• The suspension of the executive secretary of the NHIS has been made indefinite by the minister of health • Usman Yusuf was on temporary suspension pending investigations into fraud allegations • The committee looking into the allegations have found him largely culpable of the crimes The Nigerian minister of health, Isaac Adewole has announced the indefinite extension of the suspension of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf. Mr Yusuf has been on suspension since July 6, 2017, after he was accused of fraud. Based on a directive from the Minister Adewole, to allow for a fair and uninterrupted investigation of the various allegations levied against the NHIS boss. According to Premiu Times, following the conclusion of the investigati
The Nigerian Army has launched a free medical outreach in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia, as an integral part of the ongoing Python Dance II exercise in the South-East of the country. A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, and made available to newsmen in Enugu, described the programme as a success. Musa said that the programme followed a directive by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai. He said that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and other dignitaries were present at the event. “One interesting aspect of the exercise is the generous donations of rice, dental and optometry services, malaria and de-worming tablets, eye glasses, treated mosquito nets to the locals, among ot
Pharmacists have cautioned Nigerians against the use of anti-biotic, paracetamol, anti-malaria and other drugs as it causes damage to the organ in the body, leading to untimely death. They said most over-the-counter and prescription drugs when misused or taken without physician’s advice could predispose a person to organ failure. The pharmacists gave the warning at the Akinwunmi Ambode Primary Healthcare Centre, Somolu, Lagos during the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) National, commemoration of the World Pharmacy Day 2017. The Chairperson, ACPN, National and the Drug Information Centre (DIC) Pharmacist, Bukola Folorunsho explained that anti-biotic drugs should not be used except when there are infections, adding that drugs such as Ampicillin, tertracycline and
The Federal Government, yesterday, said it was introducing drug Coordinated Wholesale Centres, CWCs, to check the menace of fake and falsified medical products in the country, even as it warned that by December 31, 2018 all open drug markets will be permanently shut. Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, disclosed these in Lagos during a stakeholders workshop organised by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, WHO, on “The prevention, Detection and Response of Substandard and Falsified medical Products.” He said the new measures were designed to allow drugs to be sourced directly from importers or manufacturers down to the end users, instead of buying drugs from open drug markets. According to him
Public health authorities across West Africa are considering stronger agreements to help the region better share data and transfer materials in efforts to strengthen the region's ability to prevent and coordinate response to public health emergencies. It comes amidst lessons the region has learnt in the wake of the 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease which hit hardest in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and smaller epidemics of cholera, meningitis and Lassa Fever in Nigeria. The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control, hosted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) met with consultants from Chatham House in Abuja on Tuesday to consider agreements in data sharing and material transfer among public health institutes across the region to shore up preparedn...
PSN President proffers solution to frequent workers’ strike, advocates petrochemical plant to engender industrial revolution Nigeria was 57 years as a country on October 1, 2017. What are the challenges of our peculiar health system? What is the way forward? Nigeria continues to contend with a plethora of challenges not necessarily created or caused by this incumbent administration. Amongst numerous challenges the following stand out: poor funding; delayed and unlawful appointments in regulatory agencies; poor composition structures in the health sector including lopsided appointments in Federal Health Institutions (FHIs); and poor attitude as well as culture with regards to research and development. If we restrict ourselves to the highlighted, you will agree that the inherent tende
Residents in nine local government areas of Kwara State have raised the alarm of the spread of suspected yellow fever cases in their communities. Though the Kwara State Government confirmed only two cases of yellow fever in the state, the Co-ordinator, Igbomina Mobile Clinic, Mr. Olaitan Oyin-Zubair, said more people had died than the number reported. Oyin-Zubair claimed that 11 out of 17 yellow fever patients taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital had died. According to him, three patients died at Sobi Specialist Hospital; another three died at Patigi General Hospital while two patients out of six active cases in Oro-Ago in Ifelodun LGA also died. It could be recalled that residents of Oro-Ago had raised the alarm about a strange illness, which they claimed had
Key facts Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder. The monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals but has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission. Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been between 1% and 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups. There is no treatment or vaccine available although prior smallpox vaccination was highly effective in preventing monkeypox as well. Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans similar ...
