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Day: July 10, 2018

Adekola Emerges as New ACPN National Chairman

Adekola Emerges as New ACPN National Chairman

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Pharm. Samuel Oluwaoromipin Adekola has emerged as the new national chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN). The election held during the Annual General Meeting of the National Conference at SIO Event Centre, Benin, Edo State. Pharm. Adekola emerged the victor in the keenly contested race with 292 votes, while his opponent, Pharm. Chima Ogbu garnered 288 votes. The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Pharm. Yunusa Mohid Nasir FPSN announced the results during the closing banquet of the week-long event. He stated that 580 delegates were accredited and participated in the electoral process. Pharm. Adekola, who practices in Ondo State won the elections and was subsequently presented with the certificate of office at the banquet. Pharm. Nasir also announced th...
Need for Accurate HIV/AIDS Data

Need for Accurate HIV/AIDS Data

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For nearly two decades, Nigeria has been grappling with the dreaded HIV/AIDS virus. It has launched an ambitious plan to combat the virus. But that effort has been hampered by lack of accurate and reliable data. The lack of reliable data has led to haphazard application of the prevention and treatment methods, at enormous cost to the government. One of the greatest challenges confronting the country’s policies in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been the inability to track the disease. And this challenge comes in many phases. First, apart from nursing mothers and new born babies, many persons with the virus are not tracked for testing. Therefore, treatment and prevention are affected in the long run, which in turn increases the burden of the disease on individuals and the nation at large.
Nigeria’s Health Ministry Gets New Permanent Secretary

Nigeria’s Health Ministry Gets New Permanent Secretary

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The new Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullahi Mashi, has assumed office, a press statement from the ministry has stated. According to the statement on Monday by spokesperson of the ministry, Boade Akinola, Mr Mashi is one of the three permanent secretaries whose redeployment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 29. Mr Mashi took over from Clement Uwaifo. Mr Uwaifo had left the ministry on June 28 and handed over to the Director, Department of Public Health, Evelyn Ngige, to steer the affairs of the ministry in acting capacity until the appointment of a substantive permanent secretary. Addressing the directors and management staff of the ministry, the new permanent secretary stressed the need to improve on service delivery at hospitals
Pharmamax Plans Huge Investment in Cardiovascular Therapies

Pharmamax Plans Huge Investment in Cardiovascular Therapies

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Pharmamax Nigeria Limited, an emerging pharmaceutical generic marketing company in Nigeria, plans to invest in broad range of cardiovascular remedies before the end of the year to enhance patient’s accessibility to anti-hypertensive medicines. The company is spurred by encouragements it received from numerous physicians and drugstores across the country on account of efficacy of its Pharmamax brands of Amlodipine and Lisinopril therapies in restoring health and saving lives of patients across the country. ‘’The testimonies we are getting especially from physicians in major hospitals across the country on Pharmamax Amlodipine and Lisinopril is encouraging and provide insight into what we need to do next,’’ Morgan Nwanguma, Head Public Communication and New Media in KCH Group said recently
BBC’s Sweet, Sweet Codeine: The lingering Aftermath

BBC’s Sweet, Sweet Codeine: The lingering Aftermath

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On the 30th of April 2018, a dwindling conversation in Nigeria was jerked back to life. The BBC investigative documentary on Codeine and its debilitating effect brought to the fore what has been a rising concern hitherto treated with dragging feet by the Nigerian government. Perhaps, it would have been just like any other documentary, highly insightful but not really prickling to the conscience if it had just spotlighted the use of codeine containing cough syrup. Well, good for us that it didn’t stop there but went on to ask salient questions that has galvanised the Federal Ministry of Health and other regulatory bodies into action. In the aftermath of that documentary, a couple of big steps have been taken. These steps include the ban on the importation and use of codeine in the product
Kaduna Community Blames Bad Road for High Rate of Miscarriages

