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Day: July 18, 2018

Treat Patients with Respect, NHIS Urges Health Workers

Treat Patients with Respect, NHIS Urges Health Workers

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National Health Insurance Scheme on Tuesday urged health workers to treat patients with respect and dignity in order to ease access to healthcare. The Executive Director of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, made the appeal in an interview with journalists shortly after 42nd Annual General and Scientific Meeting organised by West African College of Physicians WACP, Nigeria chapter in Kaduna. According to him, NHIS has done a lot of sacrifice to the country because of the funding it gives to hospitals. He said that the scheme had improved access for many patients across the country and increased funding to hospitals, stressing that hospitals should, therefore, treat patients with respect and dignity as stipulated by the ethics of the medical profession. The National Chairman of  WACP, Dr
Until We Believe Black Is Beautiful, Skin Bleaching Will Continue

Until We Believe Black Is Beautiful, Skin Bleaching Will Continue

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Dermatologists have called for urgent enforcement and regulation of the use and illegal sale of skin bleaching-lightening agents. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 77% of Nigerian women use skin-lightening products - the highest in the world. Skin bleaching can lead skin diseases such as skin cancer and liver or kidney damages. Until we start telling our dark-skinned children they're beautiful and perfect as they are – and believing it – dangerous skin bleaching is here to stay. Unless parents affirm to their children that the skin they are born in is enough, and beautiful — and they really are convinced of this — we won't see skin bleaching going away. That was the collective view held by panellists that included skincare experts, authors and social comment
Dangers of Skin Whitening Obsession

Dangers of Skin Whitening Obsession

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Indeed, the age long issues of skin whitening creams or products continue to be in the front burner of discussions and debates among people. “Skin Whitening” is the current trendy craze among people of colour, just like the Jerry Curl was to black people in the 80s. Today, millions of people around the world spend a lot of money on skin whitening creams or products. Everyone, regardless of being a man or woman, wants to have a flawless, even and smooth skin tone. On social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and others, there is an increasing number of women subscribing to skin whitening creams. In a world where beauty often only goes skin deep and light skin is perceived by many as more desirable, dark-skinned women find it more and more difficult to love and be comfortable in the
Sleep Paralysis: Why You Can’t Move, Feel Being Pressed When Waking From Sleep

Sleep Paralysis: Why You Can’t Move, Feel Being Pressed When Waking From Sleep

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Have you felt unable to move or speak when you are falling asleep or waking up from sleep? For some, these experiences also include hallucinations such as seeing a figure pressing them down, being filled with fear, or feeling a presence as well as feeling as if they ‘woke up dead’, among others.Medical experts call this condition sleep paralysis. However, many people are unaware it is a medical condition. They view it as a very scary experience and have different beliefs about it including believing it is a spiritual attack that needs spiritual solutions. This has also led to several myths about the condition. It is common to hear some people say ‘they were pressed by a demon or spirit the other night.’ Narrating his experience with the condition, Solomon Eyiga, (not his real names) said
Carbide-Ripened Fruits Can Kill, NAFDAC Warns

Carbide-Ripened Fruits Can Kill, NAFDAC Warns

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has warned Nigerians to avoid consuming fruits ripened with carbide. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in a statement, said the consumption of such foods could lead to several diseases, including cancer, and death. The agency noted that fruits ripened with carbide lacked nutrients, juice and were poisonous. It said, “Fruit ripening is a unique aspect of plant development, which makes the fruit edible, softer, sweeter, more palatable, nutritious and attractive. However, the consumption of fruits such as mango, banana, plantain, guava, orange, grape, etc, or any other fruits ripened with calcium carbide is dangerous to health.” NAFDAC said that eating them could trigger symptoms, such as diarrhoea (wi
Fake Medical Doctor Nabbed in Ondo

Fake Medical Doctor Nabbed in Ondo

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A man, Emmanuel Owolanke, has been arrested by the Hospital Services Department of the Ondo State Ministry of Health for illegally operating a hospital. Owolanke, who has his hospital at Uso town,  in the Owo Local Government Area, was alleged to be parading himself as a medical doctor and was said to have been carrying out surgical operations on unsuspected patients. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, who led the medical team to arrest the alleged fake doctor, said some of the patients of the doctor had lost their lives. He said, “Owolanke has been parading himself as a medical doctor and operating an illegal hospital – Devine Hospital – behind St. Andrews Anglican Church in Uso. “He has been apprehended and handed over to law enforcement agents.” Adegbenr
NHIS Has Provided More Opportunities To Nigerians – ES

NHIS Has Provided More Opportunities To Nigerians – ES

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The coming on board of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS ) has greatly helped in providing more health care opportunities  to Nigerians, the Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf has said.  This is just as he called on health practitioners to reciprocate government gestures by ensuring that patients are well taken care of, treated with utmost dignity and respect in their respective hospitals. The NHIS boss stated this in Kaduna yesterday while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the opening ceremony of the ongoing 42nd Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians (WACP),Nigerian Chapter tagged: Kaduna 2018. According to him, “NHIS has done a lot of good in this country. Because of the funding it gives to hospitals ,
229 Pharmacists Turn up for PharmD Clerkship Training in UNIBEN

229 Pharmacists Turn up for PharmD Clerkship Training in UNIBEN

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No fewer than 229 candidates showed up on Sunday, 15 July 2018, at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) for the one-week clerkship training programme of the special PharmD. Addressing participants at the opening ceremony which held at the Senate building of the school, Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) explained that the programme is a call to duty to move pharmacy to the next level. “Dear colleagues, I salute your determination and strong will to make the programme work. Let us see our effort as sacrifice to our dear profession. As you all know, the special PharmD programme started in February 2018 and it is progressing as scheduled,” he said. Swank Pharm
Federal Government Launches Technical Support Programme for Healthcare Services

Federal Government Launches Technical Support Programme for Healthcare Services

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Federal Government, on Tuesday, launched a structured and coherent Technical Support Programme (TSP) that would help the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), to effectively deliver the required technical support to states in the delivery of Primary Health Care (PHC) services. It was also designed to reposition the NPHCDA in driver’s seat to harness resources from both public and private sector stakeholders for improved Universal Health Coverage (UCH). Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who launched the programme in Abuja, observed that absence of such technical support was responsible for difficulties faced in the delivery of UHC across the states. He challenged states primary healthcare agencies to take advantage of the TSP to get needed support that would en
Moji Adeyeye urges National Assembly to fund NAFDAC to enforce mobile authentication scheme on drug products

Moji Adeyeye urges National Assembly to fund NAFDAC to enforce mobile authentication scheme on drug products

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC, has urged the National Assembly to fund the agency towards realisation of the enforcement of the Mobile Authentication Scheme, MAS, on drug products so as to reduce counterfeiting. Disclosing this position weekend, Director-General, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the request was in response to the suggestion by the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the agency utilises MAS for all drugs regulated by it. Adeyeye said: “The suggestion by the Honourable Speaker to use MAS for all drugs regulated by NAFDAC is noble, and in line with the agency’s ultimate agenda. However, a lot of staffing and funding will be needed for full implementation. “The limited authentication that is being undertaken currently f