...Health info at your doorstep

Blog

New Malaria Vaccine Shows Efficacy, Safety in Humans

New Malaria Vaccine Shows Efficacy, Safety in Humans

NEWS
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there were approximately 212 million new cases of Findings a major advance in malaria vaccine development, say expert A next-generation vaccine that uses a weakened form of a malaria parasite has shown efficacy and safety in a small number of humans, according to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine. With this development researchers of the vaccine called GAP3KO might have achieved a milestone in malaria vaccine development. The study, as reported in medicalnewstoday.com reveals that GAP3KO stimulated an effective immune response against the deadly malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, without causing any serious side effects. The researchers weakened P. falciparum by removing three genes that the parasi...
Tips for a Healthy Skin this Harmattan Season

Tips for a Healthy Skin this Harmattan Season

NEWS
The Harmattan season is already here and as usual, it comes with a dusty, windy, cold and dry atmosphere. We need to be ready and get our guards on in order to avoid looking like a desert tortoises; you need optimum moisture. Hence you’d need to up your hydration game. Here are some tips for you: Stay Hydrated The benefits of drinking water cannot be over emphasised. You need to stay hydrated straight from within. Aim for about 2-3 litres a day. Have it in mind that, staying hydrated does not include caffeine intake, because it is a diuretic, and diuretics eliminate fluids from the body, so you may need to cut back on the coffee this period. Go for beverages and fruit juices to keep you hydrated. Also eat lots of fruits and vegetables to keep your skin glowing. Bathe With Lukewarm Wate
Doctors on Strike Seek FG Intervention in Face-Off with Health Ministry    

Doctors on Strike Seek FG Intervention in Face-Off with Health Ministry  

NEWS
The Association of resident doctors (ARD), comprising Lagos University Hospital (LUTH), Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Yaba, and the National Orthopaedic Hospital (NOH) Igbobi, has urged the Federal government to pay their salaries and see to their general welfare. ARD, at a press briefing held in Lagos, noted the absurdity of the unjust and unfair policy of payment of fractional salaries to doctors in the Federal and state tertiary health institutions in the country, which has continued since December 2013 despite their protestations. President, ARD, LUTH, Dr. Sekumade Adebayo, said the agitation by the national body, NARD, for the release of a uniform template for Residency training in Nigeria has been ongoing for several years.  Adebayo noted that the continued
Importation of Paracetamol, Aspirin and 25 Other Pharmaceuticals Banned; See Full List!

Importation of Paracetamol, Aspirin and 25 Other Pharmaceuticals Banned; See Full List!

NEWS
There are at least 25 items that have been banned from being imported into Nigeria. The list, circulated by the Finance Ministry on Friday, includes soaps, spaghetti and used fridges. The ban on the items was put in place by the government in 2016, as part of yearly efforts to control import, but is still in place as no new one has been provided for 2017, Festus Akanbi, spokesperson to the finance minister told PREMIUM TIMES. See full list below. IMPORT PROHIBITION LIST (TRADE) 1. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry H.S. Code 0105.1100 – 0105.9900, 0106.31.00.00 – 0106.39.00.00, 0207.11.00.00 – 0207.26.00.00 and 0210.99.00.00 2. Pork, Beef, H.S. Codes 0201.10.00.00 – 0204.50.00.00, 0206.10.00.00 – 0206.90.00.00, 0210.10.00.00 – 0210.20.00.00 3. Bird Eggs H.S. Code 0407.11
Doctors Battle To Save Girl Knocked Down By Hit And Run Driver In Osogbo

Doctors Battle To Save Girl Knocked Down By Hit And Run Driver In Osogbo

NEWS
Doctors are battling to save a 16-year-old girl after she was knocked down by a hit and run driver in Osogbo area of Osun State. The driver of the car with registration number Lagos EC 310 SMK on Saturday rammed into the New Orisunbare Market at MDS area in Osogbo, and knocked down the girl. Eyewitness said men of the Osun State Ambulance Service got to the scene on time and took the girl away. The victim whose name could not be ascertain by Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, sustained serious injury and was immediate rush to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LTH). She was in coma when she was brought to the hospital and officials said they could not handle her case. She was eventually taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-If
Pharma Students Set Hosts Certificate Course In Global Health Pharmacy

Pharma Students Set Hosts Certificate Course In Global Health Pharmacy

NEWS
Pharmacy Students in Nigeria under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS) in collaboration with AB Global Health Initiative, an NGO based in Nigeria are set to host the first ever Certificate Course in Global Health Pharmacy in West Africa. According to the head of Global Health Pharmacy Projects in the organization Aniekan Ekpenyong, the course will be held at three Nigerian universities; one in the north which would serve as the Northern cohort, another in the West (Western cohort) and the last in the South (Southern and Eastern cohort). The center for the northern cohort will be at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, with Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife hosting the Western Cohort while Faculty of Pharmac...
Natural Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps or Pains

Natural Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps or Pains

NEWS, Women's health
There are a variety of menstrual cramp remedies that can help reduce menstrual pain: from certain foods to various exercises. However, it’s important to diagnose the cause of menstrual pain in order to find the best treatment. WATER It sounds odd, but drinking water keeps your body from retaining water and helps to avoid painful bloating during menstruation. Warm or hot water is usually better for cramps, as hot liquids increase blood flow to the skin and may relax cramped muscles. You can also eat water-based foods to increase your hydration, including: lettuce celery cucumbers watermelon berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) CALCIUM Calcium can help reduce muscle cramping during menstruation. The Mayo Clinic recommends 1,000 mg per day for women betwee
Registration of Pharmacists, 2017 Procedure.

