Dr. Francis Ashibudike Idebolo is a medical practitioner working and residing in Lagos. Recently PharmaTimes Reporter, GLORY OKPE was at his office in Lekki to have a chat with him on issues that border on health and healthy living. Excerpts: In recent times, there have been quite a good number of incidents where people, especially young people collapse and die suddenly. What in your opinion is responsible for this worrisome trend? Do you think it has a direct link to hypertension? Yes, of course. In recent times, you’ll agree with me that in our environment for example, lots of people do not go for medical checkups; they don’t check their blood pressure, they don’t exercise, and they don’t do anything physically active. Sometimes, they have high tendencies to developing hypertension.
* Researchers say content are below WHO/FAO permissible limits, safe for consumption Two independent studies have shown that most polyherbal preparations sold in Lagos State are of poor microbiological standards which may be due to poor sanitary and inappropriate hygienic measures; and that the heavy metals content of most poly-herbals sold in Lagos State are below World Health Organisation (WHO)/Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) permissible limits and are safe for consumption. The researchers are from the departments of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Science Laboratory Technology, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. The first study titled “Microbial Load of Some Polyherbal Products from Lagos State, Nigeria” was published in International Journal of Ethnobi
In Nigeria it is a common phenomenon - that when people are about to develop or construct in a new site, they just move in and clear away everything in sight such as trees. Going into most (newly developed) estates the usual experience is that if it happens to be on a sunny day that you are strolling into one of such places, the sun will smite you right from the gate until you arrive at your destination, and ditto for a rainy day. This is because you will not find any tree shade or shelter under which to take refuge. The habit of cutting down every ‘living thing’ on the path of construction should stop because it only goes to show a lack of aesthetic sense, as well as plain ignorance regarding the value of plants to mankind. Apart from the numerous benefits (outdoor) plants give to us,
The National Assembly is asking for a special funding package for the health sector in 2017 budget. The legislative body declared its support for a report by the National Institute for Legislative Study (NILS) which demanded a special funding for maternal and child health in the 2017 budget. It advised the Federal Government among others, to make provision for resources towards training healthcare workers across the country as a means of improving health care services in Nigeria. The position of the National Assembly was conveyed at the presentation of a research report on Government Funding Obligations on Child and Family Health by the NILS to the Senate and House Committees on National Planning and Economic Affairs, Health, and Appropriations. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Na
As designated by the FIP Council several years ago at the FIP Congress in Istanbul, 25 September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. FIP encourages the world’s pharmacists to use this day to organize activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. “Pharmacists: Caring for you” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day. “This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care to the public, and also to highlight the emotional connection they have with their patients. The role of pharmacists has evolved from that of a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care. Pharmacists have a vital role in the outcome of pharmacological therapies and ultimately strive to improv
The National Universities Commission has declared that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the university. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie made the declaration in a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State. In a lecture titled ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges‘, Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development was imperative in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession. He said the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend the first four years in studying ba
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says that Nigeria has one of the lowest health budgets in Africa. Adewole, who spoke during a facility tour of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, also identified underfunding as one of the biggest challenges facing the sector in the last two decades. According to him, the annual health budget in Nigeria is lower than what obtains in war-torn countries in Africa. Adewole said, “The health sector has suffered from chronic underfunding for many years now. We are even behind South-Sudan, Angola and Ethiopia. “We cannot develop the sector, if we do not give it the funding that it deserves. In Egypt or Rwanda, you will marvel at the state of their facilities and the standard of their health care systems. Their governme
Medical doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to accede to their demands for better conditions of service or risk a major industrial action in the health sector. The doctors are also unhappy about the poor funding and regulation of the residency programme. Their other grievances include the alleged sack of some of their colleagues and the non-payment of salaries of others for three to eight months in some state-owned hospitals. The doctors, who were apparently unmoved by a recent memo from the Ministry of Health directing the implementation of the “no-work-no-pay” policy in the sector, argued that the government was not funding the hospitals as it should. The president of the association
Rising from a meeting of its national officers committee, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for the reconstitution of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), which was disbanded by the federal government, along with other professional regulatory bodies and government parastatals. Speaking through a press release jointly signed by Dr Kayode Obembe, NMA president and Dr Adewunmi Alayaki, secretary general, the association said it was highly appalled by the state of affairs in the health care delivery system which has been reinforced by the recent ruling of the National Industrial Court. Describing medicine and dentistry as internationally recognised noble professions, Obembe declared that the NMA was is deeply concerned with increasing number of people who...
