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‘Government Must Give Attention to Sickle Cell Disorder’

‘Government Must Give Attention to Sickle Cell Disorder’

NEWS
A medical doctor with Eko Hospital Ikeja, Dr Emoruwa Oyefo, has called on the government to give attention to the management and care for non- communicable diseases like sickle cell disorder. Oyefo during an enlightenment programme organised by Crimson Bow Sickle Cell Initiative in partnership with Mushin Local Government said that Nigeria has the largest population of sickle cell carriers in the world with about five million sickle cell children. “It is understandable that communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS can spread faster and claim many lives within a short period of time and this accounts for quick attention often paid by the government to arrest the spread, nevertheless non- communicable diseases can also claim many lives if enough is not done to stop it. “The reason why si
Malnutrition: 1m Children Get UNICEF Attention in Yobe, Borno

Malnutrition: 1m Children Get UNICEF Attention in Yobe, Borno

NEWS
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says no fewer than 1, 239, 802 children has been given Vitamin ‘A’ supplementation in Yobe and Borno through the support of the Department of International Development (DFID). Dr Martin Jackson, UNICEF Nutrition Officer in Bauchi State, made this known on Thursday at a media dialogue while presenting a paper on DFID support for child malnutrition in the North-East in Yola. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. Theme of the event is: “Investing in Malnutrition for the Future.’’ Jackson said that UNICEF was able to attain these feat through the UKaid funded Integrated Basic Nutrition Response to
FG To Partner Indian, China to Halt Shipment of Tramadol – NAFDAC

FG To Partner Indian, China to Halt Shipment of Tramadol – NAFDAC

NEWS
The Federal Government says it is planning partnership with China and India to halt the continued shipment of banned drugs from their countries to Nigeria. Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Christiana Adeyeye, disclosed this during the flag off of a Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA) Awareness Campaign organized by NAFDAC) and Yung Pharmacists Group. According to her, “NAFDAC is assiduously working with governments of South East Asia to stop drugs that can destroy our youths to leave their shores” She expressed worry over the fact that Tramadol, with higher prescription strengths of 120, 225 and 500 mg and marked “For Exports Only”, are being shipped to Nigeria from China and India. “These strengths are not allowed
How Poor Regulation by NAFDAC, PCN Fuels Counterfeit Medicines

How Poor Regulation by NAFDAC, PCN Fuels Counterfeit Medicines

NEWS
Pharmacists under the aegis of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) have blamed upsurge in counterfeit medicines and use of illicit drugs like codeine and tramadol on poor regulatory and monitoring activities by the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). National Chairman, ACPN, Samuel Oluwaoromipin Adekola, yesterday at the 2018 Community Pharmacy Summit in Ikeja, Lagos, said there is urgent need to boost the inspectorate activities of the PCN and NAFDAC because community pharmacists have been severely hit by inadequacies and shortcomings in the totality of monitoring and control procedures in Nigeria. Adekola said: “At a juncture, many have continued to believe that private sector play
NiBUCAA, NACA Push for Sustained Political Will to Address HIV

NiBUCAA, NACA Push for Sustained Political Will to Address HIV

NEWS
The Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA) and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) have stated that sustained political will on funding and investment will help in addressing issues around Human Immuno Virus (HIV) prevalence in the country. They said there were several opportunities and innovative technologies to expanding access to HIV testing as part of plans for the country to meet the 90-90-90 target. Speaking during a walk to commemorate World AIDS Day in Lagos recently, the Executive Committee Chairman NiBUCAA, Dr. Shaibu Musa, said this year’s commemoration was significant because it represented the 30th edition of the international day set aside to raise awareness and ignite conversations on the scourge and effects of HIV&AIDS in communities and wor
Family Planning Experts Decry Non-Usage of Contraceptives among Nigerians

Family Planning Experts Decry Non-Usage of Contraceptives among Nigerians

NEWS
Family planning experts from different health organisations in the country Wednesday decried the high rate of non-usage of contraceptive methods among Nigerians. The experts expressed their displeasure at the sub-group oral sessions of the ongoing 5th Nigeria Family Planning Conference in Abuja. Mr Alawode Oluwatobi, a Graduate Researcher, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Oyo State noted that findings from an academic study revealed that age, region, education as well as unemployment were some of the factors militating against contraceptive usage. According to him, out of a sample of 9,207 unmarried women, findings revealed that 81 per cent of them had never used any form of contraceptive. “The research, entitled ‘Non-use of contraceptives among never married women’, was conducted
UNIOSUN Recommences Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery

UNIOSUN Recommences Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery

NEWS
Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has recommenced its Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) programme. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, said the move will enable the institution to demonstrate its relevance and play its role in the training of medical doctors for the state and the nation in general. Popoola said the MBBS programme, which was introduced at the inception of UNIOSUN in 2007 with full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in May, 2012, was suspended partly due to inability of the university to meet the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) accreditation requirements of providing a teaching hospital for student’s clinical training. He expressed delight that with the commencement of construction of UNIOSUN’s Teaching Hospital
UNICEF Advocates Improved Investment in Nutrition

