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Day: May 22, 2018

Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Seals Off 400 Drug Stores in Adamawa

Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Seals Off 400 Drug Stores in Adamawa

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 400 drug stores in Adamawa State over illegal activities. The affected premises comprised of 25 unregistered pharmacies and 365 patent medicine stores out of a total of 527 premises inspected by the council. Mrs. Anthonia Aruya, the PCN Director of Inspection and Monitoring who  spoke at a press conference in Yola said the affected business owners committed offences which include operating without registration, expired licence, poor sanitary conditions and dispensing of ethical products without supervision of pharmacist. “Pharmacists Council of Nigeria cannot guarantee that drugs sold in unregistered outlets are of the same integrity as specified by the manufacturers since they have not submitted to regulation that ensures ma
Pharmacist Council Begins Recall of Codeine Cough Syrup

Pharmacist Council Begins Recall of Codeine Cough Syrup

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it has started recalling cough syrup containing Codeine from its stakeholders in compliance with Federal Government directive. The Registrar of PCN, Mr Elijah Mohammed, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had directed PCN, NAFDAC and other regulatory bodies to supervise the recall of codeine from the market. Mohammed reaffirmed that codeine is an opioid drug similar to morphine which has been approved and accessed over the counter in low doses for relieving patients of symptoms associated with dry cough. According to the registrar, codeine in such preparation, usually in smaller doses, serves as a cough suppressant and relieves pain associated...
Our Members Not Involved In Auto Crash – JOHESU

Our Members Not Involved In Auto Crash – JOHESU

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The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says none of its members was involved in an auto crash over the weekend in Benin City. The union described as false and mischievous speculations that some of its members were involved in a road accident. This is contained in a statement signed by JOHESU’s National Secretary, Mrs Florence Ekpebor, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. The statement identified those involved in the accident “outsourced staff working as cleaners in University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH)’’. It stated that most of the victims were from companies belonging to the Chief Medical Director of UBTH and Managing Directors of Federal Government owned hospitals. The statement further described the rumour as a cheap blackmail by medica
Ebola: Why Nigeria Must Play Safe

Ebola: Why Nigeria Must Play Safe

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Some Nigerians have suggested that the planned friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Congo DR national team slated for May 28, 2018 in Nigeria be cancelled as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus outbreak in Congo which so far has claimed about 19 lives. The country’s health institutions are battling presently with the epidemic. But the head of Nigeria football body, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, is insisting that the game must hold saying cancelling it would amount to discrimination. I beg to differ. It is a precaution; even if it were discriminatory, so what? Should the lives of Nigerians be endangered to satisfy anybody or group? FIFA, the world football governing body, emphasises fair play.  Not playing the Congo friendly under the present circumstances is playing fair.  All well-meaning
#JOHESUStrike2018: We’re Not Aware of Court Order, Says JOHESU

#JOHESUStrike2018: We’re Not Aware of Court Order, Says JOHESU

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The Joint Health Sector Unions says it is not aware of a court order asking it to call off its over one-month old strike.  It, therefore, called on its members to ignore the Federal Ministry of Health’s order that the strike be called off.  JOHESU said this in a statement by its National Secretary, Florence Emperor, on Monday.  The statement read in part, “The leadership of JOHESU has noted with dismay rumours in the press that the ongoing strike being embarked upon by the unions has been stopped by a court injunction. “We are not unaware of the machination and propaganda by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Medical Association who are bent on thwarting the ongoing nationwide action.” The union, however, apologised to Nigerians over the hardship they were facing due to
Ghana Denies Reports of Ebola Outbreak

Ghana Denies Reports of Ebola Outbreak

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday refuted reports of an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.  The denial followed social media reports that claimed an Ebola outbreak in Ghana and that the health authority was trying to suppress the information.  “We want to state emphatically that the report is false and misleading and that there is no such incidence of Ebola in Ghana,” the GHS said in a statement signed by its Director-General, Anthony Nsiah-Asare. The statement said Ebola was a highly infectious condition and that when there was an outbreak in a community there was  no way the National Health System could keep it secret from the public. It added that the health system was part of the global community and mandated by international health regulation to rep
Vaginal Steaming: Ancient Versus Scientifically Proven

Vaginal Steaming: Ancient Versus Scientifically Proven

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Vaginal steaming which is also known as V-Steaming is an age old health practice whereby a woman sits or squats over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil. In Nigeria, it is usually practiced amongst new mothers who delivered vaginally and may have been torn during the process. They sit over steaming water mixed with salt and disinfectant. The steam from the water is said to aid the healing process of the vagina tearing and prevent infection. Vagina Steaming has been reported to have been practiced in different civilisations from times past such as: Asia, Africa and Central America. In Southern Korea, it is referred to as “Chai-Yok” and “Bajos” in South and Central America. While applying steam to your vagina can be quite painful, for some reason it
Eagles: FG to Screen DR Congo Players for Ebola

Eagles: FG to Screen DR Congo Players for Ebola

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The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Monday said  DR  Congo players  would be screened for Ebola  on arrival in the country ahead of their friendly match  against  the Super Eagles in Port Harcourt on Monday.  This is because of the outbreak of the deadly  virus in  the Central African country.  Dalung disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,  after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation’s preparedness for the friendly match and World Cup in Russia next month. The minister  explained that the match would not be put off because of the outbreak but stringent precautionary measure would be taken. He said, “Nigeria is going to play the friendly. I have discussed with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organ
Urine Therapy: The Great Elixir Of Life and Vitality?

Urine Therapy: The Great Elixir Of Life and Vitality?

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Does the name Nadia Sawalha ring a bell? Obviously, for many not in the entertainment industry she may not be popular. For the records, she is an English actress and television presenter. In a recent episode of “Loose Women”, a topical show in the UK, She made news when she downed shots of her own urine live on TV. Nadia was testing a urine therapy, an alternative medicine thought to have huge health benefits. You may find the practice of drinking your own urine distasteful. Believe it or not, more widely, people are consuming their own urine. It is claimed urine therapy is an alternative medicine to cure everything from diabetes to common colds, infections, skin diseases and many more ailments. But what exactly is urine therapy? According to Wikipedia, urine therapy or urotherapy is the