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Day: March 4, 2019

UCH Ibadan gets new Chief Medical Director

UCH Ibadan gets new Chief Medical Director

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The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Friday got a new Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Abiodun Otegbayo, who replaced Prof Temitope Alonge, who became CMD in 2011 and has now completed his two terms of eight years.  The change of baton took place in the hospital when Alonge handed over necessary documents and property, including keys to the strong room of UCH to Otegbayo. Alonge urged his successor to take the foremost health facility in Nigeria to greater heights. Otegbayo, however, promised to build on the success of his predecessors, and provide transformational leadership for the hospital.  Our correspondent gathered that Otegbayo emerged the new CMD after he scored the highest mark among seven professors shortlisted for the plum job; Nine candidates initiall
Sign Pharmacy Bill into law, ACPN pleads with Buhari

Sign Pharmacy Bill into law, ACPN pleads with Buhari

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill into law without delay. It said this would bring about a new agenda of productivity, professionalism, self-sufficiency in local production and regulatory excellence in the pharmaceutical sector.  In a statement signed by the association’s National Chairman, Mr Samuel Adekola, and the National Secretary, Mrs Abosede Idowu, on Friday, the ACPN listed the gains inherent in the bill, saying it was high time the bill was signed into law.  The statement partly read, “For emphasis, this bill should be assented to for the reflected reasons.  “The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) Bill 2017 is very consistent with similar laws in the Commonwea
PROFOH Volunteers: Nigerian Patients Receive Free Medicare in Lagos

PROFOH Volunteers: Nigerian Patients Receive Free Medicare in Lagos

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A team of medical doctors from the United States of America were in Lagos for a week, providing free surgical solutions to people who cannot afford to pay for the procedure.  The medical mission of surgeons from Israel and the United States of America was organised, recently, by a non-governmental organization, PROFOH NGO (Professionals for Humanity) for Nigerians living with health problems but could not afford to pay medical bills. They had surgery free of charge. The doctors performed nasal reconstruction, breast biopsy; breast tumour and goitre removal. Umbilical defects were also corrected.  The team of medical experts, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and clinical psychologists, were led by G.D. Kama, Executive Director of PROFOH/501 Status Organisation in th
NAFDAC arrests Kano-based “Chemist’’ for storing N1.5m worth of fake Tetanus vaccines

NAFDAC arrests Kano-based “Chemist’’ for storing N1.5m worth of fake Tetanus vaccines

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Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) have arrested one Goodluck Nwadike in Kano for storing falsified and substandard Tetanus Vaccines. According to the agency’s Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, Nwadike was arrested at No. 2, Mallam Kato Market, Sabon Gari, Kano. She said that the culprit was found with Tetanus vaccines like “Absorb Dano’’ and “IP”.  “Based on information received, NAFDAC officials stormed the shop and arrested the culprit on discovery of the drugs. “The vaccines were found stored under poor storage conditions, in drawers in the shop.   They were meant to be stored in temperatures between two degrees centigrade and eight degrees centigrade. “The culprit confessed that he gets his supplies from Bridge Head M
A new skeletal disease is on the examination table

A new skeletal disease is on the examination table

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“They came to my clinic,” says the study’s lead author Giedre Grigelioniene, physician and associate professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet. “They’d received a different diagnosis previously, but it didn’t fit with what we were seeing in the X-rays. I was convinced that we were looking at a new diagnosis that had not been described before.” Researchers have published findings on a new skeletal disease and how it is caused. The disease, a kind of skeletal dysplasia, was first observed in a child and parent from a Swedish family, they said in the publication in the journal Nature Medicine. It is congenital. Small RNA molecules (one of four macromolecules essential for all forms of life) play a role but that role has never before
‘Brain response to mom’s voice differs in kids with autism’

‘Brain response to mom’s voice differs in kids with autism’

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For most children, the sound of their mother’s voice triggers brain activity patterns distinct from those triggered by an unfamiliar voice. But the unique brain response to mom’s voice is greatly diminished in children with autism, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The diminished response was seen on fMRI brain scans in face-processing regions and learning and memory centers, as well as in brain networks that process rewards and prioritize different stimuli as important. “Kids with autism often tune out from the voices around them, and we haven’t known why,” said the study’s lead author, Dan Abrams, PhD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. “It’s still an open question how this contributes to thei
ICICE, UAE embassy want expansion of medical outreach in FCT

ICICE, UAE embassy want expansion of medical outreach in FCT

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The outreach featured health talk, consultation, check-up, provision of drugs and referrals. “Even when there are doctors, there are no drugs; most of the times they were asked to buy drugs and majority are low income earners, and they don’t have the money and thus resort to local herbal care. So we urged the government to come to their aids here and elsewhere especially the remote areas. The International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) has urged the Federal Government, non-governmental organisations and individuals to urgently intervene in providing medical supports for FCT residents, especially those living at the suburbs. The Head of medical team of the ICICE, Dr Amina Kumalia, made the call on Sunday at Durumi Village (Community) after Mpape, FCT dur