Motorized road transport has changed the face of employment, trade, family life and health care, bringing benefits that were unimaginable 100 years ago. We can now get patients to emergency rooms, deliver relief at the sites of disasters and take holidays in places we would not have been able to visit before. However, the price we are paying for such benefits is too high.
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For the world and all of us there is one consolation: the knowledge that while Ebola may have killed Dr Stella Adadevoh, she in turn may have stopped it killing thousands or even millions of other Nigerians. Dr Stella Adadevoh, was not a virology or public-health expert, simply a duty consultant at the First Consultant Hospital, a private clinic in Lagos. It was her sharp-eyed diagnosis, however, that identified Nigeria’s first case of the virus – a 40-year-old civil servant called Patrick Sawyer, who flew in to Lagos from Ebola-devastated Liberia in July.
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In the developed world, access to basic health services and the existence of a functioning health system are taken for granted by most of the population. The situation is different in Sub-Saharan Africa, due to fundamental limitations in funding, staffing, training and other manifestations of essential infrastructure.
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Do you want to see your doctor’s medical notes? Doctor, What right do you have to keep the patient out of the loop? Should Doctors Notes be open and available to the patient? We are fast entering the era of the electronic health record, when it will be possible to call up our medical records on our computers and mobile devices. Medication lists, lab results, and appointment schedules—they’ll all be available with clicks of your mouse or taps on the screen of your smartphone, iPad or tablet. An extension and expansion of e-health, e-medicine,-e-doctor and now e-patient!
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Traditional Medicine/Complimentary Alternative medicine (TM/CAM) practices are often grouped into broad categories, such as natural products, mind and body medicine, and manipulative and body-based practices. Although these categories are not formally defined, they are useful for discussing TM/CAM practices.
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