Registration of Pharmacists, 2017 Procedure.

NEWS
The PSN wishes to inform all pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies that arrangements have been concluded with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to facilitate a smooth registration season in 2017. This is particularly key to achieving a faster pace of licensure of practitioners and pharmacy facilities to ensure that the tenets of Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) are entrenched for consumers of health in Nigeria. Registration of Pharmacists, 2017 Procedure. In 2017 the procedures will entail that all pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies fulfill the protocols of regularizing their membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) following which they would be issued Clearance Certificates by the respective state branches. Regularisation of membership will include th...
Chemotherapy Drug May Trigger New Egg Production in Women

Chemotherapy Drug May Trigger New Egg Production in Women

NEWS
New research suggests that a common chemotherapy drug combination may increase the number of immature eggs in the ovaries. The researchers caution, however, that it is too soon to say how this affects women's fertility. They say more studies should now be done to confirm the findings, look in more detail at the individual drugs involved, and explain the underlying biology. The small study - reported in the journal Human Reproduction - is the work of a team from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom that analysed ovarian tissue samples from 14 women who had undergone chemotherapy, and from 12 healthy women. It is hard to predict if a woman is likely to be fertile after chemotherapy treatment. Damage to eggs and/or fertility can depend on the woman's age, the types of drug, and...
FG slashes import duties on Pharmaceutical raw materials, 115 items

FG slashes import duties on Pharmaceutical raw materials, 115 items

NEWS
The Federal Government, in a bid to promote development in critical sectors of the economy, has approved a reduction in the import duties of 115 items in various sectors of the economy. The approval was given by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the fiscal policy measures of the Federal Government for the country. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, while communicating the approval through a circular obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, said the move was in line with the provisions of the Economic Community of West African States’ Common External Tariff. The ECOWAS CET, which will cover the 2017 to 2019 fiscal periods, is composed of three categories made up of an Import Adjustment Tax list of 173 tariff lines, a national list consisting of 91 items and
Mixed Reactions Greet Lagos 2017 Health Budget Proposal

Mixed Reactions Greet Lagos 2017 Health Budget Proposal

NEWS
The sharp decrease in the amount appropriated for the health sector in the 2017 Lagos State budget proposal, has been greeted with mixed reactions from Civil Society members in the State. Expressing shock and concern over the drop in the amount allocated to health from N64 billion (9.76 per cent of the budget in 2016), to N57.29 billion (7.05 percent in 2017), they have called for urgent review of the proposal. It would be recalled that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had in December, presented the 2017 Lagos State budget proposal of N813 billion to the State House of Assembly. Although the entire budget increased by N150 billion when compared to the 2016 budget of N662.6bn, the health budget reduced by 2.61 per cent, a far cry from the targeted 15 percent health budget pledge of the Abuja...
I hope to Come Back Home Someday – Nigerian Crowned UK’s Pharmacist of the Year

I hope to Come Back Home Someday – Nigerian Crowned UK’s Pharmacist of the Year

Interviews
Olutayo Arikawe had a great 2016 grabbing an award as Britain’s Pharmacist of the Year. A community pharmacist and pharmacist manager at Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, Arikawe had earlier won the Chemist and Druggist (C+D) Community Pharmacist of the Year and Pharmacy Manager of the year awards. As a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, she gives career advice and offers work placements for students. Arikawe spoke to journalists about her professional journey since relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005. Import of the ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ ‘The I Love My Pharmacist’ award was created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain, to showcase and celebrate the great work that pharmacists do for their
5 – 10 Percent of Married Nigerian Women are Infertile – Omokanye

5 – 10 Percent of Married Nigerian Women are Infertile – Omokanye

NEWS
The Acting-Director, In-Vitro Fertilisation Centre at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lukman Omokanye, has said that between five and 10 per cent of married women in Nigeria are infertile. According to him, infertility is a burden among couples as it constitutes 70 per cent of all gynaecological consultations in the nation’s clinics. Omokanye stated, in an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, recently, that the most common causes of infertility in women included tubal pathology and blockade, as well as infections like gonorrhoea and fibroid. According to him, low sperm count is one of the causes of infertility in men.  He added that male and female  factors constituted about 60 per cent of infertility cases globally.
2017 budget: We Will Be Transparent With Our Figures

2017 budget: We Will Be Transparent With Our Figures

NEWS
As Nigerians await the  implementation of the 2017 budget, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the Ministry would be transparent with its figures even especially as the health sector  needs more money. Adewole, in a report  maintained that the Ministry of Health  would continue to comply with the provisions of the public procurement act to ensure proper implementation of the budget. Transparency: “We would be transparent with our figures. We won’t hide it. When they brought the proposals for 2017, I did photocopy and gave to all the directors. I also insisted that the Director of Procurement must not advertise without getting the quotation from the director or head of unit. Because it’s the head of unit who is the technical person who knows about what you
Delta State Nurses Call Off Strike Action

Delta State Nurses Call Off Strike Action

NEWS
Nurses working with the Delta State Hospital Management Board have resumed work, following the suspension of their strike action. It would be recalled that the nurses went on strike on December 23, 2016, over alleged shortage of manpower in the nursing section and non-payment of their promotion arrears among other issues. The state Ministry of Health, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr Donald Ojebo said: “The industrial action was suspended on December 30, 2016 and full nursing services have commenced in the various hospitals in the state.” Ojebo who quoted the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr.   Minnie Oseji in the statement, said the nurses  resumed work on January 2, 2017. He said that the government would continue to explore all avenues to ensure