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Month: August 2019

Experts Insist on Continuous HIV Screening

Experts Insist on Continuous HIV Screening

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Medical experts have stressed the need for residents and indigenes of Delta State to know their Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) status. This is coming on the heels of data collated by Caritas Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation that put the cases of HIV in the state at 47,000 against the 69,000 cases recorded previously. Senior technical leader of Delta State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (DELSACA), Donald Akpenna; the deputy team leader, Dr. Dorcas Magbadelo; and executive secretary, Dr. John Osuyali, stated this in Asaba yesterday during the inaugural meeting to tackle HIV/AIDS in the state. To bridge the gap, the NGO has promised continued partnership with stakeholders in the state to reach out to every community in controlling the spread HIV and placing those iden...
FG Set to Reposition Health Insurance Scheme

FG Set to Reposition Health Insurance Scheme

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The Federal Government has set the process for the fundamental reforms that will transform the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) into a result-oriented public institution, well positioned for its mandate as a catalyst for the socio-economic and human capital development of the country. The Executive Secretary of the scheme, Prof Mohammed Sambo, who formally assumed office last month, has continued to inspire internal and external support for the scheme, by series of consultations aimed at building consensus around the reforms. Prof Sambo who made a called on the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe in his office at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, shared his views and strategies for the reforms with the Senator. He requested the assistance...
Scientists Advocate More Molecular Biologists, Adopt QPCR to Boost Disease Diagnosis, Treatment

Scientists Advocate More Molecular Biologists, Adopt QPCR to Boost Disease Diagnosis, Treatment

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Scientists have called for capacity development in molecular biology to help Nigeria achieve personalised medicine management in identifying and treating disease accurately. They lamented that there are no sufficient molecular biologists to carry out research that help in diagnosing a particular microorganism causing diseases as well as suitable drugs for treatment. Speaking on the importance of having personalised medicine in the country, the Director General, Institute of Medical Research, (NIMR), Prof. Babatunde Salako, who was represented by the Deputy Director General, and Director of Research, Nkiruka Odunukwe, said as the world is tending towards personalised medicine, it is only with the knowledge of molecular biology that it can achieve, which means that “when somebody is ill or
WHO Director-General Statement on the Role of Social Media Platforms in Health Information

WHO Director-General Statement on the Role of Social Media Platforms in Health Information

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Misinformation about vaccines is as contagious and dangerous as the diseases it helps to spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes Pinterest’s leadership in protecting public health by only providing evidence-based information about vaccines to its users. We hope to see other social media platforms around the world following Pinterest’s lead. Misinformation about vaccination has spread far and fast on social media platforms in many different countries, including during critical vaccination campaigns like those for polio in Pakistan or yellow fever in South America. Social media platforms are the way many people get their information and they will likely be major sources of information for the next generations of parents. We see this as a critical issue and one that needs our c
Rising to the Challenge of Malaria Eradication

Rising to the Challenge of Malaria Eradication

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says accelerated research and development (R&D) in new tools for malaria prevention and treatment is key if the world is to eradicate malaria in the foreseeable future: today less than 1% of funding for health R&D investment goes to developing tools to tackle malaria. WHO also flags the urgent need for progress to advance universal health coverage and improve access to services, and better surveillance to guide a more targeted malaria response. The findings have emerged in a report from WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme). “To achieve a malaria-free world we must reinvigorate the drive to find the transformative strategies and tools that can be tailored to the local situation. Business as usual is not only slowing pro
FG Willing to Partner with Philantropists – To Fast track Health & Human Capacity Development

FG Willing to Partner with Philantropists – To Fast track Health & Human Capacity Development

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The Federal Government has expressed delight at efforts of Philanthropists and International Agencies who are desirous of identifying with the objectives of the present administration particularly in the areas of health and human capital development, which remains one of the critical focus of this administration. This position was made known by the Honourable Minister of State, Health, Senator Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora when he received in audience a team from Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a humanitarian based Non-Governmental Organization geared towards the upliftment of the welfare of the less privileged, at his office, the Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters in Abuja on 26th August, 2019. The Honourable Minister of State said, “Partnerships like these are welcome and will be of immense
FG Restates Belief in Efficacy of Local Drugs

FG Restates Belief in Efficacy of Local Drugs

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Like some Asian countries, Nigeria may have to depend on local medication in its quest for safe and effective drugs.Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, yesterday, frowned at Nigeria’s over-dependence on imported medicine and its inability to attain self-sufficiency. Speaking at the fifth Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers’ Expo in Lagos, Mamora said though the country had seen the efforts of its agencies in checking influx of foreign drugs, it should use what it has and even reach out to trado-medics to ensure efficacy and safety of drugs made available to citizens. “What I am seeing is the capacity we desire and the determination of our people to really address the issue of sufficiency of medicine. We are also talking about home-grown, that is, looking at what we have to
SYNLAB, Others Hold Medical Mission

