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Pharmacy Contribution to Healthcare Is Beyond Dispensing-FIP Global Report

Pharmacy Contribution to Healthcare Is Beyond Dispensing-FIP Global Report

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A number of advanced community pharmacy services are offered in more than 50% of countries and territories, which cover over three-quarters of the world’s population, according to a new publication launched Thursday by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The document, “Pharmacy at a glance: 2015–-2017”, is a publicly accessible summary of the latest detailed survey that FIP conducts every two years. The full results are available to its member organisations. The survey, of 79 countries and territories, found medicines use review services to be available in 68%, disease management programmes (e.g., for diabetes, hypertension or asthma) available in at least 47%, and the measuring of clinical parameters (blood pr
How to Prevent Kidney Stones

How to Prevent Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that form in the kidneys when there is a decrease in urine or an increase in certain substances, such as minerals and salts. It has been observed that condition can occur in persons of any age, but is commoner in individuals aged 25-50, and within this age bracket, the risk increases with advancing age. Twenty to fifty percent of these deaths due to kidney failure in developed countries have been associated with kidney stones, and individual as well as environmental factors considered to be responsible for the morbidity and mortality statistics associated with stone related cases of end stage renal failure. Going forward, kidney stone diet has been designed to help prevent kidney stones from forming or recurring, in people with higher risk of...
Lagos Govt Opens Nigeria’s First DNA Forensic Lab

Lagos Govt Opens Nigeria’s First DNA Forensic Lab

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The Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has disclosed. The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world. Speaking at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to announce activities lined up by the State Government to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Kazeem said skeletal work had already commenced in
HIV Vaccine Breakthrough as Experts Generate Immune Cells to Stop Spread

HIV Vaccine Breakthrough as Experts Generate Immune Cells to Stop Spread

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*Chronic pain common in people living with virus An effective Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine may be a short step away now scientists have overcome a major stumbling block hindering its development. The big hurdle has been the inability to generate immune cells that stay in circulation long enough to stop the Aids virus spreading.International researchers believe they have solved the problem by ‘unblocking’ a process linked to an HIV protein that was halting the production of antibody-generating ‘B-cells’ from the immune system. Lead scientist Professor Jonathan Heeney, from Cambridge University, said: “For a vaccine to work, its effects need to be long lasting.“It isn’t practical to require people to come back every six to 12 months to be vaccinated. We wanted to deve
Borno Begins Immunisation as Cholera Death Toll Hits 44

Borno Begins Immunisation as Cholera Death Toll Hits 44

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The death toll in the cholera outbreak in Borno State has hit 44.The stateís Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, disclosed this at a joint press conference by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the state Ministry of Health at the Emergency Operation Centre, Maiduguri. The state government has also announced that it would today begin immunisation against the disease.According to him, over 915, 000 doses of cholera vaccines have been procured and delivered for distribution to commence the process. The worst hit in the outbreak is Maiduguri metropolis and four council areas in Jere, Konduga, Dikwa and Monguno.The commissioner added that the deaths were recorded from 1, 925 cases. He said: From the cholera update situation in the state, we had 1, 113 cases in Maiduguri (MM

Health Minister Tasks Media On Family Planning

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The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole has appealed to media practitioners to step-up their effort in family planning awareness creation. The Minister made this call in Abuja Friday 7th September, 2017 during an interactive session with journalists on the pre-launch of the National Family Planning Communication (NFPC) Plan and the new National Family Planning Logo  which is scheduled to come up on Monday 11th September, 2017. Professor Adewole, represented by the Director, Family Health, Dr. Adebimpe Abebiyi said that the programme was organised to intimate media with their social responsibility in creating more awareness on family planning and to close the gaps which still persist between knowledge and contraceptive use. He enumerated the anticipated benefits of the
Resident Doctors Battle Medical Director Over Alleged Diversion of N280 Million

Resident Doctors Battle Medical Director Over Alleged Diversion of N280 Million

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The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, has raised the alarm over an alleged diversion of N280.8 million credited to the hospital by the Federal Ministry of Finance for the payment of salary arrears. The arrears reportedly covered the ‘Skipping’ entitlements for 2016, a term used for entitled double promotions for resident doctors. According to the doctors, the Medical Director, Liasu Ahmed, had received the funds since March 2017, but had diverted the funds, stalling the payments despite several agitations by the doctors. The resident doctors and the hospital management had been embroiled in series of conflict particularly after a strike action by the doctors in August last year. But Mr. Ahmed denied the allegations, saying t
Cholera: Death Toll Hits 28, N’East Infection Rises to 837

Cholera: Death Toll Hits 28, N’East Infection Rises to 837

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No fewer than 28 persons have been by cholera in the North-East, while 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease, including about 145 children under the age of five, UNICEF has said. The organisation also expressed concern with the spread of cholera in the region, saying 1.4 million displaced persons, among whom are 350,000 children under the age of five, were in serious danger. A statement on Thursday by UNICEF Communications Chief in Nigeria, Doune Porter, said the outbreak occurred as ongoing violence and military efforts against Boko Haram in the region had displaced more than 1.7 million persons and leaving over 3.6 million without adequate access to basic water services. Porter stated, “An estimated 28 people have died from cholera, while 837 are suspected to
Nigeria will Profit from Local Manufacturing of Drugs

