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
Recently, Pfizer Nigeria re-launched one of its leading cardiovascular brands. The re-launch of the brand is to create adequate awareness and differentiation based on its strong heritage of quality, efficacy and safety after 25 years of Commitment to Cardiovascular health in Nigeria.
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
An official of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Evelyn Agbanyim has said more than 700 babies die daily in Nigeria due to lack of hygiene to ward off preventable infections at birth. She identified the major causes of neonatal deaths in Nigeria to include low birth weight, birth asphyxia and infections, which account for 80 per cent of deaths among children. Agbanyim, who spoke at an awareness seminar in Awka on how to stem the tide of neonatal mortality in Nigeria, attributed the development to ignorance, poor funding and ineffective application of life-saving neonatal commodities for women and children’s health. According to her, the Federal Government decided to carry the campaign to the relevant stakeholders in the country following the worrisome situation, adding that those tar
An actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot and a non-governmental organisation, Breast Without Spots, during a walk to mark this year’s World Cancer Day, called for the inclusion of Human Papilloma Virus vaccination awareness in the already existing cancer control programme of Lagos State Ministry of Health. Elliot, a member of the State House of Assembly, said he would move the motion for the inclusion, as this would further help in bringing awareness to Nigerians and women in particular, on the need to protect themselves against cervical cancer. According to him, "the HPV vaccine costs about a hundred dollars (N30, 000) per person, and that is a lot. So, what I'm trying to advocate, is for government to include it in the cancer-control programme.” Elliot explained that Lagos State has do
The 18th of February 2016, would forever remain a remarkable day for the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria as a wind of change blew on the association. It was a historic day as the high and mighty in the health sector gathered at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, for the inauguration ceremony of Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, FPSN as the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the investiture of new Fellows of the society. Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, FPSN, was elected as the PSN president at the 88th Annual National Conference of PSN held in November, 2015. He has a rich background in Pharmaceutical marketing, research and product development. His 33 years experience as a professional took him through hospital, Community and Industrial sections of the profession. Pharm. A...
As the journey progressed that night the heat that almost ran passengers amok while onboard the luxury bus at the park began to transform to chilly winds of the night as we made our way through the meandering roads of the bushy south-west paths. Harmattan was beginning to signal its entry into the West Coast of Africa - being the beginning of the season which beckons on the Yuletide and the New Year. But the beginning of the journey from Jibowu park was not so smooth if not for the cool night breeze that filtered into the vehicle. Most of the roads, still in their characteristic state of disrepair coupled with a livid experience of riding on a bus that seemed to have its shock absorbers almost completely gone, exacerbated an initial bumpy experience that was enough to send a pregnant woma...
The Publisher of PharmaTimes Health Newspaper, Pharm Chris Ukah, has appealed to Nigerians to support efforts of the President MuhammaduBuhari - led government to put the nation’s economy on the path of sustainable recovery. During a courtesy visit to the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Ukah said that the current administration has left no one in doubt about its commitment and passion to courageously establish concrete programmes and policies that will speed up the process of jump-starting the Nigerian economy in record time. Ukah, who is also the MD/CEO of Kuka Consumer Healthcare Limited, an indigenous pharmaceutical company based in Lagos, also noted that those who are blaming the current administration for depreciation o