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Doctors to Treat 500+ Patients Free at Abaji April 30

Doctors to Treat 500+ Patients Free at Abaji April 30

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Doctors will treat and operate on at least 500 patients free of charge at Abaji General Hospital in Abuja starting next Monday April 30, the Nigerian Medical Association has announced. The two-day outreach to provide free treatment is part of activities lined up for the association’s 58th annual delegate meeting and scientific conference to hold in Abuja. NMA president, Dr Mike Ogirima, expected to end his leadership of the association this year, said, “We are ready to do more depending on availability of resources. “We welcome collaborative partnerships from individuals, faith-based organisations and corporate organisations to extend healthcare to those who have been left out of due to no fault of theirs.” The association estimates more than 500,000 Nigerians excluded by geogr
#JOHESUStrike2018: Patients Demand Care and Love

#JOHESUStrike2018: Patients Demand Care and Love

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Patients and their relations in Gusau and Benin on Friday called for care and love as the JOHESU nationwide strike entered its third day. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zamfara and Edo States reported that normal healthcare services have been disrupted by the strike. While some patients were seen being attended to by some doctors, relatives of others were seen evacuating their sick ones from the hospitals for alternative medicine. They all appealed to government to address the demands of the striking healthcare workers in order to strengthen the health sector. They also called on the aggrieved workers to consider their plight and save lives. In Gusau, the management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) has made arrangement for skeletal services to cushi...
We Are Committed To Innovation in Healthcare Service Delivery – PharmAcces

We Are Committed To Innovation in Healthcare Service Delivery – PharmAcces

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PharmAccess Foundation Nigeria is partnering with the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) to recognise and celebrate innovative healthcare service providers in Nigeria in the on-coming 2018 awards taking place in Lagos June 22. To this effect, they are sponsoring the award category - PharmAccess Innovative Healthcare Service Provider of the Year. This was recently made public in a press release signed by Moses Braimah, NHEA Director of Strategy, Marketing & Communication. According to Njide Ndili, PharmAccess Nigeria Country Director, “This is our third consecutive year of partnership with NHEA, but our second year as the sponsor of the innovative healthcare service provider award category. Our motivation supports our core objectives, which is to promote innovation that improv
PSN President Receives Fellowship Award of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists

PSN President Receives Fellowship Award of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists

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The 30th AGM, SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM AND 60th COUNCIL MEETING of the WEST AFRICAN POSTGRADUATE COLLEGE OF PHARMACISTS was a huge success. The meeting and Investiture of new FELLOWS of the college held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia which was declared open by the President, His Excellency, Mr Adama Barrow ably represented by the Vice President, Her Excellency, Alhaja Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang accompanied by three Ministers including the Minister of Health on the 17th of April 2018. The Keynote Address on “MEDICINES AND WEALTH CREATION” was delivered by Dr Pa Lamin Beyai, Ph.D, Country Director, UNDP, Liberia. The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, HE Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakassai received a fellowship award of the West African Post Graduate College of Pha
EU Supports Albino Foundation with N70m

EU Supports Albino Foundation with N70m

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Albino Foundation on Monday said it had received 155, 838 euros (about N70 million) from the European Union for baseline survey on the condition of People with Albinism (PWAs) in Nigeria. Founder of the Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the fund was also to provide policy and legal reform to improve the condition of PWAs. He said that the money would also be used to pursue production of sun-protection creams for PWAs, using local and natural products. “Right now, there is over N70 million provided by the EU for a baseline study for the beginning of census of persons with albinism and other issues. “It is the first of its kind in the world that an organisation is supporting a census of persons with albinism,” Epelle said He said that the founda
One Night of Bad Sleep Can Lead To Alzheimer ‘S Disease: Scientists

One Night of Bad Sleep Can Lead To Alzheimer ‘S Disease: Scientists

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New research suggests that a single night of sleep deprivation can increase levels of beta-amyloid protein involved in the making of Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery was made by scientists from the American National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Beta-amyloid — also known as amyloid beta — is a sticky protein that can accumulate between brain cells and form “plaques.” These plaques disrupt brain cell communication, and this is believed to play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease. Study co-author Nora D. Volkow, of the Laboratory of Neuroimaging at the NIAAA, and colleagues recently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive cognitive disorder characterised by memory loss and changes in behavi
1 Nigerian Dies of Stroke Every 2 Minutes–Neurologist

1 Nigerian Dies of Stroke Every 2 Minutes–Neurologist

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Prof. Njideka Okubadejo, Nigeria’s first female neurologist, says one person dies every two minutes from stroke in the Nigeria. Okubadejo, of the University of Lagos, disclosed this at her Inaugural Lecture at the University in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecture was titled “Strokes of Movement and Trips: Strategic Opportunism as Am Approach to Improve Neurological Care in Africa”. According to her, the estimated stroke mortality rate in Nigeria is between 120 and 240 per 100,000 population. “Extrapolated to our current estimated population of approximately 184 million, according to www.population.gov.ng, this translates to about 281,520 deaths annually,” she said. Okubadejo said “a stroke is a medical emergency in which the flow of blood to a portion of t
Artificially-Ripened Fruits: Reps Want Sellers Prosecuted

