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Month: April 2019

FG to Spend Over N1bn as Compensation for Codeine Seizures — NAFDAC Boss

FG to Spend Over N1bn as Compensation for Codeine Seizures — NAFDAC Boss

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Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Monday said the Federal Government would pay more than N1 billion as compensation to the companies that had their codeine impounded more than a year ago. Adeyeye disclosed this on Monday in Lagos at a news conference to debunk a newspaper report that 70 per cent of medicines in Nigeria are fake. Adeyeye said that there were about 2.5 million seizures of codeine made across the country, adding that the government is working out compensations for the affected companies. “It is about a year ago when the documentary about codeine was made which led to the Ministry of Health banning the product. “Since that time, we have been having a series of meeting with many government a
NAFDAC: Only 17% of Drugs in Nigeria are Substandard

NAFDAC: Only 17% of Drugs in Nigeria are Substandard

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The Director General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has revealed that only 17 per cent of drugs in circulation in Nigeria are substandard. Stating this at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, she said the most recent study was done in 2012 by the United States Pharmacopeia and that no other study has been done since then. Adeyeye, who was responding to viral reports on social media and online platforms that 70 per cent of drugs in the country were fake or substandard, said plans were on the way to embark on a new study, which she believes would show that substandard drugs have been reduced to the minimum. She said: “For essential medicine, it is much lower than the general medicine which is 17 per cent. Just March
Nigerian Doctors Least Paid Globally – Official

Nigerian Doctors Least Paid Globally – Official

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Dr Betta Edu, the Director-General, Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency, says doctors in Nigeria are the least paid anywhere in the world. Edu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Calabar. The director-general who was reacting to a recent statement made by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, that government should concentrate on implementing policies that would keep our doctors at home instead of encouraging the brain-drain. She said that doctors should be given better welfare packages for them and their families, good working environment with functional facilities from the Primary Health Centres to the teaching hospitals. “I want to put it clearly on record, the Minister of Labour and Productivity was wrong,
1,200 Patients Receive Free Medical Services from Health College in Zaria

1,200 Patients Receive Free Medical Services from Health College in Zaria

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City College of Health Science and Technology (CCHST), Zaria, Kaduna State, has offered free medical treatment to over 1,200 patients in Zaria, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Provost of the college, Mr Sankyai Obadiah, made the disclosure on Monday while interacting with newsmen at the end of the exercise held at the college premises in Zaria.  He said the essence of the gesture was to extend a hand of fellowship to the neighboring communities, adding that it was part of the institution’s corporate social responsibilities.     “As a Health College, we want to give back to the society being the host community what it had been doing to us, we want them to feel us too.”   “Considering the economic situation of the country, many people can’t afford simple medication now, h
How Common Food Additive in Bread, Others Fuel Weight Gain, Diabetes

How Common Food Additive in Bread, Others Fuel Weight Gain, Diabetes

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Consumption of propionate, a food ingredient that’s widely used in baked goods, animal feeds, and artificial flavorings, appears to increase levels of several hormones that are associated with risk of obesity and diabetes, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Sheba Medical Center in Israel. The study, which combined data from a randomized placebo-controlled trial in humans and mouse studies, indicated that propionate can trigger a cascade of metabolic events that leads to insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia — a condition marked by excessive levels of insulin. The findings also showed that in mice, chronic exposure to propionate resulted in weight gain and insulin resistan
Laboratory Scientists Decry Neglect by Government on Employment

Laboratory Scientists Decry Neglect by Government on Employment

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Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has condemned what “the tacit embargo” on employment of laboratory scientists in most federal health facilities across the country. This assertion was made during a press conference held Saturday evening by the association at the end of its 13th public health lecture series and 198th national executive council meeting at Ibom Hall, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The national publicity secretary, Dr. Casmir Ifeanyi, described the trend as disservice to the country’s health sector, stressing that such poses serious danger to the country’s health system. “Of utmost concern to us also is the tacit embargo on employment of medical laboratory scientists in most federal medical centres, teaching hospitals and general hospitals across t
Children Need To Sit Less, Play More To Grow Up Healthy

Children Need To Sit Less, Play More To Grow Up Healthy

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Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). “Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” says WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.” A WHO panel of experts developed the new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five years of age. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting w
ACPN AMEN Zone and Ojokoro LCDA Collaborate on World Malaria Day

ACPN AMEN Zone and Ojokoro LCDA Collaborate on World Malaria Day

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) AMEN zone in collaboration with the Ojokoro Local Council Development Area organised a one-day seminar for members of its community to mark the World Malaria Day. The Seminar was geared towards enlightening the populace of Ojokoro LCDA and its environs on the prevalence and prevention of this health challenge. The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day was “Zero Malaria Starts with me.” Pharm. Taiwo Adewole the Chairman of the zone stated that the event was not just geared towards celebrating the malaria programme; it was also geared towards eliminating the prevalence of malaria in the world. He went further to state that this was not the first time that they had collaborated with the LCDA to host this event as they also did
ACPN Ikotun Zone Sensitises the Public on World Malaria Day

