 61,677 births, and concluded that the rate of premature birth was ‘considerably higher’ in mothers who had undergone IVF/ ICSI than in those who had not.

Even after ‘age matching’ to take into account the fact that women having IVF tend to be older, there was still a big difference.

On a like-for-like basis, women who had had IVF were 63 per cent more likely to give birth before 37 weeks than those who had conceived naturally. Some studies indicate that ‘sub-fertile’ women who have trouble conceiving tend to be biologically predisposed to premature birth.

But in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, the researchers said that studies indicated “the risk of pre-term birth in IVF/ICSI patients is due to the treatment itself.

Women who have IVF with frozen embryos have a better chance of becoming pregnant, the study also revealed. Scientists say the removal of eggs during fertility treatment could damage the womb’s lining.

But if implantation could be delayed after egg collection – as enabled by freezing embryos – then the womb could be given time to heal, leading to a better chance of pregnancy.

However, scientists warn that the potential benefits of freezing embryos are highly dependent on the skills of different IVF clinics.

Dr. Gedis Grudzinskas, a Harley Street fertility expert, said: “If implantation could be delayed by a month or two after egg collection, then problems could be overcome.


Ray Of Hope As U.S. Scientists Find New Possible Cure To Leukemia

A new study showed on Tuesday has revealed that a group of American scientists have found a new possibility to cure to leukemia. Leukemia is a deadly cancer of the blood that knocks down patients as young as only seven years old.

In the study published in Journal Nature Medicine, the group of scientists from Stanford University and National Institute of Health (NIH) found that a molecule, called “CD22”, could serve as a potent target for the killer cells of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common childhood cancer.

It came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved last August a cell-based gene therapy, namely the “CAR T-cell” treatment. The CAR T-cell is a therapy that requires drawing blood from patients and separating out the T cells.

It works by genetically modifying a patient’s own immune cells to seek out and attack leukemia cells that have a molecule called “CD19” on their surface.

Such a therapy relies on the patient’s own T cells a type of immune cell that could become a powerful killing machine.

Stanford oncologist Crystal Mackall and NIH’s pediatric hematologist Terry Fry discovered that a molecule called “CD22” can be a similar target.

Scientists treated 21 patients with treatment-resistant B-cell leukemia who are aged seven to 30 to test the new “CD22-directed method.

Seventeen of them were previously treated with CD19-directed therapy and 15 of them had either relapsed or failed to respond.

They found that at the lowest dose level, one in six patients achieved complete remission after treatment, and with an escalated dose, 11 of 15 patients entered remission.

The new approach is helpful because the cancer cells of some patients who undergo CD19-directed therapy stop expressing the CD19 molecule on the cell surface.

The relapse rate of CD22-directed therapy also proved high.

The researchers hope that targeting “CD19 and CD22” simultaneously may produce an approach where cancer cells are unable to evade, thus leading to a new therapy for curing leukemia in the future.


Frequent Exposure To Hair Dye Harms Nervous System By Ayo Otubanjo

It is quite shocking the number of women who have visited our clinics for consultations explaining their horrendous experiences at certain hair salons and the resulting hair loss they have suffered.

There is a general lack of oversight by most governments on products used in hair salons and which contain a number of hazardous chemicals that may harm your health. Also, most salon workers lack basic understanding of the products they use and in most cases have not been properly trained in their application.

There are several products used in salon services such as hair dye, wig glue/hairpiece bonding, hair extension glue and lace wig glue. These products contain some extremely toxic chemicals which can be very dangerous for your health. Some of these chemicals are toluene, styrene, trichloroethylene and dioxane to mention a few.

Toluene is a clear, colourless liquid with a distinctive smell. It is a good solvent (a substance that can dissolve other substances). Toluene occurs naturally in crude oil and in the tolu tree. It is produced in the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil and in making coke from coal.

Toluene may have an effect on your nervous system (brain and nerves). Nervous system effects can be temporary, such as headaches, dizziness, or unconsciousness. However, effects such as uncoordination, cognitive impairment, and vision and hearing loss may become permanent with repeated exposure, especially at concentrations associated with intentional solvent abuse.

