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Day: November 1, 2018

FG Urged to Upgrade Yaba Psychiatric Hospital

FG Urged to Upgrade Yaba Psychiatric Hospital

NEWS
The Federal Government has been urged to upgrade and renovate the existing structures in the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State. The Director, Clinical Services, Dr Olugbenga Owoeye, made the call yesterday during the maiden edition of the research fair organized by the management of the hospital in commemoration of the 111th anniversary of the hospital. He also urged philanthropists and nongovernmental organisations to complement the federal government’s efforts by erecting new buildings, renovating the old ones and providing new bedding across the wards of the hospital. The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Oluwayemi Ogun, said: “Simple research includes the number of patients at the hospital, how many patients were treated, the number of patients that got
Suspended NHIS Boss Sues Health Minister, AGF, Agency

Suspended NHIS Boss Sues Health Minister, AGF, Agency

NEWS
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, has sued the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the NHIS over his suspension by the governing council of the board. In the suit with the number, FHC/ABJ/CS/1220/2018 filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, which was obtained by The PUNCH, Yusuf asked the court to rule among others that the governing council of the NHIS had no powers under the provisions of the NHIS Act to suspend him from office. Yusuf instituted the suit through his lawyer, Uchechukwu Obi (SAN), on Monday. The NHIS boss asked the court to state that the council had no powers under sections 6 and 7 of the Act to discipline him or to investigate allegatio...
Adadevoh: Remembering the Nigerian Angel at 62

Adadevoh: Remembering the Nigerian Angel at 62

NEWS
Angels come to mankind in many ways. Some come with wings and shades of orchestras to give sweet melodious sounds to any being that crosses their way. Some come as unseen guides to nuture and nurse each being to parts of freedom and happiness. But there are others who come in human form to save mankind from destruction. They are born just like humans, lives amongst men, but in the end, deliver their messages and leaving this sinful world. Hardly do such angels stay on the planet in earth’s energy field for very long at a time. One of such angels was Stella Adadevoh, the late medical doctor who stopped the spread of Ebola in Nigeria, by paying the supreme price. When her mission was complete, she graciously left for heaven. Adadevoh died in August 2014, after she came in contact with a L
Exclusive Breastfeeding Will Save Nigeria N6.9B Annually’

Exclusive Breastfeeding Will Save Nigeria N6.9B Annually’

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Exclusive and adequate breastfeeding practice by Nigerian mothers will not only help in improving the mental capacity of babies when they grow up, it will also save the country at least N6.93 billion spent every year, Health Expert with Alive and Thrive, Dr. Sylvester Igbedioh has said. He said inadequate breastfeeding will on the long run take a toll on the health of babies at their infancy and during their adult life, while huge cost would then be spent on treatment of various diseases that could have been prevented with simply practicing exclusive breastfeeding. Stating this at the two-day workshop for health journalists in Lagos, tagged: ‘Skills in Utilising Media for Social and Behavioural Change with Focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding,’ he said parents who desire to see their
‘Smoking, Excessive Alcohol Intake Can Cause Eye Problem’

‘Smoking, Excessive Alcohol Intake Can Cause Eye Problem’

NEWS
…As WAPCO gives free eye treatment to Ajido community The Chief Executive Officer, Apple Green Consult, Tony Onwugbaramuko has stated that smoking, excessive intake of alcohol, and frequent exposure to light are risk factors for vision impairment. He said for Nigerians to maintain good vision and generally live healthy, they should avoid factors that predispose them to preventable health conditions. Stating this at the free eye care treatment for residents of Ajido community in Badagry area of Lagos recently, and organised by WAPCO Nigeria Plc, he said it was in addressing the high prevalence of eye conditions in the country, and especially in rural areas, that WAPCO decided to embark on free eye care services, especially in such rural communities, where residents are unable to ac
Osun Assembly Passes Health Insurance Bill into Law

Osun Assembly Passes Health Insurance Bill into Law

NEWS
The Osun State House of Assembly has passed the Osun Health Insurance Scheme Bill, 2018 into law. The bill which is an Act of the National Assembly, 2014 was domesticated in the state. Osun is one of the three piloting states in the country to test run the scheme. The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) through its programme, Health Finance & Governance (HFG) assisted the state on the process. The motion for the passage of the bill was moved by Hon. Dejo Bello representing Boripe/Boluwaduro state constituency and it was seconded by the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Oyeleke Ogunsola representing Ayedire state constituency. At the plenary, the legislators noted that there were several benefits in the adoption of the scheme by the State. ...
Abuja Co-Joined Twins: Jobless, Homeless, We Almost Abandoned Our Children – Parents

