THE House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to invite minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to explain the alarming situation of how Nigeria would depend on a laboratory in Dakar Senagal to analyse samples of monkey pox. The House has then mandated the Committee on Health to investigate an. outbreak of Monkey pox in the country and urged Federal Government and International Community to support the country. The House resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Honourable Diri Douye, who expressed shock that the Minister was quoted as saying that monkey pox could not be confirmed in Nigeria until laboratory investigations by World Health Organisation, WHO referral laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. According to him, “the disease has spread to other states i
Fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotics are known as “broad spectrum antibiotics”, meaning they have the ability to treat a wide range of diseases such as respiratory and urinary tract infections caused by bacteria. They are commonly prescribed to treat inflammation caused by prostate problems. Some of the most popular are Cipro (ciproflaxin), noroxin (norfloxacin), floxin (ofloxacin), avelox (moxifloxacin), factive (gemifloxacin), and levaquin (levofloxacin). Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are currently being prescribed around 26 million times a year. The number of FLQ prescriptions every year has risen from 7 million to 22 million. The number of fluoroquinolone prescription continues to rise despite the safety warnings and lawsuits. Health experts have advised that fluoroquinolone antibiotics ar
Seven out of the 13 monkey pox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully recovered, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said. The commissioner said in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that the seven patients had been discharged from the hospital. Journalists reports that the contagious disease broke out three weeks ago in Agbura area of Yenagoa following reports that a family manifested symptoms of monkey pox after eating monkey meat. He said the six other patients under medical surveillance at the teaching hospital were responding positively to treatment. “The government has been able to successfully contain the spread of the disease as no new case has been reported in the last few days
Back in our rural localities especially way back in the day, mothers would prepare herbs of orange leaves, split oranges or grapefruits, and sometime with a concoction of other leaves, barks and roots of plants for the purpose of curing ailments such as malaria, etc. This would be applied in various forms – infusion, steam bath approach. Recent studies today are corroborating some of these traditional practices as being highly potent in remedying various ailments. Oranges are very popular fruits in Nigeria but very few people identify with the peel, which is arguably the healthiest part of the entire fruit as modern research has shown. Orange peels are rich in flavonoids – more than 60 types of them; these are any of a large class of plant pigments having a chemical structure based on, or
There was confusion in Enugu on Tuesday over fears of the outbreak of the monkeypox virus in the state. Unconfirmed reports indicated that an unidentified woman reported at the Enugu State University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Parklane, with symptoms suspected to be monkeypox. Another version of the rumour stated that the alleged case was recorded at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, in Enugu. The two accounts spread through Enugu metropolis, causing confusion, and panic among residents. A picture showing a woman with symptoms of the dreaded disease was circulated on various social media platforms on Tuesday. The woman in the picture was said to be the alleged ‘monkeypox patient’, who, according to some versions of the story, could not be treat
The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Laure Beaufils has assured that her government would support the Federal Government of Nigeria in its efforts to curb the spread of the recent outbreak of monkey pox disease in the country. Beaufils disclosed this in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, during his visit to the office of the state chapter of International Federation of Women Lawyers. She said, “This outbreak is a very serious concern and the British government is supporting the government of Nigeria in addressing health, education and basic services in general and to ensure that the health of the population here goes from strength to strength. “We are monitoring the situation very closely with the World Health Organisation, WHO, and we will be reviving our support as and when w
The soul of pharmacy globally is well known to be the critical role pharmaceutical healthcare plays in ensuring wellbeing of the public through ensuring an integrated approach to quality assurance (including good manufacturing practice) through the validation of the various stages of production and the testing of products before release. Even beyond that, the pharmacist being a trained professional druggist is also expected to play key advisory role in regards to his relationships to both physician and patient. Pharmaceutical health looks into proper marketing practices related to health care and to the provision of appropriate information to health professionals and the public at large. A number of advanced community pharmacy services are offered in more than 50% of countries and territ...
