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‘North Needs Additional Bone Marrow Transplant Centres’

‘North Needs Additional Bone Marrow Transplant Centres’

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The North needs additional bone marrow transplant centres in view of the growing number of sickle cell carriers in the region, a member of the House of Representatives, Garba Datti Muhammad, has said. Datti who represents Sabon Gari Federal Constituency of Kaduna State had last year sponsored a motion on the floor of the House on the matter. But he told Daily Trust that since the passage of the motion, nothing was done. He said if additional centres were established in the North, it would reduce the stress and hardship some sickle cell carriers go through in trying to access centres that are far away from their domains. “We’ve done everything because of the growing population of sickle cell carriers, especially among the children, which has resulted in high mortality rate of c
Breakthrough: Scientists create mouse embryo

Breakthrough: Scientists create mouse embryo

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  Because stem cells have the ability to transform into many different types of cells during the body’s early development, embryonic stem cell research offers unique insights into how an organism grows from a single cell. For the first time, scientists have now been able to create a mouse embryo entirely artificially. Stem cells are crucial for the development of living organisms. At the very beginnings of an embryo, these cells will form the entire organism, including the cells that form the body’s vital organs and tissues, such as the heart, lungs, and skin. During its first 3 to 5 days, the human or mammalian embryo is called a blastocyst. The blastocyst is made up of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) that are generated by the egg after it has been fertilized by a sperm.
Saving Local Production of Disposable Syringes, Medical Devices

Saving Local Production of Disposable Syringes, Medical Devices

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  There is a current danger of imminent collapse facing local producers or manufacturers of syringes and medical devices in Nigeria. The dumping of imported Asian products, some of which are sub-standard and are reportedly subsidized by their home governments, has aggravated the economic hardship being experienced by local syringes/medical devices manufacturers in the country. Stakeholders in the industry have launched into a series of consultations and lobby group advocacy aimed at getting the Federal Government to weigh in with a regime of protectionist policies that will help to keep the local manufacturers afloat, especially in the face of economic hardship, accentuated by unfair foreign competition. The minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Elenemah, has...
Reconstitute PCN Board, Community Pharmacists Tell FG

Reconstitute PCN Board, Community Pharmacists Tell FG

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN, Lagos State Chapter has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency reconstitute the board of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), which was dissolved over a year ago, saying each time boards of the council and other health professions are dissolved, there are setbacks to the operation of the respective council. The chairman of the association, Pharm. (Mrs.) Biola Paul-Ozieh, made the appeal during the association’s 2017 annual general meeting in Lagos recently. According to her, the profession has suffered a lot within the space of 18 months or thereabout that the board had been deprived of performing its necessary oversight functions for the profession. The chairman however urged the community phar
Nigerians Face Harder Times as Prices of Drugs Skyrocket

Nigerians Face Harder Times as Prices of Drugs Skyrocket

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The upward review of duties on imported products and goods by the Federal Government has raised prices of imported goods and products and is having  deleterious effect on  life generally for millions of Nigerians. But the area where the effects of the implementation of the new policy  is biting most is in the health sector where it is causing patients and healthcare providers sleepless nights. A circular by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun to the Nigeria Customs Services, NCS, raised the duty payable  on imported medicaments such as anti-malarials and antibiotics. Following the directive on Tax for medicaments in the circular  entitled “Import Adjustment Tax.”, a 20 per cent tax is being imposed on imported medicaments.  No sooner was this announcement made than the pri
Kelina Hospital Removes 24kg Tumor From Patient

Kelina Hospital Removes 24kg Tumor From Patient

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Nigerians have been advised to see their doctor at the earliest possible time for urgent medical attention whenever they notice any abnormal growth in their bodies. This is even as an Abuja-based health facility – Kelina Hospital – has removed an abnormal tumor that weighed 24 kilograms which is equivalent to the size of 8 babies from a patient. The tumor which has been in the patient’s reproductive system for the past five years is suspected to be a fibroid, but will however, be subjected to further investigation. The management of the Kelina Hospital therefore warned that “you don’t have to allow things in your body grow to this size before you go to the hospital.” The management of the hospital further advised people to rush to the hospital for proper advice when they no
NACA Led By Its Director General Conduct Free HIV Test At Silverbird Abuja

NACA Led By Its Director General Conduct Free HIV Test At Silverbird Abuja

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• Foundation distributes 12 million free condoms in Nigeria in five years As part of efforts to prevent new Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infections and reverse the spread of the disease in the country, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has encouraged Nigerians to avoid engaging in risky behavior, especially during Valentine’s Day celebrations. Director General of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in a statement yesterday said this season of affection is to share and show love responsibly and by so doing Nigerians can halt and reverse the spread of HIV in Nigeria. Aliyu said: “Beyond the sweet words and exchange of gifts, it is important that young people in particular are equipped with all the information they need to ensure that Valentine’s Day is celebrated by sh
LASG Shuts 27 Illegal Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

LASG Shuts 27 Illegal Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

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The Lagos State Government has shut down 27 unregistered pharmacies and patent medicine shops in Ojo Local Government Area of the State in an effort to rid the State of fake drugs and illegal drug shops. Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga disclosed this in his office at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja shortly after the operation by the State Task force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods whose members include; representatives of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Federal Taskforce on fake drugs and Officers of the State Rapid Respond Squad (RRS). Onanuga who mentioned that the operation was the first outing this year,
Pfizer’s Call to Ameliorate the Pains of Cancer Patients, Reduce Cancer Deaths and Cancer Incidence

