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Breakthrough: UNIJOS unveils world first Anti-Snake vaccine

Breakthrough: UNIJOS unveils world first Anti-Snake vaccine

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At last, solution has come the way of victims of snake bite as the African Centre of Excellence in Phytomedicine Research and Development, University of Jos in collaboration with the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP on Wednesday unveiled the first indigenous and world first Anti—Snake vaccine called COVIP-Plus in Abuja. The presentation took place at a national forum on promotion of Anti-Snake Venom (COVIP-Plus) for commercialization organised by NOTAP and ACEPRD held at Kanem Suit, Utako, Abuja. Snake bite is one of the most neglected public health issues that need critical interventions and the current treatment of snake bites has remained monovalent and sometimes expensive (polyvalent), thus the introduction of the new vaccine to minimize the mortality an
Experts Alert to Rising Cholera, Lassa fever Cases, Others

Experts Alert to Rising Cholera, Lassa fever Cases, Others

Latest Health News, NEWS
As the rainy season peaks with imminent flooding in some states, experts have alerted to further rise in cases of cholera, Lassa fever (LF), Wild Polio Virus (WPV) and malaria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its national monthly update for cholera released yesterday said: “This is the period of the year with increased risk of cholera across the country.” Public Health Physician and Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Dr. Doyin Ogunyemi, told The Conversation: “…As in other developing countries, cholera outbreaks occur mainly during the rainy season in Nigeria although they also sometimes occur in the dry season. “Flooding can cause septic tanks to contaminate surface water, especially open wells used for drinking and preparation of food. Contami
Customs Intercepts Ambulance with N2.8m Worth of Tramadol

Customs Intercepts Ambulance with N2.8m Worth of Tramadol

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Command, yesterday said that it intercepted an ambulance conveying 10 cartons of 225 milligrammes (mg) of stolen Tramadol in Apapa Port. Controller, Apapa Port, Muhammad Abba-Kura, who paraded the vehicle and the drugs yesterday, said the ambulance, with registration number LND605XW, was intercepted with the drugs worth about N2.8 million while trying to smuggle it out of the port in an emergency manner. He said two suspects were arrested in connection with the deal and investigations ongoing to further uncover those behind the deal.
‘State Hospitals’ Loss of Accreditation Frustrating Medical Internship’

‘State Hospitals’ Loss of Accreditation Frustrating Medical Internship’

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The Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr Tajudeen Sanusi, has blamed the inability of many medical graduates to secure placement for internship on the loss of accreditation by many state-owned hospitals. He made this known at the fourth induction into the medical profession of 34 graduates of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State. Sanusi said, “It is regrettable that many state hospitals have lost their accreditation for internship, therefore, the federal institutions we have are overwhelmed. That is why there is scarcity of placement for internship for inductees. “The state hospitals, after we made our enquiries, we discovered they don’t have the fund to pay their (inductees) salaries.  Sometimes, it takes two to three years before some of the induc
NHIS Failing to Provide Nigerians Health Services – Sambo

NHIS Failing to Provide Nigerians Health Services – Sambo

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The new Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, on Monday, said the myriads of problems within the scheme had prevented it from rendering health services to Nigerians. He also called for the resignation of members of staff that were bent on fanning the embers of crisis that had engulfed the NHIS over the past years. Sambo, who said he was returning to the NHIS 15 years after transferring his services from the scheme to the Ahmadu Bello University to pursue academic career, said this while addressing workers of the scheme in Abuja. This is after he officially took over from the overseeing director of the NHIS, Ben Omogo, who was in charge for nine months. At the event, Sambo also revealed the three-point agenda of the Federal Governme...
Wives of Governors Partner Roche on war Against Cancer in Nigeria.

Wives of Governors Partner Roche on war Against Cancer in Nigeria.

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Some wives of Nigerian Governors, under the aegis of Wives of Governors Against Cancer (WOGAC), has formed strong alliance with Roche Nigeria as part of their efforts to win the war against cancer in Nigeria. Roche, an international organization with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strength in pharmaceutical and diagnostics, and is also the world's largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche's personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health quality of life and survival of patients. WOGAC's partnership arrangement with Roche which took place during a round table meeting...
Hold Up! No, A Pap-Smear Test Is Not A Test For Akamu! (2)

Hold Up! No, A Pap-Smear Test Is Not A Test For Akamu! (2)

NEWS, Women's health
In this concluding part of the article, Glorya Gabriel focuses on the necessary steps to take as you get ready to go for your examination: … I was made to understand that part of women’s health and how much of a serious matter it is, as well as the exact categories of women who should get a Pap smear Test done, if optimal health is in view. In preparing for a Pap Smear Examination there are some key things a patient must do, especially when such a lady is a fresher in the procedure. 1. Schedule Your Appointment for a Week after Your Period ends. It is important to try to avoid scheduling your Pap Smear for when you will be menstruating, so aim for a week after your last menses. The test can be done when you are on your period, but to get the best results, it is important to try to avoid
Protein that Hinders Advancement of Prostate Cancer Identified

