Six months ago, the Office of Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development goals approved the construction of a Primary Health Centre.
The construction was set for twenty weeks. According to Dr. Idowu S.O, the Acting Director of the current health centre in LASU, said “it is a work in progress”
Asked when the set time to finish the construction will be, he said it was difficult to say with projects but it should be soon.
However, the promised ambulance by the SGD office to the new health centre, according to Dr. Idowu, is yet to be delivered.
He praised the current administration for the new improvement in the Health Centre since Obafunwa’s administration.
“At times, in one morning duty, there was only one doctor in charge. We complained but he (Obafunwa) did nothing. Now, there are more doctors,” he said.
According to him, there were now new equipments. An example is the chemistry auto analyser which made blood tests easier.
“Another thing that this administration did is the rehabilitation of the Epe Campus health centre,” he added.
He further said that the health management board is recently working on an approval for the purchase of drugs.
They still expect more improvement in staffing and equipment.
Maintaining a good health system on campus
It is not enough being students of the Lagos State University, LASU, without a major contribution to the school as a whole. One of the ways through which you can contribute as a student is improving the health system on campus.
Engaging in day-to-day activities on campus without good health is as good as a motor car on motion without a good engine which will definitely break down sooner or later.
Keeping up to good health standards in the school environment starts from the disposition of waste materials properly. We can’t afford to be in a school filled with dirts laying around and feeling comfortable. There are bins at almost every angle of the school. These are meant for trashes not for decoration. Dirts should be disposed responsibly and not littered around. This also applies to classrooms also, funny how some students sit comfortably in an unkemptclassroom.
The point is students should not leave the whole responsibility to the school cleaners. When not available, students should be responsible enough to do justice to situations like that.
Maintaining good health also applies to personal hygiene. We cannot afford to be led or carried everyday to the health centre due to one health issue or the other, another issue is food, its excessive consumption can be a vital hindrance to a perfect health on campus, students’ should be mindful of what, where and when to eat. ‘Appetite control’ should be taken into consideration.
There are various canteens on the campus with different varieties of food, students are meant to select their preference, going from one canteen to another is harmful to the health.
The kind of food we eat as students will determine how strong and healthy we will be, sometimes ago a student complained of purging after consuming a food at a canteen. When asked if that was her regular place of purchase, she replied: ‘that is not where i buy my food, i just decided to try out another place but i ended up eating the wrong food which affected me for the whole day’.
We all want a clean LASU but this solely depends on the co-operation of the students. There are toilets in the school and this should be made use of properly. Urinating on the campus ground should be avoided as it will only pollute the environment due to the offensive odour.
In conclusion, the above points when adhered to properly will definitely improve the health system of the school.
Also, maintaining good hygiene in Lagos State University is solely dependent on us.
With a good health structure, academic excellence is assured. Together we can make a change!
The magic of Ginseng
Have you ever given it a thought on the secret behind the healthy and youthful looks of the Asians? The reason for this is not far fetched. Have you as a student ever crave for the same attributes as the Asians? The routine of students of the Lasu (Lagos state university) community is such that harbours certain factors that will likely make the question above seem impossible to achieve.
However, Ginseng is the answer to the questions above. Ginseng is a short slow growing medicinal plant with fleshy root. The healing power of Ginseng is immerse and can not be underestimated. It is pertinent to note that 90% of drugs contain a little amount of Ginseng.
Ginseng is made up of many components that will help members of Lasu community and the society at large. These components are minerals, polysaccharides (sugar), iron and zinc. These components help to improve the well-being of the body.
Minerals like sodium helps the body to keep fluids in a normal balance. It also plays an important role in normal nerves and muscle function. With this, it is clear that Ginseng also helps to build the muscle. Apart from sodium, Ginseng is also composed of magnesium which keeps the heart beat steady, regulate the blood glucose and helps in the production of energy and protein. Ginseng also has calcium which is known to strengthen the bones.
It is a known fact that sugar is needed in the body in considerate amount. Ginseng helps to regulate the sugar content in the body. Zinc is needed for the body’s immune system to be very strong. The use of Ginseng is very helpful for this. Iron is also an essential component of Ginseng. It is needed in the body for blood production with the use of haemoglobin which transfers oxygen in the blood from the lungs to the tissues. Other components of Ginseng include vitamin B(12), which is crucial to the function of the brain and the nervous system, biotin, which helps in the conversion of food into glucose and folic acid.
Ginseng also reduces stomach upset, eradicate menstrual cramps and manage sexual dysfunction in men. Thus, Ginseng covers a wide range of health issues.
