The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has raided some outlets and sale vehicles in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. One person was arrested and over 15 cartons of unregistered herbal products seized. Findings within Port Harcourt metropolis showed that herbal medicines were advertised and sold in every corner and trade fair centres. Rivers State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mrs. Mercy Ndukwe, lamented the sale of drugs without NAFDAC registration numbers.She said the owners of such stores would be sanctioned in line with NAFDAC regulations. “The agency is determined to ensure that only registered and authorised herbal drugs are sold to the public,” she assured.She advised the public against patronising unregistered herbal preparations to avoid enda
Consultant Cardiologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Ikechukwu Ogah, has raised the alarm over the number of Nigerians dying of heart diseases. Ogah spoke at a seminar in Lagos where heart specialists gathered to sensitise members of the public on the dangers of heart failure in the country. Ogah also said it was high time Nigerians paid attention to their lifestyle by going for regular medical check-up in order to pick some life-threatening diseases earlier. “Heart disease is deadlier than HIV and all forms of cancer except that of the lungs. This is because 50 per cent of people living with heart disease don’t live for more than five years before they die. “The commonest cause of heart disease is unmanaged hypertension and it is the reason why we advise patients t
Nigerians, moved by the plight of a baby, Temitope Omotoso, and mother, Taiwo, that were detained over N40,000 bill by Ondo State-owned Mother and Child Hospital, began donating money to offset the bill, yesterday. Mother and child Mother and child were detained at the hospital in Akure for 22 days and had to sleep on a chair. First to get in touch with Vanguard’s office in Lagos after reading the report was a man from Warri in Delta State, who sounded like a preacher but preferred to be anonymous. He later told our correspondent in Ondo State that he was moved by the plight of the family and promised to defray the debt of N40,000. The spirited Nigerian asked the father of the baby girl to send his account details and that he would send a cheque covering the exact amount he is owing the h
The Kogi chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it has extended to Dec.31 the ultimatum it gave to the state government to meet its demands or face strike. Dr Godwin Tijani, the state chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja that the extension of the date was due to the reassurances from the state government to meet the demands before Dec. 31. “Congress resolved to extend the ultimatum to Dec. 31, for the actualisation of those promises. “However, with effect from Jan. 1, 2018, NMA will be left with no option but to commence total withdrawal of services in all hospitals in Kogi. ‘’This is on the condition that the state government fails to properly address the demands on or before Dec. 31,” Tijani said. According to Tijani, the Commissioner fo
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday inaugurated a 50-bed capacity maternal and children clinic built and equipped by the Aisha Buhari Foundation in Daura, Katsina State. Speaking at the opening of the clinic, Mrs Buhari decried the poor state of maternal and child health in Nigeria, saying that the situation became possible due to the poor conditions of the primary healthcare facilities. ” Let me reiterate that maternal and child mortality is a serious health challenge which requires support from all quarters before it can be tamed. Mrs Buhari called on stakeholders and well-to-do Nigerians to put in their best and turn the tide by addressing the challenges women faced. She said this prompted her to venture into the programme of promoting health of women as a cardin
President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed law enforcement agencies to charge those found guilty of medicine abuse in Nigeria to court President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with those who import distribute and sell illicit medicine. The Nation reports that Buhari on Thursday, December 7, made this known in Kano state during the course of his two-day visit to the state. According to a statement by the senior special assistant on media and publicity Garba Shehu, “The customs is already doing a good job and I’m happy that I got someone who is efficient, strong and trusted to lead it in the person of Hameed Ali, a former governor of Kaduna state. “I have charged them and other law enforcement agencies to go after those trafficking in illicit me
Oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Both white and oily fish are good sources of lean protein. White fish contains fatty acids, but only in the liver, and in smaller quantities. Cardiovascular disease Consuming oily fish can help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA. A study published by the American Physiological Society suggests that fatty fish oils can also protect the heart during times of mental stress. Rheumatoid arthritis A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal linked an average daily intake of at least 0.21 grams (or 210 milligrams) a day of omega-3 with a 52 per cent lower risk of developing...
