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Day: May 16, 2018

Nigerian Nurses Lament over Quackery Menace in Profession

Nigerian Nurses Lament over Quackery Menace in Profession

NEWS
National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called for concerted efforts by stakeholders to curb the menace of quackery in the profession. The President of the association, Mr Abdulrafiu Adeniji, made the call at a news conference to mark the end of the commemoration of International Nurses Week and the International Day of Midwives on Sunday in Abuja. International Nurses Week is an annual event commemorated from May 6 to May 12 and this year’s event has “Nurses: A Leading Voice: Health is A Human Right” as its theme. The International Day of Midwives is commemorated on May 5 and has as its 2018 theme “Midwives: Leading with Quality Care”. Adeniji identified quackery, mismanagement, insecurity, poor remuneration, inattention to the plight of nurses and other healt
How Nigeria Can Reverse Medical Tourism —Expert

How Nigeria Can Reverse Medical Tourism —Expert

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Until Nigeria strengthens its health system and returns confidence to Nigerians on services been providing in its hospitals, the country may not be able to reverse medical tourism. Past Chairman, Board of Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Professor Emmanuel Otolorin, made this assertion at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), during the Abeokuta, Ogun State, 25th anniversary and founder’s day lecture with the theme “Sustaining Effective Healthcare: The Role of the Health System.” Professor Otolorin, who noted that Nigeria was not paying enough attention to its health system, declared that medical tourism was a consequence of the loss of confidence of many people in Nigeria’s health system. The expert, the pioneer Medical director of FMC, Abeokut
Stop Rejecting Gunshot Victims, Police Warn Hospitals

Stop Rejecting Gunshot Victims, Police Warn Hospitals

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The Lagos State Police Command has warned hospital authorities against the rejection of gunshot victims or the attitude of asking for police report before treatment.  A press statement signed by the command’s spokesman on Wednesday, SP Chike Oti, said the command had to repeat the warning, following a report that one hospital in Ikeja rejected a gunshot victim.  “A senior engineer, Mr Adebayo Akinwunmi, with one information and communications technology company, was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki, Ogun. “He was brought to Reddington Hospital, Ikeja for treatment only to be refused admission on the grounds that there was no police report. “The command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management ma
Codeine Ban, is Tramadol Next?

Codeine Ban, is Tramadol Next?

NEWS
The misuse and abuse of, and overindulgence in drugs have become a common occurrence in all age groups but more prevalent in adolescents and adults. Some become addicted to certain drugs unconsciously and some consciously. To abuse a drug simply means to use a drug for non-medical purposes. For example, taking a drug only for the effect it produces is an outright abuse of such drug and it eventually leads to addiction with time. One however can become addicted unknowingly by administering such drug without resultant cure for the intended illness. Since it has been established that drug addiction means Substance Use Disorder (SUD), then it is important to state and make some clarifications on such substances which can potentially cause disorder when misused or abused. Drugs c...
ACPN Lagos Lashes FG on Ban of Codeine

ACPN Lagos Lashes FG on Ban of Codeine

NEWS
The Association of Community Pharmacists, Lagos State Chapter has criticised the Federal government on its decision to ban Codeine Containing Cough Syrup. The chairman ACPN Lagos; Pharm Obideyi Olabanji made this known during a press conference at the state secretariat. According to him, “the decision to ban codeine containing syrup - taken by the Federal government as a way to curtail abuse of these drugs is certainly not right.” He went on to add that, it is tantamount to cutting branches of a tree while hoping to eliminate the tree. He stressed that the ban will not achieve much as it will only result in pushing up the acquisition cost of these products since the old available stock will be secretly sold by charlatans. He also stated that the outright ban of these products have denied
Drug Abuse: Emzor Applauds FG, NAFDAC For Prompt Response

Drug Abuse: Emzor Applauds FG, NAFDAC For Prompt Response

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Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited has applauded the federal government, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other relevant agencies for their prompt response to the abuse of codeine syrup in Nigeria. The general managing director, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr Stella Okoli, at a press briefing in Lagos commended the federal government for its prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation. Okoli said, “As parent and especially a Mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. Even more painful is the fact that a genuine therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse. “We
Health Workers Strike: It’s wrong to Receive Salary during Strike, Clerics Tell JOHESU

Health Workers Strike: It’s wrong to Receive Salary during Strike, Clerics Tell JOHESU

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A professor of Islamic Studies, Abdulrasaq Abubakre, says it is against the tenets of Islam to receive salary for the period one has not worked. Mr Abubakre said this in Ilorin on Tuesday while speaking against the backdrop of the ongoing national strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). JOHESU is demanding an upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Scale, arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10 and employment of additional health professionals. JOHESU is also asking for implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years. But the don, who recently retired from the University of Ilorin, said unions in Nigeria should find ways of resolving grievances with the government rather than resorting to strike. “If you pay zakat on the salary you received a
Study: Yogurt May Lessen Bowel Disease, Arthritis, Asthma

