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Why Nigeria’s Healthcare Performance is Still Poor at 57

Why Nigeria’s Healthcare Performance is Still Poor at 57

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PSN President proffers solution to frequent workers’ strike, advocates petrochemical plant to engender industrial revolution Nigeria was 57 years as a country on October 1, 2017. What are the challenges of our peculiar health system? What is the way forward? Nigeria continues to contend with a plethora of challenges not necessarily created or caused by this incumbent administration. Amongst numerous challenges the following stand out: poor funding; delayed and unlawful appointments in regulatory agencies; poor composition structures in the health sector including lopsided appointments in Federal Health Institutions (FHIs); and poor attitude as well as culture with regards to research and development. If we restrict ourselves to the highlighted, you will agree that the inherent tende
Residents, Kwara Govt Differ on Yellow Fever Deaths

Residents, Kwara Govt Differ on Yellow Fever Deaths

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Residents in nine local government areas of Kwara State have raised the alarm of the spread of suspected yellow fever cases in their communities. Though the Kwara State Government confirmed only two cases of yellow fever in the state, the Co-ordinator,  Igbomina Mobile Clinic, Mr. Olaitan Oyin-Zubair, said more people had died than the number reported.   Oyin-Zubair claimed that 11 out of 17 yellow fever patients taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital had died. According to him, three patients died at Sobi Specialist Hospital; another three died at Patigi General Hospital while two patients out of six active cases in Oro-Ago in Ifelodun LGA also died. It could be recalled that residents of Oro-Ago had raised the alarm about a strange illness, which they claimed had
W.H.O Monkeypox Fact Sheet

W.H.O Monkeypox Fact Sheet

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Key facts Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder. The monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals but has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission. Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been between 1% and 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups. There is no treatment or vaccine available although prior smallpox vaccination was highly effective in preventing monkeypox as well. Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans similar ...
10 Infected, 49 Under Surveillance as Monkey Pox Hits Bayelsa

10 Infected, 49 Under Surveillance as Monkey Pox Hits Bayelsa

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YENAGOA—FEAR, yesterday gripped residents of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, following an outbreak of viral epidemic known as Monkey Pox in the state, with report that 10 persons are already infected.Authorities in the state were said to be tracking 49 persons alleged to have come in contact with the infected persons. The victims, according to sources, have been quarantined in an isolation centre created at the Niger Delta University Hospital, NDUTH, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.The isolation centre was reportedly created by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health at the ourbreak of the epidemic. The NCDC and the epidemiological team, it was learned, were tracking 49 other individ
World Mental Health Day: Centre to Hold Free Screening for Lagosians

World Mental Health Day: Centre to Hold Free Screening for Lagosians

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The Retreat, Nigeria’s purpose built private mental hospital, based in Ikorodu, will hold a mental awareness and free mental health screening on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to mark the World Mental Health Day. WMHD, according to the World Health Organisation, is marked with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The day thus provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. In line with the WHO objectives, The Retreat, according to its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Olufemi Oluwatayo will create a mental awareness exercise and free screening to add value to mental
Scientist Advocates Indigenous Vaccine Production

Scientist Advocates Indigenous Vaccine Production

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Mr Solomon Chollom, a Medical Laboratory Scientist with the National Veterinary Research Institute, has called on the Federal Government to resuscitate its human vaccine production laboratories to prevent diseases in the country. Chollom, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos. He said that the local production of vaccines would not only make such vaccines available and applicable to our peculiar health situation but also generate foreign exchange for the government. He said some vaccines production laboratories in parts of the country had been moribund and that government should revive them all to save the nation’s health sector. He lamented that the country is currently at the mercy of other countries that produce vaccines, with strains of organisms that ma
NAFDAC gets new boss

NAFDAC gets new boss

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Dr Abubakar Jimoh, the Spokesperson of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says Mr Ademola Magbojuri has taken over from Mrs Yetunde Oni as Acting Director-General (DG). Jimoh disclosed this while reacting to the conflicting reports in the media over the retirement of Oni in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja. He explained that the immediate past acting director-general reached the retirement age of 60 years on Sept. 21, and Federal Government directed that the most senior director in the the agency takes charge. He said that Magbojuri, who would pilot the affairs of NAFDAC until a substantive D-G is appointed, had received handing over notes on Friday. Magbojuri, until this appointment, was in charge of NAFDAC...
BREAKING: Presidency To Commercialise Aso Rock Clinic

BREAKING: Presidency To Commercialise Aso Rock Clinic

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The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, on Wednesday said the management of the State House Medical Centre would among other things seek its commercialisation to address its dwindling fortune. According to a statement by the Deputy Director (Information), State House, Mr. Attah Esa, the Permanent Secretary was reacting to a recent media report on the state of the clinic. Arabi said the commercialisation of the centre which currently offers free medical services to patients, would boost its revenue and augment the appropriation it receives from the government in the quest for a better qualitative service. He promised that the clinic will be repositioned to offer qualitative and efficient services. He said, “The Centre is the only health centre in Abuja where patients
NAIP Unveils Work Plan For The Next Two Years

