Immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, yesterday said that Nigeria needed no fewer than 200, 000 medical doctors to meet its health needs, adding that the current 35, 000 doctors operating in the country’s health system, was grossly inadequate. Mark spoke as his bill for an Act to establish a Federal University of Health Science in Otukpo, Benue State, passed second reading without undergoing the traditional legislative debate in the Senate. The former senate president, who led debate on the bill, observed that the 35,000 medical doctors currently operating in the country, were grossly inadequate, advocating that the number should increase to at least 200,000, to be able to cater for the health needs of the citizenry. He added that the burden of conceiving the establis
As part of his contributions to the advancement of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry, the President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, has unveiled a PSN icon at the headquarters of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD). The official launching of the monument, which held on Wednesday, October 18, in Abuja, was graced by eminent pharmacists, among whom were the immediate past president of PSN, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo; PCN Registrar, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, PSN Secretary, Pharm. Iyiola Gbolagade, NIPRD DG, Prof. K S Gamaniel and other healthcare team members. Appreciating the kind gesture of the president towards the development of the institute, Prof. Gamaniel thanked the PSN president for his dodg
*UNICEF, Save the Children, Wateraid demonstrate how procedure prevents diarrhoea, pneumonia As part of activities to celebrate the Global Hand Washing Day (GHD), Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhoea Initiative project has emphasised the importance of teaching children the right method to wash their hands. To demonstrate this, 600 school children washed their hands with soap simultaneously reiterating the importance of hand washing in preventing childhood killer disease. Save the Children’s project, “Stop Diarrhoea Initiative” is implemented in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, with support from Reckitt Benckiser. This initiative seeks to demonstrate the efficacy of the Word Health Organisation (WHO)/United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF) recommended seven poin
A Consultant Psychiatrist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , Idi- Araba, Dr Erinfolami Rasheed, has said that one in five Nigerian adults is living with a mental challenge. Rasheed spoke at a seminar organised by the department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, to mark the World Mental Health Day. The event was themed, Mental Health and The Work Place. This, he noted, means that one out of every five worker is suffering from a mental illness. The consultant also described the hostile work environment as a major factor why workers are developing mental problems in recent times. Apart from poor working environment, he said that if workers were not getting what they deserved at their places of employment; it could lead to mental issues. Th
In its bid at reducing maternal and child mortality rate, the Ogun State Government has trained Alternative Medicine Practitioners at ensuring efficient and qualitative service delivery to the citizenry. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who spoke at the training held at Basic Trust Centre, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, said it was organized to ensure the fulfilment of one of the five cardinal programmes of the present administration at providing affordable and efficient healthcare delivery to the people. He said the 200 alternative medicine practitioners such as traditional birth attendants, mission birth attendants and herbalists were trained on application of precautions in service delivery, keeping good hygiene, handling sharp objects, sterilisation of delivery
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benue has raised concerns over inability of government to commence negotiations with the body after eight days of strike. Dr Obekpa Obekpa, NMA state Chairman told newsmen in Makurdi that the Benue State Government and Management of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi were yet to contact them. “Since the beginning of the indefinite strike, the Benue State Government and Management of FMC, Makurdi have not invited us for any negotiation. “This strike has clearly shown the insensitivity of the stakeholders to the plight of the masses. “This strike has revealed lack of transparency from the stakeholders, it has also revealed leadership gap. “So, since our demands are genuine for the effective healthcare service delivery in the state, do
PSN Foundation Will Impact the Welfare of Pharmacists and Nigerians-Yakasai The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm.Ahmed Yakasai has listed the mission of the newly launched Foundation to include, research and development promotion, advancement of pharmacy education and practice in Nigeria, provision of welfare for pharmacists and Nigerians at large, provision of scholarships to deserving pharmacists and their children, and promotion of national development. Yakasai made the remarks while addressing the august guests and participants at the official launching of the PSN Foundation and inauguration of the board of trustees of the Foundation, on Tuesday, October 17, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Members of the Board of Trustees being inaugurated at the event H...