Styrene is primarily used in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins. Acute (short-term) exposure to styrene in humans results in mucous membrane and eye irritation, and gastrointestinal effects. Chronic (long-term) exposure to styrene in humans results in effects on the central nervous system , such as headache, fatigue, weakness, and depression, hearing loss and peripheral neuropathy.

The main use of trichloroethylene is in the vapour degreasing of metal parts. It is also used as an extraction solvent for greases, oils, fats, waxes, and tars, a chemical intermediate in the production of other chemicals, and as a refrigerant. Acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure to trichloroethylene can affect the human central nervous system, with symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, confusion, euphoria, facial numbness, and weakness.

Dioxane is a clear colourless liquid with a faint ethereal odour. It is also used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of dioxane has been shown to cause vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin.

The extent of the inherent dangers of these chemicals depends on the frequency of interaction with them. While a salon customer may only be exposed to small quantities of these potentially hazardous chemicals during their short visits, a salon worker on the other hand is constantly exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis in the course of their work.

Salon workers who have experienced breathing problems, headaches, skin rashes, or other health problems while at work should consult their doctors and insist that their employers provide them with safer alternative products or provide them with precautionary items to protect their health. Long term studies of salon workers have also reported higher risks of chronic conditions, including certain cancers, immune diseases, asthma, and higher risk of some birth defects in their children.

While the salon customer may be at a lesser risk than the salon worker, we have witnessed some cases where the former have suffered irreparable scalp damage and total baldness. In some extreme cases, the customer has suffered from health conditions occasioned by their visits to the salon.

Salon customers can take certain precautionary steps such as insisting on studying the products and checking the chemical components. Ingredients in salon products can sometimes be found on the product label, although manufacturers are not required to fully list all ingredients in products sold for professional use.

If you have recently visited a salon and have developed serious itchiness on the scalp, you need to consult either a dermatologist or if you are experiencing hair loss, you need to consult a hair restoration consultant before it is too late and irreparable damage sets in.

Ejigbo South Distributes Eye Glasses, Begins Construction Of Secretariat

The Executive Secretary, Ejigbo South Local Council Development Area, Ilawo, State of Osun, Prince ‘Boyede Jaiyeola has re-affirmed his commitment to dignity of service and overall development of the council area. He stated this at the sod turning ceremony of the council’s Permanent Secretariat in Ilawo and distribution of free eye glasses to impaired people in the council area.


According to a statement jointly signed by the council Information Officers, Stephen Gbenro Remi Ayinde, said Prince Jaiyeola, noted that infrastructural development had been of paramount importance to his administration since assumption of office, adding that the plight of the council workers, faced with poor facilities and insufficient office accommodation was quite worrisome, hence, there is the need for conducive environment to ensure workers’ productivity.


Jaiyeola, the State ALGON Chairman also observed that good human vision was priceless, commending a prominent son of the community, Prince Paul Ayoade for facilitating a partnership with the I-Care Clinic in Ibadan for the provision and supply of free eye glasses to deserving people in the LCDA.


He noted further that very many people were in dire need of glasses to aid their vision, adding that more of such people-oriented programs, including massive grading of community roads, awaited the people as dividends of democracy in due course. The council boss who decried the present economic challenges facing the nation, however promised to put in his best in the service of his people for the growth and development of the newly-created council within the limits of available resources.


According to him, the LCDA must become a model worthy of being emulated by other councils in the state, assuring that his administration would always have the people at heart in the scheme of things in the LCDA. Prince Jaiyeola, while stressing the need for the people of the council area to discharge their responsibilities to the government by paying taxes and rates accordingly said it is an efficient way of complementing government’s efforts at bringing development to their doorsteps.


He then enjoined them to perform their civic duties peacefully and live within the confines of the law as elections draw near in the state. He urged them to continue to support the present administration in the state under Governor Rauf Aregbesola whose desire for overall development of the state he described as unrivalled. The Executive Secretary also called on the council staff to demonstrate great commitment to service and show unalloyed loyalty to authority, noting that the success of any administration hinged on the cooperation of workers with the management.