SYNLAB, Others Hold Medical Mission

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Health care service provider, SYNLAB Nigeria, has held its 10th ‘Doctors on Air’ Medical Mission by providing free treatment to to residents of Ilupeju at the Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. The Managing Director of the company, Dr Pamela Jackson-Ajayi, said the mission was informed by the need to provide Nigerians, especially the low-income earners, access to quality medical services at no cost. She noted that the medical mission, organised in partnership with other health care providers and foundations as an annual event was designed to give back to society. “Here, we focus on secondary prevention which is, trying to detect a disease at the very early stage to prevent it from showing up and giving complications”. SYNLAB is using this free medical progra
Ekiti, UNICEF Partner on Maternal Health Care

Ekiti, UNICEF Partner on Maternal Health Care

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The United Nations Children Education Fund and Ekiti State Government are partnering to bridge the gap in the maternal health care delivery system. The Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Ministry of Information, Dr Adekunbi Obaisi, said the partnership was necessary, in view of the importance attached to the health of Ekiti people, particularly pregnant women, nursing mothers and children, by the state government. Obaisi spoke in Ado Ekiti at the opening of a two-day Media Dialogue on Facts for Life co-organised by UNICEF and the state government through the Ministry of Information, which she said was “deliberately designed on the need to improve the health of our children”. She said, “The partnership seeks to address capacity gaps and behaviour change focusing on the following themes
Improved Health Care: Expert Seeks Govt, NGOs Collaboration

Improved Health Care: Expert Seeks Govt, NGOs Collaboration

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A medical practitioner, Dr Oke Kayode, has emphasised the need for government at all levels to collaborate with Non-Governmental Organisations in the country for improved health care delivery. Oke, who is the immediate past Director in-charge of NGOs in the Osun State Ministry of Health, stated that the health sector required a lot of funding. He stressed that partnership with NGOs was inevitable to improve the quality of health care services available for the people, especially the less privileged. Speaking during the opening ceremony of a medical outreach organised by the Career Bridge Foundation and Communitywide Charities at Ijebu-IJesa, the headquarters of Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State, he said, “Health is a very crucial sector. It requires a lot of funds. From my experi
NMA to Address Gap in Health Sector

NMA to Address Gap in Health Sector

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The Nigeria Medical Association is set to hold a National Health Summit between November 4 and 8, 2019 to address some of the challenges in the health sector. The President of the association, Dr Francis Faduyile, said the summit, which is in its second edition, would identify the challenges militating against the attainment of basic, affordable and quality health care delivery in the country. Faduyile said that President Muhammadu Buhari would be the special guest at the event, while former Military Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd), would chair the opening ceremony. He explained that the initiative was conceived by the NMA because the nation’s health sector was yearning for a total revamp in order to improve and meet the health needs of Nigerians. He said, “This was because the he
Stop Patent Medicine Vending, PSN Tells FG

Stop Patent Medicine Vending, PSN Tells FG

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The Chairman of the Lagos branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmacist Bolanle Adeniran, has called on the Federal Government to put an end to the hawking of drugs in the streets. Adeniran stated this during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Scientific Week of the society held in Lagos recently. She said, “One of the sore points in drug distribution remains patent medicine vending in our clime. We have made little or no progress in the quest to sanitise our distribution channels. The Federal Government needs to declare a state of emergency in the drug distribution bracket of our health sector to address the unending cycle of unproductivity. “Patent medicine vending, which is meant to be a stop-gap mechanism in service delivery to people in under-served areas has become
LASUTH Debunks Internship Opening

LASUTH Debunks Internship Opening

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The management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has debunked the message circulating on social media that it has opened for an internship at a N5,000 application fees and N1,800 parcel levy. Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo, said the programme did not originate from LASUTH and the general public should be informed that the management of LASUTH frowns at this fallacious information meant to defraud innocent people. The fraudster had put out a notice calling for application for internship opportunities, listing the available positions to include House Officers (MBBS/BDS), Intern Pharmacists, Intern Radiographers, among others. The person claimed the interested candidates must possess a recognised degree or equivalent in their areas of special...
One Million Residents to Enjoy Maternal Childcare Services in Lagos’

One Million Residents to Enjoy Maternal Childcare Services in Lagos’

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Over one million women of child-bearing age and children will benefit from various maternal and childcare services to be provided by the 110-bed Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC) built by the Lagos State government for women and children in Eti-Osa Local Council of the state. Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who stated this yesterday after an inspection of the facility, noted that the centre would impact positively on maternal and child health indices and help to address the issue of access to maternal and childcare services in the council and its environs. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, who also spoke during the inspection of the facility, said that the establishment of the facility was a dream come true in fulfilment of Governor Babajide ...
NMA Sets Agenda for Health Ministers as Lab Scientists Decry Poor Facilities

NMA Sets Agenda for Health Ministers as Lab Scientists Decry Poor Facilities

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has tasked the newly appointed health ministers to improve funding in the health sector to guarantee better primary healthcare delivery. NMA’s President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, stated this while briefing journalist yesterday in Abuja on preparations for the second National Health Summit. President Muhammadu Buhari had recently appointed Osagie Ehanire and Olorunnimbe Mamora to run the Ministry of Health as minister and minister of the state respectively. “The major problem in this country is for us to have a sustainable Primary Health Care, but we are aware that achieving that is beyond Federal Government’s scope. “We expect the new ministers to work with the state government to improve Primary Health Care. When this is done, the pressure on secondar