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Day: October 25, 2018

Reps Probe Chinese ‘Body Part’ Drugs Story in Nigeria

Reps Probe Chinese ‘Body Part’ Drugs Story in Nigeria

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The House of Representatives yesterday ordered an immediate investigation into claims that Chinese drugs manufacturers might be smuggling medicines containing human parts into the country. The move followed a recent alert by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), warning people to beware of bizarre substances from the Asian country. Part of a memo the NIA sent to Nigeria’s watchdog agencies had read: “The South Korean Customs Service on September 30, 2018, revealed that it had seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetuses, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals. It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.” Adopting a m
Experts Demand NHIS Coverage for Hypertension, Diabetes

Experts Demand NHIS Coverage for Hypertension, Diabetes

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Experts have said that hypertension and diabetes can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and as such, should be covered under the Nation Health Insurance Scheme The experts, which comprised professors of medicine and endocrinology, registered dieticians, and others, warned that having both conditions also increase the risk of kidney disease and problems with the blood vessels of the eyes, which could lead to blindness. Speaking at a one-day Diabetes Summit in Lagos, organised by Sanofi-Aventis, a global biopharmaceutical healthcare company, a professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde, Cameroon, Jean Claude Mbanya, lamented that only a few people living with diabetes are achieving treatment clinical goa...
Children Deserve Free, Effective Polio Vaccines – NPHCDA

Children Deserve Free, Effective Polio Vaccines – NPHCDA

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The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, has said that children require parents and care givers to demand for effective vaccines that are given free of charge. This was made known in a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations Unit of the agency, Mr Saadu Salahu, as the agency commemorated the 2018 World Polio Day. Harping on the slogan, ‘One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio,’ the agency said, “Recently, there has been isolation and reporting of type two strains largely from environmental samples. Although, these are not wild polio cases, they present with similar symptoms. They are as a result of several years of low Routine Immunization coverage and consequently, insufficient population immunity to type two virus. “This led to
Lagos Partners Pharmacists on Drugs

Lagos Partners Pharmacists on Drugs

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Lagos State government is partnering Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to prevent the sale of Chinese drugs allegedly containing human parts, Health Commissioner Dr. Jide Idris has said. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos on the sidelines of the Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners (AGPNP) that the government was keeping an eye on areas it felt would be at risk of the drugs. The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had assured Nigerians of safety, warning people to beware of the poisonous drugs. Idris said: “Every importation is actually at the purview of the Federal Government, NAFDAC, SON, among others. “But, Lagos State is trying its best to collaborate with the Pharmacists Council to regulate and
Sack NHIS Executive Secretary Now, Labour Tells Buhari

Sack NHIS Executive Secretary Now, Labour Tells Buhari

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Organised Labour, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately relieve Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf, of his appointment over perceived impunity and avoid sending the wrong signal to the outside world regarding the government’s anti-corruption war. Speaking through Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, labour said it was alarmed by the audacity of the executive secretary, following the manner he allegedly forced himself back to office after he was suspended by the governing council of  the agency. In a statement, yesterday, ASCSN Secretary-General, Alade Lawal, expressed concern over the impunity with which Yusuf bulldozed his way to resume office with armed security details after he was suspen
Life Expectancy in Nigeria Now 55 Years — WHO

Life Expectancy in Nigeria Now 55 Years — WHO

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The 2018 average life expectancy for Nigerians is now 55 years, a global data shows. According to the latest World Health Organisation, WHO, data published for 2018 life expectancy in Nigeria, a male given birth to in Nigeria in 2018 is expected to live approximately 54.7 years while a female is expected to live approximately 55.7 years in good health. The data shows Nigeria has a World life expectancy ranking of 178 out of 192 ranked countries. However, the average life expectancy at birth in Nigeria is 55.2 years, an improvement from the previous figure, 47. Meanwhile, the released statistical report by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for 2017 has it that females can live for approximately 51 years while males can live for just 47 years. The report shows that residents in Ni...
Okowa Tasks NMA on National Health Act

Okowa Tasks NMA on National Health Act

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Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has challenged members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to be advocates of the National Health Act (NHA). Okowa made the call yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Physicians’ Week organised by the Delta State council of NMA in conjunction with the Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC) in Asaba. Through his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the governor stated: “Wherever we find the opportunity, we should continue to talk about the need to operationalise the health act.” “As a nation, have we done well? The answer is, no. The issue that concerns universal health coverage started in 2004; today, we are still struggling to achieve the 100 per cent mark. I am very worried because, for many years, the issue of
Global Fund Gives Nigeria $660m to Fight HIV, TB, Malaria

Global Fund Gives Nigeria $660m to Fight HIV, TB, Malaria

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The Global Fund, an international financing organisation, has announced an additional humanitarian grant of $660 million to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemic in Nigeria. Its Executive Director, Mr Peter Sands, announced this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja. Sands noted that the grant will be made available in tranches for three years. “Nigeria has remained a country in which Global Fund had invested tremendously in the past because of its highest burden of Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS. “We have invested about $2.6 billion to tackle these epidemics in the past and we intend to do more to get more people on treatment. “We appreciate the hard work in the outcome of the partnership between the government and global fund but we believe that we still have
Enugu Governor’s Wife Advises Women on Proper Immunization of Children

Enugu Governor’s Wife Advises Women on Proper Immunization of Children

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The Enugu State Governor’s wife, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi has advised parents, especially the mothers, to ensure proper immunization of their children at designated hospitals to enhance their health status as future leaders. Mrs. Ugwuanyi urged the women to document the process of the immunization by ensuring that the dose given to their children is recorded in their cards and presented to the doctors whenever it was time for the routine exercise to avoid double dosage.  The Enugu Governor’s wife, who gave the advice during the flag off of the first round of 2018 Maternal, New Born and Child Health week, held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital (Parklane), Enugu, also advised the women to make it a point of duty to take their children to hospi
WHO May Certify Africa Polio-Free Next Year

WHO May Certify Africa Polio-Free Next Year

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the effort and commitment of African countries towards eradication of polio in the continent. It said it might declare the continent polio free by the end of 2019 or early 2020, if no new case of polio is confirmed, and surveillance is quickly strengthened across the continent. The information was contained in a World Polio Day message released, in Abuja, on Tuesday, by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. Moeti confessed that since the launch of Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) nearly 30 years ago, new cases of polio have significantly dropped by over 99.9 percent, 350,000 cases annually in 125 countries, to 22 cases in 2017 in two affected countries. He agreed that Africa has made tremendous progr...