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Understanding Hypertension: The Silent Killer

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a widespread and potentially life-threatening condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Due to its lack of noticeable symptoms in its early stages, hypertension can lead to severe health complications if left untreated.  Hypertension occurs when the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is consistently too high. Blood pressure is measured using two numbers: systolic pressure (the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats) and diastolic pressure (the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats). A blood pressure reading of 120/80 mmHg is considered normal, while readings consistently above this range may indicate hypertension. Causes and Risk Factors Risk factors for hypertension include: Unhealthy Diet: Consuming high amounts of sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol can contribute to the risk of developing hypertension. Lack of Physical Activity: Sedentary lifestyles and lack of regular exercise [...]

2024-05-17T12:30:33+01:00May 17, 2024|

Burning the Midnight Oil? You might be burning yourself out

The Hustle is Real, but so is burnout You conquer your to-do list, emails vanish at your touch, deadlines tremble before you. You're truly a productive superhero! But you need to take a second to ask yourself if those late nights are worth it? We've all been there. Fueled by ambition (and maybe a bit too much coffee (emoji)), we push through exhaustion to get things done. But here's the thing: chronic sleep deprivation is a productivity killer, not a booster. Think about it: When you're running on just a few hours of sleep, you're more likely to miss details, make mistakes, and end up needing even more time to fix them. Not exactly the recipe for workplace success. So, how do we avoid burnout and become the sharpest versions of ourselves?     1. Prioritise Sleep: It's not a Luxury, It's a necessity Aim for 7-8 hours of quality [...]

2024-05-01T12:03:01+01:00May 1, 2024|

World Health Day 2024: My Health My right

The theme selected for this year aims to advocate for universal access to essential health services, education, and information, alongside ensuring access to safe drinking water, clean air, adequate nutrition, quality housing, fair working conditions, and a healthy environment, while also promoting freedom from discrimination for all individuals worldwide. Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health Education - You have the right to quality information about factors affecting your health, regardless of your location. It's crucial to verify the credibility of health information sources, as not all sources are reliable. Additionally, refrain from making significant health decisions, such as altering or discontinuing treatment, without consulting your healthcare provider.   Safe Drinking Water- You have the right to access safe drinking water, essential for everyday activities like drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene. Safe drinking water [...]

2024-04-08T16:29:10+01:00April 8, 2024|

HMO in Abuja: Your guide to finding Leadway Health providers in Abuja

Choosing an HMO in Abuja is a smart decision for anyone who wants to enjoy access to quality healthcare services in the capital city of Nigeria. Abuja is home to some of the best hospitals and health facilities in the country, as well as a large population of professionals, civil servants, and business people who need reliable health insurance. By choosing an HMO in Abuja, you can benefit from the following advantages: You can save money on health care expenses by paying a fixed monthly or annual premium that covers most of your medical needs. Variety of plans that suit your budget and needs, ranging from basic to comprehensive coverage. Access to over 1,000 hospitals and health partners across Nigeria through your HMO’s network. Additional benefits such as telemedicine, pharmacy delivery, gym access, and health tips through your HMO’s mobile app or website. Customer support and feedback from your HMO’s [...]

2023-10-24T00:58:30+01:00October 24, 2023|

Your guide to finding the best healthcare providers and HMO in Lagos

Finding the right HMO in Lagos and Healthcare providers should be one of the most important decisions of life, especially in a bustling city like Lagos. With a population of over 20 million people, Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and the economic hub of West Africa. However, finding quality and affordable healthcare can be a challenge for many residents, especially those who do not have health insurance. That is why you need a reliable and trustworthy health maintenance organisation (HMO) that can help you access the best healthcare providers in Lagos. By joining an HMO in Lagos, you can enjoy benefits such as lower premiums, co-payments, and deductibles, as well as preventive care, wellness programs, and emergency care. However, not all HMOs in Lagos are created equal. Some may have limited networks, poor customer service, hidden fees, or low-quality care. Therefore, you need to do your research and [...]

