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Day: June 21, 2018

BMJ: Beware Of Getting A Tattoo If Your Immune System Isnt Up To Scratch

BMJ: Beware Of Getting A Tattoo If Your Immune System Isnt Up To Scratch

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Getting a tattoo may have some unexpected complications if your immune system isn't up to scratch, warn doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports. The warning comes after they treated a woman for chronic pain in her left hip, knee and thigh some months after she had been tattooed. She had been taking drugs to dampen down her immune system for several years after receiving a double lung transplant in 2009. Her right leg had been tattooed several years earlier, with no ill effects, and she decided to have another on her left thigh. Immediately after this one, she experienced mild skin irritation, which is not unusual, explain the authors. But 9 days later, she developed pain in her left knee and thigh. Her symptoms were so severe that she needed strong painkillers. Although her sympto...
Association of Community Pharmacists Destroys N452m Worth of Drugs

Association of Community Pharmacists Destroys N452m Worth of Drugs

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Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has destroyed expired drugs worth N452 million in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The destruction of the drugs was carried out in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAFDAC, NDLEA, among others. Mr Sunday Ike, FCT Chairman of ACPN who spoke on Thursday in Kuje, FCT, while destroying expired drugs, noted that members incurred colossal losses as a result of the destruction. He said that the drugs were willingly submitted by members for destruction in compliance with professional ethics. “Today is one of the saddest days in our lives in the sense that we are destroying products that expired in pharmaceutical premises within FCT; we have to do it because of the ethics
Northern Govs Urged to Fight Maternal, Child Mortality

Northern Govs Urged to Fight Maternal, Child Mortality

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The 19 northern governors have been advised to adopt the Community Health Information Management System (CHIMS) introduced by Plan International Nigeria to reduce maternal and child mortality among vulnerable women in their states. The Head of Health Programme of the Plan International Nigeria, Dr Kabiru Atta, made the call yesterday during his presentation at the 61st National Council on Health Meeting currently going on in Kano State. Dr Atta said the organization is supporting the federal and state governments as well as communities in advancing children’s rights and quality for girls in the health sub-sector. He said, “Plan International Nigeria is partnering with federal ministry of health, Bauchi and Sokoto states supporting them to achieve advanced health rights for boys an
HMO Seeks Lasting Solutions to Affordable, Accessible, Quality Healthcare

HMO Seeks Lasting Solutions to Affordable, Accessible, Quality Healthcare

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Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), Hygeia has called on stakeholders to create solutions to the issue of quality affordable and accessible healthcare in Nigeria. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hygeia, Obinna Abajue, said the purpose of the HMO is to help people achieve their dreams and that its fundamental rests on access to quality and affordable health care. To address the issue, Abajue stated that Hygeia would convene a Healthcare Nigeria conference, bringing major key players in the industry to proffer solutions on attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) across the country. “The theme of the conference is ‘Sustainable Healthcare, The Roadmap.’ The ultimate purpose of the healthcare Nigeria conference series is for all stakeholders to begin to play their respective rol
Challenges of Tackling Prescription Medicines’ Abuse, Other Psychoactive Substances, by NAFDAC

Challenges of Tackling Prescription Medicines’ Abuse, Other Psychoactive Substances, by NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has expressed concerns about the abuse of prescription medicines and other psychoactive substances not under international control. The fundamental objective of the drug control conventions is to achieve a balance between ensuring availability for medical and scientific purposes and preventing diversion to illicit use and abuse. Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, told journalists yesterday that the Agency will therefore continue to raise awareness of the public health consequences of drug abuse while promoting healthy lifestyles through effective and comprehensive demand reduction initiatives in accordance with the three international drug control conventions and national legislation. Adeyey...
75% of Sickle Cell Births in Nigeria Don’t See Fifth Birthday – Group

75% of Sickle Cell Births in Nigeria Don’t See Fifth Birthday – Group

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The Sickle Cell Support Network, an NGO, says Nigeria records about 150,000 sickle cell births annually but 75 per cent of this number never get to see their fifth birthday. The President of the group, Dr. Deborah Onokpono, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Calabar as part of efforts to sensitise people about sickle cell condition. She said: “Sickle is a medical condition and not inflicted upon us by one spiritual force or deity, people are born with it and it is not contagious but inherited.’’ Onokpono said though we have what we call bone marrow transplant, which gives a patient a 50:50 survival chance, the condition had no cure yet. She advised those who were about getting married to know their genotype and that of their spouses
NHEA to Celebrate Outstanding Health Practitioners Tomorrow

NHEA to Celebrate Outstanding Health Practitioners Tomorrow

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The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) plans to celebrate individuals and organizations, institutions and States that have impacted significantly in the Nigerian health sector in the last one-year. The award also recognizes practitioners who have through their unique innovations brought about great development in the sector. NHEA is an initiative of Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR) in collaboration with Anadach group of the United States. The award, which is in its fifth year, would hold on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. It is in four major categories: Healthcare service; Biomedical technology and Pharmaceutical awards. The special awards give recognition to lifetime achievement, outstanding state government hea...
WHO Classifies “Gaming Disorder “ A Mental Health Condition

WHO Classifies “Gaming Disorder “ A Mental Health Condition

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People who obsessively play video games know how to look out for dangers in virtual worlds. Now they should be on guard for real danger in the real world—spending too much time playing. It is official. Gaming disorder is, well, a disease, according to a new classification by the World Health Organisation. In the latest revision to the International Classification of Disease (ICD11), WHO says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition—one known as “gaming disorder”, with code 6C51. The categorisation confirms what some parents have feared and has led critics to warn it may risk stigmatising too many young video players. It is the first time the classification will include “gaming disorder”.  Its last revision 18 years ago—the ICD10—included “gambling dis
NASS Budget Cuts to Stifle Vaccines, HIV Drugs

NASS Budget Cuts to Stifle Vaccines, HIV Drugs

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A total of N7.45 billion has been cut from funds allocated for strategic interventions in health care, after lawmakers adjusted portions of the 2018 Budget signed into law on Wednesday. The funding was to pay to upgrade of some federal hospitals, transport and cold-chain storage of vaccines, and payment for anti-retroviral drugs for patients on treatment, the Presidency said hours after signing the budget. The fund was also meant to establish chemotherapy centres and procure consumables for dialysis, according to a list of cuts made by lawmakers. Some 4,700 projects across different sectors were affected by the cuts, amounting to N347 billion. But the lawmakers also introduced 6.403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion. That's raised the initial proposal of N8.162 t...
Drug Abuse: Pharmacists Decry ‘Unorganised’ Distribution System

Drug Abuse: Pharmacists Decry ‘Unorganised’ Distribution System

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Members of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists have said that unorganized drug distribution system in Nigeria has contributed to high rate of unrestricted access to drugs and drug abuse. The group also disclosed that the mega drug distribution centres, which had been planned by government since 2014 and yet to be implemented, are designed to be located at strategic locations in the country with drug distributors, law enforcement and control agencies at same place for effective distribution and control. Speaking yesterday at a pre-seminar press conference of the college on rational distribution of controlled drugs in Nigeria, a former chairman of the National Drug Distribution Committee, Dr. Lolu Ojo, called on the federal government to commence implementation of the ...