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Day: March 11, 2019

Customs places containers with medicament on alert over influx of Tramadol 0

Customs places containers with medicament on alert over influx of Tramadol 0

NEWS
The Apapa Customs Command has placed all containers loaded with medicament on alert, due to an increasing influx of containers laden with tramadol into the country through Apapa port. Speaking with newsmen at the command, its spokesperson, Nkiru Nwala, said that placing cargoes on alert is just a word of caution in order for the concerned officers to be careful in releasing such cargoes. In 2018, the command seized 41 units of 40ft containers of controlled pharmaceutical drugs, including tramadol with Duty Paid Value (DPV) N8.812 billion.   Nwala also said that Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, has also streamlined all alerts at the command. According to her, the Comptroller has effected new strategies to ensure compliance by operators. One of the strategies is
New PCN Law – Long overdue

New PCN Law – Long overdue

Editorial Opinion
The passage last year of the new Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill by the national assembly was long overdue even though it generated commendable reactions from stakeholders in the health sector. We believe that it is better late than never to have a law that will boost efforts aimed at sanitising the pharmacy services in the country. Before the passage of the bill, the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), the body responsible for the regulation of pharmacy practice in the country operated like a lame duck due to the weaknesses in enforcing the Acts setting it up. But now it is expected that when the bill is signed into law by President Mohammadu Buhari, the PCN will be sufficiently empowered and adequately strengthened to deliver effectively on its mandate. Pharmacy practice in Nige...
Universal Health Coverage – Nigeria Intensifying Her Strategic Plans

Universal Health Coverage – Nigeria Intensifying Her Strategic Plans

Cover Stories, NEWS
The National Health Insurance Scheme was set up to ensure that every Nigerian has access to good health care services without let or hindrance, and to protect families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills. Recently, the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) and the Basic Healthcare Provisions Fund (BHCPF) was launched by the Federal Government in Abuja. According to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma who represented President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion, said the second National Strategic Health Development Plan as approved by the Federal Executive Council on Sept. 5, 2018, is the health sector’s plan leading to attaining universal health coverage for all Nigerians. But how equipped are the strategic plans on groun