Resident doctors in the South-West have urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to prevail upon state governors to pay the salary arrears of their members in the teaching hospitals of state-owned universities. The Deputy Leader, National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, South-West caucus, Dr Taofeek Sanni, said the nations’ leaders should move swiftly between now and three weeks to avoid an industrial crisis in hospitals across the country. Sanni said, “The issues are those of the state university teaching hospitals. Many of them across the country owe salary arrears; particularly at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, where our members are being owed 14 months’ salary arrears. “We also mentioned other universities in the South-West where o
The World Health Organisation has said quality investment in nutrition can save 3.7 million lives by 2025. It also noted that health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life. According to a new report titled, Essential Nutrition Actions: Mainstreaming Nutrition Through the Life Course, WHO estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save millions of lives annually. WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Naoko Yamamoto, said nutrition should be positioned as one of the cornerstones of essential health packages to provide quality health care services and achieve Universal Health Coverage. She said, “We also need better food environments which allow all people to consume healthy diets. Investment in nutrition actions
The Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria, NAIP, a technical arm of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has renewed its call to the Federal government to set up pharmaceutical industrial hubs in the country to boost fortunes of the local pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Making the call in Lagos during the Association’s 2019 CEO’s Forum, a public health consultant and Chief of Party, Promoting the Quality of Medicines, PQM, Prof Chimezie Anyakora described pharma hubs as catalysts for change. His words: ”Setting up pharmaceutical industrial hubs in Nigeria, would promote cheaper cost of manufacturing, better quality due to better regulation, more direct foreign partnership and investment and help in avoiding the mistakes of the oil sector, among others.” He list
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it would be working with the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to combat the influx of dangerous drugs coming into the country. The Director, Ports Inspection Directorate of the Agency, Professor Samson Adebayo, said that NAFDAC welcomed with open hands, the partnership with ANLCA, in the campaign against fake drugs through the international borders, to safeguard the health of the nation. Speaking while receiving the members of ANLCA Western Zone Chapters, led by the Zonal Coordinator, Dr. John DanKatsina Ofobike, on a coursey visit in his office, Adebayo said that as regulators, NAFDAC officials are not police officers, but are trained professionals to direct importers, exporter...
In the events leading to the appointment of a new Minister of Health by President Muhammadu Buhari as he settles down to the second tenure of his administration, key stakeholders in the healthcare sector were quick to task the government on what the agenda for the next four years should be like. In this Cover Story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the opinions of these interest groups vis-à-vis their high expectations as held by industry experts and sector watchers alike. Surprisingly enough, a school of thought had gone ahead to suggest that the president appoint someone who is not an expert in the healthcare sector, saying that the sector had performed better when people outside the profession were appointed to head the Ministry. The group, Assembly of Healthcare Profession