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Day: August 6, 2018

Nasarawa Residents Should Utilize Mobile Authentication before Drug use – NAFDAC

Nasarawa Residents Should Utilize Mobile Authentication before Drug use – NAFDAC

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National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control has urged Nasarawa residents to make good use of its Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) scheme on drugs before using them to authenticate if the drugs are real or fake. Coordinator of NAFDAC in Nasarawa state Bulus Msheila, made this known in a chat with newsmen on Monday in Lafia, said the MAS scheme by NAFDAC is a unique strategy aimed at ensuring that consumers of drugs get the authentic product they need at all times hence the need for Nasarawa residents to embrace it for the benefit of their health. The scheme uses scratch codes and Short Messaging Service (SMS) to empower consumers to verify the authenticity of medicines at the point of purchase. The consumer scratches the panel on the product which reveals a unique, ...
Federal Government to Nigerians: Tap into N100 Million Trado-Healthcare Market

Federal Government to Nigerians: Tap into N100 Million Trado-Healthcare Market

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The Federal Government has called on Nigerians to tap into the N100 million traditional medicine market through exploitation of abundant herbal resources in the country. The government, earlier this year, pledged to support the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) with N100 million grants to boost research and development of traditional herbal medicines. Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, gave the charge, over the weekend, when the National Steering Committee on 1st Summit on Plant Resources for Sustainable National Development paid him a courtesy visit, in Abuja. Onu, however, lamented the increasing rate of Nigerians patronising herbs from other countries, saying it is one of the reasons why Nigeria is still bereft of peace and prosper...
Nigeria: Why Pneumonia, Diarrhoea Persist in Nigeria

Nigeria: Why Pneumonia, Diarrhoea Persist in Nigeria

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The prevalence of ailments such as pneumonia and diarrhoea in Nigeria has been linked to the inability of state governments to domesticate Amoxicillin dispersible tablet and Co-Pack Zinc tablet/Low Osmolality Oral Rehydration Solution for the treatment of the diseases. This was one of the issues raised at the recently concluded Nigeria Essential Medicines List (NEML) workshop for South-West/North Central zones held in Lagos State. Analyses and evaluations at the workshop revealed that mainstreaming the use of Amoxicillin dispersible tablet and Co-Pack Zinc/Low Osmolality Oral Rehydration Salt for pneumonia and diarrhea would save the lives of many innocent children from the killer diseases. LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that despite warnings from experts and concerted efforts by the feder...
Group Urges Federal Government to Tackle Drug Abuse by Women in North

Group Urges Federal Government to Tackle Drug Abuse by Women in North

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A group identified as the Northern Women Assembly (NWA) has raised alarm over the increasing use of hard drugs, especially by women in Kano and Katsina states. Punch reports that the group called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, attend to the abnormality. It was  gathered that at a briefing in Abuja, NWA said its findings showed that more women in the two states now use hard drugs due to “frustration, peer influence and lack of education.” According to the president of the group, Aisha Hussain, hard drugs abuse among the northern women would be tackled when the government and private organisations intensify on sensitisation and enlightenment of the people. She said: “The challenge facing women in the north is drug abuse. We have discovered that most women in the nor
Casualty From Ebola Resurgence In DR Congo Will Rise In Coming Days, Warns WHO

Casualty From Ebola Resurgence In DR Congo Will Rise In Coming Days, Warns WHO

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World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that casualties from the resurgent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will rise in the coming days. WHO’s Deputy Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Dr Peter Salama, said in Geneva that there had been around 20 deaths as a result of the Ebola virus resurgence. Salama also said protecting vulnerable people in eastern DRC from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak was going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there. The WHO emergency preparedness and response chief said: “We know for example that there have been around 20 deaths. We can’t at this stage confirm whether they are all confirmed or probable Ebola cases. “We expect however that the overall case
More Women in Kano, Katsina Abusing Drugs – Group

More Women in Kano, Katsina Abusing Drugs – Group

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A group, the Northern Women Assembly, has raised the alarm over the increasing use of hard drugs, particularly by women in Kano and Katsina states, noting that the Federal Government must urgently attend to the abnormality. The group at a briefing in Abuja said its findings showed that more women in the two states now used hard drugs due to “frustration, peer influence and lack of education.” The NWA President, Mrs. Aisha Hussain, said drugs abuse among the northern women would be tackled when the government and private organisations intensified on sensitisation and enlightenment of the populace. She said, “The challenge facing women in the north is drug abuse. We have discovered that most women in the north presently use drugs even more than the men. This is prevalent in Kano and Katsi
Health Workers Petition Buhari, Reject Yayale Ahmed’s Presidential Committee Report On Sector

Health Workers Petition Buhari, Reject Yayale Ahmed’s Presidential Committee Report On Sector

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Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have petitioned President Muhammed Buhari rejecting the 2014 report of Yayale Ahmed Presidential Committee of Experts on Professional Relationships in the Public Health Sector (YAPCEPRPH). JOHESU and AHPA, which constitute about 95 per cent of the workforce in the health sector, in a letter to President Buhari dated July 25, 2018, said they have jointly reviewed the YAPCEPRPH report submitted to former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in December 2014 at Aso Rock, Villa, Abuja and reject the report. The health workers in the letter, HQ/JOHESU/ADM/VOL.III/582, noted: “Our findings confirm our fears that as usual the Secretariat of
China Donates N7m Worth of Medical Equipment to LASUTH

China Donates N7m Worth of Medical Equipment to LASUTH

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The Chinese government has donated seven million naira worth of medical equipment to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja. The Chinese Consul General in Lagos, Ambassador Chao Xiaoliang, who presented the items, said they were meant to support the hospital in its delivery of quality healthcare. Presenting the equipment valued at over seven million naira to the Critical Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, the Chinese Consul General in Lagos, Ambassador Chao Xiaoliang said the donation was part of the humanitarian effort of the Chinese government in the country. He said the gesture was also in appreciation of the hospital’s quality healthcare services to the Chinese community in Lagos and its environs. Ambassador Chao said the
OAU’s Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation Two Other Courses Accreditation Withdrawn

OAU’s Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation Two Other Courses Accreditation Withdrawn

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Candidates who chose to study Law, Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation and Botany at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination have been asked to change their course or institution. It was learnt that the approval to offer the courses at the university has been suspended by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The message sent to the candidates by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board read: “Your first choice course did not receive accreditation. Login to your profile and change course/institutions.” It was gathered that the accreditation of Faculty of Law at the OAU was earlier withdrawn in 2006. It was also learnt that Botany never got full accreditation since its commencement at the OAU. Independent.NG