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Consumer Council Opens Inquiry on Blue Band ‘Spread for Bread’ Controversy

Consumer Council Opens Inquiry on Blue Band ‘Spread for Bread’ Controversy

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The Consumer Protection Council said on Sunday it has opened inquiry into the controversy about the safety of Blue Band “Spread for Bread” when subjected to high temperature in boiling water. The council said in a statement sent to TheNigerialawyer that it was aware of a short demonstration video circulating on social media about how the product by Unilever Nigeria PLC did not melt or dissolve under certain heat conditions. The statement signed by the Director General of the Council, Babatunde Irukera, said the video has been a subject of anxiety and intense controversy as it suggested the product was unsafe for human consumption. Mr Irukera said “available scientific information confirms that, though butter, margarine, and spread appear analogous, and share similar components, characte
Nigeria has 302,096 Unreported TB Cases, Says Minister

Nigeria has 302,096 Unreported TB Cases, Says Minister

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There are 302,096 unreported cases of Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said.  TB remains endemic in different parts of the world, leading to annual deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people, mostly in developing countries. Over ten million new TB cases were estimated to have occurred globally in 2016.  According to the 2017 Global TB Report,Nigeria is among  the 14 high burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB. The country is also ranked 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries and 2nd in Africa. Nigeria is among the 10 countries that account for 64 percent of the global gap in TB case finding. India, Indonesia and Nigeria account for almost half of the total gap. The minister said, “In 2017, the country notified only 109,
Missing N10bn: FG has Turned NHIS into ATM, Says PDP

Missing N10bn: FG has Turned NHIS into ATM, Says PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party alleged in Abuja on Thursday, that the All Progressives Congress and cabal in the presidency had turned “the National Health Insurance Scheme into their Automated Teller Machine where funds are taken at their conveniences.”  The party said the nation had yet to recover from past revelations of an alleged withdrawal of N10bn when an alleged fresh plot by the Federal Government to loot another N25bn from the coffers of the scheme was exposed.  It said that Nigerians were still lamenting the N10bn stolen earlier from the agency’s savings in the Treasury Single Account by the cabal in the presidency.  The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that the APC and the Presidency had been bleeding the nation, adding th
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Decry High Drugs Import

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Decry High Drugs Import

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Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has decried the country’s reliance on imported pharmaceutical products.  The society lamented the rampant abuse of drugs and other substances by youths.  Its President Ahmed Yakasai   spoke to reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital ahead of the inauguration of the new state executives of the PSN.  Yakasai said 70 percent of the drugs being consumed in the country is imported from China, India, Pakistan and even Ghana. He said: “We have been fighting fake and sub-standard products. We have been fighting drug abuse. Drug abuse is dangerous to the economy and nation’s security. “If the medicines are not available, surely there be security problems. We know what is happening as par herbal drugs. when I travelled to Ghana, a small country tha
Doctors Threaten to Stop Attending to Lassa Fever Patients in Public Hospitals

Doctors Threaten to Stop Attending to Lassa Fever Patients in Public Hospitals

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Doctors in public hospitals may start refusing to attend to patients with Lassa fever, if they are not provided with the right equipment to protect themselves. President of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Professor Mike Ogirima, told BBC Yoruba that eight doctors had died of the disease, since the beginning of the year after contracting it from patients. He issued the warning as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) issued its latest figures showing that Lassa fever has now spread to 20 states, killing 142 people since January. Ogirima said the authorities should do more than just “enough” to end the outbreak. Health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole told the BBC that the government was worried with increase in the number of health practitioners contacting the disease. Th
Nigeria Loses N300b Annually to Prevention, Treatment of Malaria

Nigeria Loses N300b Annually to Prevention, Treatment of Malaria

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Nigeria loses an estimated N300 billion annually to treatment and prevention, including loss of man-hours annually to malaria, the National Malaria Eradication Programme (NMEP) has stated.  It said Artemisinin-based Cobination Therapy (ACTs) remains the recommended medicine for malaria as stated by the World Health Organisation, as the use of monotherapy for treatment should be discouraged. This was revealed by the National Coordinator of NMEP, Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, during the first quarter media chat organised by NMEP and wit the theme “Use of montherapy for the treatment of malaria: it’s implications for the elimination of malaria.” He said malaria is preventable, treatable and curable, yet it remain a major public health concern in Africa and Nigeria, and is a major barrier to so
Lassa Fever: “Hold Buhari Responsible For Abia Doctor’s Death” – PDP Tells Nigerians

Lassa Fever: “Hold Buhari Responsible For Abia Doctor’s Death” – PDP Tells Nigerians

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government directly responsible for the avoidable and painful death of Dr. Ndukwu Chizaram of the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, Abia state.  The party said the promising and patriotic medical practitioner had to pay the supreme price over avoidable exposure to Lassa fever, because of the low premium the APC administration placed on the lives of Nigerians and the health sector in particular. The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, described the failure of the APC Federal Government to provide medical personnel with the requisite equipment and facilities to effectively and safely discharge their duties as absolutely wicked, inhuman a
Health Workers Task Government on Salary Arrears

Health Workers Task Government on Salary Arrears

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The Katsina State Medical and Health Workers Union has called on the state government to pay the 16 months salary arrears owed them. Speaking on the issue Katina, chairman of the union, Hussaini Hamisu said members of the union have been suffering due to non-payment of the arrears. Hamisu said more than 8,000 workers were affected across the state, and that the union was demanding payment of the money in order to alleviate the inconveniences the workers are going through. He said the state governor, Aminu Masari, had promised to settle the arrears sometime in June 2016, even as he wondered what was delaying it. He said going with the time lapse, the union had expected that the arrears would have become a past issue.Hamisu said government should look into the issue and expedite action...
Lassa Fever Spreads to 20 States, Kills 142 with 400 Confirmed Cases

