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Common Antibiotics Linked with Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

Common Antibiotics Linked with Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

NEWS, Women's health
A study of pregnant women shows some commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics to be associated with up to a twofold increase in risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks.  A Canadian research study has shown that certain types of antibiotics can increase the risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks twofold. Many classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics, including macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, a Canadian research study has concluded. In the analysis, which matched data on 8,702 women who had a clinical diagnosis of miscarriage with 87,020 controls, the macrolide, erythromycin, was not associated with an increased risk, nor was nitrofurantoin — a common treatment for urina
Health Expert Cautions Against use of Vitamin C, 7up to Treat Malaria

Health Expert Cautions Against use of Vitamin C, 7up to Treat Malaria

NEWS
Professor Catherine Falade, a malariaologist and expert in pharmacology and therapeutics, has cautioned Nigerians and community health officials against the use of Vitamin C and 7up in treating malaria. According to her, “Consuming Vitamin C and 7up is not the treatment for malaria; nobody needs Vitamin C to treat malaria. “Nigerians and community healthcare officials should not use it to treat malaria as it cannot cure malaria. “The World Health Organisation (WHO) has standards — Arteminis Combination Therapies (ACTs), injectable and oral administrations are best practices. “In Nigeria, the use of ACT must be adhered to just as the administration of the drug must be strictly followed by a heavy nutritious diet,” Falade told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in I
Pharma, Drug Store Ordered to stop Dengue Immunization Services

Pharma, Drug Store Ordered to stop Dengue Immunization Services

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a pharmaceutical company and a drug store chain to stop promoting and offering immunization services without authorization, as such activities could pose “a potential health hazard to the consuming public.” The FDA asked Sanofi Pasteur Inc. and Watson’s Personal Care Stores to explain why administrative and criminal cases should not be filed against them for conducting immunization activities using Sanofi’s dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. In a statement, FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno said the agency had not issued any authorization to allow immunization services to be conducted by Sanofi, Watson’s or any drug store. “There is no assurance on the safety and quality of the service rendered in these drugstores and t
300 Nigerians Benefit from UNTH Heart Surgery Programme

300 Nigerians Benefit from UNTH Heart Surgery Programme

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About 300 patients from various parts of the country have benefited from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State open heart surgeries since 2013. Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Christopher Amah, disclosed this yesterday while briefing journalists on the 20th mission of the programme. He said 25 Nigerians including children have been successfully operated upon while it has trained several local experts who are now capable of handling the exercise with less supervision. Amah pointed out that it has also built facilities for the hospital, adding that in March this year, local experts led by Prof. Martin Aghaji performed open heart surgeries on three Nigerians at the hospital. He stressed that the hospital was now begi...
Doctors Strike, a Betrayal of Agreement ―Gov Bello

Doctors Strike, a Betrayal of Agreement ―Gov Bello

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has described the indefinite strike embarked by the state chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as a “betrayal of mutual agreement and a bridge of trust’’. Bello said this on Wednesday in a statement by his Director-General on Media and Strategy, Mr Kingsley Fanwo. The governor assured residents that his administration would continue to protect their rights to quality healthcare service delivery. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the association had directed its members to embark on an indefinite strike over government’s failure to pay doctors’ salaries and other issues bordering on the staff verification exercise in the state. In a communique jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr Tijani Godwin, and Secretary, Dr Zubair Kabiru,
Nigerian Surgeons from U.S. Give Back to Patients in Lagos

Nigerian Surgeons from U.S. Give Back to Patients in Lagos

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Twenty surgeons and medical experts of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) in partnership with First Consultant Hospital, Lagos, have operated on 37 patients free of charge with adequate specialised care. The team, which included surgical and medical personnel, had experts like ANPA President, Dr. Johnson Adeyanju; Chairman of ANPA Medical Mission Committee, Dr. Cliff Eke; Chairman ANPA Programme Committee, Dr. Ajovi Scott Emakpour; Dr. Nkem Ezeamama; Dr. Olatokunbo Etomi, Charlotte New York (volunteer); Dr. Ibukun Odeyemi (Consultant Surgeon General Hospital, Lagos); Dr. Barbara Onyia (Chair Houston Chapter); among others. The operations, which were done in First Consultant Hospital along with local surgeons and Dr. Osuoji from the Lagos State...
Reps Raise Alarm Over HIV Prevalence at IDPs Camps

Reps Raise Alarm Over HIV Prevalence at IDPs Camps

NEWS
The House of Representatives yesterday raised alarm over the prevalent rate of HIV/AIDS at some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps. The lawmakers, while adopting a motion by Aishatu Jibril Dukku (APC, Gombe), said the rate at which IDPs contact the disease was becoming alarming. Based on recent records from the Borno State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BOSACA), the House said, 512 new cases of HIV infections were recorded at the various IDPs camps in the state. The House said official records had earlier shown that no fewer than 5,000 IDPs in 27 camps in the state were currently living with the virus. The House mandated the committees on IDPs and Healthcare Services to assess the problems and report back within four weeks. Daily Trust News
Firm to Donate Free Antimalarials to General Hospitals

