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Day: September 12, 2018

Key Things You Need To Know How Heart Attack Happens

Key Things You Need To Know How Heart Attack Happens

NEWS
*Do you know the symptoms of heart attack? Would you know what to do if you are having a heart attack? Do you even know if you are at risk? *Knowledge can help you lower heart attack risk and deal with heart emergencies If you answered “no” to these questions, you’re not alone. A recent Cleveland Clinic survey revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about their heart health. That attitude can be deadly: Heart attacks cause more deaths in the United States every year than all forms of cancer combined. Yet coronary artery disease — the disease that causes heart attacks — is largely preventable. The good news is that the steps to prevent heart disease are the same measures that can lower your risk of heart attack. But you have to care. “If you don’t know your risk for hea
It Is Necessary To Educate Children About The Sensitive Parts Of Their Bodies—Adeyemo

It Is Necessary To Educate Children About The Sensitive Parts Of Their Bodies—Adeyemo

Children's Health, NEWS
The Director and Lead Coach of the Vocational Career Clinic International, Oluwakayode Stephen-Adeyemo, together with other childcare and youth experts have called on parents and guardians not to shy away from teaching their children and wards about sex and drug abuse. The experts, who spoke during the fourth edition of VCC’s Excellence and Viability Retreat, which held recently in Ejigbo, Lagos, stated that if parents failed to teach their children some important lessons, they would be exposed to the wrong things elsewhere. Stephen-Adeyemo said it was necessary to educate children about the sensitive parts of their bodies in order not to fall prey to child molesters, who might want to take advantage of their innocence. He said, “We are in perilous times as we often hear of different ca
Pharmacy Crucial To Attainment Of Universal Health Coverage – Awosika

Pharmacy Crucial To Attainment Of Universal Health Coverage – Awosika

NEWS
The Pioneer Coordinator of the National Programme on Immunisation, Dr Dere Awosika, has said that Pharmacy’s role is vital to the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage by 2030. Awosika made the statement on Thursday while delivering the Second Ladipo Mobolaji Abisogun-Afodu Memorial Lecture held at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, Lagos. Awosika in her keynote address, themed, ‘Enhancing the role of pharmacists in public health in Nigeria’, described health care delivery, health workforce and access to essential medicines as three of the six World Health Organisation health system building blocks. “As an expert, the pharmacist plays a key role in improving health outcomes through the responsible use of medicines and optimising effective choice and use,” she
We Need To Create Safe Spaces For The Girl Child — Experts

We Need To Create Safe Spaces For The Girl Child — Experts

Children's Health, NEWS
Worried about the vulnerability of the girl-child in urban slums, medical experts have called on the government, corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to deliberately and consistently create safe space for girl children. The call was made at a One- Day Sexual Reproductive Health Community Forum for Out –Of- School Girls in commemoration of the International Youth Day organised by United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform in collaboration with Lagos State Government in Lagos. At the event, Medical Officer, Health, Agege Local Government Area, Dr Akintayo Adebayo, said Nigeria cannot afford not to empower the girl child if it wants to develop as a nation. “Adebayo: “We must deliberately and consistently create safe space for them to express themselves and e
SCANDAL: How Officials Breach The Law, Make Children Pay For Birth Registration

SCANDAL: How Officials Breach The Law, Make Children Pay For Birth Registration

NEWS
Imagine being alive and not being counted among the living. Imagine existing and no provision is made for you as part of the family. Imagine being trafficked across the borders and no one seems to care because your existence does not count. Imagine being a victim of human traffickers and, when you are rescued, no one can prove your identity or trace you to any country simply because your birth was not registered. These and more are common situations facing many Nigerian children whose existence today does not count, simply because there was no record of their births. In simple term, these children have no identity and no official birth certificates. Legally, their nationality is questionable. It is common knowledge that a country without proper statistics cannot plan for the future. ...
Artificial Ripening: Experts Warn Against Consumption Of Fruits With Yellow, Green Patches

Artificial Ripening: Experts Warn Against Consumption Of Fruits With Yellow, Green Patches

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Dr Grace Olasumbo, a Nutritionist, has advised Nigerians to be wary of fruits and vegetables that do not have uniform colours, especially when they appear with yellow and green patches. Olasumbo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja against the backdrop of Federal Government concern over the dangers in the use of carbide and other chemical substances to forcefully ripen fruits and vegetables. She noted that fruits and vegetables that appear in such manner indicate they had been artificially ripened, which is most prevalent at the beginning of a fruit season. The nutritionist added that calcium carbide remained the most commonly used chemical for ripening these fruits. She said that application of this chemical always put the fruits under sev...
32m Nigerian Children Missing

32m Nigerian Children Missing

Children's Health, NEWS
When Brian Adeyemi was born three years ago, his birth was recorded in the maternity register of a private hospital—and certified on a hospital letterhead card. Before 1992, record of his birth and existence would have ended there. But new policy mandating the National Population Commission to register every birth since 1992 meant his parents had to take his hospital card to the commission’s office. A registrar issued an official birth certificate from the commission. John Udo’s mother took her one-year old on a routine post-natal visit to Customs  Hospital in Karu when she heard a registrar was visiting. She filled out a form, paid N200 and took home an official birth certificate for her son. Both children officially count among Nigeria’s children, with certificates to prove it. Some
Nasarawa Govt Partners NAFDAC, Others To Fight Counterfeit Drugs

