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Day: May 22, 2019

Benue Hospital Records 7 Cases of Lassa fever in 2019

Benue Hospital Records 7 Cases of Lassa fever in 2019

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The Benue State Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) has recorded seven cases of Lassa fever in this year alone. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Terlumun Swende, made the disclosure at a news conference in Makurdi while emphasising the effectiveness of the hospital’s infectious diseases centre, started recently. “This year, we have handled seven cases of Lassa fever and they are all alive,” he said. Swende said contrary to false rumours about medical practitioners deserting the facility, the BSUTH currently had 98 resident doctors and 61 consultants of various field as its employees while dozens of applications for fresh engagement were yet to be attended to. He said 24 months ago when he took over the affairs of the hospital, following his appointment by the state governm
Primary, Secondary Health Centres Have Collapsed, Says Minister

Primary, Secondary Health Centres Have Collapsed, Says Minister

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The Federal Government on Tuesday said primary and secondary healthcare centres in the country have collapsed. Health Minister Professor Isaac Adewole stated this on the floor of the Senate. He listed 14 states that failed to indicate interest in the basic healthcare provision fund created to enhance primary healthcare services. The minister was invited to brief the Senate on the poor state of teaching hospitals in the country. Adewole told the lawmakers that the collapse of primary and secondary healthcare centres was responsible for avoidable pressure on the teaching hospitals. Nigerians, the minister said, had lost confidence in primary and secondary healthcare centres due to their collapse. He said teaching hospitals were not expected to treat malaria but to handle complicated healt...
WHO: More Than 40,000 Children at Risk in the North-East

WHO: More Than 40,000 Children at Risk in the North-East

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More than 40,000 children are at risk of dying in the north-east due to the combined threat of acute malnutrition and medical complications within a context of high malaria prevalence. The World Health Organisation (WHO) disclosed in its annual report released to journalists at a workshop on issues of health emergencies response in Yola, Adamawa state. The report said the destruction of many health facilities and the killing of several health workers in the region make response to health emergencies difficult. “Attacks on healthcare facilities and staff, access impediments due to insecurity and difficult terrains, affected population remain at high risk of epidemic-prone diseases like cholera, measles, meningitis and viral heamorrhagic fevers such as Lassa fever and yellow fever,” it sa
NAFDAC Seizes N2.6m Fake Drugs, Products at Enugu Airport

NAFDAC Seizes N2.6m Fake Drugs, Products at Enugu Airport

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has seized fake drugs and unwholesome products worth over N2.65m at the Akanu-Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. This was contained in a statement by the Deputy Director/Head of Ports Inspection Directorate, Enugu State, NAFDAC, Mr John Okwori, on Tuesday. Okwori said the consignments had expired drugs, cosmetics and medical devices imported from the United States of America and China. According to him, the consignments are Isner Mile Minoxidil hair spray valued at N200,000; unlabelled off-white powdery substance valued at N500,000; Ecomay toothbrush for children valued at N450,000; donated drugs and medical devices by the Voom Foundation valued at N500,000; and other medical devices valued at N1m. Okwori said ...
Drugs Intercepted by Police in Kano not Tramadol — NDLEA

Drugs Intercepted by Police in Kano not Tramadol — NDLEA

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency has said the recent drugs allegedly intercepted by the police in Kano State was not tramadol, but diclofenac, an analgesic. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the police recently announced that it intercepted 303 cartons of drugs suspected to be tramadol. However, the NDLEA Commander in Kano, Dr Ibrahim Abdul, told newsmen on Tuesday in Kano that the command had intercepted such drugs recently. He explained that following series of investigation and tests, it was discovered that there was no sign of tramadol in the drugs. “We recently intercepted similar drugs from the same company, we carried out our investigations here and we later sent it to a laboratory in Lagos where the result proved us right. “Therefore, we expect the police to have
NMA Condemns Arrest of Doctor Who Attempted to Save Suicide Victim

NMA Condemns Arrest of Doctor Who Attempted to Save Suicide Victim

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has condemned the alleged harassment and intimidation by the police of a doctor, Dr Daniel Eitokpha, who attempted in vain to rescue a suicide victim. The Chairman of the NMA in the FCT, Dr. Ekpe Phillips, told newsmen in Abuja that the attack was a case in point to many other attacks on doctors by the police. Phillips berated the police for manhandling, arresting and detaining the doctor whom they said was only being very patriotic in attempting to save someone who had attempted suicide. He said the action of the police was unfortunate and unprofessional, adding that the attack was dehumanising and an act of intimidation. The FCT chairman of the NMA narrated that Dr Eitokpah was detained for attempting to rescue and perform Cardiopulmonary Resusc...
NMA plans special number plates for doctors over gridlock

NMA plans special number plates for doctors over gridlock

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Olufemi Atoyebi The Nigeria Medical Association says it is working on an initiative that will ensure the issuance of special number plates to all Nigerian doctors. In an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, the President of the NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, said the initiative was being pursued to deliver emergency health services to people in health distress. He explained that frequent gridlocks in cosmopolitan cities of Nigeria had denied people in health crisis access to emergency service delivery. “States like Lagos, Kaduna, Rivers and other cosmopolitan cities have history of frequent gridlocks which stand against emergency treatment being administered to those in health crisis.  We have had series of discussions with necessary agencies and we will continue to pursue this.” Ask
FG’s Emergency Declaration on Public Health

FG’s Emergency Declaration on Public Health

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A declaration of state of emergency on public health in the country recently by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has added to the blacklist of issues that governments at all levels have failed to address for decades. This one is grave because it speaks specifically to sensitive matters of maternal, newborn and child death occurring at primary health centres, which have failed to cope adequately with health-care needs. The health concern was raised concomitantly with reports that Nigerian health indices rank among the worst in the world, especially in the areas of maternal and child mortality. Some recent newspaper headlines attest to this worry – ‘‘Why Nigeria loses 2,300 children, 145 women daily’; ‘Fed government moves to tackle high maternal, child m
One in Four health care facilities lacks basic water services –UNICEF, WHO

One in Four health care facilities lacks basic water services –UNICEF, WHO

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The need for adequate hygiene in health centres around the world came to the front burner of international discourse recently as global organisations advocate for global action in water supply to healthcare facilities. According to a new report by World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, one in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services, impacting over 2 billion people The WHO/ UNICEF JMP report is the first comprehensive global assessment of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities; it also finds that one in five health care facilities has no sanitation service, impacting 1.5 billion people. The report further reveal
Medical Second Opinion Minimises risk of Misdiagnoses -Expert

Medical Second Opinion Minimises risk of Misdiagnoses -Expert

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With rampant cases of misdiagnoses in Nigeria, the need for a second or even third medical opinion to minimise diagnostic errors that could lead to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or total loss of treatment has become desirable. Poor standard or total lack of medical laboratory equipment and out of pocket payment or inability to pay for crucial medical tests, late presentation at the hospital and other medical services have been identified as some of the reasons why cases of misdiagnoses are rampant in Nigeria. Findings revealed that more patients all over the world are relying on second opinions after a diagnosis. Whether your doctor recommends surgery, makes a cancer diagnosis or identifies a rare disease, there are many benefits to getting a second opinion. These bene...