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Invest More in Oxygen Generators, Not Ventilators—Minister

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By Dipo Olowookere

Minister of Health, Mr Osagie Ehanire, has called for more investment in oxygen generators, saying situations have showed that they are more needed in the management of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) than ventilators.

Last week, Mr Ehanire inspected the 063 Nigeria Air Force COVID-19 Observation, Treatment Centre located at a side of the 063 NAF Hospital along the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Road, Abuja.

The facility is about 25-bed COVID-19 Observation and Treatment Centre with a Small Operation Theatre (when that becomes necessary) and sections to treat serious symptomatic COVID-19 cases, observation and treatment of mild and asymptomatic cases.

Speaking at the event, which had officials of the ministry in attendance, the Minister said, “You may consider that based on health team’s management of cases of COVID-19, majority of our patients do well with oxygen supplementation because the ventilators have not come in so useful.”

He further said in Lagos, “We’ve seen out of every 400 cases, only 4 requires ventilators. So, the percentage of those who require ventilators are not as high as what we feared in the beginning.

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“A large number of persons will require oxygen supplementation. So, we are advising investing in oxygen generators now as you invest also in ventilators, but don’t put all your hopes in ventilators.”

“I understand that the Air Force has an oxygen plant in Yola. So, you can supply yourself generously with oxygen,” the Minister stated.

He expressed gratitude to NAF for donating 30 cylinders of oxygen to the ministry. He said the items have been deployed to the General Hospital, Asokoro, Abuja.

However, the Minister requested for more oxygen cylinders from the Air Force to be used at the Lagos Mainland Hospital, Yaba, where there is an isolation for COVID-19 treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Mr Ehanire, who was invited to inspect and possibly direct on further things necessary for the centre to be accredited, charged the 063 NAF COVID-19 Observation, Treatment Centre, said with COVID-19, not much was known about it initially.

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“But we proceed by learning. Several treatment drugs have been touted and trials reveal that many of them have not proved useful.

“A new one has come up now, we know it, we know its side effect, it is not something you buy off the shelf, you have to be extremely careful in its dispensing and uses. It’s only a doctor that should prescribe it prescribe the exact dosage,” he said.

Impressed with the state of the 063 NAF Observation and Treatment Centre, the Minister directed the accreditation team to proceed with other things necessary and to note the facility to be added to the nation’s assets along with the Defence Reference Laboratory at Mogadishu Cantonment along Nyanya Road also in Abuja. The Lab, the Minister, was told has already handled more than 560 samples.

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On the future of national response to any health emergency post-COVID-19, Mr Ehanire disclosed that even before COVID-19, his Ministry had been working on a national response that bring together a national emergency management response system.

This, he said, was already built into the National Health Act whereby 5 percent of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund will form the seed money for medical emergency response.

“We realise that the private sector up to 60 – 70 percent of health services is delivered by the private sector. So, we know that the private sector has to be included in this response system.

“We have a committee already working on this and it is headed by somebody from the private sector and the armed forces are members,” he noted.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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500 Volunteers Undergo Training as 3rd BOSKOH Begins

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Over 500 volunteers underwent a training programme over the weekend at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos.

The exercise was part of activities lined up for the 3rd Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu & Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat Healthcare Mission International (BOSKOH).

BOSKOH is a free medical and wellness outreach that includes surgeries for all Lagosians in need of it and this year’s edition is themed Jigi Bola Relaunch.

Speaking at the training, the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, thanked the BOSKOH team and its leadership for being at the forefront of providing healthcare to Lagos residents.

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The First Lady, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Mrs Bandele Sinatu Fadipe, also commended the volunteers for being vessels for bringing assistance to the people.

In her welcome address, the Executive Director of BOSKOH Lagos HMI, Mrs Nike Osa, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy for the initiative.

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She added that the mission’s focus is to ensure that people unable to afford medical care get treatment free through its immediate intervention.

Mrs Osa also charged the volunteers to give their best during the outreach, commencing later this month, assuring that they would get all their benefits.

The Executive Director further disclosed that the 2021 edition will be digitally driven to make patient registration and record-keeping seamless.

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The participants were trained on volunteering and the essential qualities of a volunteer, infection prevention control during COVID and Community Entry and Engagement rudiments.

The session also had Mental Health Awareness advocates who trained the volunteers on the importance of healthy mental living and the use of the newly developed BOSKOH HMI Application.

