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Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award 2019 Rewards Top Performers and Innovators

Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award 2019 Rewards Top Performers and Innovators

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Dr. Stella Chinyelu Okoli, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, others shine The 2019 edition of the annual Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA), which has been dubbed the “Oscar of Nigerian healthcare” by the organisers has finally taken place in Lagos, and living up to its billing. NHEA is an annual event where outstanding personalities and organisations are recognised and celebrated for their extraordinary contributions to healthcare in Nigeria. NHEA recognitions and celebration of Nigeria healthcare champions has over the years come to stimulate several stakeholders to become more awake to their callings as well as the need to up their standards – in service delivery while striving to attain excellent performance. Thus diligent and excellent performers, as well as innovator
Alumnae Take Medical Outreach to Alma Mater 400 Benefit

Alumnae Take Medical Outreach to Alma Mater 400 Benefit

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No fewer than 400 people have received free medical care at Illupeju Secondary School in Ilupeju, Lagos State, during a medical outreach organised by the school’s Old Students’ Association 1988/1989 set in partnership with Global Care Outreach. Among the services rendered to the beneficiaries were medical consultation, physical examination, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, urinalysis, dental check-up, prostate specific antigen and eye check-up. Free eye glasses, medication and referral were provided for those who needed them. Spiritual counselling was also rendered. The downpour did not hinder the residents from coming to the event venue to receive quality health care services. According to the President of the Old Students’ Association (1988/1989) set, Mrs. Funmi Omotoso, the gest
Untreated Mental Health Issues Fuel Drug Abuse, Say Experts

Untreated Mental Health Issues Fuel Drug Abuse, Say Experts

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Medical experts have raised the alarm over increasing cases of drug misuse and addiction in the country, blaming it on mental health issues that were left undiagnosed and untreated. Speaking at the symposium on practical solutions to combat substance abuse organised by Freedom Foundation in Lagos, wife of the governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, noted the need for generous attention to the mental health of Nigerians, irrespective of age or gender. The experts advocated a new multi-sectoral approach to tackling substance abuse from prevention to the re-integration of recovering users. With the theme, ‘Drugs Don’t Discriminate’, the platform aimed at charting paths to evidence-based intervention to build stronger partnerships between religious organisations, other stakeholders and government ag
NDLEA Arrests 186 Suspects, Seizes 61.24kg of Illicit Drugs in Jigawa

NDLEA Arrests 186 Suspects, Seizes 61.24kg of Illicit Drugs in Jigawa

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Jigawa Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had arrested no fewer than 186 suspected dealers in illicit drugs in the state. It said that the suspects were nabbed from January to date, adding that it also seized 61.24 kilogrammes of assorted narcotics and psychotic substances during the period. Commandant of the agency in the state, Mrs Josephine Ruth, made this known at a news briefing as part of activities to commemorate 2019 United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Ruth said the suspects were 182 males and four females. “The drug war is more challenging now than ever. The difficulties of today led many people into drug dependency. “In Jigawa, this involves the abuse of cannabis sativa, codeine and psychotic sub
U.S Invests $400m Fighting HIV/AIDS in Nigeria – NACA DG

U.S Invests $400m Fighting HIV/AIDS in Nigeria – NACA DG

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Dr Sani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) says U.S. invested up to 400 million dollars in the fight against the deadly HIV/AIDS virus in Nigeria. Aliyu said this on Monday in Abuja at an event to celebrate and award individuals that have contributed to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. The director general said that American Government had shown concern in fighting the scourge through President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He, however, added that the efforts of PEPFAR would not had made impact without direct involvement of the awardees. He congratulated the awardees on their various sacrifices toward reducing the spread of the condition in the country, describing them as “heroes.” The NACA boss urged them to continue to engage
Osinbajo Advises Pharmacists on Local Content

Osinbajo Advises Pharmacists on Local Content

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday called on the  National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development to expand the pharmaceutical sector  to  ensure  the development of local content. Osinbajo spoke at the NIPRD Health Engagement Education Access Discourse in Abuja. In his address, which was read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Abdullaziz Abdullahi, Osinbajo said, “In view of  the  steps taken by  the Muhammadu Buhari administration towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage, the expansion of the sector will ensure national economic growth, prosperity and address new challenges in the health sector. “The discourse is timely and the institute is assured of Federal Government’s support in all its strides towards achie
Ebola Death Toll Breaks 1,500 Mark in DR Congo

Ebola Death Toll Breaks 1,500 Mark in DR Congo

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More than 1,500 people have died in a nearly 10-month-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said on Monday. As of Sunday, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded cases, it said. Earlier this month, the virus claimed two lives in neighbouring Uganda among a family who had travelled to the DRC. Nearly 141,000 people have been vaccinated in the affected eastern DRC provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, the epicentre of the outbreak. Ebola spreads among humans through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person, or objects contaminated by such fluids.The current outbreak in the DRC is the worst on record after an epidemic that struck mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014-2016, killi...
PSN Rivers Chairman Inaugurates Two Committees, Appreciates Their Commitment to Work

PSN Rivers Chairman Inaugurates Two Committees, Appreciates Their Commitment to Work

