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Let Them Play  More, Sit Less

Let Them Play More, Sit Less

Children's Health, NEWS
The nature of children is that they are usually very active and sometimes even restless – you just can’t keep a child in one place, it is not in their nature! Thus kids ought to be allowed to feel and live their lives naturally for them to develop wholly and be healthy all round. Experts say kids below five years of age especially require spending a little amount of their time sitting down and watching TV or looking into a smartphone or tablet etc.; they are not to be confined to prams and seats. According to the World Health Organisation, children also should be allowed to get good quality of sleep while engaging more actively in playing. All of this advisory is contained in the new guidelines supplied by the world health authority as requirements for the growth of children if they are t
Doctors Fault Foreign Medical Trips by Buhari, El-Zakzaky

Doctors Fault Foreign Medical Trips by Buhari, El-Zakzaky

NEWS
Medical doctors in the country have faulted the recent medical trips embarked upon by prominent citizens on the premise that the disease conditions could be managed by any hospitals across the federation. The medics, who include the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Faduyile; and his National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) counterpart, Dr. Segun Olaopa, submitted that doctors and most hospitals in the country could manage all medical conditions. Faduyile and Olaopa said the Federal Government and some prominent Nigerians were wasting scarce resources going abroad for medical treatment. They said the situation was more of attitude and choice for medical tourism rather than that of not having the personnel and facilities to handle the ailments. They r...
Kaduna Varsity Produces First Batch of Pharmacists after Accreditation

Kaduna Varsity Produces First Batch of Pharmacists after Accreditation

NEWS
The Kaduna State University (KASU) has said that its Faculty of Pharmacy will induct its first batch of Pharmacy graduates next Friday after its full accreditation by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Prof. Ben Ahmed Chindo, who in a statement described the development as uncommon for a seven-year old Pharmacy Faculty in Nigeria, said: “I am glad to announce that my faculty has attended full accreditation after the NUC carried out a diligent assessment of our course contents, quality of learning facilities, lecturers and related parameters. Source: Medical World Nigeria
NNPC Gets NHIS Accreditation to Provide Medical Services

NNPC Gets NHIS Accreditation to Provide Medical Services

NEWS
The National Health Insurance Scheme has formally accredited the Health Maintenance Organisation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, thereby enabling the oil firm to provide healthcare services to Nigerians. According to the oil firm, the accreditation granted NNPC the authority to establish and operate a functional HMO, adding that this was a forerunner to the plan by the corporation to activate a medical delivery system across the country. Receiving the certificate of accreditation at the NHIS headquarters in Abuja, the Managing Director, NNPC HMO, Musa Ribadu, said the corporation was ready to improve the scheme and offer real-time value to the prospective beneficiaries of its packages. He was quoted in a statement as saying, “We are confident that our entry into the
Family Seeks Justice Over Nigerian Medical Student Killed In Ukraine

Family Seeks Justice Over Nigerian Medical Student Killed In Ukraine

NEWS
It was a pitiable sight last Friday as the family of a 30-year-old Nigerian medical student, Gbolade Ejemai, who was allegedly murdered in Ukraine by one Victoria Popvrako, yelled for justice. The family, who is yet to come to terms with the death of their pride, who had spent over 10 years to train as a medical doctor abroad, wailed uncontrollably as they narrated the unfortunate incident in their Egbeda home in Lagos. Ejemai’s traumatic end has put to an end the family’s expectation that after his graduation in few months, he would bring succour to his aged mother and a sibling, especially when the median annual income of a bachelor’s degree-professional of a Nigerian trained abroad is put at about $65,000. However, his death has shattered the dreams of his family. The Guardia
Buhari Promises to Boost Healthcare, Commissions NAF Reference Hospital in Daura

Buhari Promises to Boost Healthcare, Commissions NAF Reference Hospital in Daura

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Daura, Katsina State restated his administration’s commitment to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country, saying rural dwellers will be given special attention for better healthcare. Buhari said a turn around of the country’s health sector would reduce dependence on foreign countries for medical treatment, noting that health services in rural areas deserved better attention. The President, who spoke at the commissioning of a 60-bed capacity Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital (NAFRHI) in Daura, said the Federal Government in the last four years invested huge resources in the health sector. He explained that government achieved that with increased budgetary allocation from N259 billion in 2015 to over N340 billion i
PSN Reverses Self, Endorses Proposed TAS

PSN Reverses Self, Endorses Proposed TAS

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has endorsed the proposed Tiered Accreditation System (TAS), saying if well implemented, it will not only bring greater control in the pharmaceutical space, but also ensure professionalism in the industry. Earlier, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (APCN) had faulted the proposal by the Federal Ministry of Health to create three tiers of eligible players in the sale of Over The Counter (OTC) drugs in Nigeria. But speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, PSN President, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, explained that the PSN initially opposed the move because it did not fully understand what it meant and because there has not been robust discussions of the issue. Ohuabunwa, however, noted that after a stakeholders meeting facilit...
Cross River Seeks Six-Month Maternity Leave for Nursing Mums

Cross River Seeks Six-Month Maternity Leave for Nursing Mums

NEWS
The Cross River State Primary Healthcare and Development Agency has canvassed a six-month maternity leave for nursing mothers in service. State Nutrition Officer, Lady Regina Adie, who made the call yesterday at a media roundtable on promotion of optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), organised by the agency in collaboration with FHI360/Alive and Thrive in Calabar, noted that the review of the extant three months to six for the affected persons has become imperative to enable them breastfeed their children properly for the overall development of the kids in the first 180 days. To achieve the advocacy, Adie said they had visited members of the House Committee on Health in the State House of Assembly as well as traditional and religious leaders to create awareness on exclusive ...
Ekiti Government Shuts 5 Illegal Hospitals

