Health Matters: Causes of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

lungsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, is an under-diagnoses and serious lung condition which has implications for breathing.

W.H.O estimates that in 2004, 64 million people suffered from it, almost 90% of them in low and middle income countries.

It is more common in men but the women are catching up, the top health body says, if there are no quick interventions to reduce risks, deaths from COPD may go up by 30% in the next ten years.

A Consultant and Chest Physician at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi – Araba, Dr. Cyril Chukwu, explains more about the COPD.

LUTH Doctors Suspend Strike

luthStriking resident doctors and other health workers at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba have suspended their over two weeks industrial action, resuming duties on Thursday.

The suspension was based on the intervention by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, who signed an agreement by both parties after most of the issues had been resolved.

Issues surrounding residency training, shortage of manpower, staff welfare, infrastructure, patient care and general work environment had forced the health workers to abandon their duties.

The President, Association of Resident Doctors, LUTH, Dr. Olubunmi Omojolowo, said that the management has reduced  some of the prices of operations carried out; such as minor surgical fees, to less than 50% of their present rates. He cited situations where they have been reduced from 50,000 to about 22,000 to be affordable to most Nigerians.

He also noted the tenure of the residency training, stating that the management has written to resident doctors to clearly specify their tenures and implement the circular by the Federal Government as soon as it arrives.

Health Matters: Learning Disorder And Its Disabilities

learning disorderLearning disorders are sometimes called learning disabilities which show up as marked difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, and other abilities.

They affect the brain’s ability to receive process, store, respond to and communicate information.

Experts say, learning disorders are not caused by economic constraints or cultural differences, nor are they the result of lack of exposure to education.

Are learning disorders the same as intellectual disabilities, or what was known as mental retardation? How does one identify a learning disorder?

Let’s find out all about them today, with Dr. Motunrayo Oyelohunu, a Psychiatrist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.

Health Matters: Suicide, Factors Involved

suicide and causesAccording to a World Health Organization fact sheet in 2007, almost 3000 people commit suicide every day. The act of suicide devastates the lives of family and friends.

For every person who completes a suicide, several more may attempt one. Men are 3 to 4 times more likely to commit suicide but attempts are more common in young people and females. For members of the families and friends, affected by suicide or attempted suicide, the emotional impact usually lasts for many years.

There is a growing awareness of the taking of one’s life as a major public health problem and rates have gone up by 60% over the last 50 years. The increase has been more marked in developing countries.

Dr. Peter Ogunnubi, Senior Registrar in the Department of Psychiatry, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, says there is  more increase in the rate of suicide which is due to lack of awareness.

He listed some of the factors involved in suicide as, mental health which includes depression, medical conditions such as Cancer, HIV, unemployment, emotional issues, rational suicide amongst others.

Dr. Ogunnubi cautioned the media and the movie industry on what messages are behind their movies, stating that most children practice what they see on the screen.


Fire razes LUTH’s Tuberclosis centre

A fire on Thursday night razed the Direct Observation Therapy Centre for Tuberculosis of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Idi Araba, Lagos.

The fire was said to have been caused by an electric spark.

The fire raged for over an hour while fire fighters were said to have responded after a number of distress calls were made.