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Day: April 8, 2019

Amazing Benefits of Sleep  for Children

Amazing Benefits of Sleep for Children

Children's Health, NEWS
Paediatric researchers suggest that good sleep affects more than the mood of a child, it also affects the child’s health. According to recent findings sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise as it concerns the health of the child. It is during sleep that the body repackages neurotransmitters; these are chemicals that enable brain cells to communicate. Experts also say that sleep helps the body get rid of toxins in the body each night. A study conducted in Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia showed that the consequences of sleep deprivation are visible in children just after four nights of not getting adequate sleep. The senior author, Penny Corkum Ph. D. in an article on the magazine “Parents” stated that they expected to see some difference when children get inadequa
Pharmacists Need Business Orientation, Additional Skills in Business Mgt –Pharm. Abiodun Ajibade

Pharmacists Need Business Orientation, Additional Skills in Business Mgt –Pharm. Abiodun Ajibade

Interviews, NEWS
Pharm Abiodun Ajibade, FPSN is the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Oyo State Chapter. He is also the founder of the WhatsApp Group ‘Pharmacists’ Affairs”. In this Interview with PharmaTimes’s WAIRE EMONEFE, he speaks on his work, the challenges facing PSN in Oyo State and the mission to save Community Pharmacies. As Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Oyo State, how would you say the pharmaceutical profession in your state is faring? Being the Chairman of the PSN Oyo State is one challenging responsibility as it expands your daily activities which are already enlarged with having to cope with one’s professional calling and practices. By and large, it is an opportunity to contribute my quota to the development of Pharmacy profession. T
Beyond Inaugurating Cancer Centre in Lagos

Beyond Inaugurating Cancer Centre in Lagos

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
On 9th February, this year, President Muhammadu Buhari officially commissioned an utra-modern cancer treatment centre in Lagos - executed through Public-Private-Partnership agreement by the Federal Government and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. The ceremony, according to President Buhari, represents a bold step by his administration to fulfill its promise of establishing one cancer centre per geo-polilical zone in the country. Revamping the nation’s health sector to provide long-term chronic care is very crucial and the concept of PPP is key to facilitating efficient and effective control of the deadly disease. However, setting up one cancer centre in nearly four years may not be the best of propositions to cover a country with a population of close to two hundred milli
FG Rebuilds 4000 Healthcare Centres, Earmarks N14b For Facilities

FG Rebuilds 4000 Healthcare Centres, Earmarks N14b For Facilities

NEWS
The Federal Government has rebuilt over 4000 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) across the federation in line with the10,000 rehabilitation target of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who spoke while opening the six-day medical/dental surgical mission of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA) for 3000 residents of Jiwa, Tungan Gwazo and Kubwa communities in Abuja, noted that the current government was reviving the collapsed primary healthcare sector and repositioning it for better delivery. He said: “Our target is to rehabilitate 10,000. We have done over 4000. FCT is doing 225, Osun State, 332, and Kaduna, 250. We are moving towards the 10,000 mark.” The minister said government was to fund PHCs
‘How Nigeria Can Achieve Universal Health Coverage By 2030’

‘How Nigeria Can Achieve Universal Health Coverage By 2030’

NEWS
Experts are optimistic that Nigeria and indeed the rest of the world can achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030. To do that, they said the Federal Government must restructure the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as well as operate a mandatory health scheme. Besides, they insisted that the NHIS must become a true regulator supporting all states in the country and with viable collaboration from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH). Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report ahead of the 2019 World Health Day, with the theme “Universal Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere,” called on governments all over the world to ensure UHC by making quality health services affordable to all with three objectives of achieving it, which include ensuring eve
FG To Introduce Health Care Fund For Lassa Fever Patients

FG To Introduce Health Care Fund For Lassa Fever Patients

NEWS
The Federal Government is introducing a funding mechanism to cater for patients with confirmed cases of Lassa Fever in the country, the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said. Ihekweazu made the disclosure on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He explained that the aim of the health care fund was to ensure that money did not become a hindrance to patients in need of treatment for Lassa fever. “We are making plans through the Basic Primary Health Care Provision Fund, the new funding instituted by the Federal Government, to cover the cost of treatment of confirmed cases of Lassa fever patients. “A process is ongoing on how to manage this and it is at the heart of discussion at all levels of gov
World Health Day: Avoid Open Defecation, AGPMPN Warns

World Health Day: Avoid Open Defecation, AGPMPN Warns

NEWS
As the world marks the World Health day, the Ogun State Chapter of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, has urged  Nigerians to shy away from actions that could threaten their health. The chairman, Ogun State Chapter of AGPMPN, Dr Rabiu  Kusimo, in a release issued on Sunday  to commemorate the 2019 World Health Day, listed open defecation, drug abuse, immunisation, dirt as areas the  citizens need to pay attention. Kusimo raised the alarm that many of the diseases thrive in dirty environments from where they also spread. He urged individuals to watch what they eat in terms of quality and quantity. He said, “At the community levels, the CDAs should be the eyes of the government in ensuring that all houses have toilet facilities to preve
Kajuru attacks: Doctors to offer free treatment to pregnant IDPs

Kajuru attacks: Doctors to offer free treatment to pregnant IDPs

NEWS
Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kaduna State branch has completed arrangements to offer free treatment to all pregnant women, who were displaced by crisis in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The state chairman of NMA, Dr. Stephen Akau Kache, while making presentation of foodstuffs to the victims, said the association will continue to give medical assistance to the victims. The foodstuffs distributed to the victims at Adara Town Hall, located in Sabo Tasha Kaduna, included tubers of yam, rice, beans, among others that worth thousands of Naria. “We have been told that there are pregnant women in the IDP camp and looking at their situations, they are not suppose to be where they are. We are going to liaise with our colleagues in both the private and public h