Preventing Colon, Prostate & Liver Cancers: Tips for Everyone!!

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Cancer is one of the most critical health issue confronting 21st century populations. This lecture will describe to you the best practices for colon, prostate and liver cancer prevention in primary healthcare practice that anyone can understand and learn from.

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So, download this cancer prevention lecture, learn all you can, practice everything and share the information. Together, we shall win the war against cancer in our lifetimes!!

Leadership Dynamics: timeless facts for the everyday leader!!

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Some say people are born leaders, others say that leaders are made by society. Whatever your school of thought, one thing is true and that is: whether at home, at work, in school, in religion or just among your peers, everyone gets to lead at one point or the other during their lifetimes and the principles guiding effective leadership remain the same.

So, do yourself some favour, download this leadership dynamics lecture and prepare to lead masterly in any circumstance!

FMoH Guidelines for Young Persons’ Participation in Research and Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Nigeria (2014).

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If you do research in Nigeria involving children and adolescent or you provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to young persons within Nigeria then, you must have been faced with the challenge of finding legal and regulatory framework to guide your work. Today, you need not look or worry any further as the Federal Ministry of Health has a consultative report document that can guide your work. Click FMoH Guidelines for Young Persons Participation in Research & Accessing SRH Services in Nigeria 2014  for your copy.

According to Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, the Hon. Minister of State for Health and Supervising Minister of Health, in his foreword to the document, he said that “..Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) consequences disproportionately affect children, adolescents, and young persons. They account largely for morbidity and mortality in these groups in many African countries including Nigeria and have slowed down or reversed the gains of the child survival efforts of the last decade. The need to mainstream children and adolescents in national reproductive health programmes has become even more significant because children profoundly depend on adults for participation in research and access to SRH services that affect their survival and development.

As part of efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to strengthen SRH interventions across the country the need for the Federal Ministry of Health to develop a guidance document to address gaps currently inhibiting participation of children in SRH research and their access to services has become pertinent. This document is designed out of the need to provide guidance in determining the age at which children, adolescents and young persons can give consent for SRH research and access to services without parental consent and in addition, establish standards of practice with regards to management of confidentiality for SRH research and service provision in the best interest of the child. Also some ethical considerations become necessary when engaging children with special conditions in SRH research and service provision.

The Federal Government of Nigeria expects that all health professionals and organizations in the country involved with engaging children, adolescents and young persons in SRH research and their access to services will uphold the standards prescribed in this guidance document. This document is expected to be implemented along with the National Health Research Ethics Council and eventually adopted as a policy document…”

Document source: http://www.nhvmas-ng.org/website/pubcontent.php?pubid=21

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#Xenophobia & #Racism in Contemporary Times: a peep into the African dynamics

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For me, it is absolute NO to #Xenophobia or more correctly #Racism, wherever it is happening globally including Northern Nigeria where southerners and sometimes, selectively christian-southerners are considered and treated as foreigners in their own country even by the host state governments. They are usually killed at will for flimsy reasons or no reason at all except for the fact that they are strangers in those communities or share a religious perspective different from the persecutors. Of course, similar incidences do occur down south in Nigeria but, much less violent or fatal.

Though humans of all skin colour or faith are guilty of these acts, it is a long made conclusion that the trend between blacks to blacks is seemingly much worse, least reported and absolutely senseless. Friends have always stirred at me whenever I dared to remind them that black people are actually the worst racist in contemporary times if objectively anaylsed. You may call it tribalism, ethnic rivalry or religious war or any other suitable term.

In the simplest explanation, more often than not, whites are racist because they feel superior and wants all others to come under their control but, blacks do theirs for a deep sense of envy, hatred and endemic inferiority complex. An average black man tolerates people of other tribe as long as they are poorer, suffering and less productive but, trouble starts when a non indigenous group are seen to be progressive, contributing to society progress and getting less dependent. Elsewhere, some white populations are known to prefer such crop of foreigners whom they will rather encourage to stay so they can exploit their productive abilities to build their societies.

