As designated by the FIP Council several years ago at the FIP Congress in Istanbul, 25 September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. FIP encourages the world’s pharmacists to use this day to organize activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. “Pharmacists: Caring for you” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day. “This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care to the public, and also to highlight the emotional connection they have with their patients. The role of pharmacists has evolved from that of a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care. Pharmacists have a vital role in the outcome of pharmacological therapies and ultimately strive to improv
The National Universities Commission has declared that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the university. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie made the declaration in a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State. In a lecture titled ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges‘, Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development was imperative in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession. He said the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend the first four years in studying ba
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says that Nigeria has one of the lowest health budgets in Africa. Adewole, who spoke during a facility tour of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, also identified underfunding as one of the biggest challenges facing the sector in the last two decades. According to him, the annual health budget in Nigeria is lower than what obtains in war-torn countries in Africa. Adewole said, “The health sector has suffered from chronic underfunding for many years now. We are even behind South-Sudan, Angola and Ethiopia. “We cannot develop the sector, if we do not give it the funding that it deserves. In Egypt or Rwanda, you will marvel at the state of their facilities and the standard of their health care systems. Their governme
Medical doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to accede to their demands for better conditions of service or risk a major industrial action in the health sector. The doctors are also unhappy about the poor funding and regulation of the residency programme. Their other grievances include the alleged sack of some of their colleagues and the non-payment of salaries of others for three to eight months in some state-owned hospitals. The doctors, who were apparently unmoved by a recent memo from the Ministry of Health directing the implementation of the “no-work-no-pay” policy in the sector, argued that the government was not funding the hospitals as it should. The president of the association
Rising from a meeting of its national officers committee, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for the reconstitution of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), which was disbanded by the federal government, along with other professional regulatory bodies and government parastatals. Speaking through a press release jointly signed by Dr Kayode Obembe, NMA president and Dr Adewunmi Alayaki, secretary general, the association said it was highly appalled by the state of affairs in the health care delivery system which has been reinforced by the recent ruling of the National Industrial Court. Describing medicine and dentistry as internationally recognised noble professions, Obembe declared that the NMA was is deeply concerned with increasing number of people who...
With the proliferation of audio devices these days (portable or large), an increasing number of people, (especially youths) have come to adopt the constant use of earphones on a daily basis. Earphones or ear buds offer many desirable benefits to users, ranging from convenient portability to greater external noise isolation. Everywhere today, people can be seen walking around with those tell-tale chords dangling from their ears; this is a true testament to our love for music and audio based information. It is no longer news that people derive some sort of satisfaction from the use of ear buds in the world currently, but studies however have shown that there’s an indirect effect of this habit, as there’s a possibility of them (ear piece) damaging the ears of frequent users, and they equally
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PSN-PACHFaH has taken advocacy visit to Kaduna State with focus on treatment of childhood diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. The PSN which is the implementing partner in the PACFaH project is also focusing on supporting and encouraging the government to reduce the under-5 mortality rate and improving health outcomes for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea in Nigeria. The Nigerian country director, PSN-PACFaH, Mr Remi Adeseun and his team, who led the advocacy visit to the executive secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency (KSPHCA), Dr Hadiza Balarabe Thursday in her office, disclosed that out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna State, 66,000 die before they reach the age of fi
The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) has called for a speedy launch of the National Health Act to enable Nigerians benefit from it. This was part of the recommendations made by the association in a communiqué after its 32nd Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting in Abuja at the weekend. The National Health Act was signed into law in October, 2014 and gazetted in January 2016. Structures for its implementation have been set up and guidelines are being worked out, but the presidential launch of the act is still being awaited. The communiqué, signed by APHPN Chairman, Prof T.M. Akande and Secretary General, Dr S.A. Aderibigbe, said Out Of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) which contributes about 62% of health expenditure in Nigeria should be leveraged o
The crisis rocking the Federal Ministry of Health over the decision of the Minister, Prof. Folorunso Isaac Adewole, to implement the yet-to-be-approved five-year single tenure for heads of parastatals, agencies and regulatory bodies appears to have deepened. Fresh facts emerging from the Ministry said the Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals have written a letter to Adele protesting against the implementation. A copy of the Committee’s letter, with Reference Number: CCMDs/MDs/HMH/02/016, was dated April 4, 2016. It was addressed to Adewole and signed by Dr. Thomas U. Agan and Dr. Jafaru Momoh, the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee of CMDs/MDs. The letter specifically urged the minister to maintain status quo over the
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed some pharmacies in Osogbo and Ilesa in Osun State, after confiscating fake and unregistered drugs worth about N40 million. Some of the pharmacies sealed by NAFDAC in Osogbo include Akol Pharmaceutical Limited near LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and Raphabalm Pharmacy, located at Alekuwodo while Felfam Healthcare and Supermarket at Fegbewesa was given a warning. NAFDAC also sealed Topawo feeds Services at Alekuwodo and Atlab Farm Products located at Okinni, Osogbo for selling unregistered animal feeds. NAFDAC officials further raided the popular Orisunbare market where some shops were sealed for selling unwholesome products. Unregistered and expired food products including bottles of wine and cosmetics were sei
Federal Government has outlined six critical strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria. Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, disclosed this during a joint press briefing to commemorate the 2016 World Health Day in Abuja on Thursday. The focus of the 2016 World Health Day campaign is on Diabetes with the theme: “Beat Diabetes”. He said the ministry has adopted the global monitoring frame work for NCDs, development of a National Diabetes Plan and Policy as some of the approaches to stemming the tide of diabetes in Nigeria. Others include increased monitoring and surveillance systems, engagement and right, improved access to care and sustainable financing for management of diabetes. According t
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its proposed strike and give the Federal Government more time to address the grievances of doctors. He made the call at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), at the State House, Abuja. Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government will be dishonoured by his administration. He called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue brought about by the decline of crude oil prices. The President decried the adverse impact of th...
The Nigerian Medical Association has criticised lack of a national response to halt the rise of diabetes, despite a warning by epidemiologists about an epidemic of non-communicable diseases. This comes as doctors begin a weeklong large-scale community screening for diabetes and related ailments and complications in Sokoto on April 24. In a statement marking the World Health Day, the NMA President, Dr Kayode Obembe, said: “Diabetes is not just a medical issue but one with a huge multi-sectoral and socioeconomic dimension and severe burden on the health system and national economy, through direct medical expenditures and loss of man hours and wages,”. He said more than 1.56 million-around two out every 100 Nigerians-live with the condition and spend up to N53,000 yearly for tr