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Day: June 15, 2018

Nigeria: Private Sector Calls for Partnership With Government On Health

Nigeria: Private Sector Calls for Partnership With Government On Health

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In line with World Family Doctors' Day 2018, the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) has called on governments at all levels to partner the private sector to achieve universal health coverage for all in the country. The association made this call on World Family Doctors' Day held in Lagos recently, with the theme, 'Family doctors' leading the way to better health'. This association said that the call for partnership was necessary since a deliberate investment and growth of the private sector through policy shifts and system restructuring could reverse the trend of medical tourism, which has crippled her economy and ridiculed her in the world community. The Chairman of the Association Lagos, Dr. Tunji Akintade, said: "When the government is doing ...
Katsina State to Set Up Orphans Protection Desk – CJ

Katsina State to Set Up Orphans Protection Desk – CJ

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The Katsina State Government is to establish an orphans’ protection desk in the state Ministry of Justice to protect the rights of orphans, the Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, says. “The desk will serve as a complaint point for orphans that their relations seize their wealth after the demise of their parents,’’ he said in Katsina. Danladi spoke during an orphans and needy endowment fund raising ceremony, organised by the Izalah Islamic Sect, Katsina Branch, on Sunday.. He said the unit would be called Orphans Care Desk for orphans and their mothers to lodge complaints against those who cheated them. “It has come to the knowledge of the state government and the Ministry of Justice that some people have formed the habit of cheating orphans of their wealth after the death of the parent
Expert Warns Against Killing Rat with Poison, Suggests Ways to Eliminate Rodents

Expert Warns Against Killing Rat with Poison, Suggests Ways to Eliminate Rodents

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Dr Mutiu Oladele-Bukola of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, has warned people against the use of rat poisons to kill mice. The veterinary doctor, who gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan, said that people should avoid using rat poisons so as to prevent the contamination of food items in their homes. Bukola stated that the mice which eat the poison could contaminate other food items in the home, thereby making them dangerous for human consumption. He said, “As rats move from one place to the other, they carry these poisons in their mouth and even their body; they contaminate food and water meant for other animals and man. “Besides, the dead mouse could decompose at an obscure corner and st
Cholera Outbreak: Kogi Govt Confirms 3 Deaths

Cholera Outbreak: Kogi Govt Confirms 3 Deaths

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Three Persons have been confirmed dead as a result of cholera outbreak in Lokoja Local Government of Kogi State. The Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Health Dr Kolawole Johnson disclosed this at a news conference in Lokoja on Thursday. Johnson noted that the ministry recorded 17 suspected cases, which consist of nine males and eight females. The outbreak according to the Permanent Secretary occurred in Kabawa community, a remote area in the State Capital. He frowned at media reports which stated that over five persons were confirmed dead and over 30 people hospitalized as a result of the cholera outbreak. According to him; “The State Ministry of Health got a report of an outbreak of cholera in Kabawa community under Lokoja Local Government. Our Rapid Response team
Expert Reveals Great Danger Associated with Smoking – Cardiologist

Expert Reveals Great Danger Associated with Smoking – Cardiologist

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Dr Akinkumi Afolabi, a cardiologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, said cigarette smoking hastens the symptoms of stroke in heavy smokers. Afolabi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Thursday in Lagos. He said smoking could increase the risk of having stroke by at least 50 per cent, causing possible brain damage and death. He said, “One way that smoking can increase risk of stroke is by increasing chances of developing brain aneurysm.” “This is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by weakness in the blood vessel wall.” “This can rupture and lead to extremely serious condition known as subarachnoid hemorrhage.” “Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a type of stroke which causes extensive brain damage and death.” “Within
Adewole Urges Nigerians to be Voluntary Blood Donors

Adewole Urges Nigerians to be Voluntary Blood Donors

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, yesterday, urged more Nigerians to be voluntary blood donors, lamenting that out of the estimated 1.8 million units of blood the country needed each year, only 10 per cent of blood collection were accounted for by voluntary donors. He noted that voluntary blood donation brings numerous health benefits to the donor, which, according to him, include longevity of life, production of new blood cells, absence of anaemia at old age, and opportunity for free medical screening. Briefing the press in Abuja on the occasion of the 2018 World Blood Donation Day, the minister also revealed the measures put in place by the Federal Government to address the gaps in the nation’s annual blood needs. He said: “May I inform you that Nigeria’s estimated blood
Man Caught in Katsina with 300 Cartons of Codeine

Man Caught in Katsina with 300 Cartons of Codeine

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A 30-year-old father of five, Nura Aliyu, has landed in police net in Katsina for allegedly trafficking in drugs suspected to be codeine syrup. Police said Aliyu of Tsohuwar Tasha, Katsina, was picked up on Tuesday evening along Senator Abba Ali road by Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina. He was said to be driving a faded blue Honda Civic car with Kaduna Registration Number, AQ 475 DKA, loaded with 300 cartons of the drug when he was arrested. The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, DSP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the arrest, put the monetary value of the drug at N1.5m. He said, “The Katsina State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that on 12/06/2018 at about 2100hrs, it succeeded in arresting a notorious suspect who specialised in drug trafficking. “Polic
Early Childhood Growth: UNICEF Wants Investment in Friendly Policies

Early Childhood Growth: UNICEF Wants Investment in Friendly Policies

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UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged countries to invest in family-friendly policies that support early childhood development. Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He emphasised that such investment should include paid paternity and maternity leave, free pre-primary education and paid breastfeeding breaks. He added that “implementing national family-friendly policies that support early childhood development, including paid paternity leave, the government can provide parents the time, resources and information to take care of their children’’. Quoting recent analysis conducted by UNICEF, Fall noted that two in three children below the age of one lived in countries where fathers were not entitled to a ‘single day’ of paid pat
Adamawa Partners Bank to Upgrade Hospital

Adamawa Partners Bank to Upgrade Hospital

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The Adamawa State government has entered into a partnership with Infrastructure Bank for a comprehensive upgrade of the Yola Specialist Hospital. The funding for the upgrade would be provided by the bank while the state would provide the political and administrative support, Dr. Fatima Abubakar, the Commissioner for Health, said. In a statement released by the commissioner, she explained that the government was not privatising the hospital. “It remains a wholly owned public establishment with full governmental control,’’ she emphasised. The commissioner said that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) was intended to positively position the hospital to meet the tertiary health needs of the people. The upgrade, she explained, would entail the comprehensive rehabilitation of the interior a
Appeal Court Rules CMDs Can’t be Forced to Set up Parallel Med-Lab Dept

Appeal Court Rules CMDs Can’t be Forced to Set up Parallel Med-Lab Dept

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Nigerian Medical Association has hailed a ruling by the Court of Appeal freeing hospital directors of any obligation to set up separate departments for medical laboratory science. Hospitals already have a pathology laboratory department headed by a pathologist—one of the controversies that’s been raging between doctors and other health workers. Medical laboratory scientists association at Jos University Teaching Hospital sued the hospital’s chief medical director for “contempt of court” after a National Industrial Court judgement in their favour required the establishment of a med-lab department. JUTH chief medical director Edmund Banwat and director of administration Ali Bitrus appealed the ruling before the Appeal Court. On June 8, the court ruled the Industrial Court judgeme