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Day: April 30, 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