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Day: May 20, 2019

Obaseki Urges Support for Interventions to Save Lives

Obaseki Urges Support for Interventions to Save Lives

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The Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Edo State, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, on Tuesday appealed to well meaning Nigerians to save lives by providing financial support in the way of ‘intervention funds’ for quality healthcare delivery in the country. Obaseki said this yesterday in Benin while speaking with journalists as part of activities marking the inaugural founders day and launching of endowment fund for the hospital. He said: “UBTH is the only hospital in the sub Sahara African to carry out stem cell transplantation. Yes, we have set back after the initial successful transplant due to poor funding. Some things like this supposed to have interventional fund but non availability of interventional fund has crippled the stem cell centre,” he sai
Ebola in Congo Questions Nigeria’s Readiness on Outbreaks

Ebola in Congo Questions Nigeria’s Readiness on Outbreaks

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Besides the loss of many lives, outbreaks of pandemics or epidemics could cost Nigeria trillions of naira if adequate preparations are not made to contain health emergencies. A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease while an epidemic is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. Last month, the World Health Organisation raised the alarm that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was spreading at a disturbing rate. “The increased transmission rates witnessed recently continue to demonstrate a heightened risk of Ebola Virus Disease spreading to other neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to surrounding countries,” a spokesman of the global health body said last week. Nigeria in 2014 w
Govs Neglect Health Care As State Hospitals Rot Away

Govs Neglect Health Care As State Hospitals Rot Away

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Like teaching hospitals, state hospitals across the country are fast collapsing following the neglect of the health facilities by the state governors, The PUNCH investigations have revealed. Findings by our correspondents across the country showed that buildings in many of the hospitals were in a state of disrepair while the health institutions lacked equipment as well as basic consumables needed to treat patients. Investigations also revealed that the conditions of some of the hospitals were worsened by unhealthy and dirty environment. General hospitals in Ogun, Anambra, Edo, Enugu, Ekiti, Gombe, Cross River, Benue, Osun and other states visited by our correspondents were in short supply of hand gloves, face masks, drip stands, wheelchairs and stationery for recording patients’ compla
FG classifies patent medicine vendors into three tiers

FG classifies patent medicine vendors into three tiers

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…To issue Essential Medicine List in September The Federal Government says the seventh edition of the Nigerian Essential Medicine List and Essential Medicine List for Children will be inaugurated in September. The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, made this known at the stakeholders meeting for the review of the Approved Patent Medicines List on Saturday in Abuja. Adewole noted that its inauguration would ensure access to quality healthcare and curb chaotic drug distribution. The meeting was organised by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria in collaboration with Pathfinder International and Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health @Scale Project. The minister said that the list when inaugurated would serve as a guide for those in the pharmaceutical sector on the type of