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New NMA Chairman pledges to combat medical quacks in Enugu



Dr Celestine Ugwuoke, new Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Enugu State, has pledged to combat medical quacks within the state.

Ugwuoke made the pledge in Enugu on Monday after been sworn-in in a keenly contested election to elect new executive of the association in the state.

He said that medical quacks had caused a lot of damage to the profession and led to the death of several unsuspecting residents and “it seems no concerted efforts to check this negative development”.

According to him, NMA will partner with the government through the state house of assembly, the executive, security agencies and other medical professional bodies to see that we fight medical quackery in Enugu State.

“Medical quackery is a silent but devastating killer of lot of people and still killing because people doing it had remained unrepentant after causing families to lose love ones and patients’ medical condition getting complicated.

“I have witnessed a lot unqualified persons claiming what they are not in health facilities within the state.

“Even some medical professional take up task or medical operations like surgery beyond their training; which suppose be reserved for medical consultants in various specialised fields,” he said.

The new chairman noted that the NMA would push further through the state house of assembly to make a law with stiffer penalty against those engaging in medical quackery in the state.

Ugwuoke, popularly known as Dr Nice Man, said that after pushing to pass the law; NMA would press on the government to establish a agency that would be saddled with responsibility of fighting medical quacks.

“The agency will be made of members from various medical professional backgrounds to make it all compassing and then get rid of all forms of medical quacks and other professional malpractices.

“Individual doctors, the NMA and concerned citizens can do little without effective law, government and security agencies backing to fight these quacks to a standstill.

“I know the bitter experience some NMA members got trying fighting these impostors on their own and within two weeks in custody, the quacks find their way back to their nefarious activities,” he said.

He noted that fighting quack would not only sanitise the system but ensure government revenue as hospitals and health facilities would get duly licensed and pay renewal of license fees as well.

In the keenly contested election; Dr Esther Ekwe, emerged as unopposed as Deputy Chairman; Dr Sunday Okafor emerged as Secretary and Dr Lilian Ezugwu as Assistant Secretary.

Others are: Dr Nelson Agbo as Treasurer; Dr Patrick Nwachukwu as Financial Secretary; Dr Ijeoma Charles-Ugwuagbo as Publicity Secretary and Dr Nnamdi Ezugworie, emerged unopposed as Social Secretary.

The newly elected NMA executives would run the affairs of the association in the state for two years.

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Anambra Govt arrests 2 fake doctors, shut down 5 hospitals



The Anambra State Government has arrested two fake medical doctors and sealed off their health facilities at Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area and Adazi-Enu in the Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.

Dr Afam Obidike, this State’s Commissioner for Health, accompanied by some security operatives and members of the Anambra Joint Enforcement Team (ANJET), raided the areas on Friday night and arrested the suspects.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, the Commissioner identified the suspects as Anayo Okwara, owner of Bright Land Hospital and Maternity Ltd in Alor and Igwe Ogbonna, owner of Favour of God Hospital and Maternity, Adazi-Enu.

He said that the suspects were operating the hospitals illegally in the state.

“Following investigation, it was discovered that Ogbonna is not even a medical doctor and does not have any medical knowledge.

“He also used his hospital as a nursing school, where students pay as much as N70,000 to N100,000 to study nursing. Some of the student nurses we met at the facility confirmed this.

“On Okwara, the second suspect, the President-General of Alor community, Chief Emmanuel Ojukwu, wrote to the ministry complaining about incessant deaths recorded at Bright Land Hospital.

“Okwara, first claimed that he was a homoeopathic doctor, but later admitted that his medical certificates and license were forged when he was being questioned,” he said.

Obidike said that five illegal health facilities had been shut so far, saying that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration would not relent in its effort to flush out fake doctors operating across the state.

He said that the objective of the exercise was not to witch-hunt anyone but to ensure standards both in government and private hospitals in the state.

“It is unfortunate that death is an irreversible course and I do not understand why people who are not medical practitioners will continue to waste people’s lives because of greed and quest to make money through illegal means.

“We are sending out this warning to those operating illegally and parading themselves as medical doctors to close down their hospitals or face the full wrath of the law.

“Anambra is not a place for quacks to practice,” he said.

The Commissioner thanked the community leaders and vigilante groups for the tip-off and urged residents to be vigilant and report such illegality in their areas.

He commended Gov. Soludo for giving them the necessary support to execute the raid.
Obidike said that the suspects would be charged to court.

