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‘Nigeria Needs Industrial Parks for Drug Manufacturing’

‘Nigeria Needs Industrial Parks for Drug Manufacturing’

NEWS
The National Chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ignatius Anukwu, says the local pharmaceutical industry can produce many products of indigenous research that will not only meet the medical needs of Nigerians but also compete favourably in the international space. To achieve this objective, Anukwu said, the nation must bridge the huge infrastructural and skills gaps in drug manufacturing by establishing pharmaceutical manufacturing parks where drug research and manufacturing can take place with less difficulty. The NAIP, he said, is committed to consolidating the gains made in its advocacy for the establishment of the parks as effective means of bridging these gaps. In his address at the 23rd annual national conference of the NAIP, held in Kano recently, An...
WHO Warns of Influenza Vaccine Shortage

WHO Warns of Influenza Vaccine Shortage

NEWS
The big demand for influenza vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to shortages, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Countries that do not have enough influenza vaccine doses should set priorities for health workers and older people, according to a new WHO guidance. The UN health agency’s top immunisation officer, Ann Moen, said this at a news conference in Geneva. Moen said that demand for influenza shots had risen as countries are seeking to prevent this disease to keep hospital beds free for COVID-19 patients. Health authorities were not able to estimate their influenza vaccine needs correctly in advance because orders had to be made at least nine months before the start of the flu season – before the COVID-19 pandemic started. However, Moen had p
48 Million Under-Five Children Risk Death Between 2020 and 2030 —UN

48 Million Under-Five Children Risk Death Between 2020 and 2030 —UN

Children's Health, NEWS
The United Nations says without more efforts to tackle preventable child deaths, 48 million children under the age of five might die between 2020 and 2030 globally, a newly-released report warns The global body said last year, 5.2 million children died of preventable causes before reaching age five, and that 82 per cent of those deaths were concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It added that without more efforts to tackle preventable child deaths, 48 million children under five could die between 2020 and 2030, the report warns. “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a child under the age of five died every six seconds somewhere around the world,” UNICEF executive director, Henrietta Fore said in a Press release. “Millions of children living in conflict zones
Lagos Shuts 21 Illegal, Substandard Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

Lagos Shuts 21 Illegal, Substandard Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

NEWS
No fewer than 21 pharmacies, patent medicine shops and unlicensed premises at Alakuko, Ajegunle, Ologogoro, Ijaiye, Abule-Egba, Agbado and Agege in Alimosho, Ifako-Ijaiye and Agege local government areas of Lagos were shut by the Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods for offences bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope of practice. Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this Thursday in Lagos while reviewing report of the enforcement exercise carried out by the Task Force stated that the sealing of the affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores was in accordance with the provisions of Section C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Miscellaneous Provision Ac...
Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Enters Phase 3 Trial in U.S.

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Enters Phase 3 Trial in U.S.

Coronavirus, NEWS
A fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate has gone into the final stage of clinical trials in the U.S., with Johnson & Johnson announcing the start of its Phase 3 trial Wednesday. The drug maker follows Pfizer and Moderna, whose Phase 3 trials began in late July. AstraZeneca also started its Phase 3 vaccine trial this month, but it remains on pause in the U.S. after a participant in the U.K. was reported to have developed a spinal cord injury. The Johnson & Johnson trial is not expected to yield preliminary results for at least two months. President Donald Trump has repeatedly pressed for faster work on vaccine research — even suggesting that there could be some kind of approval before the Nov. 3 election. That timeline would be impossible, at least for Johnson & Johnson
COVID-19 Seroprevalence to be Conducted in Lagos, Nasarawa, two Others

COVID-19 Seroprevalence to be Conducted in Lagos, Nasarawa, two Others

Coronavirus, NEWS
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday says it would conduct a seroprevalence of four states in the country in partnership with the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research. Seroprevalence is the number of persons in a population who test positive for a specific disease based on serology specimens; often presented as a per cent of the total specimens tested or as a proportion per 100,000 persons tested. In his address at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, NCDC Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu explained that the survey to determine the level of the pathogen in the country would be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states from September to December 2020. “For Nigeria’s COVID-19 seroprevalence survey, household members will an
World Must Prepare for Next Pandemic Now, Says WHO

World Must Prepare for Next Pandemic Now, Says WHO

NEWS
The World Health Organisation says the world must start preparing for the next pandemic now. Speaking during the virtual media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the pandemic must motivate everyone to redouble efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, rather than it becoming an excuse for missing them. “As the nations of the world meet virtually for the UN General Assembly this week, WHO has three key messages: First, the pandemic must motivate us to redouble our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, not become an excuse for missing them. “Second, we must prepare for the next pandemic now. And third, we must move heaven and earth to ensure equitable access to diagnostics, therapeutics and va
Coronavirus: WHO Sets Rules for Testing African Herbal Remedies   

Coronavirus: WHO Sets Rules for Testing African Herbal Remedies  

Coronavirus, NEWS
The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19. Sound science would be the sole basis for safe and effective traditional therapies to be adopted, it said. Any traditional remedies that are judged effective could be fast-tracked for large-scale manufacturing. Madagascar's leader has been promoting an untested product he says can cure the disease despite the WHO warning against using untested remedies. The WHO said the new rules were aimed at helping and empowering scientists in Africa to conduct proper clinical trials. The move comes as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide passes 30 million, with reported global deaths standing at more than 957,000. In Africa there have be...
COVID-19: The World could Have Done Better against Pandemic –WHO Panel

