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Tramadol: From ‘safest painkiller’ to major health concern

Over the years, the potential for the abuse of tramadol has been demonstrated in human studies, with its placement on a scale of likelihood of abuse with the opioid drug, morphine. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a recent survey that was released early this year presented the…

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World Health Day: Equipping Nigerian nurses, midwives for roles in curbing coronavirus

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals are at the crux of it all and key to the resolution of the emergency. They have been hailed “heroes” for this very reason, and across Europe and the rest of the world, neighbourhoods and cities have been applauding their…

Shell, NNPC donate new cancer treatment machine to National Hospital

World Cancer Day: Fireside chats with Dr Mary 1#

Mrs Comfort Agada sat at the foyer lost in thought. She was 20 years old when her mother passed on. She recalled vividly how ill her mother was; she had lost a lot of weight before her death. The treatment she was receiving then made all her hair fall off.…

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First 1000 days of life and routine immunisation in Nigeria

World Breastfeeding Week is observed between August 1 and 7 annually. While global conversations on breastfeeding led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and public health leaders recommend this practice to “improve the health of babies around the world,'' breastfeeding also has links to broader health practices, especially immunisation. This…

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Centre organises mental wellness session for Nigerian journalists

On March 23, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) gathered a small group of journalists for a mental wellness session at The Olive Prime Psychology Services Centre (TOPS) in Abuja. In recognition of the peculiarity of the journalists’ job and the effects it can have on their mental…

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How to feed right in first 1,000 days of life

Diets around cultures in the world, apart from being influenced by environmental factors within regions, are also shaped by beliefs such as how eating a particular thing would develop or diminish a particular strength or ability. There is no one topic that has as many fads as what people eat,…

Participants at the cancer awareness march in Abuja

World Cancer Day: How to avoid, detect, treat cancer

Theresa Justin lives in Makurdi. She was only 41 when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June 2017. She recalled feeling calm when the doctors told her because she remembered a woman in her neighbourhood who had survived breast cancer. Jamal Aliu, a 65-year-old resident of Abuja,…

HealthCheck: Is killer ‘Evolution’ drink in circulation in Nigeria?

Many may have received this message on Whatsapp: “ASAP...pls (SIC) don’t ignore send to your family & friends immediately because the drink is already in Nigeria, send to everybody to save lives. These drinks are poison. Pls don't buy them. They are called EVOLUTION!!!” The claim is that the drink…

Participants at the TOPS organised workshop (2)

World Mental Health Day: Inadequate personnel, skewed facilities’ distribution worry stakeholders

As the World Mental Health Day was celebrated October 10, a group of stakeholders marked the day in Abuja pondering how to overcome the enormous challenges of mental health care in Nigeria. The meeting was facilitated by Olive Prime Psychological Services, a private institution providing mental health service in the…