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Month: June 2018

PCN seals off 280 medicine stores in Zamfara

PCN seals off 280 medicine stores in Zamfara

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The pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed off 280 patent medicine stores in Zamfara state for various offences, the director inspection and monitoring of the council Mrs Anthonia O Aruya has said. Briefing newsmen shortly after an enforcement exercise Mrs Aruya said a total of 365 premises comprising four pharmacies and and 361 Patent Medicine shops were visited.   She said some of the offences include operating without registration with pharmacists Council of Nigeria, failure to renew  premise licences , dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist and poor sanitary conditions among others.   "One of the core mandates of the PCN is to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public and phar
Alliance welcomes WHO report on Chronic Diseases

Alliance welcomes WHO report on Chronic Diseases

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The Non-Communicable Disease Alliance has commended the report of a  WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) ahead of crucial negotiations in preparation for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs taking place in New York this coming September. The report “Time to Deliver” was presented to WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus, calling on heads of governments to take responsibility for the NCD agenda, rather to designating to health ministers alone. “It is indeed time to deliver - 2018 is a do or die moment for NCDs and we need to put a brake on countries sleep walking into a sick future,” said Katie Dain, CEO of the NCD Alliance and a member of the High-Level Commission. The reports notes progress against chronic diseases has been too slo
Health Minister Has No Right To Stop Salaries of JOHESU Members – NLC

Health Minister Has No Right To Stop Salaries of JOHESU Members – NLC

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Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has no right to deny the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) members of their salaries. Mr Wabba said this while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the union suspended its six weeks nationwide strike on Thursday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister had earlier threatened not to pay the salaries of JOHESU members for the number of days they went on strike, while some were not paid the April salary. NAN also recalls that some members of the union were short paid while some were not paid at all in April. Mr Wabba said: “The minister has no final say on whether the workers will not be paid for the number of days the strike was on . Presiden
People Living with HIV/AIDS Sue Gambia’s Ex-President Jammeh Over Fake Cures

People Living with HIV/AIDS Sue Gambia’s Ex-President Jammeh Over Fake Cures

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Three people living with AIDS in Gambia are suing former president Yahya Jammeh, alleging that he detained and abused them as guinea pigs to test his supposed cure, one of their lawyers said. “My clients are claiming damages for false imprisonment and (declaring) that the defendant subjected the plaintiffs to inhumane and degrading treatment, contrary to the constitution,” while they underwent Jammeh’s alleged HIV/AIDS cure, lawyer Combeh Gaye told AFP shortly after filing the suit on Thursday. Jammeh, who has lived in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017 when armed intervention helped end his tough 22-year rule, claimed to possess a range of mystical gifts, including the power to cure asthma, epilepsy and sterility as well as AIDS, using plants and chants. The AIDS patients who h
RE NARD Strike: Yobe Government Blames Doctors Strike On Communication Gap

RE NARD Strike: Yobe Government Blames Doctors Strike On Communication Gap

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The Yobe State government has blamed threats by resident doctors to go on strike on communication gap. It urged the doctors to embace dialogue to resolve contentiou issues. The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in Yobe State on Wednesday called on the government to address problems affecting its members or face an industrial action after 21 days. The association also called for:  . the promotion of doctors;  . an upward review of the residency program package;  . allowances due and owed be settled;  . that government should start housemanship and residency program in the hospitals;  . that youth corps doctors be paid what is due to them and promptly;  . employ more doctors in the state; and  . that government should equip the Accident and Emergency wards with necessary emerge
JOHESU: Earns My Respect by Dr Chuka Amukamara (Public Health Pharmacist)

JOHESU: Earns My Respect by Dr Chuka Amukamara (Public Health Pharmacist)

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The National leadership of Johesu and the grassroot members of johesu have earned my respect. Nigeria is a beautiful POLITICAL country, where ONLY “breathing efforts” flourish amidst political heats. Nothing moves without political stimulation, but the unfortunate receives political frustration and retard. Ask a market woman, every sector receives this political influence – towards good or to the otherwise. The Johesu strike was necessitated by reasons I may not be fit to justify since I’m a Pharmacist, (to avert bias) of course its a Nigerian uniqueness that Labour unions embark on strikes as their only means of reaching our “supposed-reachable” government! One of the days I cried as a youth, was caused by a strike that kept me at home in 2001 for one-year, yet Nigerians still cry and
Abdominal Swelling: Not Your “Sign of Good Life”

