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Day: August 17, 2018

Government Tasks Herbal Medicine Practitioners on Cure for Cancer

Government Tasks Herbal Medicine Practitioners on Cure for Cancer

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Herbal and alternative medicine practitioners in the country have been encouraged to work towards finding a cure for cancer through medicinal plants. Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the charge yesterday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on community- based medicinal plant research project on the treatment of cancer in Nigeria. He said research had begun in Ogun, Edo, Kano, Bauchi and Nasarawa states as well as the FCT to discover the available indigenous package of forest products used for the treatment of cancer in South west Nigeria. Represented by the Director, Human Resource Management in the ministry, Halad Keana, the minister said that the roundtable was to brief the practitioners on activities that had been carried out so far, as well as showcase the inven...
Service Delivery: U.S.-based NGO Partners Pharmacists Council

Service Delivery: U.S.-based NGO Partners Pharmacists Council

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The United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP), an NGO, says it will collaborate with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), to enhance training of pharmacists and quality of drugs in the country. Dr Chimezie Anyakora, Chief of Party for Promoting the Quality of Medicine (PQM) programme of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP), disclosed this when the organisation visited the PCN Registrar, Mr Elijah Mohammed on Tuesday in Abuja. Anyakora said the partnership would include provision of technical support by way of bringing world experts to address the challenges currently bedeviling the nation’s pharmaceutical service delivery. He stressed the need to ensure quality of medicines from manufacturing, storage, distribution and to the end users. He noted that their visit was t
Use of Unregulated, Unregistered Herbal Medicines Dangerous – NAFDAC Warns

Use of Unregulated, Unregistered Herbal Medicines Dangerous – NAFDAC Warns

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned that unregulated and unregistered herbal medicines can cause serious health damages. The South-East Director of NAFDAC, Mrs Olajumoke Ojetokun, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday. Ojetokun noted that though herbal medicines were not bad, but advised that such drugs ought to be regulated and duly registered to ascertain the potency or otherwise of its contents. She added that through regulation, the agency could also certify if ingredients were safe for human consumption especially for a period of time. She also noted that the common claim by some herbal medicine dealers that a particular herbal medicine could cure all sickness was far from the truth....