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Day: August 16, 2019

Buhari Promises to Boost Healthcare, Commissions NAF Reference Hospital in Daura

Buhari Promises to Boost Healthcare, Commissions NAF Reference Hospital in Daura

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Daura, Katsina State restated his administration’s commitment to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country, saying rural dwellers will be given special attention for better healthcare. Buhari said a turn around of the country’s health sector would reduce dependence on foreign countries for medical treatment, noting that health services in rural areas deserved better attention. The President, who spoke at the commissioning of a 60-bed capacity Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital (NAFRHI) in Daura, said the Federal Government in the last four years invested huge resources in the health sector. He explained that government achieved that with increased budgetary allocation from N259 billion in 2015 to over N340 billion i
PSN Reverses Self, Endorses Proposed TAS

PSN Reverses Self, Endorses Proposed TAS

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has endorsed the proposed Tiered Accreditation System (TAS), saying if well implemented, it will not only bring greater control in the pharmaceutical space, but also ensure professionalism in the industry. Earlier, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (APCN) had faulted the proposal by the Federal Ministry of Health to create three tiers of eligible players in the sale of Over The Counter (OTC) drugs in Nigeria. But speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, PSN President, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, explained that the PSN initially opposed the move because it did not fully understand what it meant and because there has not been robust discussions of the issue. Ohuabunwa, however, noted that after a stakeholders meeting facilit...
Cross River Seeks Six-Month Maternity Leave for Nursing Mums

Cross River Seeks Six-Month Maternity Leave for Nursing Mums

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The Cross River State Primary Healthcare and Development Agency has canvassed a six-month maternity leave for nursing mothers in service. State Nutrition Officer, Lady Regina Adie, who made the call yesterday at a media roundtable on promotion of optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), organised by the agency in collaboration with FHI360/Alive and Thrive in Calabar, noted that the review of the extant three months to six for the affected persons has become imperative to enable them breastfeed their children properly for the overall development of the kids in the first 180 days. To achieve the advocacy, Adie said they had visited members of the House Committee on Health in the State House of Assembly as well as traditional and religious leaders to create awareness on exclusive ...
Ekiti Government Shuts 5 Illegal Hospitals

Ekiti Government Shuts 5 Illegal Hospitals

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No fewer than five illegal hospitals were on Thursday shut by the Ekiti Government for operating illegally. The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, announced the closure during an unscheduled visit of the Medical Anti Quackery Committee set up by the state government to the hospitals. He warned residents of the state against patronising quack doctors who operate in unauthorised hospitals in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yaya-Kolade was represented during the exercise by the Director, Hospital Services and Training, Dr Rufus Adetoye. She said that the state government was not comfortable with the quackery in medical practice in the state and would deal decisively with anyone caught in the act. “The intention of the state governme
Pharmacy Reacts to Viral Video of Expired Product on Sale

Pharmacy Reacts to Viral Video of Expired Product on Sale

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Mophet Nigeria Limited, operators of a chain of pharmacies, has said it was investigating the sale of expired drugs at one of its outlets in Lagos. The promise was made after a viral video shows the Mophet Pharmacy at Adeola Odeku in Victoria Island, Lagos, had an expired mouthwash on sale. In the video, a customer was seen interrogating sales representative after he discovered the expiry date of some of the mouthwash was covered with fake stickers. “Look at this 2018…25/11/2018 covered with a sticker of 2019, the real expiry date is under them, very interesting,” the customer said in the video. “This is very bad, it has nothing to do with notice. You can see 2018 at the back. This is the real expiry date 11, 2018 and 2019 is covered on all of them.” The company’s retail manager,