NAIP Unveils Work Plan For The Next Two Years

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In order to deliver on its agenda, the new executives of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) have disclosed a two-year strategic work plan to run from 2017 to 2019. National Chairman of NAIP, Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, while unveiling the plan to the association’s members during its September bi-monthly meeting, held at the premises of Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited in Dopemu, Lagos, noted that the reason for the work plan was not only to implement the new executives’ objectives during their tenure but to also improve the pharmaceutical industry and the health sector in general.  Speaking further at the event, graced by dignitaries such as the new Managing Director of Swipha, Mr Gaby El Khoury; Chairman, PMG-MAN, Pharm. Okey Akpa; and past chairmen of NAIP, Dr Lolu O
‘Quality Health System will Reduce Foreign Medical Trips’

‘Quality Health System will Reduce Foreign Medical Trips’

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The Chief Medical Director, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, Prof. Dimie Ogoina, has urged Nigerian leaders to build quality health systems to reduce incessant overseas travel for medical treatment.  Ogoina, who spoke in an interview in Yenagoa sequel to the 10th anniversary of NDUTH, said Nigerians visited abroad for medical treatment because they received quality service outside.  He said, ‘’It is important that we build our systems; to build quality and that is our vision at NDUTH at Okolobiri. People go outside the country because they receive quality service outside.  ‘’Travelling abroad for medical treatment is beyond equipment, it is beyond manpower. The attitude of  health care workers also comes into place. How do you manage your system? ‘’
3 Million Mosquito Nets to be Distributed in Imo

3 Million Mosquito Nets to be Distributed in Imo

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Owerri Over three million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets, LLIN, will be distributed for free across the 27 local government areas of Imo State. Mrs. Nneka Ndubuisi of the Federal Ministry of Health disclosed this, yesterday, in Owerri. She said children under five years and pregnant women are mostly affected in Nigeria by malaria, noting that “according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, the best opportunity for scaling up malaria prevention is the use of LLIN.    “In Imo State, a total of 3,383,887 nets will be distributed across the state from November 8 to 12. One net is for two persons and a maximum of four nets will be given to a household. Malaria is the most common preventable public health problem in Nigeria. “Yet it takes a lethal toll of 95 percent of Nige
FG to Complete National Hospital Cancer Centre in December — Minister

FG to Complete National Hospital Cancer Centre in December — Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has assured Federal Government’s commitment to complete National Hospital Cancer Centre latest December. Adewole gave the assurance at the Cancer Summit organised by Cancer Education and Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CEAFON) on Tuesday in Abuja. The theme of the summit is “Funding Cancer Care in Nigeria: The Way Forward’’ and sub themes — “Cancer Management in Nigeria: Recent Advances in Breast, Cervical, Prostrate and Haematological Cancer.” The minister described cancer scenario in the country as frightening, noting that the completion of the centre was part of government’s efforts to make cancer care available and accessible to patients in the country. He said completion of the cancer centre would also assist in ameliorating pat
Dr. Isioma Okobah Bags Highest Medical Award in US

Dr. Isioma Okobah Bags Highest Medical Award in US

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Nigerian-born United States of America based renowned physician, Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah has bagged the 2017 prestigious fellow of the American Academy of Family Physician award (Degree).  According to a statement signed by her spokesperson, Frank Whyte, the award is the highest honour ever bestowed on practicing physician in the United States of America who have distinguished themselves among colleagues and in their community by their contribution towards the development of family medicine. The degree is also conferred on physicians who excelled in the advancement of healthcare to the Americans and by their professional development through medical education and research. The award, conferred on the recipient on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the 2017 convocation ceremony of the Ac
Presidency, Health Minister, Others to Attend World Mental Health Day Symposium

Presidency, Health Minister, Others to Attend World Mental Health Day Symposium

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The third annual World Mental Health Day symposium would hold in Abuja on October 9, at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The conference would be hosted by Novo Health Africa a Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners. Among those slated to attend the event are officials from the presidency, the Senate and health professionals from different sectors. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, would deliver a keynote address at the symposium. According to Adewole, there was a 59 per cent increase in 2016, in the demand for mental health services at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba. He said: “Considering also that most of us spend a huge percentage of our time a
The Investiture of the New Fellows of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (FNAPharm)

The Investiture of the New Fellows of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (FNAPharm)

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The investiture of the new Fellows of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (FNAPharm), Thursday, 28th September 2017 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos The Keynote Address Speaker was Prof Isa Marte Hussaini, FPSN, FAS, Professor of Anticancer Pharmacology who spoke Nigerian Medicinal Plants and Sources of Anticancer Agents. The new Fellows are:– 1. Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Product Development and Evaluation at the college of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University, Illinois and the first African Woman to be a Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 2. Professor Herbert A. B Coker, Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and Former Deputy Provost and Dean. 3. Dr Ogori Taylor, Pharmaceutical