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NHIS Plans Cheaper Healthcare for Informal Sector

NHIS Plans Cheaper Healthcare for Informal Sector

NEWS
Top on the agenda of the new Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf would be to reach the poor and the vulnerable in the informal sector with access to efficient healthcare without financial constraints. Yusuf yesterday took charge at the scheme’s headquarters in Abuja. The professor of haematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantation, according to a statement by the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Ayo Osinlu, said: “My mandate at the scheme is to design and implement strategies and instruments that will make NHIS a good steward of the nation’s commonwealth. The new process will have no place for vices and distractions like corruption, inefficiency, impunity and political patronage. “Special attention would be accorded t
WHO Probes Birth Control Pill, HIV Infection Link

WHO Probes Birth Control Pill, HIV Infection Link

NEWS
• Age, educational attainment, marital status, parity, number of living children, previous use affected choice The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it would convene an expert review group later in 2016 to examine the links between the use of various hormonal contraceptive methods and women’s risk of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) acquisition. Also, Nigerian researchers have reported that a high percentage, 41 per cent, of women delivering in private health care facilities in southern Nigeria accept immediate postpartum intrauterine device (IUD) insertion. An IUD or coil is a small contraceptive device, often ‘T’-shaped, often containing either copper or levonorgestrel, which is inserted into the uterus. They are one form
Scientist Discover 930 Genes Linked to Compulsive Alcohol Intake

Scientist Discover 930 Genes Linked to Compulsive Alcohol Intake

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study claims that alcoholism may ..nbe genetic. Scientists have discovered 930 genes that drive the brain to compul-sively crave drinks. They reached this conclusion after decades of breeding alcohol-dependent rats, who drank profusely. Comparing the genomes Of these rats to sober rats, the team at Purdue University found stark differences. According to lead author, Dr. William Muir, suggests their bodies were biologically pro-grammed to crave alcohol. "This research highlights that alcoholism in rats has a strong genetic component and is influenced by many hundreds of genes, each with small effects," Muir said. "There is no single gene responsible for alcoholism. "However, critical regulatory pathways involving several of the genes discovered were found, suggesting t...
Nigeria Needs More Trained Epidemologists

Nigeria Needs More Trained Epidemologists

NEWS
Experts in epidemiology have called for the training of more epidemiologists in the country and other West African countries to effectively prepare and address disease outbreaks. They made the call yesterday during the scientific conference and special ministerial session organized by the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Disease Control in collaboration with the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, the Federal Ministry of Health and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), among others. Speaking separately, the experts said having skilled epidemiologists would equip the continent for future epidemics, prevent diseases among the populace and retain other gains made in the area of health. Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi, the Acting Executive Director of the ECOWAS...
Buhari Appoints Tosan Erhabor As Acting CEO of MLSCN

Buhari Appoints Tosan Erhabor As Acting CEO of MLSCN

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President Muhammad Buhari has appointed Mr. Tosan Erhabor as the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN). About Erhabor: Erhabor was born in Ekiadolo, Benin Edo State on 22nd July 1964. He attended School of Medical Technology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State Nigeria, majoring in Hematology, where he received an award as the best graduating student in Hematology and Blood Group Serology. He became an Associate member of then Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria, IMLT in 1990, a fellow of the same Institute in 1994, majoring in Microbiology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, earned a Masters in Medical Laboratory Science (MMLS) Hematology from Ambrose Alli Univer...
Saraki’s Wife Gives Mothers Breastfeeding Tips

Saraki’s Wife Gives Mothers Breastfeeding Tips

NEWS
As part of activities commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, wife of the President of the Senate, has advised nursing mothers to practise exclusive breastfeeding. A statement by the Press Office of the Wife of the Senate President on Sunday, said the initiatives were inaugurated in some parts of the country, including Lagos and Kwara states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the midwives’ MamaCare Classes. Saraki was quoted as saying the scheme was to assist expectant mothers save for the first 1,000 days of their babies. Enumerating the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding for mothers, Saraki said, “Lubricating the nipples, frequently pulling out the nipples to promote prominence and enabling baby to latch properly; regular cleans
Support us to Produce Drugs, Pharmacists Tell FG

Support us to Produce Drugs, Pharmacists Tell FG

NEWS
The chairman, Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch, Mrs. Biola Paul-Ozieh, has called on the Federal Government to activate the Pharmaceutical Intervention Fund to boost local production of medicines. She spoke at the APCN Day of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria tagged, ‘Advancing Community Pharmacist Leadership Roles Through Health Education,’ in Lagos on Monday. According to Paul-Ozieh, Nigeria with a population of over 170 million people imports over 70 per cent of all drugs sold in the country. She noted that the PIF would serve as a revolving fund for drug manufacturers who need capital to build local manufacturing plants, thereby reducing the country’s dependence on imported drugs. Paul-Ozieh said, “Government needs to encourage local
Drug Abuse Blamed for Rising Mental Disorders

