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Lagos Begins Measles Vaccination, Targets 3.6 Million Children

Lagos Begins Measles Vaccination, Targets 3.6 Million Children

Children's Health, NEWS
This year’s Measles Vaccination Campaign by the Lagos State Ministry of Health kicks off in earnest on Thursday 15th of this month (March), and will terminate on Thursday 29th March, 2018. This was just made public in a statement signed by Adeola Salako, Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry. While briefing news hunters, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care stated that the exercise which targets children of ages 9 months to 5 years will reach out to about 3,609,538 children within the state. In the words of Dr. Onanuga, “The objective of the campaign is to immunise at least 95 percent of children aged 9 months to 5 years with measles vaccine in all local government areas regardless of their previous immunisation status.” He further explained tha
Dirty Environment Responsible for Lassa Fever Spread, Says Adewole

Dirty Environment Responsible for Lassa Fever Spread, Says Adewole

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* Gov Ganduje allocates 30% of Kano budget to rehabilitation of health facilities The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has blamed unhygienic attitude and dirty environment for the re- emergence of the deadly Lassa fever disease which has killed over 100 people within two months of 2018 in some parts of the country. Adewole stated this in Abuja at DAI’s Governance Roundtable on the role of Nigeria in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with special focus on Education and Health. The Development Alternatives, DAI, a Non-Governmental Organisation committed to supporting a more prosperous, healthier and well governed Nigeria. But the Minister, who decried the high level of un-cleanliness practised by Nigerians however, noted that Lassa fever can be treated if dic
Oyo Hospitals Shut for Training Auxiliary Nurses

Oyo Hospitals Shut for Training Auxiliary Nurses

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The Oyo State Government on Wednesday said it had closed eight health facilities in the state found guilty of quackery and training of auxiliary nurses. The state government said the move was to express its commitment to eradication of quackery in the health sector, warning that the training of auxiliary nurses in private facilities would not be tolerated in the state. The government also announced the receipt of 34 motorcycles donated by the World Health Organisation to Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in Ibadan. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, while leading the task force of the Ministry of Health on a routine monitoring exercise and inspection of private health care facilities within Ibadan metropolis, urged anyone who had interest in becoming...
Doctors’ Strike: ‘We Will Adopt Holistic Approach to Health Sector Reforms’

Doctors’ Strike: ‘We Will Adopt Holistic Approach to Health Sector Reforms’

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…appeals to doctors to go back to work   Worried by the recurring strike actions by medical doctors and other workers in the health sector, the Edo State government said work on a holistic plan for workers in the sector has reached advanced stage. Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the health sector is a major pillar of the government’s overall policy framework for the state and appealed to the striking workers to be patient with the state government. Osagie said: “The Edo State Government is adopting a holistic approach to the reform of the health sector in the state. We urge the health professionals to exercise some patience as hasty and tokenistic efforts cannot produce the high standard of healthcare which the
Minister of State for Health Commissions Isolation Unit

Minister of State for Health Commissions Isolation Unit

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The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has commissioned an Isolation Unit, Electronic Personnel Record (EPR) and a New Administrative Block at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State. Speaking during the Commissioning Ceremony on Monday 12th March, 2018, Dr. Ehanire noted that the projects initiated and executed by the Centre would remain indelible in the annals of Nigeria’s healthcare delivery. “I am delighted to be here again to Commission New Administrative Complex, Isolation Unit and Electronic Personnel Record initiated and executed by the Management of this Centre, he said. “I am more often in FMC Keffi not because it is near to Abuja but because there are good things to show in order to ensure effective Healthcare Service Delivery which have direct be
ACPN Urge FG to Close Down Open Drug Markets

ACPN Urge FG to Close Down Open Drug Markets

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria has called on the government to close down all open drug markets in the country, as failure to do so would further aggravate the abuse of drugs among citizens. Making the call during its 2018 Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the association in Lagos, Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh, urged the Federal Government to keep to the December deadline for closing all open drug markets. She said, “As long as we have the open drug market places, as long as people walk into anywhere, hawk drugs, we will always have issues with drug abuse. “As stakeholders, we shall work with government to get rid of uncoordinated system of drug distribution and install a sane distribution system where people can get drugs that are documented and can even be tra
FG Partners Ondo To Establish Infectious Disease Diagnostic Centre

FG Partners Ondo To Establish Infectious Disease Diagnostic Centre

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The National Coordinator of the Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has revealed plans by the centre to establish a laboratory for carrying out diagnostic tests for infections in Ondo state, within the next one year. Dr Ihekweazu made this known while inspecting the facilities at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State. According to him, it is due to the high prevalence of Lassa fever in Ondo State, especially around Owo. He added that the at the beginning of this year, there were only two laboratories for diagnosis of Lassa fever in Nigeria, while the third one had just been added and the fourth one is in the pipeline. He informed that the state and federal government and the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo will work together to establish a laboratory ...
Measles: Lagos Takes Step Towards Elimination

