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Why Looking Younger Than Your Mates May Make You Live Longer .

The other day I got into a bus going to church, walked to the back of the bus and sat down. Was about to drift into my own thoughts when I started having a strange feeling I couldn't place, there was something not quite right about the bus!

I tried to place my finger on it - looked to the left, right and front at the other passengers talking animatedly; listening in on their conversations I felt a little more uncomfortable.

Suddenly, I couldn't take it any more, 'Is this bus going to church?' I asked desperately

'No, we're going to school', the teenage girl beside me replied.

I scrambled out of the bus - I had blended in with a group of teenagers going to school on a similar bus to the one I was to take to church!

According to a study conducted at Duke University's School of Medicine and centre for Ageing, the younger you look on the outside is a reflection of the state of ageing of your organs(biological ageing) - the older your biological age, the o…


11th July 2015, the day Kazeem Lawal, an official of the traffic management authority, went to work directing traffic in a Lagos suburb, was his last day on duty.
Reports say Kazeem slumped and colleagues tried to revive him by pounding his chest and pouring water on him, all to no avail before he was rushed to the hospital.

He did not survive the trip.

We are not told his age but one can infer he should be between 30 and 45.

What could be the immediate and remote causes of this young man's death? Could it have been prevented? What can be done to prevent a further recurrence? let's consider this under the following:

1. His health condition
2. Conditions at work
3. Resuscitation efforts.

There are some likely conditions that could have led to his death
1. Cardiac arrest: This is a common cause of sudden death where the heart suddenly stops beating due to irregularities.
2. Dehydration/ heat exhaustion: Guess this is self explanatory considering our harsh weather.
2. Hypogly…

Where You Stay, How Much You Have, And Your Risk Of Dying In Nigeria.

Nigeria is a country that is unique in many ways, in the midst of extreme poverty lives extreme wealth; as varied as the topography of the country, is the economic power of the individuals.

Presently average life expectancy in Nigeria is put at 52 years (2012). Could where one resides and the amount of money in one's pocket determine how long a Nigerian is expected to live?

Should you move from where you presently reside and probably add 10-15 years to your life? Or should you adopt a more frugal lifestyle and add more years to your life?

According to this study, the answer to the above questions is yes.

From the study of 48,871 respondents, it was found that one's pocket and the geo-political zone one belongs to determines to a large extent one's mortality.

The study found out that:
If you stay in the South West and you are among the poorest people, your risk of dying is just 5% while if you are in the middle income group, it increases to 16%, while the richest group a…


It is now no longer news that breast cancer is a major killer among women and the leading female cancer in the world; it is also no longer news that an increasing number of Nigerian women are developing breast cancer.

Gone are the days when one can shrug off cancer as an 'oyinbo' (western) disease.

The best way to fight cancer is to prevent it, but if one cannot prevent it, the next best is to catch it early as the chances of cure due to early intervention are very high.

To catch breast cancer early, one must do a breast self examination. However,
according to this study Nigerian women would rather not do a breast self examination.

Out of 495 women aged between 31 and 41 years interviewed, only a meagre 24.4% have ever performed breast self examination while only 5.3% perform breast self examination monthly as recommended, that comes to 26 out of 495 women! An alarming statistic, why is this?

As usual, the number one reason was 'it is not my portion', meaning they h…


The problems of Lagos Public Health hospitals include but are not limited to the following:
1. Poor amenities
2. A demoralised workforce
3. Poor referral facilities
4. Very low doctor to patient ratio
5. Long waiting times
6. Lack of bed spaces
7. Deceptive propaganda.

To say the present administration has paid lip service to the health care needs of its populace would be putting things mildly, the hospitals at best, cannot be called anything more than mere consulting clinics, they are not state of the art and do not deserve to be called tertiary health institutions.

Basic amenities like functioning blood pressure machines, ambu-bags for resuscitation, thermometers are few and far between, not a few people have lost loved ones because something so basic as constant oxygen supply was inadequate.

The running battles between the state government and the workforce which has led to incessant strikes is legendary, issues bordering on withheld allowances, stoppage of residency training, ca…


Mr Governor: What is this I hear?

Mr Doctor: Sir, we are going on strike

Mr Governor: Again?

Mr Doctor: Yes sir.

Mr Governor: So you haven't learnt your lesson?

Mr Doctor: What lesson sir?

Mr Governor: That I will break your back.

Mr Doctor: Sir, he who is on the ground need fear no fall

Mr Governor: I will seize your salaries again

Mr Doctor: Sir, we didn't die the last two times you did it.

Mr Governor: What insolence, I will sack you all

Mr Doctor: Yes sir, but you can't sack our certificates

Mr Governor: What did you just say?

Mr Doctor: Nothing sir

Mr Governor: So you don't want to beg me?

Mr Doctor: Sir, we have been begging you for 4 years now.

Mr Governor: You people like money, didn't you swear an oath?

Mr Doctor: Sir, we can't exchange oath in the market for food

Mr Governor: You people are now market women, carrying placards everywhere

Mr Doctor: Sir, a labourer deserves his wages.

Mr Governor: Meanwhile you were missing in action during the Ebola crisis

Mr Doctor: But w…


You can't place the symptoms, all you know is it started shortly after the electoral body declared the parties were free to start election campaigning.

Funny thing is you don't belong to any political party, so why are you being affected this way? After all, when the elections are over, either way they go, you return to your own dreary existence, none the better, none the worse.

But the symptoms won't go away...

It is everywhere you turn.

You go to work. 'Who are you voting for?' Your colleague asks you before you seat down . You are not ready for this - there is only one way this could end - loud voices and arguments - you smile and deftly change the topic to the only topic that can drown this one - salary alert!

The newspapers have finally arrived, a good reprieve from having to talk about elections.

You open a newspaper and there it is, right on the front page, an advert with the smiling face waving at you... You close your eyes, not again. You skip and turn t…


Remember the story of Sherlock Holmes? Arguably the greatest detective of all time. I recall a story he was getting bored with solving crimes, criminals were just not smart enough! He felt he could do a better job as a criminal and never be caught.

In the health sector, one can easily make loads of money from the gullibility of the Nigerian public, but then, one has a conscience.

Here I was in a car workshop and this unkempt looking man comes in with a small bag and goes ahead to make a unique marketing pitch.

He was selling a local herbal concoction which he said could cure Diabetes!

In just 5 days, he said, your diabetes would be cured with this special mixture.

He spoke with such confidence, I almost believed him, then I remembered, hey! Am I not a doctor?

He even boasted he had people who could give testimonies about the potency of his concoction..

Now, I was beginning to feel bad for going to school for almost a decade and not given this simple cure for diabetes, I had to ask…


Lol, no, that is not a picture from a Nigerian Hospital.

The scenario plays itself over and over again...

A man runs out of a car into the hospital reception.


'I have an emergency! Where is the doctor?' He screams.

Everybody stares at him.

'I said I have an emergency!' He repeats, agitated.

'Oga, calm down, what is the problem?' A nurse finally asks.

'Please I have an emergency.' He repeats for the fourth time.

'What happened?' The nurse asks for the second time.

The man realising he has to play by the rules tries to calm down and explain himself.


The man's patient has finally been admitted.

He walks to the nurses station and speaks with the nurse on duty.

'Please my relative is due for her injections.'

'Okay sir.' The nurse replies.

The man, satisfied walks back to his relative's side.

10 minutes later, he returns to the nurse, she is eating.

Trying to conceal his anger he…