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NMA Decries Harassment by Laboratory Council of Nigeria

NMA Decries Harassment by Laboratory Council of Nigeria

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Nasarawa State has decried the clampdown and closure of facilities belonging to its members by the Laboratory Council of Nigeria (LCN). Dr Bulus Umaru, the state Chairman of the association, told newsmen on Thursday in Lafia that six facilities belonging to members of the association had been sealed by the council. Umaru however claimed that the council had no justification for sealing off facilities belonging to his members since they were not a regulatory body for doctors or dental practitioners. “Each professional association in the health sector has its regulatory body saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring adherence to the standard. “For doctors, it is the Medical and Dental Council that regulates our activities both in publi
Pharmacists Eulogize Past PSN President Yakasai; Confer Him With Leadership Award

Pharmacists Eulogize Past PSN President Yakasai; Confer Him With Leadership Award

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Members of the National Executive Committee of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) led by the National Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Amibor recently paid a courtesy call on the immediate past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai FPSN, FPCPharm, FNIM, at Pharmacy House, Anthony Village, Lagos, shortly before he left office.  On the entourage of AHAPN were the National Secretary, Pharm Hafiz Akande, the National Publicity Secretary, Pharm. (Dr.) Francis Odigie, National Treasurer, Pharm. Bode Ogunjemiyo, and immediate past National Treasurer Pharm. Margaret Adedapo. Others were Director, Pharmaceutical Services National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Pharm. (Mrs.) Margaret Obono, Pharm. Kayode Ai
Govt Must Prioritise Primary Health Care – Idris

Govt Must Prioritise Primary Health Care – Idris

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has urged government at all levels to prioritise primary health care in the country. Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference of the Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria held in Lagos on Thursday, Idris said there were a lot of challenges facing primary health care in many of the states in the country. “The best way to address these challenges is to prioritise primary health care, which forms the bedrock of the medical system. “Global health security requires a functioning medical system and we cannot achieve that without a good primary health care system,” he said. The commissioner urged that if primary health care was neglected in the rural areas, it would be difficult to contain dise
NDLEA Seizes 340m Tramadol Tablets in Containers

NDLEA Seizes 340m Tramadol Tablets in Containers

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it intercepted a total of 340 million tramadol tablets found in 12 containers in Apapa Sea Ports, Lagos. Tramadol, a psychotropic drug and opiate derivative, was recently banned by the Federal Government. The Chairman of the agency, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), said in Abuja on Wednesday that the seizures were achieved with the collaboration of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). A spokesman of the NDLEA, Jonah Achema, said in a statement quoting the Chairman of the agency that the tablets which were in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams were recovered from 12 containers in an on-going search of containers at the port. “These containers which have been on the watch-list of NDLEA since November 20
4 Hair Grooming Tips for Men

4 Hair Grooming Tips for Men

Men's Health, NEWS
Experts say good men’s grooming goes beyond the face. Just like a car, your hair needs regular maintenance. Some often tend to be complacent about grooming. You need to treat and style your hair properly in-order to look great. Many men tend to overlook maintaining a hair care regime as they find it to be a task. However, by following some simple steps, you can ensure that you have healthy and great-looking hair every day. These are some easy hair care tips that every man must make part of his routine. Get your hair cut every four to six weeks It is said that a good haircut lasts long after you leave the barbershop. Too many men wait for their hair to get rough and unkempt before dashing to the barbershop. Basically, if you have noticed your hair needs a cut, then go ahead. It is better
Use of Mobile Phones among the Elderly: Dealing With Memory Loss, Etc

Use of Mobile Phones among the Elderly: Dealing With Memory Loss, Etc

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Scientists say studies carried out recently show that people who do not have enough sleep, stressed people and chronic pain sufferers largely run the risk of having dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as they grow old. Reports say currently a fresh research is taking advantage of the rising popularity of mobile phones among the elderly to measure cognitive decline and help them take steps to avoid it. A senior citizen, Inez Vanable has the habit of always trying out new things even at 90; she says she wants to remain sharp. She told Ivanhoe, “My very dear friend who is about ten years younger than I am developed early onset Alzheimer’s. We were such good friends, and then she didn’t know me anymore.” For this purpose and study, scientists sent her and 500 elder people in various homes smar
Getting A Good Night Sleep May Help Children Succeed In School

Getting A Good Night Sleep May Help Children Succeed In School

Children's Health, NEWS
Mention the word ‘bedtime’ and you are sure to get the kids groaning all over. When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns for parents is how to get them to bed on time every night. Nearly every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point, and for a lot of parents, bedtime can be a recurring nightmare. Not only is sleep critical to the functioning of all body systems, scientists have found a distinct correlation between our ability to learn and process memories, and our sleeping habits. Studies show too little sleep can contribute to many physical and mental health issues, including poor ability to learn, depression, high blood pressure and disease. A healthy sleep routine with adequate time to wind-down at the end o
Nigerians Yet to Tap into €400M Pest Control Industry, Says Expert

