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15 Million Nigerians Are Suffering From Asthma – Dr. Efosa Erhabor

15 Million Nigerians Are Suffering From Asthma – Dr. Efosa Erhabor

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A day in the month of May every year is set aside in which countries observe the World Asthma Day. It is an annual event organised to improve asthma awareness and care. Dr. Gregory Efosa Erhabor is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Chest Physician at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; he is also the President & Founder, Asthma and Chest care Foundation in Nigeria, as well as Chairman, National Asthma Committee. In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he sheds light on the prevalence of Asthma in Nigeria, and the need to create specialised centres to manage the condition in the country. What exactly is asthma? Asthma is a disease characterised by chronic airway inflammation making it difficult for someone to breathe. Usually respiratory symptoms su
‘June Deadline Feasible for Dismantling Open Drug Markets’

‘June Deadline Feasible for Dismantling Open Drug Markets’

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What has become of the Federal Task on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs? Federal Task on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs is a team that is supposed to be led by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and its primary responsibility is to carry out raids on illegal outlets that stock fake drugs in this country. That task force needs to be reactivated and be put to work to ensure that we try and clean up fake products in circulation. The Task Force is supposed to be supported by the State Task Forces on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs. Hence, it is a Federal and State issue still led by officers from NAFDAC, the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, PCN, the representatives of law enforcement agencies. During the military era, it was a robust task force that was ab...
Early intervention will produce great improvements in Autistic Children – Akande

Early intervention will produce great improvements in Autistic Children – Akande

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Mrs. Dotun Akande is the founder and Proprietress of the Patrick Speech and Languages Centre in Lagos. She is a strong advocate for Autism awareness in Nigeria. In this exclusive interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA, she speaks about the challenges facing children with autism in Nigeria, as well as roles parents can play in managing autistic children. What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disability that affects social and communication skills. People with Autism may find it difficult to understand how the world and people around them operate, and also find it hard to interact. In particular, people with Autism may have trouble learning, understanding and interpreting the unwritten rules of social interaction and relationships that most people without Autism can take for granted. What are...
Nigeria Needs to Invest in the Pharmaceutical Sector – NAPPSA, President

Nigeria Needs to Invest in the Pharmaceutical Sector – NAPPSA, President

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Dr. Nkere Ebube is the President of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA). In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he proffers solutions to the increasing high cost of drugs in the country. What is the mandate of NAPPSA? Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, Inc. (NAPPSA) is an umbrella organisation of Nigerian pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, allied scientists and academia in the Americas. Our mission is to serve as a forum for interaction between Nigerian Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Scientists and related healthcare professionals in a quest to improve research and development of drugs, education and pharmacy care in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the worl...
Beware, No Child is Immune to Cancer – Expert warns

Beware, No Child is Immune to Cancer – Expert warns

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Dr. Nneka Nwobbi is the President of Children Living with Cancer Foundation (CLWCF), one of the few non-governmental organisations in Nigeria pioneering the fight against childhood cancer. In this interview with Gabriel Ifinnwa, she gives an insight into childhood cancer in Nigeria, and why parents need to pay close attention to their children. What is the difference between cancer in children, and adults? Childhood cancer, of course, occurs in children. And depending on the age of the child, there are different types. For instance, cancer of the kidney is most frequent in children age between 2 and 5 years. The outcome (prognosis) of childhood cancer is quite different compared to adults. Also, adult cancer is not as responsive as childhood cancer. We do not have breast cancer in childr...
Non-inclusion of Pharmacists on the Board of Federal Institutions is a Disservice – ACPN

Non-inclusion of Pharmacists on the Board of Federal Institutions is a Disservice – ACPN

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Drug counterfeiting and the recent formal approval of the PharmD degree have continued to make the rounds across the health/pharmaceutical sectors, and among major stakeholders. The National Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali, in this interview with PharmaTimes GABRIEL IFINNWA, spoke extensively on the activities of the association as it relates to these issues and other developments in Nigeria’s pharma industry. Excerpts: As President of the ACPN, what has been your major achievement? As National Chairman my major achievements have been in the areas of trainings (antibiotic resistance prevention, Respiratory diseases, body language and the use of hand writing in fraud detection, etc.) of our colleagues in collaboration with some ma
Pharmamax has Declared War on Cardiovascular Diseases – KCH Manager

Pharmamax has Declared War on Cardiovascular Diseases – KCH Manager

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  Mrs. Oge Ikeakanam is the Group Head of Regulatory Affairs at KCH. In this interview with PharmaTimes, she stated that Pharmamax, a member of the KCH group has declared war on cardiovascular diseases through efforts geared towards formulating high quality combination therapy for prevention and management of cardiovascular risks. She also spoke on the issue pertaining to drug counterfeiting among others. It is popular knowledge that cardiovascular diseases have become an alarming health concern both for the healthcare providers and the citizenry. What is your company’s contribution towards the prevention and management of cardiovascular risks in the country?  You are correct on that notion. Basically, we are concerned about the rising incidence of Cardiovascular Diseases - p
Do not Patronise Quacks- Pharm. Adeleke

