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Day: May 15, 2018

Strike: FG Warns JOHESU Members

Strike: FG Warns JOHESU Members

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has cautioned that striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have no constitutional right to harass other health workers not on strike or lock government facilities. The minister gave the caution in a statement issued by Mr Oshundun Olajide, Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja. Olajide said the minister said this while reacting to a news briefing by the President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Ugochukwu Chinaka. He noted that the resident doctors accused JOHESU members of harassing and molesting members of NARD and other medical officers at their respective duty posts. The minister was also informed that JOHESU members were accused of locking-up government health facilitie...
Nigeria To Lose 4.6m Children If Not Immunised – Minister

Nigeria To Lose 4.6m Children If Not Immunised – Minister

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The minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole,  has said that the country stands to lose about 4.6million children in the next 10 years if immunisation effort  is not strengthened.  The minister stated this yesterday in Abuja,  during the  Civil Servants Engagement Workshop on Immunisation and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) Strengthening, jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Health and PHCDA in collaboration with Head of Civil Service of the Federation. He regretted that the country is not where it is supposed to be in addressing immunisation problems, stressing that the fight is not only for the government but everybody’s fight. “We are not doing well in immunisation. Only one out of four of our children receive full dose of the vaccines. Urgent steps must therefore be ta
Health Workers Strike: JOHESU Accuses Doctors of Sabotage

Health Workers Strike: JOHESU Accuses Doctors of Sabotage

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The lingering nationwide strike embarked upon by health workers may suffered a set-back following resolve by doctors to render services and kick against the demands of the health workers. The National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr Biobebelemoye Josiah, has therefore alerted of efforts by the doctors to frustrate ongoing talks to end the four-week-old strike.  Josiah raised the alarm when he fielded questions from newsmen in Abuja, and also accused the Ministry of Health of collaborating with the doctors in suppressing JOHESU’s legitimate demands from the government.  JOHESU had on April 17 embarked on industrial action to press home its demands bordering on improved healthcare facilities and welfare. The strike by the union has so far crippled healthcare delivery in public health institut
NAFDAC DG Intensifies Partnership Drive –Endorses Herbal Cure

NAFDAC DG Intensifies Partnership Drive –Endorses Herbal Cure

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The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye certainly will not take chances at any given opportunity to drive home her desire to exploit every avenue to foster local production of pharmaceutical health products through partnerships in research and development. Recently at the University of Ilorin, she called for deeper and collaborative efforts among researchers, pharmacists and regulatory agencies on herbal medicine. While noting that China generates about 75 per cent of her treatment through herbal medicine, Adeyeye added, “We were raised on herbs; they work. It is a low hanging fruit. So it needs a lot of collaborations among academic pharmacists, scientists, industrial pharmacists and NAFDAC.
Claims and Counterclaims: Dr. Nosa Lancy Orhue Responds To PSN Letter to President Buhari

Claims and Counterclaims: Dr. Nosa Lancy Orhue Responds To PSN Letter to President Buhari

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The strife in the health sector is showing no signs of abating. While health workers under JOHESU have embarked on their indefinite strike, the members of NMA have staunchly refused to support the claims and even the body of JOHESU referring to them as an “illegal body”. The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria recently wrote to the President stating its demands and recommendations on how the reoccurring strikes in the health sector can be laid to rest once and for all. The Nigerian Medical Association has not received this development with levity as Dr. Nosa Lancy Orhue; the National Chairman of Remuneration Committee of NMA has responded to this letter. In his response, he berated PSN for misrepresenting the facts, stating that the letter from PSN to President Buhari was filled with “deli
A Strong Handgrip: An Indicator of a Healthy Heart?

A Strong Handgrip: An Indicator of a Healthy Heart?

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Can your handgrip be an indicator your heart condition? Well, a recent research conducted in the United Kingdom has shown that your handgrip could in fact be a pointer to state of your cardiovascular wellness. Cardiovascular diseases account for 17.3 million deaths per year worldwide and is expected to account for 23.6 million deaths by 2030. With this in mind, the researchers set out to look for predicators that could inform us and initiate evidence based primary preventions among individuals at elevated risk. The study which was recently published on the Journal of PLOS ONE concluded that “better handgrip strength was associated with cardiac structure, and functioning in a pattern indicative of less cardiac hypertrophy and remodelling.” These characteristics are known to be associated w
Codeine: Katsina Lawmakers Committed to Enacting Laws Against Drug Abuse, Says Speaker

Codeine: Katsina Lawmakers Committed to Enacting Laws Against Drug Abuse, Says Speaker

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Katsina State House of Assembly says it is committed to enacting and amending the relevant laws that will curtail drug trafficking, abuse and consumption in the state. Abubakar Kusada, the Speaker of the Assembly, made this known in Daura on Monday when he addressed hundreds of people at the naming ceremony in the residence of Mallam. Nasir Yahaya, The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that Yahaya is a member representing Daura constituency in the Assembly. He described the rampant instances of drug abuse as unfortunate, saddening and pathetic, stressing that the Assembly was determined to collaborate with NDLEA, Police and other stakeholders in checking the menace. Kusada further assured that the Assembly would not relent in enacting laws that would propel the socio-economi...
Nigeria, Others on Alert as Ebola Death Toll Rises to 19 in DRC

Nigeria, Others on Alert as Ebola Death Toll Rises to 19 in DRC

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• ‘$18 million needed to prevent, control spread in three months’ • NFF assures of safety during friendly match against Congo Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries are on high alert over risk of the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) spreading to their territories. The World Health Organisation (WHO), in a statement yesterday, said 19 people are thought to have died in the DRC latest Ebola outbreak, and that 39 suspected probable or confirmed cases have occurred between April 4 and May 13. Scientists fear it may be a ‘public-health emergency’ after an Ebola pandemic killed at least 11,000 when it decimated West Africa between 2014 and 2016. All nine countries that neighbour DRC have been put of high alert over the possibl
Nigeria To Lose 4.6m Children If Not Immunised – Minister

Nigeria To Lose 4.6m Children If Not Immunised – Minister

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The minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole,  has said that the country stands to lose about 4.6million children in the next 10 years if immunisation effort  is not strengthened. The minister stated this yesterday in Abuja,  during the  Civil Servants Engagement Workshop on Immunisation and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) Strengthening, jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Health and PHCDA in collaboration with Head of Civil Service of the Federation.  He regretted that the country is not where it is supposed to be in addressing immunisation problems, stressing that the fight is not only for the government but everybody’s fight. “We are not doing well in immunisation. Only one out of four of our children receive full dose of the vaccines. Urgent steps must therefore be ta