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Day: February 19, 2020

Deadly Wuhan Virus: Scientists in Hong Kong may have found a vaccine

Deadly Wuhan Virus: Scientists in Hong Kong may have found a vaccine

NEWS
Recently HKU’s Professor Yuen Kwok-yung stated that since he and his team of researchers were able to isolate the previously unknown virus from Hong Kong’s first imported case of the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus, they have been working on a vaccine. In the same vein, researchers in mainland China and the United States are as well in a race to produce a vaccine to take care of the deadly new coronavirus which emanated from China. Latest reports say as it is now, Hong Kong researchers have actually developed a vaccine for the deadly viral disease except that more time is needed to carry out tests with it - according to infectious diseases expert, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung. “We have already produced the vaccine, but it will take a long time to test on animals,” Yuen said, without giving a specifi
WHO Targets to Save 7 Million from Cancer by 2030

WHO Targets to Save 7 Million from Cancer by 2030

NEWS
No fewer than seven million people are being targeted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the effort to step up cancer services in resource-poor countries. The WHO warns that if current trends continue the world will see a 60 per cent increase in cancer cases over the next two decades, predicting that the greatest increase (an estimated 81 per cent) in new cases will occur in low-and-middleincome countries, where survival rates are currently lowest. The global health body in a statement published recently on its website saying, this is largely because the countries in question have had to focus limited health resources on combating infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health, while health services are not equipped to prevent, diagnose and treat cancers. In 2019 mor...
Drug Resistant Infections Can now be Tested Differently

Drug Resistant Infections Can now be Tested Differently

NEWS
It is now possible to test if an infection is resistant to common antibiotics or not. This is as a result of a new study carried out by scientists from the University of York. In this latest research the scientists were able to change the nature of an antibiotic from the beta-lactam family - making it possible for it to be attached to a sensor, thereby facilitating their ability to identify the presence of bacteria that would resist treatment. Beta-lactam antibiotics like penicillin constitute one of the most vital categories of antibiotics; then again resistance to them has arisen so much so that over and over again doctors avoid recommending them and would rather prescribe stronger drugs instead. According to experts, the novel approach will possibly bring about clinicians being able to...
Threat of Drug-Resistant Infections Worries WHO

Threat of Drug-Resistant Infections Worries WHO

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed worry over the declining rate of private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics which it says are undermining effort to combat drug-resistant infections. “Never has the threat of antimicrobial resistance been more immediate and the need for solutions more urgent,” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO in a recent press release posted on the agency’s website. “Numerous initiatives are underway to reduce resistance, but we also need countries and the pharmaceutical industry to step up and contribute with sustainable funding and innovative new medicines,” he said. Two reports – Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline a
Averting Possible Rise in Drug Costs

Averting Possible Rise in Drug Costs

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), was on point recently when he raised the alarm over a possible increase in the cost of essential medicines in Nigeria. He observed that Nigeria’s inflationary trend, increase in VAT, and lack of incentives for local manufacturers of pharmaceutical products is the major factor that will make a spike in the cost of prescription and non-prescription medicines inevitable. We support Ohuabunwa’s submission and urge authorities in government not to ignore it because the consequences of sudden rise in the prices of medicines could be disastrous to public health. The main challenge of our country over the years has been the inability to ensure that our citizens, especially the rural dwellers, have access to basi