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World Hepatitis Day 2017: Eliminate Hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day 2017: Eliminate Hepatitis

NEWS
The World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2017 is an opportunity to add momentum to all efforts to implement the WHO’s first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016-2021 and help Member States achieve the final goal – to eliminate hepatitis. Activities and awareness around World Hepatitis Day are designed to: Build and leverage political engagement following official endorsement of the Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis at the World Health Assembly 2016. Showcase emerging national responses to hepatitis in heavy burden countries. Encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public. Highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO’s Global hepatitis report of 2017. In support of the “Eliminate hepatitis” campaign,
Reps Reject NHIS’ 2017 Budget Over Executive Secretary Suspension

Reps Reject NHIS’ 2017 Budget Over Executive Secretary Suspension

NEWS
The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected the 2017 budgetary proposals of the National Health Insurance Scheme over the raging crisis on the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Prof. Yusuf Usman. It also turned down the budget of the  National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. The House and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had been on the warpath over the suspension of Usman while its committee was investigating alleged rot in the implementation of the NHIS. Usman was suspended over allegations of corruption just as the House Committee on Health Services was probing the role of Health Maintenance Organisations in the failure of the NHIS to deliver services. Adewole had been summoned to appear before the committee on Thurs
Illegal Lab Where Hard Drug Is Produced By Husband And Wife Busted In Enugu

Illegal Lab Where Hard Drug Is Produced By Husband And Wife Busted In Enugu

NEWS
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State at the state's Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Independence Layout, Enugu to inspect the seized suspected 20kg of Methamphetamine discovered in a clandestine Laboratory by the Agency at Akpakwume Nze in Udi Local Government Area. The NDLEA State Commander, Dr. Anthony Ohanyere while briefing the governor disclosed that the discovered Laboratory where the illicit drug was produced were operated by one Mr. Otito Ife, his wife and his agent, Mr. Peter Anigbo, adding that investigation is ongoing to fish out other suspects involved in the heinous act. Dr. Ohanyere told the governor that the suspects will be charged to Court for prosecution. Gov. Ugwuanyi commended the Agency for its dogged efforts in the fight against ...
Lawyers Give 7-Day Ultimatum Over Buhari’s Health

Lawyers Give 7-Day Ultimatum Over Buhari’s Health

NEWS
Some lawyers have threatened to go to court and compel the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to set up a medical committee, to ascertain the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari within seven days. The lawyers under the aegis of the United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP) told reporters yesterday in Abuja that they had written letters to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, to set up the medical team in line with Sections 144 and 145 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Speaking on behalf of others, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, said: “This is not about the president or anybody, but the institution called Nigeria. We need to follow what the constitution says and ensure that the right thing is done. We are giving them seven days. “If they fail to do that and set up the committee, we will b
70% Of Nigeria’s Pharma Sector Is Import Dependent – Falabi, NAIP National Chairman

70% Of Nigeria’s Pharma Sector Is Import Dependent – Falabi, NAIP National Chairman

Interviews, NEWS
Pharm. Gbenga Falabi is the General Manager Green Life Pharmaceuticals Limited, and the National Chairman of Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP). In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he gives an insight into how the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria can stop being import dependent, and why a pharmacist should be appointed as the Director General of NAFDAC. Excerpts: What are your achievements as National Chairman of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists (NAIP)? First, we set out (I and my executive) to ensure unity of purpose within the industry. That was the mandate we were given. Secondly, as an association we looked at ways we can improve on the welfare of our members. Also, to strategise on ways the profession can contribute to o...
The Dangers of Sleeping Pills

The Dangers of Sleeping Pills

NEWS
On the surface, prescription sleep aids can seem like the perfect cure for insomnia. Take a pill, and a few minutes later you slip into a restful sleep. For many, a sleeping pill may be effective at ending their sleep problems in the short-term. Most sleeping pills are classified as "sedative hypnotics." That is a specific class of drugs used to induce and/or maintain sleep. So what is so dangerous about sleeping pills? Are they not just designed to help you sleep? According to medical practitioners, when you take prescription sleeping pills over a long period of time, your body grows accustomed to the drug, and you need higher and higher doses to get the same sleep-inducing effect. Both the immediate and long-term dangers of sleeping pill abuse are enough for most people to exercise caut...
Women’s Back Health Suffering For The Sake Of Fashion

Women’s Back Health Suffering For The Sake Of Fashion

Fashion Health, NEWS
New research finds that fashion forward Brits are putting style ahead of their health. Consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has found that three quarters (73%) of women have suffered with back pain and their wardrobe could be a major cause of the discomfort. The BCA found that over a quarter (28%) of women are aware clothing effects their back or neck pain and posture, yet are not influenced by this in their clothing choices. For example, wearing skinny jeans, and backless shoes are two fashion choices that can aggravate pain. One third of women (33%) were completely unaware that their choice of clothing could have an impact on their back or neck health. BCA chiropractor, Tim Hutchful, comments on the findings: “I am always surprised at how many of my patien
NHIS Boss’ Suspension: Reps Threaten Arrest of Health Minister