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, 9-12 October. The commission’s aim is to identify innovative ways to curb the world’s biggest causes of death and extend life expectancy for millions of people. The commission will support ongoing political efforts to accelerate action on cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and respiratory disease, as well as reducing suffering from mental health issues and the impacts of violence and injuries. The High-level global Commission will be chaired by Dr Sania Nishtar, a p
The Senate, yesterday, raised the alarm that the 19 Northern states of the federation were under serious threat due to drug abuse, stating that over three million bottles of codeine syrup were consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa states. It disclosed that across the 19 states, women, young girls in tertiary institutions, working class ladies, married, unemployed women displaced by Boko Haram insurgency, among others, were involved in drug abuse, and that in 2015 alone, over 2,205 people were arrested in North-West geo-political zone by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over drug-related abuses. Senate chamber Consequently, the Senate mandated its Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics and Health to investigate the growing menace of cough and other prescriptive drugs abuse and
Following the outbreak of monkey pox in more states, the Osun State Government has set up three quarantine centres as measures to control the disease in case of an outbreak in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Osogbo. There have been reported cases of outbreak of monkey pox in seven states, including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ogun and Lagos. Isamotu said two of the quarantine centres were located in Irepodun Local Government Area and the other, in Boripe Local Government. He said though there had been no reported case of the disease in the state, government had put all its surveillance officials on a red alert. The commissioner also said that the state government would train its health officials on how to han...
Research from an (American) FDA-supervised clinical trial has shown great promise to boost doctor’s confidence in effectively checking drug-resistant strains of malaria parasite. The study which was published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, was developed by scientists at Tulane University. According to the report, the new drug so far has exhibited high potentials to successfully deal with non-severe cases of malaria. This, the researchers see as a major breakthrough in that for a long while health experts have raised alarm - cautioning that the parasite which causes most cases of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, is developing resistance to treatments which have become universally well known for checking malaria. And so it has become vital that new range of drugs o
The course of human history has since been heavily impacted with the discovery of the antibiotic - penicillin in the 1920s by the Scottish bacteriologist, Alexander Fleming. The discovery apart from leading to a cure for (deadly) bacterial infections, the interest it generated also brought about the discovery of new antibiotics. And today we have many types of antibiotics available to deal with infections in many ways. Any substance that restrains the development and multiplication of a bacterium or destroys it completely can be referred to as an antibiotic. Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial formulated and aimed at dealing with bacterial infections in or on the body; this slightly marks antibiotics out from the other major kinds of antimicrobials which many people use today. Meanwhi...
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says no fewer than 184 persons died from an outbreak of cholera in eight states across the country this year. Ms. Nanpring Williams, the Surveillance Focal Person of NCDC, said this at the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Meeting, organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja on Tuesday She said that the affected states were Zamfara, Kwara, Borno, Lagos, Oyo, Kebbi, Kaduna and Kano. Williams said that the National Cholera Situation Report indicated that there were 8,241 suspected cases of the disease in parts of the country. She said that the centre was executing the pilot phase of administering Oral Cholera Vaccine in Muna Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp and the entire Mafa Local Government Area in Borno...
Dr Okechukwu Ossai, the Director of Public Health in Enugu State, says there is no reported case of monkey pox in the state as insinuated in the social media. Ossai who spoke on Tuesday in Enugu, said that officials of the state Ministry of Health had investigated the rumour and found out that it was false. “We went to Park Lane Teaching Hospital where it was rumoured of a suspected case of monkey pox and discovered that it was false. “There was no history of travel or contact with animal by the said patient. We are appealing to people to stop spreading wrong information about the disease,’’ he said. Ossai said that the state was on top of the situation, adding that it had embarked on intensive sensitisation in the 17 local government areas of the state on preventive measures. “The mi
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, on Monday disclosed that two suspected cases of Monkey Pox were being investigated in the state. Idris, who made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos, however, said no confirmed case has been recorded. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspected cases of monkey pox outbreak was first recorded on Sept. 22 in Bayelsa. According to Idris, the two suspected cases were recorded in a private hospital in Lagos (not disclosed). One of the suspected cases, who just came from Bayelsa, claimed to have ate bush meat. The commissioner said that the two suspected victims were being quarantined in their various houses pending the result of the investigation. “There is need to sensitise members of the public and provide a