Lasuites undergo a lot of stress and anxiety. This causes a breakdown of the body system. Ginseng is a very useful medicine that will improve the health status of members of the lasu community and the general public. If embraced, Ginseng will reduce the rate of sickness, diseases, and death in the university community. Ginseng cures a wide range of illnesses and regulate the body system. Ginseng comes in eleven variants of root. It is affordable and easy to get. Health is wealth.
Blood donation saves you from Hepatitis B
Yinka Animashaun, the Head of the team, Lagos State, Blood Transfusion in LASU has disclosed that blood donation saves the donors from Hepatitis B. She said this at the Faculty of Art, LASU on Monday.
She disclosed that donation of blood was in benefit of the donor. She said it would aid the formation of new blood cells.
While speaking to one of our correspondents, she said her team would conduct series of tests to ascertain that the donor is free to donate. She further said that her team was paying the University a week-long visit. She said the visit was scheduled to hold twice a year.
She further explained that donors are advised to avoid any rigorous activities after donating, She said this was to help the donors regain maximum strength.
LASU holds 2 days medical outreach
The Lagos state University Student’s Union organized a 2-day medical outreach, tagged; ‘Giving back to the community’ on 13th and 14th of September 2018.
A seminar was held at the Faculty of Education Hall on the 13th of September and was titled “Health, life expectancy and cost of living“. Different speakers were invited to render their speeches based on the topic.
One of the speakers invited was Mrs Mojisola Awumeya, a microbiologist and wellness and empowerment consultant. She gave some health tips on how to live a sickness-free life.
Another invited speaker was Dr Adegbokun, a medical consultant from Igando general hospital, Lagos. He spoke about blood donation and its benefits. He urged the students to donate blood regularly, informing them of a blood donation drive starting in the school from 17th till 22nd of September. He also implored them to donate their blood.
The Head of Department of the medical laboratory at Igando General hospital buttressed the points of the previous speaker, Dr Adegbokun. She spoke about the process of blood donation and what to do after blood donation. She also spoke about the blood donation drive. She explained the process and the venue of the program which goes thus: Monday(17th) at Faculty of arts (10am-3pm), Tuesday(18th) at Faculty of science (10am-3pm), Wednesday(19th) at Faculty of Law(10am-3pm), Thursday(20th) at the university auditorium (10am-3pm).
Alhaja Shotunde Faosat Oluranti, a graduate from the school of nursing, LASUTH in 1985 was also given the podium. She began her speech by engaging the students in nurse’s routine exercise. She gave the definition of health, as well as physical and mental fitness, not leaving out the factors contributing to good health and life expectancy. She concluded the lecture by using the popular remark ‘prevention is better than cure’.
The founder of Alpha cares health foundation, Dr Zaheed Hamzat Adekunle supported Dr Adegbokun by speaking on the importance of blood donation.
The last speaker was Mr Eze Donald, the last child of five, and the founder of Hope for the addicts initiative. He claims to have passion for music which can be seen in his ownership of an entertainment company called, ‘Play boy.’ He started his lecture by defining Choice and Consequences. He also narrated a short story to illustrate his definition.
He went further in defining health, explaining how to stay healthy both physically, socially and mentally. While explaining mental health, he sang a popular rhyme ‘Solomon Grandy’ in order to back up his point. He said, “Life is too short to live regardlessly. If you don’t decide to be successful, there is no way you can be successful.” He concluded his lecture by thanking LASUSU for the opportunity given to lecture.
Award of excellence was given to the speakers by the LASUSU vice president,Ashade Nuratullahi. The seminar was was adjourned by MCDappy Jay, and continued the next day with free medical checkup at MBA auditorium by the NGO, Hope for the addicts initiative. The doctors in charge are Mr. Chris (Lead doctor), Miss Grace, Miss Happiness, and Miss Blessing.
In an interview with the photographer, he said, “The mission of the NGO is creation of awareness against addiction.People think addiction is only about drugs but one can be addicted to anything like food or things which may not be suitable for the person’s health. So, our mission is to create awareness and we are here to do body check up for the students.”
Also, in an interview with the protocol officer of the NGO, Mr Folajimi Giwa, he said ‘Hope for the addicts initiative’ generally talks about the way of life; how to be in full control of your life. Addiction is something one cannot do without, like taking alcohol. The NGO helps to educate man to make them know when to take things at the right time. For example, codeine is used for cough and catarrh as it helps one to sleep, but most young people are abusing it as they use it to be high.Drugs cannot be stopped so the NGO helps to stop addiction.”
Students also expressed their views concerning the test done. One of them is Balogun Elijah, a 100level student of zoology department. He said, “I did general test. The doctors are caring. It’s painful as I was injected for my blood to be collected. I was told I will receive the result today.
