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Month: June 2018

8 Ways To Stop Bad Breath

8 Ways To Stop Bad Breath

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Bad breath is not something most of us want to be worrying about. In a perfect world we would all have perfect breath all the time – with a hint of wintergreen, peppermint or perhaps fresh flowers. We do not live in a perfect world however, and just about everyone has to worry a bit about bad breath once in a while, even if it’s just the typical “morning breath.” There are things you can do to eliminate or reduce the possibility that you will be causing people’s eyes to water because of your less-than-delightful breath. Try these simple tricks to keep your breath fresh. 1. Brush And Floss Your first thought might be “Duh!” upon reading that, but remember that it says brush and floss. Brushing is something most of us probably do, but it’s easier for people to just blow off the flossing
Heres How The DRC Fought Off An Ebola Outbreak

Heres How The DRC Fought Off An Ebola Outbreak

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In May, health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo stirred alarm when they confirmed that an Ebola outbreak had spread from the countryside to a heavily populated port city. But one month later, the World Health Organization is cautiously optimistic: “Slightly over a month into the response, further spread of [Ebola Virus Disease] has largely been contained,” WHO announced on June 20. That’s largely thanks to the multi-pronged approach health officials in the port city of Mbandaka took to stop the disease, before it could spread to other cities and countries. A coalition of NGOs set up quarantines throughout Mbandaka, taught preventative measures, and engaged in a selective vaccination campaign. Dr. Alhassane Touré, one of the health officials behind the vaccination
Fire: FG to Rebuild National TB Centre

Fire: FG to Rebuild National TB Centre

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The Federal Government on Monday said it would soon rebuild the Diagnostic Laboratory gutted by fire at the National TB and Leprosy Training Centre, Zaye Zaria, Kaduna State. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made this known in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry, on Monday in Abuja. The minister gave this assurance when he visited the centre to assess the extent of damage caused by the fire incidence. He added that the visit was to ensure speed up of the process of repairing and putting the facility back to use in the shortest possible time. Ehanire added that after the assessment of the damage being carried out by experts was concluded, the laboratory would be redesigned to prevent such occurrence in ...
Only 16% of Pharmacists Trained on Substance Abuse Disorders — PSN

Only 16% of Pharmacists Trained on Substance Abuse Disorders — PSN

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Irked by continuous loss of lives to drug abuse and misuse, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, weekend listed measures to tackle the menace even as it decried that out of about  one million pharmacies operating in Nigeria, only 50,000 renew their licence  annually. The PSN said a new survey it conducted entitled: Pharmacists’ Perceptions and Knowledge and Attitudes on the Menace of Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse in Nigeria, shows that only 16 per cent of the pharmacists have received training on substance abuse disorders. At a media training held last week to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Lagos, the President of the PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, noted that the issue of drug abuse has reached unprecedented level across all the geopolitical z
Nigerian Govt Orders Probe of Mass Failure by Foreign-Trained Doctors

Nigerian Govt Orders Probe of Mass Failure by Foreign-Trained Doctors

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Worried by the high rate of failure by foreign trained medical students in the assessment examination conducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), the federal government has directed the council to investigate the phenomenon. It asked the MDCN to investigate some of the foreign medical institutions attended by Nigerians to ascertain their suitability. This was disclosed on Monday when the council inducted 183 medical students in Abuja. In April last year, 501 medical students, trained abroad, sat for the MDCN examination conducted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State. Only 132 of them passed the examination. Many of the students complained of being deliberately failed by their supervisors, a claim denied by the organisers. The counci...
NCDC Confirms 116 Deaths, 13,009 Cases of Cholera in 12 States

NCDC Confirms 116 Deaths, 13,009 Cases of Cholera in 12 States

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* Highest victims in Bauchi, Adamawa, Borno  The ongoing cholera epidemic in the country has killed 116 persons with 13,009 suspected cases recorded in 12 states since the beginning of the year. The states are: Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara. A situation report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated that Bauchi State has the highest cases of 8,413, followed by Adamawa with 1,325 and Borno with 1,212 cases. However, Zamfara has 729 cases, Yobe (449), Kano (372), Plateau (236), Kaduna (113), Niger (109), Anambra (23), Kogi (20) and Nasarawa (eight). The NCDC reported that of the 13,009 suspected cases, 135 were confirmed from the laboratory, noting that the overall Case Fatality Rate (CFR) f
How Open Market Promotes Drug Abuse – Survey

How Open Market Promotes Drug Abuse – Survey

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The issue of drug abuse has recently come to national consciousness prompting the ban on codeine in the aftermath of a documentary exposing the prevalence of codeine consumption in some parts of the country by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a UK public service broadcaster.  Experts say drug abuse has become an issue of national emergency to safeguard the future of the youths who are entangled in the cobweb of drug abuse and misuse.  This is why stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to unravel the factors promoting abuse of drugs with a view to reducing the risk to the barest minimum if not completely eradicating it.  According to a survey conducted by the Narcotics and Drug Abuse Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), many factors have cont
ACPN IDEA Zone Sets the Pace with 10th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Seminar

ACPN IDEA Zone Sets the Pace with 10th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Seminar

