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Ebola In Congo: Nigeria On Red Alert

Ebola In Congo: Nigeria On Red Alert

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The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured Nigerians of adequate surveillance at the nation’s airports following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, saying that at least one person had been confirmed dead due to the virus in the country’s north-east. Mr Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, saying that there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria. Yakubu also assured that all the preventive measures being put in place at the airports were still in place. She said that the Port Health officials were at alert at all airports, ad
Ebola Outbreak: WHO Adopts Measures To Support DR Congo

Ebola Outbreak: WHO Adopts Measures To Support DR Congo

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it had taken measures to effectively respond to the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Regional Director of WHO for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said that the organisation would work with the UN and other partners to halt the spread of the disease. Moeti said WHO had assured the DRC Government of its preparedness to respond to the outbreak of the scourge after the government’s alarm on it. She said that as at Sunday, 11 suspected cases, including three deaths, had been reported, adding that the disease had been discovered in Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province in northern part of the country. She stated that the organization had mobilised technical experts for deployment t
Battle Against Malaria Not Won- MNM

Battle Against Malaria Not Won- MNM

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An International Organisation, Malaria No More (MNM), on Wednesday called on countries to buckle up to the battle against malaria as the scourge is yet to be defeated. The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Edlund, in a statement issued in Abuja, said that more still had to be done to end malaria. Edlund said that despite the historic progress, malaria remained a daily threat, with half the world’s population still at risk. “’In 2015, there were 429,000 malaria deaths and 212 million malaria cases; a child still dies from malaria every two minutes. “In Sub-Saharan Africa, which, in 2015, contributed 90 per cent of malaria cases and 92 per cent of malaria deaths, the disease is the leading cause of missed days of school and worker absenteeism. “The malaria fight is a great
Senate Wants HIV Cure Claim Verified

Senate Wants HIV Cure Claim Verified

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The Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare, Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases, on Tuesday urged the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to authenticate the claim of Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, of having a cure for HIV. Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa made the call during the agency’s budget defence in Abuja. Ezeibe, a researcher in Veterinary Medicine at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,  was reported to have discovered cure for HIV/AIDS. According to Ohuabunwa,  it is not proper to dismiss Ezeibe’s claim without full verification. He therefore urged the agency and other relevant bodies to subject the claim to scientific analyses in order to arrive at a definite decision. The senator expressed reservations at the manner in which the Natio
Nigeria To Issue New Yellow Card

Nigeria To Issue New Yellow Card

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The Federal Executive Council, presided over by Acting President  Professor Yemi Osinbajo has approved a memorandum for the introduction of a new Yellow Card with advanced security features. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the former card was prone to abuse through issuance by unauthorised persons to people not actually vaccinated. “With this new card you cannot fake the yellow card; using a card reader; we can also document your vaccination status to know whether or not you have been genuinely vaccinated. “As soon as we start the roll out, we will tell the Nigerian community the date of commencement; what to do with the one they have and when it will be phased out,’’ Adewole added. Also the Transportation Minister, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, said the council approved two m
Religion Activities Good For Mental Health – Psychiatrist

Religion Activities Good For Mental Health – Psychiatrist

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Religious activities can help stabilise people with mental conditions, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof. Olatunji Aina, has said. Aina said this on Friday in Lagos while addressing participants at the Annual Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba. The theme of the conference was, ‘Religion and Mental Illness’. Aina, who lectures at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said: “The mentally ill most times use religion to cope with their distress. “Also, religious activities including prayers, fasting, church and mosque attendance, spirituality, are known to attenuate psychiatric symptoms, discourage suicide and even heal physical illnesses.“ The consultant said, however, that many fake religious leaders in the past and
Call for Entries: Sam Nda-Isaiah Essay Contest

Call for Entries: Sam Nda-Isaiah Essay Contest

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Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students Call for Entries The maiden edition of the annual SAM NDA-ISAIAH ESSAY CONTEST Theme: 'Distinction Beyond the 4.1' 1st Prize - N75,000 2nd Prize - N50,000 3rd Prize - N25,000 To Participate: Articles should be written in Microsoft word format: Times News Romans, font size 12 with double spacing. The maximum length of the article should be 1,200 words. Articles exceeding this length will be disqualified. Submission should as attachment be sent to pansnationaleditorial@gmail.com The CONTESTANT NAME, SCHOOL, & ARTICLE TITLE must be mentioned clearly as the subject of the e-mail. For example: ‘Abubakar Nnamdi Adekunle, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, ‘The Seven Star Pharmacist’ and on the cover page of the artic
World Health Organization Recommends 784 Midwives For C’River State

World Health Organization Recommends 784 Midwives For C’River State

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Determined to reduce maternal mortality rate in Cross River state, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the employment, training and posting of 784 midwives to all the 18 local government areas of the state. This, the organization said, was aimed at meeting recommended standard of four midwives per each of the 196 wards in the state. Speaking at the occasion to mark the 2017 International Day of the Midwives in Calabar, Head of Office of global organization in Cross River state, Dr. Edmond Egbe, said that, WHO and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are the key partners and very committed in strengthening healthcare delivery in the state. Dr. Egbe maintained that the organisation has supported two functioning schools of Midwifery with two buses and other needful and st...
Adelusi-Adeluyi Tasks Health Professionals To Work In Harmony

