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UNICEF Attributes Cholera Outbreak to Open Defecation

UNICEF Attributes Cholera Outbreak to Open Defecation

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has attributed Cholera outbreak in Rivers State to open defecation practised in parts of the state. The Chief of Field Officer of the international body, Will-Board Ngambi, said virtually all rural communities and some urban areas in the oil rich state practised open defecation. Ngambi, who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt at a Media Networking workshop for journalists, urged the Rivers State Government to intensify its sensitisation programme on the health hazards associated with open defecation. The programme was held in collaboration with the Rivers State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA). Ngambi said the workshop was geared towards forging a working partnership and synergy with the media to bring the activities of...
NACA Begins Supervision of Utilisation of $225m W’Bank HIV/AIDS Loan to States

NACA Begins Supervision of Utilisation of $225m W’Bank HIV/AIDS Loan to States

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The National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) has commenced monitoring activities in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on the proper utilisation of World Bank $225million loan released to them towards eradicating HIV/AIDS. THISDAY checks revealed that each of the 36 states of the federation and FCT had collected a sum of $5million from NACA being part of World Bank loan released to them to fight HIV/AIDS. Though the World Bank has extended its support on HIV/AIDS till February 2017, NACA decided to move in so as to ascertain the level of the utilisation of financial resources released to states in the country in order to gather more information on the journey so far on the war against HIV/AIDS in the 36 states of the federation. ...
Some Doctors, Nurses not Computer Literate —Commissioner

Some Doctors, Nurses not Computer Literate —Commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has called on doctors and other health professionals to adopt modem technologies in the delivery of health services in their facilities. Idris stated this as he noted many doctors and nurses were not computer literate. He stated this at a seminar tagged, "Making Health Markets Work for the Poor in Nigeria," organised by Pharmaccess Foundation Nigeria in Lagos. According to Idris, technology has taken over every aspect of healthcare and stakeholders can no longer ignore its impact on their skills. Idris said, "The government is aware of the fact that technology has a role to play in improved health care delivery. We are open to supports and ideas from stakeholders and individuals in the ICT sector on how best to achiev...
Doctors Find Mobile Phone in Stomach of Vomiting Man

Doctors Find Mobile Phone in Stomach of Vomiting Man

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It is one way to make sure you do not misplace your mobile phone. Doctors were amazed to find the gadget wedged in the stomach of a 29-year-old Irish prisoner admitted to hospital after vomiting for four hours and complaining of stomach pains. After attempting to extract the device using endoscopic tools inserted through his throat under general anaesthetic , surgeons were forced to carry out  major surgery to remove the phone. The team at Department of Surgery, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, said they had hoped the phone would be passed by the body. But after eighteen hours. X-rays showed that the phone was not budging. At first they tried to perform an endoscopic removal, whereby a small claw like instrument, attached to a camera is inserted into the throat to t
PharmaTimes Applauds NAFDAC over War on Fake Anti-Fungal Cream

PharmaTimes Applauds NAFDAC over War on Fake Anti-Fungal Cream

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The management of PharmaTimes has commended authorities in National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on the recent raiding of the Trade Fair drug market in Ojo area of Lagos over counterfeited antifungal creams. In a statement by the health Newspaper, it applauded the NAFDAC Director of Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor for bringing to bear on the operations of the agency the ingredients of his professional training as a Lawyer - to engage in a thorough and effective war on counterfeit medical products. “It further demonstrates how serious NAFDAC is in the fight against fake drugs and in working seamlessly with the Buhari administration in its ongoing fight against corruption and the bad apples in our society,” the statement added. Describing counterfeit dru
‘177,000 Children Die of Pneumonia Annually in Nigeria’

‘177,000 Children Die of Pneumonia Annually in Nigeria’

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Health experts in the country have claimed that about 177,000 children Under five years die annually from pneumonococcal diseases. Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency (BSPHA), Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa stated that, reports have shown that Nigeria is among 10 countries in the world whose children under five are at a great risk of dying from Pneumonococcal diseases. Gamawa who disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting held at the Emergency Response Center (ERC) said the diseases caused by the organism include; Pneumonia, Meningitis, Bacteraemia, Middle ear infection (Otitis Media), Sinusitis and Bronchitis in children. According to him, the Meeting in Bauchi comes ahead of the kick off of the Pneumonococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PVC) in 16 states later...
Mora Calls For Robust Inspection Of Healthcare Facilities

Mora Calls For Robust Inspection Of Healthcare Facilities

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The immediate past chief executive officer of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Dr. Ahmed Mora, has called for a more intense inspection and accreditation of healthcare providing facilities in the country. Dr. Mora made the call a paper presentation titled, “The Role of Health Regulatory Agencies in Enhancing Effective Healthcare Delivery Services in Nigeria,” at the just concluded 2016 joint scientific conference organised by the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) and the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) in the USA. He also called for an enhanced Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for healthcare professionals by health regulatory agencies. According to him, such step would help t
HIV/AIDS Prevalence Drops Nationwide, says NACA

HIV/AIDS Prevalence Drops Nationwide, says NACA

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The Chief Programme Officer, National Agency for the Control of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Alhaji Ade-Yusuf Alli, says there is reduction in the prevalence of the Human Immune Deficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in the country. Also, the Consultant to NACA Project, John Al-Hassan, and the Project Manager and Secretary, Kwara State AIDS Control Agency, Mr. Johnson Oyeniyi, confirmed the drop in the spread of the disease. According to them, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has reduced from 15 per cent in many states in 2011 to 1.8 per cent, while its prevalence has dropped from 4.5 to 1.3 per cent in Kwara State. They spoke when NACA officers from Abuja visited Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Monday. Alli said the visit was to gather data in res...
FG to Extend Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks

