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Month: June 2020

New Swine Flu Found in China has Pandemic Potential

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Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the United States science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses. The majority were of a new kind which has been dominant among pigs since 2016 according to AFP The researchers then carried out variou...

New Swine Flu Found in China has Pandemic potential

NEWS
Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the United States science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses. The majority were of a new kind which has been dominant among pigs since 2016 according to AFP The researchers then carried out variou...
COVID-19 Source: WHO Sends Team to China Next Week

COVID-19 Source: WHO Sends Team to China Next Week

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Six months on from the novel coronavirus outbreak, the WHO said Monday it was sending a team to China to work towards finding the source – as it warned the pandemic was far from over. And the World Health Organization warned that in an atmosphere of global division and politicisation of the COVID-19 crisis, it feared the worst was yet to come. The UN health agency, the Punch reported, lamented the “very tragic” milestones of 500,000 deaths and 10 million confirmed infections being reached, just as it marks on Tuesday six months since it was first informed of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The WHO is sending a team to China next week in connection with the search for the origin of the virus that sparked the global pandemic. The organisation has been pressing China since earl
FG Extends Ease of Lockdown By 4 Weeks

FG Extends Ease of Lockdown By 4 Weeks

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·        Lifts Ban on Interstate Travels, Domestic Air Travel ·        Opens Schools for Graduating Students The federal government has approved the extension of phase two of the gradual easing of lockdown by another four weeks effective midnight of Tuesday, 30th June through midnight of Monday, 27th July, 2020. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) announced the latest development Monday in Abuja during the daily press briefing of the PTF. He said that President Mohammadu Buhari has also approved resumption of schools but explained that only graduating students in primary six, Junior Secondary School three (JSS 3) and Senior Secondary School three (SSS 3) will resume. According to him, the ban on interst
ACPN Makes Case for Life Insurance, Security for Members

ACPN Makes Case for Life Insurance, Security for Members

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Pharmacists under the aegis of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to consider the provision of life insurance cover for its members and other healthcare providers especially those who are mandated to render essential services during national emergencies. The association in a statement signed by Pharm Samuel Adekola and Pharm Bose Idowu, National Chairman and Secretary respectively also called for establishment of effective surveillance and policing of pharmacies and health facilities in the country by law enforcement agencies in order to curb persistent attacks on these healthcare facilities that sometimes result in killing of operators. Citing the recent gruesome murder of its National Publicity Secretary, Late Pharm. Sund...
NAFDAC Warns Importers of Engaging Unapproved Clearing Agents

NAFDAC Warns Importers of Engaging Unapproved Clearing Agents

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned importers of regulated products against the use of unprofessional third parties as clearing agent at the ports. In a statement on Thursday, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye explained that the agency has observed that importers used third parties who are not knowledgeable in processing documentation and regulatory requirements for clearance of their consignments with NAFDAC at the ports. According to News Agency of Nigeria, Adeyeye reiterated that NAFDAC discourages the use of third parties who are not conversant with the agency’s operational procedures. The NAFDAC boss however said, where it’s inevitable to use a third party for product clearance, it is advisable to use only kno
35.6 million People Suffer Drug Use Disorders Globally, Says UNODC new Report

35.6 million People Suffer Drug Use Disorders Globally, Says UNODC new Report

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As the global community commemorates International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking today, a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says some 35.6 million people suffer from drug use disorders across the world. The data is contained in an address by the Executive Director of UNODC, Ghada Waly, who called for global solidarity and compassion in addressing world drug problem. This comes as President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) blamed the ravaging madness across Nigeria as exemplified by the violent gangs in several parts of country on unauthorized and perhaps easy access to controlled drugs Around 269 million people used drugs in 2018, up 30 per cent from 2009, according to the statement released by Sylvester Tunde Atere, ...
Pharmacists Threaten Nationwide Strike over Unsettled Demands

Pharmacists Threaten Nationwide Strike over Unsettled Demands

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The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike action over what it described as federal government’s unwillingness to accede to its demands. In a statement Thursday signed by its National Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Amibor, a copy of which was made available to ThisDay AHAPN said some of its demands include restructuring of the health sector, adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance, provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for pharmacists and other healthcare workers, as well as payment of April and May 2018 salary arrears for pharmacists and some category of healthcare workers. Amibor said: “The federal government in 2014 adjusted the Co
Wearing Face Shield Alone Won’t Protect Against COVID-19, Says PTF