UNICEF Advocates Improved Investment in Nutrition

NEWS
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of Federal Ministry of Information and Culture have identified improved investment in nutrition as a tool to fast track national and human development. Mr Olumide Osanyipeju, Head CRIB of the ministry, disclosed this on Wednesday at a media dialogue on child malnutrition in North-East, held in Yola with the theme: “Investing in Malnutrition for the Future”. The dialogue was organised by UNICEF, in collaboration with the CRIB. Osanyipeju noted that improved nutrition could be achieved by educating the populace and creating a positive approach towards nutrition. According to him, malnutrition is a large burden to a country and tackling malnutrition entails empowering and educating people. He further i
Bad Breath: Physician Warns Against Gum Disease

Bad Breath: Physician Warns Against Gum Disease

Dental Health, NEWS
Dr Innocent Osazuwa, a medical practitioner, Benin in Edo, says persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease. Osazuwa, a dentist at the Calvary Estate Hospital, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeriain Benin. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone. Osazuwa said that bad breath, also called halitosis, could be embarrassing and in some cases might even cause anxiety. “Bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odors. “Cleaning between teeth daily once a day is very important. “T
Taraba Ranks 2nd on HIV/AIDS Infection

Taraba Ranks 2nd on HIV/AIDS Infection

NEWS
The Director-General of the Taraba AIDS Control Agency (TACA), Abba Sale Ibrahim, says a recently released statistics has shown that the state currently ranks second in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection in the country. Speaking at a joint press conference in Jalingo, marking the World AIDS Day, he said the agency focused attention on the urban areas for free HIV and AIDS testing and counselling. He said it was imperative to reach out to the remote areas where the level of awareness was very low and most people had no access to medical centers for test. focus its attention in rural areas with a view to render its services to rural communities. “The aim is to ensure that we do not only sensitize the people on preventive measures but we also provide free counselling and testing
UNTH Salary Crisis Worsens as JOHESU Threatens Breakdown if…

UNTH Salary Crisis Worsens as JOHESU Threatens Breakdown if…

NEWS
CRISIS rocking the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu State came to a head yesterday, with a threat of breakdown of law and order if the hospital management  pays resident doctors the alleged withheld parts of salaries and wages the doctors have been protesting against. The institution’s resident doctors had embarked on protests over alleged tampering with their salaries and other wages by the institution. But the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, in the hospital comprising Senior Staff Association, Medical and Health Workers Union, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, National Union of Allied Health Professionals and Non-Academic Staff Union, has written the hospital’s management threatening fire and brimstone should any such money be paid
ENDOMETRIOSIS: ESGN Targets 10,000 Nigerian Women

ENDOMETRIOSIS: ESGN Targets 10,000 Nigerian Women

NEWS
…Appoints Funmi Babington-Ashaye 2018 Endo Ambassador AS part of its resolve to raise awareness and educate the public about early diagnosis and timely intervention for Endometriosis among Nigerian women, the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, ESGN, is targeting over 10,000 people through public education and awareness in 2019. Disclosing this during the investiture of the MD/ CEO, Risk Analyst Insurance Brokers Limited, Mrs. Funmi Babington- Ashaye, as 2018 Endo Ambassador, the Founder ESGN, who is Managing Director, Nordica Fertility Centre,Dr Abayomi Ajayi, said series of activities had been lined up for 2019. Endometriosis is a condition which occurs only in females and it is estimated to affect 10 percent of women within their reproductive age and is believed to be a major cause
Court Orders Destruction of 14 containers of Tramadol

Court Orders Destruction of 14 containers of Tramadol

NEWS
The Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday secured an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos to destroy 14 containers loaded with Tramadol, which were seized from smugglers. The order followed an ex parte application taken before Justice Saliu Saidu by the agency. The counsel for the Customs, Mr Bisi Ogunlowo, explained to the court that the banned drug consignments were intercepted between February and September this year by the NCS operatives on duty at the Apapa Wharf, Lagos. He said the 14 containers of the banned drug were abandoned by the smugglers, who fled upon being accosted for checks. He added that since the confiscation of the consignments, no one had come forward to lay claim to the containers. Ogunlowo said a search by officials at the court’s registry revealed t
Yellow Fever: Edo Confirms Nine Deaths

Yellow Fever: Edo Confirms Nine Deaths

NEWS
The Edo State government on Wednesday said that nine lives were lost to the outbreak of yellow fever that ravaged parts of the state a few weeks ago. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on a Benin-based radio station. He also confirmed that the yellow fever epidemic spread to 10 local government areas of the State. “Already, nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported,” Osifo said. According to the commissioner, seven persons who tested positive to the yellow fever infection could not make it to the hospital before they died. Osifo who did not give the names of the affected local government areas, however, put the ages of the victims at between 14 and 20 years.
Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage Statistics ‘Worrisome’ As UN Women Gather In Lagos

Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage Statistics ‘Worrisome’ As UN Women Gather In Lagos

NEWS
The sheer number of child marriages and female genital mutilation (FGM) across African communities is reaching alarming levels, participants at a United Nations women conference in Lagos have said. The conference which opened in Lagos, Tuesday, is aimed as mobilising action and engaging traditional rulers in Africa towards ending child marriage and female genital mutilation on the continent. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, the Africa Union goodwill ambassador for early child marriage (ECM), while presenting a multi-country analytical study of legislation, policies, interventions and cultural practices on child marriage, said the figures do not look good for Africa. “125 million of more than 700 million women alive today and married as a child live in Africa,” she said. “That is 17 per cent of