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Evans Saga: Pharmacist Fingered By Kidnap Victim Gets Bail

Evans Saga: Pharmacist Fingered By Kidnap Victim Gets Bail

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I have passed through the valley of death”.Those were the words,  depicting a high sense of lamentation,from Emeka Egbulugha, 33, the pharmacist working with Maydon Pharmaceutical Company in Ilupeju, Lagos, whose boss, Chief Donatus Dunu, was abducted and kept in captivity  for over 90 days,  at the Igando area of the state.  Although, even after he had paid a ransom of N150m, Evans and his boys did not allow Dunu go. He reportedly escaped just few hours to the time slated by his abductors to kill him. After his escape, Chief Dunu gave a vivid account of his sordid experiences while in captivity, to the police. Shockingly, he named some of his staff, allegedly led by Emeka, as the mastermind of the kidnap.  The suspects were subsequently rounded up and detained by the anti-kidnap unit
Lagos Hospital Rejects MFM Pastor Injured By Badoo

Lagos Hospital Rejects MFM Pastor Injured By Badoo

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A minister with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, Pastor Olawale (Solomon) Anthony, whose skull was fractured by some assailants suspected to be members of the Badoo cult, has been rejected by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. PUNCH Metro learnt from the victim’s family that the hospital management, which claimed not to have any available bed space, also demanded the payment of N2m for surgery before any other thing could be done on the cleric. This is just as the group killed a couple, identified as Mr. Olaitan Oseni and Mrs. Oseni, on their matrimonial bed on Friday in the Ogijo area of Ikorodu. PUNCH Metro had reported that Olawale’s family was attacked around 2am on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at their house on Obayemi Street, Lambo Lasunwon Town, oppo
Customs Hands Over Seven Containers of Fake Drugs to NAFDAC

Customs Hands Over Seven Containers of Fake Drugs to NAFDAC

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The  Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command has handed over the seven imported containers of fake pharmaceutical products from China to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Lagos. Its Area Controller,  Musa Jibrin, told The Nation that the importer’s documentation showed Cimeti-dine drug, but upon examination, it was discovered that the containers  had various pharmaceutical products. He said the drugs, which included Newdol, Original, Ivixagrip and Really extral, were not certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). “My officers  were able to discover the pharmaceutical products as a result of 100 per cent examination being carried out by the command. “The intercepted drugs are not ca
Male Nigerian Nursing Assistant Charged Following Death of 98-Year-Old Patient in the US

Male Nigerian Nursing Assistant Charged Following Death of 98-Year-Old Patient in the US

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A 43-year-old Nigerian nursing assistant, Hakim Ogunkunle is facing multiple charges in connection with the death of a 98-year-old patient that triggered a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, US. The GBI claims that Ogunkunle, a Certified Nursing Assistant Ogunkunle was responsible for causing injuries that led to the death of Edna Warren, a patient at Newnan Health and Rehab in May, 2017. It has charged him with aggravated battery, exploitation and intimidation of an elderly person. More charges could result from autopsy after the findings are turned over to the local district attorney’s office, according to Public Affairs Deputy Director Bahan Rich with the GBI. The incident occurred on May when Newnan Health and Rehabilitation reported to the Newnan Police Department th
Abia Defends Redeployment of Poly Medical Staff to Hospitals

Abia Defends Redeployment of Poly Medical Staff to Hospitals

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The Abia state Commissioner of Health, Dr. John Ahukanna has defended the recent redeployment of the Resident Doctor in charge of Abia State Polytechnic Aba Medical Center along with eight Nurses and two other health Staff to government hospitals in the state. The state Chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) had rejected their transfer to some hospitals in the State saying that as employees of the Polytechnic, their transfer to the Ministry of Health and subsequent redeployment to hospitals by the State Hospitals Management Board (HMB) was not in order.   According to the state Polytechnic SSANIP Chapter Chairman, Nwachukwu Chuks, who spoke on the matter, said their transfer from the Polytechnic service contravened the Polytechnic law he cited as Edi
Doctors, Nurses Get Training On Pain Management

Doctors, Nurses Get Training On Pain Management

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The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, is training some doctors, nurses and other staffers on pain management to equip them to assess the condition and provide high-quality first line treatment. Dr Adefemi Afolabi, Staff Champion Coordinator of the Pain-Free Hospital Initiative (PFHI), made the disclosure on Wednesday in Ibadan. Afolabi, an endocrine surgeon, said the programme was being conducted in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the American Cancer Society. According to him, the goal of PFHI is to equip staff to assess pain, provide high-quality first line treatment to improve on the overall access to essential pain medication in Nigeria. He said that to effectively implement pain management in a healthcare system required more than just access to medic
Nigerian Woman Cured Of Rare Cancer in India

Nigerian Woman Cured Of Rare Cancer in India

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Thirty seven-year old Nigerian woman, Amina Abubakar was not sure that she will survive after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 by a Nigerian hospital. But it was a wrong diagnosis for Amina, who was a final year medical student. As it turned out, she was actually suffering from skin cancer. After struggling for more than three years, Amina can now breathe easy. Thanks to the treatment that cured her at a city hospital in Bengaluru, India. She was bed-ridden for more than three years under heavy antibiotics and other cancer treatments. But the last 20 days made her recover miraculously. That is after the doctors removed a 5 kg tumour from her breast. Amina said, “I found a lump on the left breast in November 2014 and then was diagnosed as chronic mastitis in local hospital in
Demotion, Promotion Allegation Rocks Ministry of Health

