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Dermatologist reveals harmful effects of bleaching creams

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A Lagos-based dermatologist, Dr Olayinka Adeyemi, on Wednesday warned people against applying body creams capable of causing skin bleaching.

Adeyemi told newsmen in Lagos that bleached skin under the pretext of beautifying it was prone to skin cancer, hypertension, and diabetics among other diseases.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that several people were in the habit of applying various body creams on their skins to make them look more beautiful without considering their negative effects.

He said that skin-lightning creams used in bleaching process contained steroid and hydroquinone which could adversely affect human skins.

“The steroid they use cause accumulation of fluid in the body which can cause cushioned syndrome. In this case, they can become hypertensive and end up having renal problem.

“A lot of things ranging from the skin effect to systemic effect, affect people who are using hydroquinone.

“When they tone, what happens is that some of these products especially the hydroquinone that is inside the product basically suppresses the melanin production.
“It makes sure that the skin thickness is thinned out. The strength of the skin is what actually thins out which is the dermis because the skin has three layers.

“The dermis has the strength of about 95 per cent on its own.

“When hydroquinone is used, the dermis is what thins out, meaning that the structural support of the skin will gradually be lost.”

The dermatologist said that those who engaged in bleaching risked their nails turning brown and were prone to suffering from body odour. They were liable to profuse sweat, hot feelings and discomfort during the dry season, he said.

Adeyemi explained to newsmen that the original skin of every human being was for body protection, adding that such skin would lose its immunity to protect the body once bleached.

“We are naturally protected by the original skin; a bleached skin is prone to cancer and other diseases because the chemical used would have removed the immunity from the skin.

“People need to be educated on how to take care of their original skin colour from birth. “God has a reason for creating us the way it pleases him; we must cherish our skin, be it black, caramel, or light complexion.

“It is lack of contentment and understanding that makes some people use various means to change their skin complexion,” he said He advised those who used skin toner or bleaching creams to see a professional aesthetic medicine physician, dermatologist on how to manage their skins.

He urged people to always use ordinary soap and cream on their skin.

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HOSPITALS’ SHUTDOWN AMID EBOLA NEXT DOOR: So much fear inside us

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The nation’s health sector is in crisis. With the shutdown of federal and state health facilities, patients are groaning. The situation is dicey. Reason: The facilities mostly serve the common man who doesn’t have the resources to access medical care in private hospitals. Meanwhile, his accessing healthcare in public institutions now is like the camel passing through the eye of the needle because the institutions have been shut down by striking health workers.

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FG ‘yet to refund’ £200,000 used for Ekwueme’s treatment

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The federal government has reportedly not refunded the £200,000 used in the treatment of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme.
Ekwueme died in a London hospital in November 2017, at the age 85.
Prior to that, the federal government had
undertaken to fund his medical treatment abroad. Upon his death, it also set up a committee to oversee his burial.
However, six months after, one of the persons involved in the events surrounding Ekwueme’s treatment and burial has said the family is yet to get the money it used in treating the late icon — a claim the federal government has denied.
Emmanuel Chukwuma, the archbishop of Enugu ecclesiastical province, Anglican communion, who is said to be a counselor to the family, told Daily Sun that the federal government “delayed” the payment, forwarding the money after the family had done so.
He also said the hospital had to return the money to the government but Ekwueme’s family is yet to get a refund, six months after.
“A lot of things are wrong in this administration … Right now, the money meant for Ekwueme’s treatment is not yet released,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
“The hospital has returned the money but government has refused to release it back to the family. Over 200,000 pounds and so on and so forth. They delayed in paying the medical bill of late Ekwueme until the family paid the bill to the London clinic.
“When the London clinic was paid by government after the family had paid, the hospital said the family had paid and returned the money to the Central Bank. Now, the money, which CBN should refund to Ekwueme’s family is now being held.
“This money has been signed out. Where is the medical bill refund released by the Central Bank of Nigeria, which was returned by London clinic? That is the question, where is it? It should be refunded to the family and if this doesn’t happen, I am going to speak more and this is going to cause serious scandal for the federal government.”
FG SAYS ‘NO TRUTH’ IN THE BISHOP’S CLAIMS
The newspaper said it was not able to get replies from both the CBN and Lai Mohammed, minister of information, regarding the matter.
But Chris Ngige, minister of labour, who was the deputy chairman of the committee that oversaw Ekwueme’s burial, was quoted as saying Chukwuma’s claims are false.
He also denied that the hospital bill was up to £200,000.
He reportedly told Daily Sun: “No truth in that at all … the bill was not up to that but FG picked the entire bill and other ancillary bills like air ambulance, casket, etc. I’m deputy chair of FG burial committee hence in a position to know.”

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19 JOHESU members involved in auto crash

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At least 19 members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) sustained injuries in an accident along the Benin-Auchi Road on Saturday.
The workers are said to be staff of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) chapter of the union.
According to Channels, 40 of the health workers were on their way to a function in Auchi when the accident occurred.
The injured victims were subsequently rushed to the Otibho Okhai Hospital in Irrua, Edo state, where they were being treated by doctors and consultants on duty.
Esteem Tagar, president of the association of resident doctors at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, who confirmed the incident, said no life was lost in the accident.
The union has been on strike since April 17.
Part of the health workers’ demands include upward review of their salaries to be at same level with the doctors, a request both the federal government and the doctors kicked against.
Others are improved facilities, employment of additional health professionals, implementation of court judgments, upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years, and harmonisation of salaries of all healthcare workers in the country.
The National Industrial Court in Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the health workers to resume work within 24 hours but JOHESU asked its members to continue with the strike.
The union has “relaxed” its strike in Lagos, Kano, Yobe and Niger states, but called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Isaac Adewole, minister of health, for allegedly taking sides with doctors in the ongoing strike.

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