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Day: July 6, 2018

Hospital Denies Report on Igwetu, Gunshot Victim

Hospital Denies Report on Igwetu, Gunshot Victim

NEWS
The Garki Hospital, Abuja has refuted claims that it requested police report before treating late Miss Linda Angela Igwetu, a member of NYSC, who died of police gunshot, and described the allegations as malicious and false. The hospital on Thursday reacted to insinuations that its refusal to treat the gunshot victims may have facilitated her death. Igwetu was allegedly shot by a Police Officer on July 3 at a check point in Cedi Plaza in Central Business District of Abuja, on her way from a party in prelude to her passing out. In a statement released in Abuja, The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Nyomudim Essen, said the report that the hospital allowed her to bleed to death while awaiting police report was false. “The Garki Hospital do not demand for police report before attending
Ambode Unveils First Mobile Mammogram in Nigeria

Ambode Unveils First Mobile Mammogram in Nigeria

NEWS
Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has unveiled the first digital mobile mammogram coach in Nigeria. At the event, Ambode advised women to take advantage of the new technology to save their lives as she said it was a giant leap in the fight against breast cancer. “The unveiling of this digital mobile mammogram coach, the first of such facility in Nigeria, offers reassurance to all of us that the world is winning the war against the disease. This equipment brings to our doorsteps, the opportunity to access regular medical check-up for early detection of any unwholesome development around the breast. “I deeply commend this giant stride by Lilly Women’s Health. It is noteworthy and a significant development in the concerted effort to stamp out breast cancer and other ty
Buhari Rejects Radiographers Amendment Bill

Buhari Rejects Radiographers Amendment Bill

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the Radiographers Registration Amendment bill, which was one of the bills passed by the two chambers and sent to him for assent. The President’s decision declining assent to the bill was conveyed in a letter to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The two-paragraph letter, dated June 18, 2018 stated, President Buhari cited Section 58(4) of the Constitution (as amended) for declining assent to the bill. “This is due to the scope of persons covered by the bill, which we are concerned will create disharmony in the health sector between radiographers and radiologists (who are regulated separately)”, the letter stated. In a separate letter, dated June 19, 2018, the President presented the 2018 statutory budget proposal for the Federal Capit
Banning Codeine Cough Syrup Is Not the Solution – Pharm. Lolu Ojo, Former NAIP Chairman

Banning Codeine Cough Syrup Is Not the Solution – Pharm. Lolu Ojo, Former NAIP Chairman

Interviews, NEWS
Pharm. Lolu Ojo is the Managing Director, Merit Healthcare Limited and a former Chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP). In this interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA he described the recent Government ban on the production and sales of codeine cough syrup as not the solution. He also shared his perspectives on contemporary issues in the sector; Excerpts.   What is your view on the ban by the Government on the production and import of cough syrups containing codeine? First is to commend government for doing something swiftly to combat the menace of the drug abuse. This is not the usual action of this government known for dithering on issues requiring urgent action. However, the ban may not be the solution to the problem. On a short term basis, it will reduce ...
Low Quality Healthcare is Increasing the Burden of Illness and Health Costs Globally

Low Quality Healthcare is Increasing the Burden of Illness and Health Costs Globally

NEWS
Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate training and expertise prevail in all countries. The situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10 percent of hospitalized patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to seven percent in high income countries. This is despite hospital acquired infections being easily avoided through better hygiene, improved infection control practices and appropriate use of antim...
Bone Setters Responsible for Cancer Spread —Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bone Setters Responsible for Cancer Spread —Orthopaedic Surgeon

NEWS
The  Chief Medical Director of Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Prof.  Samuel Eyesan, has said ignorance and patronage of traditional bone setters are some of the factors aiding the spread of cancer of the bone among Nigerians. Eyesan, who is also an orthopaedic oncologist, said this at Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State , while  delivering the inaugural lecture titled, ‘Extremity tumours of the bone and soft tissues: Saving the lives and limbs.’ He said, rather than seeking orthodox treatment for orthopaedic conditions, some patients preffered to seek spiritual solutions to them while some would go to traditional bone setters. He said this common practice in Sub-Saharan Africa was responsible for the development of secondary malignant growths which caused
NAFDAC Urges NASS to Speed up Amendment of Laws on Counterfeit Drugs, Substances

NAFDAC Urges NASS to Speed up Amendment of Laws on Counterfeit Drugs, Substances

NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) has urged the National Assembly to speed-up the amendment of laws to address the dangerous trend of counterfeiting and destruction of innocent lives. The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye who made the call during the destruction of N3.5billion worth of seized drugs and other illegally imported products described as the largest seizures in recent times, said the law would enable the government prescribe stiffer penalty for peddlers of the banned drugs, adding that the regulatory agency will not relent in exposing cartel that specializes in the importation of unwholesome products. The confiscated products destroyed at the dump site in Shagamu, Ogun state included, Tramadol, Codeine, illegally import...
Nigeria Yet to Harness Benefits of Family Planning – Minister

Nigeria Yet to Harness Benefits of Family Planning – Minister

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said Nigeria is yet to harness the benefits of family planning despite the recent scale-up of interventions. He attributed this situation to poor access to, and uptake of family planning services and commodities among citizens. Speaking during the official launch of three reproductive health documents/tools in Abuja on Tuesday, Adewole said: “Though, delivery and uptake of family planning services and commodities, I must caution that more work must be done to achieve our objective of ensuring that women are supported to make choices in their quest to meet their family planning needs.  “Currently, our modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate is 16.0% which is low. Furthermore, unmet needs for family planning is high, it is estimated that 12.7% of