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Aro Becomes WHO Disease Study Centre

Aro Becomes WHO Disease Study Centre

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Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta has been named by the World Health Organization, WHO, as one of the two sites conducting the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) field studies in Nigeria. Announcing the new status, the Acting Provost and Medical Director, Dr. Adebowale Timothy, said that the Research capacity of the Hospital has received a boost with her involvement in the WHO International classification of Diseases and Related Health problems (ICD-11) field studies. On his part, WHO Global Mental Health Scholar and the Site Coordinator for Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr. Lucky Onofa, said that the ICD-11 Field trial is a revision process of ICD-10, a diagnostic tool used globally by Health professionals to diagnose a...
Pharmacists Raise Alarm Over Drug Abuse

Pharmacists Raise Alarm Over Drug Abuse

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, has expressed worry over rate of drug abuse in the society and called on relevant stakeholders to rise to the task of ridding the society of the menace. The Association, hosting over 100 multinational and local pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers in a week-long exhibition, products launch and presentation at its 36th annual national conference in Jos, insisted that awareness creation will minimise the trend. Addressing journalists in Jos, National Chairman of the Association, Mr. Kelong Alkali, explained that the conference, which will bring together 1,000 community pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, researchers and investors, will discuss the way forward in tackling the issue. At the end of the conference, the...
Nigeria Has Highest Tuberculosis Rate in Africa –Health Minister

Nigeria Has Highest Tuberculosis Rate in Africa –Health Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Monday said Nigeria had the highest tuberculosis record in Africa, stressing that 80 per cent of the cases in the country had yet to be diagnosed. Adewole spoke at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, while receiving laboratory equipment for the TB laboratory. The equipment was donated by the Agbami Co-ventures, comprising of Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, FAMFA Oil Limited and Petrobras. During the event, the minister also launched the first edition of the national guideline on bio-safety for the TB laboratory, and national standard operating procedure for TB diagnosis sponsored by the companies. According to Adewole, Nigeria was in a black spot on tuberculosis index rate,...
UNILAG Invents New Method of Diagnosing Malaria

UNILAG Invents New Method of Diagnosing Malaria

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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has invented a new method of diagnosing malaria, following intensive research by its Department of Medical Micro Biology and Parasitology. The Director of Research and Innovation of the institution, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, broke the news yesterday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Oyibo, a lecturer in the department, said the university’s research on malaria testing without the use of blood was validated in 2016. He noted that by this feat, the institution was fast becoming a clinical trial site for diagnosis. According to him, the institution has provided a platform and an enabling environment for researchers who have been providing solutions to life challenges. The Professor of Medical Parasitology noted that having worked in the mala
New WHO Chief, Ghebreyesus, Takes Office

New WHO Chief, Ghebreyesus, Takes Office

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Tedros Ghebreyesus, who was recently elected the World Health Organization’s, WHO Director-General, resumed for a 5 years term Saturday. Mr. Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian medical doctor, was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and is the first African to occupy the position. He was elected with the highest vote in May during the 70th World Health Assembly, defeating two other candidates vying for the position. It was also the first time the health assembly selected a director-general from among multiple candidates. There had been fears that Mr. Ghebreyesus would not get enough votes to become the D-G as there had been a political drama in Geneva which caused tension among health experts, who feared politics could outweigh accountability and experience. His candidacy
Nigerian Hospital Quarantines Patient Discharging Blood

Nigerian Hospital Quarantines Patient Discharging Blood

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A patient discharging blood through mouth and nose has been isolated at the Damaturu Specialists’ Hospital, Yobe. The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the male patient, who was admitted on Friday, had blood coming out of his mouth and nose. A hospital staff who refused his name mentioned in press said sample of the patient’s blood had been taken to Lagos for laboratory analysis. The staff said “it is too early to say whether it is a case of Lassa fever or not because we had a similar case some weeks ago which tested negative.” The staff added that adequate precautionary measures had been taken to avoid contact, pending the outcome of the test. Premium Times News/NAN
Congo Now Ebola-Free Says Minister

Congo Now Ebola-Free Says Minister

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its month Ebola outbreak over on Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the virus. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,’’ Minister of Health in the country, Mr Oly Ilunga, said in a statement. Health officials say Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it due to the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges. The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia causing alarm around the world. Health officials also obse
WHO Lauds Africa’s Progress in Malaria, HIV Control

