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Month: October 2018

Agency Records One Case Of Yellow Fever In Niger

Agency Records One Case Of Yellow Fever In Niger

NEWS
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency says it has recorded one case of yellow fever at a gold minning site in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State. Dr Joseph Oteri, Director, Special Duties and Chairman of National Measles Yellow Fever Technical Committee, disclosed this during media orientation forum for yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign in Abuja on Tuesday. The forum organised by NPHCDA in conjunction with the United Nations Children Education Fund had media representatives from Niger, Kogi, Plateau, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno and the Federal Capital Territory. Oteri said that the current outbreak of yellow fever on October 19 in the country, indicate that the gold minning site in Lapai was on high risk of yellow fever. He solicited the support ...
FG Sets up Two Committees on Drug Abuse

FG Sets up Two Committees on Drug Abuse

NEWS
The Federal Government has set up two committees to tackle the scourge of drug abuse especially among youths. The committees, according to the Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, include a presidential Advisory Committee and Ministerial Committee on drug abuse. He spoke in Ibadan, Oyo state capital yesterday during the 91st annual conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) with the theme, ““Innovative Disruption in Pharmacy in Emerging Economies: A Roadmap For Nigeria”. Adewole said the government was worried by the issue of drug abuse and it is determined to frontally address the menace. Represented by the Director, Food and Pharmaceutical Services, Moshood Lawal, the Minister expressed delight that the PSN had taken up the battle against drug abuse and as
Pharmacist Urges Nigerians To Go For Regular Medical Check-Up

Pharmacist Urges Nigerians To Go For Regular Medical Check-Up

NEWS
The MD of Troop Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mrs Chizomam Emeje, has stressed the need for Nigerians to engage in regular medical check-up so as to avoid sudden illness. Emeje said this during a free medical outreach organised by the pharmaceutical company, in partnership with Viewpoint Specialist Eye Centre and Codix Pharmaceuticals Ltd, to mark the 21st anniversary of the company on Thursday at Okota, Lagos. She said the free medical outreach was in line with the 2018 International Pharmaceutical Mandate of achieving a transforming outcome in the community through partnerships with other health players. “The pharmacist is the best friend of the community. He ensures that the right medicine is provided at the right dose and in the most suitable formulation. We are always working with other
Oyo Health Insurance Scheme Targets 100,000 People

Oyo Health Insurance Scheme Targets 100,000 People

NEWS
The Acting Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Olusola Akande, on Tuesday said that enrolment in the state Health Insurance Scheme would reach 100,000 by December 2018, after more banks and other companies joined the system. Speaking during a meeting with the organised private sector on the scheme in Ibadan, Akande said that already, the health programme had over 63,000 people in its list within a year of operation. Explaining that the scheme’s flexibility and low price made it a health plan acceptable to all classes of people, he said, “The scheme is cheap and the quality is high. What the companies pay from their workers’ salaries is little compared to what they currently pay. It also means that the workers go home with more money and healthy bodies to give more
Cross River Government Partners NDLEA To Curb Illegal Drug Peddling

Cross River Government Partners NDLEA To Curb Illegal Drug Peddling

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The Government of Cross River State has partnered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA to curb illegal drug peddling in the state. The Government also enjoined Medical Practitioners to collaborate with the state to stamp out quackery in the system. This was stated during the 2018 Physicians’ Week in Calabar. Declaring the 2018 Annual Physicians’ Week of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) with the theme “Universal Health Coverage; Leaving No One Behind” open, the State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, said it will help set the state atop. “Our vision in the State is obtaining sustainable Universal Health Coverage, UHC and as well as elimination of medical quackery. In line with achiev
FG Should Review Punishment for Erring Doctors – Neurosurgeon

FG Should Review Punishment for Erring Doctors – Neurosurgeon

NEWS
A Neurological Surgeon, Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, has called on the Federal Government to review the regulatory laws guiding the conduct of medical doctors in the country. Ogungbo said that if the government reviewed the laws, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria would be firm in giving commensurate penalties to those who breached them. He said that while it was important for patients to know their rights, specifically the recent Patients’ Bill of Rights, they and their relatives should explore all medical and legal consequences to bring erring practitioners and hospitals to book. He said, “Patients must, as a right, be told the names and the dosage of their medications. Many have been prescribed the same drugs by different facilities and end up taking significant and harmful overd
5,000 Converge on Ibadan for Pharmacists’ Conference, AGM

5,000 Converge on Ibadan for Pharmacists’ Conference, AGM

NEWS
About 5000 pharmacists across the country and in the diaspora have arrived in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for the 91st Annual Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). The week-long conference, tagged ‘Oluyole 2018’, will formally begin today with dignitaries discussing the theme, ‘Innovative Disruption in Pharmacy in Emerging Economies: A Roadmap for Nigeria.’ Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is expected to declare the event open as Special Guest of Honour, while the Governor of Oyo State, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, is the Chief Host. The PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai, said Pharm. Clare Omatseye, President, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) and Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, JNC International Limited, is the keynote speaker, while the Oluba
Tall People are at Greater Risk of Cancer

