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CJ Assigns Suit on Buhari’s Health to Judge

CJ Assigns Suit on Buhari’s Health to Judge

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A suit seeking an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja compelling the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to appoint a medical panel to determine the health status of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, has been assigned to Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati. The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2017, was filed by a United States of America-based Nigerian, Mr. Toyin Dawodu, on June 28. The respondents to the suit are Saraki, the Executive Council of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). Responding to The PUNCH’s inquiry on the status of the case on Tuesday, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr. Frank Tietie, confirmed that the outgoing Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, had assigned the case to Justice A
Tooth decay and what you should know

Tooth decay and what you should know

Dental Health, NEWS
Do you know that your oral health is vital? Dentists usually advise that knowing how to properly take care of your teeth is very important. If left uncared for, it can lead to teeth decay. In fact, tooth decay is normally a consequence of poor oral hygiene. Studies have shown that tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world. It affects a huge portion of the population. What is tooth decay? Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, or cavities, occurs when bacteria living in your mouth make acid that then begins to eat away at your teeth. Untreated tooth decay may cause infection, extreme pain and the loss of tooth. The decay process begins with the unnoticeable damage to the enamel of your teeth and then steadily progresses to deeper layers of the tooth - eventually leading ...
Minister Solicits Media Support For Health Budget

Minister Solicits Media Support For Health Budget

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The Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has called on Nigerian media to support the implementation of the Health Sector budget. The Minister made call while speaking at the conference organized by the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ), held in Abuja. Prof.Adewole said that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammad Buhari has been more diligent, more resourceful and transparent in terms of budget release. He reiterated the commitment of the Federal Ministry of Health in achieving the Universal Health Coverage, Programme aimed at providing healthcare services to Nigerians without financial stress. He called on the media to join other stakeholders in canvassing for more funding for the health sector, stressing that the challenges facing the ...
#CharlieGard Is Given Legal Permanent Residence In US By Congress So He Can Fly To The States For Treatment

#CharlieGard Is Given Legal Permanent Residence In US By Congress So He Can Fly To The States For Treatment

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Charlie Gard is being given legal and permanent residence in the US by Congress in order to allow him to fly to America for treatment. Jeff Fortenberry, Republican U.S. Representative for Nebraska, tweeted: 'We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.'   It is the latest move by US lawmakers who are determined to keep up the pressure on Great Ormond Street doctors in the on-going international political row over the 11-month-old's medical care.  But legal sources said Charlie is the subject of a High Court order and it made no difference what passport he held. And last Friday, the judge made it clear it would be illegal for Charlie to travel to America without his permission. The parents'
Senate Releases Names of 42 Banned Anti-Malaria Medicines

Senate Releases Names of 42 Banned Anti-Malaria Medicines

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- The Nigerian Senate noted that some banned malaria drugs in Europe were being stockpiled in Nigeria - They listed 42 drugs that Nigerians need to stop taking The Nigerian Senate has provided a list of 42 banned anti-malaria medicines that are still in circulation in hospitals and pharmacies and are consumed by Nigerians. According to report, the drugs have been banned in Europe but are still in the Nigerian market. The Senate mandated its committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), led by Senator Olarewaju Tejuoso, to urgently carry out “a holistic investigation into the matter and report back for further action.” READ Senator T.A Orji representing Abia central who raised the motion said: “The Senate notes that recently the European Union banned the sale and consumption of 42 Anti-
Former MLSCN Boss gets nominated into the World Health Organization

Former MLSCN Boss gets nominated into the World Health Organization

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The former registrar and CEO of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Prof. Anthony  Emeribe has been nominated into the membership of  the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on In-Vitro Diagnostics (SAGE-IVD). Prof. Emeribe, a serving member of the World Governing Board on Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA) over the last three years, is the only African amongst the 15 member group of experts. The SAGE IVD acts as an advisory body to World Health Organization on matters of global policies and strategies related to IVDs. Congratulations Prof! medicalworldnigeria
Sagay Slams Reps for Asking Minister to Reinstate NHIS Boss

Sagay Slams Reps for Asking Minister to Reinstate NHIS Boss

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The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has lambasted the House of Representatives for asking the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to reinstate the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf. Sagay expressed his view during a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday. The senior advocate said the House had no constitutional power to give ministers orders or to interfere in the internal investigation being conducted by a ministry. He added that the House should stop trying to do the work of the executive arm of government but should focus more on perfecting the laws of the nation for the benefit of Nigerians. Sagay added, “Whatever the case may be, the House cert
How Painkillers, Drug Depressants and Drug Overdose May Put Your Life at Risk

How Painkillers, Drug Depressants and Drug Overdose May Put Your Life at Risk

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The news broke more than a month ago on the passing away of Isiaka Adeleke, the Osun West Senator who died suddenly in Oshogbo, the Osun state capital. The autopsy result confirmed that the late Senator was killed by an overdose of painkillers administered to him by an unqualified medical technician. As evidenced since his passing, the social and mainstream media have been awash with the matter, especially, with issues relating to painkillers, drug depressants and drug overdose. Taking more than one kind of drug at a time puts a strain on the body and can increase both the effect and the risk. When a person uses a drug regularly they develop tolerance to it. This means they need to use more to get the same effect. Every drug can cause an overdose, including prescription medications prescr...
#CharlieGard Has His First Brain Scan Since April As US Doctor Flies In To Assess The Critically Ill Baby Ahead Of A Court Decision On His Fate