Study: Yogurt May Lessen Bowel Disease, Arthritis, Asthma

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A new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed that yogurt can reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining, thus preventing endotoxins, the pro-inflammatory molecules produced by gut microbes, from crossing into the blood stream. According to the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against illness and injury. However, it could also wreak biological havoc on organs and systems and is associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases. The researchers enrolled 120 premenopausal women, half obese and half non-obese. Half of the participants were assigned to eat 12 ounces of low-fat yogurt every day for nine weeks while a control gr
Suspected Monkeypox Patient Admitted In Jos Hospital – Official

Suspected Monkeypox Patient Admitted In Jos Hospital – Official

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A patient suspected to have been infected by monkeypox disease has been admitted into the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State, a missionary-owned teaching hospital. The Plateau State commissioner for health, Kuden Kamshak, confirmed the incident to journalists in Jos on Tuesday, adding that the patient was still being treated as a suspected case of the disease. “Blood samples of the suspected patient have been sent to Abuja for examination, to confirm whether or not it is monkeypox.” Mr Kamshak explained. He added that “the results of the lab tests are still being awaited.” The health official, however, call edfor calm and encouraged citizens to not panic. “No need for panicking, all necessary measures have been put in placed by the state government to contain any
Health Workers Strike: JOHESU Considering Govt’s New Offer

Health Workers Strike: JOHESU Considering Govt’s New Offer

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An official of the striking health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has confirmed that the federal government made an offer to the union in a bid to end the impasse. According to the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, the government made the offer at the meeting held Thursday. “Yes they gave us an offer. We will study it critically on Monday to know if its something we can accept or not,” Mr Chimela told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday. JOHESU, an association of health workers except doctors, has been on strike for almost a month. Patients are the worst hit. They are currently passing through untold pain even as their relatives have been grumbling as nurses and midwives — some of the most influential members of JOHESU — have all downed tools.
Being In Control: Health Tips For Teenagers

Being In Control: Health Tips For Teenagers

Children's Health, NEWS
Obviously, growing old reminds you of the important need to begin to look into your health and reorder you lifestyle. But even at that, your teenage years are equally as vital for you to address those important health needs as they crop up. Dr. Karen Browner-Elhanan is an expert in adolescent medicine, and readily offers vital tips on how young adults can maintain a vibrant health strategy. Tips for adolescent health Your overall health goes beyond your physical, mental, emotional and behavioural well-being. It is very important you do all that is within your capacity to stay healthy. But experts say there are particular issues that teenagers are expected to take particular note of. While we all should do what we can to stay healthy, there are some things teens should pay special attent...
Viagra Holds Promise as Treatment for Uncommon Cancers

Viagra Holds Promise as Treatment for Uncommon Cancers

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Certain drugs that are presently used for the purpose of correcting erectile dysfunction in men have been identified as having potentials to be integrated in fresh trials for anti-cancer drugs. The new clinical study which was published in the open access journal, ecancermedicalscience, was contained in a paper from the Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO) project, an international collaboration between the Anticancer Fund, Belgium, and USA-based GlobalCures. Considering how expensive new cancer drugs have become, leading to huge political problems confronting governments globally, the Anticancer Fund set out on the task of identifying which commonly (and inexpensively) currently existing drugs possess the unexploited potential to save life. The scientists in their paper, were able to re...
Ibom Specialist Hospital Records First Successful Neurosurgery

Ibom Specialist Hospital Records First Successful Neurosurgery

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The Ibom Specialist Hospital located in Akwa-Ibom State has recorded a successful neurosurgery at the hospital. Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the state commissioner for health disclosed this in Uyo while speaking to Journalist on the progress of the hospital. He said that the hospital was created with the vision of reversing medical tourism. He went further to state that since the resumption of services at the hospital, many patients had received adequate treatments to their ailments including the latest successful brain surgery by Dr. Okezie Kanu, a notable neurosurgeon and other esteemed medical experts. He praised the Governor, Governor Udom Emmanuel for his doggedness in ensuring that citizens get the best medical care. The commissioner also said that many consortia of medical firms, both wi...
Yobe State Governor Gaidam Raises Health Workers Salaries by N74m Monthly

Yobe State Governor Gaidam Raises Health Workers Salaries by N74m Monthly

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Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has approved 100% implementation of salary structures of Health professionals and workers, jacking up the existing salaries being enjoyed by them to N74, 335, 339.2 per month. In a statement by the Director-General Press Affairs to the Governor, Malam Abdullahi Bego, said the governor gave approval for 100% implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals in the state’s health sector. “Prior to the approval, the CONHESS implementation rate was 70 percent. The governor has also approved 100 percent implementation of the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for medical officers. “A submission on the salaries of administrative staff of the Yobe Sta