Patients at the State House Medical Centre are groaning over lack of drugs and equipment at the facility. The clinic is meant to serve Nigeria’s president, vice president and their families as well as employees of the Presidency and other privileged individuals. Multiple sources at the clinic revealed that the last time drugs and other consumables were supplied was in April this year. There are complaints that common drugs and other items such as paracetamol, Vitamin B-complex, cotton wools and syringe are not available in the hospital. The situation seems to be scaring patients away. Our reporter, who was at the medical facility from 7am to 12:00noon on Friday, counted only seven patients waiting to see doctors. Journalists revealed that after prescriptions by doctors, pharma
The President of NARD, Ugochukwu Chinaka raised concerns over the development in some teaching Federal and State hospitals which may adversely affect the agreement sealed with the Federal Government. Chinaka said, “We are advising all noncompliant chief executives officers to eschew actions inimical to the present peace to avoid further escalation. “We are committed to the full implementation of the agreement with the Federal Government and nothing must happen with that agreement. All that we have agreed should be implemented to the letter. Channels Television
On this year’s World Pharmacy Day, Community pharmacists have warned on wrong usage of drugs by Nigerians, noting that every drug is a potential poison if not properly used. According to them, wrong use of certain drugs may expose patients to chronic illness such as liver and kidney problems. At a public enlightenment campaign organised by the Drug Information Centre (DIC), of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN), to mark 2017 World Pharmacy Day in Lagos, ) they urged all pharmacists in the country, especially those in the community practice, to strategize on attaining the global goal of the pharmaceutical profession, which is moving from research to healthcare, and service delivery. At the event held at Akinwumi Ambode Primary Health Care Centre, Shomolu, Lago
Following the steady growth of the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry in the last decade, an expert has posited that the blossoming drugs market is anticipated to double its current worth in two years. Speaking at the just concluded 4th Nigerian Pharma Manufacturers’ Expo, held at Open Haven, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, from 30 August to 1 September, Paresh Jhurmarvala, chief executive officer of GPE Expo PVT Limited noted that the country’s record of 130 registered drug manufacturers stands her out as the largest in both Central and West African pharma markets. “Your pharmaceutical imports in 2013 reached a value of $481 million. These are expected to further gain 10.4 per cent to reach $789 million by next year (2018),” Jhurmarvala said. He added: “I must confess that the strength, consist
U.S. President Donald Trump will move his attention to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Wednesday after health care failure. Republican Party looks for a legislative victory in the face of repeated failures to repeal health care reforms instituted by predecessor Barack Obama. Trump was due to unveil details of the plan in a speech in the central U.S. state of Indiana following earlier promises to make the tax code more simple for individuals and to lower the rate for businesses. Republicans in Congress, who this week failed to secure enough votes on a renewed push to overhaul the health care law commonly known as Obamacare, said they would turn their attention to taxes, a common priority for the conservative party. “We plan to move forward on our next priority, which is reforming the
A consultant interventional cardiologist and associate professor of cardiologist, Dr. Soe Moe Aung, will speak on Friday, Sept 29, 2017 in Lagos in commemoration of the World Heart Day. The venue of the event is Grays Cardiac Centre, No. 6 Ladipo Bateye, off Adekunle Fajuyi Way, Ikeja GRA, Lagos. As part of the activities marking the day, the Reddington Hospital Group would provide free heart checkup for members of the public including free specialist cardiology consultation and free eye check, as part of its corporate social responsibility at the event. There is also health talk organised for members of the public on that day The topic for discussion is ‘Effect of High Blood Pressure on Body Organs.’ This Day News
* FG, patients beg health workers to call off strike As the strike declared by health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) bites harder, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, have hurriedly discharged patients admitted in the hospitals. This is because majority of the nurses that should care for them have joined the industrial action. The development has compelled the Federal Government to appeal to JOHESU to call off the strike. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said that government was working assiduously towards addressing the demands of the health workers. Investigations by New Telegraph revealed that about 90 per cent of patients on admission at the Federal Neuro-P...
