The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advocated for tax relief for local manufacturing pharmaceutical companies to guarantee quality and affordable drugs for Nigerians. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.Adeyeye explained that such relief would attract more investors into the pharmaceutical companies in the country. “NAFDAC is currently working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the issue of tax relief for locally manufacturing pharmaceutical companies, and we are optimistic that they will oblige. “About 80 per cent of materials currently use in the production of drugs are imported while only 20 per cent is sourced locally,” she said
It was a proud moment for all community pharmacists on Friday as the national body of the Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN) inaugurated its National Secretariat at Ikeja, Lagos State. The event was graced by many notable personalities in the pharmaceutical sector including the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai who later in the day commissioned the befitting edifice. Other notable guests at the event were - the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for ACPN, Dr. UNO Uwaga; the Managing Director of Healthplus, Pharm. Bukky George, and a host of former presidents of different pharmaceutical bodies. Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, the PSN president stated that it was a thing of joy for him to see this development come to light. He said that he i
The Borno Government on Sunday commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for rehabilitating 166 healthcare centres across the state. Sule Mele, The Executive Director of Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB), made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Maiduguri. Male said that the centres were some of those vandalised by Boko Haram insurgents. He commended UNICEF for providing enabling working environment, state of art facilities, logistics as well as stipend for ad-hoc staff who work in the centres. The director explained that the organisation had also constructed additional buildings in some of the healthcentres with a view to providing effective anti-natal care for expectant mothers. He listed some of the centres to
The Plateau State Government has confirmed that the state has recorded two positive cases of monkeypox in Shendam Local Government Area of the state. Dr Kunden Deyin, the state Commissioner for Health, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Jos that the first case recorded was imported from Port-Harcourt, as the victim came in from Rivers for treatment. According to the commissioner, the infected victim eventually infected his brother and both of them were treated at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos and discharged. Deyin said that the state’s Epidemiology and Surveillance unit of the ministry are still monitoring the contacts to curtail the spread of the disease. The commissioner said that the symptoms of monkeypox were similar to that of chickenpox bu
Mr Dauda Tanko, the Acting traditional leader of Wumba Community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), FCT, has appealed to the Federal Government to establish a functional Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in the area. Mosquito Tanko made the appeal during the inauguration of “Combat Malaria Project” organised by the Nation First Foundation, an NGO, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) on Saturday in Abuja. Tanko said: “The incidence of malaria in the community is increasing alarmingly. “We don’t have a functional primary healthcare centre in the community; the community is using a small facility donated by a philanthropist. “This facility constructed by the philanthropist has contributed to slightly reduce malaria cases here(Wumba).’’ The community leader
World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said they have recorded 62 Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during this latest outbreak, with 38 confirmations and 27 deaths. Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response of WHO, Dr Peter Salama reported in Geneva that “very strong progress” in response to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, one month after the start of the diseases. He said that the first phase – protecting urban centres and towns – “has gone well, and we can be cautiously optimistic.” “There have been 62 Ebola cases in the DRC during this latest outbreak, with 38 confirmations and 27 deaths. “The latest case, confirmed on Thursday, was in the remote Iboko health zone in the northwest, an indication that the outbreak is ongoing, he said.
The World Health Organisation has advised the public to support persons showing signs of depression by encouraging and talking to them to seek help to prevent them from attempting suicide. WHO says that for individuals with severe depression, it was common to think about suicide and they need support and encouragement from people around them to enable them to heal at that moment. On its Twitter Handle @WHO on Saturday, the organisation expressed concerned about recent reports on cases of suicide that indicated that someone, somewhere in the world, dies by suicide in every 40 seconds. The global organisation, therefore, urged the public to offer immediate support to persons around them who had previously tried to take their own lives, persons with depression, an alcohol or drug add...
Government Girls’ Secondary School, a boarding school in Kaduna, was thrown into confusion on Monday when about 90 students were hit by cholera. Some of the infected students started stooling and vomiting on Sunday and in the process, an SS1 student, Peace K. Adamu was rushed to a private clinic, and died. Later on Monday, 57 of the students were admitted at the Kawo General Hospital while six were admitted on Tuesday morning. The school authorities had earlier asked some students to go home to meet their parents for proper care. The Commissioner for Education, Ja’afaru Sani, confirmed the death of Peace on Sunday. Our reporter visited the school on Monday, and observed that the level of hygiene and sanitation in the school was very poor, particularly around the toilet, and close to one
The World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned that if the outbreak of cholera in parts of Adamawa continues, it may spread to other areas and across the border to Cameroon posing a major public health threat. The organisation on its Twitter Handle @WHONigeria on Saturday, said that a month into the outbreak, it has recorded 1,168 cases and 20 deaths in Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that during its first report of cholera outbreak in the state in May the organisation said that it recorded 434 cases of the disease and 13 deaths as at May 26. WHO, however, reassured that it was carrying out continuous disease surveillance activities in Mubi North and Mubi South LGAs and managing a cholera treatment centre in...
The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Moji Adeyeye, says the agency has seized not fewer than 35 containers of tramadol at various ports in the country. Adeyeye disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. She said nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and had been destroyed by her agency. “We are seriously working with the custom on this and each time they seize any container, they usually invite us to come and see the containers with tramadol. “So far, 35 containers were seized and only nine of them have been handed over to NAFDAC which we have destroyed,” she said. She, however, decried the delay by the custom in
Four years after beating off an outbreak of Ebola virus disease, which threatened the entire West African region, Nigeria is again on the lookout. A new outbreak has been reported in the Democractic Republic of Congo, and Nigerian health officials have battened down the hatches in “preparedness” mode. But is it really prepared? Lagos might be. A metropolis of some 20 million inhabitants now, it was ground zero in the 2014 Ebola outbreak. And Nigeria should be too, says Jide Idris, Lagos health commissioner. He says the outbreak has taught important points about “governance, vision and passion.” “If you don’t have these three, your health sector will not succeed.” Idris has been health commissioner for Lagos across three separate executive administration’s. His ministr