Abuja Co-Joined Twins: Jobless, Homeless, We Almost Abandoned Our Children – Parents

NEWS
Parents of the co-joined twins separated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Ferdinand and Courage Buzugbe, on Wednesday, said they once considered abandoning their children after they were born because of the family’s economic situation. The couple, who are currently jobless and without a roof over their heads, stated this in separate interviews with Vanguard in Abuja. Delta-born Ferdinand, 36, said he lost his job as an estate valuer shortly before his wife became pregnant with the Siamese twins in 2017. According to him, though the family was without any means of livelihood during the pregnancy period, they were happy to be expecting a set of twins because their first child had died earlier that year at birth. He said, however, that the family’s joy turned to sorrow when his
WHO Stings `AIDS Curing Preacher’

WHO Stings `AIDS Curing Preacher’

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come down heavily on a local preacher in Zimbabwe reportedly claiming he had received divine revelation of a herbal cure for HIV/AIDS. WHO reaffirmed there is “no cure” for HIV, insisting that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections. Dr Alex Gasaira, WHO’s representative in the country, explicitly stated that “there is no cure for HIV infection”. According to media reports, the Zimbabwean cleric had notified his congregation in the capital, Harare, on Sunday of the “cure” for HIV and AIDS. He also reportedly claimed that a healing plant had been revealed to him by God, sparking a media outcry. The nation’s largest newspaper, the Harare Herald, reported that his claims were sc
Nigeria Pharma Industry and Technological Revolution

Nigeria Pharma Industry and Technological Revolution

Cover Stories, NEWS
The pharmaceutical industry is a highly regulated one, and even today it has become technology-intensive especially in the advanced market economies wherein knowledge is the main source of competitive advantage. In Nigeria  the biggest challenge now is for the industry to align with technology, while getting pharma employees to be more innovative and responsive in their thinking to enable optimal use of the new tools to deliver solutions. In this cover, PHARMATIMES explores the new direction of pharma industries worldwide and the need for Nigeria to tap into the big gains of the new revolution.   A faster pace of innovation, and new business models, the pharmaceutical industry globally has not been spared the need to adapt to the technological revolution currently dictating the way
Adherence to Professional Ethics, Panacea to Qualitative Healthcare in Nigeria

Adherence to Professional Ethics, Panacea to Qualitative Healthcare in Nigeria

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
The need for observance of ethical practices by healthcare professionals in Nigeria dominated discussions by experts during the 2018 edition of the World Pharmacists Day celebrations that held in Lagos recently. Various speakers who spoke on the theme, ‘Pharmacists: Your Medicine Experts’, identified unethical practices as one of the reasons why the nation’s health sector continues to falter after 58 years of Nigeria’s independence. President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, who was among the speakers, alerted the nation at the occasion when he said that professionals in health have crossed their legitimate sphere of practice by taking responsibilities that are outside of their core training. He wondered why healthcare professionals without training
NOA, UNICEF Battle Genital Mutilation

NOA, UNICEF Battle Genital Mutilation

NEWS
In continuation of the campaign to stop the deaths of millions of African children, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and UNICEF have taken the fight against Female Genital Mutilation to the grassroots. The agencies have advised mothers in Ekiti State to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and tried to convince the women on the harmful results of the practice to the womenfolk. NOA and UNICEF were at a public declaration against FGM in Orin Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state. They emphasised the need to save female children from the pains experienced after the mutilation of their genitals. The wife of Ekiti Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, noted that that there was a subsisting law prohibiting the act. She warned that anyone caught engaging in it, would be...
Buhari Sends NHIS Boss On Leave

Buhari Sends NHIS Boss On Leave

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari has intervened in the on-going crisis in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) over the suspension of the Executive Secretary Prof. Usman Yusuf by the Governing Council of the Scheme. The ES who had refused to go on the suspension and had forced his way into the office building a day after he was suspended, has been directed by President Buhari to proceed on administrative leave. The ES who had been enmeshed in series of controversy included an earlier suspension by the Minister of Health Isaac Adewole, had been quoted many times saying that only President Muhammadu Buhari could suspend him or sack him. The headquarters of the Scheme had been marred by protests by the labour unions of the scheme who insisted that the Executive Secretary must proceed on t...