Speaking at the ceremony, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salam commended Prince Jaiyeola for his giant strides in the new LCDA, just as he announced the donation of N500, 000 to support the secretariat projects. He also called on all well-meaning indigenes of the council area to rally round the present administration and synergize with the government at all times to ensure rapid development of their area.


Giving their royal blessings at the occasion, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Zakariyau Owolabi; Olu of Songbe, Oba Kamilu Ojelabi, Alawo of Ilawo, Oba Azeez Faronbi as well as Onisaraa of Inisha I, Oba Job Atilola who took turns to pray for the growth and development of the LCDA, called for concerted efforts of all indigenes of the council area, home and abroad, at building a virile local government.

I Ought to Have Died- Wole Soyinka

Based on his “lifestyle”, Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate ought to have died by now.

This is a personal admission that the 83-year old legendary playwright made to a question by the Financial Times of London, on how long he intends to live.

He said, “By all logic I should not be alive right now because of my lifestyle,” he replied.

“I flout everything they teach at medical school, including the fact that I don’t drink water. I eat only when I want to. I don’t obey the rules of cholesterol,” he added during the conversation with David Pilling, the FT Africa editor, at the Pescatori restaurant in west London.

Soyinka is by his own admission a non-smoker, although he said he used to smoke hard cigarettes such as Gitanes, Gauloises, cigars and cheroots, but he had quit smoking.

” I lost interest several years ago,” he said, also revealing an argument he once had with the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on the perils of smoking.

“I had an argument with Fidel Castro about it. By that time Castro had got religion about the perils of smoking and he rounded on a guerrillero, saying, ‘This is bad for you. I have medical evidence.’ He started bullying him. I said, ‘Wait a minute. Leave the man alone. Let him find his own time.’ ” Soyinka says this triggered a two-hour discussion.

“Castro loved to argue. But I think that day he met his match.” The two called it an evening and Soyinka retired to bed. “The following morning a box of cigars — Cohiba — arrived at my hotel. It just said, ‘With compliments of the Cuban government.’ Who did it? To this day, I’ve no idea. But I still have some of them in Abeokuta. That’s the story of my smoking career.”

Ways to Boost Your Immune System By Edirin Moses

Germs, viruses, bacteria and other disease- causing microbes abound everywhere and to stay healthy, you need a strong immune system to act as defence against infections. Taking some of these steps below will help boost your immunity, making it stronger to fight off any virus and prevent diseases.

Avoid Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses immune function.When you are feeling overwhelmed by your endless chores and workloads, it can be tempting to skimp on sleep to get everything done. But not getting enough sleep can have serious consequences on your health as there is a connection between lack of sleep and low immunity which can result in ill-health. A healthy adult needs at least six hours of sleep each night.

Eat a nutrient-packed diet
The most important way to keep your immune system functioning normally is diet and exercise. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds and lean protein which will provide your body with the nutrients, especially vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants your immune system needs to function properly.

Exercise regularly
Working out does more than keep your waist trim. Exercising regularly and eating healthy are the most significant factors for your immune system. Indeed, research shows that people who live more sedentary lifestyles are far more likely to get colds or other infectious diseases than more active people.

Avoid tobacco smoke
It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids. Also drink less alcohol. Excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections.

Personal hygiene
Maintain good personal hygiene habits as this can contribute in no small way in preventing certain illnesses like the common cold and flu. Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet.Use a hand sanitiser for maximum protection, for those who use public toilets.