Kaduna Community Blames Bad Road for High Rate of Miscarriages

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Women in Rido community in Kaduna State, said the bad state of their road is contributing to the high level of miscarriages being recorded in the area. The women also said in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the situation has crippled social and economic activities in the community. The women said that the primary health center in the community do not operate at night, thus forcing them to convey patients to Kaduna when the need arises. “When a woman is in labour at night, we have to look for a way to take her to town for delivery because the primary health center here does not operate at night,” a mother of two, Amina Musa said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the community is about 4km from Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company. Mr
Breastfeeding: NAFDAC Decries Continued Violation of BMS Code

Breastfeeding: NAFDAC Decries Continued Violation of BMS Code

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised the alarm over the continued violation of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, BMS and national regulations by manufacturers of BMS products even as the agency warned that violators of the Code would be jailed for a period of two years and such companies or individuals forfeit the offending items on conviction. According to the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, the knowledge and lack of awareness of stakeholders including the media, has also contributed to the gravity of violations currently being practised in Nigeria. Speaking at a one-day media workshop on Compliance With the Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitute,  organised by NAFDAC in collaborati
UniAbuja Hospital’s Resident Doctors Task FG on Security

UniAbuja Hospital’s Resident Doctors Task FG on Security

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The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital chapter of the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) has urged the Federal Government to step up efforts in addressing the lingering security challenges facing the country. The president of the association, Dr. Akor Godday, made the call during a valedictory session in honour of one of its member, late Dr Oluremi Alabi, who was killed by suspected gunmen along Abuja-Kaduna road, recently. He said security was paramount in the social, economic and political development of the nation hence there was need for government to give it greater attention. He described late Alabi as a hardworking doctor in the surgical department, with impeccable character and who made positive impact within and outside the hospital. Dr. Akor decried t...
Scientists Create Artificial Ovary

Scientists Create Artificial Ovary

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Woman unable to have children have been given new hope – after scientists created an artificial ovary. A synthetic organ – made out of the woman’s own tissue – could be transplanted into a female left infertile due to medical treatment. She could then go on to produce eggs naturally. The breakthrough technique is being developed to help women and girls who face chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Young girls who have not undergone puberty can be rendered sterile before their ovaries can even produce eggs. One approach to prevent this is to freeze ovarian tissue – which produces eggs – ahead of chemo treatment and replace it afterwards. But cancer patients risk being re-exposed to cancerous cells harboured in the removed ovarian tissue. The new technique prevents this by strip
CCTV Footage Shows Garki Hospital Promptly Treated Abuja Corps Member Shot By Policeman

CCTV Footage Shows Garki Hospital Promptly Treated Abuja Corps Member Shot By Policeman

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CCTV footage from Garki Hospital, Abuja, has shown that Nkechi Igwetu, the National Youth Service Corps member shot by a police officer in Abuja, was taken in for treatment almost immediately she arrived the hospital premises. In a tweet on Friday, one of the medical doctors at the hospital, Etin-osa Imagbenikaro, said there are CCTV cameras at the emergency unit of the hospital to show when the patient arrived the hospital and was taken in for treatment. Dr Etin-osa Imagbenikaro @etinmagbe 6 Jul Replying to @segalink and 9 others Good morning Mr Awosanya. I'm just seeing these posts. Please what investigations did you complete without coming to the hospital to verify claims? What grandstanding are you accusing the hospital of? What culpability? We have CCTV cameras at...
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT Branch Suspends Leaders

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT Branch Suspends Leaders

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT branch, has suspended its executives over alleged abuse of office and high-handedness. Consequently, a caretaker committee has been set up to run the affairs of the association for one month. The seven-member committee has also been mandated to organise the Annual General Meeting slated for June 19 and also conduct elections into the various offices of the association. Briefing the press after being sworn-in on Monday in Abuja, the chairman of the committee, Chira Obiora, a consultant family physician at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, said the committee will work within the mandate given to them by the congress. “Today I have been nominated as the chairman of the caretaker committee of NMA FCT following the suspensi