* Mobile Drug Sellers A Treat To Healthy Living As people fall sick daily, self-medication is gradually becoming the norm, even among educated members of the public. This practice, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) warns is highly risky, unhealthy and dangerous to the well being of individuals. According to PCN’s Deputy Director, Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, “It is against the law to hawk medicines in buses, and we have a federal taskforce, which is domiciled in NAFDAC. Every state has a taskforce coordinated by NAFDAC and the PCN is a part of it. So, anywhere you find a lot of people hawking medicines, then the state is not doing well enough.” The PCN is responsible for registering premises, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, and patent and proprietary medicine dea
The rains are here, and so is cholera. In the last one week alone, 832 suspected cases of cholera have been reported from across 16 council areas in six states, according to weekly epidemiological reports from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Eight cases proved positive for cholera, and eight people died. The figures in the preceding week were even bleaker: 190 cases in 11 council areas in seven states; 17 positive for cholera; 17 dead. This time last year, only three cases suspected to be cholera were reported, from Kaduna south. At least 5,659 infections suspected to be cholera have been reported since January. In total, the reports have come from 61 local government areas across 19 states. Among them, 162 reports tested positive for cholera—and 84 of the patients died. This
Prof. Janet Ajuluchukwu, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba says men have more heart problems than women with death rates doubling after age 40. Ajuluchukwu made this assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Saturday in Lagos. The professor said researches carried out proved that many men do not go to the hospital until too late and with late diagnosis, they were more prone to heart problems. The cardiologist stressed the need for men to go for regular checkups because conditions such as hypertension do not come with obvious signs. “Right now, my interest has gone to men because all over the world the men think that they are stronger. “There is this perception that they are strong and that they won’t
Professor Eyitayo Lambo, a health economist and health systems expert, was Nigeria’s Minister of Health from 2003 to 2007. In this interview, he x-rays bottlenecks to increasing health insurance coverage for Nigerians, the progress made towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and areas of concern in the country’s health system. Excerpts: Daily Trust: You are one of those pushing for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country, what does it mean and how does it affect access to health services? Professor Eyitayo Lambo: There are many definitions of universal health coverage but the standard one is the one provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) which says ‘UHC means that all people and communities can use promotional, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative heal
Fear of another nationwide strike in the health sector is hanging on the loose as the minister of health, Isaac Adewole has confirmed that government may not be able to pay federal health workers nationwide after resuming from near two months strike. Reports from across the country have reliably confirmed that the federal health institutions have resorted to the selective payment of its workforce through glaring nepotism and favoritism under the pretext of staff that were not part of the strike The minister of health, Isaac Addewole however directed the CMD's to compile few list of staffers due to paucity of funds as plans have been concluded to reduce by more than half the over 750,000 workforce of JOHESU members that recently returned from strike after truce and intervention by the NL...
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Sunday called on the Federal Government to establish a national institute for the promotion of herbal medicine in Nigeria. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye made the call in an interview with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He explained that traditional medicine was too important to be ignored in the healing process and promotion of healthy living. She said that several meetings had been held with stakeholders on how to promote herbal medicine in the country. “Government should support the idea to establish a National Institute of Science that will conduct researches for the benefit of humanity. “The approved herbal products do undergo limited testing due to inade