Plant protein or animal protein- which is better for you?

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Protein is a nutrient essential to human life.  It is part of what forms the building blocks of basically all the tissues that make up our body.  It is found in our hair, muscles, bone, organs, skin and every other tissue in between.  Protein also helps to repair and maintain the body’s tissues and structures.

Proteins are made up of amino acids and we humans need twenty two different types of amino acids in order for our bodies to function properly. Our bodies produce all these amino acids with the exception of nine, and those ones are called essential amino acids; they are very important for our bodies.

In order to get those amino acids, we have to source it through food that contains protein.  We have two types of protein containing foods; complete protein and incomplete protein.

A complete protein contains all the nine essential amino acids, and is found in animal products such as red meat, fish, eggs, milk and chicken.  Plant protein sources such as grains, legumes and nuts are almost always incomplete with a few exceptions. As a result, conventional knowledge recommends we get most of our protein from animal sources. We feed our children milk and eggs from infancy and we strive hard and spend more money to make sure there is at least one type of animal served on our plates every day.  Everywhere we go; there is the push to eat more protein, but is that much protein really healthy for us?

Whenever we consume protein whether plant based or animal based, we consume the entirety of the food.  This includes the vitamins, minerals, the carbohydrates, the fibre, the fats and whatever else is contained in that food.  The fact that a food is high in protein doesn’t … Read More...

Nigeria to launch sex offenders’ register

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As sexual offenses surge in the country, with rape being the most prevalent, Nigeria will be launching a sex offenders’ register to put a stop to incidences of sexual violence, said Amina Salihu, Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation, Nigeria.
She disclosed this on Saturday, at a media lecture held in celebration of the 85th birthday of author and Noble Prize winner, Wole Soyinka, in Lagos.
“Nigeria will be launching a Sex Offenders’ Register in the coming weeks. The initiative is meant to name and shame offenders,” she said.
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ISCEA, ARC collaborate to drive Nigeria’s public health supply chain

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International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) has partnered with the Africa Resource Centre (ARC) to drive public health supply chain (SC) systems through a talent pool.

The partnership will amongst other things, strengthen existing programs within the ARC and provide certification programme opportunities for supply chain experts within the public, and private sector as well as academia.

It is also aimed at sustainably increasing the number of adequately trained professionals with practical skills in the public health and private sector supply chain systems in Nigeria.

Lalith DeSilva, president and CEO of ISCEA said that the organisation will award 100 scholarships to future leaders of Nigeria to obtain its certification such as CSCA (Certified Supply Chain Analyst) and CHSCA (Certified HealthCare Supply Chain Analyst) yearly within the next five years.

“The total value awarded is US$550,000. We are delighted to make these scholarships available to the future leaders of Nigeria,” DeSilva said.

“This program is ideal for those planning to enter the field of supply chain management whether they are directly or indirectly involved with customers, suppliers, flow of materials, flow of information, or part of improvement initiatives such as creating a lean supply chain. We are thankful to have the support of ARC Academy to manage the program for us,” she added.

The ISCEA certification serves as supply chain professional development initiative for participants in the ARC academy especially public workers, equipping them with hands-on skills to conduct supply chain transformation initiatives at the respective health facilities and enabling them to undertake supply chain management processes within the health facility according to international best practices.

Azuka Okeke, regional director, ARC stated that ARC through its academy the partnership is fostering a supply chain revolution in Nigeria by providing foundational skills for management and logistics to … Read More...

‘Institutionalising health surveys in Nigeria will make data, care provision easy to provide’

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Sunday Ikpe, is the health Informatics team lead, University of Maryland Baltimore in Nigeria. In this interview with ANTHONIA OBOKOH, Ikpe gives an insight on how the NAIIS survey was carried out and what Nigeria can do to achieve better collection of health data.

What is Maryland Global Initiative Corporation (MGIC) all about?

The Maryland Global Initiative Corporation (MGIC) presence in Nigeria is as a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) that works in research and program implementation servicing the areas of health service delivery, health workforce development, quality improvement, laboratory systems strengthening and health care policy development with a special focus on infectious diseases, maternal child health, non-communicable chronic illnesses and neglected tropical diseases.

In Nigeria, it started in 2004 as the technical partner to the Catholic Relief Services AIDS Relief Consortium, implementing HIV Care and treatment services in 16 states. MGIC has implemented programs in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) to increase tuberculosis case detection in Nigeria and scale up these detection and treatment services to important underserved areas and populations.

What projects are supported by your organisation in Nigeria?

Currently we support the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in surveillance and also support a number of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) projects in Nigeria.

More recently, UMB have done some work with the NCDC who we are currently supporting in issuing surveillance in 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory now and we are hoping to expand that to the remaining states. We support their work around surveillance of anti-microbial resistance including their laboratory and diagnostic efforts too.

 Last year 2018, we got involved in running the largest HIV survey ever done in which was the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) … Read More...

NAFDAC indicts National Eye Centre over wrongful injection that cost 10 patients their eyesight

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Recently, ten (10) patients at the National Eye Centre, Kaduna lost their eye sight following administration of Avastin 100mg injection, an injection actually meant for cancer treatment. This decision has now been found wanting by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The said Avastin injection according to NAFDAC, was registered in Nigeria for metastatic colorectal cancer, metastatic breast cancer, advanced metastatic or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer, advanced and/ or metastatic renal cell cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.

“Therefore, the use of Avastin injection at the National Eye Center was an off-label use,” said NAFDAC in a statement sent to BusinessDay, “that is, it is not indicated on the label by the manufacturer or approved for treatment of eye ailments by NAFDAC.”

The statement further noted that Avastin 100mg injection manufactured by F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Kaiseraugst 4303 Switzerland is registered by NAFDAC with NAFDAC Registration Number A6-0123. Avastin 400mg injection manufactured by F. Hoffman-La Roche, Mannheim, Germany is also registered with NAFDAC Registration Number A6-0101.

However, the product, as evidenced by the usage in Kaduna, appears to be wrongfully administered on patients, for purposes other than what it is labelled for.

The NAFDAC statement follows an investigation after a report of the incident was made, and circulated in the media. According to NAFDAC, a team was constituted to investigate the situation, and members of the team met with the Management of the National Eye Centre, Kaduna. One packet of Avastin injection in stock at the hospital was taken for laboratory analysis to ascertain the quality of the product, and the report of analysis revealed that the Avastin injection conforms to quality specifications.

The Avastin 100mg injection was administered on the ten (10) patients at National Eye Centre, Kaduna, for … Read More...