The Kiru Local Government Council of Kano State says about 11 children have died of whooping cough at Kankwana village. This is contained in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the local government council, Malam Rabiu Khalil. Khalil said about 40 other children affected by the same disease were receiving medical attention. Malam Hassan Adamu, the council’s Health Officer, who also confirmed the incidence to Journalists, however assured of government’s effort to contain the outbreak. Malam Yakubu Sani, a representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the area, attributed the outbreak to poor routine immunisation and inadequate health mobilisation activities. The District Head of the area, Alhaji Hamza Bayero, however, urged government to provide emergency med
The Delta State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation, Dr Bassey Bassey, has said flooding in some parts of the country may have contributed to the monkeypox outbreak. Bassey said this in Abuja on Thursday at a one-day colloquium organised by the Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria, FCT branch. Speaking on the theme, ‘Perennial flooding in Nigeria: Communicable diseases and looming antimicrobial resistance’, the WHO coordinator said floodwater was a major source of infectious communicable diseases because animals defecate in floodwater, which humans come in contact with. Bassey, who was represented by Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, said, “Flooding is known to facilitate infectious disease transmission. It is no longer in doubt. Therefore, that will expose affected communities
Mr Jalal Arabi, the Permanent Secretary, State House, has refuted media report suggesting that the State House Medical Centre (SHMC), had received N11.01billion as appropriation for the period 2015-2017. Arabi’s refutal is contained in a statement by Mr Attah Esa, the Deputy Director, Information in the State House, Abuja on Sunday. According to him, out of the total capital appropriation of N2.9billion and recurrent appropriation of N465.9million for the period under reference, only the sum of N969.6million (representing 32.97%) for Capital and N225.5million (representing 48.41%) for recurrent was actually released. He also revealed that there was zero capital allocation for the Medical Centre in 2017, while out of the N331.7million being recurrent appropriation for 2017, the actual am
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Tuesday in Osogbo that it would continue to safeguard public health in the country. The South-West Coordinator of the agency, Mrs Ayeduni Adenuga, made the pledge when he received operational vehicle donated to the agency by the Osun Chapter of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (AIPN). Adenuga said that the agency would continue to ensure that only safe and quality food, drugs and other regulated products were certified and made available for public consumption. She added that only genuine manufacturers of regulated products would be allowed to operate in the south-west region and the country at large. She commended members of AIPN for their gesture, saying it would help the agency to i...
The Malammadori Local Government Council of Jigawa says it is using sweets to woo children for vaccination against polio in the ongoing immunisation programme. The council’s Information Officer, Alhaji Fahad Muhammad, told Journalists on Tuesday in Dutse that 26 cartons of sweet were bought for the exercise. Muhammad said the council was targeting to vaccinate no fewer than 46,966 children during the period. He said that the council has received 50,500 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines for the smooth conduct of the exercise. The Health Educator of the council, Malam Hamza Bello, urged traditional rulers and religious leaders in the area to support the exercise to ensure its success. He advised parents to present their children and wards at designated centres close to their respective commu
No fewer than 1.7 million children in Bauchi State are expected to be immunised against measles during this year’s campaign against the disease, the state healthcare development agency has said. The Chairman of the agency, Mr Adamu Gamawa, who made the disclosure to newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday, said that N104 million would be expended on the 2017 exercise. Gamawa said that the agency would constitute 1,428 teams to vaccinate children from nine months to 59 months during the campaign billed to hold from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5. “The campaign will have the sum of N27 million from Bauchi State Government, social mobilisation, N10 million; and UNICEF will give N67 million. “The camping will last for six days and will be conducted in two facilities per ward. “A total of 1,428 teams will condu
As part of efforts to stem overseas medical tourism by Nigerians, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, says it will soon begin full cardiac surgery. The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Adewole Oke, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the teaching hospital was striving to be the hub of qualitative healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) doctors performing surgery. Oke said the hospital was making effort to end the treatment of diseases that could be treated locally; hence, there it was ready to do its best. “We have a government that is interested in the health sector; that is ready to move the sector forward. It has provided enough infrastructure and world class facilities. “In other to c
Researchers in Japan may have found a way to produce cheaper drugs that could be used to treat a range of diseases from chicken eggs. They have successfully genetically modified hens to produce eggs containing large amounts of interferon beta protein, a protein used to treat various illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and cancer. The protein is very expensive, costing between $300-$1000 for just one microgram, according to pharmaceutical company, Cosmo Bio who co-led the research. For treating MS, for example, the interferon dosage can start at 30 micrograms and increase from there. The research was jointly conducted by scientists from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization and Cosmo...