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Day: April 18, 2019

NAFDAC AT 25: Historical and Regulatory Antecedents

NAFDAC AT 25: Historical and Regulatory Antecedents

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Being text of book review delivered by Pharm. Ahmed I Yakasai, FPSN, FNIM, FNAPharm, FPCPharm immediate Past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), and Founder/Chairman, Safe Medicines Foundation on the occasion of the 25th anniversary celebration of NAFDAC, held on March 26 and 28 in Abuja and Lagos respectively. Protocols It gives me great pleasure and honour to stand in front of you today to review this unique book, “NAFDAC AT 25: Historical and regulatory antecedents. “ that chronicles the journey of NAFDAC since inception 2 and half decades ago which was designed and printed by Pacific Printing Press, Abuja, first published in 2019 with ISBN: 987-887-942-034-9 INTRODUCTION The book titled “NAFDAC at 25: Historical and Regulatory Antecedents” chronicles the j
Imo Doctors Embark on Strike

Imo Doctors Embark on Strike

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Doctors in Imo State yesterday embarked on an indefinite strike action. The state chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr  Kyrian Duruewuru, told journalists in Owerri, that while their colleagues in other states were enjoying the adjusted salary structure for medical practitioners, the state government had refused to implement it. He said the association was demanding payment of salary arrears. He said the first phase of the strike would involve all doctors at the Imo state University Teaching Hospital, Orlu; the Imo State Specialist Hospital, Umuguma and the Hospital Management Board. He said the second phase of the industrial action would have all doctors in private hospitals and those in federal health centres in the state. He said, “For the past four years, doctors
FG Mulls Specialised Surgery Centres to Check Medical Tourism

FG Mulls Specialised Surgery Centres to Check Medical Tourism

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, yesterday said the Federal Government was mulling establishment of specialised centres to handle cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries in a bid to check medical tourism. Speaking at the second yearly general meeting (AGM) and scientific conference of the Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Nigeria (ACTSON) with the theme, Sustainable cardiovascular surgery in Nigeria: Leaning from the experience of regional centres in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Adewole observed that the brain drain in the sector was affecting the nation negatively. Represented by the Director, Health Services in the ministry, Dr. Joseph Amedu, the minister said government would encourage professionals to painstakingly address the noticeable health ...
Researchers Move to Unveil Complete Protection against Malaria

Researchers Move to Unveil Complete Protection against Malaria

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Ahead of the World Malaria Day (WMD) holding next Thursday, researchers are to begin the first large field trial in West Africa of a malaria vaccine that offers complete protection against the disease. According to a study published yesterday in the journal Nature, the study on the efficacy of the malaria vaccine under real-world conditions begins early 2020 at Bioko, an island off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, and would involve 2,100 people aged between two and 50 years. If the vaccine passes the field test, it could be deployed to save the estimated N132 billion Nigeria loses yearly and reduce an estimated 100 million cases with over 300,000 deaths yearly to the ailment and its complications. The lead researcher and chief executive of Sanaria, Steve Hoffman, said the trial was...
‘Why UNTH Slashed Cost of Open Heart Surgeries’

‘Why UNTH Slashed Cost of Open Heart Surgeries’

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The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Dr. Chris Amah, has said that he does not regret investing in the open heart project. In fact, he said, his greatest joy is that the lives of some persons who could not have afforded the cost of surgery anywhere, were saved after successful open heart surgeries at the UNTH which, according to him, is now a routine. He spoke to reporters just as the chairman of the National Cardiothoracic Centre of Excellence, UNTH, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, Prof. Basden Onwubere, attributed its massive progress to Amah’s financial support and engagement of international partners and philanthropists who helped to smoothen the process of surgery. Onwubere said that due to Amah’s charitable disposition, the hospital on
Developing Innovative Approach to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Developing Innovative Approach to Reduce Maternal Mortality

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Despite several interventions to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), Nigeria still contributes ten percent of global burden of maternal deaths. According to National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), the maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world with an estimate of 574 maternal deaths for every 100, 000 live births. This huge burden of maternal deaths makes the reduction of maternal mortality in African a global priority. To formulate effective strategies to tackle the menace, a consortium consisting of Africare, EpiAFRIC and Nigeria Health Watch inaugurate an 18-month project called “Giving Birth in Nigeria”. According to them, the project will focus attention on the issue of catalysing accountability for maternal deaths in Nigeria, to ensure that the death of e
Lagos Refurbishes Ayinke House to Boost Mother, Child Care

Lagos Refurbishes Ayinke House to Boost Mother, Child Care

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Commissioner for health, Lagos state, Dr. Jide Idris, has restated commitment to reduce the maternal mortality across the state and environs. He made the remarks during the facility tour of rehabilitated Ayinke House at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). Idris who has represented by Head, Project Unit, Lagos Ministry of health, Dr. Oduole Olusoga, said the purpose of the facility is for mother, child and newborn in line with United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure no regnant woman ill die at childbirth. According to the commissioner, what the present government has done is to put all efforts to make sure that projects like this is possible. “The government has invested a huge sum of money in making this facility; you cannot quantify money