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As Pharmacists Pre-Registration Exam Begins

As Pharmacists Pre-Registration Exam Begins

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
The bi-annual pre-registration examination for fresh graduate pharmacists intending to apply for full registration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria began in Nigeria last October. The commencement of the programme has however put paid to speculations that it may not hold after all. Historically, the introduction of pre-registration examination was adopted in PCN’s Pharmacy Education Conference in 2001, and it is meant for fresh pharmacy graduates who have completed the twelve-month mandatory internship prior to seeking full registration to practice pharmacy in Nigeria. The examinations are to hold twice every year - March and October. The objective of the pre-registration examination according to PCN is to ascertain that those who have undertaken the internship programme have acqui
The Monkey Pox Scare In Nigeria

The Monkey Pox Scare In Nigeria

NEWS
What started as a lone case of suspected Monkeypox disease in Bayelsa State has, within a few weeks, spread to eleven more states with no less than 74 infections, according to the latest reports. Although, the casualty figure has been quite minimal, the rapid spread of the disease demands emergency management action from the federal, state and local governments. All hands must be on deck to combat this highly contagious disease. Some of the affected states include Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers and Abuja FCT. Like in previous epidemics, government should not be casual in tackling the disease and adequate measures should be put in place to ensure effective sample collection and testing to enable laboratory confirmation. Luckily, most of the victims are n...
We Are Expanding Access to Medicines in Nigeria – KCH Manager

We Are Expanding Access to Medicines in Nigeria – KCH Manager

Interviews, NEWS
In year 2000, malaria was identified as one of the biggest impediments to global development, and so it was selected as a critical global target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). KCH Consumer Healthcare Ltd, a fast rising indigenous pharmaceutical company is leaving no stones unturned in its bid to make the desired impact. In this interview with PharmaTimes Reporter, SALLY AHMED, Head of Public Communications & New Media of KCH, Morgan Nwanguma says the company is making medicine accessibility easy. He sheds light on this as well as the company’s doggedness to sustain growth in spite of the daunting macroeconomic environment and peculiar industry challenges. KCH appears passionate about malaria; what’s the special interest? You will agree with me that malaria is a serious
Boosting Nigeria’s Economy through Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Boosting Nigeria’s Economy through Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Cover Stories, NEWS
Research and development (R&D) continues to play critical role in the advancement of economies of nations across the world because the application of its products has dramatically engendered rapid improvement of global economy. As the body of pharmacists in Nigeria - Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) converges for yet another national parley in Umuahia, PharmaTimes X-rays the purpose and imperatives for technological inputs in the quest to advance the nation’s economy even via Pharmaceutical R&D. The former United States president, Barack Obama alluded very much to this fact when he said that 21st century businesses will rely on American science and technology as well as research and development. Obama also endorsed using academic research to drive economic growth in his la
The MAS Hiccup – No Reason to Throw Away Baby with Bath Water

The MAS Hiccup – No Reason to Throw Away Baby with Bath Water

NEWS
Over the years efforts have been made by successive administrations to introduce good health care delivery system in Nigeria including the provision of quality, efficacious and affordable pharmaceutical drugs. In 1995, for instance a National Health Summit was organised primarily to seek ways of accelerating health development in the country. Participants at the summit which included health experts, leaders, policy makers, health providers, health planners and administrators, and representatives of health-related sectors examined the factors that had militated against improvement in Nigeria’s national health status and tried to chart a course of remedial action that would take Nigerians into the 21st Century and beyond in good health. Consequently, the recommendations that emerged from t
Don Laments Lack of Facilities, Personnel in Health Sector

Don Laments Lack of Facilities, Personnel in Health Sector

NEWS
Experts in the health sector have identified inadequate baseline data, incessant industrial action, and inadequate facilities and personnel among others as factors militating against healthcare in the country. They all spoke on Thursday at a colloquium on Sustainable Development Goal Number 3, organised by Centre for Human Security and Dialogue, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta. Speaking on the topic, ‘State of health security in Nigeria in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 3’, the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Prof. Adewale Musa, lamented the neglect of the people in the rural communities. He said, “When I started my career, I opted to work in the rural areas. I worked in Igbo ora, Saki, Kisi and Eruwa, among others. “When I got to
Delta Govt to Take Over Operations of Two Cottage Hospitals

Delta Govt to Take Over Operations of Two Cottage Hospitals

NEWS
Delta State Government has agreed to take over the operations of the two cottage hospitals at Tsekelewu and Oporoza communities built by Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, EGCDF, through the sponsorship of Chevron Nigeria Limited for the people of the riverine communities to have access to good health facilities. It would be recalled that the communities, through their leader, Mr. Jude Ukori, had last week appealed to the state government to take over and provide personnel for the cottage hospitals at Oporoza and Tsekelewu communities in Warri South-West and Warri North Local Government Areas of the state.  In response to the plea, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa revealed yesterday that the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, has been directed to inspect the ho
Fake Products: NAFDAC Drags Coy, MD to Court