2023-10-24T00:48:52+01:00October 23, 2023|

Branded vs Generic Medications: Unveiling the Myths

The Landscape Recent policies, coupled with the removal of fuel subsidies and the fluctuating forex market, have ushered in an era of hyperinflation. One major consequence? A whopping 150% spike in medication costs. But here's the silver lining: Nigeria boasts an array of competent local pharmaceutical manufacturers like Fidson, Emzor, Swiss Pharma, Drugfield, Vita Biotics, Evans, and Chi Pharmaceuticals. They produce not just any medicines, but quality generic medications Branded vs. Generic: Unravelling the Puzzle For the uninitiated, here's a brief breakdown: Branded/Innovator Medications: Originally developed by pharmaceutical companies, they come with patent rights. Being first-of-their-kind, they're marketed under exclusive brand names, often at a higher cost. Generic Medications: Essentially bioequivalent to branded medications but are produced without the patent costs. They're rigorously tested and approved, ensuring the same efficacy, safety, and therapeutic benefits but at a fraction of the price. Some Key Facts Generic medicines have the same active ingredient as brand-name [...]

2023-08-04T16:01:28+01:00August 4, 2023|

ANTHRAX OUTBREAK ADVISORY 2023

On Sunday, 16th of July, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), confirmed one case of Anthrax disease in a mixed livestock farm in Niger State. The first anthrax outbreak in West Africa was reported in Ghana in June 2023. There is no confirmed case of human infection yet, but we should all be at alert. WHAT IS ANTHRAX? Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium. It primarily affects animals such as cows, goats, sheep, pigs, camels and wild animals; but it can also affect humans. Humans can contract anthrax if they come in close contact with the bacterial spores from infected animals or consume them. Hence, it is known as a zoonotic infection. CAUSE OF ANTHRAX Anthrax is a bacterial infection, caused by Bacillus This is a gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium. Anthrax spores are not easily killed by cold or heat and can survive for decades. [...]

2023-10-24T01:12:46+01:00July 24, 2023|

Must-know Facts About Blood Donation

Blood donation refers to the process of collecting, testing, preparing, and storing blood and blood components for medical purposes, typically for transfusion to individuals who require it. SOME KEY FACTS Donors are most commonly unpaid volunteers. Blood donors are grouped into voluntary donors and replacement donors. The safest of these is the voluntary donor blood. Blood banking is highly regulated to ensure both donor and recipient safety. The goal of blood banking is to provide adequate and safe blood to recipients at no risk to donors. As a way of attaining this goal, voluntary nonremunerated blood donation is encouraged and the World Health Organization (WHO) had set a target of achieving 100% voluntary non remunerated donation by 2020. Nigeria as a member nation of WHO has made little progress with voluntary donor recruitment. Only about 5% of donor bloods used in Nigeria come from voluntary donors; family replacements and paid donors are still the major sources of donor blood procurement. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO DONATE BLOOD? To be eligible to [...]

2023-06-14T16:15:50+01:00June 14, 2023|

Food Standards Save Lives – World Food Safety Day 2023

World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2023 draws attention to food standards and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. BURDEN OF FOOD-BORNE DISEASES Foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide each year, and food standards help us to ensure what we eat is safe. With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict, and migrants. An estimated 420 000 people around the world die every year after eating contaminated food and children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 125 000 deaths every year. CAUSES OF Food-borne diseases Foodborne diseases are the illnesses contracted from eating contaminated food [...]

2023-08-02T13:32:24+01:00June 7, 2023|

Measure your blood pressure accurately – World Hypertension Day 2023

On May 17th every year, World Hypertension Day is celebrated all over the world to bring more awareness to the importance of measuring and monitoring blood pressure and increasing awareness about hypertension. It was organized by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) which was founded by the World Health Organization in 1993. WHAT IS HYPERTENSION? Hypertension according to the Eight Joint National Committee (JNC 8) is regarded as a systolic blood pressure greater than 140 or a diastolic blood pressure greater than 90. There are no symptoms for hypertension and that is why it is widely regarded as a silent killer. BURDEN OF HYPERTENSION Globally, there are over one billion people living with hypertension which most living in developing countries. There are also over 46% of adults living with hypertension that are unaware of their status. In Africa, nearly half of those aged 25 years and above are hypertensive (>150 million [...]

2023-05-17T17:51:09+01:00May 17, 2023|
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