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Month: March 2019

Health Workers to Buhari: Don’t Appoint only Doctors as Ministers of Health

Health Workers to Buhari: Don’t Appoint only Doctors as Ministers of Health

NEWS
The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to avoid past mistakes in his appointment of ministers, especially as it concerns the ministry of Health. MHWUN urged the president not to appoint only Medical Doctors as Ministers of Health. In the current dispensation, the two ministers of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Dr. Osagie Ehinare are both medical doctors and not until recently, the permanent secretary of the ministry was also a medical doctor. Nigerians are looking forward towards appointment of new ministers as the president sets to commence his second term in office on 29th May 2019. The first term of the Buhari administration is expected to wind down on 29th May, 2019 and he is expected to dissolve his cabinet...
Health Minister Lays Foundation for Lions Club Dialysis Centre at LUTH

Health Minister Lays Foundation for Lions Club Dialysis Centre at LUTH

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Thursday laid the foundation for the construction of a state-of-the art dialysis centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, which is being built by the Lions Club International in honour of the departed member of the club and past District Governor, District 4041A, Lion Isaac Olusola Dada. The facility named ‘Lion Isaac Olusola Dada Dialysis Centre’is in fulfilment of the dream of Dada, who had proposed during his time as the District Governor to build a dialysis centre as his legacy project in the hospital and in Lagos State to serve special health needs of the people. Adewole who was the guest of honour at the foundation laying ceremony of the facility was represented by the Chief Medical Director of LUTH, P
Return Management of Institutions to Hospital Administrators, Health Workers Tell FG 0

Return Management of Institutions to Hospital Administrators, Health Workers Tell FG 0

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The Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has called on the federal government to return the management of health institutions to hospital administrators. National President of the union, Comrade Biobelemoye Joy Josiah made the call yesterday during the 10th National delegates conference of the union in Abuja. He said doing so would revitalise healthcare delivery in the country. Comrade Josiah said the healthcare system of the country continues to face challenges because of government’s mistake of handing over the management of the health system to just one professional group as well as attempts to privatise the health industry particularly tertiary health institutions. “As long as the appointment of Ministers of Health and the chief executives of health instit
Tuberculosis Kills 4,500 Nigerians Daily – Prof Lawson

Tuberculosis Kills 4,500 Nigerians Daily – Prof Lawson

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The Board Chair of Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Professor Lovett Lawson, said tuberculosis is preventable and curable but yet kills at least 4,500 per day, and 18 Nigerians every minute. He said the rate of TB decline which is currently about 1.5 percent would need to increase dramatically to about 10 percent by 2025 globally if the disease is to end TB by 2030. He said it is time for leaders to step up action to diagnose and treat 40 million people with TB by 2022 as agreed by heads of states at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB. The expert disclosed this at a gala nite for TB champions and survivors organised by Stop TB Partnership in Abuja. The special guest at the event, wife of the president, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, called on the Federal Ministry of Health a...
Ebola Disbelief Widespread in DR Congo Hotspots

Ebola Disbelief Widespread in DR Congo Hotspots

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More than a quarter of people surveyed in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo told researchers they do not believe the disease exists. Some 36% of respondents also believed that the disease had been fabricated to destabilise the country. The authors of the study said this mistrust was a factor in prolonging the epidemic. The current outbreak started in August and more than 600 people have died, according to the health ministry. More than 1,000 people have contracted the virus during the current outbreak, which is the second-largest ever recorded. The study for journal, Lancet Infectious Diseases, surveyed 961 people in the central Congolese cities of Beni and Butembo. Election officials cited the Ebola outbreak as a reason to cancel the December presidential e...
Advancing Digital Health in Nigeria

Advancing Digital Health in Nigeria

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To bridge the gap of low doctor, nurse, midwife, pharmacist and health worker ratio to the over flowing number of patients, stakeholders are leveraging mobile technology for health or rather mHealth. MHealth is defined “as medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as (cell) phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices.” Medical experts believe that electronic heath (eHealth) and mHealth have the ability to ensure universal health care (UHC) by increasing enrollment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and rendering services to patients in rural and hard-to-reach areas. They are optimistic that the introduction of these technologies will reduce misdiagnosis and over diagnosis of diseases
How to End Tuberculosis Before 2030, by PSN

How to End Tuberculosis Before 2030, by PSN

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Pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have made recommendations on how to end tuberculosis in Nigeria before 2030. President PSN, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, in a statement ahead of the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on the March 24, 2019, said the Society is committed towards a TB free world. The theme of World TB Day (WTD) 2019 was “It’s time to end TB.” Ohuabunwa said if ending the TB Epidemic by 2030 is one of the health targets of the sustainable development goals, then prevention, diagnosis and early treatment with first line TB drugs should be given all the seriousness it requires. He added: “TB resistance stems from ignorance, poverty and corruption. Chemotherapy remains the main cure for TB. Non compliance to the adequate regimen and dura
Debate Rages on Talcum Baby Powder’s Association with Lung, Ovarian Cancers