Abdominal Swelling: Not Your “Sign of Good Life”

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While we are still discussing symptoms that are associated with our digestive system, it seems reasonable to touch on common observation and possible drag on our health—abdominal swelling. Admittedly, abdominal swelling is often confused with or is called “stomach” swelling. Two weeks ago, I explained the differences between “abdomen” and “stomach.”  The reader should endeavor to get these past articles to further enlighten his or her knowledge. Either in men or women, abdominal swelling is very common in our society as indeed in every land on earth. In our society, abdominal swelling is often interpreted as a sign of living a good life or having a healthy life. Nothing can be further from the truth. Abdominal swelling can be a sign of illness. It can also be a contributor to worseni
JOHESU Strike: Private Medical Practitioners Urge FG To Permanently Fix Situation

JOHESU Strike: Private Medical Practitioners Urge FG To Permanently Fix Situation

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THE Association of Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (APMPN) has called on the Federal Government to permanently resolve the ongoing strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to avert comatose of the health sector. The Chief Executive Officer of Lily Hospitals, Warri and member of APMPN, Dr Austin Okogun, gave the charge on Thursday during a visit to B Division Headquarters, Warri Area Command of the Nigeria Police. He urged the FG to genuinely jaw-jaw with the striking medical staff with a view to ending the one a month old industrial action. “Well, I’m in private practice, but that doesn’t say we are not concerned about it; the entire health system is in chaos. “It’s very unfortunate what is going on and I think that the government needs to come out and fix
120,000 Patients Diagnosed with Cancer Yearly in Nigeria, Says WHO

120,000 Patients Diagnosed with Cancer Yearly in Nigeria, Says WHO

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A leading hospital in the Middle East, the Saudi-German Hospital in Dubai, has expressed its desire to help Nigeria win the fight against cancer. The hospital’s Head of Oncology, Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, who made this known in a chat, after a meeting between the hospital’s representatives and stakeholders in the health sector, said: “According to World Health Organisation’s recent statistics, between 102,000 and 120,000 patients are diagnosed with cancer each year in Nigeria. It is disappointing that out of these figures, about 72, 000 patients are lost to the scourge. This is mainly due to lack of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and management facilities in the country, lack of sufficient public awareness, and lack of a necessary political will to build quality hospitals and treatment cen
#JOHESUStrike2018: Health Workers Slam FG, Suspend 43-Day Strike

#JOHESUStrike2018: Health Workers Slam FG, Suspend 43-Day Strike

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The Joint Health Sector Union on Thursday lambasted the Federal Government for failing to meet its demands. It, however, called off its 43-day old strike, directing its members to resume work on Friday (today). The directive was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council meeting of JOHESU and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations in Abuja. The communiqué read in part, “The various gains from the meetings with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, were presented to the NEC of JOHESU. After exhaustive deliberations and discussions, the NEC in session approved that the six-week-old strike be suspended this day Thursday, May 31, 2018, because of the sympathy the unions have for the suffering Nigerian masses and also to pave way for further neg
Drugs that Suppress Immune System may Protect Against Parkinson’s

Drugs that Suppress Immune System may Protect Against Parkinson’s

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People who take drugs that suppress the immune system are less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings, published May 31 in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, suggest that a person's own immune system helps nudge him or her down the path toward Parkinson's. Restraining the immune system with drugs potentially could prevent the neurological disorder, which is characterized by tremors, slow movements, stiffness and difficulty walking. "The idea that a person's immune system could be contributing to neurologic damage has been suggested for quite some time," said Brad Racette, MD, the Robert Allan Finke Professor of Neurology and the study's senior author. "We've found that
There is no Equity or Fairness in the Health Sector – Lagos PSN Chairman

There is no Equity or Fairness in the Health Sector – Lagos PSN Chairman

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Pharm. Bola Adeniran is the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State Branch. In this interview with PharmaTimes WAIRE EMONEFE, she speaks on the lingering issue of strike actions in the health sector and the reasons behind it. The health sector is in a continuous cycle of strikes. What really is the main reason for these reoccurring strike actions? Thank you very much. What would you expect in a country where there is injustice, lack of equity, and unfairness? A country where people are being treated as animals, in every sector not just the health sector. I would need to give you the history of the whole issue, so that you can appreciate what is being discussed. The people on strike now are in the public service, they are employees of the government.  Governme