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Day: November 9, 2018

Niger Spends N3bn on Neonatal Hospital

Niger Spends N3bn on Neonatal Hospital

NEWS
The Niger State Government has spent over N3 billion on the completion and maintenance of the new neonatal hospital in Minna. The Commissioner for Health, Dr mustapha Mohammed jibrin, disclosed this at the ministerial press briefing on Thursday. He said the government met a debt profile of N500 million meant for the completion of the neonatal centre. He said the debt had been offset with additional N70 million rolled out on a monthly basis to sustain a provision of N840 million earmarked annually for its operation. “The administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has employed 500 health workers and 100 midwifes to fill the gap of its deficit and ongoing employment of another 250 to ensure adequate health workers for effective and efficient service delivery in the areas of Pr
Pharmacist Council Seals 358 Medicine Stores in Taraba

Pharmacist Council Seals 358 Medicine Stores in Taraba

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The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it has sealed 358 medicine stores in Taraba over various professional offences. Mrs Anthonia Aruya, the Director of Inspection and Monitoring of the council disclosed this at a press conference in Jalingo on Friday. Aruya said that 539 premises were visited during the inspection exercise, comprising 52 pharmacies and 487 patent and proprietary vendors across the state. According to her, out of the 358 premises sealed, seven were pharmacies, while 351 were patent and proprietary medicine vendors. “We issued 16 compliance directives, including one pharmacy and 15 PPMVs for various offences. “These range from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment, poor documentation and dispensing of ethical prescription drugs with
Radiographers Want to Head Own Units in Public Hospitals

Radiographers Want to Head Own Units in Public Hospitals

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The Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN) has called on the federal government to recognize the autonomy of radiography and allow radiographers to head their units in government hospitals and institutions. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chairman of the Association of Radiographers, Ngwu Emmanuel, made the call yesterday during the celebration of the annual World Radiography Day in Abuja. He called for increase funding for radiography and imaging facilities in the country to ensure that more Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, CT Scan, and radiotherapy machines were purchased and maintained. Registrar of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN) Dr Mark Okeji called for more funding for radiography practice in the country. Daily Trust News
HIV: 70% of Nigerians on Treatment List Females – NACA

HIV: 70% of Nigerians on Treatment List Females – NACA

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Some seven hundred and forty-seven thousand, eight hundred and fifty-three females are among the 1,090,233 people on Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment in Nigeria by June, National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, says. In a statement to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, Mr Greg Ashefor, the Acting Director, Research Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, in Abuja on Friday, added that 342, 380 males were also on ARV treatment. According to the figure the females are 68.59. approximately 70 per cent of the list while the number of males on the list are about 31.14 per cent. He said the number included all persons on treatment programmes supported by the U.S Government (PEPFAR), Global Fund, and the Federal Government. Ashefor further said that the Federal Government prog...
CPC Alerts Nigerians on ‘Sniper-Treated Beans’

CPC Alerts Nigerians on ‘Sniper-Treated Beans’

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has warned Nigerians on the dangers of not parboiling their beans extensively before consumption. The director general, Babatunde Irukera, said the warning became necessary after the agency received information that has already gone viral on reported use of sniper chemical by retailers to preserve beans. Mr Irukera’s warning was contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. He said consumers must make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases of beans as available information at the weekend revealed retailers have already built a huge stock of commodity. Apart from the cooking method and enquiries before purchase, the council said consumers must wash their food items sufficiently before cooking. “In any and every case, thor
Police Parades Nurse Who Sold Baby Placenta to a Muslim Cleric for Ritual

Police Parades Nurse Who Sold Baby Placenta to a Muslim Cleric for Ritual

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The Kwara state police command have paraded the nursing attendant, Fatima Suleiman, who allegedly sold a new born baby’s placenta for N20,000 to an Islamic cleric, Salaudeen Ibrahim on Thursday, November 10th. Recall that two days ago, LIB reported about how the nurse who works with the Capstone Hospital, Taiwo Road, Ilorin, was arrested after the father of the baby demanded for the placenta of his new born child. After she was unable to present the placenta, the medical director of the hospital contacted the police and she was arrested. Speaking after she was paraded, the state Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowora, said on October 31, 2018 at about 2pm, one Bashirat Jimoh, a pregnant woman and wife of Abdulfatai Jimoh of Gaa Akanbi area of Ilorin, was due to be delivered of a baby, b
Nigeria Ranks No 2 in Open Defecation – Buhari

Nigeria Ranks No 2 in Open Defecation – Buhari

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…Declares state of emergency on water, Sanitation sector (WASH) Angered by the rate at which Nigerians suffer from water borne diseases, President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday declared a state of emergency on Water, Sanitation and Hygienic sector, (WASH), just as he noted that the nation has been ranked number two in open defecation globally. ”Our country now ranks No 2 in the global rating on Open Defecation as about 25% of our population are practicing open defecation”, he said. Speaking during the inauguration of the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre, the special adviser to Mr President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as saying, ”Access to piped water services which was 32% i
Hospital Conducts Free Surgeries on 200 VVF Patients in Sokoto