Firm to Donate Free Antimalarials to General Hospitals

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To tackle the malaria scourge, the Chairman, Publix Pharmaceuticals Nigeria, Mr. Frank Owelle, has said that the organisation will donate free medications to general hospitals in Lagos, Anambra and Kano State. Owelle, who spoke at the unveiling of Publitem 80/480 anti-malaria drugs in Lagos, said the gesture was to increase indigent patient’s access to genuine anti-malarials while also reducing the prevalence of the disease across the country. He said the organisation had also inaugurated a more patient-friendly ACT formulation to increase patient’s adherence to treatment. “It is formulated in convenient dosing for adults and children. The tablet’s shape and size make it most suitable for patient compliance. The flavoured suspension is a child’s delight. This initiative
WHO, UNICEF Explain why Immunisation Fails in Nigeria

WHO, UNICEF Explain why Immunisation Fails in Nigeria

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The World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children Emergency Fund have identified religious beliefs, culture and ignorance as factors responsible for  the low immunisation coverage rate in Nigeria. The international health agencies and other stakeholders spoke at a sensitisation meeting to celebrate the 2017 African Vaccination Week in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The UNICEF Vaccine Security and Logistics Consultant in the state, Dr. Modupe Olalotiti-Lawal, who highlighted the importance of completing immunisation,  stated that ignorance,  poor financing, vaccine shortage and religion accounted for 88 per cent of the reasons why women did not vaccinate their children against killer diseases. She said, “The public and community need the right information
NMA Rejects Salary Harmonisation

NMA Rejects Salary Harmonisation

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to shelve its planned harmonisation of salaries of health workers in the country. The association’s position is contained in a communiqué issued by Dr Mike Ogirima, President of NMA, on Sunday at the end of the 57th Annual General Meeting and Delegate Conference of the association, held in Calabar, from April 24 to 29 . It noted although health workers faced many hazards in the discharge of their duties, their output could not be compared to doctors who performed the bulk of the medical services. “There is an attempt to harmonise the salaries and the Federal Ministry of Health is at the lead of that attempt, which is currently causing a lot of disharmony in the health sector. “Medical doctors are highly s
Top 7 Things to do with your Internship Money

Top 7 Things to do with your Internship Money

NEWS
YOUNG PHARMACIST SHOULD RETHINK My dear Pharmacist here are a few suggestions I would Advice as per what you do with at least 20% of your pharmacy internship money Top 7 Things to do with your Internship Money 1. GET AN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT – You need to know that the key indication that you want to succeed in life is for you to have an international passport. So, once you get your first pharmacy internship pay, go to the nearest immigration office and get one.They have offices in all the states of Nigeria. A dear friend of mine that works in University almost missed an important course abroad. Luckily for him, he read the BOOK that talked about the tools of success. After reading it he went and go a passport and by the next week, an opportunity for an international course ca
VVF: Expert Warns Against Delay in Seeking Medical Care

VVF: Expert Warns Against Delay in Seeking Medical Care

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An Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gyneacology, Dr. Hajara Umar, has cautioned expectant mothers against delay in seeking medical care to avoid Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF). She gave the advice in Abuja at the First Quarterly Medical Lecture Series for Muslim Women, themed “Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF): Facts and Misconceptions,” organised by the Muslim Empowerment and Welfare Foundation in collaboration with Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN). She listed prolonged/obstructed labour, delay in seeking quality obstetric care and malnutrition as some of the causes of VVF. VVF, she noted, is not limited to teenage mothers, adult women could also suffer fistula if proper care is not taken. A Consultant Obstetrician/Gyneacologist, Dr. Hauwa Muhammad rev
Osun Government Wants Us Dead – LAUTECH Resident Doctors Cry Out

Osun Government Wants Us Dead – LAUTECH Resident Doctors Cry Out

NEWS
PRESS RELEASE BY THE ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS, LAUTECH TEACHING HOSPITAL, OSOGBO ON MONDAY, 1ST MAY 2017 AT THE ARD SECRETARIAT. Preamble: The Association of Resident Doctors is the umbrella association of all medical doctors below the cadre of consultants in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. One of the objectives of the association is to provide appreciable welfare and palpable support system to her members, who labour day and night to sustain the health care delivery system in the state. At the same time, the Association is also poised towards ensuring that people of Osun State have access to standard health care services as obtainable in other teaching hospitals in the country. LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, was established by the Decree of Military Government of the old...
Pharmacists Seek End to Drug Importation

Pharmacists Seek End to Drug Importation

NEWS
A call has been made for an end  to drug importation. Besides, government  has been urged to provide  an enabling environment for pharmacists to practise their trade. These were the demands  of participants at a workshop  at the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria at the Ball Room of the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. It was a departure from the norm. The meeting advocated a shift from 70:30 ratios in importation/manufacturing in pharmaceutical products to 30:70 indigenous manufacturing/importation. Under the theme: ‘Growing the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry for greater economic impact’, the  gathering explored how the sector could move from near collapse to vibrancy. Taking the bull by the horn, the president of the Pharmaceu
Omisore Hosts North America Medical Team

Omisore Hosts North America Medical Team

NEWS
Health is Wealth, was the declaration of Senator Iyiola Omisore when he played host to a team of medical practitioners of Ife extraction who came from North America. The doctors, who specialise  in various fields of medical practice were in Osun State to provide free medical services to the indigenes as a form of social responsibility to the communities that made them. In the course of their mission, they paid courtesy visit to the former Deputy Governor and Senator at his Ife home. Expressing his appreciation to the doctors, Senator Omisore said, “I’m impressed by what you are doing as you are giving back to the society in your own way as this will go a long way to assist our people who have health challenges but are not financially buoyant to treat their health.” “