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Day: August 1, 2018

Pate “School of Public Health” at UNIMED Starts 2019

Pate “School of Public Health” at UNIMED Starts 2019

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The Muhammad Ali Pate International School of Public Health at the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) Ondo is to commence full operation in the 2019/2020 academic session. This decision was reached at the first full meeting of the Board of the School named after the former Minister of State for Health, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate. Vice-chancellor of the school, Friday Okonofua, said establishment of the School of Public Health was a step to improve health care policies and practices in Africa. He said naming the school after Pate had “received wide acclaim from the government and the good people of Ondo State as well as from those who know the significance of the contributions that Pate has made to the principles of health governance in our dear country.” Pate, who chairs the
NAFDAC Seizes Fake Medical Devices, Expired Drugs

NAFDAC Seizes Fake Medical Devices, Expired Drugs

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized fake medical devices, cosmetics, expired drugs and empty labels worth N5.804 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. NAFDAC’s Airport Head, John Okwori, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Enugu on Tuesday. Mr Okwori said that the seized fake products included unregistered and unlabeled blood glucose test strips unbranded from China to be possibly labelled in Nigeria and sold as imported original brand. He noted that other items confiscated were herbal skin doctor massage cream for stretch marks, which had no NAFDAC registration number and was equally imported from China. According to him, the agency also seized empty PVC cosmetic packaging containers for counterfeiting regist
Cholera Dealt With Us Like Boko Haram’

Cholera Dealt With Us Like Boko Haram’

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For 11 months since February 2017, Nigerians especially the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country’s north east have been devastated by cholera with 13, 998 recorded cases and 140 deaths as at June 2018. Some of the affected persons in Maiduguri camps spoke about their experience and the fact that they now contend with diarrhoea and fear it may worsen with the rainy season.Binta Mohammed is an internally displaced person at the Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri, Borno State. She narrowly missed being added to the death statistics about a year ago, when cholera ravaged the camp and killed about 23 people within one week. Although she is alive to tell her story, she mourns her unborn child who succumbed to the pressures of the deadly disease. Still visibly tormented by the experi
Customs Seizes 68 Cartons of Tramadol, 120kg Indian hemp In Sokoto

Customs Seizes 68 Cartons of Tramadol, 120kg Indian hemp In Sokoto

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Sokoto Command, has said it has seized 68 cartons of Tramadol and 22 cartons of Evergrip tablets worth N20 million in the state. It also intercepted six cartons of expired cigarettes and 120 kilogrammes of Indian hemp worth over N1.2 million. Addressing journalists in Sokoto Tuesday, the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Mr. Nasir Ahmed, said the 68 cartons of Tramadol was evacuated from a house in the Sokoto metropolis. Ahmed stated that the illicit drugs were smuggled through Niger Republic as the main transit point. The controller noted with dismay the negative effects of such illicit drugs on youths which leads to crime and banditry. He explained that the Tramadol tablets comprised 200 and 225 miligrammes which were very dangerous. “As you
Lagos NDLEA Secures 83 Convictions Over Drugs

Lagos NDLEA Secures 83 Convictions Over Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command says it is prosecuting 108 suspects for various drug offences, and has so far secured 83 convictions between January and July. The State Commander, Alhaji Sule Aliyu said this while briefing newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday. He said that restricted drugs worth millions of naira were also seized by the command. “The drugs seized include Tramadol, Cocaine, Exol, Raphynol and Heroine and Cannabis Sativa popularly called “igbo’’ which amounted to 1956.3 kg. “Other drugs seized are Tramadol weighing 995.8 kg, and Diezapam 74.7kg, Cocaine 28.5kg and Heroine 7.3kg. “108 suspects are responsible for the above seizures, and they comprise 106 males and two females, and they have been accordingly charged to court,’’ he said He sai
Light From Lamps Could Treat Ulcers – Study

Light From Lamps Could Treat Ulcers – Study

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A new research has revealed that a lamp could treat ulcers. The study found that the light, which gives off a combination of infrared and UV rays, improves ulcers by 83 per cent after three weeks with no side effects. The study also revealed that the lamp’s rays kill bacteria in ulcers and reduce inflammation to promote healing. The researchers said while such lamps are already available in hospitals, the new therapy could be used at home. They added that unlike existing treatments, the lamp is cheap and practical. “We believe this technology is a game changer. Ulcers cause much distress to patients. This technology is cheap and practical – it’s really a no brainer as it can be administered at home,” said lead author, Dr Michael Hughes, from the University of Manchester. The research w
FG Set to Implement Basic Healthcare Provision Fund

FG Set to Implement Basic Healthcare Provision Fund

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The federal government has said it will soon commence the implementation of the basic healthcare provision fund. Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who made this known at the third health policy dialogue organised by Thisday described the scheduled implementation as part of numerous health initiatives at the federal level. Prof Osinbajo said the program is a primary healthcare initiative that ensures that Nigerians would receive quality healthcare from the various centres, where the staff would be adequately trained to be more competent and more effective. He said that children would no longer die from vaccine preventable diseases and would be better treated. The dialogue themed, “Improving Nigeria’s Health Outcomes,” was held in Abuja. One of the speakers and Founder of Flying Doctor
Osinbajo Launches Patients’ Bill of Rights

Osinbajo Launches Patients’ Bill of Rights

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has launched the first ‘Patients Bill of Rights’ (PBoR), championed by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to protect and help vulnerable Nigerians get easy access to quality healthcare services. Osinbajo while speaking at the launch Tuesday at the Banquet Hall, State House Abuja, called for enforcement, compliance and sanctioning of defaulters. He noted that Nigeria is faced with diverse healthcare challenges adding that the PBoR will complement government’s efforts to ensure that Nigerians get the healthcare they are entitled to especially vulnerable Nigerians. “We must ensure strict compliance and enforcement of the PBoR. It is by enforcement and sanctions against defaulters that we can be sure that the rights will make meaningful impact. If not it will
Obaseki Rejects NMA Award, Cites Reason of Low Performance in Health Sector Author

Obaseki Rejects NMA Award, Cites Reason of Low Performance in Health Sector Author

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has rejected an award given to him by the Nigerian Medical Association – Obaseki says he doesn’t deserve the award yet, saying he still has more to do in the health sector – He says it’ll be unfair for government to leave healthcare services in the hand of doctors alone Citing reason of low performance in the health sector, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has rejected the award given to him by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo state chapter. Vanguard reports that the governor, who turned down the award presented to him during the annual general meeting/scientific conference of 2018 insisted that he had not performed much in the health sector to deserve such an award. Our reporter gathers that Obaseki said it was too early for him to be