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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...
PACFaH 2017 Health Budget Monitor Media Challenge

PACFaH 2017 Health Budget Monitor Media Challenge

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Are you passionate about Nigeria’s Health Sector? Are you a Journalist, Radio/Television Reporter or Presenter, Social Media blogger? We, the members of the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) Project of Nigeria, NGO coalition invite you to join the on-going conversation on the 2017 annual health budget. Lend your voice to the conversation by publishing and/or broadcasting factual, evidence based, analytical stories on the health budget as a whole and/or the budgets for nutrition, routine immunization, family planning and for pneumonia/diarrhoea. To participate in this media challenge, please submit evidence that your story has been published, aired and/or broadcasted to our facebook page, web.facebook.com/PACFAH/ or twitter, twitter.com/PACFaH_Nig. In ad
Female Genital Mutilation Highest in Osun, Ebonyi – UNICEF

Female Genital Mutilation Highest in Osun, Ebonyi – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children Fund, on Monday, listed five states in the country where female genital mutilation was still prevalent. According to UNICEF, Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting, which comprises the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other cutting of or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. The PUNCH reports that in February last year, the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, inaugurated a national campaign to end FGM/C, calling on all parties to work together to halt the harmful practice. The states notorious for the practice are Osun, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo and Oyo, according to a statement issued by UNICEF Country Representative in...
Fake Doctor Arrested After Illegal Abortion

Fake Doctor Arrested After Illegal Abortion

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A fake doctor, who performed an illegal abortion on a woman with a six-month pregnancy in Akute, Ifo Local Government area of Ogun State, has been apprehended. The supervisory team of the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) had uncovered the crime while monitoring the level of compliance with the Revalidation and Registration Exercise of health facilities across the state. Chairman of NANNM, Comrade Roseline Solarin, who disclosed this, added that the fake doctor was also discovered to have organised a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse. He assured that NANNM is prepared to cooperate with the state government in the fight against quackery in the health sector, emphasising that “any nurse or doctor found practisin
Pfizer Collaborates with South – East Ophthalmologist Forum on Glaucoma 

Pfizer Collaborates with South – East Ophthalmologist Forum on Glaucoma 

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  President of Ophthalmologist  Association of Nigeria, OAN and co- ordinator of the forum, Professor Sebastine Nwosu explained that Glaucoma attacks the nerves that do not regenerate, thereby causing blindness as it does itch or cause redness of the eye but erodes the eyes gradually until total blindness occurs. Nwosu lamented that Glaucoma was a deadly disease because it has no cure but could only be managed to stem it's spread. Reacting to the statistics of their findings, Nwosu said that the South- East is the commonest among all the region that has Glaucoma, pointing out that severe visual impairments of person over 40 years in South - East is 2%, Glaucoma blindness is 1.2% compared to 0.3% of other region. The Statistics shows that igbo's has about 8% of Glaucoma
HMOs Return 92% NHIS Funds

HMOs Return 92% NHIS Funds

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• ICPC, agency intensify war against graft Following frantic efforts to rid the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) of corruption, about 92 per cent of funds meant for NHIS have been returned by Health Management Organisations (HMOs). This was made known during a parley between the NHIS and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission  (ICPC) in Abuja. NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, assured ICPC officials of his readiness to combat corruption, inefficiency and impunity to a stand-still in the scheme. To that end, Yusuf explained that “HMOs has retuned over 92 per cent of the money owned to NHIS.” The Executive Secretary also decried “the irregularities operated among the HMOs and ill-treatment enrollee’s encounter in receiving
Katsina has the highest sickle cell patients in the country

Katsina has the highest sickle cell patients in the country

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No fewer than 1,250 girls from secondary schools in Katsina State are expected to be screened during the exercise. Katsina according to statistics from the state ministry of health of 2014 has about 17,000 sickle cell patients and the highest in the country. Speaking at the flag up of free genotype and malaria screening programme, The Secretary to the Government of the State, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa said sickle cell was characterized by high morbidity and mortality, where 50 percent of patients die within the first ten years of their life. Disturbed by the growing trend, Inuwa said the administration has established 6 sickle cell clinics in Katsina, Funtua, Malumfashi, Dutsin-ma, Daura and Ingawa local government areas to check the disease. In her remarks, the state commissioner of...
Cervical Cancer kills 250,000 Women