COVID-19: The World could Have Done Better against Pandemic –WHO Panel

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response initiated by the World Health Organisation to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic said there were warnings about a pandemic long before the outbreak of COVID-19. According to the panel, the world could have done better in the fight against the pandemic, only that systems and plans designed to protect the people had not worked as intended. The WHO panel disclosed this at its first virtual meeting on Thursday. This disclosure was coming at a time the global COVID-19 cases surpassed thirty million with more than 940,000 deaths recorded. The Independent Panel is trying to unravel why COVID-19 became a global pandemic and what lessons could be learned. The panel is also to make recommendations aimed a
You Can’t Substitute Air Doctor for Face Masks, NCDC Warns

You Can’t Substitute Air Doctor for Face Masks, NCDC Warns

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says the use of disinfectant tags cannot be substituted for non-pharmaceutical measures that are helpful in preventing people from contracting the COVID-19 global pandemic. Such non-pharmaceutical measures include regular hand washing, use of face mask, maintaining social distancing, and respiratory hygiene, among others. The agency says there is no scientific evidence that disinfectant tags can protect people against COVID-19. The disinfectant tags are marketed under various names such as ‘Air Doctor,’  ‘Virus Busters,’ and ‘Personal Air Sanitizer,’ among others. Many Nigerian notables have been spotted wearing the tags in recent times, and they include the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, former senator Dino Melaye; and Edo State APC gov
Six-year-old Girl Dies from COVID-19 Complications Days after Resuming School

Six-year-old Girl Dies from COVID-19 Complications Days after Resuming School

Coronavirus, NEWS
A six-year-old has died from complications arising from COVID-19, seven days after resuming school. Diplomat and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohamed Safa, revealed this in a tweet on his Twitter account @mhdksafa on Saturday. Though he didn’t reveal the identity of the deceased or where the death occurred, he said the little girl contracted the virus when she resumed school and later died from the disease. He tweeted “Heartbreaking. 6-year daughter started school last week. Got COVID-19 in school and just passed away. Killed her in seven days. “To those who are so afraid that kids are going to miss a year of school. Missing a year of school is better than losing a future. “How about using this time to teach them how to plant, cook, basic first aid, creati
COVID-19: We’re Convinced We’ve Not Tested Enough, Says PTF

COVID-19: We’re Convinced We’ve Not Tested Enough, Says PTF

Coronavirus, NEWS
Nigeria’s COVID-19 curve is flattening, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha has said. Mustapha said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 66th joint national briefing of the task force. He, however, noted that the nation has not done enough COVID-19 testing. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PTF was established by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 9, 2020 to coordinate and oversee Nigeria’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. “Looking back at our National Response, using science, data and experience from other countries, we cannot but say that tremendous progress has been made and that we are beginning to notice that the curve is flattening. “However, as we have always stated, this p
PCN Seals 439 Drug Shops in Akwa Ibom for Illegal Activities

PCN Seals 439 Drug Shops in Akwa Ibom for Illegal Activities

NEWS
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 439 drug shops in Akwa IbomState for various offences including dispensing unethical products, poor storage and sanitary conditions. The Registrar of PCN, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed who disclosed this at a press briefing held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital weekend; said a total of 42 Pharmacies and 397 Patent Medicine Shops were affected in the exercise. Also, he pointed out that some of the pharmacies and patent medicine shops in the state operate without registration with the PCN, failed to renew premises license, and sold medicines outside the approved list. Mohammed who was represented by the Director Enforcement of the PCN, Stephen Esumobi made known that the enforcement exercise took place in 13 out of 31 local go...
CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MAY BE READY FOR PUBLIC NOVEMBER – CHINA

CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MAY BE READY FOR PUBLIC NOVEMBER – CHINA

Coronavirus, NEWS
An official the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Guizhen Wu, has said the coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November, 2020. According to france24.com, China has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials and at least three of those drugs have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use programme inaugurated in July. Wu, in an interview with state TV on Monday, said the phase three clinical trials were proceeding smoothly and the vaccines could be ready for the general public in November or December. Wu, who said she has experienced no abnormal symptoms in recent months after taking an experimental vaccine herself in April, did not specify which vaccines she w...
500 EPE RESIDENTS TESTED FOR HIV/AIDS

500 EPE RESIDENTS TESTED FOR HIV/AIDS

NEWS
The Lagos State Aids Control Agency on Tuesday said it conducted HIV/AIDS test for 500 residents in the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos. A statement said the outreach was in collaboration with the Oloja of Epeland, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun, Arolugbade II, on the premises of the Epe council secretariat. The Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr Monsurat Adekele, said the programme was aimed at achieving global epidemic control of HIV/AIDS by the end of 2020. According to her, Epe is a priority area because it is among the five LGAs that require urgent HIV interventions. Adeleke reiterated that the outreach afforded individuals “the opportunity to know their status early, get advised on appropriate steps to prevent transmission to other people, as well as actions to be taken to