Nasarawa Govt Partners NAFDAC, Others To Fight Counterfeit Drugs

NEWS
Nasarawa state government has confirmed the collaboration with National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) agency and Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) to use TruScan technology to fight counterfeit drugs in the state.Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa state Ministry of Health Mallam Ishaku Abari, who made this known yesterday in Lafia at a one day sensitization workshop organised by Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) on continuing Professional Development Education Program for Pharmacist Technicians practicing in Nasarawa state. Abari said the TruScan technology will allow officials of the ministry conduct field based screening of pharmaceutical samples to quickly and accurately identify counterfeits. Represented by Mallam Haruna Wakili, Director of Pharma...
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria To Hold its 91st Annual National Conference As Registration Ends 30th Sept

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria To Hold its 91st Annual National Conference As Registration Ends 30th Sept

NEWS
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria will be holding its 91st Annual National Conference tagged “Oluyole 2018.”The event is scheduled as follows: Venue: The International Conference Centre Ibadan, Oyo state Date: 29 October – 3rd November 2018. The theme for the conference is “Innovative Disruption In Pharmacy In Emerging Economies: A Road Map For Nigeria.” According to the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) Chairman, Pharm. Onyeka Onyeibor the theme for this year’s conference has been carefully chosen to advance the national discourse on survival and significance in a time of rapid and turbulent change. Whether you are disruptively innovating or defending against a disruptive challenger, show up in Ibadan and lend your voice and ear to what pharmacy and pharmacists must do differently
The Next PSN President Must Maintain High Standards –Dr. Ayorinde, Former NAPA Chairman

The Next PSN President Must Maintain High Standards –Dr. Ayorinde, Former NAPA Chairman

Interviews, NEWS
Dr. John Ayorinde is the immediate past Chairman of the National Association of Pharmacists in the Academia (NAPA). He is presently a Senior Faculty member in Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. In this interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA, he examines the limitations in the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria, the presence of fake drugs in the Nigerian market amongst other issues. Excerpts: What is your thought on those advocating for a ban on imported pharmaceutical products to encourage patronage of made-in-Nigeria products especially drugs? There are two sides to it: One, it will encourage and boost local production of pharmaceuticals which in turn have a positive impact on the nation’s economy. However, a total ban on imported pharmaceutical products will block users of medicines fro
LUTH, FMC, Others in Humanitarian Crisis, Report Indicates

LUTH, FMC, Others in Humanitarian Crisis, Report Indicates

NEWS
Humanitarian crisis, corruption and mismanagement at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, have resulted in unhygienic conditions, severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies in the hospital. Two other Federal Government hospitals in Lagos-the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi (NOHIL) and Federal Medical Centre (FMC)- are also trapped in the rot, making it difficult for most Nigerians to obtain essential medical care, a report has said. The report titled: Failing Healthcare: How Federal Hospitals Are Letting Down The Poor And Making Healthcare A Privilege Rather Than A Right, was presented to the media by Dean, School of Law, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Professor Dejo Olowu in Lagos. The report shows sharp deterioration in the quality and safe...
Ekiti College Of Health Staff Shut Institution, Declare Indefinite Strike

Ekiti College Of Health Staff Shut Institution, Declare Indefinite Strike

NEWS
Staff of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero Ekiti, have downed their tools over the alleged non-payment of cooperative, pension and union deductions by the government. Members of the academic and non-academic unions on Monday took to the streets in a protest and vowed not to resume until their demands are met by the government. They, however, said the declaration of the strike was not political but purely demand driven. “The congress unanimously declared an indefinite strike and will not resume work unless management clears all outstanding deductions. “Demanding what belongs to us is not at the behest, command, benevolence or will of the provost or the management,” the Chairman of the Institution’s chapter of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Victor Oluwas
NMA Wants More Funding for Health Sector

NMA Wants More Funding for Health Sector

NEWS
The Nigeria Medical Association has called on the Federal Government to provide more funding for the health sector so that the doctors and hospitals would have enough resources to take care of their patients. The association made the call through its President, Dr Francis Faduyile, during a one-day patient safety dialogue held last Wednesday at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ikeja, Lagos. Faduyile, who was the keynote speaker at the event, noted that the Federal Government’s budget for the health sector had never exceeded 5.6 per cent since the World Health Organisation advised that its member states should make their health budgets 15 per cent. Speaking on the safety of patients, he stressed that the government, medical practitioners and patients had important role
Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Renews Battle against Illegal Drug Business

Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Renews Battle against Illegal Drug Business

Cover Stories, NEWS
•Clamps down on Quackery Illegal drug sales as well as adulterated and substandard medicine business has been in the news lately and it continues to be a topical issue for discussions and heated ... ...debates. And of late it appears that the regulatory agencies have stepped up their game, making heavy seizures and embarking on nationwide clampdown on unauthorised premises and dealers alike. In this write up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes a cursory look into the campaigns of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, an agency operating from the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as the latest controversies surrounding quackery and unlicensed facilities in the country amongst other activities of the regulatory and law enforcement agencies. Recently, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeri
Nigeria must take drastic measures to end drug abuse -Dr. Nkere Ebube, former NAPPSA President (Part 2)

Nigeria must take drastic measures to end drug abuse -Dr. Nkere Ebube, former NAPPSA President (Part 2)

Interviews, NEWS
In this edition we conclude the media chat between PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA and Dr. Nkere Ebube - former President of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) which began last month. He dwells much on how drug abuse among young people can be curbed, as well as how the country can urgently attain sustainable health coverage for all in the nearest future. How can we stop the menace of drug abuse, especially among the youths in Nigeria? As mentioned earlier, the threats of drug abuse transcend age group, gender, sex, ethnic group, political affiliation and economic class. It is a fight that we must win. It would require a collective effort and collaboration between the regulatory agencies, healthcare institutions and profes...