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Medical Experts conduct Free Open Heart surgeries in Anambra



Open Heart Surgeries in progress in Anambra

• Follow-up to 33 surgeries worth N300m in 2022
• More interventions by SEOF coming

By Chuks Collins, Awka

No fewer than eighteen (18) beneficiaries requiring Open Heart surgery, have been lined up for this year’s medical mission of Sir Emeka Okwuosa Foundation (SEOF) which has already kicked off at the Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital (DIOMH), Oraifite in Ekwusigo Council of Anambra State.

The intervention program which has become an annual event since 2021 is the third to involve Open Heart Surgeries and other critical areas of health.

The arrival of DIOMH, a world class cardiology facility, on the scene in May 2022 as a flagship project of SEOF will undertake Open Heart surgeries on eighteen (18) shortlisted patients.

So far, thirty-three (33) adults and children have benefitted from the two Open Heart Surgery programs sponsored by SEOF in conjunction with America’s VOOM Foundation. It took place at the Oraifite -based DIOMH specialist hospital.

The 2023 edition was scheduled to run from May 14, 2023 to May 26 2023 with highly skilled medical experts in Cardiology, Nephrology, and Critical Care from VOOM Foundation (VOOM), College Station, Texas, USA, supporting the necessary interventions.

At least 18 people will benefit from the Foundation’s Open Heart Surgeries this year.

DIOMH hit a healthcare milestone in Africa when it performed three Open Heart Surgeries in a day and total of 25 Open Heart Surgeries in less than 2 weeks during May 2022. 23 (or 70%) of these Open Heart Surgeries were performed at no cost to beneficiaries while the remaining 10 (30%) were highly subsidised at just 14% – 20% of the cost charged for those surgeries by Nigerian hospitals. The total bill borne by SEOF for the 33 Open Heart Surgeries in 2022 is in excess of #300million.

In the current Mission, a Community Health Fair will be organized by the Foundation on Wednesday, 24th May 2023 from 9am to 3pm. The Fair will provide free treatment for Diabetes, Arthritis, Malaria, Hypertension, Chronic Pain, Typhoid, and Eye Care. Dispensing of drugs and clinical examinations will be free.

Nigeria’s healthcare industry also recorded a big boost in March 2023 following the distribution of critical health intervention drugs worth #48m to medical facilities across the six geo-political zones in the country by SEOF.

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Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Garden Egg Leaves



Garden Egg Leaves

Garden Egg Leaf, like other vegetables, contains essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in a reasonable quantity which play a crucial role in human health improvement.

These vegetables are known as natural blood-pumping vegetables, especially when eaten raw. In West Africa, notably in Nigeria, where it is found in great quantity, it is called Akwukwo Anyara in Igbo. Its seed is also called Mkpuru AnyaraEfo Igbo in Yoruba, and Ganyen Gauta in Hausa.

They are considered curative and nutritious diets due to their nutritional contents as medication for specific ailments and substitutes for medical supplements.

Garden egg leaves or African eggplant leaves contain Vitamin B, C, potassium, and calcium, which are beneficial to human health in several ways, such as the following:

  1. Improves Kidney Health

It helps to prevent dialysis by the total cleansing of the kidney naturally.

These leaves serve as detoxifiers to the kidney, and it’s more effective when eaten raw or converted into juice by boiling for a few seconds and then filtering the liquid in a container; you can take this juice three times per day or more.

Eating garden egg leaves will naturally help cleanse the kidney by filtering the blood and unwanted materials from entering the organ.

It also prevents kidney-related issues, especially those that disrupt blood filtration and purification, like kidney failure.

The mineral potassium, which is present in garden egg leaves, also helps the kidney filter blood.

  1. Good for Pregnant Women

Garden egg leaves are a healthy vegetable for pregnant women because they contain many vitamins and minerals required for an improved health condition during pregnancy.

It helps provide good development and average weight and prevents congenital disabilities for unborn babies.

  1. Promotes Fertility

Like the garden egg, many African cultures believe it and its leaves represent fertility and have been used locally to treat infertility and libido issues.

Though there is no scientific proof to back this up for now, in many locals where it is used for this purpose, they believe it works and helps boost sexual health for both men and women.

  1. Can Prevent Cancer

Garden egg leaves contain anti-inflammatory properties, making them suitable vegetables to reduce swelling and prevent cancer-causing inflammations.

