Unmasking the Hidden Epidemic: Hepatitis

a mask over a sick liver with a bandage on it on a smoke filled background with the text unmasking hepatitis written below it.

Hepatitis means injury to the liver with inflammation of the Liver cells. A virus causes five of the seven main types, including A, B, C, D, and E, as well as types X and G.Viral Hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as […]

Nigeria: Escaping the Health-Poverty Trap

I was recently forced to acknowledge again that people believe what they are told repeatedly especially when that is all that they hear. Narratives are powerful tools to condition a society.  This is relevant to our healthcare journey as a country. Often, the narrative is on how the government is not doing enough and is […]

Health Stories With Hygeia HMO– Liver Struggles

Health Stories With Hygeia HMO explores the health struggles of everyday Nigerians. We’ll share these stories regularly – they will be tragic sometimes but will always be educative. By Okonkwor Oyor C. To mark this year’s World Hepatitis Day, we spoke to a doctor living with hepatitis and she shared her experiences as both doctor and patient […]

Are Supplements Good For You?

Do you currently take any supplements? Vitamin B? Fish oil? Or even some herbs? Supplements are not bad in themselves, they do exactly what the word suggests – supplement the usual intake of nutrients from food. Supplements are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect and their purpose is […]

Do You Know What Hepatitis Is? – World Hepatitis Day

28 July is World Hepatitis Day and as a disease that accounts for 1.34 million deaths per year – as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria – we all must take it seriously. When infected with hepatitis, the liver swells and patients can suffer serious liver damage. For some, it becomes chronic lasting a long […]

Alcohol and Loving Your Liver

We’ve heard it before, too much alcohol is bad for you but what is that really about? Alcohol and your liver, do the two really go together? The truth is the human liver is quite sturdy and can cope with a small amount of alcohol. What is Alcohol? Alcohol although classified as a depressant, the […]