By Victoria Haruna It was a week full of giving back to the society by the Pharmacists body (PSN) in Lagos State. The Pharmacy week which ran through the 7th - 14th of August 2015 themed “Good Pharmacy Practice – The Key to Better Health Outcomes”, began with a Thanksgiving Service at the Mosque and Church, to activities showcasing what the various Technical and Interest Groups have to offer. One of the high points of the Pharmacy week celebration was the Opening Ceremony which held at the Welcome Event Centre, Ikeja, with Pharmacists numbering not less than 300 in attendance. Below is a brief glance on the Event
For many years running until now, the world has had to confront the dreaded disease of the tropics transmitted through the bite of a tiny insect vector – the Mosquito. Malaria aside, researchers and scientists worldwide have had to confront so many other health issues, some of them relatively new, with the bid to finding lasting solutions by way of vaccine production. There is no gain saying the fact that a lot of successes have been attained over the decades; but the world has also waited patiently for thirty years since deliberate and concerted efforts began towards finding a lasting solution to the bugging malaria question. As the world rejoices over the approval of the first ever malaria vaccine made possible by pharmaceutical giants - GSK, Health editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, traces the lo
The Nigerian Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the injustice in the health sector. This was said at a conference entitled, “Transforming Hospital and Administrative Pharmacy Practice for Improved Healthcare Delivery.”In Lokoja, Kogi State, According to the association, the Federal Ministry of Health and other health institutions in the country have been denying its members key positions. It stated, “We have appraised the incessant spate of industrial unrests within the Nigerian health sector and traced its origin to the hegemony of injustice perpetrated by one group of health professionals perennially. “These professionals use the instruments of offices of their privileged members in high places to seek favours.
The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists (NSP) has revealed that the nation’s healthcare system is surviving with just 1,000 physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is the therapeutic use of physical agents or means, such as massage, exercises, water among others, rather than drugs, in the field of medicine, to treat diseases, bodily defects, or weaknesses, such as heart attack, diabetes, stroke among others. Taiwo Oyewumi, NSP President added that the nation could only boast of 4,000 registered physiotherapists, even as he explained that 50 percent of the nation’s registered physiotherapists have migrated to seek greener pasture. Oyewumi said: “The unfortunate thing is that less than 1,000 physiotherapists are gainfully employed. There is job for the other 3,000 physiotherapists, but it is not b
USAID-funded PQM provides technical support to NAFDAC, drug industries on quality assurance, security of medicines supply chain Plans to make Nigeria major pharmaceutical hub for Africa *Why generator fumes are linked to rising cases of cancer, sudden death Dr. Chimezie Anyakora is the Chief of Party for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programme, promoting the Quality of Medicines programme (PQM), which is implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) through a cooperative agreement with USAID. With the USAID support, PQM is working to strengthen health systems in 35 countries across the world. Anyakora in an interview said the PQM programme is providing technical assistance and support to the National Agency for Food Drug Administratio...
It comes in diverse kinds of shapes, colours and sizes. In this part of the world, we are dazzled with the slender, tall, orange colour kind of carrot. it has a crisp texture when fresh. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable, less woody-textured edible taproot. Carrots are widely used in many cuisines, especially in the preparation of salads, and carrot salads are a tradition in many regional cuisines. Benefits of Carrots Improves vision Western culture’s understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin
Rinse your mouth with cold water for about 30 seconds to get rid of any loose debris between your teeth. Get a large piece of dental floss and floss in between your teeth.Don't be too forceful or you could make your gums bleed. Move the floss in a C shape around each tooth. Always floss before you brush your teeth. According to the ADA (American Dentist Association), if you floss first the fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching in between the teeth. Rinse your toothbrush under cold water and put on a pea sized amount of toothpaste.If you are aiming for white teeth, use whitening toothpaste. Start Brushing Gently. Make sure you clean all your teeth, especially the ones at the back. Brush the sides and backs of each tooth and then gently brush the g...
The Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) held its 2nd Annual one day Scientific Symposium at the University of Lagos, Akoka as part of the Pharmacy Week which held in Lagos recently. Tagged “Pharmacy Education & Research: A Key to Good Pharmacy Practice”, Pharm. Lere Baale CEO, Business School Netherlands, took the key note address which addressed certain issues pertaining the link between the Pharmacists in Academia and the Pharmacists in practice. He said that Pharmacy Lecturers could also be involved in Community Pharmacy, but added a clause: “I did not really mean that lecturers should go and register pharmacy shops, What I meant is that as a pharmacist you should practice but NAFDAC should make a special prerequisite before they give you your annual registration
Killing Local Drug Production, Local Industry can meet national drug needs Dr. Steve Onya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Chi Pharmaceuticals Limited, and member - Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN). Onya, a pharmacist, is also a public health consultant to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) malaria projects and the President of African Health Solution, with Headquarter in California, United States. Onya is also a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) and Chairman, Malaria Summit Group. In this interview with Journalists he said new policies introduced by the federal government including the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG) and Common Exter
SWISS PHARMA, India is a WHO certified pharmaceutical organisation, with over 26 years of manufacturing experience. With global presence in 22 countries spread across five continents, they provide a wide range of speciality products with the expertise of formulating a full range of more than 550, including Oral Solids & Sterile Preparations. Recently the Managing Director Mr. Darshan Shah was in the country on a courtesy visit to friends, and associates in the pharmaceutical industry. Here in a chart with the crew of Pharma Times, the Editor - MORGAN NWANGUMA and Staff Reporter – VICTORIA HARUNA, he paints a vivid picture of his company’s partnering approach to doing business with Nigerians. What business brings you to Nigeria?
A fast growing indigenous pharmaceutical company - Kuka Consumer Healthcare (KCH) recently introduced NORAPINE to fight against Hypertension in Nigeria. The Pharmaceutical Company not only launched its product but brings it to the market at a cheap and affordable rate too. This, the company says is aimed at reducing the ever increasing cases of hypertension in Nigeria. A representative of KCH, Miss Mary Salawu, while speaking during the product launch in Lagos, said Norapine is an uncoated tablet with break-line on one side, plain on the other side, and is indicated for the treatment of Angina Pectoris. It is also recommended for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension, alone or in combination with other anti-hypertensive drugs which must be taken with the doctors’ prescription o
The registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm. N. A. E. Mohammed, has said Idumota, the famous and one of the biggest drug markets in Nigeria would cease to exist in a short while. Though, some premises in Lagos, Ogun and Osun States have recently been shut down due to illegal and un-healthy pharmaceutical practices. Pharm. N. A. E. Mohammed also said that there are a lot of areas in which the Nigerian system is lagging behind - areas such as drug formulary, patient monitoring, etc. He said pharmacists should look into such areas and should not just be in the business of purchasing and dispensing alone. Speaking with Pharma Times, the registrar authoritatively said that the Idumota Drug Market is one of the markets that flouts the rules and regulations of the pharmaceutical pract...
With seven out of every 10 Nigerian earning less than two-dollar a-day, the cost care of stroke is often unaffordable and ultimately leading to death. This affirms the cliché that says “prevention is better than cure”. At the opening of the eighth edition of cardiovascular summit, organised by Pfizer Nigeria, it was gathered, that it will be a lot cheaper should government opt for public hospitals, paying an estimated sum of N11b ($55m) per year, if Nigeria must treat all stroke incidences in the country. Adesola Ogunniyi, Professor of Medicine at the University of Ibadan shed light on some findings on economies of stroke incidences and treatments in the country noted that the burden of stroke was bigger than the public is currently aware. Ogunniyi who has analysed seven stroke studies
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still an important health condition that most people are either completely unaware of or are grappling to understand since it became to public knowledge in the last decade or so. In this second part write-up, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA concludes his focus on the seminar that was recently held in Lagos under the ‘Orange Ribbon Initiative’ on this subject matter. Dr. Marcus D. Tillery of Technology and Social Change, Princeton University, USA, spoke concerning policies and education. Tillery who claims he had traced his lineage to Koko town, a Niger Delta community in Nigeria, is a consultant with Blazing Trails International Centre, USA. While speaking on the topic - Improving Systems and Policies that Effect Care, Education Quality and Access, highligh
Have you searched so hard for something that would remove that meat lingering in between your teeth? You have tried so hard probably using a thread or your nail, Now! There is a remedy for all your stress and it is called, Floss; you can actually do a thorough cleaning of the spaces between your teeth by the aid of a Dental Floss. Dental floss is a cord of thin filaments used to remove food and dental plaque from between the teeth in areas a toothbrush is unable to reach. As the build-up of plaque in interproximal areas is the primary cause of dental disease, such as gingivitis and dental caries, the use of floss is commonly recommended in order to prevent these conditions from developing. Despite the availability of a number of interdental cleaning aids, dental floss has received the mo