THE Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called on the police and all other government agencies to enforce the ban on flavoured tobacco products including Shisha. Adewole said this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday to mark the 2018 world No- Tobacco Day. Shisha smoking is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube. However, the minister said most of the flavoured tobacco were targeted at the youths and were as dangerous as cigarettes. The minister said, “Let me stress that the ban on tobacco products with characterising flavours is still in place and the ban includes shisha because it has flavour. I, therefore, urge the Consumer Protection Council and the law enforcement agencies to intensify arrest of defaulte
The pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed off 280 patent medicine stores in Zamfara state for various offences, the director inspection and monitoring of the council Mrs Anthonia O Aruya has said. Briefing newsmen shortly after an enforcement exercise Mrs Aruya said a total of 365 premises comprising four pharmacies and and 361 Patent Medicine shops were visited. She said some of the offences include operating without registration with pharmacists Council of Nigeria, failure to renew premise licences , dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist and poor sanitary conditions among others. "One of the core mandates of the PCN is to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public and phar
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) on Monday said it would continue its ongoing nationwide strike until the Federal Government implement certain agreements reached between the two parties on Sept. 30, 2017. JOHESU disclosed this at a peaceful rally organised by its national body in Abuja, saying it would not be deterred by the court’s injunction compelling its members to return to work.Mr Josiah Biobelemoye, National Chairman of the union said the rally was aimed at updating members with current developments regarding the ongoing strike, including the recent court order.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Industrial Court (NIC) gave an order on May 25, 2018 compelling JOHESU to call off the strike, which began on April 18.Biobelemoye emphasised that the union ha
In spite of the ban on codeine, the use of the drug is still widespread among youths in Maiduguri, Borno State, Daily Trust findings have revealed. There are still many dealers operating from various areas of the metropolis. “If you go to Lake Chad Hotel premises which is very close to where I live, empty bottles of codeine containing drugs and cough syrup litter everywhere, one would actually wonder if truly the substance has been banned. People are still consuming it,” said Bukar Ibrahim, a concerned resident. “It makes the consumers rebellious and they engage in rape, theft and bunkering. People engaged in drugs can go to any length to source for money to finance the habit,” Bukar added. Another resident, Abdullahi Goni said large numbers of youths and housewive
Trastuzumab isn’t exactly new, but it is offering simpler and quicker treatment for women living with breast cancer. Previous formulations for dealing with breast cancer, which affects millions of women around the world, have been administered as intravenous medication, injected into a line attached to a patient. Sold under the brand name Herceptin, the drug comes as a subcutaneous formulation, allowing it to be administered as an injection, according to the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche, which makes the formulation. Herceptin is designed to target and block the function of HER2, a protein produced by a specific gene with potential to cause cancer when it is over expressed, according to Oladipupo Hameed, country manager for Roche Nigeria. The drug works by activating the body’s immun
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Senator Shehu Sani has urged the federal governmnet to address the demands of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and not demonize them. The lawmaker in a tweet,said "The FG should listen to JOHESU and address their grievances and not demonize them.The NMA should offer to mediate and not go against JOHESU.Someday the NMA will need JOHESU.Let the political and business elites end medical tourism and fund and equip our public health sector".
The Vice Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, Prof. Debo Adeyewa, has disclosed that the school has capacity to curb Lassa fever.He gave the hint during the 13th matriculation of the university in Ede, Osun State. According to him, the institution has the capability to contain and eliminate Lassa fever through its research activities. Adeyewa accused the Federal Government of insincerity in not collaborating and supporting its World Bank-sponsored African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases.He said it was unfortunate that this is happening at a critical moment that Lassa fever is rampaging the country. He lamented that the Federal Government has not encouraged the school in its efforts, despite that it had spent millions of naira to conduct research relating to
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 ...
The meeting between the federal government and striking members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, which held between Tuesday and Wednesday has failed to resolve the crisis. The leaders of various unions who convened at the meeting held in Abuja to review the negotiation between the parties did not concede to the appeal made by federal government’s negotiation team led by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, to end the strike. Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Ngige had accused the union of not following procedure before they began their nationwide strike. The minister who called the reconciliation meeting said the union neglected to give the government a 14-day notice required by law. While the union said the strike will continue; it, however, urged its counterparts
Three people have been confirmed dead following outbreak of diarrhea in Kardi area of Birnin Kebbi. Unconfirmed reports had put the dead figure at over 40 but the Community Health Officer in charge of the Primary Health Care at the village, Abdulkarim Abubakar, said they had only recorded three deaths from the 160 patients admitted there. He said five people whose cases were serious had been referred to Sir Yahaya Specialist Hospital in Birnin Kebbi while 147 others have been discharged from the PHC after they were treated. During his visit to the affected areas in Kardi, the Vice Chairman of Birnin Kebbi Local Government, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim delivered drugs worth N350,000 to the PHC where the patients are currently receiving treatment. He said, “We felt sad over the deaths so f
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to speak out on depression to prevent suicide. Owoseni spoke at the Ordinary Meeting and Scientific Conference organised by the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba in Lagos. Theme of the conference is: “No Health without Mental Health, Break the Silence: Role of Pharmacology in Suicide Prevention.” He said: “Police is the first respondent in everything you can think of and it is the way people interact with us that sometimes make us suggest they need mental checkup. “There are so many things that can lead to suicide. “From our own point of view and looking at the trends of suicide lately, there is what we call depression which has not been accepted in A
It can be worrying for parents, especially when you see your child struggle with itching or discomfort. For some parents, they will think it was a food allergy when their 3-year-old child breaks out with red, hot patches all over his body. But then, when flaky scales and weeping rash start to appear on the little child's scalp, experts say the symptoms may be due to psoriasis. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. In most cases, it is a long-term (non-contagious) condition that waxes and wanes over a lifetime. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, skin, nails - though it can appear on any location. It is an autoimmune disorder. That means something in your child's immune system ...
A new study has confirmed that eating red onion, a common, vegetable used in cooking around the world, may help to fight cancer. According to the study, which was presented at the ‘Food Research International’ forum, the tasty vegetable is full of powerful compounds that help to kill tumours. One type of the red onion known as anthocyanins, which was responsible for its dark colouring, were believed to be inhibiting the spread of the disease. A flavonoid called quercetin, one of the compounds, had the same effects by shrinking the size of cancerous masses, medical experts had affirmed. According to Canadian scientists, any type of onion, regardless of its colour, may help to destroy cancer. Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invad
Former Minister of Health and President of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has urged health professionals in the country to work in harmony to tackle issues for the good of the country.” Adelusi-Adeluyi, who lamented the current situation of the health sector, said: “the poor state of affairs is made even worse by the animosity, distrust and consequently, disharmony among different professionals in the health sector.” Adelusi-Adeluyi said that the most vital resource in the health sector was not the annual budgetary allocation from government, but the huge human resource endowment. It is only by building on its strengths which include its diversity, that the health sector can become truly primed to deliver optimal value to Nigeria. “Here is
The Federal Government has directed all federal medical facilities and primary health care centres to treat cases of meningitis free of charge. Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole disclosed this in a statement saying that the outbreak of cerebral spinal meningitis since November 2016 had killed 328 persons. He said Nigerians especially residents of Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara and Jigawa states should seek early attention, when discomforted with symptoms of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM). He also urged them to avoid clogging together in unventilated and over-crowded rooms. He said the present outbreak would be nipped in the bud. He said the government was in discussion with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, E-health Africa and other international ...