Measles: Lagos Takes Step Towards Elimination

Children's Health, NEWS
Children are dying needlessly from vaccine preventable diseases namely measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis and yellow fever because parents and caregiver are uninformed about the importance of this very simple act of immunisation to the health status of their children. It is sad to note that half of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria accounts for a significant proportion of these preventable childhood deaths Measles is one of the six childhood killer diseases that can be prevented through complete and effective vaccination. The symptoms and signs of measles infection include fever, running nose, sneezing, skin rashes that start from the head and spreads to other parts of the body, ulcers in the mouth, etc. Complications of Measles in...
Lassa Fever kills Three in Ekiti, Cross River Government’s Firm to Produce Vaccines

Lassa Fever kills Three in Ekiti, Cross River Government’s Firm to Produce Vaccines

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The Ekiti State Government has uncovered fresh cases of Lassa fever, which has claimed three lives.The victims were a patient who tested positive to the disease, and two others who had contact with the deceased. Commissioner for Health, Rotimi Ojo, who made this disclosure in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said five of the eight other suspected cases in the state tested negative, one was uncertain and the last was pending as at press time.He, however, stressed that there was no cause for alarm, noting that the state government was taking proactive steps in surveillance activities that would involve all residents due to some recorded cases and deaths in neighbouring states. He assured that the State Disease Control team had been activated, while the process of sensitising the people with jingle...
NAFDAC Operatives Seize 33 Containers of Tramadol

NAFDAC Operatives Seize 33 Containers of Tramadol

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has said that its operatives intercepted and seized 33 containers of Tramadol which were being conveyed to a yet-to-be-ascertained location in the country. The NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Christiana Adeyeye, disclosed this in Abuja while speaking at the National Chemical Security Training Conference. She also noted that operatives also seized three trucks filled with Tramadol at the Apapa Ports in Lagos State. The chemical conference was jointly organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Chemical Security Programme. The NAFDAC DG said that an emergency should be declared over the abuse of drugs by youths and children in the country. Adeyeye said, “We have to declare an emergency because of our yout
Doctors’ Strike not Political, Legitimate – Kogi NMA Insists

Doctors’ Strike not Political, Legitimate – Kogi NMA Insists

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The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has refuted the claims from the Kogi State government that its over two month old strike is politically motivated. Recall that the Kogi State commissioner for Health Dr Saka Audu in a media chat on Tuesday said that the lingering strike action by the state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association was political, adding that the state government would be ready to work with those who were ready to cooperate with it. He also declared that the it was ready to let go of those who were engaging the state government in a political warfare. NMA in a statement signed by its chairman Dr Godwin Tijani on Wednesday noted that doctors were asking for improved welfare and not being used by politicians as projected by their employers...
World’s Renowned Scientist, Stephen Hawking Dies

World’s Renowned Scientist, Stephen Hawking Dies

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World famous physicist, Stephen Hawking is dead. According to CNN, Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 76. The Briton was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books, including ‘A Brief History of Time’. In a statement, his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” They praised his “courage and persistence” and said his “brilliance and humour” inspired people across the world. “He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.” Daily P
Reps to Investigate Alleged Illegal Withdrawal of N10b from NHIS Fund

Reps to Investigate Alleged Illegal Withdrawal of N10b from NHIS Fund

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• Lift suspension on Jibrin The House of Representatives yesterday, resolved to investigate alleged illegal withdrawal of N10 billion from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) fund.The monies were domiciled in the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN). The House while adopting a motion sponsored by the chairman of the House committee on Healthcare services, Mr. Chike Okafor (Imo-APC) at plenary presided by Speaker Yakubu Dogara summoned the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, to offer explanations over the issue. The House committees on Healthcare services, Finance and Anti-Corruption have been ma
Declare Emergency in Health Sector, Senate Urges FG

Declare Emergency in Health Sector, Senate Urges FG

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The Senate at the plenary on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector. Adopting a motion moved by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC,Kaduna-North), titled, Urgent Need for the Declaration of Emergency in the Public Health Sector over the Decay of Infrastructure, the Senate decried the “sorry state” of the sector. The lawmakers unanimously resolved to ask the executive to declare a state of emergency in the public health sector in the country. They also requested the executive to provide special funding in the 2018 budget for the overhaul of one government-owned medical facility, at least, in each of the six geo-political zones of the country every year. “The Senate regrets that this sorry state of affairs has rendered our hospitals and ot
Nephrologist Tasks FG on Treatment of kidney Diseases

Nephrologist Tasks FG on Treatment of kidney Diseases

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A Consultant Nephrologist, Dr Ebun Bamgboye, has urged the Federal Government to provide policy friendly interventions to stem the rising tide of kidney diseases in the country. Making the call during a free kidney disease screening organised by St Nicholas Hospital, Lagos,  Bamgboye said the hospital sees 120 new cases annually. Stating that early detection remains the way out, Bamgboye blamed  increase in chronic kidney failure on high cost of treatment, hence, the need for removal of all duties on drugs for hypertension and other consumables required for treatment. Kidney disease in medical circle means that the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood like they should “Over 30 percent of Nigerians have hypertension (1 in every 3).  You can imagine the number of people who will