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Measles is on the Rise Worldwide – Experts Say there’s Cause for Alarm

Measles is on the Rise Worldwide – Experts Say there’s Cause for Alarm

Cover Stories, NEWS
• World body calls for Collective Response In recent times the world has witnessed a spike in measles epidemic. Over the years vaccination against this deadly childhood disease has generally been stalled especially as a major manufacturer of an anti-dengue vaccine once stated that it’s adverse effects could pose deadly consequences. With the continued loss of faith in the measles vaccine and the consequent resurgence of measles in most parts of the world, experts say there is definitely reason for us to be alarmed and be on the red alert. In this month’s cover, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the reality and depth of the looming danger. The rising wave of measles epidemic worldwide has understandably given global health watchers cause for worry. Meanwhile experts say there
Niger Delta States to Get Medical Equipment, Vaccines from NDDC

Niger Delta States to Get Medical Equipment, Vaccines from NDDC

NEWS
The Niger Delta Development Commission said it would soon commence the distribution of vaccines, medical and waste management equipment to states in the Niger Delta region. The NDDC Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr Chris Amadi, said this when he led some directors on an inspection visit to the commission’s warehouses in Port Harcourt. Amadi, who decried the depreciating state of some of the items in the warehouses, said the equipment would be put in order for distribution to the appropriate end users. He stated, “I have directed that the waste trucks and medical boats be maintained as soon as possible for subsequent distribution to the various states.” The agency’s EDFA explained that the locations, where the items were to be distributed, had already be
Access Bank Disburses N1bn to SMEs in Health Sector

Access Bank Disburses N1bn to SMEs in Health Sector

NEWS
Access Bank Plc has disclosed that it has provided over N1 billion towards financing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the health sector. The bank’s Executive Director, Mr. Victor Etuokwu, Access Bank remains committed to enhancing the well-being of its customers in recognition of its role as one of the drivers of national economy. Speaking at a business workshop for health practitioners in Abuja, which was organised by the bank in partnership with Medical Credit Fund and JNCI recently, the bank ED stressed that the financial institution has a role to play in supporting growth of the economy through the empowerment of customers by enabling access to finance, capacity development and mentorship. He said the training session was specifically aimed at SMEs in the health sector t
Why Buhari Should Sign Pharmacy Council Bill 2017

Why Buhari Should Sign Pharmacy Council Bill 2017

NEWS
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Pharmacy Council bill 2017. The association disclosed this in a statement signed by two of its executives,Pharmacists Samuel Adekola and Abosede Idowu. They argued that the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) bill 2017 should be assented to because it is very consistent with similar laws in the Commonwealth League of Nations, where regulatory laws and statutes have become very sacred in keeping pace with the norms and ethos of public health. They added that recent public health concerns with regards to the increasing challenges of drug abuse and misuse in Nigeria has been evaluated by the association, stressing that this development obviously further complicates the perennial woes o...
Patients Decry High Cost, Poor Services at Teaching Hospitals

Patients Decry High Cost, Poor Services at Teaching Hospitals

NEWS
Obsolete facilities, broken infrastructure, poor electricity supply and inadequate funding are making it difficult for Nigerian teaching hospitals to provide treatment to patients with complex ailments, Daily Trust investigations have shown. The hospitals are also overwhelmed by a large number of patients, affecting their mandate of training current and future health professionals. Patients, our reporters gathered, scramble to pay the huge medical bills, even as they have to stay for days to be able to consult a physician. In most cases, laboratory and other medical facilities for treatment of cancer, kidney, brain, among others, are either obsolete or dilapidated. In hospitals where the equipment function, poor electricity prevents officials from utilizing them. The hospitals, a...
NAFDAC Cautions Borno Residents to Check Products Before Purchase

NAFDAC Cautions Borno Residents to Check Products Before Purchase

NEWS
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has called on Borno residents to check and verify the authenticity of products before purchase. The Coordinator of NAFDAC in Borno, Mr Nasiru Mato, made the call during a sensitization campaign tagged; “Keeping the Environment Litter Free’’ on Sunday in Maiduguri. Mato said that the call had become imperative to prevent consumers against consumption of unwholesome foods. He also warned Borno residents to desist from indiscriminate waste disposal to promote healthy living and clean environment. “NAFDAC advises consumers of regulated products to comply with all labeling instructions to ensure good health, safety, and protection of the environment. “Man is indeed his environment and his environment is man. Man, there