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Day: March 15, 2019

Rising ‘drug resistant TB cases’ threaten Nigeria’s control efforts

Rising ‘drug resistant TB cases’ threaten Nigeria’s control efforts

NEWS
The increasing pool of tuberculosis resistant drug in the country is a major threat to the country’s efforts in controlling the disease. National coordinator of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Federal ministry of Health, Dr Adebola Lawanson, disclosed this yesterday during the Pre-World TB day media conference organised by USAID, KNCV and other partners in Abuja. She said Nigeria was among the six multi resistant TB burden countries globally, and that it is also among the 10 countries that accounted for 75% of the incidence treatment enrolment for drug resistant TB globally. The national coordinator said it was also worrisome that a large number of TB cases were still undetected or missing. She said this constitutes a pool of continuous transmission of the
Kidney disease: Expert warns against abuse of pain killer drugs

Kidney disease: Expert warns against abuse of pain killer drugs

NEWS
A consultant nephrologist with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr Enajite Okaka, has attributed the increasing cases of kidney-delated diseases  to excessive intake of pain killer drugs. Okaka, who disclosed this in Benin yesterday during the World Kidney Day, said  pain killers drugs could cause kidney disease especially when taken for a long period of time. “Those whose jobs are largely physical tend to end up with body aches and pains at the end of the day, they go to the chemist to buy medicines for body pains. More often than not, they give them a cocktail of pain killers and once they take them, they feel so good and relief. She added that some herbs could also be responsible for kidney-related problems. She asked the federal and state governments to subsi
Foundation to provide medical, surgical aid to 4,000 people

Foundation to provide medical, surgical aid to 4,000 people

NEWS
A non-profit social intervention organisation, Pistis Foundation, is set to hold a one-week medical and surgical outreach to cater to about 4,000 underprivileged people in the Lekki-Epe axis of Lagos State. The event, tagged, Ubomi…Restoring Lives will commence on Monday, March 18 and end on Friday, March 22, at Pistis’ Annex, in Lekki, Lagos. Explaining, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Mr Godman Akinlabi, said Ubomi was how the organisation impacted the lives of those in its immediate community who may be suffering from illnesses that may lead to avoidable deaths for children and adults.  “Health care in Nigeria is generally poor and it requires the collective support of government and non-governmental organisations to enhance current standards.  “Ubomi m
WHO says aiming to halt DRC Ebola outbreak within six months

WHO says aiming to halt DRC Ebola outbreak within six months

NEWS
The deadly Ebola outbreak raging in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be over within six months, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday. Seven months since the outbreak erupted in DRC’s violence-torn North Kivu province, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters there were clear signs the spread of the virus was “contracting”. “Our target is now to finish it in the next six months,” he told reporters in Geneva, warning though that increased unrest in the affected area could reverse the progress being made. “It’s always good to plan beyond the horizon to prepare for any eventualities,” he said, while voicing optimism that massive efforts to rein in the outbreak are working. The ongoing Ebola outbreak, the 10th in DRC’s histo
Cancer Not a Death Sentence; Early Detection and Prevention is Key

Cancer Not a Death Sentence; Early Detection and Prevention is Key

Interviews, NEWS
Many healthcare practitioners today are beginning to allude to the (fact) that Cancer may just be a ‘lifestyle related disease’ of metabolic conditions, and not genetic - resulting only due to mutations. It becomes pertinent then to stress that due to modernisation it seems, mankind may just be paying a huge price for his sophistication and derailment from nature as it were. But what exactly is the cause of the dreaded plague – Cancer? Is cancer curable? Dr. Bindiya Chugani, is Centre Director, Lakeshore Cancer Centre – Lagos, while Dr. Oge Ilegbune is a family physician, and Head of Strategy Development and Outreach at the Centre. In this chat with PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, they both try to lend answers to these questions while stressing the importance of awareness which i
New survey results indicate that Nigeria has an HIV prevalence of 1.4%

New survey results indicate that Nigeria has an HIV prevalence of 1.4%

NEWS
Expanded data collection and analysis provides better understanding of HIV epidemic in Nigeria ABUJA/GENEVA, 14 March 2019—Results released today by the Government of Nigeria indicate a national HIV prevalence in Nigeria of 1.4% among adults aged 15–49 years. Previous estimates had indicated a national HIV prevalence of 2.8%. UNAIDS and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS estimate that there are 1.9 million people living with HIV in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu  Buhari, welcomed the news that there are fewer people living with HIV in the country than previously estimated and launched the Revised National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework 2019–2021, which will guide the country’s future response to the epidemic. Nigeria has mad