Cervical Cancer kills 250,000 Women

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No fewer than 250,000 women are killed by cervical cancer every year with 85 per cent of them from low and middle income countries. According to a report released on Thursday by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deaths occur mainly in countries in Africa and Asia. The agency underlined the importance of vaccinating girls against the cancer-causing virus and screening programmes to detect and treat precancerous lesions. The agency also stressed the need to overcome cultural norms and dispel gender biases that are challenging the effectiveness of vaccination initiatives. “In high-income countries, widespread screening has radically reversed the trends, and cervical cancer incidence and mortality have declined sharply [with] the impact of vaccination in reducing human
Deratting: Lagos Storms 465 Markets to Kill Rats

Deratting: Lagos Storms 465 Markets to Kill Rats

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The Lagos State Vector Control Programme is to employ more graduates of the state’s College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), Yaba, to eliminate Lassa Fever virus by killing rats from 465 markets in the state. Mr Oluwasegun Benson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phosgard Fumigants Nigeria Ltd., and the programme’s coordinator, disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos. The state government established the programme to eliminate Lassa Fever virus transmitted to humans by killing rats especially in markets and public places in what is called ‘deratting’. The coordinator spoke shortly after inspecting markets in Ijeh Barracks and Obalande in Eti-Osa Local Government and seven others in Ijora, Apapa Local Government. Benson said that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State had give
Ogun Nurses Protest Decay in Health Sector

Ogun Nurses Protest Decay in Health Sector

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Nurses and Midwives in two federal health institutions in Abeokuta, Ogun State– the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro – on Wednesday protested against the decay in the health sector and alleged discrimination against  them by the Federal Ministry of Health. They held the protest at the FMC, Idi Aba, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institutions chapter. The Chairman, Joint Health Sector Unions in FMC, Samuel Idowu, and the Unit Chairman, NANNM, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Oluwayemisi Falana, lamented the alleged re-designation of nurses, which they noted was not in line with the scheme of service of their members. Idowu, who read a speech of the National Secretary of the associ
Ekiti State Approves Payment of New Salary Scale to Doctors

Ekiti State Approves Payment of New Salary Scale to Doctors

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  Ekiti state government has approved the payment of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) to medical doctors on its payroll. This was the outcome of a meeting held between the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and leaders of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state. The two sides, however, agreed that the effective date of the new salary structure would be in March. Fayose said at the end of the meeting that the delay in endorsing the agreement was caused by the financial constraints. “We don’t take welfare of our workers for granted, and we have been doing our best in that regard. “We would have started paying before now, but due to the financial constraints we are facing in the state. “Though, we ought to have done this before now, it is bet
Nigerian Professor ‘Discovers’ Cure for HIV/AIDS

Nigerian Professor ‘Discovers’ Cure for HIV/AIDS

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Francis Otunta, vice chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Abia state, says a new drug has been created for the treatment and cure of HIV/AIDS. The vice chancellor of the university on Wednesday told journalists that the discovery followed years of scientific research by the institution, reports the Voice of Nigeria (VON). Otunta said the breakthrough was made by Maduike Ezeibe, a professor and researcher in the university. He said Ezeibe had presented the drug to the university management, senate and council, and had also explained the processes he undertook to arrive at his finding. “Prof. Ezeibe is a researcher in Veterinary Medicine and one may wonder how he discovered a drug to cure a human ailment,” he said. The vice chancellor said Ez
Allowance: Prof Agan Appeals To Resident Doctors

Allowance: Prof Agan Appeals To Resident Doctors

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  Chairman, committee of Chief Medical Directors of Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria, Prof. Thomas Agan, on Wednesday appealed to resident doctors to exercise patience over the delay in the payment of their sponsorship allowances. This is just as he decried  the slow pace of infrastructural development in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). Agan, in an interview session with newsmen in Calabar, said no budgetary provision was made to cater for the sponsorship  allowance of resident doctors. He disclosed that before now, the sponsorship allowances of the affected doctors were drawn from personnel allocation, but were later halted.According to Agan, who is also the Chief Medical Director, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), ” When you talk of
Crisis Hits NHIS Over Illegal Recruitment of Staff

Crisis Hits NHIS Over Illegal Recruitment of Staff

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A major industrial unrest is looming at the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, over alleged illegal recruitment (secondment) of senior staff,  including General Managers from other organisations to NHIS, in flagrant violation of the Public Service Rules and other extant regulations governing the issue of secondment in the public service. It was gathered that no fewer than 15 of such recruitments from the Northern part of the country were done, including a 32-year-old woman, who was elevated to General Manager in NHIS. According to investigations, while 11 of the recruitments are from North West, including a driver that was also “imported” from another organisation into NHIS, they were placed on levels far above the levels they were in the organisations they were recruited fr