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Nigeria to Get 3.92m Extra COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

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By Adedapo Adesanya

As the country starts its second phase of coronavirus vaccination, Nigeria is set to receive 3.92 million extra doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine latest in early August.

This was disclosed by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, at the briefing to update Nigerians on the status of COVID-19 vaccination.

Although an exact date that the country will take delivery of the vaccine was not given, he confirmed that, “We now have information that Nigeria will get 3.92 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca by end of July or early August.”

“As we receive additional information on the exact dates in August, we will provide an update regarding timelines and details of this,” he added.

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The NPHCDA boss noted that the agency has held town halls in the North Central and North East regions of the country, stating that while efforts to ensure the supply of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines were ongoing, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) would hold its planned meeting with stakeholders in the south-south region and the larger communities on COVID-19 vaccination on the course of the week.

Mr Shuaib stressed that the NPHCDA was fully committed to going to communities to discuss directly its vaccine effort, the importance of staying safe and protected against COVID-19, and answering the questions people have.

“We have been really grateful for the high levels of participation and interest in these events. We are confident that through continued awareness-raising, we will be able to keep communities safe and healthy,” he said.

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The head of NPHCDA raised an alarm that there has been a rise in COVID-19 cases in several African countries recently and called on all Nigerians to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

According to him, wearing a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces can save lives, pointing out that a curfew remains in place from midnight until 4 a.m. every day.

Mr Shuaib added, “Indoor gatherings must be limited to 50 people, and are only permitted if all attendees abide by social distancing and wear face masks.

“And the government has introduced restrictions on incoming travel from high-risk countries and quarantine requirements to keep Nigerians safe. With a virus like COVID-19, we each must do our part to keep our communities safe.”

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Like other African countries, Nigeria is struggling with a lack of supply and inadequate healthcare infrastructure for a rapid mass rollout.

Another factor is vaccine hesitancy rooted in misinformation and falsehood.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week that about 90 per cent of African countries would miss a September target to vaccinate at least 10 per cent of their populations.

As of Tuesday, Nigeria had 167,078 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,117 deaths. Experts say those figures probably understate the extent of the outbreak, given low testing rates.

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Natural Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

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Also known as impotence, erectile dysfunction is a medical condition that causes men to not be able to get or keep a strong enough erection in order to be able to perform sexually.

Other symptoms of the condition include diminished sexual libido. Although these things are common from time to time in most men, where it happens continuously for weeks or months, this is when it is erectile dysfunction.

When visiting your doctor about erectile dysfunction, it is likely that they will offer you treatment in the form of penile implants, penis pumps, surgery, and oral medication in order to find a solution to the problem.

However, some men prefer to go down the route of trying more natural remedies first to try and tackle their problems in the bedroom department.

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Acupuncture

Although the evidence is not quite a clear cut, it is believed that the practice of inserting needles into the body can help you to not only get a strong erection but also bring back your desire to want to have sex in the first place. Providing that the practitioner is fully trained and licensed, the risk of receiving acupuncture is very low.

Rhodiola Rosea

This is a flowering plant that occurs naturally across the arctic areas of North America, Asia, and Europe and has been shown to be helpful for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

In scientific studies, it was responsible for male participants having a much greater sexual function. In addition to this, the herb can also reduce fatigue and improve energy levels. However, more research is required in order to fully understand how it works and if long term use is safe.

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Lifestyle Change

Making simple but permanent changes to your lifestyle can actually seriously impact how severely erectile dysfunction impacts you. This includes doing things such as losing weight and exercise more often.

Limiting the amount of alcohol that you drink and the number of cigarettes that you smoke also has an impact. There are also certain foods, such as pistachios and cocoa, which are great for boosting your sexual performance.

Yohimbe

A supplement that is an extract from a specific tree found in Africa, Yohimbe has shown positive signs in improving men’s sexual performance.

However, because of the possible side effects that there may be from its use, you will struggle to find it as a recommendation for erectile dysfunction.

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Some of the side effects include tremor, irritability, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. For these reasons, it is important to check with your doctor before using it.

Panax Ginseng

Known as the herbal form of viagra, Panax ginseng comes backed up with lots of good research about its ability to help those men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

The herb is most effective for those men who have metabolic syndrome and a high number of lipids within their blood.

Additionally, it is also good for improving lung function and increasing blood flow, meaning that it is useful for other diseases.

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