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Day: August 14, 2018

Understanding Autism – Treatable but Incurable Condition

Understanding Autism – Treatable but Incurable Condition

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A voice for children and adults living with Autism: this is the catchphrase for the annual Orange Ribbon Initiative of GTBank, an awareness campaign as well as stakeholders’ engagement that brings together a number of coordinators and facilitators. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. The whole gamut of wide ranging conditions is what experts mean by the term spectrum; the conditions reflect the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Hence experts now say there is not one autism but many types - caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental infl
Congo Starts Use of Experimental Ebola Treatment

Congo Starts Use of Experimental Ebola Treatment

NEWS
The Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment on patients in the east of the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak. The outbreak in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province has now spread to neighbouring Ituri province, where a person who was a confirmed case died after returning home from the flare-up’s epicentre in the North Kivu town of Mangina, the ministry said in a statement. Five new cases have been confirmed, the ministry said, bringing the total number of cases between 57. The ministry said that 41 people are believed to have died in all from the haemorrhagic fever. The mAb114 treatment was developed in the U.S. by the National Institutes of Health using the antibodie
Agency to Assist in Getting NAFDAC’s Approval for Herbal Medicine Products

Agency to Assist in Getting NAFDAC’s Approval for Herbal Medicine Products

NEWS
The Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) says it will assist herbal medicine practitioners to get the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) authentication for their products. The Director-General of the agency, Dr Sam Etatuvie, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos. Etatuvie said that the agency would bridge the gap between NAFDAC and herbal medicine practitioners, who wish to venture into commercial production. According to him, the agency has laboratories, researchers and skills that will help carry out analysis on the herbal medicines before it will be pushed to NAFDAC for scrutiny. “Part of what we do at NNMDA is to work with herbal medicine practitioners. We stand as a bridge betwe
ACPN Lagos State Chapter Cautions Ikotun Residents against Drug Abuse

ACPN Lagos State Chapter Cautions Ikotun Residents against Drug Abuse

NEWS
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Lagos State Chapter has cautioned residents of the Ikotun area of the state against the indiscriminate use of drugs. They made this known as they took to the streets of Ikotun on Monday on a walk against drug abuse - to mark the ACPN day of the Pharmacy Week. The pharmacy week is a yearly event organised by the parent body of all pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter). During this week, all the technical arms of the society are given the opportunity to host a public awareness event to sensitise the public on relevant health issues. The week-long events has been themed "Drug Abuse and Misuse: Threat to National Development" with the ACPN sub theme: "Community Pharmacists: Promoting Responsible Medici...
Highlights of the 37th Annual National Confab of ACPN

Highlights of the 37th Annual National Confab of ACPN

NEWS
The 37th Annual National Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) was indeed a conference with a difference. The event which held at the ancient city of Benin was filled with glitz and glamour, attended by many dignitaries in the pharmaceutical profession and it abounded with opportunities for improvement both professionally and otherwise. The event which carried the theme “Medicine Abuse in Nigeria: A call to Action for Community Pharmacists” began quite aptly with a walk against drug abuse across Benin City. The opening ceremony which held at the SIO Events Centre, Benin was graced by quite a number of dignitaries which included: the Chairman of the Occasion, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, ably represented by Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, former SSG, Edo State; Dr. I
1.4m New HIV Infections Averted Among Children in Nigeria

1.4m New HIV Infections Averted Among Children in Nigeria

NEWS
Tremendous advances have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS globally as about 1.4 million new HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted since 2010, an HIV/AIDS Specialist with UNICEF in Kaduna, Dr. Idris Baba, has said.  Dr. Baba disclosed this at a media meeting on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Adolescents and Young Persons (AYP) support in Kaduna  State. He said 80 per cent of pregnant women with HIV were now receiving effective treatment as a result of which the number of new infections in children had been reduced by one third; from 270,000 in 2010 to 180,000 in 2017. He said the proportion of children receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) had doubled from 22 per cent in 2010 to 52 per cent in 2017, and lamented that millions of women, c
Efficacy of Ciprofloxacin for Treatment of Cholera Associated with Diminished Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin to Vibrio cholerae O1

Efficacy of Ciprofloxacin for Treatment of Cholera Associated with Diminished Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin to Vibrio cholerae O1

NEWS
Authors: Wasif Ali Khan, Debasish Saha, Sabeena Ahmed, Mohammed Abdus Salam, Michael Louis Bennish https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0134921 Abstract: Objective We identified a poor clinical response to treatment of cholera with a single 1 g dose of ciprofloxacin, a standard treatment for cholera. Methods To determine reasons for the poor response and better therapeutic approaches we examined the minimal inhibitor concentration (MIC, n = 275) and disc-diffusion zone sizes (n = 205) for ciprofloxacin and nalidixic acid of V. cholerae O1 strains isolated in Bangladesh from 1994 to 2012, and reexamined data from 161patients infected with Vibrio cholerae O1 recruited in four clinical trials who received single- or multiple-dose ciprofloxacin for treatment of cholera and compared their...
Ondo State Govt. Approves 5 Mother/Child Hospitals