NHIS Boss’ Suspension: Reps Threaten Arrest of Health Minister

NEWS
….Vow not to pass agency’s budget   For failing to appear before them to clear suspicions on the suspension of Executive Secretary of  National Insurance Health Scheme, NHIS,  the House of Representatives, yesterday, threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole. The lawmakers also said there would be no consideration of budget of the NHIS henceforth. Chairman of the House Committee on Health Services, Chike Okafor, disclosed this after a closed door meeting with members of the committee. The committee is currently investigating the issue and had demanded that the minister appeared before it. Okafor said the minister had rather declined the call through a letter, saying: “The House resolution was communicated to the Health Minist
Pharmatimes Meets With Erudite Scientist Prof. Anya O. Anya

Pharmatimes Meets With Erudite Scientist Prof. Anya O. Anya

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Recently the management team of PharmaTimes paid a courtesy visit to eminent professor of Biology and Zoology, and currently the Pro-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture – Abia State, Prof. Anya O. Anya. The courtesy call which was a part of PharmaTimes itinerary as the monthly pharmaceutical/health publication marked its third anniversary, also afforded the erudite professor the opportunity to air his opinion on a few national issues bothering on science education and intellectual development. Prof. Anya noted with regrets that the Nigerian nation over the years has not really given adequate encouragement to people who are inclined to activities of such nature. He therefore heartily congratulated the Publisher of PharmaTimes and his Editorial Team for the initiative
10 Amazing Reasons You Should Eat Mangoes

10 Amazing Reasons You Should Eat Mangoes

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
When you savour delicious and succulent mangoes every-time, do you think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite? Do you know that mangoes are highly nutritious? Mangiferaindica, commonly known as mango, is a species of flowering plant; it is grown in over 90 countries around the world. Mangoes are cultivated mostly for their edible fruit. It is a seasonal, tropical fruit which blooms during the rainy periods in Nigeria. Mangoes are highly nutritious and rich in minerals, fibre and vitamins; mangoes are used in a wide variety of juices, sauces, salads and desserts around the world. Mangoes are generally sweet, although the tastes and texture of the flesh varies - some having a soft, pulpy texture, while the flesh of others is firmer. There are many different kinds of mang...
Twelve Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

Twelve Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

NEWS, Women's health
Now that you know you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines. Get early prenatal care Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Call your healthcare provider right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. During that visit you'll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications. If you haven't yet chosen a provider, get started now. Finding the right person — whether you're looking for a doctor or a midwife — can take a while. In the meantime, let your current caregiver know if you're taking medication or have any medical concerns. Watch what you eat Now that you're ‘e
There are no ‘killer’Antimalarial Drugs in Circulation –NAFDAC

There are no ‘killer’Antimalarial Drugs in Circulation –NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said that there are no “killer” antimalarial medicines in circulation in the country. NAFDAC‘s Acting Director-General, Dr. Yetunde Oni, at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, also urged Nigerians not to panic over the news of banned anti-malarial drugs been sold in the country. The Senate had launched a probe into the sale of 42 banned antimalarials in the country last week, a development that has caused panic among Nigerians. Oni, who said the public should disregard what she called the misinformation, stated that the approved malaria treatment in the country were the artemisinin combination therapy. ”We want to correct the news that 42 banned anti-malarial medicines are still circulating in the country. T
US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

Children's Health, NEWS
The American neurologist criticised by Great Ormond Street has today admitted a body scan done when he flew to London extinguished all hope for Charlie Gard. Michio Hirano also denied claims he has cash invested in the drug he offered to Charlie. The professor said his experimental nucleoside treatment had a chance of helping the sick child and he offered to treat him in the US. But he was accused of giving Charlie's family false hope and lawyers for Great Ormond Street said they were concerned to learn the doctor had a financial interest in some of the drugs he proposed to use. The children's hospital also said it was disappointed he had been so optimistic when he had not examined Charlie himself, or read his latest medical records or seen his brain scans. Hitting back today Dr Hira...
Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
 Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health. A healthy diet is good for your teeth What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. A balanced diet includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as starchy foods, such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta (choose wholegrain versions and eat potatoes with their skin where possible). You should also eat sources of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, beans or other non-d
Testosterone for Sale (2)

Testosterone for Sale (2)

NEWS
Bharat Sharma, a 55-year-old IT professional, who's also a testosterone user, says TRT shots relieved him of a dysphoric mood-unease, anxiety, misery-that first took up shop in his cranium during his teen years. He says his testosterone turnaround gave him the energy to attack his job and responsibilities with renewed drive. "My cognitive abilities have never been better," he says. His focus has improved too. The pharmaceutical companies have not yet produced evidence that testosterone can help a guy dig that funky groove, but the oddness of the observation has an authentic ring. It makes you wonder if some sort of fountain of youth can be trapped in male hormones. It's praise echoed by a man we'll call Sameer, a 43-year-old scientist who went on testosterone shots three years ago when b...