Pfizer’s Call to Ameliorate the Pains of Cancer Patients, Reduce Cancer Deaths and Cancer Incidence

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On February 4, Pfizer joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.  It is a singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. Pfizer partnered with Project PINK BLUE on awareness activities and setting up Abuja's first breast cancer support group to join the advocacy on Breast Cancer. "Cancer has been defined with different pathetic axioms in Nigeria due to the severe pain, death, low survival rate and most painfully metastatic breast cancer. With the UICC Pfizer SPARC grant we have been able to start changing patients’ journey and access to palliative care in Nigeria.  As the number of
NAFDAC Seizes Fruit Juice, Codeine Syrups, Others Worth N 2.5 Million In Sokoto

NAFDAC Seizes Fruit Juice, Codeine Syrups, Others Worth N 2.5 Million In Sokoto

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  The National Agency For Food And Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has seized assorted imported fruit juice, codeine-containing substances and other unwholesome regulated products worth over N2.5million in Sokoto State. The state Coordinator of the agency, Hamis Yahaya, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Sokoto on Wednesday. Mr. Yahaya said that the items were confiscated during several raids by the officials of the agency in various supermarkets and markets across the state. “Most of these items were imported from China through Niger republic and they were not registered by NAFDAC. “We are therefore calling on supermarket operators in the state to come to the agency for global listing of their items,” he said. Mr. Yahaya emphasised
Consumption of Ponmo, Assorted Meat Increases Risk Of Colon Cancer

Consumption of Ponmo, Assorted Meat Increases Risk Of Colon Cancer

Health Issues, NEWS
Consumers of ponmo, shaki, ifun, abodi, roundabout, and other forms of orisi-risi (assorted) meat parts including smoked fish, have been cautioned to minimise the rate and quantity of intake as these meat products have been identified as risk factors for colorectal cancer (colon cancer). InRead invented by Teads Studies have shown that colorectal cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world and it accounts for over nine per cent of all cancer incidences. It is the third most common cancer worldwide and the fourth most common cause of death affecting men and women almost equally. Giving the warning in Lagos, the Chief Medical Personnel, Niola Cancer Care Foundation, Dr. Adedapo Osinowo said such fatty meals should be consumed in moderation for the good health of...
N/Assembly to Increase Health Budget to N1.1tr from N304bn

N/Assembly to Increase Health Budget to N1.1tr from N304bn

Health Issues, NEWS
The budgetary allocation to the country's health sector would be increased to 15 percent in line with the 2001 African Union Abuja declaration, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho(APC, Ogun) said on Wednesday. Addressing newsmen on the budget of the Health sector in Abuja, he said the budget would be increased to enable the country's address the challenges bedeviling the health sector.  " There shall be increased appropriation by the National Assembly to the health sector in line with the African Union Abuja declaration of 2001,which recommends a minimum of 15 percent of total annual budget to be dedicated to health, "he said. Our correspondent reports that the Ministry of Health and the 115 health related parastatals under it were allocated N304
Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts and Oils That Boost Functions Of the Liver

Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts and Oils That Boost Functions Of the Liver

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Vegetables The vegetables most suitable for liver cleansing are the dark green leafy ones.Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, dandelion greens, mustard greens, chicory and bitter gourd have a high content of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll binds and sucks up toxins from the blood. They also have the ability to neutralize heavy metals and chemicals. They help in the production of bile which is useful in transporting toxins from the liver. Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and water cress. These vegetables help in enzyme production and in particular those that flush out carcinogens. They significantly lower the risk associated with cancer.Carrots and beetroot contain flavonoids and beta-carotene, which help to stimulate and improve liver function. Garlic contains
Lack of Medical Supplies Forces LUTH to Postpone Surgeries

Lack of Medical Supplies Forces LUTH to Postpone Surgeries

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Patients who have been scheduled for various surgeries at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, have expressed their displeasure at the hospital’s management. Those who spoke with our correspondent on Monday complained that their surgical operations were cancelled because the hospital had run out of some essential medical supplies and consumables. An aggrieved patient, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday, said this was the third time that her surgery would be postponed in the last two months when she was admitted to the Ward C1 unit of the hospital. She said, “The first time I was to be operated upon, they cancelled it because doctors were on strike. The second time, I was told that the machine had not been washed. Now they are saying they don’t have consumma
National Assembly to Determine the Future of Community Pharmacy

National Assembly to Determine the Future of Community Pharmacy

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*FUTURE OF COMMUNITY PHARMACY TO BE DETERMINED SOON BY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY !!!* Dear ACPN State Chairmen, I am sure you are aware that the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act of 1992 has been reviewed. It is now to be called *Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Act* and this draft bill has gone through first reading at the National Assembly. Any moment from now, the Public Hearing will hold after which it becomes law upon which our practice is regulated. One of the sections that may affect you is Section 27 which provides as follows: *27. Operating a Retail, Community Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Company* (1) A person shall not own or operate a retail or community pharmacy practice unless such a person is registered as a Pharmacist under this Act. (2) The Council may approve satel...