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HIV-Infected Babies in Nigeria, Highest In the World

HIV-Infected Babies in Nigeria, Highest In the World

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Recent reports have it that Nigeria ranks topmost in terms of latest figures on HIV infected babies around the world. According to the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu, the challenge posed by stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS, access to care services, busy nature of youths, and lack of comprehensive knowledge of the dreaded disease are among the factors encouraging the increase of HIV/AIDS among the youth in the country. In this cover story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA x-rays the predominant factors responsible for the appalling statistical tag hanging on Nigeria in the global ranking of nations with the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS epidemic, after South Africa. The United Nations Organisation’s latest report says h
How Blockchain Technology Will Arrest Drug Faking and Adulteration

How Blockchain Technology Will Arrest Drug Faking and Adulteration

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With more than $200 billion lost to substandard drugs annually, the unholy grand cabal of fakers with an international network does not seem to be abating. The intensified efforts of both NAFDAC and the NDLEA are yet to cage the monstrous activities of the dare devil merchants of death i.e. fake and adulterated drug peddlers. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the latest technology that is hoped will bring about a lasting solution. Experts say Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare in general and the pharmacy supply chain in particular. In his resounding lecture at the 90th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in Umuahia (Abia 2017), Dr. S. Nevin, Ph.D – the Keynote Address Speaker emphatically stated that Blockchain technology
Nigeria Joins Rest of the World to ‘End Malaria for Good’

Nigeria Joins Rest of the World to ‘End Malaria for Good’

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• Only 40 of 91 countries may achieve 40% reduction Malaria is an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected tiny flying insect vector - mosquito; it is marked ... ... by paroxysms of chills and fever. As the world marks World Malaria Day this April 25, Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the extent of the war against a life-threatening but preventable disease that continues to ravage most of the tropics, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and even parts of Europe. World Malaria Day takes place on 25 April each year; it is an internationally recognised day, to highlight the global efforts to control malaria and celebrating the gains that have been made by those in some endemic countries. Malaria is clearly a life-threatening
Why Heart Diseases Tend To Be Worse With Blacks

Why Heart Diseases Tend To Be Worse With Blacks

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For long, studies have continued to reveal one thing about the incidence of high blood pressure - the fact that the black community is more predisposed to contracting cardiovascular diseases at a rate much higher than their white ... counterparts anywhere in the world. In this cover issue, Editor PharmaTimes, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the question of high blood pressure and hypertension which are the causative factors leading to heart disease and stroke, and how this affects the black population. According to Dr. Chris C. Amah, the Chief Medical Director of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, the black man or Africans in general suffer most from incidences of heart diseases simply because of the high rate of disease, infection, poverty as well as ignorance on the conti...
Inadequate Healthcare Delivery  Deepening the Burden of IDPs

Inadequate Healthcare Delivery Deepening the Burden of IDPs

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Recently, the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI), an NGO announced that it would carry out trauma intervention for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East, beginning first quarter of this year. This move ... by a non-governmental organisation is a welcome move contributory to the health care delivery needs of the hapless victims of insurgency and other related armed attacks leading to humanitarian crises in the north-east and even the middle belt regions of Nigeria. In this cover story, Editor of PharmaTimes, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the level of medical health needs as well as the urgency of special intervention for the populations in the IDP camps across the affected states. On a daily basis, so many lose their lives in Nigeria simply because of inadequate health...
Pharmaceuticals and Health Care –2017 in Retrospect

Pharmaceuticals and Health Care –2017 in Retrospect

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The year 2017 was a mixed grill of events and issues, be it locally or on the international arena. For instance, as the stubborn issue of drug faking continued like a recurrent decimal, the relevant authorities have also continued to sharpen ...their skills as government agencies within the period destroyed the singular largest seizure of fake drugs in 30 years! In this cover compilation, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA highlights some of the landmark issues and events, including the highs as well as the lows in the pharmaceutical and medical health landscape of the out gone year. Early in the year the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole was in Port-Harcourt to commission the South-South Zonal Office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (N...
Boosting Nigeria’s Economy through Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Boosting Nigeria’s Economy through Pharmaceutical Research and Development

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Research and development (R&D) continues to play critical role in the advancement of economies of nations across the world because the application of its products has dramatically engendered rapid improvement of global economy. As the body of pharmacists in Nigeria - Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) converges for yet another national parley in Umuahia, PharmaTimes X-rays the purpose and imperatives for technological inputs in the quest to advance the nation’s economy even via Pharmaceutical R&D. The former United States president, Barack Obama alluded very much to this fact when he said that 21st century businesses will rely on American science and technology as well as research and development. Obama also endorsed using academic research to drive economic growth in his la
Vesicular Vaginal Fistula Pandemic: Over 800,000 Nigerian Women Needlessly Suffering

Vesicular Vaginal Fistula Pandemic: Over 800,000 Nigerian Women Needlessly Suffering