These vegetables help prevent cancer formation due to the presence of phytochemicals that fight free radicals prone to cause inflammations that might lead to cancerous diseases in the body system.

  1. Promotes Weight Loss

Garden egg leaves are used in managing obesity and reducing the level of cholesterol in the blood due to some micronutrients.

With the level of cholesterol in the body being low, it can quickly achieve weight reduction; it does not only help in weight reduction but also maintains fresh and toned skin when consumed in reasonable quantity regularly.

Adequate intake of garden egg leaves is required in this case and for anyone who wants to lose weight or improve heart health.

It is recommended that you eat healthily to improve the effectiveness of the garden egg leaves as it concerns weight reduction and its other health benefits. 

  1. Serves as Blood Tonic

Garden egg leaves serve as a blood tonic for people suffering from a blood shortage or are anemic. It has long been a miracle vegetable for weak patients and is most recommended by medical experts to increase blood levels.

To get this benefit, it is advisable to get fresh leaves, wash them in clean cold water, slice and eat it raw. It can be prepared with Ukpaka (fermented oil bean seeds), crayfish, salt, and oil to serve as a side dish or squeezed to get the juice.

Whichever way it is consumed, it performs the same function.

  1. Regulates the Heart Beat

Potassium, which contains a critical salt, helps maintain the heart condition and regulate blood pressure. It makes this leaf very important for heart health.

One of the vital functions of potassium to the heart is to help regulate heartbeat; therefore, having too much (hyperkalemia) or low potassium (hypokalemia) can cause changes in the heart rhythm, which is dangerous to health.

  1. Reduces Sugar Levels

It may be new to some persons, but it has been locally used to reduce blood sugar levels due to its high fiber and magnesium content. It is also low in carbohydrates, making it a good food source for diabetic patients.

Unlike some carbohydrates, foods rich in fiber are slow to digest and do not provide the body with any calories. This makes the blood sugar levels more stable, eliminating the fear of a spike in blood pressure.

It is best eaten raw or drank as juice to reduce your sugar level.

  1. Helps in Digestion

One of the benefits of fibers in food (fruits or vegetables) is their ability to help digestive processes.

Fibers don’t get digested in the body or slow down digestion, which helps maintain the movement of materials in the human digestive tract.

This improves the digestive system and increases the bulk of the stools.

Garden egg leaves are rich in this content and should be consumed adequately to aid in proper digestion, maintain the digestive tract, and help in constipation reduction.

  1. Prevent Stomach Ulcers

An ulcer is caused by the inflammation of the stomach linings, which causes soreness and can be aggravated by consuming certain foods that are too acidic.

Waterleaf has been used traditionally in treating stomach ulcers due to its possession of some anti-ulcer properties, which has been found effective after a recent experiment on rats.

Origin of Garden Egg Leaves

Garden egg leaves or African eggplant leaves are native to West Africa, predominately cultivated in Nigeria, and are grown and consumed more in the southern part of the country.

The leaves of this garden egg are specific to the Bitter Eggplant, known as Mkpuru Anyara in Igbo. Its minor roundish nature, green color, and bitter-sweet taste characterize it.

Garden Egg Juice

Like other green leafy vegetables, the extraction of its juice is the same, and garden egg leaves contain lots of nutrients. Its juice is also fortified with these nutrients, which have been effective in many ways that benefit our health.

To get the juice;

  • Wash the garden egg leaves thoroughly to remove dirt and sand.
  • Cut it into tiny pieces to enable easy squeezing or pounding.
  • Then squeeze effectively and strain the juice.

Culinary Uses

Garden egg leaves are used in food preparation as condiments and primarily for preparing different foods such as Garden egg leaf soup, vegetable yam, sauce, etc. It is also a vegetable in Abacha (tapioca) and other local cuisines.

Medicinal Uses

As Herbal medicine: The leaves are medicinal in many areas and have been proven in a diverse range of ways to help in the treatment of many health conditions, and as such, as been used traditionally in the treatment of indigestion, infertility, anemia, and much more.

Side Effects

Consumption of garden egg leaves causes no notable side effects unless on those allergic to it.


The nutrients in the garden egg leaves are gained when eaten raw or used for culinary purposes, medicinal and curative areas. It is a nutritious vegetable commonly known as a blood tonic, and its Kidney disease cures effects. Still, the nutritional benefits are not limited to that, as it offers many benefits, as mentioned above.

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