Tall People are at Greater Risk of Cancer

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Tall people are at greater risk of getting cancer, with the danger rising by around 10 per cent for every 10cm above the average height, a study has found.Researchers said that being taller increases the risk of contracting cancer more for women – by 12 per cent compared to 9 per cent for men. The findings suggest that having more cells in your body – as tall people do – is the reason for the higher cancer risk.Meanwhile some types of dwarfism appear to greatly reduce the risk. The research suggests that the hormone that stimulates growth, called IGF-1, has an effect on triggering cancer. As IGF-1 speeds up the rate that cells divide as they grow, it also increases the chance that the cells will turn into tumours.The study was published in the Royal Society journal called Proceedings
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Warns Against Importation Of Drugs

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Warns Against Importation Of Drugs

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned that the country is doomed and open to biological weapon attack if it continues to depend on imported drugs. It, however, said a deliberate strategy to build partnership among pharmacy technical groups towards professional and national development had led to the development of new herbal medicines, which are ready for commercialisation. The PSN President, Ahmed I. Yakasai, stated this yesterday in his address at the opening ceremony of the 91st yearly general conference of the Society in Ibadan, Oyo State.He said: “It is for me an emergency; as any nation which depends on imported drugs as Nigeria currently does, is doomed. If we were making our own drugs, the agencies would not be running helter skelter because of suspected human f
World Stroke Day: Key Facts to Know About Condition

World Stroke Day: Key Facts to Know About Condition

NEWS
The World Stroke Day was observed across the globe on October 29. The day was set aside to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors. The annual event was started in 2006 by the World Stroke Organisation(WSO) which declared stroke a public health emergency in 2010. To mark the day this year, organisations around the world on Monday held events emphasising education, testing, and initiatives to improve the damaging effects of stroke. Cerebrovascular accidents, known as strokes, are the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability, a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows. Stroke, the sudden death of some brain cells due ...
Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins in Abuja Hospital

Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins in Abuja Hospital

Children's Health, NEWS
A team of Nigerian doctors has successfully separated a set of conjoined twins at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada. The doctors, led by Nuhu Kwajafa of the Global Peace Initiatives, confirmed the success of the operation that took them several hours on Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account @nuhukwaj. “We wish to express our profound gratitude, as we say a massive thank you to Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, for his kind hearted and extremely generous gesture to the successfully separated twins and their family…God bless you, Sir,” Mr Kwajafa posted. The spokesman to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hassan Turaki, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that Mr Dogara was moved by the plight of the parents to settle the medical bill. NAN
Lagos Hospital Gets Biobank, Laboratory

Lagos Hospital Gets Biobank, Laboratory

NEWS
In a bid to tackle future disease outbreaks in the country, the Canadian Government is partnering the Lagos State Government to build a Biobank and a biological laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos. Speaking during the inauguration of the facility, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the laboratory would boost effective clinical management of public health outbreaks and launch the state into a new frontier in research and development in various areas of needs, especially diagnostics kits and production of vaccines, for an effective prevention and containment strategy against highly infectious diseases. Ambode also described the project as a perfect example of a community development collaboration undertaken by Lagos State and the Canadian Government through its Global Partners...
Unions Insist On NHIS Boss’ Suspension

Unions Insist On NHIS Boss’ Suspension

NEWS
Two labour unions on Tuesday renewed their resolve to sustain their ongoing protest over the suspension of Prof. Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme by the Governing Council of the organisation. The trade unions are the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria. Mr Abdulrazak Omomaji, the Chairman of ASCSN, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, while reacting to the statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha. NAN recalls that Mustapha on October 29 at a retreat for boards and governing councils as well as chief executives of MDAs clarified that as appointees of the President, the boards and councils have no power to suspend any chief executi...
U.S. House Speaker Ryan Rejects Trump Plan on Birthright Citizenship

U.S. House Speaker Ryan Rejects Trump Plan on Birthright Citizenship

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WASHINGTON- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that it was not possible to end birthright citizenship with an executive order, after President Donald Trump said he was considering such a move, the Washington Post reported. “You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said in an interview with radio station WVLK, according to the Post. Most people born in the United States are legally entitled to U.S. citizenship, according to the U.S. Constitution and court decisions. Reuters
HIV: FG Launches Roadmap for National Treatment Programme

HIV: FG Launches Roadmap for National Treatment Programme

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The Federal Government has launched a roadmap for the implementation of a national treatment programme for HIV across the country. The roadmap inaugurated on Tuesday in Abuja seeks to galvanize Nigeria’s HIV treatment efforts towards diagnosing 90% of all HIV-positive persons, providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) for 90% of those diagnosed, and achieving viral suppression for 90% of those treated by the year 2020. Speaking at the event, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said it was imperative that Nigeria took on more responsibilities in its HIV response going by the high burden of the disease in the country. According to him, “The National Treatment Programme has three main objectives. They are to: build an institutional structure at national and sub-national levels for effec