ACPN Ikotun Zone Sensitises the Public on World Malaria Day

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) Ikotun Zone, on Thursday took to the streets of Ejigbo in an Awareness Road Walk to sensitise the public on the issue of malaria. This was done in commemoration of the World Malaria Day which had the theme “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.  The pharmacists accompanied by the sound of music were seen on the streets talking to people and sharing pamphlets that enlightened the public on the menace of malaria and how to prevent it. The association also encouraged the residents of the Ejigbo not to just take drugs to treat malaria anyhow, rather, they should visit a registered pharmacy where a test can be conducted to ascertain that they are really infected with the malaria parasite. Speaking to journalists at the event, the zonal
Nigeria Lacks Facilities to Train Medical Doctors, Says Ngige

Nigeria Lacks Facilities to Train Medical Doctors, Says Ngige

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, yesterday said local medical institutions in the country absorb only about 20 per cent of medical doctors seeking opportunity for their residency programmes. Ngige, who was reacting to media reports that Nigeria has enough medical doctors and those who are willing to leave the country should do so, argued that although Nigeria has not met the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ratio of one doctor to 600, the truth had to be told. Speaking through his Special Assistant Media, Nwachukwu Obidiwe, he stated that as a patriotic Nigerian, medical doctor, and one who neither shies away from speaking on the reality of the Nigerian situation, nor given to pretenses, he fully appreciates the sensitivity of the issue and the negative impact o
Malaria Kills 81,640, Infects 53.7m Yearly in Nigeria

Malaria Kills 81,640, Infects 53.7m Yearly in Nigeria

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Efforts by government at all levels and the international community notwithstanding, malaria still kills no fewer than 81,640 Nigerians and infects 53.7 million yearly. Besides, the country loses N450 billion annually to interventions and treatments. Moreover, $1.12 billion (N403.2 trillion) was the needed financial outlay for procurement of intervention commodities to tackle the menace between 2018 and 2020. In an exclusive interview with The Guardian ahead of yesterday’s commemoration of the World Malaria Day (WMD), the National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, said: “Currently, it is estimated that about 53.7 million cases of malaria occur in Nigeria. It has 25 per cent of global burden and 53 per cent of cases in West Africa ann
Stop Using Automatic Transport Ventilators, NAFDAC Warns

Stop Using Automatic Transport Ventilators, NAFDAC Warns

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned healthcare providers to stop using some automatic ventilators because of the danger they pose to human health. Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the agency’s Director-General, who gave the warning in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, noted that such ventilators had been recalled by the manufacturers. “NAFDAC has been informed of the voluntary recall of Two e700, e600 and e500 Automatic Transport Ventilators by O-Two Medical Technologies Inc. “These ventilators are being recalled because of the dangers they pose. “An improperly inserted screw in the ventilator screen may wear through the electrical insulation and create a short circuit that could lead the device to catch fire and injure the patient. “Fires in oxyge
Ekiti NMA Urges FG on Emergency Ambulance Service, Others

Ekiti NMA Urges FG on Emergency Ambulance Service, Others

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The Nigerian Medical Association in Ekiti State, on Wednesday held the third year memorial service for six doctors who died in an accident that occurred on Kaduna – Sokoto Road in 2016, saying the circumstance of their death necessitated urgent intervention in the prevention of unnecessary deaths on roads. The Chairman of the association, Dr Tunji Omotayo, lamented that three years after, the road where the incident occurred still remained a menace to many innocent road users. The doctors who died in the accident were Dr Tunde Aladesanmi; Dr Olufemi Taiwo; Dr Babatunde Ogunseye; Dr Alex Akinleye; Dr Olajide Olayiwola; and Dr Atolani Adeniyi. The Ekiti NMA driver, Mr Ajibola Olowookere, also lost his life in the accident. Omotayo said, “I would like to seize this opportunity to rei
World Malaria Day: Total Offers Free Medicare, Mosquito Nets

World Malaria Day: Total Offers Free Medicare, Mosquito Nets

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As the world marks Malaria Day, Total has offered free medical treatment to children and distributed free mosquito treated nets to residents of Kutunku in Gwagwalada  Area Council. Speaking at the event, yesterday, the Executive General Manager of Total, Bunmi Popola Mordi, said the company and partners decided to offer free medicare to children to commemorate World Malaria Day. She said they learnt that malaria was prevalent in Kutunku community,  which  prompted the company  to collaborate with the National Malaria Elimination Programme under the Ministry of Health to carry out the outreach. She urged the people to ensure they kept their environments clean, saying untidy environment contributes to cases of malaria infection. According to her, the gesture was part of the compa
PSN urges FG to Encourage Local Production of Malaria Drugs

PSN urges FG to Encourage Local Production of Malaria Drugs

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*Calls for research into plants with both anti-parasite, insect-repellent ability To ensure availability, quality and affordability of malaria drugs, pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have urged the Federal Government to encourage the local manufacture of anti-malaria medications. President PSN, Sam Ohuabunwa, in a statement ahead of the World Malaria Day (WMD), today, April 25, 2019, said there are presently some plants and herbs around, which have shown both anti-malaria activity and insect repellent ability. The pharmacist said government should sponsor research through her agencies like the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the Pharmacy schools towards developing these herbal remedies. Ohuabunwa sa...