With the proliferation of audio devices these days (portable or large), an increasing number of people, (especially youths) have come to adopt the constant use of earphones on a daily basis. Earphones or ear buds offer many desirable benefits to users, ranging from convenient portability to greater external noise isolation. Everywhere today, people can be seen walking around with those tell-tale chords dangling from their ears; this is a true testament to our love for music and audio based information. It is no longer news that people derive some sort of satisfaction from the use of ear buds in the world currently, but studies however have shown that there’s an indirect effect of this habit, as there’s a possibility of them (ear piece) damaging the ears of frequent users, and they equally
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PSN-PACHFaH has taken advocacy visit to Kaduna State with focus on treatment of childhood diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. The PSN which is the implementing partner in the PACFaH project is also focusing on supporting and encouraging the government to reduce the under-5 mortality rate and improving health outcomes for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea in Nigeria. The Nigerian country director, PSN-PACFaH, Mr Remi Adeseun and his team, who led the advocacy visit to the executive secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency (KSPHCA), Dr Hadiza Balarabe Thursday in her office, disclosed that out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna State, 66,000 die before they reach the age of fi
The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) has called for a speedy launch of the National Health Act to enable Nigerians benefit from it. This was part of the recommendations made by the association in a communiqué after its 32nd Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting in Abuja at the weekend. The National Health Act was signed into law in October, 2014 and gazetted in January 2016. Structures for its implementation have been set up and guidelines are being worked out, but the presidential launch of the act is still being awaited. The communiqué, signed by APHPN Chairman, Prof T.M. Akande and Secretary General, Dr S.A. Aderibigbe, said Out Of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) which contributes about 62% of health expenditure in Nigeria should be leveraged o
The crisis rocking the Federal Ministry of Health over the decision of the Minister, Prof. Folorunso Isaac Adewole, to implement the yet-to-be-approved five-year single tenure for heads of parastatals, agencies and regulatory bodies appears to have deepened. Fresh facts emerging from the Ministry said the Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals have written a letter to Adele protesting against the implementation. A copy of the Committee’s letter, with Reference Number: CCMDs/MDs/HMH/02/016, was dated April 4, 2016. It was addressed to Adewole and signed by Dr. Thomas U. Agan and Dr. Jafaru Momoh, the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee of CMDs/MDs. The letter specifically urged the minister to maintain status quo over the
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed some pharmacies in Osogbo and Ilesa in Osun State, after confiscating fake and unregistered drugs worth about N40 million. Some of the pharmacies sealed by NAFDAC in Osogbo include Akol Pharmaceutical Limited near LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and Raphabalm Pharmacy, located at Alekuwodo while Felfam Healthcare and Supermarket at Fegbewesa was given a warning. NAFDAC also sealed Topawo feeds Services at Alekuwodo and Atlab Farm Products located at Okinni, Osogbo for selling unregistered animal feeds. NAFDAC officials further raided the popular Orisunbare market where some shops were sealed for selling unwholesome products. Unregistered and expired food products including bottles of wine and cosmetics were sei
Federal Government has outlined six critical strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria. Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, disclosed this during a joint press briefing to commemorate the 2016 World Health Day in Abuja on Thursday. The focus of the 2016 World Health Day campaign is on Diabetes with the theme: “Beat Diabetes”. He said the ministry has adopted the global monitoring frame work for NCDs, development of a National Diabetes Plan and Policy as some of the approaches to stemming the tide of diabetes in Nigeria. Others include increased monitoring and surveillance systems, engagement and right, improved access to care and sustainable financing for management of diabetes. According t