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Month: May 2019

Nisa hospital offers free medical care, gifts to orphans

Nisa hospital offers free medical care, gifts to orphans

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Nisa Premier Hospital, in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Association of Orphans and Vulnerable Children of Nigeria (AOON) has provided free medical outreach and food items to Facado Orphanage,  New Karu, near Abuja. Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Dr. Obioma Odogwu, a consultant and Head of the Department of Paediatrics, said the exercise was done to put smiles on the faces of the orphans and to enable them join in the celebration of this year’s Children’s Day. She said every year the hospital visited different orphanages to  mark the day  with children, adding that  the team came with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet the health needs of the children and the community. She said vaccines were provided for children under
Group Urges Buhari to Sign all Health Bills Passed by Eighth National Assembly

Group Urges Buhari to Sign all Health Bills Passed by Eighth National Assembly

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As the Eighth National Assembly winds up on June 9, 2019, a group, National Health Advocates, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to all pending health bills passed by the National Assembly. The group listed the bills to include the National Health Insurance Commission Bill, which provides a policy framework that makes health insurance mandatory in Nigeria; the bills to establish the FCT Health Insurance Agency and the FCT Primary Health Care Development Board; among others. Chairman of the group, Mohammed Usman, while briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, observed that the implication of not giving assent to these bills before June 9, 2019, is the fact that they will have to be returned to the Ninth National Assembly for consideration and undergo another...
Ihedioha Declares Free Health Care in Imo

Ihedioha Declares Free Health Care in Imo

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New Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has announced the beginning of  free health  care for children  and elderly  people in the state. Ihedioha was sworn in for a four-year term at a  jam-packed Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Wednesday by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice  Paschal Nnadi. The former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker  promised to reform the state’s criminal justice system by domesticating the Criminal Justice Act. He said, “We shall restore Owerri as the cleanest city in Nigeria. We shall digitalise Imo land registry for optimum delivery. We shall review all land allocations in Imo  and where necessary revoke illegal land allocation.” He also  promised to provide water and   deliver quality projects. The governor said, “We shall guarantee financial i
Psychologists Urge President Buhari to Sign Bill Establishing Council

Psychologists Urge President Buhari to Sign Bill Establishing Council

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The Nigerian Psychological Association (NPA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the bill for an ACT to establish the Nigerian Council for Psychologists (NCfP) already passed by the National Assembly for the good of Nigerians President of NPA, Prof Michael Ezenwa who made the call in Abuja recently, stressed that when NCfP bill is signed into Law, it would provide the needed regulation for high standard psychologists that Nigerians deserve. Ezenwa who described psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour with a view to predicting and controlling same, added that it is a highly specialised field that spans into all areas of human endeavour. According to him, psychology has different branches that addresses different areas, which include clinical, m...
Foundation’s Free Medical Mission Serves 3,853 in Rivers Community

Foundation’s Free Medical Mission Serves 3,853 in Rivers Community

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It was a week of joy as 3,853 people received free medical services at a five-day medical mission conducted in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State by the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation in partnership with the Kalabari National Association Inc, KNA-USA. The outreach, the 32nd of its kind by the foundation, sought to tackle the most vexing health challenges faced in rural areas across the Niger Delta by giving access to quality medical services through pop-up missions. Treatments included 156 dental, 165 physiotherapy, 113 surgeries, of which 56 were herniorrhaphy and 43 eye surgeries. Speaking on behalf of Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs, chairman of the foundation, Mrs. Ineba Ideriah Tongkam recalled that High Chief (Dr.) O.B. Lulu-Briggs, for whom the foundation...
Israel, NAFDAC Partner to Tackle Fake, Substandard Drugs

Israel, NAFDAC Partner to Tackle Fake, Substandard Drugs

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As part of efforts to address concerns over rise in sub standard and falsified medicines in the country, Israel has expressed its desire to strengthen its collaboration on the quality of health care in Nigeria through the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC). Consequently, Israel in partnership with NAFDAC organized a seminar to promote activities relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products in the country. Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, urged participants to take advantage of the capacity building exercise to apply knowledge gained to minimizing the incidence of sub standard products, adding the need for sustained relationship for the benef...
Borno Tops with 15,237 Cases of Measles

Borno Tops with 15,237 Cases of Measles

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Borno tops with 15,237 cases of measles with 75 deaths across Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps. The cases were also reported to have spread to 22 local councils affected by Boko Haram insurgency. This was disclosed yesterday in the global agency’s weekly report released to journalists in Maiduguri. According to the report, the global health agency and other partners provided life-saving vaccine against measles to children between six and 71 months. On measles’ outbreak, the report said: “Nigeria has been experiencing a large outbreak of measles since the beginning of the year. “It affected all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). ” About 28,796 suspected cases have been recorded from 660 local councils with 89 deat
ACPN Kicks Against Tier Classification Of Patent Medicine Vending In Nigeria

