World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. The celebration provides wonderful opportunity of refreshing knowledge or setting agenda for nursing mothers on breastfeeding for a whole week. First celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), World Breastfeeding Week is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, WHO and their partners to spread awareness about benefits of breast milk and exclusive breastfeeding as well as factors that could promote or hinder exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers and recommendations of way forward. The question of exclusive breastfeeding as the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need has been a subject of se
Armed escorts will be required to protect vaccination teams as they battle to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organization has warned. The Ebola outbreak area in North Kivu province, classified as a level four security threat by the WHO – one of the highest set by the UN – comes amid local unrest including violence between rival militia groups. The turmoil poses major challenges for those tasked with locating and vaccinating people who may have come into contact with Ebola victims. “Even though we have access to the towns of Mangini and Beni, we don’t know to what extent we will be able to rely on armed escorts for broader contact tracing outside those small towns. “That’s going to be a critical determining factor in our ability to respond,” said
Chinese investigators said they have recalled faulty vaccines produced by the company Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology, some of which have been sold abroad. The vaccine scandal that is believed to have affected hundreds of thousands of children in China is now spreading overseas, according to a statement available Wednesday on the National Health Commission’s website. According to investigators, Changsheng seriously violated production and quality-management protocols in making its rabies vaccine. “Some batches are mixed with expired solution, and the date and batch number are not accurate,” the commission said. The commission did not specify which countries the faulty vaccines have been sold to. Changsheng unleashed a huge public health scare in July, after being accused of forging da
The earth’s atmosphere is being contaminated by Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs), which pose a threat to human health, according to recent Chinese research. Led by Peking University, the research collected samples of air from 19 cities in 13 countries and analysed the Particulate Matter (PM) using molecular technology. The analysis revealed 30 different types of ARGs that make bacteria resistant to seven types of antibiotics. ARGs resistant to vancomycin, one of the most effective antibiotics, were found in the air of six cities. Antibiotic resistance is caused by the incorrect use of antibiotics, and it has allowed many bacteria to be resistant to commonly used antibiotics, which means many antibiotics are no long effective to treat common infections. According to Yao Maosheng, the l
The 37th annual national conference of ACPN ended recently in Benin, the Edo State capital with the election of new leaders who are to preside over the affairs of the body of community pharmacists in the next 3 years. In the keenly contested election, Pharm. Samuel Oluwaoromipin Adekola, former national vice chairman and community pharmacist from Akure, Ondo State polled a total of 292 votes to edge out his closest rival and community pharmacist from Rivers State, Pharm. Chima Ogbu who polled a total of 288 votes. In a post-election statement Pharm. Ogbu had cried foul, alleging that he was denied victory by what he described as ‘official conspiracy’. Whatever that statement signifies, the allegation is weighty and should not be swept under the carpet by the Adekola led-administration in
KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited (KCH), an indigenous healthcare company headquartered in Lagos, has announced that it has entered into agreement with the United States based Elysee Inc. for the marketing and distribution of nutraceuticals. Under the terms of the agreement according to a statement issued by KCH, a copy of which was made available to journalists, Elysee Inc. granted KCH the exclusive right to market and distribute the dietary supplements to people living in sub-Saharan Africa. “We are pleased to have KCH as our partner and our distribution agreement represents an important step to enable expanded market access to our products, KCH is a trusted and highly respected company with a broad customer base and deep knowledge of the needs of people and is ideally suited to market o
Authorities in the health sector in Nigeria have joined their counterparts around the world in taking proactive steps to forestall a possible outbreak of cancer occasioned by contaminated Valsartan brand of anti-hypertensive drug. Already, the National Agency for Food and Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has ordered all importers, wholesalers and retailers of drug products to immediately stop importation, distribution and sale of all batches of Valsartan capsules and tablets in Nigeria. NAFDAC also advised anybody in possession of these products to submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office just as it urged healthcare providers to stop the administration of these products to patients and submit any quantity in their possession to the nearest NAFDAC office. Consumers are also a...
