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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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,
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...
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
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
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
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to shelve its planned harmonisation of salaries of health workers in the country. The association’s position is contained in a communiqué issued by Dr Mike Ogirima, President of NMA, on Sunday at the end of the 57th Annual General Meeting and Delegate Conference of the association, held in Calabar, from April 24 to 29 . It noted although health workers faced many hazards in the discharge of their duties, their output could not be compared to doctors who performed the bulk of the medical services. “There is an attempt to harmonise the salaries and the Federal Ministry of Health is at the lead of that attempt, which is currently causing a lot of disharmony in the health sector. “Medical doctors are highly s