Debate Rages on Talcum Baby Powder’s Association with Lung, Ovarian Cancers

Children's Health, Latest Health News, NEWS
The debate on whether the use of the popular talcum powder causes cancer has refused to go away. Indeed, the use of talcum powder has become a controversial issue as growing evidence suggests that its use may be related to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products. In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled. While mesothe...
SYNLAB Opens New Facility in Calabar to Improve Disease Diagnosis

SYNLAB Opens New Facility in Calabar to Improve Disease Diagnosis

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SYNLAB Nigeria (formerly Pathcare Laboratories), one of the leading pathology laboratory services provider with over 5,000 tests available on its platform, has formally opened a new facility in Calabar, Cross River State. The new facility will provide the people of Calabar and its environs quality laboratory tests, support doctors with accurate test results and improve the quality of health care in the state. Dr. Marcus Inyama, in his address at the ceremony titled “Role of the Pathologist in Clinical Practice,” emphasised the need for a reliable pathology laboratory such as SYNLAB Nigeria. Executive Director (Operations) SYNLAB Nigeria, Dr. Tolulope Adewole, said: “As a company we are committed to making investments that will deliver first-world healthcare services to Nigeri
Pharmacists Accuse Lagos over Lopsided Health Insurance Scheme

Pharmacists Accuse Lagos over Lopsided Health Insurance Scheme

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Pharmacists under the aegis of the Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN) have rejected the Lagos State health insurance scheme, saying it is structured solely to favour and give monopoly to medical practitioners, while other healthcare professionals are shut out from rendering their services. This, the body of Pharmacists, said could impact negatively on the quality of healthcare given to the citizens, as only doctors would perform the roles of all other professionals in the health industry, thereby endangering the lives of the masses due to lack of expertise in those practices. This was the submission at the ACPN’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday in Lagos Speaking on the issue, the Chairman, ACPN Lagos State chapter, Pharm. Ogbedeyi Olabanji Benedict, cried foul
Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai Receives Legacy Award

Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai Receives Legacy Award

Events, NEWS
By Waire Emonefe Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai FPSN, who is also the immediate past president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) was decorated by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) with a Legacy Award in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession, pharmaceutical industry and his unrelenting support to NAFDAC in ensuring access to safe, effective and affordable medicines in Nigeria. The award was presented to him at the silver jubilee celebration of the Agency on Tuesday, 26 th March 2019 at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja. Others in the Legacy Award category included Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, late Ambassador (Pharm) Taminu Saulawa, Juhel Pharmaceuticals and Drugfield Pharmaceut...
25th anniversary: NAFDAC gets accolades over war against counterfeit medicines

25th anniversary: NAFDAC gets accolades over war against counterfeit medicines

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The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders in the health industry have commended the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for its efforts in safe-guarding the country against counterfeit medicines in the last 25 years. They gave the commendation in Abuja on Tuesday during the 25th anniversary celebration of the agency. Hajiya Aisha Buhari said the agency’s efforts in the effective control and regulation of the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines, as well as wholesomeness of foods and  other related products was worthy of celebration. She said Nigerians recall the poor state of the pharmaceutical industries and other related sectors before the establishment of NAFDAC in 1993, adding that the advent
We’ve Sustained Akunyili’s Legacy by Wiping out Fake Drugs, Says NAFDAC

We’ve Sustained Akunyili’s Legacy by Wiping out Fake Drugs, Says NAFDAC

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National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday said it has sustained the legacy of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili by working towards drug security in Nigeria. The director-general, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, at a media briefing to mark the 25th anniversary of the agency in Abuja, noted that NAFDAC was able to seize 23 containers of Tramadol worth about N198 billion last year. According to her, the celebration is to enable the agency “look back to see what we have learnt in the past 25 years.”She said, “Dr. Akunyili was zealous in the fight against substandard drugs. We have continued on that. What is more important for these 25 years is almost like closing the loop of legacy. We are setting a much stronger foundation for NAFDAC to exist for decades to co
Poor access to water leads to high mortality rate – Ayade

Poor access to water leads to high mortality rate – Ayade

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has identified poor access to clean water and sanitation as some of the major reasons for the high mortality rate in children under five. Speaking through the director general of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, during the World Water Day, the governor said: “Contaminated drinking water and poor sanitation increase the risk of children contacting water-borne diseases. “If we imbibe the culture of washing our hands at least four times in a day, it will save a lot of hospital visit.” Ayade said the state was committed to water sanitation by ensuring that everyone has access to quality potable clean water and sanitation, adding that his government had drilled 50 boreholes across the state to ensure
Breakthrough for fatherhood for children left infertile with cancer treatment

Breakthrough for fatherhood for children left infertile with cancer treatment

Latest Health News
About 30% of children who survive cancer often end up infertile as adults due to damage done to their bodies by powerful chemotherapy drugs and radiation. However, a  new animal research in which a baby monkey was born from frozen testicular tissue offers hope that young cancer sufferers left infertile from treatment could still become fathers. Scientists have now discovered that testicular tissue taken and frozen at a young age can produce a baby. The method has worked successfully in monkeys – the closest animal to humans in scientific studies – paving the way for it to be tried in humans according to MailOnline. Pre-teenage boys cannot bank sperm to start a family after cancer treatment, because they are too young to produce it. At such a young age, many have to face th