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Day: May 7, 2018

Pharmacist to Grab N1m in PSN Integrity Award

Pharmacist to Grab N1m in PSN Integrity Award

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has inaugurated a committee for Biogenerics integrity award for Pharmacists in public hospitals in Nigeria. PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai, said Biogenerics Nigeria Limited made a commitment of N1m prize for the PSN integrity committee award 2018 with the aim of graduating to N5m in coming years which will cover all the technical groups of PSN. The award, he said, will be an annual prize, with the maiden edition this year. The aim of this prize is to promote more integrity in the Nigerian pharmaceutical landscape. Members of the committee include Pharm. (Dr) Mrs. Dere Awosika, FPSN (Chairman); Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, FPSN (Vice Chairman); Pharm. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okechukwu (Secretary); Pharm. Martins Oyewole (Member); Pharm. Tijanni Yahay...
Decades of Neglect has Led to Abuse of Codeine Containing Cough Syrup – Alkali

Decades of Neglect has Led to Abuse of Codeine Containing Cough Syrup – Alkali

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The National chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN), Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali has blamed the abuse of codeine containing cough syrup and other controlled drugs on the decades of neglect of the drug distribution system in the country. He made this known during a press briefing at the ACPN National Secretariat on Thursday (03 may 2018). The National Chairman disclosed that for more than five years, the ACPN has been calling for the closure of the Open Drug Market in the country to no avail, stating that the chaotic drug distribution system has given room to charlatans who have taken advantage of the system to carry out illicit trading in medicines that should be dispensed by or only under pharmacists’ supervision. He also said that banning the use of codeine is not an
UNICEF Worried Over High Rate of Female Genital Mutilation in Ekiti

UNICEF Worried Over High Rate of Female Genital Mutilation in Ekiti

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United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) said it is worried over the increasing rate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ekiti State. Ekiti State, according to the UN agency, records over 72 percent of FGM among female children between the age zero and 14 years. UNICEF consultant on FGM in Ekiti, Oyo and Osun States, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo, expressed the concern at a stakeholders meeting of the state technical committee in Ado Ekiti. She said that some female teenagers and adults, even up to marriage age in Ekiti State are being circumcised. The state Health Commissioner, Doctor Olurotimi Ojo, said the over 72 percent prevalence rate of the act in the state ranks it high in FGM, calling for concerted efforts to end the practice in the state. Rockcity FM News
#JOHESUStrike2018: NMA Appeals to FG to Honour Agreements with JOHESU

#JOHESUStrike2018: NMA Appeals to FG to Honour Agreements with JOHESU

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has appealed to the Federal Government to honour all agreements with the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), and end the ongoing strike in the nation’s health sector.  The association made the appeal on Sunday, in Abuja in a communiqué issued at the end of its 58th Annual General/Scientific and Delegates’ Conference According to the communiqué read by its new President, Dr Francis Adedayo, the association said it disparaged the strike and appealed to the Federal Government to end it soon. Newsmen report that JOHESU, a union comprising all health workers in Nigeria, apart from medical doctors and dentists, began a nationwide indefinite strike on April 18. “We disparage the ongoing strike action by JOHESU and appeal to government to honour its ag
Codeine: Lawyers to Undergo Compulsory Drug Test in Kano

Codeine: Lawyers to Undergo Compulsory Drug Test in Kano

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The Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in Kano State has announced that practitioners intending to join the association would henceforth undergo drug tests to ascertain their mental well-being.  Mohammed Inuwa Musa, the state chairman of the NBA, said this on Saturday during a programme tagged: ”Kano State NBA Walk Against Drug Abuse”, as part of activities marking the 2018 NBA Kano Law Week. The lawyers, who walked from their office located at Farm Centre, to the Emir of Kano’s palace, said the walk was to demonstrate their anger against drug abuse. According to him, legal practitioners who indicated their intentions to be admitted into the NBA Kano would undergo urine and blood tests to ascertain if they were free from the abuse of banned substances. Mohammed said Kano NBA would liaise
Ogun Government Reads Riot Act to Health Workers Warming up for Strike

Ogun Government Reads Riot Act to Health Workers Warming up for Strike

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Ogun State government has cautioned health workers on its payroll against joining their counterparts in federal hospitals, who are on an indefinite strike. The state government warned that it will invoke the policy of “no-work-no-pay” on them, if they carried out their threat to join the strike. Last week, the state chairperson of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Mrs Roseline Solarin, in an interview with Rockcity FM News, said that health workers are ready to join their counterparts at the federal hospitals, once they receive a circular from the national body. The state Health Commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Ipaye, in a Whats-App message to the health workers unions, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun had approved the implementation of “no-work-no-pay policy” a
Francis Adedayo Emerges New NMA President

Francis Adedayo Emerges New NMA President

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Dr, Francis Adedayo has been elected as the new President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). Adebayo was elected on Sunday at the end of the association’s 58th Annual General Conference and Delegates’ Meeting held in Abuja. Also elected into the National Officers Committee of the NMA to run the affairs of the association for the next two years were Dr Kenneth Tijo, first Vice President; Dr Ofem Enang, second Vice President. Dr Olumuyiwa Peter, was elected Secretary General; while Dr Benjamin Ikechukwu, became Deputy Secretary General. Others were Dr Ayuwaja Nayagawa as National Treasurer; Dr Abdulgafar Jimoh, National Financial Secretary; and Dr Obitade Obimakinde National Publicity Secretary. In his acceptance remarks, Adebayo said that the new executives would deli