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World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Launched In The Philippines

World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Launched In The Philippines

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Dengue fever infects 390 million people each year, and kills as many as 25,000, according to the World Health Organization. The disease could soon see these numbers decline as the Philippines start administering the world's first dengue vaccine to high-risk children. The historic drug took 20 years and $1.8 billion to develop. The Philippines' Department of Health launched a school-based immunization program in highly affected areas, making it the first country where the vaccine is commercially available. Around 70% of dengue fever cases occur in Asia, with the Philippines reporting 200,000 cases in 2013, according to Sanofi. It's one of the world's most common mosquito-borne viruses, with severe symptoms including headaches, rashes and leaking blood vessels. Th...
World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

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The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every 7th of April each year by the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Health Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunisation Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day. The burden of diabetes is increasing globally, particularly in developing countries. The causes are so many, but the increase is in large part due to unhealthy eating habits, stress and lack of physical activity, and in this view, the World Health Organisation themed this year's World Health Day "Beat Diabetes" to increase global awareness on diabetes.      
Health Minister Endorses Herbal Drugs

Health Minister Endorses Herbal Drugs

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has frowned on the importation of mosquito nets and directed that they should be produced locally in the country. He endorsed the use of herbal drugs and recommended that they should be produced under the supervision of the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control. Speaking at the presentation of “NAFDAC Guidelines 2016” on Tuesday in Abuja, the minister said billions of “hard-earned” money was being used to import mosquito nets and other drugs that could be produced locally. He said the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria could produce mosquito nets.  Adewole directed NAFDAC to partner universities of Zaria, Enugu, Ibadan and Jos to enhanc
Lassa Fever: Man Tests Positive, 100 Under Surveillance

Lassa Fever: Man Tests Positive, 100 Under Surveillance

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A middle-aged man (name withheld) has tested positive to Lassa fever in Katsina following contact with the corpse of his brother who died from the disease in Kaduna. The samples of the man and seven others who participated in the burial rites were taken and his turned out positive. He  is currently quarantined at the National Obstetric Fistula Centre at Babbar Ruga. The state Commissioner of Health, Mariyatu Bala Usman who disclosed this, said ‘the man’ had travelled to Kaduna to bring back the corpse of his brother for burial in Katsina and five days later Kaduna health authority sent in a report indicating cause of death from Lassa fever. Shedding more light on the development, the Director of Public Health Dr. Shamsudden Yahaya said about 18 primary contacts had been
Minister Dismisses Planned Strike by Resident Doctors

Minister Dismisses Planned Strike by Resident Doctors

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* Orders local production of mosquito nets The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has assured that there would be no industrial strike after the 21 days ultimatum issued yesterday by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). NARD had on Monday given government 21 days ultimatum to address some urgent demands ‘’following which industrial harmony in our hospitals may not be guaranteed.’’ The group is worried that the residency training programme is still not funded and without guiding policies. The doctors are particularly concerned about the alleged sack of its members from some institutions. They alleged also that some of their members in some state-owned hospitals had not been paid salaries ranging from three to eight months. The minister, who spoke to repo
NACA Unveils Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Law

NACA Unveils Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Law

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The National Agency for the Control of AIDS has unveiled a popular version of Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Anti Discrimination Act 2014 to avail more people a chance to understand and utilise the Law. Prof. John Idoko, the Director-General of NACA, while unveiling the law in Abuja on Wednesday, said the popular version was prepared in collaboration with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Idoko said the popular version of the law consists of lay terms and graphic illustration that will make the law more useful in both rural and grassroots community settings. He said Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world with an anti-discrimination law related to HIV/AIDS. According to Idoko, making a popular version of this law available will result in increased demand for testing services and
Lagos Promises to Fund Health Sector

Lagos Promises to Fund Health Sector

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The Lagos State Government says it will ensure adequate funding of the health sector in order to improve health service delivery to the people. The government added that improved funding would encourage more medical research, which would guarantee the general well-being of Nigerians. The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, spoke during a dinner and award ceremony organised by the Lagos State University Alumni Association on Friday in honour of the school’s medical team that successfully carried out its first kidney transplant. Adebule, who commended the team, said the government was committed to providing an enabling environment that would help health institutions in the state to function and rank among the best in the world. She said, “Advanced research works in
Health Minister Vows to Curb Medical Tourism