Many couples experience fertility problems and low sperm count can be a key factor. Sperm counts in men worldwide have declined by half over the past 50 years and are continuing to fall, according to recent reports. But before you rush for anxiety-inducing tests, there are plenty of things a man can do to help things along and make sure his swimmers are in good nick. Men are always producing new sperm – so little changes can make a difference quickly. Dr Edmund Sabanegh, director of the Center for Male Fertility and Chair of the Urology Department at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, takes a look at eight commonly suspected sperm-lowering culprits and gives his verdict. 1. Tight underwear It's commonly advised that men who want to become a father should switch from briefs to boxers. The fe
The meeting between the federal government and striking members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, which held between Tuesday and Wednesday has failed to resolve the crisis. The leaders of various unions who convened at the meeting held in Abuja to review the negotiation between the parties did not concede to the appeal made by federal government’s negotiation team led by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, to end the strike. Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Ngige had accused the union of not following procedure before they began their nationwide strike. The minister who called the reconciliation meeting said the union neglected to give the government a 14-day notice required by law. While the union said the strike will continue; it, however, urged its counterparts
Despite the exit of the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, workers of the food and drug regulator said they will continue their strike. PREMIUM TIMES broke the news of the exit of Yetunde Oni on Thursday following a directive by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The SGF approved Mrs. Oni’s ‘immediate retirement’ in a letter by R.P. Ugo, a Permanent Secretary in the office of the SGF. The directive, dated September 28, was in response to a letter written to the SGF by Mrs. Oni over the worker’s unrest in the regulatory agency. The Medical and Health Workers Union chapter of NAFDAC commenced an indefinite strike last week demanding improved welfare and the immediate retirement of Mrs. Oni, whom they said was already due for retirement. The Director of Public R
• Nigeria does not have documented drug resistance, says NMEP Scientists have raised fresh alert to the rapid spread of ‘super malaria’ in South East Asia, which they say pose a global threat to efforts to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease. They fear that this dangerous form of the malaria parasite has become untreatable with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended drug-of-choice, Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT). The researchers from the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok in their study published in The Lancet Infectious warned that the menace is spreading. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The fear is palpable in Nigeria and indeed Africa where resistanc
The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy will today induct six professionals into its esteemed ranks. A statement from the academy quoted Professor Fola Tayo, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Caleb University, who also doubles as General Secretary of the Academy, as saying the event will also be headlined by a keynote presentation by Professor Isa Marte Hussaini. The works of Hussaini, who is a world-renowned cancer researcher and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Maiduguri, is particularly hallmarked by its focus on the use of local herbs in cancer therapy. Tayo said cancer is a chronic disease condition for which the scientific community is still grappling with the need to better understand in order to proffer more effective preventive, management and ...
Adults wanting to bulk up and get in shape should keep away from Ibuprofen, new research suggests. Regularly taking the cheap painkillers can slow down any muscle growth obtained by lifting weights in the gym. Swedish researchers found the drugs, which are one of the most widely consumed in the world, interfere with the healing process of muscles - which stops them from getting bigger following a work-out. Dr. Tommy Lundberg, who is based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was behind the 'extremely interesting' findings. He said: “Our results suggest young people who do weight training to increase their muscle mass should avoid regular high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs. The results are extremely interesting since the use of anti-inflammatory drugs is so globally widespread, not
The health benefit of red wine has been debated for some time. To some red wine is better than all other alcoholic drinks. Men who drink 4-7 glasses of red wine a week are only about half as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who don’t drink red wine, according to a study by Harvard men’s wealth watch. In some social gatherings or occasions, you will find some drinking red wine in moderation because it has long been thought of as being heart-healthy. Studies have revealed that certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage. “Occasionally, I take in about 2-3 glasses of red wine every day as it helps me to rel
Although it has got no attractive colour like other health benefiting substances, but there is no gain saying the fact that the common charcoal has got several values for man, ranging from food preservation, detoxification of the body, odour neutralizer, teeth whitening agent, skin cleanser, healing properties, and others. Much more than the teeth whitening potential of charcoal that is widely known, it has been identified as an essential medicinal product owing to its poison extracting ability. Scientists have also validated the use of activated charcoal to treat skin ailments, diarrhoea, bad breath, constipation and body odour. It can be used as a poultice to treat insect stings, mushroom poisoning, poison ivy, cholera, dysentery, bites and inflammation. The list below provides ...