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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
Dala Orthopaedic Hospital Handles 480 Spinal Cord Injuries Annually

Dala Orthopaedic Hospital Handles 480 Spinal Cord Injuries Annually

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The Management of Dala Orthopedic Hospital Kano has expressed concern over increasing cases of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in the state, saying the hospital is receiving no less than 480 cases annually. The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Nuhu Salihu said on Tuesday that the hospital was receiving 10 cases weekly, 40 monthly and 480 cases annually. “The case of spinal cord injury was on the raise in Kano since 1985 and seven out of every 10 patients were victims of accident. Because of the increasing cases of SCI, the hospital has resolved to build a 100-bed capacity centre for SCI patients”. Speaking at the World Spinal Cord Day celebration organised by Rebuilding Hopes on Wheel Initiative (RHOWi), the chief medical director noted that the major cause of the injury in Afr
Situation at LUTH Defines Limited Bed Spaces in Public Hospitals

Situation at LUTH Defines Limited Bed Spaces in Public Hospitals

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Stories of accident victims dying at the emergency ward due to lack of bed space remains a worrisome phenomenon in Nigeria health care services. Although, government owned hospitals are known for its ability to deliver affordable and qualitative healthcare services, the “No-Space syndrome” can be said to be a major defect in the management of these hospitals. Unfortunately, as this trend worsens due to poor emergency services, accident victims, who could have been saved and become worthwhile to the growth of this country, are lost to avoidable deaths on a daily basis. Attitude of medical practitioners in the face of emergency could also be said to be very appalling. When The Guardian visited the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on Monday, an accident victim, Akeem Jimoh, wh
Breaking: NARD to Suspend Strike on Friday. If…

Breaking: NARD to Suspend Strike on Friday. If…

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The conciliation meeting between the Federal Government Negotiation Team and the striking National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, yielded positive result as the union decided to suspend the nationwide indefinite strike if alert for their salary entered on or before Friday. The meeting which started about 2:30pm on Wednesday lasted about twelve hours as the communique was ready about 3am Thursday. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who was the convener of the meeting made frantic efforts to ensure that the Resident Doctors suspended the strike, when doctors insisted that until they received alerts of the unpaid salaries, they would not suspend the strike.  Intermittently the leaders of Resident Doctors stormed out of the venue of the meeting to consu
UK Resident Nigerian Midwife Under Probe Over Alleged False Medical Qualifications

UK Resident Nigerian Midwife Under Probe Over Alleged False Medical Qualifications

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A renowned campaigner against female genital mutilation is under investigation after apparently exaggerating her qualifications, MailOnline has reported. Comfort Momoh, a midwife, set up United Kingdom’s first FGM clinic and was awarded an MBE ( Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to women’s healthcare. She has regularly offered advice to the Crown Prosecution Service and given talks to hundreds of British schoolgirls. But a BBC report has found that Mrs. Momoh has overstated her professional qualifications. The 55-year-old has repeatedly described herself as ‘Dr. Momoh’ despite not being a qualified medical doctor. She has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University, but this does not give her the right to use the title ‘doctor.’ Mr
3 Confirmed Dead in Diarrhea Outbreak in Kebbi

3 Confirmed Dead in Diarrhea Outbreak in Kebbi

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Three people have been confirmed dead following outbreak of diarrhea in Kardi area of Birnin Kebbi. Unconfirmed reports had put the dead figure at over 40 but the Community Health Officer in charge of the Primary Health Care at the village, Abdulkarim Abubakar, said they had only recorded three deaths from the 160 patients admitted there. He said five people whose cases were serious had been referred to Sir Yahaya Specialist Hospital in Birnin Kebbi while 147 others have been discharged from the PHC after they were treated. During his visit to the affected areas in Kardi, the Vice Chairman of Birnin Kebbi Local Government, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim delivered drugs worth N350,000 to the PHC where the patients are currently receiving treatment. He said, “We felt sad over the deaths so f
PMGMAN: FG’s Policies Will Lead to Export of Nigerian Medicines

PMGMAN: FG’s Policies Will Lead to Export of Nigerian Medicines

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The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMGMAN) has expressed optimism that the recent Executive Orders given by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on the Support for Local Content in Public Procurement will lead to export of Nigerian medicines abroad. Stating this during the 4th Nigerian Pharma Manufacturers Expo in Lagos recently, the Chairman of the group, Okey Akpa, said the executive order directs the mandatory patronage of locally manufactured medicines by all government ministries, departments and agencies, adding that the policy is expected to accelerate the growth and development of the local pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. “This will in turn assure national medicines’ security, as well as boost self sufficiency in the production of

Ministers, Doctors in Marathon Meeting to End Strike

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Three ministers and tens of medical doctors were on Wednesday engaged in a marathon meeting over the strike embarked on by the National Association of Resident Doctors. The meeting, which held at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, had in attendance the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire;  the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association; representatives of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation among others. At the commencement of the meeting before they entered into a private session, Ngige, who is the chief negotiator, berated the doctors for embarking on strike, accusing them of breaching the constitution. Ngige recalled that a meeting was held between