Protein that Hinders Advancement of Prostate Cancer Identified

Men's Health, NEWS
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that blocking a specific protein, may be a promising strategy to prevent the spread of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Under the direction of BUSM’s Gerald V. Denis PhD, researchers have long studied a family of three closely related proteins, called BET bromodomain proteins, composed of BRD2, BRD3 and BRD4, which regulate gene expression. BUSM researchers were the first (in the 1990s) to show how these proteins function in human cancer. Latest report in Science Daily reports that these researchers now have discovered that inhibition of the protein BRD4, but not BRD2 or BRD3, consistently regulated prostate cancer cell migration and invasion. CRPC is a highly aggressive form of prostate cance

Retail Pharmacy Provides More Drug Disposal Options

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In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, the United States bases Walgreens announced in late 2018 that it was working toward ensuring year-round drug disposal options in all of its US pharmacies at no cost to customers, the company said in a press release. The company announced recently that all Walgreen pharmacies that do not already have a safe medication disposal kiosk will now offer DisposeRx packets or other drug disposal options for customers to bring home. “We recognise the need to provide solutions to dispose of unwanted medications that meet the preferences of all our customers. By combining the availability of a take home drug disposal option with our existing safe medication disposal kiosks, 78% of Americans now live within 5 miles of a drug disposal option conveniently ava
Hyperactivity in Children: Symptoms and Treatment

Hyperactivity in Children: Symptoms and Treatment

Children's Health, NEWS
According to a recent report carried by CNN, your diet is likely to have a greater bearing on your cancer risk than you are likely to reason. In 2015 in the United States, about 80,110 new cancer cases diagnosed in adults aged 20 and above were said to be as a result of consuming a poor diet. This is the findings from the research published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum recently. “This is equivalent to about 5.2% of all invasive cancer cases newly diagnosed among US adults in 2015,” said Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University in Boston, who was first author of the study. “This proportion is comparable to the proportion of cancer burden attributable to alcohol,” she said. Seven dietary factors were considered for analysis by the study team. These were
Cancer diagnoses many at times linked to poor diet -research

Cancer diagnoses many at times linked to poor diet -research

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According to a recent report carried by CNN, your diet is likely to have a greater bearing on your cancer risk than you are likely to reason. In 2015 in the United States, about 80,110 new cancer cases diagnosed in adults aged 20 and above were said to be as a result of consuming a poor diet. This is the findings from the research published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum recently. “This is equivalent to about 5.2% of all invasive cancer cases newly diagnosed among US adults in 2015,” said Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University in Boston, who was first author of the study. “This proportion is comparable to the proportion of cancer burden attributable to alcohol,” she said. Seven dietary factors were considered for analysis by the study team. These were
NAFDAC Clamps Down On Unregistered Honey Packaged  Under Poor Hygiene

NAFDAC Clamps Down On Unregistered Honey Packaged Under Poor Hygiene

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) announced recently of a clamp down on a manufacturing facility which packaged honey under poor hygienic conditions in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. NAFDAC, said in a release posted on its website and signed by Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of the agency that it acted based on information posted on social media and circulated by a customer who alleged that the product was adulterated. NAFDAC’s Federal Capital Territory Office, Pharmacovigilance/Post marketing, and Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorates immediately swung into action upon receipt of the information, the release further said. According to NAFDAC, Investigations revealed that the company ‘Upon the Rock Honey’ registered with
Doctors, Pharmaceutical Firms to Fight Sale of Fake Drugs

Doctors, Pharmaceutical Firms to Fight Sale of Fake Drugs

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The Chairman and Executives of Oyo State chapter of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Dr. Dapo Adeniyi, has said the association will use this year’s health forum to tackle fake drugs. He said this was part of the effort to arrest the circulation and sales of fake drugs in Nigeria. Addressing the executives of the association at The NMA House, Total Garden, Ibadan, Dr. Adeniyi said: “Doctors in Oyo State will use their annual health forum to work with pharmaceutical companies as a professional way of stemming the tide of fake and adulterated drugs in the country.” AGPMPN is the umbrella body of owners of private hospitals in Nigeria. Its Oyo State chapter will hold its 2019 health forum from July 30 to August 2 at NMA secretariat, Total Ga
NAFDAC Shuts Three Ponmo Factories in Lagos

NAFDAC Shuts Three Ponmo Factories in Lagos

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has closed down three factories that specialise in importing hides into the country for human consumption as ponmo. The three factories are located on Unity Avenue, Ijagemo; Sosanya Street, Ijegun; and Adedayo Ayodeji Street, WAZOBIA Bus Stop, Abaranje, all in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. It was learnt that residents of Adedayo Ayodeji Street had protested the continued activities of one of the factories in their area, saying the stench from the hide processing was unbearable.The Deputy Director, Intelligence Unit, NAFDAC, Mr Francis Ononiwu, on Tuesday said one Isaac Nwaebo was arrested because he tampered with the agency’s seal on his premises. He added that when the NAFDAC officials visited Nwae
Suicide: NAFDAC Bans Sale of Sniper, others in the Open Market

Suicide: NAFDAC Bans Sale of Sniper, others in the Open Market

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has announced the ban on sale of Sniper and other brands of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos following rampant suicide cases and misuse of the products. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said this in a statement on Wednesday. Adeyeye said from September 1, 2019, Sniper and other related products would not be sold in supermarkets and in the open markets. The NAFDAC boss said such products should only be used for outdoor purposes and not private homes. The statement read in part, “NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the ag