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Nigeria houses largest number of cases globally According to the Federal Ministry of Health, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 women and girls in Nigeria are living with Vesicular Vaginal Fistula (VVF), with about 12,000 fresh cases reported each year. This figure alarmingly is the highest rate worldwide, thereby contributing grossly also to an equally disturbing high rate of maternal/infant mortality ratio. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this write-up reveals the reasons for this - being mainly socio-cultural as well as ethno-religious, but still needlessly avoidable. For many years running Nigeria has been battling with the issue of Vesicular Vaginal Fistula. The stigmatising health condition which is seen mainly among (young) women and girls is mainly concentrated in two ...
Gains of the 4th Lagos International Pharma Manufacturing Expo

Gains of the 4th Lagos International Pharma Manufacturing Expo

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•Key stakeholders laud the Okey Akpa-led group Recently the 4th international Exhibition on Complete Pharma Manufacturing, as well as Lab Expo took place in Lagos. It was an interesting turnout of participants from mainly India, China, Nigeria, Japan, Ireland and Bangladesh, etc. The three day event was put together under the auspices of the collaborative efforts of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) and GPE EXPO PVT. Ltd. Heralding the opening of the exhibition, Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) extolled the active contributions, and the critical role played by PMG-MAN in the actual development of the pharmaceutical sector in Nigeria and by extension, overall development of the coun
Re-Positioning NHIS for Accessible Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

Re-Positioning NHIS for Accessible Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

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The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) introduced by the Federal Government in 2005 for the purpose of ensuring universal access to qualitative healthcare services for the citizenry has performed abysmally below expectations, and therefore needs to be re-positioned in order for it to deliver on its mandate. PharmaTimes takes a historical and performance assessment of the scheme so far, and seeks to proffer solutions for a more workable system that the country really deserves. In the last 12 years that the scheme began operation, a greater percentage of the Nigerian population have not benefitted from its services and yet its future appears to be hanging on the balance as a result of numerous controversies trailing its operations. For instance, in March this year, the Senate set up a...
The Role of Community Pharmacists in an Emerging Economy

The Role of Community Pharmacists in an Emerging Economy

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Nigeria at the moment is at crossroads regarding the level of performance as well as the critical role that the community pharmacist is cut out to play in the society. However, in an emerging market economy such as is the case with Nigeria, there seems not to be a better time and opportunity than now for the community pharmacists to make their impact really felt. And as the Association of Community Pharmacists in Nigeria (ACPN) congregate this time in Jos, to deliberate and forge a way forward, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, and Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA take a deep look at the key ingredients required in the discharge of their responsibilities in such an environment.   The Pharmacy profession has expanded significantly around the world in terms of professional servic...
Pushing For Prevention: Malaria, A Tropical Disease On The Run!

Pushing For Prevention: Malaria, A Tropical Disease On The Run!

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Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that is commonly carried by the female anopheles mosquito which feeds on human blood. Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that for instance, in 2013, 198 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 500,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes so much illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Every year the UN through its health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), marks World Malaria Day with a view to mitigating the destructive effects of the killer tropical disease. In this special write-up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes us through the current actions of the global agency and its partners with a view to r...
Adverse Drug Reactions and the changing Face of Therapeutics

Adverse Drug Reactions and the changing Face of Therapeutics

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(Cover Story) Adverse drug reactions and, or side effects come in various shades and colours, and have overtime become issue for concern except that much attention has not been paid to this recurring phenomenon, or so it seems. Most at times the effects of adverse drug reaction is just mild and so it is easily overlooked, but at some other times they can be dangerously alarming such as even leading to death! And so health watchers are wont to ask: with all of these, is therapeutics entering a new phase?  In this write-up, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA ponders these issues, and brings to light what we ought to guard against, and what we all can do. In a developed society such as Australia, facts have it that an estimated 140,000 patients are admitted to hospital every year because of problems a
The Cancer Scourge and Why We Must All Be Worried

The Cancer Scourge and Why We Must All Be Worried

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) about 24.6 million people live with cancer worldwide while about 12.5 percent of all deaths are attributable to cancer. It also states that an estimate of more than 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer yearly, while about 80,000 die from the disease. This then implies that about 240 Nigerians fall victim to this dreadful epidemic on a daily basis, or 10 Nigerians dying every hour from cancer. We are also reminded that the country’s cancer death ratio of 4 in every 5 affected persons happens to be one of the worst in the entire planet! PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this story lets us know why there is a great cause for worry, and what can be done. Cancer is any malignant growth or tumour caused by abnormal and uncontrolled
Health and Pharmaceutical Sector: 2016 in Retrospect

Health and Pharmaceutical Sector: 2016 in Retrospect

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The challenge posed by the prevailing economic recession in the country was perhaps the major factor that limited efforts of government, stakeholders, existing and potential investors in the sector from achieving greater successes.  However, looking through the eye of PHARMATIMES, the highlights and monthly review of events that took place during the year indicate that the sector witnessed considerable strides during the period when compared with the preceding years. Generally speaking, the health and pharmaceutical sector in 2016 recorded remarkable achievements and successes, though there were areas clearly in dire need of improvements.  JANUARY          Ojukwu Varsity graduates first medical doctors          World and regional organisations partner to expand access to quality heal