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Nigeria Not Prepared For Another Ebola Outbreak, Says Tomori

Nigeria Not Prepared For Another Ebola Outbreak, Says Tomori

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Federal Government had, last week, through the NCDC activated a preparedness plan by setting up the Ebola Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) in response to the renewed outbreak of Ebola in the DRC. WHO, partners request N4b to tackle disease Contrary to assertion by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the country is better prepared for another possible outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) now than in 2014, a virologist, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, said Nigeria is not prepared for another outbreak. Tomori, former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and Vice Chancellor, Redeemers University, who had worked with the WHO, said: “If Ebola strikes in Nigeria, can we rapidly and effectively control it as we did in 2014? My answer is more a ‘No’ than a ‘Yes’. “T
Towards Ending Medical Tourism in Nigeria

Towards Ending Medical Tourism in Nigeria

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It is an established fact that health is wealth even as it is well known fact that the nation’s health sector has been subject of different discourse owing to the fact that the sector is yet to be where it ought to to be. But then of course, the Nigerian health sector is undergoing major reforms aimed at repositioning primary, secondary and tertiary health care system for easy access and affordability to all. One outstanding feature of the nation’s health system is that due to poor services occasioned by lack of good equipment, privileged Nigerians prefer to seek health care outside the shores of the country. This has led to what is commonly referred to as medical tourism. Exerts have advocated an end or at best, drastic reduction in the number of people travelling abroad to seek
Nigeria To Issue New Yellow Card

Nigeria To Issue New Yellow Card

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The Federal Executive Council, presided over by Acting President  Professor Yemi Osinbajo has approved a memorandum for the introduction of a new Yellow Card with advanced security features. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the former card was prone to abuse through issuance by unauthorised persons to people not actually vaccinated. “With this new card you cannot fake the yellow card; using a card reader; we can also document your vaccination status to know whether or not you have been genuinely vaccinated. “As soon as we start the roll out, we will tell the Nigerian community the date of commencement; what to do with the one they have and when it will be phased out,’’ Adewole added. Also the Transportation Minister, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, said the council approved two m
‘Diaspora Doctors Will Come Back If Nigeria Has Facilities’

‘Diaspora Doctors Will Come Back If Nigeria Has Facilities’

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A heart  specialist practicing in Westlake,Ohio, USA, Dr. Demola Abiose, has said that most Nigerian cardiologists and doctors in the Diaspora have yet to come due to lack of facilities. According to the consultant cardiologist, many of  his colleagues are tired of living abroad and want to contribute their skills to the health care system of the country. He spoke at the inauguration of the Grays Cardiology Centre, Ikeja, a subsidiary of the Reddington HealthCare Group in Lagos on Friday. Abiose said, “I know at least about 12 top Nigerian cardiologists that want to come back home. Why won’t we? We were trained here and it’s our duty to give back. I also know many American doctors that will come and work here if the right medical facilities are available. “Though I practise abr
NAFDAC and the War on Counterfeit Drugs

NAFDAC and the War on Counterfeit Drugs

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The Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs: Nafdac The immediate past director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii had prior to his exit from office been widely quoted as advocating for the enactment of new legislation to enable the agency cope with the present realities on the dynamics of war on counterfeit medicines among other challenges confronting it. The former NAFDAC helmsman had hinged his call for a revision of the laws on the noticeable defects in the existing ones to enhance efforts of the agency to rid the country of unscrupulous elements. We support Orhii’s advocacy because it borders on strengthening the operations of an important agency of government whose activities have direct consequence on the lives of the greatest majori
FG Alerts Nigerians on Fake Anti-Malarial Drug

FG Alerts Nigerians on Fake Anti-Malarial Drug

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Fake Anti Malaria Durgs-Beware: Following the emergence of two fake versions of Quinine Sulphate circulating in neighbouring Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the federal government has recently warned Nigerians to beware. According to official reports, the fake drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients. The report states that however, the said drugs have not been sighted in the country yet, but if seen anywhere including hospitals and pharmacy shops, it should be reported to the nearest office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Warning : The warning which was contained in a statement released by Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, also revealed that Quinine Sulpha
Lassa Fever: Man Tests Positive, 100 Under Surveillance

Lassa Fever: Man Tests Positive, 100 Under Surveillance

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A middle-aged man (name withheld) has tested positive to Lassa fever in Katsina following contact with the corpse of his brother who died from the disease in Kaduna. The samples of the man and seven others who participated in the burial rites were taken and his turned out positive. He  is currently quarantined at the National Obstetric Fistula Centre at Babbar Ruga. The state Commissioner of Health, Mariyatu Bala Usman who disclosed this, said ‘the man’ had travelled to Kaduna to bring back the corpse of his brother for burial in Katsina and five days later Kaduna health authority sent in a report indicating cause of death from Lassa fever. Shedding more light on the development, the Director of Public Health Dr. Shamsudden Yahaya said about 18 primary contacts had been
CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

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CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA COVER STORY- June Edition CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA An induction and oath-taking ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin took place. The event offered the body of pharmacists in Nigeria to take a deep look into challenges confronting both the pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. To this effect, as part of the event, a keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lolu Ojo, a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. In his opening remarks, the keynote speaker summarised the outcome of the series of events and activities that have been on in order to help redefine pharmacy and the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. And referring to the chosen topic for his address – ‘Pharmacy