Ondo State Govt. Approves 5 Mother/Child Hospitals

NEWS
Ondo State Government has approved five more Mother and Child hospitals to render qualitative healthcare services  to pregnant women and under five years old children at no cost. The five hospitals will be sited in Ikare, Owo, Ore, Okitipupa and Igbojoda, making seven, with two of such hospitals already established in Akure and Ondo. Over 500 health facilities across the state would continue to serve as mini centres for the vulnerable. Health commissioner Dr Wahab Adegbenro also said the state executive council, which approved the five hospitals, also approved upgrade the state School of Health into College of Health. He said that such step would empower  the school to offer Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma, saying the school would be administered by its governing
Nigeria Must Take Drastic Measures to End Drug Abuse –Dr. Nkere Ebube, Former NAPPSA President

Nigeria Must Take Drastic Measures to End Drug Abuse –Dr. Nkere Ebube, Former NAPPSA President

Interviews, NEWS
Former President of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA), Dr. Nkere Ebube has called for urgent action on drug abuse, describing it as a global crisis that transcends age group, gender, sex, ethnic group, political affiliation and economic class. Ebube who is also an Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology at Roosevelt University, USA in this interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA, said that opioid abuse has assumed epidemic proportion and advised the Nigerian Government to improve the healthcare delivery system in the country. Excerpts: What is your opinion on opioid addiction? Opioid abuse and addiction is a global crisis with epidemic proportion. It transcends culture, gender, and socio-economic class. Opioid epide...
Government to Exploit Herbs for Healthcare, Economic Development

Government to Exploit Herbs for Healthcare, Economic Development

NEWS
The Federal Government will exploit the huge plant resources available in the country for healthcare delivery and economic development of the nation.Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, gave the indication yesterday at the commissioning of a four-bedroom bungalow built for Alhaji Aliyu Giwa, a renowned herbalist in Kogi State who solves serious medical challenges. The herbalist also got a KIA saloon car gift promised by the minister last year.According to Onu, Nigeria has enough herbs to meet its health needs and for export.“The work of genuine traditional medicine practitioners is very important both for an efficient healthcare delivery system and the promotion of economic wellbeing of the nation. “The urgent need to build Nigeria into a great nation will require all N
Pharmacists Campaign Against Drug Abuse

Pharmacists Campaign Against Drug Abuse

NEWS
The Lagos State chapter of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) yesterday organized an awareness rally against drug abuse for residents. The rally themed, ‘’Threats to drug abuse’’ took off from the popular Allen Avenue and terminated at the Lagos State secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, where participants paid a thank- you visit to the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Pharm (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, for her moral and financial support for the rally. Receiving branded souvenirs and T-shirts from the team, Akinbile-Yussuf, who was represented by one of her aides, Mrs Ronke Omokhodion said that she would always support initiatives that would help tackle and reduce drug abuse and other related issues confronting the pharmaceutical and health sector of the country. Speaking
Council Seals 596 Medicine Shops in Gombe

Council Seals 596 Medicine Shops in Gombe

NEWS
In order to improve and regulated the selling of drugs in the country, the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 596 patent medicines shop and pharmacies in Gombe state. The Director, Inspection and Monitoring of the Council, Mrs. Anthonia Aruya, disclosed this during press conference in Gombe on Friday. According to her, the Council is carrying out enforcement activities across the country in fulfilment of its mandate of ensuring that minimum standards of practice are maintained by the all players in the pharmaceutical sector. Giving a breakdown of the sealed medicines premises, Mrs. Aruya said out of 596 sealed, there were nine pharmacies, 585 and patent medicine stores, adding that 19 proprietary medicines vendors’ licences and three pharmacies were given compliance directi
Expert Urges PCN To Sanction Pharmaceutical Shops Selling Prohibited Drugs

Expert Urges PCN To Sanction Pharmaceutical Shops Selling Prohibited Drugs

NEWS
A medical practitioner, Dr Tochukwu Egwuonwu, on Saturday urged the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to sanction pharmaceutical shops still selling prohibited drugs over-the-counter without prescription. Egwuonwu, who works with the Samaria Hospital, Ago, in Lagos, made the call in an interview with NIGERIA NEWS in Lagos on Saturday. “It is saddening and disappointing that some pharmacists still don’t ask for the prescriptions from people before selling certain drugs. “I am calling on the regulatory body to ensure that pharmacists do not just sell drugs to make money, but should ask for a prescription before dispensing drugs. “The council should also be proactive and take enforcement serious,’’ the medical expert said. Egwuonwu also said that some prohibited drugs like t
Say No To Drug Abuse: Chrisland University VC, Prof Babalola Charges Anglican Girls Guild

Say No To Drug Abuse: Chrisland University VC, Prof Babalola Charges Anglican Girls Guild

NEWS
The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Professor  Chinedum Peace Babalola has urged the Anglican Girls Guild to always say “NO” to Drug Abuse. Prof. Babalola made the call during the 2018 Girls Guild Camping on the 9th August at Ibadan Anglican Diocese, Molete, Ibadan where she spoke on “DRUG, ITS USAGE AND ABUSE”. The Vice Chancellor while delivering her speech laid much emphasis on self- medication and consequences, fake drugs, drug-related suicide, drug addiction and many more dangers of drug abuse. The drug abuse fighter encouraged the girls to “BE WISE”. She used some quotations in the bible to illustrate the love of God to them and which she told them that God wants them to be in good health. Also, she said that girls are also affected in the issue of drug abuse.