BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Federal Government has called on Field Epidemiologists to come up with more research on how to better the lives of Nigerians and Africa at large. Highlighting the fears posed by Anti Microbial Resistant diseases in Nigeria and around the world, the Minister noted that the danger in such development is spending of huge resources and not achieving sound health at the end of the day. He said, “the cost of health care for patients with resistant infections is higher than care for patients with non resistant infections due to prolong period of illness, additional tests and use of more expensive drugs.” He also said that about 480, 000 people around the world develop multi drug resistant Tuberculosis annually while drug resistant poses a dangerous threat to treatment of other simple illnesses such as Malaria. The federal government also commended Nigerian Field Epidemiologists for contributions made towards safeguarding of public...
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The federal government is close to saving about N50billion every month as it commences the process of integrating indigenous medicine into its health care delivery system. Already, government and traditionunderstanding, MoU, that will facilitate the integration process. Also, a bill which has passed its second reading in the National Assembly is expected to formally and legally recognise traditional medicine in the country. Speaking with our correspondent on the ongoing integration exercise, national president of the Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine, NCPNM, Professor Magnus Atilade said government has for the first time committed itself toward the realisation of the integration. Atilade explained that current interface between the NCPNM and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR has culminated into the signing of an MoU to kick-start the whole process. He disclosed that the first leg of the implementation of the MoU has already begun with the clinical verification...
The federal government has donated drugs and other essential commodities to an undisclosed medical facility for the rehabilitation of the 82 rescued Chibok school girls. The minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, presented the items to the clinic yesterday in Abuja. Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, said this in a statement. According to her, the Adewole made the donation during a visit to the rescued girls at the health facility where they are currently receiving care. “The minister has assured the recently freed 82 Chibok Girls of the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure their complete health and wellbeing. “We are happy for you and we thank God for your release. “President Buhari has shown his commitment to your plight and has directed that we offer best of medical services. “We are going to take care of you so that you can go out and...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday its experts have not yet decided whether to use newly developed vaccines to try to contain an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, but officials are making preparations just in case. A second case of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo was confirmed by the WHO on Sunday after an outbreak this week of 17 other suspected cases. Three people have so far died among the 19 suspected and confirmed cases. A spokesperson for the Geneva-based WHO told Reuters the organisation was working with specialists to conduct an epidemiological investigation “to better understand the extent of the current outbreak”. The spokesperson also added that the origanisation is investigating to establish who is at risk of becoming infected with Ebola. The GAVI global vaccine alliance said on Friday that some 300,000 emergency doses of an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck could be available in case of a...
  BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Secretary General, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, FCT Chapter, Dr Jesse Gwandi has urged Nigerians to make good of the opportunities offered through continuous consumption of quail eggs. Speaking with LEADERSHIP in an interview, Gwandi said, the quail eggs has a lot of health benefits if consumed considerably. He said apart from the fact that the egg helps to reduce high blood pressure and diabetes, it also helps to tackle Alopecia; a condition in which one’s hair follicle is being mistakenly attacked by the immune system. This condition leads to fall out of body hair, either from the head or any part of the body. “ It also addresses the problem of cholesterol storage in the body as it doesn’t not have much of it unlike the normal chicken eggs,” he added. The Veterinary Doctor however said it was unfortunate that some mischievous people had tried to put down the...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Federal Government will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, 15th 2017 to properly discuss and give directives on measures to be taken to stall the spread of the Ebola disease into the country. Speaking to LEADERSHIP in a phone Interview, the Director of Communications, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Akinola Boade said the federal government has also given a directive to port health officials to step up inspection activities and to report any sick person or suspects to ensure that the State Epidemiologist in the states is immediately alerted and relevant tests conducted. This is coming at the heel of the Ebola disease outbreak in the Northern part of Democratic Republic of Congo after 11 suspected cases were reported and three reportedly killed. Meanwhile, the Congolese government through its twitter handle said it has activated the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network to provide additional support adding that...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah   The federal executive council (FEC) has approved a  joint venture agreement between the federal government  and May and  Baker  plc to produce vaccines in Nigeria  from 2017-2021. According to the agreement ,the federal government will own 49 per cent of the joint venture while  May and Becker will own 51 per cent. This was disclosed by the minister of health, Isaac Adewole after the FEC meeting presided over by acting president, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa. The board of the company will comprise seven people, four from May and Baker and three from the federal government. He said the federal government is using existing  facility at the Federal Vaccine Production Production Lab, Lagos, as their  equity and  that has been costed by Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, is about N1.27 billion and May and Baker will put in about N1.3 billion in keeping with the 51, 49...
Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has called for heightened vigilance and intensified awareness efforts on symptoms of hemorrhagic fevers following the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Minister made the call in a statement issued on his behalf on Saturday in Abuja by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health. The Minister advised health care providers and members of the public, to report any sign of illness to public health officials. He said in response to the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), government had directed health officials stationed at the ports, to step up inspection activities. He said that the symptoms to look out for included fever, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and muscle aches. He said explained that patients with more severe cases would show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or...
Tope Fayehun, Akure A Professor of Medical Microbiology (Infections and Immunity) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Tinuola Adebolu has warned that antibiotics may have undesirable side effects on the consumers . Adebolu disclosed this while delivering the University’s 88th Inaugural lecture titled, ‘Mechanisms of Adaptive Immunity and The Endless Battle Against Diarrhoeagenic Bacteria’ held at the Institutions main auditorium. The don who said indigenous foods and herbs should serve as alternatives, warned against over dependence on vaccines produced from outside the country. According to her, “Indigenous foods and herbs which are readily available in the community such as the ones researched into can be used in treating infection. "More so that they are foods that we normally consume with no side effect. We should let food be our medicine. They should, however, be consumed as close to nature as possible, that is in their raw state.” Adebolu said “, “Ogi”, cheese whey,...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja A group, the Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) yesterday faulted claims that the tobacco industry in Nigeria has created job opportunities for many farmers. The NTCA which was on a courtesy call to LEADERSHIP, Abuja said the illusion created to discourage the federal government from regulating the use of tobacco in the country are all a hoax as it found in its investigation that Nigeria has been importing Tobacco leaves from about 12 countries. Speaking further, the Chairman, NTCA Board, Mr Akinbode Oluwafemi also said, it was unfortunate that the Tobacco industry pays same tax as that of medic-care when it has no healthy benefit to continuous human existence. “Tobacco products also killing those harvesting it, there are economic studies that have shown that the global economy is loosing about $1 million due to the impact of smoking. “The tax regime on medicare in Nigeria today is same on tobacco...