Adelusi-Adeluyi Tasks Health Professionals To Work In Harmony

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Former Minister of Health and President of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has urged health professionals in the country to work in harmony to tackle  issues for the good of the country.”  Adelusi-Adeluyi, who lamented the current situation of the health sector, said: “the poor state of affairs is made even worse by the animosity, distrust and consequently, disharmony among  different professionals in the health sector.” Adelusi-Adeluyi said that the most vital resource in the health sector was not the annual budgetary allocation from government, but the huge human resource endowment. It is only by building on its strengths which include its diversity, that the health sector can become truly primed to deliver optimal value to Nigeria. “Here is a sec
‘90% Of Northern Babies Delivered At Home’

‘90% Of Northern Babies Delivered At Home’

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The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning says 90 per cent of women in northern Nigeria give birth to their babies at home. The Chairman, Board of Trustees, AAFP, Sani Jabbi, said this while addressing journalists at the PACFAH champions alumni association’s interactive forum on health budget performance in Abuja. Jabbi said the major cause of the high maternal and infant mortality in the North was inadequate health facilities. He said, “In most of the northern states, if you go by the national demographic and health survey, almost 90 per cent of the women there deliver babies at home. Why do women choose to do that? And does the fact that women deliver at home imply that we will leave them to die?” Jabbi did not state the major reason for the phenomenon but added
‘Diaspora Doctors Will Come Back If Nigeria Has Facilities’

‘Diaspora Doctors Will Come Back If Nigeria Has Facilities’

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A heart  specialist practicing in Westlake,Ohio, USA, Dr. Demola Abiose, has said that most Nigerian cardiologists and doctors in the Diaspora have yet to come due to lack of facilities. According to the consultant cardiologist, many of  his colleagues are tired of living abroad and want to contribute their skills to the health care system of the country. He spoke at the inauguration of the Grays Cardiology Centre, Ikeja, a subsidiary of the Reddington HealthCare Group in Lagos on Friday. Abiose said, “I know at least about 12 top Nigerian cardiologists that want to come back home. Why won’t we? We were trained here and it’s our duty to give back. I also know many American doctors that will come and work here if the right medical facilities are available. “Though I practise abr
Why Bauchi Health Facilities are Overstretched

Why Bauchi Health Facilities are Overstretched

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With over 1,000 primary healthcare centres and 26 secondary health facilities including General Hospitals spread across Bauchi State, the state has enough facilities to meet its needs. Bauchi State is one of the few states in the country which has achieved the feat of prioritising healthcare by allocating 15% budgetary allocation to the health sector as stipulated in the 2001 Abuja Declaration, where African Union countries pledged to allocate at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the  health sector. Infact  Bauchi State raised its budgetary allocation for the health sector from 15% in 2016 to 16% in the 2017 budget in order to provide the needed interventions in the sector. Governor Abubakar also introduced Five Point Health Agenda with a defined objective and a template
NAPharm, PSN Symposium to Address Disharmony in Health Sector

NAPharm, PSN Symposium to Address Disharmony in Health Sector

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In an effort to improve healthcare services to patients through effective collaboration, consultation and cooperation among the various professional groups in the health sector, the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm), in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) is organising a Symposium to promote teamwork in the sector. The overall objective of the Symposium which will hold on May 11,2017, at the University of Lagos , is to harmaonise the services of healthcare personnel and improve on their relationship in order to satisfy the total health needs of patients. The theme of the Symposium is “Health of the Nation: The Imperative of Interprofessional Collaboration” while the Former Minister of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo will be the keynote speaker . According to Pre
Women Who Take Folic Acid During Pregnancy More Likely To Have Emotionally Stable Children

Women Who Take Folic Acid During Pregnancy More Likely To Have Emotionally Stable Children

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Children whose mothers take folic acid throughout their entire pregnancy are more emotionally stable than those who do not, a study has found.At present expecting women are only recommended to take a supplement of 400 microgrammes of folic acid, for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The recommendation is to ensure proper development of the brain – and to prevent spina bifida.But researchers from the University of Ulster carried out a study looking at the long term effects of taking the supplement. They gave supplements of folic acid – which is found naturally in green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, to 22 mothers while the other 19 took it just for the first three months, as recommended by NICE guidelines. After this the mothers were given a placebo. Dr. Tony Cassidy told the annua
Upgrade Our Health Facilities, NANNM Urges FG

Upgrade Our Health Facilities, NANNM Urges FG

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Worried by the poor state of health facilities in the country, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), has urged government to upgrade the facilities. President of the  NANNM, Mr. Abdulrafiu Adeniji, who disclosed this during the International Day of Midwives in Abuja, said the development has hindered midwifery  practice in the country and  prevented nurses from  performing their  functions effectively. Lamenting the  disharmony in the health sector, he said doom was imminent if the situation is not effectively  tackled. “Health is a multi-disciplinary industry that recognises the unique practice within the profession. Neglecting  and underrating  nurses has plunged Nigeria into the abyss,” Adeniyi noted. Also speaking, the NANNM National Chairperson,