Monkeypox Outbreak: FG Is On Top Of The Situation – Don

The federal government of Nigeria is presently working round the clock to nip the outbreak of the suspected cases of monkeypox ravaging few states in the bud. This definitive and assertive statement was made by the director, African Centre of Excellence for Genomic of Infectious Diseases ACEGID, Redeemers` University, Ede, Osun State, Prof. Christian Happi when he conducted journalists round the centre for an on-the-spot assessment of research efforts  on monkeypox

Prof. Happi said the PMB led administration should be commended for the new breathe of life into Nigeria`s health sector, spirited efforts and determination of the federal ministry of health to move from the orthodox curative methodology of yesteryears to the global age preventive medicine to fight the scourge of infectious disease, ravaging the country. In his words, “ever since we were sent samples of  suspected patients of the monkeypox outbreak in Bayelsa, Ekiti and Lagos states, the honourable minister of health, prof. Isaac adewole has kept close contact with this centre to know the outcome of the analyzed samples. He commissioned us as a point of primary reference to determine the exact causative organism for the pox, part of which is to ascertain whether it is truly monkeypox or not”

The report of the samples taken which is presently undergoing analysis in our well-equipped laboratory will be out by the weekend, while the result WHO reference laboratory in Dakar Senegal will be secondary and second opinion as allowed in medical field. Happi further stated, that “it will interest you to know this same centre was where the  case of Ebola infectious disease was analyzed and discovered in 2014, and this is to tell you that Nigeria is abundantly blessed with human and material resources to solve and overcome its present challenges.

We have a collaborative partnership as a centre: ACEGID, the federal ministry of health and the national centre for disease control NCDC to determine the causative factors, therapeutic procedures and management of infectious disease in the country as ebola, lassa , chickenpox and monkeypox .The laboratory result will specifically ascertain if the ongoing outbreak is the central Africa monkeypox or that of the west Africa own which is more milder.

Earlier, the Acting VC of the university, Dr Emmanuel Adebayo while lamenting the neglect they have suffered in the hands of the previous administration of former president, goodluck jonathan for their efforts during Ebola crisis, till today we have not been appreciated, recognized or paid, the institution was still being owed a substantial sum of money for the job successfully carried out.

The commissioner for innovation, science and technology for the state of osun who was part of the government delegation to the centre applauded ACEGID for their forthrightness and steadfastness in contributing to the field of medicine through their various interventions. I must commend this laudable innovation of making this centre a reference point in Nigeria and as a government, we will work out robust partnership to sustain the various inventions for the benefit of mankind. The amiable governor of the state of osun, ogbeni rauf aregbesola has also directed that we constitute osun science and technology research council which will be saddled with the responsibility of promoting research outputs of the all tertiary institutions scattered across the length and breadth of osun to local and international investors for the economic advancement of the state and Nigeria in general.

12 Things To Know About Monkey Pox

Monkeypox is a rare and infectious disease caused by monkey virus, transmitted from animals to human, with symptoms similar to those of smallpox, although less severe.


The first incident of the disease in Nigeria was reported on September 22 in Bayelsa, and according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 31 suspected cases have been reported across seven states including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River.


To stay safe from this disease which has no known cure or vaccine, below are 12 things to know.


  1. Monkeypox occurs sporadically in some remote parts of central and West Africa. It was first discovered in monkeys hence the name, monkeypox.
  2. The disease was first identified in 1958 by the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, during an investigation into a pox-like disease among monkeys.
  3. The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a period of intensified effort to eliminate smallpox.
  4. The infection can be contracted from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals like monkeys, Gambian giant rats, squirrels, and rodents. Eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animals is a possible risk factor.
  5. Secondary, or human-to-human, transmission can result from close contact with infected respiratory tract secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or objects recently contaminated by patient fluids or lesion materials.
  6. The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7-14 days but can range from 5−21 days. Within the first three days or more, after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.
  7. Monkeypox can be transmitted from human to human through physical touch, contact with stool, blood contact. Avoid contact with animals that could harbour the virus (including animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where monkeypox occurs).
  8. Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal or person. Isolate infected patients from others who could be at risk for infection.
  9. Practice good hand hygiene with or without contact with infected animals or humans. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  10. There is presently no known or proven, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection.
  11. Vaccination against smallpox has been proven to be 85% effective in preventing monkeypox in the past but the vaccine is no longer available to the public after it was discontinued following global smallpox eradication in 1980.
  12. Monkeypox has been shown to cause death in about as 10 percent of those who contract the disease. Children are more susceptible to the infection.