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Experts Alert to Rising Cholera, Lassa fever Cases, Others

Experts Alert to Rising Cholera, Lassa fever Cases, Others

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As the rainy season peaks with imminent flooding in some states, experts have alerted to further rise in cases of cholera, Lassa fever (LF), Wild Polio Virus (WPV) and malaria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its national monthly update for cholera released yesterday said: “This is the period of the year with increased risk of cholera across the country.” Public Health Physician and Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Dr. Doyin Ogunyemi, told The Conversation: “…As in other developing countries, cholera outbreaks occur mainly during the rainy season in Nigeria although they also sometimes occur in the dry season. “Flooding can cause septic tanks to contaminate surface water, especially open wells used for drinking and preparation of food. Contami
’I AM Still in Charge’- Pharm Ukah

’I AM Still in Charge’- Pharm Ukah

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The Managing Director of Maxheal Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited, Pharm Chris Ukah, has debunked news making the rounds that he has been removed from office by the board of the company following a leadership tussle. Speaking to reporters in Lagos yesterday, Ukah described the story as a huge joke designed by enemies of the company to cause confusion especially among the company’s teeming customers across the country. ‘’There is no iota of truth that I have been removed from seat and a new managing director appointed by the board of our company. The rumour is a huge joke that can only reside in the imaginations of those peddling it. I think an enemy of the company instigated it and I don’t know for what purpose,’’ ‘’The processes of removing a seating managing director in a corporate o
Debate Rages on Talcum Baby Powder’s Association with Lung, Ovarian Cancers

Debate Rages on Talcum Baby Powder’s Association with Lung, Ovarian Cancers

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The debate on whether the use of the popular talcum powder causes cancer has refused to go away. Indeed, the use of talcum powder has become a controversial issue as growing evidence suggests that its use may be related to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products. In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled. While mesothe...
Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai Receives Legacy Award

Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai Receives Legacy Award

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By Waire Emonefe Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai FPSN, who is also the immediate past president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) was decorated by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) with a Legacy Award in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession, pharmaceutical industry and his unrelenting support to NAFDAC in ensuring access to safe, effective and affordable medicines in Nigeria. The award was presented to him at the silver jubilee celebration of the Agency on Tuesday, 26 th March 2019 at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja. Others in the Legacy Award category included Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, late Ambassador (Pharm) Taminu Saulawa, Juhel Pharmaceuticals and Drugfield Pharmaceut...
Breakthrough for fatherhood for children left infertile with cancer treatment

Breakthrough for fatherhood for children left infertile with cancer treatment

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About 30% of children who survive cancer often end up infertile as adults due to damage done to their bodies by powerful chemotherapy drugs and radiation. However, a  new animal research in which a baby monkey was born from frozen testicular tissue offers hope that young cancer sufferers left infertile from treatment could still become fathers. Scientists have now discovered that testicular tissue taken and frozen at a young age can produce a baby. The method has worked successfully in monkeys – the closest animal to humans in scientific studies – paving the way for it to be tried in humans according to MailOnline. Pre-teenage boys cannot bank sperm to start a family after cancer treatment, because they are too young to produce it. At such a young age, many have to face th
100 drug addicts, mentally challenged offered free medical services in Kaduna

100 drug addicts, mentally challenged offered free medical services in Kaduna

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About 100 drug addicts and mentally challenged persons have been offered free dental and medical services by a team of professional medical experts including dentist and other medical practitioners. The leader of the team, HajiyaMaryam Abubakar,who is the Managing Director of Fatimah Clinic and Maternity, Kaduna and founder Women for Women Initiative said they decided to offer free dental services to over 100 drug addicts and mentally challenged persons at the Nigga Rehabilitation Centre in Kaduna to mark the World Oral Health Day (WOHD). She said oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are widespread and preventable through proper self-care, regular dental check-ups and managing risk factors. “Because the patients are in a rehabilitation centre, they do not have th
Lassa fever, meningitis, cholera killed 156 Nigerians in 2019 — NCDC 0

Lassa fever, meningitis, cholera killed 156 Nigerians in 2019 — NCDC 0

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No fewer than 156 Nigerians have died of Lassa fever, meningitis and cholera so far in 2019, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The agency added that since the onset of the 2019 Lassa fever outbreak, there had been 110 deaths in confirmed cases from 21 states of the federation as of March 10. The NCDC listed the affected state as Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo, Kebbi and Cross River. It said a total of 15 health care workers had been infected since outbreak in seven states while one of them died. On meningitis, the NCDC report said a total of 416 suspected cases with 17 laboratory confirmed cases and 27 deaths from 14 states of the federation had been re...
Governor Obaseki plans compulsory medical test for Edo workers