This is not to excuse the cruelty of white racist and the unfathomable crimes they commit but, I hope that the resurging incidences of racism across the globe from SA to USA to Northern Nigeria will awaken our instinct to rethink and reform how we see or treat each and every other human being we interact with. #Racism or #Xenophobia is an assault on our collective humanity. All arsenals must be deployed to stamped it out. I am Abraham Idokoko and I #saynotoXenophobia..!!!

Click here for more… http://www.theweek.co.uk/63378/south-african-xenophobia-why-is-there-so-much-hatred-of-foreigners?fb_action_ids=10152968785168759&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B818313884913105%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Social Mobilization & Risk Communication in Emergency Response: A Discuss of the EVD Experience

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This was an academic Seminar presentation to the Department of Community And Primary Care, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Click this link {Soc. Mob. & Risk Comm. in Emergency Response -as presented } to download the presentation.

Ebola Outbreak Facts, Response and the Way Forward for Nigeria.

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Having successfully contained the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Nigeria, this lecture delivered today, Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 and titled “.EVD Facts, Response & the Way Forward for Nigeria.” was an attempt to effectively discuss the Facts, current SitRep and the way forward with medical students and their teachers during their annual scientific conference in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

Lessons learnt from the successful containment need to be sustained, alertness and awareness by the general public must be maintained, the capacity of the port health services to guard against imported cases need to be strengthened while the level of preparedness of the health system for this kind of outbreak must be scaled up along with spicing the sensitivity of our routine surveillance system all over Nigeria.

Together, we shall stop the spread of Ebola Virus in Africa.!!

Equality, Inequality and Equity in Perspectives!

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It suffices to assert that God Almighty is the author of “inequality” in the natural order of life. Hence, He made fingers unequal. You don’t need to agree with the statement but you will concur to the following premise.

At the same time, God Almighty established “equity” which makes none of the unequal fingers suffer any deprivation in blood supply or innervation as a result of their positioning, size or limited contribution to functionality of the hand.

More ingeniously, God made it such that the thumb must cooperate with the other four fingers in order for anyone to achieve any meaningful functional use of the hand despite the fact that the thumb is as powerful as the other four fingers put together.

Without further ado, I suppose the foregoing analogy places another huge nail to the coffin of the sensational but dead-on-arrival propaganda of human equality in contemporary times as opposed to the timeless need to resurrect the evidently logical preeminence of equity and functional cooperation as the panacea for sustainable peacebuilding and development in all human society.

In other words, “Equality of humans does not exist except or perhaps in the matchless view of the Most High God. Hence, the pursuit of equity is the soul and sole means of achieving justice and harmony among humans” ..by Abraham Idokoko ©Wíseåb thoughts 2013/11/10.5:33pm.library.unilag!

Medical Tourism & Nigeria: Questions from London.

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His ineptitude, indecision & ignorant grandstanding over FOREX policies quickly eroded our reserve within days, destroyed the Naira value overnight & led to austerity measures that makes it difficult for millions of Nigerians to pay for simple transactions on the international scene using their hard earned legal money. I won’t mention the local inflation amidst stagnated wages.

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Whereas, his cronies, family & himself are not bound by the same restrictions and do not experience the daily suffering of the people because of their privileged political status. His handlers say this was meant to improve patronage of made in Nigeria, to grow Nigeria. Good enough rhetoric, I like their idea. Well done..!!

What I don’t understand is if the medical services provided in London are made in Nigeria, as well? Does he pay for the services used abroad in Naira?? I am not sure what level of comfort/rest that is provided in London that cannot be delievered in the luxurious State House at Abuja or better still, in one of the best hotels made in Nigeria so we can keep our money within by spending in Nigeria..?? If it is security, if he doesn’t feel safe here with his limitless access to protection as commander in chief, why are the rest of us still here, we ‘ve got to relocate, don’t you think so?

Maybe, it is about medical expertise. Alright, patronizing foreign medical experts provided abroad is surely the best way to grow Nigerian local capacity and promote made in Nigeria, right? Yes, that’s it. Well, how can I boast of Nigeria’s abundant medical expertise available locally and in the diaspora when the #1 citizen doesn’t think so?

