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Day: July 12, 2018

‘Insecurity Causing Medical Brain Drain in Nigeria’

‘Insecurity Causing Medical Brain Drain in Nigeria’

NEWS
The Chief Medical Director of the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Zamfara State, Dr Bello Muhammad Kotorkoshi, yesterday attributed medical brain drain in the country to insecurity and lack of conducive work environment. He spoke ahead of the 5th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference with a theme “ Safe Medical Practice in a Security Challenged Environment” organised by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). He said no fewer than 20 doctors had left his hospital since January. “It is not only the employment of doctors in our hospitals that matters but providing them with conducive environment, right structures and equipment is also very important,” he said. Daily Trust News
NIPRD, May and Baker Plc. Set to Commercialise and Market Anti Sickle Cell Drugs

NIPRD, May and Baker Plc. Set to Commercialise and Market Anti Sickle Cell Drugs

NEWS
There is hope for those living with Sickle Cell as the Federal Executive Council has given approval to the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), and May and Baker Plc. to speed up the commercialisation and marketing of their anti-sickle cell drug, Niprisan. The minister of health Professor Isaac Adewole disclosed this while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. It is estimated that about 25% of Nigerians carry the sickle cell gene and that over 2 million people in the country have sickle cell anaemia. For many of these people, when their crisis hit they develop more medical complications and some eventually die because they can’t access the necessary drugs. The Minister of Healt
Malnutrition: Are We Winning The War?

Malnutrition: Are We Winning The War?

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"Malnourished children do not feed their brains or bodies, and “stunted children today leads to stunted economies tomorrow”. With the above statement, Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank highlighted the ways in which the African Development Bank (ADB) have addressed Africa’s nutrition challenge in an event in Washington in 2016. Only last year, he affirmed that he will not rest until Africa is fed. Just like Akinwumi Adesina, across the globe World leaders, Non-Governmental organisations, dignitaries, celebrities and other personalities continue to bring attention to the burden of malnutrition. The burden of under-nutrition still persists in most parts across the African region, and today its impacts are being felt alongside overweight, obesity and diet-related no
NAFDAC Nabs Kingpin Over Supply of Fake Insecticides

NAFDAC Nabs Kingpin Over Supply of Fake Insecticides

NEWS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it arrested a kingpin behind the supply of fake insecticides in Port Harcourt. The NAFDAC’s Public Relations Officer, South Zone, Mr Cyril Monye, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Monday. Monye explained that one Ebuka Ugwuanyi was arrested while 110 cartons of the product worth more than two million naira were recovered. He said that the Rivers office of NAFDAC recorded the milestone, after a successful raid and mop up of fake ‘Read A Dream’ insecticide in Port Harcourt. According to him, the fake insecticide is a clone of the original but with questionable active ingredients which is foamy and watery. Monye said that the original product was imported and registered by CU-BAS INT’L (NIG)
How Oranges Can Ease Constipation

How Oranges Can Ease Constipation

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
We always hear about nature calling. You strain on the toilet for so long with no results. You are constipated. Almost everyone goes through it at some point. In fact as much as 27 per cent of adults experience it, studies have revealed. Sometimes constipation stems from stress, experts say. And at other times, it is brought on by a medical condition. Still, other times it is believed that what you eat goes a long way towards relieving or preventing the unpleasant condition. The fact is, we are eating too much of junk/processed food nowadays. Generally, some of these foods are deficient in healthy nutrients. And they contain a lot of salt and unhealthy fats. This habit is slowing down our digestive system and ruining our long term health. Thus, they contribute to poor digestion and can ca...
From Russia with Health –‘No Smoking’

From Russia with Health –‘No Smoking’

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Please stay healthy – do not smoke, is the message by FIFA Legend, Carles Puyol during the FIFA World Cup holding in Russia. The former Spain defender and FIFA World Cup™ winner is putting his great influence to good use by supporting FIFA’s efforts to make Russia 2018 a smoke-free encounter. He has been appearing in a video that plays on the giant electronic scoreboards in all the stadia. In the message that comes up Carles Puyol advises fans to follow his example and stay away from smoking. The former Spain star is also seen in a new video being promoted during the World Cup in Russia. Health watchers say we are indeed lucky that FIFA and the LOC are fully committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for the event and beyond. “There are many numbers that defined my caree
How to Curtail Outbreak of Infectious Diseases

How to Curtail Outbreak of Infectious Diseases

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The Global Health Network, an NGO, has recommended clinical research as a panacea in curtailing the menace of infectious disease outbreak in the country. Dr Oluwagbenga Ogunfowokan, Lead, Global Health Network, Regional Faculty of Nigeria, University of Oxford, UK, disclosed this at a clinical research capacity building programme organised by the network for Pharmacists, Nurses, Laboratory and Social Scientists on Wednesday in Abuja. The theme of the capacity building is “Strengthening clinical research capacity of Nurses, Pharmacists, Laboratory Scientists and Social Scientists in Nigeria”. Ogunfowokan noted that the nation was still affected by infectious diseases and as well having double burden of disease where non-communicable diseases were almost competing with communicable diseas
Jigawa Govt to Distribute 3.5m Nets to Prevent Malaria

Jigawa Govt to Distribute 3.5m Nets to Prevent Malaria

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The Jigawa government says it will distribute 3.5million Long Life Insecticidal Nets to its people during this season to check malaria scourge. Dr Abba Zakari, the state Commissioner for Health, said this at a one day workshop for journalists and other stakeholders on malaria prevention and control.  The workshop had the theme “Media Orientation on Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs)”, was held in Dutse on Wednesday. Represented by Dr Umar Balangu, Director Public Health in the ministry, Zakari said that the government would distribute 3.5 million nets to the public in the state. According to him, the figure was an increase from the 2.5million nets distributed about three years ago. The commissioner explained that the state government has developed a micro planning strategy for
HIV/AIDS No Longer Death Sentence in Nigeria, say HUGIN, ACPN

HIV/AIDS No Longer Death Sentence in Nigeria, say HUGIN, ACPN

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* As 17 pharmacies bag COPA awards Dr Dorothy Oqua, country director of Howard University Global Initiative Nigeria (HUGIN) and Dr Albert Kelong Alkali, national chairman of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), have said that the war against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Nigeria will soon be won. Oqua, while speaking at a programme organised to celebrate and award selected pharmacies in the country that have attained some level of accreditation by the Community Pharmacy Action Centre (COPA), at Rembrandt Hotel, Ikeja, explained that the mandate of HUGIN is to strengthen the capacity of pharmacy systems and pharmacists to provide sustainable and qualitative pharmaceutical care for HIV-infected clie...