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No State is Free of COVID-19 in Nigeria — FG

No State is Free of COVID-19 in Nigeria — FG

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The Federal Government Monday declared that no state in Nigeria was free of COVID-19 amid claims by some states government that they were free of the pandemic. At the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) briefing in Abuja, the Director- General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the declaration even as he insisted that there was nothing to be ashamed of about recording corona-virus cases in a state as the disease remain a global pandemic. “It is not a shame to have positive cases in your state; denial will only make the issue more difficult. If we do not know the status of your people, you are indirectly putting the lives of your people and that of health workers at risk. The implication of that is the likely collapse of your health syste
COVID-19:  FG Says Nigeria Yet to Reach Peak of Infection

COVID-19: FG Says Nigeria Yet to Reach Peak of Infection

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the deadly disease infections. Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference on Monday in Abuja. Mustapha disclosed that it was necessary to restate to the citizenry that Nigeria had not reached the peak of confirmed cases; adding that the battle against COVID-19 was a long term battle. Further, he urged Nigerians to pursue a strategy that would aid the sustainable control of the spread of COVID-19; stressing that risk communications and community engagement should remain top priority. The PTF Chairman added that precision approach to containment and management should be adopted; based on the overal
The Benefits of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Health Sector

The Benefits of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Health Sector

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COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the global community has disrupted human existence and shattered economies, and Nigeria is not an exception. In this cover story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA and Senior Correspondent, CHIGBU NWAOBIA - looking beyond the contagion examine its impact on the country and how Nigeria is transforming the tragedy of Covid-19 into an advantage for the nation and especially the health sector of the economy. As with the rest of the world, Nigeria is currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic under enormous challenges. Prior to the index case in the country on 27th February, Nigeria’s healthcare system has been adjudged one of the weakest in the world and that is already manifesting in the current war on COVID-19. There is the inadequacy of testing comm
Coronavirus and the Pharma Industry in Nigeria – CBN Rises to the Occasion

Coronavirus and the Pharma Industry in Nigeria – CBN Rises to the Occasion

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According to experts the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that is responsible for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is also becoming a major scare to global economies. In this cover PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA and CHIGBU NWAOBIA, Senior Correspondant take a deeper look at government’s intervention concerning the viral disease, its effect on global economy, and specifically the Pharma industry particularly in Nigeria. The lessons therein according to economic watchers are proving to be a huge eye opener. A recent pronouncement by Food and Drug Administration linking COVID-19 outbreak to the shortage of a drug in the United States due to shortage of Active Pharmaceutical I
New Coronavirus Jolts The World;  Death Toll Nears 1000

New Coronavirus Jolts The World; Death Toll Nears 1000

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• NCDC Cautions Nigerians going to China                       • About 56 million people quarantined Since the deadly new coronavirus surfaced in China the death toll has continued to swell. As at press time available data showed that more than 900 people have lost their lives as a result of the infection while the number of cases within and outside of China is now above 40,000, which is many times more than the situation during the SARS epidemic of 2002-03. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this cover story does an in-depth examination of this new viral epidemic while looking at the risks and urgent precautionary measures Nigerians must observe. As China continues to battle an outbreak of pneumonia-like illness first detected in the city of Wuhan last December, the Coronavirus dise
Key stakeholders Task new Minister on Way forward for the Health Sector

Key stakeholders Task new Minister on Way forward for the Health Sector

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In the events leading to the appointment of a new Minister of Health by President Muhammadu Buhari as he settles down to the second tenure of his administration, key stakeholders in the healthcare sector were quick to task the government on what the agenda for the next four years should be like. In this Cover Story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the opinions of these interest groups vis-à-vis their high expectations as held by industry experts and sector watchers alike. Surprisingly enough, a school of thought had gone ahead to suggest that the president appoint someone who is not an expert in the healthcare sector, saying that the sector had performed better when people outside the profession were appointed to head the Ministry. The group, Assembly of Healthcare Profession
Nigerian Scientists Reveal World’s First Plant-Based Anti-Snake Venom Vaccine

Nigerian Scientists Reveal World’s First Plant-Based Anti-Snake Venom Vaccine

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Over the years Nigeria has continued to expend huge amounts of hard currency in the importation of anti-snake venom vaccines. This is mainly because certain areas of the country are actually endemic to snake bites especially as rural farmers embark on their routine of crop cultivation and harvesting at different times of the year – leading to tens of thousands of deaths annually. As such snake bites are indeed a major healthcare concern that needs more concerted efforts at curbing the hazards. Recently, a team of researchers at the University of Jos developed what is termed the world’s first plant-based anti-snake venom vaccine. What’s more, according to the experts the vaccine which is a remedy for snake bites of various kinds is very cheap compared to the imported vaccines. PharmaTimes E
Drug Abuse in Nigeria: Challenges and Innovative Solutions