Wait a minute, what expert anywhere in the world would refuse to come treat the Nigerian President in Nigeria when everyone knows we have got oil money? FG can pay any bill, hmm! Afterall, i can’t recall anyone suing the Nigerian Government for Late yar Adua’s foreign medical bills. I trust we must have paid much ahead, in advance, if not in excess. Or did i miss any such drama? Maybe the treatment is location specific and has to be taken on European soil, it may fail if given around the equator where Nigeria is located. No, the machines to be used are too expensive for the Nigerian government to acquire and install in our national hospital so that other Nigerians with the same illness can benefit from it afterwards. No, how can the commoners, who elected him under the sun and in the rain, look forward to use services their president used. Don’t you know the facilities provided abroad are exclusive for him alone? No, he can share with white people but, not with fellow citizens. Please, i am not sure we allowed to talk about the billions budgeted annually for the state house hospital, aside from the private clinics exclusive to the president & his family within Aso Rock. No, I refuse to be distracted by that.

Again, it may all be about keeping his ailment secret. Yes, he has to be treated abroad where no one leaks any secrets. You know Wikileaks is made in Nigeria or don’t you? Afterall, he has a right to privacy as guaranteed in our constitution. Don’t you think that must be upheld against all odds? His public servant status as defined by law is secondary and must be over-ruled. Could he have been diagnosed of an ailment wherein he is the only Nigerian, out of 180million, who has that type of illness? If any other Nigerian has is suffering from a similar illness, how important is he or she? They can die for lack of local capacity to treat them if they like, who cares? Wow.., now that is very patriotic.! Perhaps, a little patriotic mindset would have thought that his being treated in Nigeria was a lot more plausible political capital than what they are doing.

As a Physician, I know too well that there is no medical procedure that whomever needs that can not be done in Nigeria. Yes, you may purchase new machines or bring in some foreign expertise to work with the local ones thereby enhancing skill transfer that will make that expertise available locally afterwards. Alright, I forgot that the Nigerian hospitals can suddenly go on strike while he is on treatment. Or the doctors being Nigerian could make the treatment not work, afterall, it is common knowledge that many Nigerians don’t like their elected politicians. But, if that was the fear, are his security men and women not Nigerians.? Again, they could be Egyptians, afterall, a former leader in Africa was once alleged to be guided by Israeli all-female special forces.

Well, as a Nigerian, I can understand his fears except that available evidence shows that the last president who was persistently kept abroad for foreign medical care was returned back here on life support, as we were made to believe. That’s how better foreign medical care is compared to care received on Nigerian soil. I hope the NMA and other health professionals visited their religious houses for thanksgiving after the previous incident.

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Yes, i said thanksgiving.!! Not for his death, of course, no..!! But, that they were not unlucky to have been the one who treated the president here and he died. No one would have believed whatever stories they had to say. There will have been a probe. Worst still, if the expert who treated him was of another tribe, aaahhh, long story.!! They would have been accused of lacking expertize, negligence, conspiracy, etc. So, they should thank God ooO. Hhhmmm, I am sure the case would still be dragging till now if they were not summarily judged and jailed. The truth is, if any medical treatment is analyzed with hindsight, there will always be one thing or the other which the clinical team did or didn’t do that may have changed the outcome seen, theoretically. Hence, any partial panel can always find the doctors guilty if they want to.

Now, let’s come to think of it, some foreigners treated our number one citizen and returned him back to us dead or on life support, whichever is correct, and no probe was conducted till date on what happened to him while abroad. Nobody questioned. Hhhmm, don’t forget, that the president in question left our shores alive to go seek treatment. An attempt was made by the legislators to investigate but, the motion was dead on arrival. Let’s close it there. That’s history.!

Back to reality.! Let’s talk about today, are you still here, is history repeating itself in our very “before” [in colloquial usage], in less than a decade?? What has Nigerians learnt??

I am just asking questions..! You may have the answers.!! I didn’t say anything oOO.!!! But, you can say something..!!!! I will be listening..lol 😃

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