WHO Lauds Africa’s Progress in Malaria, HIV Control

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The World Health Organisation has commended the African region for making significant progress in malaria control in the last five years. The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 per cent and 66 per cent respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the First Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda. She said for the first time, a malaria vaccine has been launched by the organisation offering partial protection for children, especially those vulnerable to the disease. Moeti said domestic governments from the WHO African region contributed over $528 million to support the fight ...
Doctors Seek Law Regulating Bleaching Cream

Doctors Seek Law Regulating Bleaching Cream

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Medical doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists, say they have begun the process of meeting with some lawmakers at the National Assembly in order to formulate laws that will regulate the manufacture and use of bleaching cream. The Chairman of the Abuja Dermatology Society, Dr. Mohammed Danmallam, who spoke on behalf of NAD, said this during a press conference held in commemoration of the World Skin Health Day in Abuja on Thursday. Danmallam said, “Speaking of legislation, what we are trying to do now is to try to talk to the health committees so that we can see how they can help us in formulating laws and one of the ways to do that is that we are currently conducting an investigation in collaboration with some African countries. “We are trying to come
PSN Tasks Pharmacists on Integrity

PSN Tasks Pharmacists on Integrity

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The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakasai has enjoined practitioners in the sector to embrace integrity and demonstrate leadership through community service. He made the call while inaugurating the committee that would administer this year’s May and Baker Professional Service Awards for the 90th Annual National Conference of PSN, slated for November in Abia State. A statement from May and Baker said Yakasai commissioned Maureen Ebigbeyi, Director, Ports Inspection Directorate, National Agency for the Control of Foods and Drugs (NAFDAC) to pilot the affairs of the body. Daily Trust news
FG Restates Commitment to Improved Healthcare to Rural Dwellers

FG Restates Commitment to Improved Healthcare to Rural Dwellers

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The Federal Govern­ment has reiterated its commitment to promoting quality health service delivery at the grass root levels. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale, gave the assurance at the opening ceremony of Hospital Laboratory In­ternational Fair, in Abuja, on Thursday. He said that the Presi­dent Muhammadu Bu­hari-led government was engaging relevant stake­holders to ensure that more attention was given to health issues of all Ni­gerians in order to put to an end the nagging issue of medical tourism in the country. Represented by a Di­rector in the Ministry, Dr O J Amodumni , the Minister emphasised the need for experts and other stakeholders to see health matters as a concern of all, and not the government alone. He applauded organis­ers of the fair and ass
NCDC Stresses Increased Investment in Health Sector

NCDC Stresses Increased Investment in Health Sector

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Executive Director, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has said there is a need for all sectors in Nigeria to increase investment in health to bring about improved health services. The NCDC Executive Director, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the observation following scorecards presented by some sectors of the government at the just concluded 7-day Joint External Evaluation (JEE) exercise, by a team of international experts in their assessment of Nigeria’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to threats of public health signifi cance. He said: “The outcome of this Joint External Evaluation, a voluntary, collaborative process to assess a country’s capacity under IHR, highlighted the need for Nigeria to make additional investments and apply concerted eff orts to improve its per
Malnutrition, Disease Loom in Nigera, Others

Malnutrition, Disease Loom in Nigera, Others

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that malnutrition, thirst and disease threatened lives of millions of children in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Mr Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes, said in a statement issued in New York that continued humanitarian action was crucial in saving children’s lives. Fontaine said the welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract attention from the fact that severe food insecurity continued to put the lives of millions of children at risk in the affected areas. “There is no room for complacency. While famine has been reversed in South Sudan, the lives of millions of children are still hanging by a thread. “The crisis is far from over and we must
Political Will Needed To Stop Medical Tourism – Mimiko

Political Will Needed To Stop Medical Tourism – Mimiko

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A former Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Thursday said Nigerian leaders needed political will to stop people from travelling abroad for medical treatment. Mimiko spoke at the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the International College of Surgeons, Nigeria National Section, held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. At the event, with the theme, ‘The role of surgery in trauma care’, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan. Mimiko said continued medical tourism was a clear message to the government at all levels that all was not well, stressing that despite the fact that Nigeria had celebrated medical doctors all over the world, the infrastructure to turn around the
FG Tasks West African Health Organisation (WAHO) On Communicable Diseases

FG Tasks West African Health Organisation (WAHO) On Communicable Diseases

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The Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has urged the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) to invest towards the reduction of communicable diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the region. Prof. Osinbajo made this declaration on Friday 16th June, 2017 during the 18th Ordinary Assembly of the West African Health Ministers Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. Osinbajo noted that the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo was a source of concern, adding that the West African sub-region must take positive measures to prevent its spread to other member states. He called on WAHO to put in place a strong resilient health system, adding that the West African region should not be taken unawares against such an outbreak as it was in 2...