Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe to the largely ceremonial post at a meeting on chronic diseases attended by both men in Uruguay on Wednesday. At the time, Tedros praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide healthcare to all”. But Tedros said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns and heard the “different issues” raised. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCD
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday lamented that Nigeria loses billions of naira to overseas medical trips annually. He spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, while commissioning the 400-bed Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital (ABUADTH), Ado Ekiti. Osinbajo, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, said the hospital, which he described as a masterpiece will help stop Nigerians from seeking medical treatments abroad and enhance healthcare delivery system in the country. Osinbajo who commended the founder, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) for his vision and love for humanity, said what he did is a watershed in the history of the nation. He said, “This hospital will go a long way in conserving funds being spent by Nigerians on medical tr
Researchers have figured out the final piece in the structural puzzle of the HIV virus. A complete picture of the HIV virus had been short a segment of one of its 15-component protein, until now. The newly-modeled cytoplasmic tail is involved in the assembly of the outer shell of the HIV virus, which attaches to a host cell and begins the process of replication. The researchers claim that if this part of the viral cell’s assembly can be stopped, the HIV virus will not be able to replicated and spread in the body. Researchers have solved the final unknown structure of the HIV virus, which is largely responsible for the envelope spikes that allow the virus to attach to receptors of healthy cells and replicate it. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers say that understanding thi
Researchers have found a promising treatment for malaria — and it's the same plant that Asians have been drinking as a tea for centuries. Doctors in Africa are now prescribing tea made from Artemisia annua, which is native to China, to halt the mosquito-transmitted disease that kills 3,000 children a day. Researchers say it can work better and is safer than some malaria medications. “Moreover, these people didn’t have any of the side effects that normal antimalarial drugs provoke, like weakness or vomiting,” Jean Tshibinda Kazadi, who runs a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told France 24 News Observers. A Belgian organization, Leubo-sur-Ourthe, is even teaching people how to grow Artemisia, and turn it into medicine and tea in the Congo. Researchers first used Artem
Nearly ten per cent of new-born deaths in the world last year occurred in Nigeria, a new report by the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has revealed. According to the report, five countries accounted for half of all new-born deaths last year, with Nigeria third in the list. These are India (24 per cent), Pakistan (10 per cent), Nigeria (9 per cent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (4 per cent) and Ethiopia (3 per cent). Most new-born deaths occurred in two regions: Southern Asia (39 per cent) and sub-Saharan Africa (38 per cent). The report showed that 15,000 children died globally before their fifth birthday in 2016, with 46 per cent of the deaths (7.000) occurring in the first 28 days of life. The World Health Organisation issued a press statement on Thursday on the ne...
Immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, yesterday said that Nigeria needed no fewer than 200, 000 medical doctors to meet its health needs, adding that the current 35, 000 doctors operating in the country’s health system, was grossly inadequate. Mark spoke as his bill for an Act to establish a Federal University of Health Science in Otukpo, Benue State, passed second reading without undergoing the traditional legislative debate in the Senate. The former senate president, who led debate on the bill, observed that the 35,000 medical doctors currently operating in the country, were grossly inadequate, advocating that the number should increase to at least 200,000, to be able to cater for the health needs of the citizenry. He added that the burden of conceiving the establis
As part of his contributions to the advancement of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry, the President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, has unveiled a PSN icon at the headquarters of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD). The official launching of the monument, which held on Wednesday, October 18, in Abuja, was graced by eminent pharmacists, among whom were the immediate past president of PSN, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo; PCN Registrar, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, PSN Secretary, Pharm. Iyiola Gbolagade, NIPRD DG, Prof. K S Gamaniel and other healthcare team members. Appreciating the kind gesture of the president towards the development of the institute, Prof. Gamaniel thanked the PSN president for his dodg
*UNICEF, Save the Children, Wateraid demonstrate how procedure prevents diarrhoea, pneumonia As part of activities to celebrate the Global Hand Washing Day (GHD), Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhoea Initiative project has emphasised the importance of teaching children the right method to wash their hands. To demonstrate this, 600 school children washed their hands with soap simultaneously reiterating the importance of hand washing in preventing childhood killer disease. Save the Children’s project, “Stop Diarrhoea Initiative” is implemented in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, with support from Reckitt Benckiser. This initiative seeks to demonstrate the efficacy of the Word Health Organisation (WHO)/United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF) recommended seven poin