FG to Extend Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks

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The Federal Government has set in motion the process to extend the maternity leave period of nursing mothers from 16 to 18 weeks. The decision was part of the government’s efforts towards promoting exclusive breastfeeding for nursing mothers. The Minister of Labour and Empowerment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who stated this on Tuesday, during the Lancet breastfeeding series and policy dialogue titled “Promoting Breastfeeding for National Development”, said the move was in line with the conventions of the International Labour Organisation. Ngige also noted that his ministry would direct government as well as private institutions to have recreational centres to enable nursing mothers to breastfeed their babies. He said, “If you go to the informal sector, some people don’t even make pro
NMA wants Health Sector out of Concurrent List

NMA wants Health Sector out of Concurrent List

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for the removal of the health sector from the concurrent list to address the welfare challenges of medical practitioners and workers in the sector. Chairman, Kwara State chapter of the organisation, Dr Abubakar Ayinla, made the call while speaking at a press conference in llorin, to mark the commencement of the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association. He said if the health sector was removed from the concurrent list, it would ensure that the federal government took ultimate decision as it affected the sector. Ayinla said the sector should be included in the exclusive list, adding that it would facilitate the formation of a central body that would ensure implementation. Daily Trust News
Stakeholders Chart Path to Boost Workers’ Capacity in Health Sector

Stakeholders Chart Path to Boost Workers’ Capacity in Health Sector

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Apparently worried by the problem of inadequate workforce in the health sector, concerned stakeholders have called for holistic effort to improve capacity and access to services nationwide. Specifically, the stakeholders canvassed for the deployment of technology, training programmes, health insurance and adequate funding to improve the health status of Nigerians. The experts, who spoke at PharmAccess strategy day on Nigeria, organised by PharmAccess Foundation, were unanimous that enormous opportunities abound in the sector and were waiting to be explored. One of the opportunities is in the area of technology, with innovations in e-health and mobile-health to enhance access and quality delivery. Chief Operating Officer of Smarthealth/Interswitch, Tunji Ashiru, said with prop...
PSN Urges Government To Boost Morale Of Health Workers

PSN Urges Government To Boost Morale Of Health Workers

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria wishes to appeal to the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to give immediate attention to the clamours of health workers including pharmacists to redress some pressing welfare demands. These demands include: 1. Immediate release of the circular on adjustment of the CONHESS scale by the Salaries and Wages Commission. 2. Full payment of balance of arrears of the skipping of CONHESS 10 which remains outstanding since 2010 in some Federal Health Institutions. 3. Proper implementation of the circular which prescribes sanctions on defaulting Federal Health Institution Managements which frustrate the promotion of health workers from CONHESS 14 to 15 as Directors. 4. Issuance of enabling circular authorizing consultancy cadre for health pro...
‘Most Nigerians don’t Know Symptoms of Tuberculosis’

‘Most Nigerians don’t Know Symptoms of Tuberculosis’

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The Tuberculosis and Leprosy Supervisor for Shomolu Local Government Area and Bariga Local Council Development Area, Mr. Demeh Abraham, has expressed concern that many Nigerians are dying of tuberculosis because they are ignorant of its symptoms. He said this at an awareness programme  organised by the Association for Reproductive and Family Health through Health Alive Foundation, in  partnership with the Dave Enechukwu Foundation, in the  Ilaje and Ago Egun communities of Lagos State. Abraham described TB as a highly infectious disease that could affect the lungs, bones and other organs in the body. He stated that the symptom of the disease could be persistent cough, pain around the chest region, fever and recurrent infections. He said, “Tuberculosis can damage the kidney
Anti-malarial, Anaemia Drugs may Prevent VVF -Scientist

Anti-malarial, Anaemia Drugs may Prevent VVF -Scientist

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A Finland-based professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, fiKelsey Harrison, has said that anti-malarial and anti­anaemia drugs may prevent vesico vaginal fistula, a disease that is common among underage girls in Africa. Harrison said this during a lecture titled, We reap what we sow' at the University of Medical Sciences in Ondo, Ondo State, He said, "We reasoned that if the growth-enhancing effect of anti-malarial and anti-anaemia drugs is confirmed, it can become a way of preventing VVF among underage girls in Nigeria. " According to him, VVF is a disease afflicting teenage mothers in Northern Nigerian, especially-in places where early marriage of young girls is a common traditional practice. Harrison stated, ''Teenage mothers, who are less than 1.5 meters tall, are the m
Denmark Urges Mindset Change to Help Women

Denmark Urges Mindset Change to Help Women

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Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Torben Gettermann, says stakeholders working to change mindset can improve the lives and wellbeing of millions of women and girls. It comes as delegates; youth leaders and civil society groups band to create Deliver for Nigeria, an offshoot of Women Deliver-considered the largest global movement advocating improved lives for women and girls. Women Deliver’s latest conference in May drew at least 8,000 participants from across 196 countries in Copenhagen to make the Sustainable Development Goals relevant for women. “Cross cutting topics from the conference shows no country, no person stands alone, and we can do more,” said Gettermann in talks with the Nigerian delegation at the Danish Embassy. “Making the changes is doable. It is a question of changing