Nigerians Yet to Tap into €400M Pest Control Industry, Says Expert

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Despite a huge market of over 400 million Euros in Nigeria’s Pest Control and Fumigation Industry, only about 20 million Euros has been tapped, the Managing Director, Rotimax Integrated Services LTD, Tolu Caled, has said.Speaking during a two-day training and certification programme for intending managing directors of pest control and fumigation companies in Lagos recently, organised by Rotimax, he said pest control and fumigation industry was very lucrative especially in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos but added that professionals in other parts of the country can also do very well. According to him, “ignorance has made it look like the business is not lucrative. I have gone for jobs where a client was shocked that I could speak good English. I am a graduate who studied economics; we have
Swimming –A Healthy Way to Stay Fit In Body and Mind

Swimming –A Healthy Way to Stay Fit In Body and Mind

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Keeping the body in great physical and mental shape can seem like a daunting task. From dealing with the workout in a gym or running, and then thinking about all the sweat that will be generated, it’s really no wonder that most people find it difficult to keep up with an exercise regimen. Well, all hope is not lost. Experts say you can still keep fit, stay healthy and be “cool” while you are at it; all you need do is swim! Swimming comes with quite a number of benefits apart from the fact that it is very refreshing. Here are a couple of reasons you should introduce swimming into your health and fitness regimen. It is Universal: Whether you are just recovering from an injury or you are pregnant, old, young and slim or plus sized, you can swim. Swimming can be done by anyone and everyone a
I Have a Competent Health Minister, Buhari Boasts

I Have a Competent Health Minister, Buhari Boasts

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…AS HE BAGS POLIO CHAMPION AWARD Following his contributions to the health sector, the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Thursday received commendations from President Muhammadu Buhari, who said that Adewole was very competent in the performance of his official duties. Disclosing this while receiving ‘Polio Champion Award’, Buhari commended Rotary International who instituted the humanitarian work in 1995. According to him Rotary International are the champions of the weak. Buhari was conferred with the prestigious Polio Champion Award in recognition of his uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme in Nigeria. Rotary International President, Mr Barry Rassin, who is on a four-day official visit to Nigeria, presented the award to Presi
Is It Time To See A Dentist?

Is It Time To See A Dentist?

Dental Health, NEWS
How well do you actually take care of your dental health? To make an appropriate assessment of your own situation, ask yourself these questions: Am I steadfast about visiting a dentist yearly for a checkup? Do I brush and floss my teeth twice daily? Am I vigilant about avoiding those sugary foods that can damage the teeth? Unfortunately, we don’t always make our oral heath a priority and it isn’t uncommon that some may go many years without ever seeking out professional dental care. Strong oral hygiene habits must be initiated at a young age; and if you’ve neglected your teeth when you were younger, then chances are that you’ve set yourself up for a lifetime of chronic (and expensive to manage) dental problems. More focus must be placed on oral health maintenance, since poor oral care
Increasing Reliance on Local Drugs

Increasing Reliance on Local Drugs

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The newly elected President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has pledged among other things to ensure that the increased reliance on local production of drugs as enshrined in the national health and drug policies are pursued determinedly to help promote national security and create more jobs for pharmacists in the industry. Ohuabunwa, who was elected at the just concluded 91st Annual National Conference of the Society in Ibadan, Oyo State, told The Guardian: “True partnership will be established with the academia to help increase value addition and enhance research capabilities and reward for academic pharmacists. Additionally, those currently importing drugs that can be produced locally will be incentivized to transit to local production.” Ohuabunwa sa
Father Of Two Deceased Kids Found In Freezer Transferred To CID

Father Of Two Deceased Kids Found In Freezer Transferred To CID

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Mr Micheal Edeh, father of the two children and their dog found dead in a freezer at Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu has been transferred to the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that Edeh, who is now a suspect, was transferred to the CID for further interrogation to ascertain the real cause of the children’s death. “I have confirmed the matter and the CP directed that the father should be transferred to the state CID to ascertain if there is an ulterior motive or whether it is an act of negligence,” Oti said. NAN reports that the incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 11. NAN also reports that the residence of Mr and Mrs Edeh was found under lock and key and the fla
Adewole Calls for Paradigm Shift in Management of Health Sector

Adewole Calls for Paradigm Shift in Management of Health Sector

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, recently, called for a paradigm shift in the management of the nation’s health sector, through injection of preventive care (Primary healthcare) than curative care (secondary and tertiary). ‎Speaking on the topic: “Revamping the Primary Healthcare in Edo” to mark the second anniversary of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration, Adewole stated that most of the country’s heath problems are in the preventive sub-sector, whereas the nation spends more in the curative sub-sector. According to the minister, many countries in the world that have recorded economic breakthroughs are those that invested in health. Lamenting the collapse of many of the country’s Primary Health Centres, which he said cater for the health needs of 80 per cent of t
Nigeria Needs Additional 155,000 Medical Doctors to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Nigeria Needs Additional 155,000 Medical Doctors to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

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No fewer than 155,000 additional doctors at the ratio of one doctor to 1,000 people would be needed in Nigeria to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Federal University Dutse, Prof. Usman Ahmed, said this is to make more people have access to healthcare. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Universal Health Coverage aims to ensure that all people have access to the needed services of sufficient quality without exposing persons (recipients) to financial hardship. Ahmed, who is also a professor of health sciences, University of Manchester, UK, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that data from the Federal Ministry of Health shows that there were 45,000 doctors registered and practising ...