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The Chairman of PSN in the state, Pharm Chima Agnellus Ogbu MAW yesterday inaugurated two committees of the PSN: The Ethics, Dispute Resolution and Disciplinary Committee (EDDC) headed by Pharm Mrs. Elizabeth Bob-Manuel FPSNas well as the Pharmacy Resource Center Fund Raising Luncheon Committee headed by Pharm Chuks Onyibe FPSN   The event which held at the state PSN Secretariat was widely attended by the EXCOs, members and advisers of the committees with only a few dignitaries unavoidably absent.Addressing the gathering at the event, the PSN Chairman thanked the members of the committee for accepting to serve, for attending the event despite the heavy rainfall and flooding experienced in the state and the attendant traffic jams. He described their sacrifice as a true reflection of the
Officials Declare Kenya Ebola-free

Officials Declare Kenya Ebola-free

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Doctors have given a clean bill of health to three people earlier suspected to have Ebola. Results of blood works of the three people who had been placed under quarantine for suspicion that they could be having the haemorrhagic fever came back negative, with experts further assuring Kenyans that the country is Ebola-free. The three had been isolated at Kericho County Referral Hospital after coming into contact with a 36-year-old woman who had exhibited symptoms similar to those of Ebola fever, but also tested negative. She had travelled from Malaba, a town in Busia County on the border of Kenya and Uganda to see her spouse who was among the three isolated. The other two who had assisted him to take her to the hospital were tested despite not showing symptoms of the disease. ...
Put on Your Thinking Caps to face the  Future, Ohuabunwa to Inductees

Put on Your Thinking Caps to face the Future, Ohuabunwa to Inductees

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Recently the PSN President, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa was at the University of Port Harcourt to deliver the keynote address at the 8th Induction Ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His lecture aptly titled PHARMACY PRACTICE - WHAT THEY MAY NOT TEACH YOU IN THE UNIVERSITY, was just what the 87 newly graduated pharmacists needed to set the ball rolling as they get into the outside world and into the job market. The visiting PSN President was received by the PSN Rivers State led by the newly elected State Chairman, Pharm. Chima Agnellus Ogbu. While addressing the inductees Ohuabunwa reminded them to bear in mind the fact that, “the mere possession of a B.Pharm degree or even PharmD is not adequate guarantee that we shall be successful in the practice or even in the world.
Genetically Engineered Immune Cells Fight off Deadly Virus

Genetically Engineered Immune Cells Fight off Deadly Virus

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Researchers may have demonstrated a novel way to protect us from some of the world’s deadliest viruses. By genetically engineering immune cells to make more effective antibodies, they have defended mice from a potentially lethal lung virus. The same strategy could work in humans against diseases for which there are no vaccines. “It’s a huge breakthrough,” says Immunologist James Voss of the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California, who wasn’t connected to the study. Vaccines typically contain a disabled microbial invader or shards of its molecules. They stimulate immune cells known as B cells to crank out antibodies that target the pathogen. Not everyone who receives a vaccine gains protection, however. Some patients’ antibodies aren’t up to snuff, for instance. And researche
‘Illegal Health Training Institution Uncovered in Ikorodu’

‘Illegal Health Training Institution Uncovered in Ikorodu’

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The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) says it has uncovered a health training institution operating illegally in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. Its Chairman in Lagos Chapter, Mr Olurotimi Awojide, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) when an investigation team visited the institution, Imperial School of Health Technology. NAN reports that the health training school is situated in an uncompleted building at Ita-Oluwo in Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb. Awojide said that the unaccredited institution, Imperial, would “only succeed in producing quacks”. He said nursing as a profession could not afford to have quacks in a system dealing with human lives. According to him, this informed the prompt investigation visit to the illegally operated institution. “Pro
LUTH Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

LUTH Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

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The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba has suspended its indefinite strike, which commenced on June 7, 2019. Its President, Dr. Kayode Makinde, told The Guardian that the decision was reached after the intervention of Chairman of the board and Ministry of Health. “We have had our meeting and work will resume tomorrow based on the intervention. They have made promises to address our demands. We believe them and that is why we allowed them to intervene. “We honoured them by suspending the strike, as we expect them to keep their own side of the bargain in the interest of all Nigerians,” he said. However, during a visit to LUTH yesterday, doctors were sighted attending to patients, while clinics were opened. Makinde, who spoke on tele
Lagos NMA Charges Experienced Doctors to Mentor Younger Colleagues

Lagos NMA Charges Experienced Doctors to Mentor Younger Colleagues

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The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Lagos State chapter, Dr Salisu Oseni, has urged older and more experienced practitioners to mentor younger doctors and help to guide them towards improving the health sector. Describing the lack of mentorship within the association as one of the causes of blunders among younger doctors, Oseni said, “Over the years, the roles of the elders have become necessary for us to be able to move the profession forward. Recently, we realised that some of our elders are not as active as they used to be in the association. “Medical practice has to do with experience. It is like an apprenticeship, which requires you learn from the trainer. That was what prompted this event. We need to acknowledge that we will lose a lot of wisdom if we don’t ack
2,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually of Unsafe Abortion -Gynaecologist

2,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually of Unsafe Abortion -Gynaecologist

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No fewer than 2,000 Nigerian women die of unsafe abortion annually with Northeast recording highest rate, says Dr Christopher Lamai, Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. Lamai made the disclosure at the capacity building workshop for journalist on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) organized by Ipas Nigeria, an international NGO on Tuesday in Gombe. He said the rate contributed to 13 per cent of mortality in the country as many women died from abortion more than malaria. According to him, every eight minutes women die of unsafe abortion while an estimated 220,000 children are left motherless annually as a result of abortion related death. He advised participants to fully sensitize the public on how to undergo safe abortion towa...