BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT The Rivers State government has shut down the Churchill Primary Health Centre in the town area of Port Harcourt. It was gathered that a three weeks old baby got missing last week after being administered immunization in the health centre. News on the streets of Churchill area has it that the three weeks old baby who was reportedly missing was later found dead three days after, on the corpse of an unknown woman. Meanwhile, permanent secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Agiriya Harry said that no such incident happened. Harry confirmed the report of a missing baby but said the hospital was shut down because of the activities of hoodlums who claim to be sympathizers of the family that owns the missing baby. He said the police are now investigating the incident. He however advised women and guardians to be careful with their children whenever they...
BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The Senate has enforced a stern restriction on the sale and consumption of 42 Anti-malaria drugs that are considered killing to life and which were recently banned by the European Union in all countries within it. The European Union had directed that EU countries must as a matter of necessity, not stock any drugs that contains Plasmotrin, Artequin, Co-artinate, Arco, Artecon and Dialquin because they are found to be very dangerous and causes kidney failure. However, Senate yesterday revealed that it has observed that all banned drugs in Europe are still being sold and consumed in Nigeria and its states. It said the only difference between Nigerians and Europeans is body color, noting that the body organs are same and so what is dangerous to health affects all and sundry. The legislature further said it will not hesitate to raise its legislative hammer against defaulters and directed...
JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo About four million residents of Osun State will benefit from the free distribution of two million, two hundred thousand mosquito nets by the Catholic Relief Service in conjunction with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) in their desperate move to reduce the menace of malaria disease in the state. The Programme Manager of Catholic Relief Service in the state, Dr. Adetayo Olusola disclosed yesterday at a workshop in Osogbo that $8.8 million have been earmarked for the procurement of mosquitoes insecticidal nets (LLIN) for the use of the people of the state. The target according to him would ensure that a net will be made available to every two residents of the state to curb the spread of the deadly disease. Olusola further disclosed that, the insecticidal nets would be distributed across the 30 local government areas of the state while 14,000 personnel that would distribute the nets are on...
BY OBIEJESI PAMELA The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has refuted the claim by the Senate that banned anti-malarial drugs are in circulation in the country. Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, NAFDAC Acting DG, Dr Yetunde Oni, explained that, the said banned drugs are oral Mono-therapies which are no longer in use. In her words “we want to douse the tension, and correct the misinformation on the social and mainstream media about the 42 anti-malarial medicines purportedly banned by the European Union but allegedly in circulation in the country. “It is pertinent to mention that the allegedly banned ant-imalarial medicines are oral Monotherapies containing single active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) such as Artesunate as contained in Arinate tablet. “Others are Amodiaquine as contained in Camoquine, Dihydroartemisinin contained in Daraprim tablet”. Oni added that the recommended antimalarial medicines for the treatment of malaria in Nigeria are the Artemisin Combination Therapies (ACTs), which...
FG Tasks Journalists On Breastfeeding Interventions         …As Aisha Buhari Advocates Day-care, Breastfeeding Section  BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, The federal government has urged Journalists to join in the campaign to educate women on breastfeeding. Speaking during a media dialogue in Ibadan, the Assistant Director, Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mr Olumide Osanyinpeju Said while breastfeeding is best for child survival and development, the federal government alone cannot impress the ideas on mothers. He further called on stakeholders, Community mobilizers, relevant agencies and facilitators to join in the campaign on exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria. “There is need for all to rise up for the propagation, as early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death. As you know, government alone cannot fight this cause, hence, the need to collaborate with Agencies, NGOs and other Line Partners and Organizations to advocate on how best to address the issue,”...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has disclosed the plan of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to supply oxygen to government hospitals in Adamawa State. He made the disclosure while commissioning the new Liquid Oxygen (LOX) plant at the NAF Base in Yola today, 10 July 2017. The idea of building the LOX plant was mooted in 2016 by Air Marshal Abubakar to solve the perennial difficulty being experienced in supplying LOX for use by NAF fighter pilots, who require it especially for high altitude operations. The plant in Yola has the capacity to produce liquid and gaseous oxygen, in addition to nitrogen, another gas needed for the maintenance of aircraft. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the CAS stated that the LOX plant had the capacity to produce 1,000 litres of oxygen every 8 hours, which is in excess of the NAF’s requirements for...
BY DONATUS NADI, The Nasarawa state government on Thursday has called on communities across the state to embrace family planning services so as to reduce maternal mortality rate for the overall development of the state.   Dr.Daniel Iya, the state commissioner of Health made the call in Lafia during  a presentation of finalized Nasarawa state  Costed Implementation Plan(CIP)  for Family Planning organized by the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pathfinder International, an NGO.   LEADERSHIP reports that the meeting was a stakeholders engagement which brought together health experts, stakeholders from various ministries, agencies, the media, civil society, members  of state assembly, NGO’s among others.   Iya said that the meeting was organized in order to encourage communities to embrace family planning in order to reduce maternal and child mortality rate among women for the overall development of the country.   “Every body is aware that Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura  has done well and is still doing his best in improving on the health status and well being of the people...
Recent reports have indicated improved access to malaria interventions especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Diagnostic testing for children as well as preventive treatment for pregnant women has significantly increased. According to the 2016 World Malaria Report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the estimated number of malaria cases declined by 88 percent while death rates declined by 90 percent in Africa between 2000 and 2015. However, despite this heart-warming news, the scourge has not by any means lost its potency. Malaria still poses a potent threat to global health, threatening the achievement of the WHO Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for Malaria 2016–2030 that set an ambitious target of at least a 90 percent reduction in cases, incidents and mortality rate of malaria by 2030. According to WHO estimates, 212 million new malaria cases were recorded in 2015. In the same year, there were 490,000 deaths caused by malaria. Legacy challenges such...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The Federal Capital Territory administration (FCTA) has disclosed that in May, 2017, only about 3,242 children living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are yet to be immunized against poliomyelitis. Speaking when she flagged off the July Round of 2017 Sub-national Immunization Plus Days in Abuja at the weekend, acting secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu noted that the figure is a drastic drop from 13,416 figure recorded in the same period in 2016. Odey-Achu pointed out that within the same period, the FCT immunization work plan was equally approved, as it now operates with the cumulative Pent-3 coverage rate at 95 per cent in May this year, as against 71 per cent in 2016. Represented by the director health management services, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, the acting secretary revealed that through the EU-SIGN projects, the Gui and Ayaura Primary Health Centres in Abuja Municipal and...
BY LEADERSHIP EDITORS Coming on the eve of this year’s World Malaria Day was the glad tiding that medical science may have taken humanity close to the verge of winning the long, excruciating war against the scourge of malaria. According to news reports penultimate week, a British pharmaceutical company has further improved on its existing malaria vaccine that has reached the stage of trial on human beings. According to the reports, 12,000 children in the African countries of Ghana, Malawi and Kenya are to be given the vaccine and put under observation for a one year period. We share in the euphoria and offer fervent prayers that this latest onslaught on the foremost killer of people especially in the continents of Africa and Asia, should turn out to be successful. While we are excited, we are not, however, unmindful that previous attempts at developing malaria vaccines had either totally failed or,...