Health Minister Vows to Curb Medical Tourism

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Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has said his administration has initiated a new directive in the health sector to guard against medical tourism. He spoke at the Lagos State University (LASU) Alumni Association’s night of excellence at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja.  Prof. Adewole said: “We want to change the rules. We want to stop people going out for things that can be done in this country.  If you are going to use your personal resources, we cannot stop you. But if you are going to use Nigerians’ money, then we need to determine how that money is spent and we do not want to look outside for things that can be done here. “Before we pay for it, we want to be sure it cannot be done in Nigeria. That is why we will sanction any doctor in the public hospital wh
Oshiomhole Raises Health Workers’ Pay

Oshiomhole Raises Health Workers’ Pay

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has approved a 5% pay rise for health workers in the state, including laboratory technicians, nurses and midwives. The government had earlier this month also raised doctors’ pay by 5%. He announced the increase when he received members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) who visited him at Government House in Benin City yesterday. “We are burdened not only by the low price of crude oil, we are also saddled by massive looting and diversion from public treasury at the federal level. If you have been reading the news as I have done, both print and electronic, it is now established that the NNPC did not remit as much as N3.2 trillion to the federation account under Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Minister of Finance and these bare the issues
NHIS Flags off Community Insurance in Plateau

NHIS Flags off Community Insurance in Plateau

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The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has selected three rural communities in Plateau State for the commencement of its community based health insurance scheme. NHIS Coordinator in Plateau State, Halima Zakari said the community based scheme will be flagged off in Pankshin Local Government Area, Shiwer in Kanke LGA and Zawan in Jos South LGA of the state. Zakari who disclosed this when she paid an advocacy visit to the office of the Plateau State Head of Service, Izam Azi said the scheme had visited a number of communities in the state to expand its coverage so as to reach out to people in the rural areas. In his response, the Plateau State Head of Service, Izam Azi, said that the state government was working assiduously to key into policies and programmes includin...
Seven Years To Study Medicine, Says NUC

Seven Years To Study Medicine, Says NUC

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Medical students are required to do seven (7) years in the universities and not eleven (11) as erroneously reported in some news media recently. The National Universities Commission (NUC), made the clarification during interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The Director, Quality Assurance of the commission, Professor  Chiedu Mafiana, told NAN on telephone that every student in Medical science must have a first degree in anatomy, physiology and medical biochemistry.  “Another basic requisite is that there must be clinical skill laboratory, whereby in teaching, students would use mannequins, dolls, to simulate diseases.  “The students will then use the mannequins to practice, rather than using human beings. This will also assist the students to mature psychologically for t
PSN’s President pays a Courtesy Visit to Pfizer Nigeria

PSN’s President pays a Courtesy Visit to Pfizer Nigeria

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Recently, the newly elected President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakasai and his Executives paid a courtesy visit to Pfizer.  Pfizer team received the group at their head office in Ikoyi. Margaret Olele, Director Corporate Affairs/Health & Value said that “the visit is a part of Pfizer’s effort to strengthen pharmacy alliance, improve our networking agenda with the society and leverage support for wider advocacies nationwide. Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) is an organisation set up to maintain high standards of Professional ethics and discipline among its members, promote legislation for the enhancement of its image and the interest of the Pharmacy Profession and the Practitioners in Nigeria. The President of the association noted that Pfizer is
EMZOR Boss Pledges Support for Young Professional Entrepreneurs

EMZOR Boss Pledges Support for Young Professional Entrepreneurs

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The Chief Executive Officer of EMZOR Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr Stella Okoli, has assured of her organization’s commitment to assist young Nigerian professionals achieve their full potentials in their private undertakings. Speaking in her office recently while receiving in audience the management of Pharmatimes Health Journal, the EMZOR boss said that young professionals in Nigeria required unalloyed support from individuals and organizations in order to encourage them to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country. Describing entrepreneurship as the desirable imperative for meaningful engagement of the youth in Nigeria, the EMZOR boss also explained that apart from facilitating job creation, entrepreneurship no matter how small is a veritable
Advert Control: NAFDAC Trains Advertisers of Products 

Advert Control: NAFDAC Trains Advertisers of Products 

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Recently the National Food Drugs Administration and Control NAFDAC organised a training session during which it introduced advertisers and their agents to their new software (portal). The new software which is made available by ADPRO Consultants is the new mechanism or process being put in place for the effective and proper control of product adverts under the foods and drugs administration for the purpose of registering advertisements, and also making payments. The NAFDAC Advertisement Forum was a brief training session organised to acquaint advertisers with their latest procedures and to ensure strict compliance with the necessary standards and conditions for advert registration and approvals. The forum which took place at the organisation’s (new) Administrative Office in Isolo, was wel