Fake Products: NAFDAC Drags Coy, MD to Court

NEWS
The Managing Director of Tasty Time Nigeria Ltd, Isaac Kole, was on Thursday hauled up before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged manufacture of fake and unregistered products. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) arraigned the accused on a four-count charge bordering on producing fake products. Kole was arraigned alongside his company — Tasty Time Nigeria Ltd. In the charge, NAFDAC’s Prosecutor, Mrs Okon Chinyere, alleged that Kole and his company had been using their plant to produce unregistered Tasty Time products. She identified the products as Tasty Time juice, Glucosaid Energy drink, Tasty Time Pops Orange flavoured drink, Tasty Time Fitz Apple drink and Tasty Time mixed Orange flavoured drink. The accused was also alleged to have pac
Nigeria’s first doctorate in midwifery awarded at the University of Chester

Nigeria’s first doctorate in midwifery awarded at the University of Chester

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A Nigerian senior lecturer in Midwifery is due to make history this week, when she becomes the first midwife in her country to be awarded a doctorate in her subject Dr Faith Diorgu is now the most qualified midwife in Nigeria, helping pregnant women in her country through her research. Her historic and groundbreaking achievement has also been recognised by the country’s professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives - the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). In addition, the NMCN’s Secretary General, Faruk Umar Abunakar, has written to the University of Chester’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler, to thank the institution for its role in Faith’s achievement. Faith is currently a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. With a
Poor Parenting Can Cause Mental Disorders in Children – Psychiatrist

Poor Parenting Can Cause Mental Disorders in Children – Psychiatrist

Children's Health, NEWS
A Consultant Psychiatric at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr Ayo Omotoso, says that upbringing and poor parenting can cause mental disorder among children. Omotoso, on Thursday in Ilorin, said other factors that could also predispose children to mental problems include child abuse, family history of mental disorder, temperament and negative attitude. According to him, social influences have been found to instigate mental health including neglect, bullying, social stress, traumatic events and other negative or overwhelming life experiences. Omotoso said many psychiatric disorders had to do with impulse and other emotional control. He explained that under the psychological factor, the upbringing and events a child was exposed to, could affect him positively or negat...
LASUTH to Screen Staff for Mental Health

LASUTH to Screen Staff for Mental Health

NEWS
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja workers will soon undergo mental health assessment screening/test. According to the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Wale Oke, the step is necessary to enable the hospital pick in time any of its staff from breaking down or slipping into depression, traceable to workload. Prof Oke made this known at this year’s World Mental Health Day  observed by the hospital’s Psychiatry Department. The theme was:  Mental health in the work place. According to Prof Oke, if there is anybody that needs to undergo mental health assessment screening/test in the hospital, it is him because, “the work here at LASUTH is much, and when one needs to take decisions but cannot due to procedural demands in the system, and the answers are not coming
Odd: Relative Says UBTH Rejected His Brother Who Had Monkeypox

Odd: Relative Says UBTH Rejected His Brother Who Had Monkeypox

NEWS
A relative of a suspected monkeypox patient has said that his brother was on Monday refused admission into the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. The relative who pleaded anonymity said he was shocked to read in the papers that the hospital had admitted a patient in the isolated centre created for possible MonkeyPox outbreak. “I read reports of suspected Monkey Pox patient been admitted to UBTH with surprise. “For the record, when we took our brother there [hospital] on Monday, we were driven away by some medical personnel at the accident and emergency ward on account that they don’t have facilities to cater for Monkey Pox patients. “So, I have this question for UBTH management: Is it our brother that they chased away that is now in their facility receiving treatment. “E
15 Deaths, 864 Cases Recorded From Measles In Gombe

15 Deaths, 864 Cases Recorded From Measles In Gombe

Children's Health, NEWS
15 deaths and 864-suspected cases have been recorded as a result of measles outbreak in Gombe State from January this year to date. The Cluster Consultant for World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Raymond Dankoli disclosed this during a parley with journalists in Gombe on Thursday. The Consultant explained that the outbreak was recorded in seven out of the 11 local government areas of the state, with Gombe local government area having the highest number of suspected measles infection with 107 reported cases. The meeting was organised by the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) as part of a sensitization campaign against the 2017 Measles Campaign Vaccination scheduled for November 30 to December 15. Dankoli said the agency had learnt from the past mistake in a simila...
Aso Rock Clinic: We Can’t Risk Buhari’s Life —Reps

Aso Rock Clinic: We Can’t Risk Buhari’s Life —Reps

NEWS
• As doctors, non-medical staff collect allowances  The ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives probing Aso Rock Clinic, yesterday, declared that the life of the President and his family members would not be put at risk, saying there was need to have an effective health management in place in case of an emergency. Chairman of the committee, Magaji Aliyu, stated this during an afternoon interactive session with Ismaila Kawu, Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (House); Ita Enang, Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate); Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Health and representatives of Muhammad Bello, FCT Minister, at the National Assembly complex, Abuja. Aliyu and other lawmakers, who expressed grave concern
Monkeypox: Suspected Victim Moved To BSUTH

Monkeypox: Suspected Victim Moved To BSUTH

NEWS
A suspected victim of monkey pox identified as Wuese Alough in Gboko has been moved to the Benue State Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).She said she must have contacted the disease from her boyfriend who visited her from Enugu a few weeks ago. Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Cecelia Ojabo, who spoke with newsmen, on Wednesday, disclosed that on receiving the report of the suspected case, she immediately deployed medical doctors to Gboko to get the victim and move her to the hospital for further medical investigation. Dr. Ojabo explained that the blood sample of the suspected victim would be taken for necessary laboratory analysis to confirm whether or not they were indeed a case of Monkey pox or not even as she called on people of the state not to panic but remain calm as ne...