Drug Abuse Blamed for Rising Mental Disorders

NEWS
The abuse of drugs especially amongst the youth is responsible for the rising cases of mental health challenges in Abuja suburbs, a psychiatrist, Dr. Osuhor Dike has said. She stated this during the mental health clinic organized by a non-governmental organization,  Gede Foundation in Mpape, Abuja. “That is why there is increased number of young people with mental health disorders. One in every 10 young person you see in the suburbs is abusing drug substances like codeine, marijuana, cough syrups, pain-killers, anti-depressants and other drugs which should not be bought over the counter,” Osuhor said. During the evaluation at the community’s health centres, schizrophenics, epileptics people suffering from bi-polar disorder, depression and anxiety disorder were attended to by p
How to Choose the Best Body Cleaning Soap for Your Skin

How to Choose the Best Body Cleaning Soap for Your Skin

Fashion Health
We use soap to clean our skin and keep it glowing. Using soaps will also help in keeping the skin smooth, away from any dermal problems. Having the right soap for the body is important. Once you look though the store you are sure to find soaps of all colours and varieties. It is tough to look for the soap just right for the skin type you have. However, there are certain steps to help you select the right soap. You just have to know how to make the selection. It is recommended not to go by the scent of the soap. There are more things you need to take into account. First, it is important for you to know the sort of skin type you have. Your skin can be prone to acne and at the same time it can be dry and flaky. In fact, the soap you use for the skin is sure to have the perfect effect on th...
Only PCN Has Mandate to Issue Drug Licences- Elijah Mohammed, PCN Registrar

Only PCN Has Mandate to Issue Drug Licences- Elijah Mohammed, PCN Registrar

NEWS
The Registrar of the  Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, Pharm Elijah Mohammed has cautioned  Nigerians to be aware that the Council is the only bonafide body with the mandate to issue licences for the sale and distribution of phamaceutical drugs in the country. Making the call in Lagos during a chat with Good Health Weekly, Mohammed, who frowned at the practice whereby  certain groups are claiming to be  regulators of their own members, urged the public to ignore such claims. Mohammed, who spoke on the heels of the recent judgement of the Federal High Court in Akure, Ondo State, which dismissed the suit filed by the Nigeria Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, NAPPMED, against the PCN, said the  outcome of the long-drawn suit had vindicated the Council as th
FG Releases N14.3bn for States, FCT to Upgrade Primary Health Care Centres

FG Releases N14.3bn for States, FCT to Upgrade Primary Health Care Centres

NEWS
Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said the Federal Government has released N14.3billion to the 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to upgrade the primary healthcare centres in the country. He disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Ibadan shortly after one-day working visit he paid to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday. Adewole explained that N420 million was released to each of the 36 states in the country and the FCT for the purpose from the N14,340, 000,000, describing the fund as a seed money from the Federal Government to the state, which is geared towards revitalising the primary healthcare. According to him, the gesture was aimed at reversing influx of people that need primary healthcare into tertia...
Pfizer Nigeria announces new Country Manager

Pfizer Nigeria announces new Country Manager

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Pfizer has announced the appointment of Mark Wagstaff as the Country Manager for Pfizer in Nigeria and East Africa Region. Mark brings to the role a wealth of experience gained across a variety of pharmaceutical companies and markets.  He has accumulated a significant experience working for multi-national companies within the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Pfizer, the last 18 years have been spent in the emerging markets, primarily in senior commercial roles, living and working in seven countries across three continents including Nigeria. The roles include general management, business development, project leadership and encompass many pharmaceutical segments including vaccines, branded generics, innovative and established brands. With full responsibility for the leadersh
Causes of female infertility

Causes of female infertility

Women's health
Infertility will occur in a woman if there is a failure in the process or if the requirements are either in short supply or substandard. Today we shall be discussing causes of female infertility according to these failures or substandard or insufficient requirements. Hormonal causes of female infertility Polycystic ovary syndrome: This condition is characterised by infrequent ovulations or complete absence of ovulation, which is known as anovulatory cycles. This is caused by a disorder in the hypothalamus, pituitary (these are organs in the brain) and ovary, from where the egg grows and gets released. PCOS is also linked to obesity, insulin resistance, acne and excess hair growth on the body. Hypothalamic dysfunction: Two of the four hormones responsible for ovulation each month are f...
Obiano’s Wife Joins ‘no Genotype Test, no Wedding’ Campaign

Obiano’s Wife Joins ‘no Genotype Test, no Wedding’ Campaign

NEWS
Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, the wife of the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has joined the campaign on genotype test before wedding in the state. The policy was inaugurated by her husband in July. The governor had said he would involve churches in the state to make the policy work because of the institutions’ involvement in marriages. The governor added that his administration would implement to the letter the Sickle Cell law passed by the state House of Assembly in 2002, which made it mandatory for intending couples to verify their genotype origins before marriage. While saying that involving the churches would ensure strict compliance to the law, the governor said violators of the law would be punished as appropriately as possible, including denying them of gove
PNEUMONIA – ‘In the Air’

PNEUMONIA – ‘In the Air’

Cover Stories
The rainy season and the wintry winds of this period especially as we get into the August Break, some people argue, perhaps comes with it so much that maybe having to do with people falling ill. There seems to be so much sneezing and coughing around, and people wonder what’s in the air. As we continue to wade through the rains, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA seeks to know if there is a possible link between the frequent occurrence of the flu and Pneumonia, as well as what you can do to be on top of the weather. At this time of the year or season, it is somewhat rampant to hear or see an increase in the number of people complaining of various body discomforts. Thus it is common to see people manifesting all manner of symptoms ranging from mild cough to sneezing, feverishness and cold, etc.  We ha