To ensure the safety of all Nigerians and foreigners residing in Nigeria, the new Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has assured that the agency will enhance quality testing of medicines and food products produced in the country. Adeyeye, said she would achieve this by adequately training NAFDAC staff in international quality standards and by providing needed laboratory infrastructure such as equipment and supplies. Adeyeye, disclosed this during her maiden visit to the agency’s Head Office in Lagos while addressing the staff on her plans to move the agency to the next level through collective responsibility. The new NAFDAC boss noted that the agency had, over the years, made steady progress in pro
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the weekend raised a fresh alarm over Nigeria’s rate of population growth. According to him, if the rate was unchecked, the explosion in the nation’s population would impact negatively on the country’s economy and welfare.. To this end, Adewole called for the use of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS) to address the problems of shortage and misdistribution of manpower needed for the provision of access to family planning services in rural communities and other hard to reach areas. He made the call in Abuja while speaking on the topic: “The Relevance of Operations Research in Family Planning Programming in Nigeria” during the formal presentation of the report of a study by a non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria.” The st
Surgeons have warned that smoking just one month before or after you undergo breast surgery can make your nipples turn black and fall off! Plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn, shared his findings after he had treated a patient who lost her nipples due to smoking before she had breast surgery. “In my memoir, In Stitches, I told the story of a smoker whose nipples turned purple while undergoing a breast lift surgery. “Purple is the precursor to black. Black is the precursor to falling off. This happened because the nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels. “When blood vessels are constricted and you’re having surgery where the blood supply is significantly altered (such as in breast surgery, face lifts, and tummy tucks, for example), this poses a
The country representative of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for nurturing the sustained health programmes that have made Enugu State Polio-free. Alemu made the assertion at the Enugu State zonal immunization campaign tour organized recently by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, in collaboration with the organization in Nsukka, Udi and Nkwo Nike respectively. WHO The country representative who was represented by the state coordinator, Mrs. Angela Izuegbune, said: “WHO has to express its appreciation to the present administration in Enugu State under Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing us with the conducive environment to operate in the state. WHO “When the administration came on board, Enugu State
A mother of a new born baby, Mrs Taiwo Omotoso has been detained at the Mother and Child hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital over unpaid N40,000 hospital bills. Omotoso and her new born baby girl have been detained in the hospital for over 20 days. The unpaid N40,000 was meant for the Cesarean Section (CS) Operation carried out on the woman during child birth. Father of the new born baby who is a commercial motorcyclist, Oladapo Omotosho, is in confusion on how to secure the release of his family from the hospital. Speaking on the hardship faced by his wife and the baby, Oladapo explained that the hospital has detained his wife since November 16, over his inability to raise money for the bill. He lamented that his new born baby and her mother were made to sleep on a ch...
The Nigerian government has given its nod to Community Health Extension Workers, CHEW, to begin administering family planning contraception and implants for women, in an effort to increase family planning coverage across the country. According to a statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, the ministry and partners have begun implementing the Task-sharing and Task-shifting Policy for essential healthcare services. The policy authorises lower cadres of health workers, including CHEWs, to administer implants and intra-uterine contraceptive devices (IUCDS). Until the policy was unfurled, that responsibility was undertaken only by trained nurses and midwives. According to the statement by the ministry on Monday, the step was being taken because CHEWs outnumber nurses working in pri...
Worried about the chaotic system of drug distribution in the country, Pharmacists under the auspices of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, have urged the newly appointed Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, as matter of urgency holistically put in place standard distribution chain to address the uncoordinated drug distribution system in the country. NAFDAC The Lagos Chairman of ACPN, Pharm Biola Paul-Ozieh, who spoke in Lagos, also decried the continuous postponement of the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines, saying, the postponement is way too much by the Federal Ministry of Health”. Paul –Ozieh while speaking at the Association’s the 3rd community pharmacist’s Continuing Medical Educa
A 63-year-old doctor went on trial in the southern German state of Bavaria Monday, accused of having sex with his patients. The prosecution claims the physician, who has not been identified under Germany’s strict privacy laws, exploited the trust of three of his mentally unstable patients to have sex with them, sometimes without treating the women. A trained psychotherapist, the doctor committed the acts either in his practice or in the women’s homes, the prosecution said, adding that he could face imprisonment of between three months and five years. Prosecutors said in an earlier statement on the case that the doctor had regularly asked mentally ill patients to come to his surgery between 2012 and 2015, usually in the late evening hours. He is alleged to have told the women t