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Quackery: FG Creates Database for Doctors

Quackery: FG Creates Database for Doctors

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The Federal Government has created a database for all doctors to check quackery and improve service delivery in the health sector. The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, in partnership with the Centre for Integrated Health Programme, hosted the project, which will ensure the automation of registration processes for the Medical, Dental and Alternative Medicine Practice in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this while inaugurating the initiative in Abuja on Wednesday. According to him, it will eliminate the menace of quack doctors, even as it will enable Nigerians to determine who renders health services to them. Adewole noted, “The project was conceived a long time ago but I am happy that it is coming to pass today. It will enable Nigerians to d
The Danger of Cough Syrup Abuse

The Danger of Cough Syrup Abuse

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
The spectre of cough syrup abuse among the youth in some parts of Nigeria as widely reported in the media calls for urgent attention from government and authorities in the health sector to halt the development before it destroys the future leaders of this nation. The high demand for cough syrups containing opiate substances may not necessarily imply that cough epidemic is prevalent in the country. These medications are moving fast because drug addicts have discovered them as ‘’legitimate’’ alternative to hard drugs like cannabis, cocaine, heroin among others.  According to reports, school children at both secondary and tertiary levels including girls have taken to abuse of cough syrup for euphoric purposes. In fact, we gathered that these school children usually mix opiate-containing c
UCH Accident and Emergency Ward Gutted by Fire

UCH Accident and Emergency Ward Gutted by Fire

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A first port of call for patients otherwise known as Accident and Tmergency ward of the Premier University College Hospital in Ibadan was yesterday gutted fire. While it lasted, the inferno destroyed the central air conditioning systems and other equipment. The blaze, which started around 4:15p.m. at Medical Store Casualty Unit of the Accident and Emergency Unit according to eyewitnesses, was said to have been caused by a gas explosion from the central air condition The University of Ibadan (UI) the truck was the first on ground to quell the the before the Oyo State Fire Service came to join them with two the trucks and was able to stop the the around after 5p.m. There were no casualties repotted, but the incident caused chaos in the hospital and patients were evacuated to ...
Pharmaecutical Society of Nigeria President Visits Nigerian Medical Association President

Pharmaecutical Society of Nigeria President Visits Nigerian Medical Association President

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Remarks by the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm. Ahmed I Yakasai, FPSN, FNAPharm, FNIM on the occasion of a courtsey visit to the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof Mike Ogirima on Monday 25th July 2016 PROTOCOLS It is my pleasure and honour to lead this delegation of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria to your office. On behalf of my colleagues, I bring warm greetings and wish to once again congratulate the brand new President and your National Executive Committee members. I thank you immensely for your prompt response to our request to visit you and indeed the warm reception. Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria was founded in 1927 and registered under section 21 of the 1922 Companies and Allied Act. It is an umbrella body of all t...
PSN President Visits National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD)

PSN President Visits National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD)

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PSN, President visits National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) on Monday, 25th July 2016 "In 1986, the PSN saw the wisdom in establishing a national institution to be called NIPRD and went ahead to deliver a MEMO to government on the issue" says Prof. K S Gamaniel, DG/CEO NIPRD PSN provided the seed money that propelled the take-off of the Institute, hence the need to continue working together. Opportunities for R & D of new drug molecules and phytomedicines are there in the institute but we must support so that they can maintain the good work of ensuring quality of drugs in use and supporting local manufacture of quality products. Right now they have five products-Niprisan, Niprimal, Niprimune, Niprifan and Nipridab. However, only Niprisan-...
Muslim Doctors to Assist Patients with Heart Ailments

Muslim Doctors to Assist Patients with Heart Ailments

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The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) will soon begin an intervention programme to assist patients with heart ailments across the country. The association, which is an affiliate of the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA), said in a statement by its National President, Dr Salisu Ismail, that the project would go a long way in helping people with heart diseases. He said the decision to start the project in Nigeria was reached in Abuja last Thursday by delegates that attended the 17th IMAN International Scientific Conference. While urging Nigerians to support the project which has the theme: ‘FIMA Save the Heart’, Ismail said the association recently organized free surgeries for 500 patients with cataract and 100 others with Vesico Viginal Fistula
‘Recession Calls for Family Planning Review’

‘Recession Calls for Family Planning Review’

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Director-General of the Cross River State Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu, says the present economic situation in the country calls for review of family planning techniques. Edu, who spoke in Calabar on Monday over the hardship faced by a mother of six who recently delivered quadruplet in the northern senatorial district of the state, also cautioned parents to imbibe family planning technique so as to reduce maternal mortality. She said that countries where the technique was imbibed recorded low rates of mother/child deaths after delivery. She said, “Just three days ago, a woman in the northern senatorial district of the state delivered a set of quadruplets. She has already given birth to six children, while the husband works a carpenter and she is a full time hou
Nigerian Shiites raise alarm on health of detained leader Zakzaky

