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Day: June 13, 2018

How Medical Laboratories Accreditation Helps In Healthcare Delivery

How Medical Laboratories Accreditation Helps In Healthcare Delivery

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Mr Tosan Erhabor, the Acting Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), says accreditation of medical laboratories in Nigeria is key to delivering of safer results. Erhabor said this at the commemoration of 2018 World Accreditation Day in Abuja on Tuesday also said accreditation of medical laboratories saves lives. This year’s theme is: “Accreditation: Delivering A Safer World”. According to him, the council is moved by a desire to help change the narrative of poor quality standards that appear to have stunted improvements and growth in medical laboratory services in the country. “For us at MLSCN, it has become imperative to ensure that there is a paradigm shift towards accurate, reliable, reproducible, timely and cost effective laboratory test results. “We will
NAFDAC Goes After Drugs Importers over N7bn Debt

NAFDAC Goes After Drugs Importers over N7bn Debt

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has intensified its debt recovery operation targeting seven billion naira payment evaded by importers of drugs, food and cosmetics. The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, made this disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday. Adeyeye said that the payment invasion happened years before she took over the leadership of NAFDAC in November, 2017. According to her, N260 million has so far been realised from the time she assumed duty to the end of March 2018. She explained that her target was to realise not less than one billion naira before the end of 2018, adding that Adeyeye that the agency was determined to achieve that. “My staff are working tirelessly; we h
Finally, Hope For a Syphilis Vaccine

Finally, Hope For a Syphilis Vaccine

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Despite efforts to eradicate it, syphilis is on the rise. Until now, most health agencies focused on treating infected people and their sex partners but new discoveries may make a vaccine possible, UConn Health researchers report in the 12 June issue of mBio. The World Health Organization estimates that 10.7 million people between the ages of 15 and 49 had syphilis in 2012, and about 5.6 million people contract it every year. In the U.S., its prevalence is growing, particularly among men who have sex with men. In many developing nations, it is growing among women sex workers and their clients. For a long time, health agencies have tried to eliminate syphilis by treating people who contract it, tracking down the patients' recent sex partners, treating them and their partners, until th
Buhari Tasks New UDUTH’S CMD on Quality Healthcare Delivery

Buhari Tasks New UDUTH’S CMD on Quality Healthcare Delivery

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Anas Sabir as the Chief Medical Director of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto for an initial period of four years. According to a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Buhari Abubakar Sokoto, the appointment was conveyed in a letter dated June, 4, 2018 which was signed by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole. In the letter, Buhari urged the new CMD to work collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders to deliver quality healthcare services to the people. Dr. Sabir is a Consultant Endocrinologist.  Before his appointment, he was the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee and acting Chief Medical Director. He succeeded Dr. Yakubu Ahmed who held the position for eight years co
JOHESU Begs FG for Payment of 2 Months Salary

JOHESU Begs FG for Payment of 2 Months Salary

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has appealed to the Federal Government to pay its members April and May salary in line with their agreement to suspend their strike. Mr Achimugu Isaiah, the branch Chairman, Federal Medical Centre (FMC Keffi), Nasarawa State, made the call on Wednesday while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after a congress meeting of the union in Keffi. NAN recalls that JOHESU embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action on April 18 and resumed work on May 31. Some of the demands made by the union included upward adjustment of salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years and implementation of court judgment. JOHESU consists of the National Associa...
Blood Donation Lowers Calories, Improves Body Fitness

Blood Donation Lowers Calories, Improves Body Fitness

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The Blood Safety Programme Manager, Institute of Human Virology, Nigerians (IHVN), Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, says regular blood donation improves body fitness and lowers calories. Abubakar explained at a blood donation drive in Abuja on Tuesday to mark World Blood Donor Day that donating one pint of blood (450 ml) removes 650 calories from the donor’s body. Abubakar said the theme for the celebration, ”blood donation as an action of solidarity”, had the slogan ”Be there for someone else.” He said that transfusion of blood helps save millions of lives every year and put a natural smile on the face of blood receiver. According to him, blood donation can help patients suffering from life-threatening health conditions to live longer with higher quality of life. He also said that blood donati