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Nigerians love awoof… When you see a patient take your phone number, it is not usually to transfer money to your account, it is so that they can call you for free prescription after spending needless money on needless investigations on roadside laboratories, who if you don’t answer their calls would likely prescribe for them.

Nigerians love awoof, that is why they are most likely to go for medical treatment in any popular pharmacy that has a laboratory and probably 2 beds in the innermost chamber, where intravenous fluid can be hung for them.

They tell them what does the doctor know, they are too busy to care for you, they are also very expensive, since you will definitely buy the drugs here, why bother going to see the doctor.

And so my leg carried me somewhere, a senior doctor was attending to a patient. It was a health outreach, the patient limped to the outreach and somehow after he checked her blood sugar it was unrecordably high. She actually came because she thought she had malaria and typhoid.

In hospital Parlance, this patient was a time bomb, anyone that has this kind of patient at night knows his night cannot be his night again. And the patient had a swollen toe.

The Senior doctor, passionately talked with the patient and explained that oral drugs will not be able to bring her blood sugar down and she should rush to a hospital for admission, where they will give her intravenous fluid and insulin.

After speaking with her it looked like his speech was working and close to the outreach venue were hospitals and even a government specialist hospital and a missionary secondary health centre were not too far from there.

Na so the woman kukuma speak with pharmacist wey tell am say dem fit arrange am, and dey go give am drugs to help her sharp sharp.

Finally all the things wey my Oga tell this woman, fly for one ear, pass the other ear, come land for my ear.

I don’t know how it works, but she will not sleep in her house this night and somehow, it may be people that will carry her there.

In another news

I know a lot of responsible Pharmacists, I know those that call you to seek your permission before altering a prescription, I know those that call or personally come to clarify something you wrote or something you wrote that was not legible, I know those that call to make an important input for your patient.

But some others no dey hear word at all, at all.

A doctor is not a pharmacist and a pharmacist is not a doctor. A doctor is a doctor and a pharmacist is a pharmacist.

Thank me later.

When you have health issues, go to the hospital first , else somehow you go still land there and na person go dey talk for you.

Stop this mix am, mix am.

Abi you Don turn to turntable and the person wey dey mix am don turn to DJ.

Awoof dey purge.


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Dealing with stress in the face of a pandemic.





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Ovundah Nyeche

A few days ago, during a Zoom meeting, I mentioned that; ‘we are not just dealing with a pandemic, but also an infodemic’, which is an excessive amount of information concerning a problem such that the solution is made more difficult. Little was known about COVID-19, 5 months ago, but right now it is in the lips, ears and minds of a lot of people worldwide. Considering the amount of updates, especially fake news, with the level of uncertainty, with the level of loss of control, with dwindling fortunes in many quarters… Fear and anxiety is at an all-time high.

This is the period when having a cough, fever, catarrh or difficulty in breathing can increase the worry hormones. This is also a period where a lot of people are worried about their own health and the health of their loved ones especially those that are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

And to keep up to speed with the news, a lot of people are having issues with their sleep and having changes in their eating patterns. Many are having issues with concentrating, as bad news hits left, right and center. Worsening chronic health problems stare us at the face. There is also worsening of mental health conditions and increased use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs this period, as people find ways to deal with stress and fear.

So how do you cope with stress

*Get news only from verified sources, trust me ‘e get why’. That ‘salt and pepper’ that brings out the dopamine in you, may not be good for your health. Professionals report having your health in mind, while many sources report with sensationalism and the overwhelming need to get more clicks at the back of their mind. Also it is important you get the right information, so that you may be properly equiped.

* Take breaks from watching reading or listening to news stories, including social media, it will do you a great good.

* Take care of your body needs by eating healthy; a nutritious diet will do you a whole lot of good. You will also need to exercise regularly; you can tailor-make the exercises you do, so as not to break the physical distancing rule. Get adequate sleep; sleeping well does not in any way connote laziness, a good refreshed sleep is very important. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs this period.

* This is also a time to meditate, pray, listen to wholesome/soul lifting messages, it will do you a whole lot of good.

* Learn something new this period, the fact that it looks as though things are on hold, does not in any way mean your life should be on hold. You can learn something new, but come on, it doesn’t have to be a competition.

* Give back to society in your own capacity, you may think your effort will be considered too small, but you can be a voice for someone or something this period, you can be a reason someone says thank you and wishes to live one more day.

* Do something you enjoy this period, of course something that would not put your health at risk or expose others to harm.

* Connect with others. As you know Physical distancing does not mean you should cut off from people, call your parents, call friends on phone, ask people how they are doing, care about others, and be willing to respond to other people’s need, it will also not be a sacrilege to receive help from other people. No one is a superman or superwoman. Find out how others are doing, and do not be embarrassed if people ask you how you are doing.

* Play your part to stop the spread of fake news, be careful what you share, if you are not sure and it is malicious, you may as well not share even if it sounds so sweet. Never allow fake news and rumors spread in your hands.

* We should also play our part to reduce stigma and stigmatization of people during this period.

Do have a great day ahead, we will overcome this. Let’s play our part to flatten the curve, it is in our hands.


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Separating Myths from Facts #1 #COVID19





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By Ovundah Nyeche

Bleach is a very effective fluid for cleaning surfaces and it can kill germs, including coronavirus on surfaces.

Alcohol can also kill coronavirus on surfaces and alcohol based sanitizers (at least 60 percent) are useful for cleaning your hands.


This does not mean you should bathe with alcohol, bleach, rub it on your body or gargle with alcohol and or bleach.

Alcohol or bleach will not kill germs in your body and can cause you harm.

Say you use water and detergent wash motor well well, no mean say you go pour am inside your fuel tank.

Say engine oil good for motor, no mean say you go pour am for motor body or fuel tank.

Please get information from the right channels like @WHO @Fmohnigeria @NCDCgov @LSMOH…

Credits: WHO,

#hearword #OvdSpeaks #hearwordseries

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2019.





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Every 10th of September the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Association of Suicide Prevention celebrates the World Suicide Prevention Day.

This year just like last year the theme is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’.

Every year about 800,000 lose their lives by suicide and this amounts to a death by suicide every 40 seconds.

25 more people attempt suicides and many more have suicidal ideations.

Of those aged 15 – 29 years, suicide accounts for the second leading cause death, topped only by Road traffic accidents.

Suicide is a public health concern and any one can be affected, and it is very preventable.

Unfortunately suicide does not end the pain but passes it to family members, friends, colleagues and others.

Last Saturday, RivEthics an initiative of the first lady of Rivers State Justice Mrs Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, did a suicide awareness/ prevention campaign on radio and yours truly was the guest.

You can listen or download the broadcast which is in English Language and Pidgin English via the link below.

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