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Day: June 19, 2018

100,000 Children Lack Access to Polio Vaccines — Minister

100,000 Children Lack Access to Polio Vaccines — Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says the number of children who lack access to polio vaccines has dropped to about 100,000. Adewole said this while fielding questions from reporters at the annual meeting of the African Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication in Abuja on Monday. The minister said the North-East, especially Borno State, constituted a large portion of inaccessible areas. He said, “For now, less than 30 per cent of the area is inaccessible. So, the military is helping us and we will continue. There are a few settlements left that the military will work on and we are hopeful that this year, we will get there.” Asked when Nigeria would be certified polio-free, he added, “If you don’t record a case in three years, then you are free
10 Dead as Cholera Hits Niger State

10 Dead as Cholera Hits Niger State

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The Secretary of the Bida Local Government Area in Niger State, Suleiman Sheshi, confirmed on Monday that 10 persons have died in the cholera outbreak in the area. According to him, 60 cases have been reported at the Umaru Sanda General Hospital in Bida. Sheshi, who doubles as the Health Director at the LGA, said he had visited some health centers in the area and confirmed that the centers had patients with cholera. “Prompt action on our part will without save lives of patients who are presently critical points,” he stated. Just last week, three Persons were confirmed dead as a result of cholera outbreak in Lokoja Local Government of Kogi State. The Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Health, Kolawole Johnson noted that the ministry recorded 17 suspected cases, which
One Doctor Dies in Kogi, 3 Nurses Slump Over Unpaid Salaries

One Doctor Dies in Kogi, 3 Nurses Slump Over Unpaid Salaries

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It was a dark Monday at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja as the Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Dr Chukwudibe Rosemary suddenly died over alleged unpaid salaries. This is also as another doctor, Idris Nuhu and three nurses slumped due to alleged exhaustion. It was gathered that one attendant also slumped and was currently on admission alongside the nurses. Sources said all of them have not been paid since February. It was further gathered that the deceased doctor, who was admitted on Sunday evening for heart related issues, suddenly developed complications around 2 am while his colleagues were battling to save him. Sources at the hospital said that all the three nurses had been on duty since Saturday morning and were exhausted due to workloads, which had in...
HFN Seeks Collaboration, Partnership with Public Health Sector

HFN Seeks Collaboration, Partnership with Public Health Sector

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To unlock the potential of the health sector in Nigeria, Health Federation of Nigeria, HFN, has called for a strategic partnership with the public health sector in order to get optimal service delivery in Nigeria. The association made the call during their quarterly breakfast meeting in Lagos recently. The President of HFH, Mrs. Clare Omatseye in a chat with journalists said collaboration between public and private sectors was an opportunity to be able to unlock health care in our country. ‘’We need to be able to do Public, Private Partnership, PPP,  of coming together to create that dialogue. We think that the efficiencies and discipline in the private sector is a huge advantage to the public sector and collaboration will be able to make a difference. The whole idea is that together
Prof. Fola Tayo and Prof. Auwal Abubabar, Others for Honours at the 5th Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards

Prof. Fola Tayo and Prof. Auwal Abubabar, Others for Honours at the 5th Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards

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The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) is set to honour Prof. Fola Tayo and Prof. Auwal Abubakar alongside other healthcare professionals, facilities as well as stakeholders, come Friday June 22, 2018 at a grand ballroom event in Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. This was made public recently in a press release signed by Mr. Moses Braimah, NHEA’s Director of Communication, Marketing and Strategy. Prof. Tayo who is a seasoned pharmacist and General Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award while Prof. Abubakar who is the CMD of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola will be honoured with the Special Recognition Award for the Pauper Fund that provides medical assistance to the less privileged in the society. These and other recogni
Sincerity of Purpose, Political will Panacea to Drug Abuse — YAKASAI

Sincerity of Purpose, Political will Panacea to Drug Abuse — YAKASAI

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The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has identified sincerity of purpose, political will and proper funding of drug regulatory agencies as major strategies to check drug abuse in the country. Yakasai who spoke at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, in Lagos noted that the way out of drug abuse is not only to punish  abusers but to have proper control of the drug system.  “How do we get these drugs? Most of them come through the seaports or land borders. For about nine to 11 years, NAFDAC was removed from all the ports, but of recent, they were asked to return to only the seaports. Still they are not allowed to stay at the land border or at the airport, which means there
Obesity Crisis Next Epidemic Nigeria May Face

Obesity Crisis Next Epidemic Nigeria May Face

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AS Nigeria is aiming to excel in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia, the country is already in the race to win the undesirable Obesity World Cup. According to a World Cup Scorecard on Obesity conducted among the 32 countries participating in the World Cup finals, Nigeria ranks among countries with lower obesity prevalence but has the highest rates of growth in overweight and obese adults.  Although the Scorecard shows that obesity is increasing among children in these countries, it showed that in 2016, the proportion of children aged 5-9 with excess bodyweight (BMI >+1sd) in 2016 was 9 per cent while 29 per cent of Nigeran adults were obese or overweight. Nigeria also ranked 150 out of 195 globally in 2016. The Scorecard, entitled: Keeping The Score – The Global
Canada Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Cannabis

Canada Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Cannabis

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Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize cannabis after lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug. Passed by 205 votes to 82 in the House of Commons, the legislation must still pass the Senate — which could delay, but not block it — and receive royal assent by the governor general before becoming law, likely by September. Legalizing weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has acknowledged smoking a joint with friends “five or six times” including since being elected as an MP. The Liberal government’s pointman on the pot file, Bill Blair, said at the weekend it was “probably looking at a date of implementation somewhere toward the beginning of September, perhaps mid-September.” Uruguay app
NAFDAC Wants Stiffer Penalty for Drug Counterfeiters

NAFDAC Wants Stiffer Penalty for Drug Counterfeiters

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, has proposed a stiffer penalty for drug counterfeiters in the country to serve as deterrent to others. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye made the call in Abuja on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria. Adeyeye noted that the provision of the law for drug offenders in the country prescribed weak penalty stressing the need for review of such law. She said that the agency had presented a bill to the National Assembly demanding for more punitive punishments for those involved in illicit and falsified drugs. “Fake and illicit drugs kill people and the judgment the offenders usually get is so insignificant when compared to the level of the offence committed. “Getting judgment of months o