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The ACPN IDEA (Ipaja, Dopemu, Egbeda and Akowonjo) zone has once again shown themselves as the pacesetters in the state as they held their 10th Annual Pharmaceutical and Business Seminar/ Workshop on Thursday, 21 June. The event which took place at an event centre in the zone was graced by many dignitaries in the pharmaceutical industry including Pharm. Charles Ajibo, who is the Country Director and General Manager of Merck in Nigeria; he was also the chairman of the occasion. Other dignitaries at the event were: Pharm. Adeniran B.O.F Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter; Pharm. Obideyi Benedict, Chairman ACPN Lagos State Chapter; Pharm. Deji Osinoiki, the Father of the Day; Pharm. Abimbola Adebakin, CEO Advantage Health Care, who was also a resource person at ...
Policemen Health Worrisome – Health Experts

Policemen Health Worrisome – Health Experts

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Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Nasarawa state branch, said in Lafia yesterday that the health status of the men of the Nigerian police in the state was becoming worrisome because of the nature of duty the perform. Speaking at the free medical services to 200 officers and men of the Nasarawa state Police command, Chairman of ACPN in Nasarawa state, Pharm. Ikechukwu Okwor said that the gesture is aimed at ascertaining the health situation of the policemen who posing health threat to the society as a result of not having time to check their status. “We have taking to giving back to the society especially the police because of the critical role they play that do not allow them the time to seek medical attention thereby posing a threat to the society”. “What we are
PSN Board of Fellows to Hold Mid-Year Meeting

PSN Board of Fellows to Hold Mid-Year Meeting

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* Says Holistic Approach Required to Combat Drug Abuse The most important annual event of the Board of Fellows (BoF) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Mid-Year Meeting, is billed to hold at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos from 26th to 28th June 2018, says Pharm. Chiedu Ojike Mordi, chairman, PSN BoF has said. Speaking with newsmen during a media parley held at BoF office, Anthony, Lagos, Pharm. Mordi, said the BoF was concerned about the ravaging effects of drug abuse palpable in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and is determined to unveil a new strategy which will comprise short, medium and long term solutions to combat the menace, which has assumed an epidemic dimension. The BoF helmsman speaking further at the event graced by four other past chairmen of the b...
Cholera Kills Three Pupils in Gombe

Cholera Kills Three Pupils in Gombe

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• 27 hospitalised Three pupils of Tsangaya Islamic School, Madaki, Gombe State, have died of cholera. Twenty-seven others are hospitalised. Commissioner for Health Dr Kennedy Ishaya confirmed this yesterday during an inspection visit to Madaki Primary Healthcare facility where the victims are hospitalised. He said within three days, 30 children from the school had contracted the disease of which three had died. Ishaya added that 15 were treated and discharged while 12 were still receiving treatment at the facility. According to him, the government has stocked all health facilities with sufficient drugs and advised people to report any suspected case to the nearest facility. The commissioner also appealed to the health personnel to take necessary steps to avoid the risk of
NAFDAC DG Adeyeye Sacks Consultants over Anomalies

NAFDAC DG Adeyeye Sacks Consultants over Anomalies

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Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has revoked the appointments of consultants to the agency over allegations of anomalies and irregularities In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, Prof. Adeyeye noted that the activities of the consultants were detrimental to the Federal Government’s ease of doing business policy. “The operations of the NAFDAC Appointed Consultants in recent times have been fraught with a lot of challenges and irregularities, which militated against the very purpose of their appointment i.e. easing regulatory business of the industry with NAFDAC. “NAFDAC, in this new dispensation under my watch, cannot allow these anomalies to continue,’’ Pro
Cholera: 24 New Cases Recorded In Adamawa

Cholera: 24 New Cases Recorded In Adamawa

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Adamawa state Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed 24 new cases of cholera in about four Local government areas in the state. A statement on cholera update issued by the Information Officer of the ministry, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, named the Local government areas as Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South .. It said that no death had been recorded with the new cases. It added that 10 cases were recorded in Mubi South, eight in Maiha and six in Mubi North. According to the statement, the epidemiological summary of the cases from May 1 to June 22 shows that 1,388 cases with 25 deaths were recorded in the four affected local government areas of Hong, Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South. Hong with fatality rate of zero per cent recorded seven cases with no death, Maiha also has fatality...
Electricity Generators, Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Nigeria — Expert

Electricity Generators, Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Nigeria — Expert

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An expert on hearing loss, Dr Bolajoko Olusanya, on Friday identified generators, some prescription drugs, and exposure to loud noise as major causes of hearing loss in the country. Olusanya, a Medical Director at a Lagos clinic, Phonics Hearing Centre, made remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. “In Nigeria, we use generators a lot, because of frequent power outages. “The public should be sensitised to recognise that apart from getting power supply from generators, staying too long near them can cause hearing loss and once you have hearing loss, it is for life. “Also, people who are exposed to loud noise, including pepper grinding machines, those in the aviation industry, as well as factory workers, are at risk of hearing loss. “People shoul
Nigeria Set for Commercial Production of Home Grown Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

Nigeria Set for Commercial Production of Home Grown Anti-Sickle Cell Drug

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There is hope for sickle cell anaemia patients in Nigeria following an agreement to start commercial production of a home grown drug for the disease. The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) signed the agreement with a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, to produce the drug called Niprisan. A few weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council gave approval to the agency and the pharmaceutical company to scale up production and marketing of the anti-sickle cell formula discovered by NIPRD researchers several years ago. This is aimed at reducing the burden of the disease in Africa and other parts of the world where the disease is common. Sickle cell anaemia is a common problem particularly among Africans, South-east Asians and Latin America...