YENAGOA—FEAR, yesterday gripped residents of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, following an outbreak of viral epidemic known as Monkey Pox in the state, with report that 10 persons are already infected.Authorities in the state were said to be tracking 49 persons alleged to have come in contact with the infected persons. The victims, according to sources, have been quarantined in an isolation centre created at the Niger Delta University Hospital, NDUTH, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.The isolation centre was reportedly created by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health at the ourbreak of the epidemic. The NCDC and the epidemiological team, it was learned, were tracking 49 other individ
The Retreat, Nigeria’s purpose built private mental hospital, based in Ikorodu, will hold a mental awareness and free mental health screening on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to mark the World Mental Health Day. WMHD, according to the World Health Organisation, is marked with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The day thus provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. In line with the WHO objectives, The Retreat, according to its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Olufemi Oluwatayo will create a mental awareness exercise and free screening to add value to mental
Mr Solomon Chollom, a Medical Laboratory Scientist with the National Veterinary Research Institute, has called on the Federal Government to resuscitate its human vaccine production laboratories to prevent diseases in the country. Chollom, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos. He said that the local production of vaccines would not only make such vaccines available and applicable to our peculiar health situation but also generate foreign exchange for the government. He said some vaccines production laboratories in parts of the country had been moribund and that government should revive them all to save the nation’s health sector. He lamented that the country is currently at the mercy of other countries that produce vaccines, with strains of organisms that ma
Dr Abubakar Jimoh, the Spokesperson of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says Mr Ademola Magbojuri has taken over from Mrs Yetunde Oni as Acting Director-General (DG). Jimoh disclosed this while reacting to the conflicting reports in the media over the retirement of Oni in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja. He explained that the immediate past acting director-general reached the retirement age of 60 years on Sept. 21, and Federal Government directed that the most senior director in the the agency takes charge. He said that Magbojuri, who would pilot the affairs of NAFDAC until a substantive D-G is appointed, had received handing over notes on Friday. Magbojuri, until this appointment, was in charge of NAFDAC...
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, on Wednesday said the management of the State House Medical Centre would among other things seek its commercialisation to address its dwindling fortune. According to a statement by the Deputy Director (Information), State House, Mr. Attah Esa, the Permanent Secretary was reacting to a recent media report on the state of the clinic. Arabi said the commercialisation of the centre which currently offers free medical services to patients, would boost its revenue and augment the appropriation it receives from the government in the quest for a better qualitative service. He promised that the clinic will be repositioned to offer qualitative and efficient services. He said, “The Centre is the only health centre in Abuja where patients
In order to deliver on its agenda, the new executives of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) have disclosed a two-year strategic work plan to run from 2017 to 2019. National Chairman of NAIP, Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, while unveiling the plan to the association’s members during its September bi-monthly meeting, held at the premises of Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited in Dopemu, Lagos, noted that the reason for the work plan was not only to implement the new executives’ objectives during their tenure but to also improve the pharmaceutical industry and the health sector in general. Speaking further at the event, graced by dignitaries such as the new Managing Director of Swipha, Mr Gaby El Khoury; Chairman, PMG-MAN, Pharm. Okey Akpa; and past chairmen of NAIP, Dr Lolu O
The Chief Medical Director, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, Prof. Dimie Ogoina, has urged Nigerian leaders to build quality health systems to reduce incessant overseas travel for medical treatment. Ogoina, who spoke in an interview in Yenagoa sequel to the 10th anniversary of NDUTH, said Nigerians visited abroad for medical treatment because they received quality service outside. He said, ‘’It is important that we build our systems; to build quality and that is our vision at NDUTH at Okolobiri. People go outside the country because they receive quality service outside. ‘’Travelling abroad for medical treatment is beyond equipment, it is beyond manpower. The attitude of health care workers also comes into place. How do you manage your system? ‘’