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Month: May 2018

Implement HIV Workplace Policy, Anti-Discrimination Law, NACA Pleads

Implement HIV Workplace Policy, Anti-Discrimination Law, NACA Pleads

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As parts of the activities marking the Workers’ Day, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS has called on the appropriate authorities to implement the HIV workplace policy, and anti-discrimination law. The appeal was contained in a press release signed by the agency’s Head of Public Relations and Protocol, Mrs. Toyin Aderibigbe, The agency noted that the HIV response in Nigeria is encumbered with cases of employment-related stigma and discrimination, which it said had continued to constitute a major threat to the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The release reads in part, “The unequal treatment of workers based on their HIV status in the workplace is a clear breach of their right to gainful employment. “A 2012 study of stigma among people living with HIV in Nigeria show
PSN Awards 36 Members, Says No Going Back On Strike

PSN Awards 36 Members, Says No Going Back On Strike

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No fewer than thirty-six members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Lagos State branch, were decorated with the Merit Award  of the Society, at the 2018 Annual Luncheon and Investiture of Merit Award Winners/ N30 Million Fund Raising for Society’s bus. The colourful event, held at the Sheraton Hotel &Towers, on 29 April, 2018, was well attended by dignitaries, among who were: PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed I Yakasai; Chairman/CEO, Megachem Nigeria Ltd., Pharm. Sam Ubachukwu; Managing Director, PharmacyPlus Ltd., Pharm. Chukwuemeka Obi; Commissioner 3 LSHSC, Pharm.(Otunba) Seun Osikoya; Managing Director/Chief Executive, Dr Fidelis A Ayebae; Mazi Sam Ohabunwa;  Lagos ACPN Chairman, Pharm. Olabanji  Benedict Obideyi, Dr Moyosore Adejumo, director of pharmaceutical services, Lag
Depression Is A PHYSICAL Not Mental Illness: Cambridge Psychiatrist

Depression Is A PHYSICAL Not Mental Illness: Cambridge Psychiatrist

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There hasn’t been a significant advance in the treatment for depression in nearly 40 years. And the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) — once hailed as wonder drugs — do not work for a significant number. They also have a range of potential side-effects, including insomnia, sexual problems and difficulty coming off them. But now a Cambridge University psychiatrist suggests there is a radical way to transform this gloomy picture. Professor Edward Bullmore believes the root of the problem is inflammation. In his book, The Inflamed Mind, he argues that depression is not a mental, but a physical, illness caused by inflammation — which opens up the possibility of entirely new approaches to treating it. Inflammation is the body’s first lin
NDLEA Destroys Drugs Worth Over N500 Billion in Adamawa

NDLEA Destroys Drugs Worth Over N500 Billion in Adamawa

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* Warn drug lords to seek alternative job The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed about 14,360 kg of illicit drugs valued at over N516,694 million naira. The destruction of the drugs was led by the Adamawa State Commander of the NDLEA, Mallam Musa Kibo, on Monda, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. Musa Kibo said that the drug enforcement agency had, in collection with the destruction, had “made a total arrest of 502 suspects and 236 were successfully convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by the Federal High Court sitting in Yola. Musa Kibo added that “two vehicles and an uncompleted building belonging to notorious drug dealers were forfeited to the Federal Government by the order of the Federal High Court.” He explained that “the Drug Demand Red
2018 World Asthma Day: Inappropriate Drugs Usage, a Major Challenge in Managing Asthma

2018 World Asthma Day: Inappropriate Drugs Usage, a Major Challenge in Managing Asthma

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Inadequate use of medications, inhalers and taking overdose of drugs, are major challenges facing the management of asthma in Nigeria, according to a Consultant Family Physician, Dr Oluwajimi Shodipo.  Shodipo, who works at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, made the disclosure while speaking on the 2018 World Asthma Day on Tuesday in Lagos. The World Asthma Day (WAD) is marked annually on the first Tuesday of the month of May and the 2018 WAD coincided on May 1; the theme was: “Never Too Early, Never too Late. It’s Always the Right Time to Address Airways Disease’’. He said: “Asthma is a chronic condition that is managed both by the use of medications and also some lifestyle modifications. “However, the policy now is to discourage patients from using tablets
FG Bans Production of Codeine Containing Syrups in Nigeria

FG Bans Production of Codeine Containing Syrups in Nigeria

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.  He made this directive known on Tuesday in his office in Abuja. According to him, the directive became necessary due to the gross abuse Codeine usage has been subjected to in the country. In its stead, the Minister said codeine containing cough syrups containing should be replaced with dextromethorphan which is less addictive. He also directed the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, (PCN) and NAFDAC to supervise the recall for labelling and audit trailing of all codeine containing cough syrups in the country, wh