Lassa Fever Spreads to 20 States, Kills 142 with 400 Confirmed Cases

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• NCDC confirms first case, fatality in Abia • Two health workers affected with one death in a week • NEMA alerts on meningitis outbreak in FCT, others The current Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has spread to 20 states leaving 142 dead and 400 confirmed cases.This is compared to the figures released on March 25, 2018, which showed 134 deaths and 394 confirmed cases in 19 states meaning there are eight more deaths, six more confirmed cases and the virus has spread to a new state – Abia.  Latest figures released yesterday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for Week 13 (March 26- April 01, 2018) indicate six new confirmed cases were recorded in five states – Edo (two), Ondo (one), Bauchi (one), Plateau (one) and Abia (one) with two new deaths in confirmed cases from Feder
NAFDAC Governing Council Moves to Upgrade Facilities, Expand Laboratories

NAFDAC Governing Council Moves to Upgrade Facilities, Expand Laboratories

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The Chairman, newly inaugurated Governing Council of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Hon. Inuwa Abdulkadir, has announced plans to expand and upgrade the laboratory facilities of the Agency to meet  international requirements as well as serve Nigerians better.  Addressing journalists  after a tour of NAFDAC facilities in Lagos, Abdulkadir, also pledged to prioritise staff welfare and motivate the workforce to give their best to the  Agency in safeguards the health of the Nigerians. Abdulkadir, assured staff of NAFDAC that the Governing Council would ensure the Agency got necessary support in order to discharge its regulatory functions effectively.  “Our passion is to motivate our staff and provide them with working tools. We are so concerned a
Insurgency Threatens Nigeria’s Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Insurgency Threatens Nigeria’s Efforts to Eradicate Polio

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The Executive Secretary of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has said that Nigeria is regarded as a polio endemic country due to lack of access in some local government. He stressed the need to improve access in some wards and local governments in the country in order to interrupt wild Poliovirus in the next 18 months warning that a single case of polio can distort all the efforts made so far. Speaking at the 35th meeting of Expert Review Committee ERC meeting in Abuja, Shuaibu observed “if the country is able to interrupt polio in the next 18 months, then we have made considerable progress.” He said, “If we don’t have access in some local government, wee are not making reasonable progress in this regards, as a single case of the wild Pol
Abia Commissioner Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak in Umuahia

Abia Commissioner Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak in Umuahia

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The Commissioner for Information in Abia, Mr. John Okiyi, has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.  Okiyi, who made the disclosure in a statement in Umuahia on Monday, said that the government and the hospital management had swung into action to check the spread of the disease.  “Abia Government is aware of the reported outbreak of Lassa Fever at FMC, Umuahia.  “The state Ministry of Health is working with the authorities of FMC to ensure full containment of the disease,’’ he said. The commissioner further said that prophylactic treatment of others, who may have come in contact with the victims had commenced in earnest. “We have fully deployed all our emergency medical response systems to instantly ensure full containment and management of th
Resident Doctors Give FG 30-day Ultimatum to Recall Dismissed Members in JUTH

Resident Doctors Give FG 30-day Ultimatum to Recall Dismissed Members in JUTH

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The National Association of Resident Doctors ( NARD) has issued a 30 days ultimatum to Federal Government, to recall it members whose appointment were said to be unjustly terminated at the Jos University Teaching Hospital. NARD who threatened the government with an industrial action said failure to meet their demands will force them to embark on industrial action. They also lamented that the JUTH Management has “been withholding dues deducted from members of the Congress of ARD JUTH since January 2018 which NEC condemns and strongly frowns at.” In a statement jointly signed by its president, Dr Osinachukwu Nnadi, the Secretary-General, Dr Ugochukwu Chinaka, and the publicity and social secretary, Dr.Ugochukwu A Eze on Friday, noted that the Federal Ministry of Health released an extan
Tuberculosis: WHO Official Decries Alleged Sale of Free Drugs in Rivers

Tuberculosis: WHO Official Decries Alleged Sale of Free Drugs in Rivers

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Dr Michael Jose, the National Professional Officer of World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria, has decried the alleged sale of free Tuberculosis (TB) drugs to TB patients in Rivers. Jose who raised the concern in an interview in Port Harcourt on Thursday said it was an inhuman on the part of the persons involved in the act. The concern of the WHO official is at the heels of reported cases of the free drugs to the patients in the state. He said that TB drugs were donated by the organisation and were meant to be given free to the patients. According to him, it is wicked and callous for anybody charged with the responsibility to dispense the drugs to now sell them for his/her own selfish gain. He said: `there were about 13, 000 missing TB patients in Rivers in 2017 alone. “In t
FG Launches New Pediatric Anti-TB Formulation

FG Launches New Pediatric Anti-TB Formulation

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The Federal Government has launched a New Paediatrics Anti –TB Drug for Children to commemorate the 2018 World TB Day which is marked on March 24th of every year.  Briefing the press at the occasion in Abuja, Minister of Health, and Prof. Isaac. Adewole said that President Muhammad Buhari places high premium on health, with TB being its priority, Adewole said the President is poised to see that TB is completely eradicated in Nigeria, noting that all hands must be on deck to report suspected cases of TB both in children and Adult.  The theme of this year’s World TB Day “Find and notify all TB cases while the slogan is “Wanted Leaders for a TB – free Nigeria” the theme was carefully selected to enable us build on our current achievements”. The Minister informed. He further informed that