Wearing Face Shield Alone Won’t Protect Against COVID-19, Says PTF

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The relative new practice of wearing face shields without face masks does not protect against COVID-19 infection or transmission, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has warned. Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu who disclosed this Wednesday in Abuja at a press briefing explained that the face shield and face mask must be worn together for effective protection of the wearer. Ihekweazu also spoke of symptoms of COVID-19 particularly the loss of sense of smell and taste. ‘’Over the past few weeks there have been a lot of discussion over the role of the loss of smell and taste as symptoms of COVID-19. These have been recognised globally as symptoms of this disease. There are a few other diseases that would cause a sudden lo
NHC Approves COVID-19 Response Action Plan

NHC Approves COVID-19 Response Action Plan

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The National Council on Health (NCH) has approved the Health Sector Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response Action Plan. The council approved the plan at the Emergency NCH Meeting held as virtual meeting and chaired by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire. The approval by the council was based on States updates and deliberations at the meeting. The council also stepped down the presentation of the Draft Guideline on Basic Health Care Provision Fund, scheduled earlier for presentation to the council, for a later time after further necessary consultations. It also agreed not to establish the COVID-19 Community Support Centres (CSCs) as parallel centres but as additional options to relieve the burden of service delivery on existing facilities. The council also decided tha...
Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.1bn over cancer-causing talcum powder

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.1bn over cancer-causing talcum powder

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A United States court has upheld a verdict that talcum powder sold by Johnson & Johnson caused ovarian cancer and ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $2.1 billion in damages. The decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals cut by more than half the $4.4 billion a jury had awarded 22 people in 2018. The court agreed that some of the plaintiffs should not have been included in the case as they were from outside the state. But the Tuesday decision according to Associated Press upheld the awarding of damages for the company “knowingly selling products that contained asbestos to consumers.” “Because defendants are large, multi-billion-dollar corporations, we believe a large amount of punitive damages is necessary to have an effect in this case,” the judgement said.’’ “It is im
Research Estimates 1.7 billion People Risk Severe COVID-19 infection 

Research Estimates 1.7 billion People Risk Severe COVID-19 infection 

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 A modelling study estimates that about 1.7 billion people, 22 per cent of the world population, have an underlying health condition that may increase their risk of being critically ill if infected with COVID-19. The study, which analyzed data of those with underlying medical condition by sex, age and group in 188 countries, was published in the peer-reviewed, Lancet Global Health journal. The authors, Medical Xpress reports, based their estimates on the 2017 disease prevalence data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study, United Nation population estimates for 2020, and the list of underlying health conditions relevant to COVID-19, as defined by current guidelines. It notes that the study provides global, regional and national estimates
No State is Free of COVID-19 in Nigeria — FG

No State is Free of COVID-19 in Nigeria — FG

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The Federal Government Monday declared that no state in Nigeria was free of COVID-19 amid claims by some states government that they were free of the pandemic. At the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) briefing in Abuja, the Director- General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the declaration even as he insisted that there was nothing to be ashamed of about recording corona-virus cases in a state as the disease remain a global pandemic. “It is not a shame to have positive cases in your state; denial will only make the issue more difficult. If we do not know the status of your people, you are indirectly putting the lives of your people and that of health workers at risk. The implication of that is the likely collapse of your health syste
Clinical Pharmacists Group  Inaugurated in Nigeria

Clinical Pharmacists Group Inaugurated in Nigeria

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The journey towards ensuring that patient centered care is firmly rooted in the country has been boosted by the inauguration of Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN).Leadership of the new professional association announced in a letter made available to Pharmatimes that the full take off of CPAN followed completion of its registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission in January this year. The letter signed by Dr Joseph Madu, MCPAN, FPCPharm and Dr Bukola Moteehat Olu-Lawal MCPAN, FPCPharm, chairman and secretary respectively, said that membership of CPAN are drawn from the country and the Diasporas. According to the leadership, CPAN is primarily formed to advance best practice standards for quality in all areas of clinical pharmacy in order to ensure safe, effective, and ...
Recovered COVID-19 Patients can get Re-infected after Six Months –Study

Recovered COVID-19 Patients can get Re-infected after Six Months –Study

Coronavirus, NEWS
A study has revealed that patients who recovered from COVID-19 risk contracting the virus again after six months. The research findings, the researchers said, has cast further doubt over the prospect of long-lasting immunity from COVID-19. The team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam had engaged 10 volunteers for 35 years and tested them every month for four seasonal and weaker corona-viruses, which usually cause mild illnesses similar to the common cold. According to Daily Mail, the researchers discovered that those who had been infected with the strains — from the same family as SARS-CoV-2, the type that causes COVID-19 — had ‘an alarmingly short duration of protective immunity’.  “Levels of antibodies, substances stored by the immune system to allow the body