Recent reports have it that Nigeria ranks topmost in terms of latest figures on HIV infected babies around the world. According to the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu, the challenge posed by stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS, access to care services, busy nature of youths, and lack of comprehensive knowledge of the dreaded disease are among the factors encouraging the increase of HIV/AIDS among the youth in the country. In this cover story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA x-rays the predominant factors responsible for the appalling statistical tag hanging on Nigeria in the global ranking of nations with the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS epidemic, after South Africa. The United Nations Organisation’s latest report says h
The Ebola outbreak in Congo is confirmed to be the Zaire strain of the virus and vaccinations of health workers may start as early as Wednesday, a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Peter Salama, WHO deputy director for emergency preparedness and response, gave the results of genetic sequencing in a tweet saying that analysis showed it was a new outbreak in North Kivu province. “We can start using rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine as early as tomorrow.” The experimental vaccine, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successful during its first wide-scale usage against an outbreak of Zaire virus on the other side of Congo in the northwest that was declared over less than two weeks ago after killing 33. The experimental vaccine, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successf
President Muhammadu Buhari recently hinted that his administration is considering upward review of budgetary allocations to the health sector in order to enhance the quality and access to medical facilities across the country. The president reportedly made the disclosure while receiving in audience the new leadership of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), recently at the state house, Abuja. The urgency of more funding for the health sector is presently underlined by the unprecedented level of deterioration of the sector in all fronts: inadequacy of medical facilities, 35,000 medical doctors attending to over 180 million people, brain drain, absence of modern equipment, high cost of drugs, high morbidity and mortality rates among numerous other challenges facing the healthcare system in Ni...
Hundreds of residents, comprising mostly youths, of Isheri-Oke Church in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, on July 14, converged on the palace of Prince Jamiu Alade Odunsi to speak against drug abuse. Medical experts, religious leaders, community heads and artistes took turns to warn the gathering about the dangers of using hard drugs, misuse and abuse of all kinds of drugs and mood-altering substances. The programme was organised in order to curb the rate at which youths in many communities, including Isheri-Oke, were indulging in drugs, idleness, rape, fraud, violence and other criminal activities. A consultant psychiatrist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and vice president, Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN), Dr. Ladipo Adepoju, s...
A Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Issam Mardini, has warned people against spending several hours on their mobile phones and other electronic devices as it puts them at risk of Text Neck Disease. Text Neck Disease or Syndrome is a modern term coined to describe repeated stress injury and pain in the neck as a result of excessive watching or texting on hand-held devices over a long period. According to Florida Chiropractor, Dean L. Fishman, who coined the phrase, “Text Neck is an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time.” Dr. Mardini, who works with the Emirates Hospital in Dubai and other hospitals, said the new disease was fast becoming prevalent among young ladies and ch
Yobe State Commissioner for Health Muhammad Bello Kawuwa says exclusive breastfeeding has remained dangerously low in the state. Kawuwa disclosed this yesterday in Damaturu at a press briefing to commemorate the 2018 world breastfeeding week. “It’s disheartening that even among the poor mothers, in urban and rural areas, there is belief that infant formula is what they should be giving to their children,” he said. He noted that the barrier, which was brought by certain myths and beliefs should be defused using parents, traditional rulers and other gatekeepers in the society because, no artificial milk can possibly equal the breastmilk. “Essential vitamins, amino acids and antibiotics that are naturally present in a mother’s breast milk help to reduce the occurrence of ear and respirat
ENUGU—ENUGU State Government has confirmed the death of one person from lassa fever in a health facility within Enugu metropolis. Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, the Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry of Health, made the confirmation to newsmen in Enugu. Lassa Fever He said that the health providers at the health facility tried to manage the patient but lost him. Agujiobi revealed that the ministry’s epidemiology officials had commenced massive contact-tracing of those people that had contact with the patient. He said that it was only one person, whose case was confirmed by Lassa fever test centre that died in the state. He said the state has had no other suspected or confirmed case of Lassa fever. “We have already done massive deployment of experts in epidemiology and other health pr
Obstetric and Gynecology expert, Dr Olufunke Olamigoke has called for improved access to skilled birth attendance at birth, emergency obstetrics care, effective family planning and reproductive health services as the most cost effective strategy in tackling maternal mortality. Olufunke who spoke at a media round table organized by Development Communications Network, said the lifetime risk of maternal death indicates that one in 30 women in Nigeria will have a death related to pregnancy or child bearing. “An estimated 358,000 women die each year throughout the world from complications of pregnancy and child birth. According to United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa, the 10 countries with the highest maternal mortality ratio are in Africa and an estimated 14 percent of maternal deat