Governor Obaseki plans compulsory medical test for Edo workers

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The Edo State government is working on a plan that will encourage workers in the state to undergo annual medical test to ascertain their health status. The State governor, Godwin Obaseki who said this at the weekend in Benin during the World Kidney Day commemoration, noted that early detection of diseases saves costs and lives. He explained that in the organised private sector, annual medical test is a standard practice and it provides current information on workers’ health condition and status. “The only way to know if there are potential problems with your health is through a medical test. If there is a condition that poses a threat, you can spot it through tests and deal with it immediately. This way, you save yourself the agony, costs and other troubles that are associated
ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACISTS OF NIGERIA (AHAPN) NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACISTS OF NIGERIA (AHAPN) NATIONAL

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12th March, 2019 The Editor, PHARMATIMES, Lagos Sir, AHAPN SEEKS PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT TO PHARMACY COUNCIL BILL Members of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give speedy assent to the Pharmacy Council Bill of 2018. The Association made this call during a courtesy visit to the new President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa FPSN, MON, OFR in his office in Lagos. The AHAPN delegation was led by the National Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Amibor, accompanied by the immediate past National Chairman, Pharm. Martins Oyewole, National Secretary, Pharm. Hafiz Akande, National Treasurer, Pharm. Bode Ogunjemiyo FPSN, National Financial Secretary Pharm. (Mrs...
Lassa fever: Death toll hits 93 in Nigeria

Lassa fever: Death toll hits 93 in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said the death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak in 2019 has increased to 93 in the country. In its weekly situation report, the NCDC stated that 1,374 suspected cases and 93 deaths were reported across 21 states, including the Federal Capital Territory as of March 3, 2019. Between February 25 and March 3, 2019, 39 newly confirmed cases were reported from six states with eight new deaths in Edo, Ondo, and Kogi states. The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said there had been a rise in the number of new cases this week compared to the last four weeks. This is coming a week after Ihekweazu said there had been a decline compared to the 2018 outbreak. “From January 1 to March 3, 2019, a total of 1

Pharmexcil Set to Host Top India Pharmaceutical Companies in Lagos

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The Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) will on March 14 – 15, 2019 host the third International Exhibition for Pharma & Healthcare (iPHEX Africa) with top Indian pharmaceutical companies in attendance. The exhibition, which is supported by the Indian High Commission, Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association in Nigeria, Association of Pharmaceuticals Importers in Nigeria and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, will feature at least 60 Indian companies. The Director General, Pharmexcil, Udaya Bhaskar said: “We are happy with the level of cooperation from Nigerian government and relevant agencies since the maiden edition of this exhibition, it has not only improved the relationship between both countries but also enable a lot of pharmaceu
Why Buhari Should Urgently Assent to Pharmacy Council Bill

Why Buhari Should Urgently Assent to Pharmacy Council Bill

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Pharmacists under the aegis of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) have given reasons why the executive arm of the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari should urgently assent to the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) Bill. National Chairman of ACPN, Samuel Adekola, and National Secretary of ACPN, Abosede Idowu, in a joint statement said Presidential assent to the Bill would address the recent public health concerns with regards to the increasing challenges of drug abuse and misuse in Nigeria by ensuring stricter regulation and enforcement by the PCN on erring pharmacists and pharmaceutical industries. They said this development obviously further complicates the perennial woes of fake as well as falsified drugs in the nation and ...
Decline In HIV Infections In The U.S Stalls As Trump Administration Aims To End Epidemic

Decline In HIV Infections In The U.S Stalls As Trump Administration Aims To End Epidemic

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As the Trump administration's goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030 rolls out, a new report reveals that a decline in HIV infections has plateaued. Between 2010 and 2013, HIV incidence in the United States significantly decreased, but between 2013 and 2016, incidence remained steady -- with about 38,700 new infections nationwide in 2016, according to the report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. The report comes as new efforts are underway to eliminate HIV transmissions nationwide. In President Donald Trump's State of the Union address this month, he announced an initiative aimed at reducing new HIV infections in the United States by 75% in the next five years and by 90% in the next 10 years. HIV, or human immunodeficien...
Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau

Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau

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Dr Kunden Deyin, the Plateau Commissioner for Health says the state has recorded 28 new cases of Lassa fever with 10 deaths. Deyin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday that 64 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation out of which 28 were confirmed to be Lassa fever. He said that one of the confirmed cases was imported from Kaduna State, adding that most of the affected persons are responding to treatments. He advised people to report immediately to the nearest health facility, whenever they had indications of any form of fever. “Lassa fever presents like any other fever, with symptoms such as headache, body pain and general feeling of being unwell. “”Therefore, anyone who is felling feverish should visit the hospital immediately. “Promp
Herbal Medicines: Do They Really Work?

Herbal Medicines: Do They Really Work?

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The use of herbal medicine as one element of complementary and alternative medicine is increasing worldwide. Herbal medicines, both crude and refined, are not new. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions. In the past modern science has considered methods of traditional knowledge of herbal medicine as primitive such that during the colonial era traditional medical practices were often declared as illegal by the colonial authorities. However, it’s important to note today that of the 252 drugs on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) essential medicine list, 11 percent are exclusively of plant origin. Many have turned to herbal remedies for the treatment of a number of health co