...Health info at your doorstep

NEWS

PharmaTimes

Intriguing News stories.

Health info at your doorstep

Why Bauchi Health Facilities are Overstretched

Why Bauchi Health Facilities are Overstretched

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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,
Health Minister Visits 82 Freed Chibok Girls Receiving Hospital Care

Health Minister Visits 82 Freed Chibok Girls Receiving Hospital Care

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has assured the newly freed Chibok schoolgirls of the commitment of the federal government to their health and well-being. Mr. Adewole gave the assurance on Monday during a visit to the 82 girls at a health facility in Abuja where they are currently receiving care. He urged the girls not to hide any ailment from their caregivers as the government was determined that they have a stable health to resume their normal livelihood. “We are happy for you. We thank God for your release. President Buhari has shown his commitment to your plight and has directed that we offer the best of medical services. We are going to take care of you so that you can go out and live productive lives again. We are at your service, it is our job to help you. Please, do
FG Set to Make Health Insurance Compulsory for Employers

FG Set to Make Health Insurance Compulsory for Employers

NEWS
The National Assembly is working on reforming the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, 2004, with many new provisions as contained in the National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2017. The country’s health insurance sector is set for reforms, as plans are being made by the National Assembly to repeal the existing National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap. N42, LFN 2004, and replace it with the National Health Insurance Commission Act. Information obtained by our correspondent revealed that the bill, which was sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Olarewaju Tejuoso, passed second reading last week. One of the reforms being planned is to make it compulsory for employers of labour with at least five workers to subscribe to the scheme. Under the NHIS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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