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Atiku Begs for Disease Outbreak to be Handled Like Ebola

Atiku Begs for Disease Outbreak to be Handled Like Ebola

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He said the outbreak should be treated as a national emergency that must be diligently fought to avoid tragedy. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged the Federal Government to treat the discovery of the monkeypox disease as seriously as it handled the deadly ebola. Residents of Bayelsa state are currently living in fear of the new deadly epidemic with about 11 people, including a medical doctor, said to be infected with the virus. According to Atiku, the outbreak should be treated as a national emergency that must be diligently fought to avoid tragedy. Taking to his Twitter account (@atiku) early on Friday, October 6, 2017, he posted "The discovery of monkeypox in Bayelsa is alarming and should be seen as a national emergency, to halt its spread. "I'm urging the FG, Bay...
How the Pharma Industry in Nigeria Can Compete Globally –NIROPHARM President

How the Pharma Industry in Nigeria Can Compete Globally –NIROPHARM President

Interviews, NEWS
Pharm. Lekan Asuni is the President, Association of Nigerian Representatives of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM). He is also the founder and CEO of LEFAS Pharmaceuticals Limited. In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he reveals how drugs manufactured locally can meet international standards, and why the pharma industry still needs government support. Excerpts: What are your major achievements as chairman, Association of Nigerian Representatives of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM)? As you are aware NIROPHARM represents multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturing companies locally. The Association sets and operates on a very high standard. We ensure that the international best practices are met locally. This we do through every...
The Pharmacist: An Indispensible Member of Healthcare Team

The Pharmacist: An Indispensible Member of Healthcare Team

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The Pharmacist is a professional who is an embodiment of knowledge in drugs and drug related issues. “Drugs are poisons” is what they say, but the pharmacists can turn them to be a remedy for different kinds of ailments. The role of pharmacists in healthcare is important because without drugs, there is no healthcare. Drugs are one of the major weapons used in global and public health to help in mitigation, cure, treatment and prevention of diseases. The role of pharmacists in achieving Sustainable Development Goal – Universal health coverage cannot be overemphasised. This multi-faceted professional, the pharmacist, is the backbone of healthcare in different settings. Without him, the healthcare team is incomplete. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) described pharmacy as: “the pro
Malaria in Nigeria – Need to Check Mosquito Insecticide Resistance

Malaria in Nigeria – Need to Check Mosquito Insecticide Resistance

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
The recent alarm raised by the Nigeria Medical Research (NIMR) over the discovery that many states in the country are on the verge of witnessing large scale deaths as a consequence of mosquitoes developing resistance to Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets ordinarily should call for concern among authorities in government. NIMR had on June 21, 2017, released a report which indicated that 18 out of the 36 states in the country may have been affected by this latest development. The states where the incidence has been confirmed include Lagos, Ogun and Niger States; these have the highest incidence of resistance cases. Others are Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Benue, Kwara, Nasarawa, Plateau, Anambra, Enugu, Rivers, Ondo, Osun and Oyo - with the status of the remaining states on th...
Vesicular Vaginal Fistula Pandemic: Over 800,000 Nigerian Women Needlessly Suffering

Vesicular Vaginal Fistula Pandemic: Over 800,000 Nigerian Women Needlessly Suffering

Cover Stories, NEWS
Nigeria houses largest number of cases globally According to the Federal Ministry of Health, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 women and girls in Nigeria are living with Vesicular Vaginal Fistula (VVF), with about 12,000 fresh cases reported each year. This figure alarmingly is the highest rate worldwide, thereby contributing grossly also to an equally disturbing high rate of maternal/infant mortality ratio. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this write-up reveals the reasons for this - being mainly socio-cultural as well as ethno-religious, but still needlessly avoidable. For many years running Nigeria has been battling with the issue of Vesicular Vaginal Fistula. The stigmatising health condition which is seen mainly among (young) women and girls is mainly concentrated in two ...
NANS Declares 7 Days Protest Over State of Health Facilities

NANS Declares 7 Days Protest Over State of Health Facilities

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) will protest against the poor state of health facilities in Nigeria following the death of its former President, Mr Dauda Mohammed, a statement has said. The statement issued by NANS’s President, Comrade Chinonso Obasi, on Wednesday in Abuja said the seven days protest would commence once Mohammed’s remains arrived in Nigeria. Mohammed departed Abuja for India on Sept. 30 to receive treatment for liver cirrhosis but died on Oct. 1 shortly before landing at Delhi Airport. Obasi urged  concerned authorities to urgently revive and standardise the nation’s health sector, adding that Mohammed would not have died if local hospitals were properly equipped. “As preparations begins for the final arrival of the corpse of Comrade Mohamm
Monkey Pox Outbreak: FG Calls For Calm

Monkey Pox Outbreak: FG Calls For Calm

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The Federal Government has called for calm following the outbreak of a viral infection known as Monkey Pox in Bayelsa state. In a press release by the Ministry of Health, the Health Minister, Prof Isaac Adewole disclosed that the health Facilities in the state have been placed on red alert adding that affected patients are under observation as well with supportive treatments. The Minister further explained that monkey pox is caused by a virus in the class of a group of viruses that included chicken pox and small pox. ‘Investigation is still on-going and our partners are working with us on this reported outbreak’ while the NCDC team in Bayelsa State would give support’ the Minister said. Adewole however said the disease could not be confirmed until laboratory investigations by W
‘Nigeria Loses Over 59,000 Children to Water Related Diseases Yearly’

‘Nigeria Loses Over 59,000 Children to Water Related Diseases Yearly’