Do not Patronise Quacks- Pharm. Adeleke

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The former Chairman, Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ebenezer Adeleke, is one of the numerous professional stakeholders deeply worried by the spate of quackery about the pharmacy profession. He has a strong warning for the consuming public - to be wary of the dangers of patronising charlatans in the business. Adeleke believes all over the world it is an integral part of the role of the pharmacist to promote and advocate for the function of the pharmacist in improving health in his community and indeed every corner of the world. He is supposed to help sensitise the public on drug usage while highlighting the impact and added value of the pharmacy profession to the general public. On the recently concluded 89th Annual National Conference of the...
I hope to Come Back Home Someday – Nigerian Crowned UK’s Pharmacist of the Year

I hope to Come Back Home Someday – Nigerian Crowned UK’s Pharmacist of the Year

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Olutayo Arikawe had a great 2016 grabbing an award as Britain’s Pharmacist of the Year. A community pharmacist and pharmacist manager at Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, Arikawe had earlier won the Chemist and Druggist (C+D) Community Pharmacist of the Year and Pharmacy Manager of the year awards. As a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, she gives career advice and offers work placements for students. Arikawe spoke to journalists about her professional journey since relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005. Import of the ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ ‘The I Love My Pharmacist’ award was created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain, to showcase and celebrate the great work that pharmacists do for their
‘Govt should increase budget for vaccines’

‘Govt should increase budget for vaccines’

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Dr Chizoba Wonodi is the Country Director, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) What is your assessment of vaccine availability in the country? Right now it is really good because there has been no stock out of routine vaccines in the last two years or so. But there will be funding gaps coming up, beginning from 2017 when the funding from GAVI will start to decline. We need to have our plans in place. We need to know how we are going to replace the money that is leaving from GAVI. We need to know how we are going to fund the additions of new vaccine that are going into the programs. Do you see government increasing funding for vaccines using the revenue from the country?  I think that is even the best thing to do because if you consider the altern
High infant and maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is worrisome -Health Expert

High infant and maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is worrisome -Health Expert

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Prof. Akin Bamigboye is a specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. He is the Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the University of Medical Sciences, Laje, Ondo State. In this interview with Gabriel Ifinnwa, he expressed dissatisfaction with the worrisome high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country, and what can be done to halt the trend. What exactly does Maternal Mortality Ratio mean? Maternal Mortality Ratio is a figure which depicts the health status of a community or a nation. It has a direct correlation with the health status of a nation and it is defined as the number of women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy or within 42 days of ending a pregnancy. It includes incidental causes. The rate in Nigeria in 2015, according to WHO statistics, stan...
Strategic Management – A Key to Success in Community Pharmacies (2)

Strategic Management – A Key to Success in Community Pharmacies (2)

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Continued from last edition At this stage, it is important to differentiate between the terms objective and goal, because the words, objective and goals seem to be synonymous, but, in fact, they are not. It does not matter much which word you call goal and which word you call objective if you are consistent in your own use and understand its relevance or applicability. However, if there are words in English that are confusing, especially to the students, objective and goal are the ones among them. It’s therefore important to understand them so as to avoid the confusion. Identification of the pharmacy's strengths and weaknesses. Strengths - internal attributes and resources that support a successful outcome. Weaknesses - internal attributes and resources that work against a succe
Strategic Management – Key to Success in Community Pharmacies

Strategic Management – Key to Success in Community Pharmacies

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By Pharm. Okoh Godwin Atta Strategic management has been touted as a continuous process of strategic analysis, strategic creation, implementation and monitoring used by organisations with the purpose to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage (ovidijus, 2013).  It has been seen as one of the effective management tools in strengthening organisational performance through effective decision making and systematic strategic formulation and implementation (David, 2009), Key to Success in Community Pharmacies. Although there is overwhelming evidence in business literature that strategic management can be essential to the survival of an organisation as well as strong evidence of a positive correlation between strategic management and organisational performance (Langley, 1988). The use of st
COAL CITY 2016 was a Huge Success – Pharm. Alkali

COAL CITY 2016 was a Huge Success – Pharm. Alkali

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The 35th Annual National Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) may have come and gone but it has continued to be a talking point among stakeholders. Pharm. Albert Kelong Alkali, Chairman of the Association speaks with PharmaTimes team of VICTORIA HARUNA & GLORY OKPE on the outcome of the just concluded confab which was held at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, from the 29th May – 3rd June 2016. Excerpts: This is the first Conference organised under your leadership as the National Chairman of ACPN. How will you access your performance so far? It was a huge success; it was well organised that people can testify. I will not take all the credit because the conference chairman and members of the LOC gave in their best and that is why we have a huge succes
Conference Will Revisit Issues Raised with the President – Pharm. Okocha

Conference Will Revisit Issues Raised with the President – Pharm. Okocha

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As the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) prepares to gather in Enugu in May/June for its 35th Annual National Confab tagged ‘Coal City 2016’, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA just managed to squeeze into the very tight schedule of the Conference Planning Committee Chairman, Pharm. (Mrs.) Bridget Okocha for a brief chat, and a glimpse of what is cooking. Excerpts:  As the ACPN gears up to hold its Annual National Conference come May/June, what preparations are on ground for the events? First of all I want to thank Pharmatimes for wanting to partner with us, i.e. the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria. We have put good tools on ground to have a smooth and successful event. We are working to have the Enugu state Governor and top dignitaries personally g