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Day: April 5, 2019

Disease Prevention: UNICEF Tasks Nigerians on Hand Washing

Disease Prevention: UNICEF Tasks Nigerians on Hand Washing

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged Nigerians to imbibe the habit of washing their hands with soap before and after eating to avoid the spread of diseases. Mr Taru Murindi, the UNICEF Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, made the call on Thursday in Akwanga during a six-day capacity building for 32 participants from Nasarawa State on Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling. Murindi said that hand washing was essential to boosting human health and urged regular practice before eating, after eating and after toilet use. He urged participants at the capacity building, sponsored by UNICEF in collaboration with Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, to intensify efforts toward educating their communities on the importance of hand was
NAFDAC raises alert on fake meningitis vaccines

NAFDAC raises alert on fake meningitis vaccines

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted the Nigerians, especially health care providers, on the circulation of a fake meningitis vaccines circulating in Niger Republic. According to a press statement by Prof. Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director General, health authorities in that country issued alert on the fake vaccines after it was discovered during routine inspection of pharmacies in Niamey in March. “We are raising alert on the circulation of MencevaxTM ACWY and MencevaxTM ACW vaccines circulating in Niger Republic. “The Health Authorities of the Republic of Niger issued an alert on the fake vaccines discovered during routine inspections of the pharmacies in Niamey, Niger Republic, on 14th March, 2019. “The Lot number of t
FG intensifies research on epilepsy cure – Minister

FG intensifies research on epilepsy cure – Minister

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said the Federal Government is intensifying its research to find a cure for epilepsy, as well as improving the drug for effective management of sickle-cell anaemia. In a statement from the ministry on Thursday, Dr. Onu disclosed this at the quarterly senior staff meeting with Director Generals and Directors of the Ministry and its agencies in Abuja. The minister further said the Ministry is directing its research to help find solutions to prevailing issues in the country, such as the development of solar-powered voting solution by an agency under the Ministry, adding that the commercialisation of food-supplements and drugs to help tackle other health challenges is in the offing. “In no distant future, the dru
Why Men Die Earlier Than Women – WHO

Why Men Die Earlier Than Women – WHO

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According to “2019 World Health Statistics,” published on the WHO website, yesterday, the global health body said the trend is similar in low and high-income countries as men often seek healthcare services less than women. The health statistics, which according to the report, was disaggregated by sex for the first time, stated that women outlived men everywhere in the world; particularly in wealthy countries. The report said where men and women faced the same disease, men often seek healthcare less than women. It said only by intensifiying efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) can countries close this health gap and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone. Women outlive men everywhere in the world, particularly in wealthy countries and the World Health Sta
Pharmacists Want Effective Drug Regulation For National Development

Pharmacists Want Effective Drug Regulation For National Development

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Pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have tasked the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on effective regulation as a tool for national development.Until now, several studies have associated weak regulation by NAFDAC and poor funding of the Agency with rise in fake drugs and medicines abuse and misuse in the country. President PSN, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, at an event, yesterday, in Lagos, to mark the 25th Anniversary of NAFDAC, said there is still so much to do to get the Agency become a spectacular example of how effective regulation can be used as a veritable tool for national development. Ohuabunwa said: “Firstly, NAFDAC must continue to improve its customer focus. It must treat all customers as partners a