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, on Thursday, said over 59,000 Nigeria children under the age of five die annually from preventable water and sanitation related diseases. At a news conference to commemorate the 2017 Global Hand washing Day in Abuja, the Minister noted that washing with soap before eating and after using toilet could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. He, however, regretted that 87 percent of Nigerians do not have access to hand washing facilities with soap and water available. The Minister, who spoke through the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, quoted the recently launched Nigeria WASH Diagnostic Report which indicates that 69 percent of public health facilities do not have access to a basic func
NHIS Boss Usman Yusuf Indicted by Panel, Suspended Indefinitely

NHIS Boss Usman Yusuf Indicted by Panel, Suspended Indefinitely

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• The suspension of the executive secretary of the NHIS has been made indefinite by the minister of health  • Usman Yusuf was on temporary suspension pending investigations into fraud allegations  • The committee looking into the allegations have found him largely culpable of the crimes   The Nigerian minister of health, Isaac Adewole has announced the indefinite extension of the suspension of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf.  Mr Yusuf has been on suspension since July 6, 2017, after he was accused of fraud. Based on a directive from the Minister Adewole, to allow for a fair and uninterrupted investigation of the various allegations levied against the NHIS boss. According to Premiu Times, following the conclusion of the investigati
Nigerian Army Launches Free Medical Outreach in Abia

Nigerian Army Launches Free Medical Outreach in Abia

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The Nigerian Army has launched a free medical outreach in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia, as an integral part of the ongoing Python Dance II exercise in the South-East of the country.  A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, and made available to newsmen in Enugu, described the programme as a success. Musa said that the programme followed a directive by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.  He said that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and other dignitaries were present at the event. “One interesting aspect of the exercise is the generous donations of rice, dental and optometry services, malaria and de-worming tablets, eye glasses, treated mosquito nets to the locals, among ot
ACPN Cautions Against Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Anti-Malaria Misuse

ACPN Cautions Against Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Anti-Malaria Misuse

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Pharmacists have cautioned Nigerians against the use of anti-biotic, paracetamol, anti-malaria and other drugs as it causes damage to the organ in the body, leading to untimely death. They said most over-the-counter and prescription drugs when misused or taken without physician’s advice could predispose a person to organ failure.  The pharmacists gave the warning at the Akinwunmi Ambode Primary Healthcare Centre, Somolu, Lagos during the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) National, commemoration of the World Pharmacy Day 2017. The Chairperson, ACPN, National and the Drug Information Centre (DIC) Pharmacist, Bukola Folorunsho explained that anti-biotic drugs should not be used except when there are infections, adding that drugs such as Ampicillin, tertracycline and
Fake Drugs: FG to Introduce Coordinated Wholesale Centres Nationwide

Fake Drugs: FG to Introduce Coordinated Wholesale Centres Nationwide

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The Federal Government, yesterday, said it was introducing drug Coordinated Wholesale Centres, CWCs, to check the menace of fake and falsified medical products in the country, even as it warned that by December 31, 2018 all open drug markets will be permanently shut.  Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, disclosed these in Lagos during a stakeholders workshop organised by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, WHO,  on “The prevention, Detection and Response of Substandard and Falsified medical Products.” He said the new measures were designed to allow drugs to be sourced directly from  importers or manufacturers down to the end users, instead of buying drugs from open drug markets. According to him
Ebola Shows how Data Sharing Could Strengthen Outbreak Response in West Africa

Ebola Shows how Data Sharing Could Strengthen Outbreak Response in West Africa

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Public health authorities across West Africa are considering stronger agreements to help the region better share data and transfer materials in efforts to strengthen the region's ability to prevent and coordinate response to public health emergencies. It comes amidst lessons the region has learnt in the wake of the 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease which hit hardest in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and smaller epidemics of cholera, meningitis and Lassa Fever in Nigeria. The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control, hosted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) met with consultants from Chatham House in Abuja on Tuesday to consider agreements in data sharing and material transfer among public health institutes across the region to shore up preparedn...
Why Nigeria’s Healthcare Performance is Still Poor at 57

Why Nigeria’s Healthcare Performance is Still Poor at 57

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PSN President proffers solution to frequent workers’ strike, advocates petrochemical plant to engender industrial revolution Nigeria was 57 years as a country on October 1, 2017. What are the challenges of our peculiar health system? What is the way forward? Nigeria continues to contend with a plethora of challenges not necessarily created or caused by this incumbent administration. Amongst numerous challenges the following stand out: poor funding; delayed and unlawful appointments in regulatory agencies; poor composition structures in the health sector including lopsided appointments in Federal Health Institutions (FHIs); and poor attitude as well as culture with regards to research and development. If we restrict ourselves to the highlighted, you will agree that the inherent tende
Residents, Kwara Govt Differ on Yellow Fever Deaths

Residents, Kwara Govt Differ on Yellow Fever Deaths

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Residents in nine local government areas of Kwara State have raised the alarm of the spread of suspected yellow fever cases in their communities. Though the Kwara State Government confirmed only two cases of yellow fever in the state, the Co-ordinator,  Igbomina Mobile Clinic, Mr. Olaitan Oyin-Zubair, said more people had died than the number reported.   Oyin-Zubair claimed that 11 out of 17 yellow fever patients taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital had died. According to him, three patients died at Sobi Specialist Hospital; another three died at Patigi General Hospital while two patients out of six active cases in Oro-Ago in Ifelodun LGA also died. It could be recalled that residents of Oro-Ago had raised the alarm about a strange illness, which they claimed had