Drug Abuse in Nigeria: Challenges and Innovative Solutions

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An issue formerly perceived as the problem of a select few, drug abuse is today becoming a problem of a sizeable proportion of the world population. The problem is so grave that it has extended beyond the usual characteristic profile of abusers being male, adult, and urban-based to now include females, youngsters and those who live in rural areas. In this Cover, PharmaTime’s CHIGBU NWAOBIA looks at the huge task before us and the possible new solutions. The challenge posed by drug abuse in Nigeria points to a pressing need to sensitise Nigerians especially the youth on the negative effects of the syndrome which is progressively heading to a public health catastrophe. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), drug abuse refers to “a state of psychic or physical dependence or both on a
Mayr Cure: Nigerian Scientists make breakthrough in Africa

Mayr Cure: Nigerian Scientists make breakthrough in Africa

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• Patients advised to detoxify before attempting conception It is fast becoming popular as an alternative form of cure (especially in the advanced world) for various ailments including infertility, etc. Mayr cure or therapy is based on a detox programme to get rid of toxins at the end of which patients leave feeling fully... ,...toned, full of energy and excited. PharmeTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this Cover Story writes on the unique therapy developed by Franz Xavier Mayr in Austria in the early 20th century and in which a team of Nigerian researchers have recently made an exciting discovery. Recently some Nigerian researchers achieved what could be described as a scientific breakthrough using the Mayr type of therapy to treat infertility in couples who go through assis
NAFDAC Refutes Story Alleging 70% of Medicines in Nigeria are Fake

NAFDAC Refutes Story Alleging 70% of Medicines in Nigeria are Fake

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•Describes Story as Grossly Inaccurate Statement and Fake Allusions The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in a swift reaction, has come out to publish a rebuttal regarding a recent publication in the Vanguard newspaper. The publication which claimed that 70% of all medicines sold in the Nigerian market are fake, was clearly refuted in a public statement, and an official disclaimer signed by the Director General of the federal agency, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye and made available to news hunters. The statement read as follows: “NAFDAC wishes to inform the members of the public, especially health care providers, policy makers and development partners to disregard an online publication at https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/in-south-east-numbe
Measles is on the Rise Worldwide – Experts Say there’s Cause for Alarm

Measles is on the Rise Worldwide – Experts Say there’s Cause for Alarm

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• World body calls for Collective Response In recent times the world has witnessed a spike in measles epidemic. Over the years vaccination against this deadly childhood disease has generally been stalled especially as a major manufacturer of an anti-dengue vaccine once stated that it’s adverse effects could pose deadly consequences. With the continued loss of faith in the measles vaccine and the consequent resurgence of measles in most parts of the world, experts say there is definitely reason for us to be alarmed and be on the red alert. In this month’s cover, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the reality and depth of the looming danger. The rising wave of measles epidemic worldwide has understandably given global health watchers cause for worry. Meanwhile experts say there
Universal Health Coverage – Nigeria Intensifying Her Strategic Plans

Universal Health Coverage – Nigeria Intensifying Her Strategic Plans

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The National Health Insurance Scheme was set up to ensure that every Nigerian has access to good health care services without let or hindrance, and to protect families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills. Recently, the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) and the Basic Healthcare Provisions Fund (BHCPF) was launched by the Federal Government in Abuja. According to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma who represented President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion, said the second National Strategic Health Development Plan as approved by the Federal Executive Council on Sept. 5, 2018, is the health sector’s plan leading to attaining universal health coverage for all Nigerians. But how equipped are the strategic plans on groun
Nigeria Pharma Industry and Technological Revolution

Nigeria Pharma Industry and Technological Revolution

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The pharmaceutical industry is a highly regulated one, and even today it has become technology-intensive especially in the advanced market economies wherein knowledge is the main source of competitive advantage. In Nigeria  the biggest challenge now is for the industry to align with technology, while getting pharma employees to be more innovative and responsive in their thinking to enable optimal use of the new tools to deliver solutions. In this cover, PHARMATIMES explores the new direction of pharma industries worldwide and the need for Nigeria to tap into the big gains of the new revolution.   A faster pace of innovation, and new business models, the pharmaceutical industry globally has not been spared the need to adapt to the technological revolution currently dictating the way
Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Renews Battle against Illegal Drug Business

Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Renews Battle against Illegal Drug Business

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•Clamps down on Quackery Illegal drug sales as well as adulterated and substandard medicine business has been in the news lately and it continues to be a topical issue for discussions and heated ... ...debates. And of late it appears that the regulatory agencies have stepped up their game, making heavy seizures and embarking on nationwide clampdown on unauthorised premises and dealers alike. In this write up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes a cursory look into the campaigns of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, an agency operating from the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as the latest controversies surrounding quackery and unlicensed facilities in the country amongst other activities of the regulatory and law enforcement agencies. Recently, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeri
Zeramal Wins Brand Managers Award

Zeramal Wins Brand Managers Award

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Zeramal, the anti-malarial drug of KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited has been recognised as the premium brand of the year 2018 by the Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria (IBMN). The anti-malarial was recently distinguished among many during the IBMN organised award presentation and investiture ceremony held at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja - Lagos. The organisers of the annual event explained that Zeramal was recognised for its efficacy in the effective treatment of uncomplicated malaria among millions of Nigerians who make use of the product. “The award was conferred on deserving companies as well as brands and individuals who have made impacts on the lives of consumers through their innovations, inventions and ideas,” said Mr. Desmond Esorougwe, IBMN Registrar/ Chief Executive