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Day: April 25, 2019

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...
Furore Over Rise in Fake Drugs-Induced Deaths, Treatment Failures Worldwide

Furore Over Rise in Fake Drugs-Induced Deaths, Treatment Failures Worldwide

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A recent global report published in in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene alerted to a global pandemic of fake drugs killing children and adults worldwide. According to the report, falsified malaria drugs are responsible for death of over 150,000 children yearly and 10 per cent of all medicines worth over $200 billion (N72 trillion) that sold in developing countries including Nigeria are substandard. Another new study published in the JAMA Network Open journal found that close to 19 per cent of all medicines in sub-Saharan Africa are either fake or substandard.The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene research noted that the deaths of children are a cause for misery and one of the gravest perils comes in the form of falsified and substandard drugs for trea...
Meningitis Kills 58 Persons, Infects 760 Others in 15 States

Meningitis Kills 58 Persons, Infects 760 Others in 15 States

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As the World Meningitis Day (WMD) held yesterday with the theme, Life After Meningitis”, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released fresh frightening statistics about the contagious disease wherein 58 persons were killed and 760 others infected in 15 states.Noting that the epidemic affects some 2.8 million people every year globally, NCDC’s Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, noted that the menace remained a major public health issue affecting countries in the African meningitis belt. He said the incidence is high during the dry season and the disease could kill within 24 hours, thus its early detection was crucial. Symptoms include sudden high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light (photophobia) as well as drowsiness and convulsions. It is transmit
Kano Converts Nassarawa Hospital to Teaching Hospital Status

Kano Converts Nassarawa Hospital to Teaching Hospital Status

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Kano State government has approved the conversion of Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital in Nassarawa local government area of the state to the status of University Teaching Hospital for Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Mustapha Ahmad Isa disclosed this in Kano on Wednesday while addressing a delegation from the National Universities Commission (NUC) on accreditation visit to the university. The eight-member team, led by Professor Festus Adio Ogunbona, had commenced inspection of facilities at the university to determine the possibility of running clinical sciences in the institution. Speaking to the press shortly after the meeting with the accreditation team, the VC said the need for clinical sciences in the institution was necess...
Corn Husk Validated to Treat Malaria

Corn Husk Validated to Treat Malaria

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Scientists have confirmed that the husk extract/fractions of corn/maize (Zea mays) possesses antimalarial and anti-plasmodial activities. This justifies its use in ethno-medicine to treat malaria infections.Botanically called Zea mays, corn or maize belongs to the plant family Poaceae. In Nigeria, it is called ka or oka in Edo; ibopot in Efik; oka in Esan; agwado or daawar Masar in Hausa; akpa-akpa in Ibibio; oka in Ibo; oka in Urhobo; and igbado in Yoruba. Husk (or hull) in botany is the outer shell or coating of a seed. It often refers to the leafy outer covering of an ear of maize (corn) as it grows on the plant. Literally, a husk or hull includes the protective outer covering of a seed, fruit, or vegetable.Anti-plasmodial means something that counters parasites of the genus Plasmodi...