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Day: June 8, 2018

Four Die in Intensive Care Due to Alleged AC Breakdown

Four Die in Intensive Care Due to Alleged AC Breakdown

NEWS
Medical Attendants on Friday said four patients died inside Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours, due to heat as a result of the breakdown of an air-conditioning system in the hospital. But the authorities described the deaths as routine. The deaths took place at Kanpur’s Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial (GSVM) Medical College hospital. “We have two air-conditioning compressors installed here. They developed some fault and that was fixed accordingly but it once again suffered a short circuit,” Navneet Kumar, principal of GSVM medical college hospital told media. “The number of deaths in no way has exceeded to the average and we are trying to fix the problem. Even the agencies that have been ordered to fix the AC are w
#JOHESUStrike2018 Suspension Update: The Journey So Far

#JOHESUStrike2018 Suspension Update: The Journey So Far

NEWS
The National President/Secretary General MHWUN NANNM SSAUTHRIAI NASU NUAP Dear comrades, THE JOURNEY SO FAR  The leadership of JOHESU/AHPA wish to acknowledge and appreciate all members for the maturity with which they are handling the offensive and odious circulars being sent out by the Federal Ministry of Health. Members should be assured that the leadership is handling the matters through our lawyers and contacts, especially on the issue of April, and May salaries being withheld by the Federal Ministry of Health. You are encouraged to remain calm and united as the leadership has your interest at heart. Remember, in unity lies our strength.  Be rest assured that justice will be served. Aluta Continua!!!  Thank you. Signed: Com. Ekpebor Florence National
GSK Buys Out Novartis in $13bn Consumer Healthcare Shake-Up

GSK Buys Out Novartis in $13bn Consumer Healthcare Shake-Up

NEWS
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) is buying Novartis (NOVN.S) out of their consumer healthcare joint venture for $13 billion, taking full control of products including Sensodyne toothpaste, Panadol headache tablets, muscle gel Voltaren, and Nicotinell patches. GSK’s biggest move since Emma Walmsley became chief executive last year follows the British drugmaker’s decision last week to quit the race to buy Pfizer’s (PFE.N) consumer healthcare business, endangering an auction the U.S. company hoped would bring in as much as $20 billion. Consumer remedies sold over the counter have lower margins than prescription drugs, but they are typically well-known brands with customers. “The proposed transaction addresses one of our key capital allocation priorities and will allow GSK shareholders to capture th
Stray Dog Attacks Villagers, Livestock in Kebbi

Stray Dog Attacks Villagers, Livestock in Kebbi

NEWS
A stray dog is on the rampage and has attacked and injured three villagers and livestock in Basaura town in Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi. The state Director, Veterinary and Public Health, Dr Ahmad Ambursa, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Friday. “An unknown dog was reported to have attacked residents and livestock in Basaura village of Jega Local Government Area. “The dog injured three persons and a number of livestock in the area as a result of its spree – bites, ” he said. He said the victims had been taken to Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital for treatment. Earlier, a team of veterinary doctors, led by Dr Ahmad Muhammad, visited the village where the incident happened for confirmation on getting the report. The team was received by the Dist
Minister: Tobacco Kills More Than Half Of Users

Minister: Tobacco Kills More Than Half Of Users

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that Tobacco kill more than half of its users even when used exactly as recommended by its manufacturers. Prof. Adewole made this disclosure on Monday 4th June, 2018 while briefing the press to commemorate 2018 World No Tobacco Day in Abuja, with theme: Tobacco Breaks the Heart, Choose Health, Not Tobacco”. Adewole said “Globally there are more than 1 billion smokers, and more than 7 million people are killed by tobacco annually. Of this, more than 6 million die from direct tobacco use, and close to 900,000 from exposure to second-hand smoke. I must add that the low and middle income countries including Nigeria bear nearly 80% of the global burden”.  The Minister said that in Nigeria for instance, over 20 billion sticks of ciga
Federal Government Renews Appointment Of Two CMD/MDs