In an interview with Ashade Nuratullahi, the Vice-president of LASUSU, she said the union decided to partner with the NGO when they heard of their diligent work for Faculty of Social Science fresher’s party. She appreciated their efforts and advised students to always check their health status, stating that the aim of the program is to inform students of the need to take regular medical check ups.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LASU REST ROOMS
Choleras, dysenteries and other diseases related to unhealthy habits have for some times now dominate the headlines of our terrestrial news, much more alarming is the fact that some of this news aren’t even reported, because poor attitude towards this sad habit has make it a normal routine for both the young and old, but did you know that its now creeping to the citadel of knowledge where much more is expected to be known, and even preventive measures are expected to be taken.
To be neat is to be healthy, but I am going towards the dimensions of healthy tips using the restrooms, Lasu, as my community for the time been, needs to be address particularly students of this pavilion, many times students complain about, how dirty, unkempt, sometimes how broken the walls of the toilets are, but in actual sense, the walls aren’t just broken except for you who broke them, those floors aren’t unkempt except for you my fellow students who left them the way we ever met them, in short the problem is how well are we utilizing the ones we have, even though basic amenities are short of what we need at large.
Nowadays the LASU restrooms are been avoided, due to the aforementioned reasons above, and this trend needs urgent solution, The restroom that was made to be accommodating is now turning to where people don’t even want to be at all due to the fear of contacting infections and other unknown types of diseases. Borrowing a mantra known to us all politically change is basically what everyone dreams to have, but the change can only begin with us by doing the right thing which I believe sooner or later would mould LASU to the shape we all have in mind, in terms of cleanliness and usage of toilets wise.
When you cut out your “I don’t care attitude” and embrace thorough cleanliness, you and I would begin to see the,true effort of the environment cleaners, moreover, aside from the above , one of the areas lasu has showed active interest in it’s students’ well being is by making provisions for a conducive restroom, almost in most faculties across the school premises.
I therefore implore students of various categories to try and maintain the restrooms been provided to them by their different faculties to prevent an impending epidemic within our college, as they say “A stitch in time saves nine”
How to stay healthy during rainy season
There are many things we wish we could control, and the weather is one of them. Unfortunately, this is one power that we can covet but not acquire. The rainy season, as we all know it, is back in full force. Although this could mean a relief from the nasty heat that sometimes deprive us of a good sleep during hotter climates, it also has its peeves.
For instance, getting beat up by the rain on the way to school, having to walk through that muddy water in front of your house or hostel because you have no choice, encountering the rain-induced traffic, but worst of all, falling prey to the ‘rain sickness’.
Infections such as common cold, malaria, influenza, cholera, dengue fever, and many more are known to thrive during rainy seasons. So, how do you keep healthy when you have lectures or a job to do but the rain won’t just stop falling? Here are some few health tips;
1. Get an Umbrella
Staying indoors all day isn’t always an option. Getting an umbrella might be a cost but it’s a worthy one. Constant exposure to the rain increases the chances of a cold infection and fever. This results in weakness. According to Wikipedia, the symptoms of cold can be caused by the immune or respiratory system’s response to cold temperature.
2. Take hot beverage
A hot cup of coffee or tea before you leave for the day’s work and after you come back helps to keep the body in warm temperature and good health. BoldSky lists the benefits of hot beverages as fighting
dehydration, increasing immunity, as well as, protecting the skin and other internal organs.
3. Watch what you eat
Cholera and Diarrhea are diseases associated with excessive rainfall. They are caused by consumption of contaminated food and water. Eating street food or unhygienic meals increases the risk of an infection.
4. Wash hands frequently
According to WebMD, hands are the biggest transportation centre of germs and bacteria. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) describe hand washing as a ‘do-it-yourself vaccine.’ They believe hand washing is one of the best ways to fight and prevent the spread of germs which cause viral infections such as the common cold. In the absence of soap and water, hand sanitisers should come in handy.
5. Stay in hygienic environments
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. This is why you should try as much as possible to clean your environment. Clear the bush, and regularly sweep away accumulating rain water. Better safe than sorry.
There are several health tips for the rainy season but following at least, the ones listed above should keep you healthy and energetic to brave the weather !
Rising abuse of paracetamol
Paracetamol, whose generic name is acetaminophen, belongs to a class known as analgesic. It is one of most commonly used medications around the world. Easily obtained over the counter in drug stores, paracetamol is a medication used to relieve headaches, toothaches, muscular, joint or menstrual pains. It is of different brands and could come in forms like capsule, caplet, tablet or syrup. It also comes in varying colours yellow, white and others, as deemed by makers. In caplet, it is straight and comes in the two shades of colour; the tablet is usually round and white.