#CharlieGard Has His First Brain Scan Since April As US Doctor Flies In To Assess The Critically Ill Baby Ahead Of A Court Decision On His Fate

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Charlie Gard had his first brain scan since April ahead of yesterday’s arrival of the American doctor who wants to save him. Dr Michio Hirano flew to London from New York and went straight to examine the 11-month-old at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The Harvard-educated neuroscientist – Charlie’s last hope – was joined by a doctor from the Pope’s hospital in Rome, which is also offering to treat the boy. They spent five hours at the hospital with him and studied his latest brain scan, taken on Sunday. Charlie’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, of Belfont, south-west London, were present for the electroencephalogram (EEG), which monitors brain activity. The results have not been made public but could be crucial in determining his fate. Last night a source close to the
NHIS Boss’ Suspension: Health Minister to Appear Before Reps July 27

NHIS Boss’ Suspension: Health Minister to Appear Before Reps July 27

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has been scheduled to appear before the House of Representatives on July 27 over his decision to suspend the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Yusuf Usman. Adewole had announced the suspension of Usman on July 8 over petitions alleging corrupt acts by the NHIS boss. The suspension came just as the House Committee on Health Services was investigating alleged rot in the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme.   The petitions being investigated by the House alleged that Health Maintenance Organisations were responsible for the poor implementation of the scheme. The House, in its reaction to the ES’ suspension on Wednesday last week, directed the minister to reinstate him immediately. It
NHIS Boss Ran Agency Like his Private Enterprise — HMCAN

NHIS Boss Ran Agency Like his Private Enterprise — HMCAN

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The National Publicity Secretary, Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria, Mr. Lekan Ewenla, has said that the suspended National Health Insurance Scheme boss, Prof. Usman Yusuf, ran activities at the agency as if it was his private business. Ewenla, who spoke to our correspondent in Lagos on Tuesday, also faulted the appointment of Yusuf as the Executive Secretary. According to him, the NHIS boss did not understand the operations and the regulatory functions of the scheme. “Before now, a lot of petitions had been written about the attitude and conduct of the scheme since the Executive Secretary took over last year. He was going to distort the operations of the NHIS for the public sector. “He ran NHIS like his private enterprise. He didn’t have the power to award contrac
NHIS Probe: Osinbajo Orders Fair Hearing

NHIS Probe: Osinbajo Orders Fair Hearing

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has called for fair hearing in the ongoing probe of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, who was controversially suspended over allegations of N960 million fraud. A highly placed source in the Presidency told our correspondent last night that the acting president had, in a letter dated July 13 and written to the Ministry of Health, noted the suspension. The source also quoted the acting president as demanding that his office be briefed after the investigation. Meanwhile, an indicted former acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr Femi Akingbade, has been suspended alongside seven senior officials of the scheme. The suspension letter was signed by the Perman...
Suspended NHIS Boss Mobilising Violent Protests Against FG, Group Alleges

Suspended NHIS Boss Mobilising Violent Protests Against FG, Group Alleges

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The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf is planning a violent protest against his suspension, a letter by the Joint Unions, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS addressed to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and exclusively obtained on Monday by SIGNAL, has revealed. “The Joint Union wishes to alert the Honorable Minister of the grand plans by some of the staff who are his loyalists to cause chaos and render the scheme ungovernable. We have it on good authority that the suspended Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf had series of meetings with this group, and urged them to carry out violent protest against his suspension.  The violent protest is to be carried out in the NHIS Headquarters and at the Federal Minis
How Suspended NHIS Boss Illegally Recruited 15 Northern Relatives, Friends as GMs

How Suspended NHIS Boss Illegally Recruited 15 Northern Relatives, Friends as GMs

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New details have emerged on how the suspended Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, allegedly defied the federal character policy that saw him illegally recruiting over 15 family members and friends into the top echelons of the agency. Sources informed journalist yesterday that Yusuf, on assumption of office 11 months ago, showed a brazen act of nepotism and disdain for people that are  not of his Hausa-Fulani ethnic stock or his family members by expelling them from the NHIS headquarters, of which over 90 per cent of them were mostly southerners and Christians.  “The executive secretary came and polarised the NHIS and turned it into a northern agenda. He has a morbid hatred for Christians and non-northerners including detribalised and mod
NHIS Seeks Police Presence as Suspended ES Threatens to Resume

NHIS Seeks Police Presence as Suspended ES Threatens to Resume

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The Federal Ministry of Health will, on Monday (today), write to the Nigeria Police Force to secure the National Health Insurance Scheme headquarters in Utako, Abuja, as the suspended Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, has vowed to resume this week. Sources told our correspondent that the move had become necessary due to Usman’s rejection of his suspension by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.   The committee, set up by the minister to investigate Yusuf, which comprises senior officials of the ministry and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, is sitting at the NHIS headquarters. Ministry sources said allowing the suspended NHIS boss to resume could affect the work of the committee and had thus fo