Nigeria will Profit from Local Manufacturing of Drugs

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The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday in Ibadan, Oyo State, said that local production of drugs would boost employment opportunities in the health sector and enhance quality control in drugs distribution. The minister spoke at the international conference of the Centre for Drugs Discovery, Development and Production. The conference had the theme, ‘Improving Access to Quality Medicine through Appropriate Legislation and Policy.’ He was represented at the event by a director in the ministry, Mrs Modupe Chukwuma. “I support local production of drugs because I know that it will boost employment opportunities in the health sector, and by extension in the country,” said the minister. He added, “Production of drugs in Nigeria has provided opportunity for the ministry to ha
Nurses Flay FG Over Resident Doctors, Threaten Strike

Nurses Flay FG Over Resident Doctors, Threaten Strike

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The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has expressed displeasure with the Federal Government over what it termed preferential treatment for agitation of medical doctors over those of other health personnel. In a statement yesterday signed by the National Chairman , Wale Olatunde Gambo and National Secretary  , Gambo Danfulani, the association said, “It is often very convenient for the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour (both headed by medical doctors) to ignore ultimatum given by these bodies and issuing the threat of ‘No-Work No-Pay’ while the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), a non labour organisation is pampered if not over-pampered.” The association said their demands were often treated with levity and tagged inter-pr
Resident Doctors Meet Today to Review FG’s Offer

Resident Doctors Meet Today to Review FG’s Offer

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has agreed to meet today to consider the renegotiated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached with the Federal Government. The resolution was reached at the end of the conciliation meeting held on Wednesday with the federal government’s negotiation team chaired by the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige. The meeting which lasted till 3am yesterday saw both parties deliberating on wide range of issues bordering on the demands of the striking resident doctors. At the end of the meeting, a communiqué was adopted and signed by the parties at 2:57am. The parties in the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement at the meeting also resolved that the nationwide industrial action should be suspended as soon as a payment alert is
Nigeria’s Effort Towards Malaria Control Yielding Positive Results – Health Minister

Nigeria’s Effort Towards Malaria Control Yielding Positive Results – Health Minister

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Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, has declared that the country’s effort towards malaria control is gaining momentum and has progressed appreciably; saying lots of steps had been taken to clinically stamp out the prevalence of malaria and its parasites. Adewole, who spoke in Osogbo, Osun state capital at the flag-off ceremony for the replacement campaign of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs)  held at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, noted that Malaria cases are dropping in the country as 2015 Record on Malaria indicator survey shows that the prevalence of malaria drop to 27% from 42% which was reported in 2010. The Minister who was represented by Akeem Lasisi, the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, however admitted that despi
Malaria Parasite Spreads from Howler Monkeys to Humans

Malaria Parasite Spreads from Howler Monkeys to Humans

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A form of malaria parasite that has spread from howler monkeys to humans in Brazil has been identified by researchers, raising concerns for eradication of the disease in Brazil and beyond. Malaria was thought to have been eradicated from southern and south-eastern Brazil 50 years ago, but more than 1,000 cases reported since 2006 from the Atlantic Forest region, in Rio de Janeiro state, including two outbreaks in 2015 and 2016, led researchers to investigate. The initial assumption was that the new cases were caused by the Plasmodium vivax malaria parasite, one of the main global species. Most of the people affected were visitors, who might have been infected elsewhere. But analysis of Deoxy Ribonucleic Acid (DNA)/genetic material samples has now established that some of the infec...
Africa’s First Rotary Eye Hospital Nearing Completion in Lagos

Africa’s First Rotary Eye Hospital Nearing Completion in Lagos

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The Indo Eye-care Foundation in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate would soon commission the first Rotary Eye Hospital in Africa. At a meeting chaired by the club’s icon, Past President Naranbhai Patel, to speed up the project, it was disclosed that the five story building hospital situated along Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road would be completed before the end of this year while operation would commence in March 2018. The idea was mooted in 2005 by Patel and Dr. D. Mirani, with support from firms like Chanrai Group and Kewalrams Group, as well as some Indians, with the aim of giving back to the society. President, Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, Rotn. Atul Ketshry, said the club would key into the District Governor’s vision of equipping 1
Kogi Lassa Fever : Sister to Late Aisha Manifesting Symptoms

Kogi Lassa Fever : Sister to Late Aisha Manifesting Symptoms

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The Kogi Government said on Tuesday that a sister to late Aisha Jimoh, who died of Lassa fever on Monday, has started manifesting symptoms suggestive of haemorrhagic (Lassa) fever. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, who confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja, said that the victim was one of the 15 persons that had contact with Aisha before her death at the General Hospital, Irua, Edo. According to Audu, the victim said to be 14 years old and immediate younger sister to the late Aisha started manifesting the symptoms on Sept. 3. He said that victim and 14 others had been in isolation in a ward at the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, since the late Aisha was diagnosed of the disease. “The State Rapid Response Team already had an alert cases of 15 persons and they are m