Artificially-Ripened Fruits: Reps Want Sellers Prosecuted

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The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Executive to check the sale and consumption of artificially-ripened fruits in the country and prosecute those involved in the business. It urged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to immediately carry out massive enlightenment to sensitise the public on the menace. This followed a motion by Rep. Edward Pwajok (Plateau-APC) at plenary. Moving the motion, Pwajok said there were reported cases of ripening of fruits with calcium carbide in Nigeria. He said that in a bid to make inordinate profit and capitalize on the huge national demand for fruits, especially mango, banana, plantain and oranges, fruit dealers used a chemical – calcium carbide, to ripen fruits
People Living Near Oil, Gas Facilities at Higher Risk of Cancer, Heart Defects

People Living Near Oil, Gas Facilities at Higher Risk of Cancer, Heart Defects

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People living near oil and gas facilities along Colorado’s Northern Front Range may be exposed to hazardous air pollutants, including carcinogens like benzene, that could pose health risks above levels deemed acceptable by the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, Boulder County Public Health, CU Boulder, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University of California Irvine.  The study, led by the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, used ambient air samples to estimate and compare risks for four residential scenarios. They found the lifetime cancer risk of those living within 500 feet of a well eight was times higher than th
Scientists Edge Closer to HIV Vaccine

Scientists Edge Closer to HIV Vaccine

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* Single injection protects monkeys for at least 18 weeks Scientists are edging closer to a long-term preventative Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) vaccine, new research suggests.A single injection protected monkeys against a version of the virus for at least 18 weeks, suggesting the jab could offer people months of immunity, a study by Rockefeller University, New York, United States (U.S.), found. People at high risk of becoming infected, such as those with HIV-positive partners, can take the preventative drug Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) before sex, however, there is no long-term, effective jab. Developing such a vaccine is difficult due to HIV ‘hiding’ from people’s immune systems, however, including certain proteins in the injecti
Lowest Number of New Lassa Fever Cases Recorded in Nigeria

Lowest Number of New Lassa Fever Cases Recorded in Nigeria

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As outbreak control efforts have been intensified, only five new confirmed cases of Lassa fever were reported in the week that ended on the 15th of April 2018. This is the lowest number of cases reported in a single week since January 2018. This also marks the eighth week of continuous decline in new confirmed cases showing that the efforts to control the outbreak are bearing fruit.  The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole remarked on the current situation: “I am happy with the reduction in the number of cases, thanks to the efforts that we have all devoted to this. However, now is not a time to rest on our oars. We will continue to intensify efforts to prevent, detect and respond to Lassa fever and ensure that Nigeria plays a leading role in the global efforts to ta
#JOHESUStrike2018: Two-Day-Old Baby with Spinal Cord Problem Denied Medication at UCH

#JOHESUStrike2018: Two-Day-Old Baby with Spinal Cord Problem Denied Medication at UCH

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A two-day-old baby with spinal cord problem was on Wednesday denied treatment following an indefinite strike embarked by the Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to force the Federal Government meet their 24-point demands. Hundreds of other patients were also stranded while the entrance of the hospital was blocked by the striking health workers who had locked two of the hospital’s gates to prevent people coming into the hospital as well as the different service points. Alfa Abideena Akilapa, the baby’s father said, the baby born on Tuesday and with a spinal cord problem was referred to the hospital from Oluyoro Catholic Hospital, Ibadan but was asked to come back the next day (Wednesday). Mr Tirimisiyu Kolapo, another patient, who had travelled from Kan
JOHESU Strike: Nigerian Government Threatens ‘No Work, No Pay’ Policy

JOHESU Strike: Nigerian Government Threatens ‘No Work, No Pay’ Policy

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The Federal Government has reacted to the ongoing strike embarked on by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, while reacting to the development, on Wednesday, said government was shocked by the decision of the union to embark on another round of nationwide strike, despite its commitment to the implementation of an agreement reached with them in September 2017. He, however, threatened that government will not fail to wield the big stick by invoking the ‘no work, no pay,’ if they fail to return to their duty posts. A statement from the Press Directorate of the ministry said “at a period the federal government is faithfully managing lean resources to ensure industrial harmony in all sectors, a measure of patriotism
Lassa Fever Kills 2 People in Abuja

Lassa Fever Kills 2 People in Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday said two of the three confirmed cases of Lassa fever died within three months in the territory. Humphrey Okoroukwu, the Director of Public Health and Human Services in the FCT disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja. Mr Okoroukwu said that 38 suspected cases were reported and investigated, three confirmed, while two deaths were recorded. He explained that “the only case of Lassa fever reported in Abuja Municipal Area Council in March eventually died.” The director said that the remaining victim in FCTA, who has been under surveillance was discharged having exited the incubation period. Daily Post News
Four Out of Five Nigerian Cancer Patients Die

Four Out of Five Nigerian Cancer Patients Die

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Nigeria has the worst cancer mortality rate in Africa as four out of every five patients die from the ailment, according to recent statistics. A foremost consultant oncologist and radiotherapist at the University of Nigeria College of Medicine (UNCM) and Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, Prof. Ifeoma Okoye, who gave the statistics, blamed the high death rate on the low level of awareness, late presentation at hospitals as well as the high cost of screening and treatment. Okoye, who is also a member of the team of medical experts that packaged the National Cancer Control Plan 2018-2022, said the global cancer community was rallying countries to produce plans that would address their cultural and country-specific challenges. She said: “You need to address cultural challenges. For inst