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 Pharmacist Council Seals 358 Medicine Stores In Taraba 

The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it has sealed 358 medicine stores in Taraba over various professional offences. Speaking at a press conference in Jalingo, the Director of Inspection and Monitoring of the council, Mrs Anthonia Aruya said that 539 premises were visited during the inspection exercise, comprising 52 pharmacies and 487 patent and proprietary vendors across the state. According to her, out of the 358 premises sealed, seven were pharmacies, while 351 were patent and proprietary medicine vendors. “We issued 16 compliance directives, including one pharmacy and 15 PPMVs…

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More FCT Residents To Benefit From Health Insurance Scheme – Official

The Secretary, FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Bappah, has pledged that more residents will benefit from the FCT Health Insurance Scheme (FHIS). Speaking during a week-long briefing from Departments and Agencies under the secretariat, Babbah said more sensitisation needed to be done to encourage more people to enroll into the scheme. He urged the Program Manager, Dr Ahmed Danfulani to ensure that workers in both public and private sectors enjoyed subsidised health services as provided in the guidelines. He commended the FCT Agency for the Control…

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Budget Allocated For Health Research Inadequate — Researcher

A Medical Researcher, Prof. Babatunde Salako, has urged Federal Government to increase budget for health research, saying the current financing was inadequate. Salako made the call on Tuesday in a lecture organised by Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN). The don, also the Director-General and Chief Executive of Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos State, spoke on the topic: “Nigeria Research Landscape: Strategies for Building a Successful Academic Career.” The professor of medicine also stressed the  need for medical research in the…

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Nigeria To Attain Polio-Free Status In Next 11 Months – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria may be certified polio-free in next 11 months, if access to insecure areas in Borno, and some parts of the North-East improves. Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on Polio and Routine Immunisation in Nigeria. The executive director said Nigeria was very close to obtaining a polio eradication certificate, adding that the country had gone over 24 months with very strong surveillance without a case…

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Rotary Restates Commitment To Eradicate Polio

….Says Only Nigeria, Afghanistan,Pakistan Have Polio Cases In The World Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only three nations of the world where polio is yet to be eradicated, Rotary Club International has said while restating its commitment to the fight against the scourge. Chairman of the Rotary Polio Eradication Committee in Kwara State Otunba Rick Oladele made the disclosure at the Palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. Oladele led his committee members to intimate the Emir of the Rotary Clubs in Kwara to immunise 5, 000…

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60000 Children Below 5yrs Die Of Diarrhea Yearly In Nigeria  

WaterAid-Nigeria says about 60,000 children below the age of five years still die every year in Nigeria, owing to diarrhea infections. Communications and Media Manager of WaterAid Nigeria, Miss Oluseyi Abdulmalik, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Bauchi, to mark the Global Handwashing Day, celebrated annually on October 15. “We already know progress is not fast enough; about 60,000 children under 5 years in Nigeria still die each year because of diarrhea. “That is linked to dirty water, poor toilets and poor hygiene, pointing out that everyone has…

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World Sight Day: 250 Patients To Benefit From Free Eye Surgery

………in Kwara State An Ophthalmologist, Dr Lateefat Oloko-Oba of the Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin, has said that the Ophthalmology Society of Nigeria, Kwara State Branch will perform eye free surgery for 250 people with Cataract in Kwara. Dr Oloko-oba disclosed this on Thursday on the occasion of world Sight Day celebration. She said the beneficiaries said the 250 beneficiaries of the Cataract operation would be drawn from the three senatorial districts of the State. Oloko-Oba therefore advised people suffering from cataract in Ilorin and its environs to join…

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Again, Minister Reiterates Dangers Of Tobacco Use

…….in Nigeria The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to reduce the use of Tobacco in the country. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a public awareness forum on the dangers of tobacco consumption. The Director, Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs Boade Akinola, quoted the minister as saying that efforts had been made towards the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act (NTCA) of 2015. NTCA is a domesticated WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Ehanire said the…

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Court Orders Hospital To Pay Patient N1m For Negligence

An  FCT High Court of Justice Jude Okeke in Maitama, on Wednesday ordered Kings Care Hospital, Abuja, to pay N1m as damages to a couple for negligence. The claimants, Mr Bamikole Owolabi and his wife, Mercy, had told the court that two ultra sound scan reports by the hospital showed that Mercy was pregnant with twin, but only delivered a baby. Owolabi therefore asked the court to compel the private hospital to produce the second baby which the scan report showed. The hospital, however, contended that the baby girl delivered…

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FG Inaugurates Technical Group For Hearing Health

The Federal Government has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) on Ear Care and Hearing Healthcare. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, inaugurated the committee on Friday in Abuja. He tasked members of the group to develop a national strategic plan that would improve the ear care of Nigerians. Adewole said there was need to identify centres where ear care could be accessed and develop a public school for hearing screening programme targeting one million students in Nigeria. “The relationship between hearing and speaking cannot be overemphasised,’’ the minister…

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