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1 in 10 Drugs in Africa Fake, Says WHO Report

1 in 10 Drugs in Africa Fake, Says WHO Report

NEWS
An estimated one in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from the World Health Organisation. The finding means people are taking medicines that fail to treat or prevent disease. Substandard or falsified products are a waste of money for individuals and companies that buy time, and they can also cause serious illness or even death. “Substandard and falsified medicines particularly affect the most vulnerable communities,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Imagine a mother who gives up food or other basic needs to pay for her child’s treatment, unaware that the medicines are substandard or falsified, and then that treatment causes her child to die. This is unaccept
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice): Dont Clean Your Ears With Cotton Buds

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice): Dont Clean Your Ears With Cotton Buds

NEWS
Cotton buds should not be used to clean ears, health officials say. Inserting a bud could damage the ear canal and eardrum and push wax further down, according to the health watchdog. The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) also says that ear syringing, in which a large metal syringe is used to pump water manually into the ear to clear out wax, is potentially harmful and should no longer be used. Its committee agreed that buds may be a ‘hazard’ that can cause infections or push wax further into the ear canal. The guideline says the ear canal is ‘self-cleaning’, with excess wax falling out on its own, and that the entrance to the ears can be cleaned with a damp flannel. Rather than manual syringing, which can cause trauma, Nice recomm
“Doctor” Saraki Not Licensed To Practice Medicine In UK, Says General Medical Council

“Doctor” Saraki Not Licensed To Practice Medicine In UK, Says General Medical Council

NEWS
Senate President Mr. Bukola Saraki, who is touted as a trained medical doctor, is not licensed to practice medicine in the United Kingdom, according to the country’s General Medical Council (GMC).  Saraki once claimed he practiced medicine at Rush Green Hospital, London, after qualifying as a medical doctor from the University of London in 1988 but that claimed could not be verified as the hospital closed shop in 1995. He had previously schooled in Nigeria. The GMC, in an email message, signed by Sarah Orr, its Media Relations Officer, was responding to SaharaReporters’ enquiry about Mr. Saraki’s status as a medical doctor. According to the GMC, all licensed doctors working in the United Kingdom have to undergo a revalidation process to ensure that their skills are up to date and the
Sultan Decries Increase of Drug Abuse among Youths

Sultan Decries Increase of Drug Abuse among Youths

NEWS
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has decried the abuse of cough syrup among youths and urged authorities to intervene to regulate its use. Abubakar made the call on Friday in Sokoto while addressing the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) tagged, “Caliphate 2017’’. The Sultan described the conference as timely and urged participants to deliberate on improving women and family health to reduce mortality. He assured that traditional rulers would continue to promote health policies and work toward protecting the society. Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said his administration established Healthcare Insurance Scheme to improve primary healthcare delivery, women and children health, as well as support
‘Mothers who take Antibiotics While Pregnant may have Babies with Weaker Guts, Risk of Irritable Bowel Disease’

‘Mothers who take Antibiotics While Pregnant may have Babies with Weaker Guts, Risk of Irritable Bowel Disease’

NEWS, Women's health
Pregnant mothers who take antibiotics put their children at greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease, a new study warned.The pills, taken by about 40 percent of pregnant women in the US, cause changes in the gut bacteria or microbiome of the mother which are then inherited by their unborn child, according to the New York University study. The balance between good and bad bacteria is altered and this change triggered a IBD inflammation scores 55-fold higher than those with normal gut bacteria.Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main forms of IBD, affecting about 1.6 million Americans, including a growing number of children. The microbiome is made up of trillions of bacterial organisms that live inside of our intestines and co-evolved with us to play roles in digestion
World Aids Day: Senate to Enforce National Health Act In 2018

World Aids Day: Senate to Enforce National Health Act In 2018

NEWS
The President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said Senate would implement the 2014 National Health Act, especially the one per cent consolidated fund to enhance funding of Nigeria’s health system in 2018. Saraki made the disclosure at the commemoration of 2017 World AIDS Day in Abuja. Represented at the occasion by Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, Senate Committee Chairman on Primary Health Care and infectious Diseases, Saraki said that the Act was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan. He said “it stipulates that one per cent of consolidated fund be set aside for health care provision.” He, however, added that the implementation of that part of the Act was not included in the proposed 2018 budget recently submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate for cons
USA-Based NGO Provides Free Medical Treatment to Elderly, Middle Aged, Infants in Ebonyi Rural Community

USA-Based NGO Provides Free Medical Treatment to Elderly, Middle Aged, Infants in Ebonyi Rural Community

NEWS
NO fewer than 200 indigenes of Amaigbo community in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, last weekend, benefited from the free medical treatment of Healthcare Educational Liaison. Project HELP, which started in the United States of America, USA, in 2007, reaches out mostly to the elderly, middle aged and infants across the community as the last exercise witnessed a large turnout in the area. In a chat with South-East Voice, the founder of HELP and Coordinator of the free medical services who is a practicing cardiologist based in USA, Dr, John Kalu Ijem stated that the outreach was meant to care for the immediate medical needs of the people at no cost as critical cases were referred to clinics or health centres close by for continued medical treatment. “The reason fo
Affordable Drugs: PharmAccess Introduces Soft Loan to Community Pharmacists

