Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has recalled how he prevented the diversion of funds meant for the National Health Insurance Scheme when he was the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Opening a one-day sensitization workshop on the merit of contributory health care scheme for Traditional rulers and ulamas from the Islamic perspective in Sokoto, he said people had been approaching him on how the money could be lodged in another account to yield interest. "When I was the Speaker, people were approaching me that there is huge amount of money in the scheme that I should talk so that the money would be lodged in a secret account where it would yield a lot of interest which we can share among ourselves but I declined. I told them I cannot be part of any illegality,
Twenty-six women may have been given the wrong sperm during fertility treatment, the University Hospital in the Dutch city of Utrecht said on Wednesday. “The hospital’s laboratory had made a ‘procedural error’ and the hospital would now check whether any of the women had become pregnant from sperm from the wrong man. The risk is small,’’ it said. It said that half of the women have become pregnant or have given birth. However, the laboratory error also affected frozen embryos. The University Hospital said that the affected couples had been informed. Report says sperm cells are injected into eggs in the laboratory, using the technique known as in vitro fertilisation, IVF. It said that from April 2015 until November 2016, the laboratory had used an incorrect instru
Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has said that health budget in 2017 Appropriation Bill is still below the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation for countries. Though the 4.15 per cent budgeted for healthcare in 2017 Appropriation Bill is higher than the 3.65 percent of 2016, it is still less than one third of what is expected of any country by WHO, Yakasai said in a statement made available to Independent. The global health body and African Heads of States had during Abuja declaration said that 15 per cent of the total expenditure of a state should be spent on healthcare because of the importance of good health to a nation’s well-being, productivity and life expectancy. Yakasai said that compared to the United States 20.7
Before Vanessa turned nine months, her mother noticed something going wrong. Her head was growing larger, far larger than her twin sister’s. The diagnosis brought another shock: a cancer sat right in the middle of her brain. The dilemma was how surgeons could cut into the brain of a nine-month-old without doing irreparable harm. They needed a neuronavigation system, a sort of GPS into her brain. Ten “buttons” were stuck to different positions on her skull. Their task was to map the distance of the tumour from her skull and its exact position in her brain. Real-time scans of the map appeared on screens, and the surgeons began work. They made a small incision in Vanessa’s head, took out a bit of bone, and they were inside her head. The scans guided the probing. Right o
The Committee of Chief Executives of Tertiary Health Institutions has called on the federal government to incorporate tertiary health institutions in Nigeria into the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). To buttress the demand, the association disclosed that it had forwarded a letter to the National Assembly, urging the lawmakers to amend the TETFund Act of 2011. Addressing journalists in Calabar recently, the Chairman of the Tertiary Health Institutions in the country, Dr. Thomas Agan, who is the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), said the demand has already been forwarded to the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions, through the Federal Ministry of Health. Agan stressed the urgent need to amend ...
Anambra State government said it has committed N25million worth of drugs to the deworming programme aimed at ensuring healthy growth for over 2.5million children in the state. Health Commissioner Dr. Joe Akabike made the disclosure at the launch of state-wide free de-worming programme for children between ages one to 15 at a primary school in Isu-Anaocha, Awka North Local Government Area of the state. He said the week-long exercise was launched to prepare children in primary schools for the Federal Government School Feeding programme by commencing the de-worming ahead to ensure that the children are worm-free and ready, as well as keeping the food hygienic and safe from worms before consumption. The commissioner commended the implementing partners for conducting the needs ...
No fewer than 200 children have been confirmed to have tuberculosis disease in Sara town, Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa. The Head of Department (HOD) of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Maisamari, confirmed this on Monday through Malam Nasiru Yusif, the Information Officer of the affected local government council. Maisamari said that the council had already quarantined the affected children. He also said that the council had provided drugs and other logistics for the treatment of victims. The HOD said that the department was able to bring the situation under control and was taking necessary measures to avoid spread of the disease to other communities. Maisamari also appealed to residents of the council to report the outbre...
Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, Registrar Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to ending open drug hawking by Aug. 1, 2017. Mohammed gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja described this as part of efforts to regulate drug distribution system in the country. He said the move would assist in curtailing the menace of open drug sale. Mohammed attributed major challenges in the health system to open drug hawking. He added that a lot of the hawkers sold fake and adulterated drugs. The registrar stated that coordinated wholesale centres are currently being built in four states of the federation where open sale of drugs is predominant. H said that the drug dealers would be r
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has urged the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the lingering crises in the health sector to avert an impending strike by doctors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that NARD hada issued a three-week strike notice that is expected to end on Jan. 2, 2017. The Public Relations Officer of the association, Dr Ugoeze Asinobi, told NAN in Yenagoa on Monday that the doctors had shelved the planned strike three times in the past four months and were bent on going n strike from January 2. Resident Doctors are agitating for a uniform template for the Residency Programme, infrastructure for tertiary health facilities, proper grading of doctors and payment of outstanding salaries amongst other issues “We don’t
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay their outstanding salaries. The group told newsmen in Ibadan that it would proceed on indefinite strike from Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, if the outstanding salaries were not paid. The group consisted of four professional associations, among whom are the National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM). Others are Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI). Mr Olusegun Sotiloye, the Chairman, National Union of Allied Health Pr...
• Blame rise in conjunctivitis, allergic reactions on pollen grains As Harmattan hits most towns and villages in the country, a team of researchers at the University of Lagos (UniLag) has alerted to the health implications of allergens from pollen grains, which include Allergic Rhinitis (AR), conjunctivitis (Apollo/pink eye), sinusitis and asthma. Allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction. The team led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics and Research), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that seasonal changes have been reported to introduce dust and other particles into the atmosphere, some of which are pollen grains posing allergic reactions in humans. The research work, which was sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is tagged TETFund Allergy Pro
New research has concluded the Basic Health Care Provision Fund at its current level of financing will not assure universal health coverage for pregnant women and children. The fund, built into the National Health Act, stipulates at least 1% of consolidated revenue be set aside to pay for a package of basic health. But researchers at the Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) based in University of Nigeria examined the Fund’s feasibility using six scenarios providing basic minimum of care in test states of Imo, Kaduna and Niger, and concluded the Fund would need to be increased at least fourfold to make a difference. “What we discovered is that in reality, the money is actually too small,” said Dr Felix Obi, a researcher with HPRG. “If we focus only on 1%, we might not be a
An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year. The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, was studied in a trial involving 11 841 people in Guinea during 2015. Among the 5837 people who received the vaccine, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination. In comparison, there were 23 cases 10 days or more after vaccination among those who did not receive the vaccine. The trial was led by WHO, together with Guinea’s Ministry of Health and other international partners. "While these compelling results come too la
Following the uncovering and seizure of several bags of the much dreaded plastic rice by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), yesterday, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Thursday, disclosed that Preliminary test results reveal there is no evidence backing claims that there were plastic rice in Lagos. Recall that the Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Ikeja; Comptroller Haruna Mamudu said the unit seized no fewer than 102 bags of the plastic rice at a warehouse in Ikeja, Lagos. Mamudu said, bags of plastic which has been packaged for sale during the yuletide were to be evacuated before operatives of the swooped on the managers of the warehouse. According to Mamudu, the imported rice, which was branded as
Japanese government on Thursday announced the number of babies born in Japan is estimated to have fallen below 1 million in 2016, for the first time since the government started to compile comparative figures in 1899. The numbers of newborns were estimated to total 981,000 for the year, compared to 1.3 million deaths, leading to a natural population drop of 315,000. Japan’s birth rate is among the lowest in the world and the new low tally is bad news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which has vowed to tackle the demographic crisis. Earlier this year, Abe’s government set a goal of raising the total fertility rate to 1.8 births per 1,000 women by 2025, from 1.43 in 2013. However, so far it has failed to say how. The population has been dro