The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has warned that HIV infections have continued to rise with a reported 1.8 million people newly infected by the virus globally. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, , at the International AIDS Conference in the Netherlands, urged countries to boost prevention measures and continue to facilitate access to treatment. A statement released by the agency quoted Sidibé as saying, “UNAIDS is urging countries to take bold action to address the HIV prevention crisis. “Around 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2017 and around 50 countries experienced a rise in new HIV infections as HIV prevention services are not being provided on an adequate scale or with sufficient intensity. “Health is a human rights imperative and we are deeply con
The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, has lamented the practice where non-professionals run pharmacies in the country. Speaking in Uyo on Monday during the 2nd National Executive Council meeting and National Symposium of Young Pharmacists Group, themed, The Role of Young Nigerian Leaders in National Drug Abuse Programmes, he noted that it was wrong for pharmacists to register pharmacies and employ the services of unqualified persons to man the pharmacy. According to him, the idea of pharmacists overseeing the affairs of a pharmacy by proxy was unprofessional for licensed pharmacists. He urged the Young Pharmacists Group to put an end to the trend that their older colleagues have been practising.
A Consultant Pharmacist, Dr Clever Okeke has warned that the use of Tramadol to get high or for delayed ejaculation could lead to depression and irrational behaviour. Okeke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that some youths and adults use Tramadol when they want to feel `high’ or achieve delayed ejaculation. According to him, even though Tramadol is meant for the treatment of severe pains, it is sometimes abused because of the euphoric feeling that comes with its use. “Tramadol belongs to a group of analgesics called Opioid Analgesics. It is the lowest in the class of cocaine. “It has a very strong analgesic effect which is used for strong or severe pains. “But you find that because of the opioid effect- the euphoric effect- which is one of the side effects, it
Members of the National Assembly have promised to provide support to states that have not passed appropriate health legislations and legal frameworks that mandate universal healthcare at all levels. This includes laws establishing State Health Insurance or Contributory Schemes. The legislators made the promise via a communiqué issued after their recent Second Annual Legislative Summit on Universal Health Care (UHC) and Nutrition of the legislative network for Universal Health Coverage in Abuja. The theme of the summit was the ‘Role of Lawmakers in the Implementation of 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund and Preparation for the Mandatory Contribution of Nigerians to Health Insurance.’ They lawmakers also promised to ensure the inclusion of key clauses that guarantee financial risk protection
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Four people have tested positive for Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just days after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Twenty people have already died from hemorrhagic fevers in and around Mangina, a densely populated town about 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the city of Beni and 100 km from the Ugandan border, the ministry said in its statement, without saying when the deaths occurred. The ministry said no evidence linked this outbreak with the last one, which began in April and occurred over 2,500 km (1,553 miles) away in northwestern Congo . But the latest flare-up is a reminder of how elusive the virus can be, especially
President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has urged Nigeria government to prevent death of under five children from pneumonia and diarrhea through access to life saving drugs. Yakasai who made the appeal during PSN-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, PACFaH@Scale courtesy visit to the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said that not less than 854,000 of the 7,028,000 annual live-births in Nigeria die before their fifth birthday due to poor access to life-saving drugs. “Out of this figure, about 196,420 are caused by pneumonia and diarrhea which are the 2nd & 3rd single causes of under-five deaths in Nigeria. Mainstreaming the use