Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PSN-PACHFaH has taken advocacy visit to Kaduna State with focus on treatment of childhood diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. The PSN which is the implementing partner in the PACFaH project is also focusing on supporting and encouraging the government to reduce the under-5 mortality rate and improving health outcomes for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea in Nigeria. The Nigerian country director, PSN-PACFaH, Mr Remi Adeseun and his team, who led the advocacy visit to the executive secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency (KSPHCA), Dr Hadiza Balarabe Thursday in her office, disclosed that out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna State, 66,000 die before they reach the age of fi
The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) has called for a speedy launch of the National Health Act to enable Nigerians benefit from it. This was part of the recommendations made by the association in a communiqué after its 32nd Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting in Abuja at the weekend. The National Health Act was signed into law in October, 2014 and gazetted in January 2016. Structures for its implementation have been set up and guidelines are being worked out, but the presidential launch of the act is still being awaited. The communiqué, signed by APHPN Chairman, Prof T.M. Akande and Secretary General, Dr S.A. Aderibigbe, said Out Of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) which contributes about 62% of health expenditure in Nigeria should be leveraged o
The crisis rocking the Federal Ministry of Health over the decision of the Minister, Prof. Folorunso Isaac Adewole, to implement the yet-to-be-approved five-year single tenure for heads of parastatals, agencies and regulatory bodies appears to have deepened. Fresh facts emerging from the Ministry said the Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals have written a letter to Adele protesting against the implementation. A copy of the Committee’s letter, with Reference Number: CCMDs/MDs/HMH/02/016, was dated April 4, 2016. It was addressed to Adewole and signed by Dr. Thomas U. Agan and Dr. Jafaru Momoh, the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee of CMDs/MDs. The letter specifically urged the minister to maintain status quo over the
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed some pharmacies in Osogbo and Ilesa in Osun State, after confiscating fake and unregistered drugs worth about N40 million. Some of the pharmacies sealed by NAFDAC in Osogbo include Akol Pharmaceutical Limited near LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and Raphabalm Pharmacy, located at Alekuwodo while Felfam Healthcare and Supermarket at Fegbewesa was given a warning. NAFDAC also sealed Topawo feeds Services at Alekuwodo and Atlab Farm Products located at Okinni, Osogbo for selling unregistered animal feeds. NAFDAC officials further raided the popular Orisunbare market where some shops were sealed for selling unwholesome products. Unregistered and expired food products including bottles of wine and cosmetics were sei
Federal Government has outlined six critical strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria. Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, disclosed this during a joint press briefing to commemorate the 2016 World Health Day in Abuja on Thursday. The focus of the 2016 World Health Day campaign is on Diabetes with the theme: “Beat Diabetes”. He said the ministry has adopted the global monitoring frame work for NCDs, development of a National Diabetes Plan and Policy as some of the approaches to stemming the tide of diabetes in Nigeria. Others include increased monitoring and surveillance systems, engagement and right, improved access to care and sustainable financing for management of diabetes. According t
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its proposed strike and give the Federal Government more time to address the grievances of doctors. He made the call at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), at the State House, Abuja. Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government will be dishonoured by his administration. He called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue brought about by the decline of crude oil prices. The President decried the adverse impact of th...
The Nigerian Medical Association has criticised lack of a national response to halt the rise of diabetes, despite a warning by epidemiologists about an epidemic of non-communicable diseases. This comes as doctors begin a weeklong large-scale community screening for diabetes and related ailments and complications in Sokoto on April 24. In a statement marking the World Health Day, the NMA President, Dr Kayode Obembe, said: “Diabetes is not just a medical issue but one with a huge multi-sectoral and socioeconomic dimension and severe burden on the health system and national economy, through direct medical expenditures and loss of man hours and wages,”. He said more than 1.56 million-around two out every 100 Nigerians-live with the condition and spend up to N53,000 yearly for tr
Dengue fever infects 390 million people each year, and kills as many as 25,000, according to the World Health Organization. The disease could soon see these numbers decline as the Philippines start administering the world's first dengue vaccine to high-risk children. The historic drug took 20 years and $1.8 billion to develop. The Philippines' Department of Health launched a school-based immunization program in highly affected areas, making it the first country where the vaccine is commercially available. Around 70% of dengue fever cases occur in Asia, with the Philippines reporting 200,000 cases in 2013, according to Sanofi. It's one of the world's most common mosquito-borne viruses, with severe symptoms including headaches, rashes and leaking blood vessels. Th...
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every 7th of April each year by the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Health Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunisation Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day. The burden of diabetes is increasing globally, particularly in developing countries. The causes are so many, but the increase is in large part due to unhealthy eating habits, stress and lack of physical activity, and in this view, the World Health Organisation themed this year's World Health Day "Beat Diabetes" to increase global awareness on diabetes.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has frowned on the importation of mosquito nets and directed that they should be produced locally in the country. He endorsed the use of herbal drugs and recommended that they should be produced under the supervision of the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control. Speaking at the presentation of “NAFDAC Guidelines 2016” on Tuesday in Abuja, the minister said billions of “hard-earned” money was being used to import mosquito nets and other drugs that could be produced locally. He said the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria could produce mosquito nets. Adewole directed NAFDAC to partner universities of Zaria, Enugu, Ibadan and Jos to enhanc
A middle-aged man (name withheld) has tested positive to Lassa fever in Katsina following contact with the corpse of his brother who died from the disease in Kaduna. The samples of the man and seven others who participated in the burial rites were taken and his turned out positive. He is currently quarantined at the National Obstetric Fistula Centre at Babbar Ruga. The state Commissioner of Health, Mariyatu Bala Usman who disclosed this, said ‘the man’ had travelled to Kaduna to bring back the corpse of his brother for burial in Katsina and five days later Kaduna health authority sent in a report indicating cause of death from Lassa fever. Shedding more light on the development, the Director of Public Health Dr. Shamsudden Yahaya said about 18 primary contacts had been
* Orders local production of mosquito nets The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has assured that there would be no industrial strike after the 21 days ultimatum issued yesterday by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). NARD had on Monday given government 21 days ultimatum to address some urgent demands ‘’following which industrial harmony in our hospitals may not be guaranteed.’’ The group is worried that the residency training programme is still not funded and without guiding policies. The doctors are particularly concerned about the alleged sack of its members from some institutions. They alleged also that some of their members in some state-owned hospitals had not been paid salaries ranging from three to eight months. The minister, who spoke to repo
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS has unveiled a popular version of Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Anti Discrimination Act 2014 to avail more people a chance to understand and utilise the Law. Prof. John Idoko, the Director-General of NACA, while unveiling the law in Abuja on Wednesday, said the popular version was prepared in collaboration with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Idoko said the popular version of the law consists of lay terms and graphic illustration that will make the law more useful in both rural and grassroots community settings. He said Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world with an anti-discrimination law related to HIV/AIDS. According to Idoko, making a popular version of this law available will result in increased demand for testing services and