Federal Government Renews Appointment Of Two CMD/MDs

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointments of Dr. Jafaru Alunua Momoh, and Dr. Nwadinigwe Cajetan Uwatoronye  as  Chief Medical Director of  National Hospital, Abuja  and Medical Director, National Orthopedic Hospital Enugu, Enugu State, for the second and final term. The appointments are to take effect from 5th July 2018 and 30th May, 2018, respectively. Congratulating the CMDs on their reappointments, the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, urged them to improve on achievements already attained in the hospitals to justify the confidence reposed on them.  Professor Adewole also hoped that their reappointments would enable the CMDs work collaboratively with all stakeholders, ensuring harmony and continuous delivery of quality healthcare services to th
Measles: Borno to Boost Immunity of Children

Measles: Borno to Boost Immunity of Children

Children's Health, NEWS
In a bid to interrupt measles transmission in parts of Borno State and to boost the vulnerable population’s immunity in newly accessible areas, the World Health Organisation is providing technical and financial support to the state health authorities to implement a selective measles vaccination campaign. The four-day exercise targets more than 200, 000 children aged between six months and 15 years living in recently accessed locations across nine local government areas  of the state. The LGAs are Magumeri, Nganzai and Damboa where suspected outbreaks of measles were reported in April 2018. Other LGAs include Bama, Dikwa, Gwoza, Kukawa, Kala Balge and Ngala where large numbers of children who have not been vaccinated since 2014 are resettling. WHO already trained and deployed 219 v
WHO Introduces 5 New Ebola Drugs in DRC

WHO Introduces 5 New Ebola Drugs in DRC

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced five new investigational therapeutics to treat Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following an Ebola outbreak in the country. Authorities in DRC have since approved the use of the drugs, marking the first time such treatments have been available. The WHO said four of the five approved drugs are currently in the country, which are Zmapp, GS-5734, REGN monoclonal antibody combination, and mAb114, under the framework of compassionate use and expanded access. Clinicians working in the treatment centres will make decisions on which drug to use as deemed helpful for their patients, and appropriate for the setting. The treatments can be used as long as informed consent is obtained from patients and protoco...
Angola Records Over One Million Cases of Malaria in Six Months

Angola Records Over One Million Cases of Malaria in Six Months

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At least 1.5 million cases of malaria that resulted in 3,853 deaths were recorded in the six months in Angola, exceeding the 1.3 million cases in 2016 when the country was hit by yellow fever epidemic. Unlike in 2016, the Angolan health authorities described 2018 as an epidemiological year. The provinces of Cuanza Norte, Bengo and Huambo are the most endemic regions, according to data released by the Secretary of State for Health, José Vieira Dias da Cunha. José Dias da Cunha was speaking on the theme “Malaria in Angola in the current context: strategies” at Methodological Meeting on Malaria. The event gathered more than 300 technicians from 17, of the country’s 18 provinces of Angola. Luanda government and the Ministry of Health launched in May the Contingency Plan for Mala
Most Ovarian Cysts are not Cancerous –Gynaecologist

Most Ovarian Cysts are not Cancerous –Gynaecologist

NEWS
A gynaecologist with Mothercare Hospital, Dr. Solomon Anoti, said on Thursday that most ovarian cysts are not cancerous. Anoti disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Abuja. He explained that ovarian cysts were closed sac-like structures within the ovary filled with a liquid or semi-solid substance. He said that the ovary was one of a pair of reproductive glands in women that were located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. “Each ovary is about the size and shape of a walnut,’’ he said. According to him, most ovarian cysts are not due to cancer and having an ovarian cyst does not cause ovarian cancer. Anoti said that ovarian cancer was rare in women younger than age 40. “After age 40, an ovarian cyst has a higher chance of being cancero
Combating Codeine Abuse

Combating Codeine Abuse

NEWS
The decision of the Federal Government to ban syrups containing codeine is one decisive step towards stemming the phenomenal and widespread abuse of that and many other drugs by Nigerians. Codeine is a short-acting narcotic prescribed by physicians for the treatment of pain. It can be highly addictive and provides the user with an overall sense of calm and feelings of pleasure. When codeine is used, it enters the brain and causes the release of neurotransmitters that stimulate the reward centre of the brain, leaving the user feeling intense well being and pleasure. But this kind of pleasure can lead to both psychological and physical dependence on the drug. Although codeine is used for medical purposes through legitimate prescriptions, it has been turned put to recreational use and peopl...