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Kano offers free dental service to 16,000 patients

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No few than 16,000 patients from the five Emirate councils in Kano State have benefitted from the State’s free dental and oral health services.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, disclosed this on Friday, at the closing ceremony of the free dental outreach inaugurated on March 20, to mark World Oral Health Day.

He said that the exercise which began on March 20, had surpassed its 15,000 target beneficiaries across the state.

According to him, treatment of oral health cases is expensive and usually not part of universal health coverage. “Most low and middle-income countries like Nigeria are unable to provide services to prevent and treat oral health conditions,’’ he said. Tsanyawa pointed out that most oral health conditions were largely preventable and could be treated.

He said that the mouth was one of the main entry points for common diseases like diarrhea, vomiting, typhoid fever, and even COVID-19.

The commissioner explained that Kano had conducted massive oral health awareness activities across the state through a similar free outreach. He added that the beneficiaries were provided with interventions such as scaling and polishing, fillings and restoration as well partial denture and extraction. Others were also provided with dental health kits including toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, and mouth wash.

He said the two-week exercise also availed the beneficiaries opportunity to learn about oral health and good hygiene practices.

Kano State Government had on March 20,  embarked on a two-week free outreach in designated health facilities across the five Emirate Councils to mark the World Oral Day.

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85% doctors planning to leave Nigeria for greener pastures – NARD

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At least 85 per cent of Nigerian doctors are planning to leave the country to seek greener pastures, Sunday PUNCH has learnt.

This is according to the data obtained from the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors.

The report also showed that the preferred countries for immigration intentions are the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The NARD members are of House Officers, Registrars, Senior Registrars, and Medical Officers below the level of Principal Medical Officers.

Speaking with our correspondent, the President of the association, Dr Emeka, said if the government did not take steps to address the ongoing brain drain in the country, the situation will get worse in the health sector.

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“When we are saying these things, it looks as if it’s a joke. Mobility of labour is acceptable anywhere and what the government should do is to address the root causes of the immigration of doctors, as long as they don’t address it, when they see better opportunities out there, they will want to go there.

“It’s about the choices people make about themselves when they think that the government is not taking care of them. The government needs to improve on the things we have highlighted to reduce the brain drain,” he said.

He noted that as of October 2022, there were only 10,000 resident doctors in the country.

“Five months after, and we don’t have any reason to suggest that there is a downward scale of doctors migrating, if anything should be, it should be an increment in the immigration because nothing essentially has changed in terms of the working condition, infrastructure, security and all that,” he added.

Going by this figure, it means that 8,500 resident doctors plan to leave the country.

The 2023 macroeconomic outlook report released by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group recently said that aside from the considerable health infrastructural gap, Nigeria has lost many medical professionals to brain drain, leading to personnel inadequacy in the health sector.

The report said, “One of the major factors inhibiting Nigeria’s economic development has been the brain drain and knowledge gap in human capital. Knowledge as a significant driver of economies of scale can be increased by investing in education and providing better health services, which is the nation’s human capital formation.

“An equipped labour force, a stable economic environment, a thriving private sector, and robust social welfare programmes are crucial in attaining Shared Prosperity in Nigeria.”

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How Nigerians above 40 can stay healthy – Physician

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A public health expert, Dr. Akinlemibola Makinde, has urged Nigerians, especially those above 40 to consider creating health-related New Year resolutions to stay healthy.

Makinde, who is the chairman of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria also noted that it is essential to meet with one’s doctor to plan how to stay healthy and fit in the new year.

Speaking with PUNCH HealthWise in an interview, Makinde said some lifestyle changes are crucial to stay healthy each year.

He said, “Health-wise, it is necessary to make a new year’s health resolution to take care of yourself properly, what you eat, and so on, especially if you are above 40.

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“Changing one’s lifestyle is important. People should take more vegetables than carbohydrates, people should also exercise, not in a rigorous manner. Doing exercises like taking a walk, and taking plenty of water counts.”

Makinde noted that it can be difficult to abide by any resolution, but advised that people write down their health goals for the year and keep the document where they can see it daily making it easy to imbibe it as a habit.

He also stated that it is important to consult one’s doctor when deciding to make health changes stating that consultation with one’s doctor will assist the doctor to give specific recommendations necessary for the individual based on their health status and history.

Also, in an earlier interview, a nutritionist, James Oloyede, noted that as one approaches 40, the intake of certain foods should be limited.

According to him, people over 40 should stay away from refined carbohydrates found in pasta, pastries as well as white bread, processed meat like sausages, hot dogs, and fruit juices, adding that persons over 40 should also avoid fatty food, energy drinks, and the like.

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Govt, WHO dispatch health personnel as Cholera kills 20 in Cross River community

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Over 20 persons are feared dead following an outbreak of cholera disease in Ekureku community in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

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