Foremost herbal medicine practitioner and manufacturer, Prince (Dr.) Akintunde Ayeni, has made a strong case for the growth of herbal medicine in Nigeria, calling for government and financial support to enable the sector grow in leaps and bounds. In handing down the charge, Ayeni lamented that herbal medicine had not been accorded its proper place for a long time despite the enormous potential it holds, because the country has been ignorant of them. Ayeni, the managing director and chief executive officer of Yenkem International Nigeria Limited, makers of the Osomo drink and lots of other herbal products, is optimistic that encouraging indigenous herbal medicine would help boost the nation’s economy and add so much more to the healthcare delivery value chain. “Government has a role to pl
Recently, a group of doctors, nurses and Interventional Radiology technicians for a medical mission with RAD-AID Nigeria were at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State. Their primary purpose was to help improve patient care at the tertiary health institution by imparting skills of a technique known as Interventional Radiology to Residents at the tertiary health institution. With the development, the UCH is set to offer precisely services for the treatment of cancer and a series of ailments while offering specialist medical training in Interventional Radiology within the West Africa zone. In an encounter after the medical mission, a member of the RAD-AID team, Dr. Stephen Hunts, said interventional radiology in general touches every field in medicine. “Interventional Rad
The consumption of illicit and substandard drugs has claimed over 30 lives in Nasarawa State between January and September this year. This was revealed by the state Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Bulus Peter, in Lafia on Thursday. He called for the strengthening of the regulatory bodies to stem the ugly tide. Other stakeholders in the health delivery system in the state also decried the situation and called for urgent action to prevent the matter from degenerating any further. The stakeholders, in separate interviews, identified the situation as largely responsible for the increase in the crime rate in the state. “Over 30 people have died in Nasarawa State between January and September this year due to the consumption of illicit and substandard drugs,” Peter stated.
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it has sealed 327 drug outlets in Jigawa over non-compliance with regulatory provisions. PCN Registrar, Mr. Elijah Mohammed, stated this in a statement explaining steps taken to safeguard the public against fake drugs. Mohammed said PCN National Enforcement Team visited the state and sealed 327 patent medicine shops and five illegal pharmacies. “The council’s continuous efforts is to ensure that the public is guaranteed good pharmaceutical environment, and PCN enforcement activities on illegal premises has been regular nationwide,’’ Mohammed said. Mohammed said the Council was committed to ensuring that healthcare providers and members of the public are updated on the emerging drugs safety information received from National Agency for Food an
The Federal Government has expressed readiness to always support the Lagos State Government in its efforts at combating the challenge of maternal mortality rate in the state. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire stated this yesterday, at the official launch of 149 Bed Mother and Child Centre, MCC, named as; Dr Aisha Buhari Mother and Child Centre, in her honour at Igando General Hospital, Alimosho, Lagos. The facility is geared towards promoting the health of mothers and children, reducing maternal and child mortality and improving the state’s health indices. The three-floor facility has two operating theatres, recovery rooms, sterilization room, delivery room, consultation rooms, private and general w