A Consultant Psychiatrist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , Idi- Araba, Dr Erinfolami Rasheed, has said that one in five Nigerian adults is living with a mental challenge. Rasheed spoke at a seminar organised by the department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, to mark the World Mental Health Day. The event was themed, Mental Health and The Work Place. This, he noted, means that one out of every five worker is suffering from a mental illness. The consultant also described the hostile work environment as a major factor why workers are developing mental problems in recent times. Apart from poor working environment, he said that if workers were not getting what they deserved at their places of employment; it could lead to mental issues. Th
In its bid at reducing maternal and child mortality rate, the Ogun State Government has trained Alternative Medicine Practitioners at ensuring efficient and qualitative service delivery to the citizenry. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who spoke at the training held at Basic Trust Centre, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, said it was organized to ensure the fulfilment of one of the five cardinal programmes of the present administration at providing affordable and efficient healthcare delivery to the people. He said the 200 alternative medicine practitioners such as traditional birth attendants, mission birth attendants and herbalists were trained on application of precautions in service delivery, keeping good hygiene, handling sharp objects, sterilisation of delivery
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benue has raised concerns over inability of government to commence negotiations with the body after eight days of strike. Dr Obekpa Obekpa, NMA state Chairman told newsmen in Makurdi that the Benue State Government and Management of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi were yet to contact them. “Since the beginning of the indefinite strike, the Benue State Government and Management of FMC, Makurdi have not invited us for any negotiation. “This strike has clearly shown the insensitivity of the stakeholders to the plight of the masses. “This strike has revealed lack of transparency from the stakeholders, it has also revealed leadership gap. “So, since our demands are genuine for the effective healthcare service delivery in the state, do
PSN Foundation Will Impact the Welfare of Pharmacists and Nigerians-Yakasai The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm.Ahmed Yakasai has listed the mission of the newly launched Foundation to include, research and development promotion, advancement of pharmacy education and practice in Nigeria, provision of welfare for pharmacists and Nigerians at large, provision of scholarships to deserving pharmacists and their children, and promotion of national development. Yakasai made the remarks while addressing the august guests and participants at the official launching of the PSN Foundation and inauguration of the board of trustees of the Foundation, on Tuesday, October 17, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Members of the Board of Trustees being inaugurated at the event H...
The Kiru Local Government Council of Kano State says about 11 children have died of whooping cough at Kankwana village. This is contained in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the local government council, Malam Rabiu Khalil. Khalil said about 40 other children affected by the same disease were receiving medical attention. Malam Hassan Adamu, the council’s Health Officer, who also confirmed the incidence to Journalists, however assured of government’s effort to contain the outbreak. Malam Yakubu Sani, a representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the area, attributed the outbreak to poor routine immunisation and inadequate health mobilisation activities. The District Head of the area, Alhaji Hamza Bayero, however, urged government to provide emergency med
The Delta State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation, Dr Bassey Bassey, has said flooding in some parts of the country may have contributed to the monkeypox outbreak. Bassey said this in Abuja on Thursday at a one-day colloquium organised by the Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria, FCT branch. Speaking on the theme, ‘Perennial flooding in Nigeria: Communicable diseases and looming antimicrobial resistance’, the WHO coordinator said floodwater was a major source of infectious communicable diseases because animals defecate in floodwater, which humans come in contact with. Bassey, who was represented by Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, said, “Flooding is known to facilitate infectious disease transmission. It is no longer in doubt. Therefore, that will expose affected communities
Mr Jalal Arabi, the Permanent Secretary, State House, has refuted media report suggesting that the State House Medical Centre (SHMC), had received N11.01billion as appropriation for the period 2015-2017. Arabi’s refutal is contained in a statement by Mr Attah Esa, the Deputy Director, Information in the State House, Abuja on Sunday. According to him, out of the total capital appropriation of N2.9billion and recurrent appropriation of N465.9million for the period under reference, only the sum of N969.6million (representing 32.97%) for Capital and N225.5million (representing 48.41%) for recurrent was actually released. He also revealed that there was zero capital allocation for the Medical Centre in 2017, while out of the N331.7million being recurrent appropriation for 2017, the actual am