Nigerian Shiites raise alarm on health of detained leader Zakzaky

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Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky The Islamic Movement in Nigeria ,IMN, has expressed deep concern about the health of their leader, Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky, currently in Department of State Security ,DSS custody. Close relations of Mr. Zakzaky had over the week visited him at the DSS office in Abuja. A statement on Saturday in Kaduna by Ibrahim Musa, President of Media Forum of IMN, said it is in the interest of the Nigerian State to release him unconditionally to enable him attend to his heath. “From the report of the close relations, the health of our leader has deteriorated further,” the statement said. “His left eye is in dire need of specialized medical attention. “The doctor assigned to the Sheikh has reportedly given up on getting it back to its normal state. His
Quacks Kill more Nigerians than Armed Robbers -Medical Expert

Quacks Kill more Nigerians than Armed Robbers -Medical Expert

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Medical Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, Dr. Taiwo Sheikh, has raised the alarm that quacks in the medical profession are killing more people than armed robbers. Dr. Taiwo, who stated this in Kaduna during the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), said armed robbers will only demand money or one's life, but quacks will demand both from unsuspecting patients. "I think it's very important to talk about it today, how we have accessed quality laboratory services. We have just heard what the Chairman of NMA said about quackery in the laboratory services. The quacks will ask for your money and your life, which is worse than the armed robber who will ask for money or yo...
Why 34 Percent of Pregnant Women Die – WHO

Why 34 Percent of Pregnant Women Die – WHO

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According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, national blood policy is a formal statement of intent that addresses the key organisational, financial, technical and legal issues for the establishment and development of the national blood system. The policy document also affirms government commitment, defines the measures to meet the transfusion requirements of the patient through provision of adequate supplies of safe blood and blood products, defines the strategy for promoting the safety and health of blood donors, the recipients of blood and blood products, health care workers and the environment. Although Nigeria's policy captures all these and more, Mrs Grace Olaode and many other pregnant women and their husbands in Lagos may not enjoy it. This is because in Lagos, even...
FG Urged to Fund Research into Personalised Medicine

FG Urged to Fund Research into Personalised Medicine

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To stem the tide of increasing deaths arising from adverse reactions to drug use, the  Federal Government has been told to fund universities to carry out research into personalised medicine. Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, who made the appeal at the 14th Annual National Conference and Scientific Meeting of Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo Universiy, Sagamu, Ogun State, said the increasing fatalities resulting from adverse reaction to drug use could be averted through personalised medicine. She said both drugs, and  human beings that take them react in different ways. “A drug that is suitable for a particular individual may cause adverse reaction in another, but wit
Lagos Builds World-class Critical Care Facility

Lagos Builds World-class Critical Care Facility

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The Lagos State Government has built a high-tech Critical Care Unit (CCU) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital  (LASUTH), Ikeja. The new unit occupies a three-floor edifice and has state-of-the-art treatment and monitoring equipment seen only in world-class CCUs. Right from the Ground floor, the automatic glass door opens and leads one to the elevators, which are designed to suit the patients as they allow for the easy movement of patient’s bed and accommodate the staff handling same. The First Floor has in-house laboratory, and the patient has no need to go out for such services. The laboratory also enables the medics to arrive at a quicker decision on the patient. The theatre has infrared light and medic compliant taps to curtail the spread of contaminants. The op
Lead Poisoning Associated with Intellectual Disabilities in Children

Lead Poisoning Associated with Intellectual Disabilities in Children

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More reasons have emerged on why there is rise in intellectual disabilities in Nigerian children. According to the latest fact sheet on Lead poisoning and health by the World Health Organisation (WHO), lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children. Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600 000 new cases of children developing intellectual disabilities every year. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and can suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system. Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. Exposure of pregnant ...
How Paracetamol Causes Infertility, by Researchers

How Paracetamol Causes Infertility, by Researchers

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Couples where man has ‘high levels of drug in his system are 35% less likely to conceive’ Experts have warned that a common painkiller could impair a man’s fertility. New research suggests that paracetamol, which is also known as acetaminophen and sold under the brand name Tylenol in the United States (U.S.) and Panadol in the United Kingdom (U.K.), has been linked to infertility. The findings are published online in Human Reproduction but was first reported by DailyMailUK Online. Couples, where the male partner had high levels of the drug in his urine took longer to conceive, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health That was compared to men who had lower levels of the compound in their system. Paracetamol is a non-prescription drug widely used
NHIS Delists 17 Health Management Organisations

NHIS Delists 17 Health Management Organisations

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About 17 Health Management Organisations (HMOs) under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have been delisted, Mrs Ahunna Ochor, the Coordinator of the scheme in Enugu State, has said. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, Ochor said the affected HMOs could not provide quality health to enrollees. She said that some of the delisted HMOs collapsed on their own and owed some health care providers several millions of naira. “About 17 of the HMOs were recently delisted. Some collapsed on their own and we found out that they owed some health care providers quite a lot of money that run into millions. “Some of those owed have written to the executive secretary of the scheme through the state office and we await the outcome,’’ sh