Ekiti Government Shuts 5 Illegal Hospitals

NEWS
No fewer than five illegal hospitals were on Thursday shut by the Ekiti Government for operating illegally. The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, announced the closure during an unscheduled visit of the Medical Anti Quackery Committee set up by the state government to the hospitals. He warned residents of the state against patronising quack doctors who operate in unauthorised hospitals in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yaya-Kolade was represented during the exercise by the Director, Hospital Services and Training, Dr Rufus Adetoye. She said that the state government was not comfortable with the quackery in medical practice in the state and would deal decisively with anyone caught in the act. “The intention of the state governme
Pharmacy Reacts to Viral Video of Expired Product on Sale

Pharmacy Reacts to Viral Video of Expired Product on Sale

NEWS
Mophet Nigeria Limited, operators of a chain of pharmacies, has said it was investigating the sale of expired drugs at one of its outlets in Lagos. The promise was made after a viral video shows the Mophet Pharmacy at Adeola Odeku in Victoria Island, Lagos, had an expired mouthwash on sale. In the video, a customer was seen interrogating sales representative after he discovered the expiry date of some of the mouthwash was covered with fake stickers. “Look at this 2018…25/11/2018 covered with a sticker of 2019, the real expiry date is under them, very interesting,” the customer said in the video. “This is very bad, it has nothing to do with notice. You can see 2018 at the back. This is the real expiry date 11, 2018 and 2019 is covered on all of them.” The company’s retail manager,
Ekiti NMA Wants Govt to Halt Brain Drain

Ekiti NMA Wants Govt to Halt Brain Drain

NEWS
The Nigeria Medical Association, Ekiti State chapter, has expressed concern that its call to the Federal and state governments to improve the state of health care delivery in order to halt the ongoing brain drain in the health sector has not yielded any result. Both the Chairman and Secretary of the association in the state, Dr Tunji Omotayo and Dr Tunji Olaoye, lamented the increase in the number of skilled medical personnel migrating from Nigeria to other countries was not a healthy development for the country. The NMA leaders spoke in a communiqué made available to our correspondent  on Tuesday at the end of the association’s 2019 Annual General/Scientific Conference, where medical experts appraised the state of health care delivery in the country and Ekiti State. The NMA, however
Study Identifies 15 Health Conditions that Doctors Misdiagnose

Study Identifies 15 Health Conditions that Doctors Misdiagnose

NEWS
Have you experienced crisis of verdicts by doctors on a health condition? Then, you will be familiar with the cost of wrong diagnosis. Diagnostic mistakes also known as misdiagnoses are a common occurrence in our society and it has sent many Nigerians to their untimely graves. The fear of becoming a victim is one major reason why rich Nigerians prefer undertaking medical tourism overseas - a development estimated to cost the nation in excess of $500 Million annually in capital flight. Misdiagnosis is the most frequent medical error as well as the most serious. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 100, 000 diagnosed cancer cases in Nigeria annually out of which 80, 000 die due partly to misdiagnosis. Besides, researchers say that misdiagnosis may als...
Nigerian Scientists Reveal World’s First Plant-Based Anti-Snake Venom Vaccine

Nigerian Scientists Reveal World’s First Plant-Based Anti-Snake Venom Vaccine

Cover Stories, NEWS
Over the years Nigeria has continued to expend huge amounts of hard currency in the importation of anti-snake venom vaccines. This is mainly because certain areas of the country are actually endemic to snake bites especially as rural farmers embark on their routine of crop cultivation and harvesting at different times of the year – leading to tens of thousands of deaths annually. As such snake bites are indeed a major healthcare concern that needs more concerted efforts at curbing the hazards. Recently, a team of researchers at the University of Jos developed what is termed the world’s first plant-based anti-snake venom vaccine. What’s more, according to the experts the vaccine which is a remedy for snake bites of various kinds is very cheap compared to the imported vaccines. PharmaTimes E
Ebola ‘No Longer Incurable’ As Congo Trial Finds Drugs Boost Survival

Ebola ‘No Longer Incurable’ As Congo Trial Finds Drugs Boost Survival

NEWS
Scientists are a step closer to being able to cure the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever after two experimental drugs showed survival rates of as much as 90% in a clinical trial in Congo. Two experimental drugs - an antibody cocktail called REGN-EB3 developed by Regeneron and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 - will now be offered to all patients infected with the viral disease in an ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The drugs showed "clearly better" results, according to US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in a trial of four potential treatments being conducted during the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, now entering its second year in DRC. The drugs improved survival rates from the disease more than two other treat...
How Drug Abuse Worsens HIV, Hepatitis Infections, By NDLEA

How Drug Abuse Worsens HIV, Hepatitis Infections, By NDLEA

NEWS
Drug abuse worsens the severity of the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis infections because of the peculiar behaviour and quality of life of drug addicts, it has been learnt. The Head of Drug Reduction Unit of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Adamawa State, Shehu Dankolo, stated this in an interview with our correspondent. Dankolo noted that HIV and Hepatitis B & C infections among drug abusers are more acute than the public realises. “Drug abuse badly worsens the cases of certain diseases, including HIV infection and hepatitis B & C,” he said. Explaining how this happens, Dankolo said: “Drug abuse lowers immunity very seriously. People taking drugs contract HIV more easily because indiscriminate drug intake lowers their immunity to it. “Number