Demotion, Promotion Allegation Rocks Ministry of Health

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There is a brewing tension at the federal ministry of Health following an alleged disregard of Public Service Rules and government directives by some of the newly appointed Chief Executives Officers. Sources within the ministry volunteered to news men yesterday in Abuja, that some of the newly appointed CEOs have undertaken wholesale deployment, promotion and demotion of staff in their establishments in open violations of existing public service rules and disrespect to their parent ministry and the minister of Health. The source alleged that the CEOs of both the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) have been removing duly appointed General Managers (in the case of the NHIS) and Directors in the case of the NPHCDA fro...
National Assembly ‘Blocks’ Statutory Health Funds over Fraud Scare

National Assembly ‘Blocks’ Statutory Health Funds over Fraud Scare

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The National Assembly has said it would not set aside one percent of consolidated revenue for the health sector as statutorily required, until it is sure of judicious and transparent disbursement of the fund. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Thursday while explaining why the fund was not included in the 2017 budget. The National Health Act, which was signed into law in 2014, stipulates that one per cent of the consolidated federal revenue be set aside for the health sector with effect from 2017. But the fund, which this year would have been about N40 billion, was not included in the 2017 budget. Mr. Shuaibu said the lawmakers want to ensure that the fund will be used judiciously before they ...
NHIS: FG Wants HMOs Scrapped Over Mismanagement of N351bn

NHIS: FG Wants HMOs Scrapped Over Mismanagement of N351bn

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The Federal Government is seeking the scrapping of the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) in the operation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) over poor coverage and alleged mismanagement of over N351 billion contributed by subscribers. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made the position of the Federal Government known on Wednesday in Abuja, at the two-day investigative hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Health Care Services on compliance rate of the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) to the NHIS contributions and utilisation of funds by health care providers and inhumane treatment of contributors. Represented by the Director of Hospital Services in the ministry, Mr. Wapanda Balami, the minister said that the hearing would affo...
PCN to Reposition Medicine Shops, Pharmacies   

PCN to Reposition Medicine Shops, Pharmacies  

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) said it is working towards repositioning community pharmacies and patent medicines shops (PMS) in the country. Speaking during the consultative meeting with the council’s funding and implementing partners in Abuja , yesterday, Registrar of the council, Pharmacist Elijah Mohammed said it would  improve quality of healthcare service delivery in the facilities. He said the place of  community pharmacies and  patent medicines shops as primary healthcare facilities could not be overemphasized especially with the backdrop of the Federal Ministry of Health’s  renewed commitment to drive the universal health access (UHA) through the primary health care. He said in line with its repositioning bid, the PCN was collaborating with the Management
PharmaTimes, LASUTH, Sterling Bank, St. Nicholas and over 100 others Nominated for Healthcare Awards

PharmaTimes, LASUTH, Sterling Bank, St. Nicholas and over 100 others Nominated for Healthcare Awards

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…eVoting has commenced  The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) has nominated Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Sterling Bank, St. Nicholas and over 100 other healthcare organisations and individuals for the 4th edition of the Award. Also, the electronic voting for winners have commenced on the award website, www.nigeriahealthcareawards.com.ng. Voting is expected to end on June 22, 2017 at 12 midnight. Winners will be announced at a grand ballroom ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Eko Hotel & Suites Victoria Island, Lagos. Moses Braimah, NHEA Director of Communication, Marketing & Strategy says, “The jury shortlisted nominees from over 1, 300 nominations that was received and a team of experts visited some of them
WHO: Abuse of Older People on the Rise – 1 in 6 Affected

WHO: Abuse of Older People on the Rise – 1 in 6 Affected

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Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide. A new study, supported by WHO and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to either psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse (6.8%), neglect (4.2%), physical abuse (2.6%) or sexual abuse (0.9%). The research draws on the best available evidence from 52 studies in 28 countries from different regions, including 12 low- and middle-income countries. "The abuse of older people is on the rise; for the 141 million older people worldwide this has serious individual and societal costs," says Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course at WH...
Sokoto Gets N3bn Items to Fight Malaria

Sokoto Gets N3bn Items to Fight Malaria

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Sokoto state government says it has received items worth N3 billion to tackle malaria in the state, even as it is working to achieve malaria control by 2020. The state’s Health Commissioner, Dr Balarabe Kakale disclosed this while speaking on the ongoing fight against malaria in the state. He said “the global target for the elimination of the disease is 2030, while the state is targeting the elimination of the disease by 2025.” Kakale said the anti-malaria items which included three million insecticide treated nets, insecticides and sprayers, among others, were purchased by the state government in collaboration with the Federal Government and development partners such as USAID, Presidential Malaria Initiative and the Federal Ministry of Health. The commissioner said out of the
Fentanyl Can Sicken First Responders: Possible Solution?

Fentanyl Can Sicken First Responders: Possible Solution?

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Dan Kallen, a detective in southern New Jersey, was searching a home with fellow officers in August 2015, when they found a bag of white powder. Kallen removed a scoop of powder for testing. When he was done, he closed the bag, and a bit of air escaped, carrying a puff of powder with it. It was enough to send Kallen and a fellow officer to the emergency room. The drugs in the bag had been spiked with fentanyl, a synthetic drug that, like heroin, is an opioid. But it is 50 times more potent than heroin -- even a tiny amount inhaled or absorbed through the skin can be extremely dangerous or deadly. Kallen described his experience in a Drug Enforcement Agency video that warns first responders of the dangers of handling unknown powders. Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and...