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Day: September 11, 2018

800,000 People Commit Suicide Annually – WHO

800,000 People Commit Suicide Annually – WHO

NEWS
The World Health Organisation, WHO, said no fewer than 800,000 people commit suicide annually, the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 29 in 2016. WHO made this known, yesterday, in a statement to commemorate the World Suicide Prevention Day. The global health agency said the common methods of suicide were hanging and firearms, occurring in all countries and regions, whether rich or poor. It added, however, that most occurred in low and middle-income countries, which accounted for almost four-fifths of global suicides in 2016. It said: “In high-income countries, there is a well-established link between suicide and mental health issues such as depression and alcohol use disorders. “But many suicides take place on an impulse during moments of cri
Borno Cholera Death Toll Rises to 18

Borno Cholera Death Toll Rises to 18

NEWS
Four more people have died of cholera in Borno State.This takes the number of deaths from cholera outbreak in the North East state to 18 from 14, as 300 new cases were recorded from September 5 to 7, 2018. National public information officer of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Abiodun Banire, stated in Maiduguri yesterday that the 300 additional cases were recorded in eight new councils. According to the statement, the fatality rate stood at 2.6 per cent, after the state’s Ministry of Health had declared the outbreak on September 5, 2018.On reported cases, Banire stated: “The first suspected cases were recorded on August 19, 2018 in the following councils: Jere (218 including two deaths), Magumeri (156 including four deaths) and Maidug
Why Nigerian Govt Must Spend More on Health – US Ambassador

Why Nigerian Govt Must Spend More on Health – US Ambassador

NEWS
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington has urged the Federal Government to continue to invest in building resilient health systems for the citizens. Doing so, he argued, would not only safeguard the people but also act as a strategy to bolster economic transformation in the country. DAILY POST reports that Symington made this call on Monday during a visit to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Abuja. According to the Ambassador, the visit reinforced the role NCDC plays as Nigeria’s national public health institute and demonstrates a strong confidence in the long-standing relationship between the US and the Nigerian government. He said: “As the Government of Nigeria contends with various economic and social priorities, I urge the country to continue
Centre Records 24 Deaths in 1,829 Cases of Snake Bites

Centre Records 24 Deaths in 1,829 Cases of Snake Bites

NEWS
The Snake Bite Treatment and Research Centre in  Kaltungo, Gombe State, says it has recorded 24 deaths out of the 1,829 cases of snake bites recorded between January and  August. The officer in charge of the centre, Dr Abubakar Ballah, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaltungo on Monday. He said the 24 deaths recorded were due to the lateness in reporting cases to the hospital, with many of the patients admitted in critical conditions. “Today is Sept. 10  and we have  84 patients in our records currently receiving treatment and probably more patients will come before the month ends. “The cases are on the increase because of the downpour which dislodges snakes from their holes to seek higher ground because they do not like wet environment.
Our Goal is to Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Nigeria —ADEWOLE

Our Goal is to Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Nigeria —ADEWOLE

NEWS
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that his ministry would procure mobile solution treatment machines and distribute to 774 local government councils across the country as part of measure to eliminate cervical cancer in Nigeria even as he said that Federal tertiary hospital will be equipped with the bigger size of the machines. he Minister who disclosed this during at interactive section with General Manager, WISAP Medical Technology, Stephan Hilgers, said the procurement would be in batches, the Ministry would purchase some this year while the rest would be purchased in 2019. “What we want is at least one per local government, that is 774, if we make it 1000 is appropriate because we need to scale it up. We would look at our budget, in 2018 we can buy some and then we
FG Appoints Aidgwe Director General NIPRID

FG Appoints Aidgwe Director General NIPRID

NEWS
A New Director General/CEO in the person of Dr. Obi Peter Adigwe has been appointed for the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Abuja. Information gathered by Vanguard revealed that Adigwe’s approval by the Presidency followed his emergence as top scorer in a merit driven rigorous and comprehensive interview process, which had in attendance, some of the best candidates in Nigerian Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Prior to his appointment as DG NIPRD, Dr Adigwe was Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (PMGMAN), where he played a key role in the development and implementation of policy initiatives which made considerable impact on the Industry.  Among his achievements in PMGMAN include the prioritisation of the Pha
Underperformance in the Nation’s Healthcare System Is Policy Driven  – Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa

Underperformance in the Nation’s Healthcare System Is Policy Driven – Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa

Interviews, NEWS
In recent years the pharmaceutical healthcare landscape of the nation has continued to assume a turn for the better. As industry practitioners continue to emphasise, the practice is now more of patient-centred. Meanwhile as the apex body of pharmacists in the land, PSN gears up to elect a new executive team come November, a number of top-notchers are getting ready for the presidential ticket. In this media chat, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, and Correspondent, ‘WAIRE EMONEFE accost one of the aspirants, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa on his perspectives on these and other sundry matters. Excerpts: As a senior member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the apex body of practising pharmacists in the country, considering your vast experiences in the industry, how would you assess the
NMA/ JOHESU Conflict: A Feverish Anticipation for Peace and Harmony

NMA/ JOHESU Conflict: A Feverish Anticipation for Peace and Harmony

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
The recent indefinite nationwide strike embarked on in April by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has had its fair share of influence on the nation’s healthcare system. In the course of the unfolding events, it was suggested by some Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) state chapters that JOHESU was engaging in acts of sabotage in their health institutions. On the other hand, JOHESU members accused the medical doctors of deliberately scuttling the implementation of agreement the federal government had earlier entered with its members, including upward review of CONHESS. Over the years health watchers have observed the inner wrangling and somewhat mutual distrust going on in the health sector – from federal to the states levels. It has been no love lost between the medical doctors and
Zeramal Wins Brand Managers Award

Zeramal Wins Brand Managers Award

Cover Stories, NEWS
Zeramal, the anti-malarial drug of KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited has been recognised as the premium brand of the year 2018 by the Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria (IBMN). The anti-malarial was recently distinguished among many during the IBMN organised award presentation and investiture ceremony held at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja - Lagos. The organisers of the annual event explained that Zeramal was recognised for its efficacy in the effective treatment of uncomplicated malaria among millions of Nigerians who make use of the product. “The award was conferred on deserving companies as well as brands and individuals who have made impacts on the lives of consumers through their innovations, inventions and ideas,” said Mr. Desmond Esorougwe, IBMN Registrar/ Chief Executive