Hospital Conducts Free Surgeries on 200 VVF Patients in Sokoto

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Dr Bello Lawal, the Chief Medical Director, Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital, Sokoto, says the hospital offered free specialised surgeries to 200 Vestico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) patients from January till date. Lawal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Sokoto, that 227 VVF patients were treated, out of which, 200 underwent surgeries. According to Lawal, “prolonged labour during child birth remained the source of VVF and not early marriage as being misconstrued by many people.” He said in spite of efforts by governments, donor agencies and organisations on treatment of VVF patients, a high percentage of patients remained untreated. He said the hospital, which had served as VVF centre for the past 21 years, offered routine fistula surgeries weekly on Wedne
NGO Launches Lung Cancer Prevention Campaign

NGO Launches Lung Cancer Prevention Campaign

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Move Against Cancer Africa (MACA), a cancer advocacy NGO, on Thursday, rolled out lung cancer prevention awareness programme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mr Caleb Egwuenu, the Project Director of MACA, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the campaign that the awareness was part of the group’s initiative toward marking the 2018 Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM). November is a global Lung Cancer Awareness Month designed to raise awareness on the need for more research and better community education about the disease. According to Egwuenu, the campaign is to educate Nigerians on some common, but unhealthy practices that can cause lung cancer. He said: “as we know, November is the awareness month for lung cancer, therefore, we have seized this opportunity to l
IHVN Trains Health Workers on TB Infection, Control

IHVN Trains Health Workers on TB Infection, Control

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) on Thursday urged health workers to take adequate precaution when attending to patients to prevent transmission of Tuberculosis (TB). Dr Okpokoro Evaezi, the Research Manager, IHVN, made the call at a sensitisation training of health workers in Abuja. Evaezi said that the training was aimed at educating health workers and to provide guidance on how they can prevent TB. He explained TB as a chronic infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis that affects the lungs and other organs. “The training is part of activities for a TB infection control study titled ‘Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection rates among healthcare workers in HIV clinics in Nigeria. “In addition, it will be a platform for strengthening TB infection control mec
Drug Abuse: Mental Home Raises Fresh Concerns in Adamawa

Drug Abuse: Mental Home Raises Fresh Concerns in Adamawa

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Dr Marcus Vandi, Head of Psychiatric Unit, Yola Specialist Hospital, Adamawa, has raised alarm over the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths in the state. Vandi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Yola, expressed concern over the increasing rate of drug abuse among different age groups. According to him, the hospital admits over 100 cases with mental and other related health issues. ”The use of psychoactive drugs especially among youths, is becoming an issue of concern. ”On daily basis, the hospital receives between three to five mental cases mostly related to drug abuse.” He said that almost all the patients were males between ages 13 and 55. Vandi advised parents to inculcate good moral upbringing in their children, to enable them to stay awa
Potable Water: Group Tasks State Water Boards

Potable Water: Group Tasks State Water Boards

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The Development Innovations Group (DIG), an International Organisation, on Thursday, urged the 36 state water boards in the country to ensure provision of potable water for the citizens. Mr Timeyin Uwejamomere, Programme Director of the group made the call during the inauguration of the National Action Plan for the Revitalisation of Water Supply and Hygiene Sector in Abuja. According to him, it is the responsibility of the state governments, through their water agencies to provide potable water for Nigerians. He said that many water utilities agencies at the state level were performing far below expectations. He emphasised that accountability was critical in the sector, and said that large investments by government and development partners had not yielded positive results. “I think t
Congratulatory Message to the New President of PSN, Pharm (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa FPSN, OFR

Congratulatory Message to the New President of PSN, Pharm (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa FPSN, OFR

NEWS
The National Executive Council (NEC) and all members of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) rejoice with you on your election as the new President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), at the recently concluded 91st Annual National Conference of the Society, tagged “Oluyole 2018,” after a keenly contested election which was nationally acclaimed to be free and fair. The fact that you had a landslide victory is an eloquent testimony of your widespread acceptance by all pharmacists in Nigeria, irrespective of practice setting-community, hospital and administrative, academic, industrial and so on. Pharmacists spoke with one voice, affirming their belief in you, and your ability to steer the ship of a profession that holds so much potential,
Restore Harmony in Pharmacy Profession, AHAPN Tells New PSN President

Restore Harmony in Pharmacy Profession, AHAPN Tells New PSN President

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The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria has urged the new president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr Sam Ohuabunwa to restore professional harmony in the pharmacy profession. This was contained in a congratulatory message to Ohuabunwa, jointly signed by the AHAPN National Chairman and the National Secretary, Dr. Kingsley Amibor and Mr Hafiz Akande. Amibor, in the statement, stressed that Ohuabunwa’s victory was a testimony of his acceptance by all pharmacists in Nigeria, noting that members of a association believed in his ability to steer the ship of the profession that held so much potential but had long been neglected through an interplay of forces. “The National Executive Council and all members of the Association of Hospital and Admin
Beware, Insufficient Sleep May Cause Dehydration

Beware, Insufficient Sleep May Cause Dehydration

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A new research has suggested that insufficient sleep may cause dehydration by disrupting the release of a hormone that is key to regulating hydration. According to medicalnewstoday.com, the new study led by Dr Asher Rosinger, an assistant professor of Bio-behavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, showed the effect of insufficient sleep on hydration levels among adults. The study published in the journal Sleep, stresses that insufficient sleep does not only impair attention and judgment, but prolonged sleep deprivation  also raises the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and respiratory disease. Rosinger and colleagues analysed the data available from two large studies: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Chinese Kailua