ACPN Kicks Against Tier Classification Of Patent Medicine Vending In Nigeria

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Pharmacists under the auspices of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has picked holes in the proposal of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to create three-tiers of eligible players in the sales of OTC drugs under the wide classification of Patent & Proprietary Medicine Vendors Licence (PPMVL) in Nigeria. Speaking for ACPN, Samuel Adekola, the National Chairman, said the proposal had been subjected to a lot of critical appraisal in the last few days that it was made public through a Punch on-line projection and that the entropy the move of the FMOH has generated compels the ACPN as the primary constituency that continues to bear the burden of an unwieldy drug distribution channel to make some clarifications. Adekola explained that the concept of PPMVL was origi...
Experts Call for Human Resource for Health Strategic Development Plan

Experts Call for Human Resource for Health Strategic Development Plan

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All things being equal, President Muhammadu Buhari has started the second lap of his journey towards bringing Nigeria to the promise land. But the first part of the journey has been tortuous. It was filled with among others things unmet promises, frequent medical trips by Mr. President and some other political office holders especially to the United Kingdom (U.K.), strikes and threats of industrial action by various groups in the health sector, brain drain as young Nigerian doctors move in droves overseas in search for greener pastures. Also, until now, there has been rise in cases of drug abuse and misuse as well as fake drugs; and some local drug manufacturers are winding up because of unfavourable business environment, high tariffs and poor patronage by government. Some of the promis...
Lagos Hospital MD, Wife Arraigned for Negligence

Lagos Hospital MD, Wife Arraigned for Negligence

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The Medical Director of Excel Medical Centre, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, Dr Ejike Orji, and his wife, Dr Ifeayinwa Orji, were on Tuesday arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere for causing grievous bodily harm on a teenager, Somtochukwu Ezi-Ashi. They were arraigned on three counts of causing grievous harm, recklessness and negligence. The couple, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. It was gathered that the defendants on July 26, 2018, at their hospital fixed a Plaster of Paris cast too tightly on Ezi-Ashi’s leg, which allegedly caused him grievous harm. PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim complained of discomfort and asked that the POP be relaxed, but the defendants allegedly refused, which resulted in the teenager becoming unconscious and he was subsequently ru
Ethiopia’s Chinese-built industry park attracts world-class pharmaceutical firms

Ethiopia’s Chinese-built industry park attracts world-class pharmaceutical firms

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The Ethiopian government on Monday disclosed that Ethiopia’s Chinese-built Kilinto Industrial Park (KIP) has boosted the country’s ambition to lure experienced international pharmaceutical companies across the globe. The Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) on Monday revealed the signing of investment agreements with 10 international companies that have “shown great interest” to set up their industrial plants inside the premises of KIP. EIC stressed that the industrial park, once fully finalized, will power the East African country’s potential to attract more foreign companies in the pharmaceutical sector. “The Kilinto Industrial Park is now on the verge of completion, and once completed it will host more than 1,000 pharmaceutical companies,” EIC Deputy Commissioner Temesgen Telahun wa
Hospital Decay: Akwa Ibom Blames Ghost Workers, Oyo Hospital Gets Equipment

Hospital Decay: Akwa Ibom Blames Ghost Workers, Oyo Hospital Gets Equipment

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Akwa Ibom State government on Monday attributed the shortage of medical personnel in the state on the large pool of ghost workers it inherited from the previous administrations in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, stated this on Monday while reacting to a PUNCH publication in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Uyo, the state capital. He said when the administration came in, the nominal role of medical personnel was very high, yet there were complaints of shortage of staff, adding that the situation necessitated government to set up a panel of inquiry into the matter. According to Ukpong, the panel which was chaired by him discovered a mind-boggling revelation, adding that one person was receiving salaries of five persons in the state. ...
Azura Power Plant Boosts Edo School, Hospital

Azura Power Plant Boosts Edo School, Hospital

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Azura Power West Africa  at the  weekend donated a block of six classrooms, learning materials, a library,  borehole and generator to Oba Erediauwa Primary School Idunmwowina in  Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of  Edo State. The company also donated an  ambulance, ophthalmic microscope and cataract sets to  the state-owned Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin. The Managing Director of the company, Edu Okeke, said the donation was in fulfilment of the company’s pledge to improve the social life of its host communities. He said, “The donation is just the beginning of what we will do for the communities. For us at Azura, we must confess that we have had  very  good experience with our communities — Ihovbor, Orior and Idunmwowina — good experience with our communities — Ehobor and I
FG Partners SuNMaP 2 Prog on Malaria Elimination

FG Partners SuNMaP 2 Prog on Malaria Elimination

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The Support to National Malaria Programme – Phase II (SuNMaP 2) has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health towards tackling malaria at the national level and in five northern states and Lagos. SuNMaP 2 is a DFID funded bilateral programme implemented by Malaria Consortium, an international non-governmental organization , with the goal of supporting government’s efforts at reducing Nigeria’s malaria burden. The programme partners key stakeholders to strengthen planning, financing and delivery of sustainable and replicable pro-poor services for malaria in the six supported states. The states are Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Yobe. It will be implemented from December 2018 to September 2023. Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) betwee