Because paracetamol is seen as the simplest drug, its abuse is quite easy. Deliberate intake of it for quicker or stronger effect is one instance of its abuse, which can seriously harm the body system. This is why, no matter how severe the pains are, taking three or more tablets of the drug is a prohibited act that people suffering aches unknowingly indulge in, mindless of the possible consequences. Unknown to them, a dosage whether in capsule or other forms delivers some 500 milligrams (mgs) of its substance in the body system of the patient. Exceeding this dosage and opting for something in the maximum of 1000 mgs or more, except where medically recommended, will only make things worse and not better.
An adults usually needs a maximum of 1000 mgs (two tablets) per dose, usually taken three times in a 24-hour cycle, while children, aged five and above, may not need to take more than 500mgs as prescribed. Under-five-year-olds may usually not need more than 250 mgs as prescribed.
Throwing caution to the wind, many people exceed these dosage thresholds thinking they can be smarter than the pains and take them by surprise a very funny thought. Abusing acetaminophen can cause damage to the liver, the kidney and other vital organs in the body. Effects of paracetamol abuse manifest differently in individuals; this is based on size, weight, and heart conditions. Yet, unknown to people, regular intake of paracetamol causes tiredness. People should take note and never underestimate the power of acetaminophen, always seek opinion of health care providers before taking any drug and also stop the habit of self medication.
LASU gets presidency’s approval for new PHC, receives new ambulance
Lagos State University, Ojo has commenced construction of Primary Health Centre after approval from presidency.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrenwaju Fagbohun at a media briefing on Thursday in Lagos, said it was approved through the Office of Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
He added that the primary health centre which has already began construction behind the existing LASU health centre. LASU have also received a new ambulance while the construction will be completed in about 20weeks.
He went further saying that the primary health facility will be also be accessible to communities around LASU to promote mutual bond between the institution and its community.
In his word “If you have engagement with your community, the chances of having any problem with them will be very minimal because they must also feel the impact of the university.
“There is no point limiting what is good to ourselves alone; so, we must ensure that we have effective relation with our community,’’ he added.
In addition to approvals, Fagbohun also said Lagos State Government executive arm had given a final approval for the university to construct a 6000-bed space model hostel which will be at an affordable rate
“The hostel will also be affordable because the government took up some aspect of the infrastructure, so that the hostel would be offered at a subsidised rate to the students.
“Government is subsidising the hostel by providing infrastructure, part of the rent, so that overtime, the investors will be able to balance out on their investment and the students will get it at an affordable rate,’’ he said.
Moreso, Fagbohun said that the construction of the just donated 500-seat auditorium by the Caverton Group to the university, alongside the privately funded 2,000 capacity Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre is believed to be completed in the next six months as it aimed at making the university a major hub for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by JAMB, among other examination bodies.
EXCESSIVE USE OF ACETAMINOPHEN (PARACETAMOL)
The drug, PARACETAMOL with generic name ACETAMINOPHEN is one of most commonly used medication around the world. It is a drug that can be obtained easily, a medication used to relieve pain such as( headache, toothache, muscle and joint pain, and period pain)and also suppresses high temperature, it belong to a group of medicine known as ANALGESIC.
Acetaminophens are of different brands and forms, it is in form of CAPLET, TABLET and SYRUP, it also varies in terms of colors (YELLOW & WHITE). The caplet paracetamol is straight and comes in the two shade of color while tablet is usually round and white in color. Moreover, the caplet is more effective than the tablet. The dosage for acetaminophen is prescribed according to age.
Paracetamol is seen as the simplest drug and quite easy to abuse . An overdose of paracetamol for a stronger and higher effect is an example of drug abuse. The misuse of paracetamol causes serious harm to the body system. The habit of taking three or more tablets is prohibited no matter how severe the pain because it affects the body system.
According to a Community Health officer, who explained more on Acetaminophen said ” people lack Knowledge about paracetamol ,a dose of paracetamol is 500miligram and the maximum dosage of acetaminophen for adult is 1000mg per dose which is 2 tablet and should be taken 3times while children at age of 6-12 should take 500mg that is one dose(1500mg) three times daily ,age 1-5 is 250mg I. e half a dose while 6month -1year are expected to be given quarter of a dose which is (125mg).”
Taking excessive acetaminophen can cause damage to the liver and also the kidney and it affects individual differently base on size, weight, heart condition and the amount taken. Unknown to people, regular intake of paracetamol cause tiredness.
People should take note and never underestimate the power of acetaminophen , always seek opinion of health care providers before taking any drug and also stop the habit of self medication.