Affordable Drugs: PharmAccess Introduces Soft Loan to Community Pharmacists

NEWS
In its bid to assist  pharmacists make available quality drugs to Nigerians, PharmAccess Foundation in partnership with Anadach Group has introduced soft loan designed to make drugs available at an affordable prices in the country. Speaking during Pharmacy Industry Roundtable tagged, ‘Strengthening The Value Chain’, Country Director of PharmAccess Foundation, Ms. Njide Ndili emphasized the role of community pharmacists in ensuring quality drugs that would make patients get well now conversation around health insurance is ongoing.  Ndili noted that the need to bring them together with a view to strengthening service delivery in the country’s healthcare sector. “PharmAccess is trying to give them access to finance and also provide technical support to help them to improve their prac
Human Mouth Useful For Detecting Early Signs Of Endemic Diseases, Health Minister

Human Mouth Useful For Detecting Early Signs Of Endemic Diseases, Health Minister

Dental Health, NEWS
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has revealed that the mouth is the gateway to the body since it serves as a useful tool in detecting early signs and symptoms of endemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, measles, syphilis and diabetes. He made this known at a press briefing to commemorate the 6th Edition of the National Oral Health Week, held at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Health,  Abuja. According to him, “Oral health is essentially an integral part of overall health. An unhealthy mouth according to researchers may reveal medical complications like increased risk of heart attach, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and preterm labour, pain, discomfort and anxiety.” Prof Adewole stressed that oral health diseases affect the overall productivity o
Malaria Cases Rise in Nigeria, Congo

Malaria Cases Rise in Nigeria, Congo

NEWS
A report released today in Geneva says Nigeria, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo DRC  have seen the largest increases in malaria cases, jeopardizsng the gains recorded since 2000. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership,  which released the report, said unprecedented global progress in fighting malaria since 18 years ago is at stake unless countries redouble their efforts. It however showcased countries making progress. They are  Sri Lanka, Senegal and Madagascar. The World Malaria Report 2017 shows fragile and uneven progress in global efforts against malaria, an entirely preventable and treatable disease, which puts half the world’s population at risk and costs a child’s life every two minutes. According to the report, malaria-related cases and deaths worldwide stood at 216
How Denying Yourself Breakfast Exposes You to Atherosclerosis

How Denying Yourself Breakfast Exposes You to Atherosclerosis

NEWS
Certain things in life are necessities while some may just be by choice. Just like drinking water or taking fluid is a basic requirement to staying healthy, taking your breakfast is equally a behaviour that must be made a habit for the sake of it. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, going without having breakfast increases your risk of developing a form of coronary artery disease called atherosclerosis.  And so you may not be able to prove anything to anyone by skipping breakfast because it is never a good way of proving your staying power; the health dangers experts say, are not exactly enviable. Instead you may be courting atherosclerosis, a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls or accumu
Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy

Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy

NEWS, Women's health
A woman’s health is essential to the good health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy. They’re also more likely to successfully give birth to a healthy baby. Nutrition Eating a nutritious diet during pregnancy is linked to good foetal brain development, a healthy birth weight, and it reduces the risk of many birth defects. A balanced diet will also reduce the risks of anaemia, as well as other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness. Good nutrition is thought to help balance mood swings and it may improve labour and delivery as well. A well-balanced pregnancy diet includes: protein vitamin C calcium fruits and vegetables whole grains iron-rich foods
New Study: Youll Never Guess How Much Bacteria Is Lurking In Your Gym!

New Study: Youll Never Guess How Much Bacteria Is Lurking In Your Gym!

NEWS
The realities of sharing gym equipment with potentially thousands of others means it's likely you're going to come into contact with a few germs along the way. While you might be a conscientious sanitiser, wiping down gear before and after use, your fellow gym goers may not, turning your workout space into a veritable bacteria breeding ground, according to new research for Fitrated. The study gathered samples from 27 different pieces of equipment at three different gyms to get an idea of how many germs you may encounter when you touch some of the more commonplace equipment. How to avoid gym germs:  Disinfect machines both before and after use Never walk around barefoot - the shower stall is riddled with fungi Don’t touch your face Always wash your hands Change out of your gym
GSK, NCDC, WHO Partner on National Action Plan on AntiMicrobial Resistance

GSK, NCDC, WHO Partner on National Action Plan on AntiMicrobial Resistance

NEWS
In a move to curb an impending anti-microbial resistance challenge in Nigeria, experts have canvassed for a major policy change in the regulation and administration of antibiotics in Nigeria. Nigerians have also been advised to be discretional in their use of antibiotic else they may simply be contributing to antibiotics resistance which may be lethal in the near future. These were some of the submissions at the Anti-Microbial Resistance symposium held in commemoration of the World Antibiotics Awareness week in Abuja recently. The event which was supported by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited was convened by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control in partnership with the World Health Organisation, the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP), the African Field Epide...
Adamawa Assembly Passes Bill On Free Treatment Of Accident Victims

Adamawa Assembly Passes Bill On Free Treatment Of Accident Victims

NEWS
The Adamawa House of Assembly, on Tuesday, passed a bill for the free treatment of accident and terrorism victims by government hospitals in the state. The bill was unanimously adopted and passed after a motion for its third reading by the Majority Leader of the House, Hassan Barguma (APC-Hong) at the House, presided over by the Speaker Kabiru Mijinyawa (APC- Yola South). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill, which abolished police report before treatment, defined accident victims requiring emergency treatment to include those of auto crash, plane crash and fire accident. Others, according to the bill are those involved in flood disaster, armed robbery attack, snake bite, dog bite and rainstorm. “From the start of this law, the state shall provide free emergen