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...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The head of Mission Medecins  Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), Nigeria, Phillip Aruna has said the organisation has been able to treat 5,000 children of lead poisoning in Zamfara State, since it commenced  in 2010. Recall that LEAD poisoning was identified as the major cause of poisoning leading to deaths of over 300 children. Speaking at the inauguration of the development partners and donor agencies coordination group on mining, which held in Abuja on Friday, the Head of mission said “Till date, MSF with the collaboration of government of Nigeria have been able to treat 5000 children of this kind of problem in Zamfara.” Mr Aruna  said, “We thought this problem was going away, so we were looking at preventive strategies to see how this can be prevented in future, then suddenly in April 2015,a similar thing happened again in Niger state, where in an LGA in Shikira...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE & Taofeek Lawal Abuja Worried by the dwindling quality of healthcare services in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday met behind closed doors to discuss on the way forward. Speaking at the opening of the two days deliberation, the Director General of the NGF, Mr Asishana Okauru, said the meeting was paramount as the number of deaths of mothers and children continues to soar. Okauru said in 2015, life expectancy in Nigeria was around 53 and 56 years for men and women respectively, adding that, while th country constitutes only about 2 per cent to the world population, it contributes up to 10 per cent to maternal mortality in the world. “Diarrhea prevalence rate in Nigeria is abysmal. The indices for deaths and impaired quality of life caused by malaria, lower respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, HIV, especially amongst children and women, are even more appalling”, he added. In his...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The European Union (EU) said that it has spent over N105m on the newly constructed Federal Capital Territory (FCT) vaccines cold store facility located at Apo-Abuja. Speaking when he handed over the facility to the FCT administration at the weekend, the leader of EU-Support for Immunization Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN) project, Dr. Isah Ibrahim explained that the cost of the building, including borehole stand at about N31m, which is different from the cost of the renovation. “The building and the borehole alone cost about N31m, the cost of solar refrigerator system is different, the cost of the four-wheel vehicle is different, the cost of the renovation of the facilities is also different. So if you put everything together including the computers, it is above N105m, but that is at about five years ago and if you put it at the current value, it is over N200m”, he said. Ibrahim explained that...

LUTH Crisis Is Over, Says CMD

By GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos The chief medical director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode yesterday said the crisis in the hospital has been resolved. He also said some measures have been put in place to make the hospital the Preferred Destination for Nigerians in need of specialised medical care. Bode made the disclosures in a statement against the backdrop of protest by some resident doctors and health workers. The statement said: “The recent crisis that surfaced between Management and some union members at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital has been amicably resolved. “The management of LUTH had a round-table family meeting with the union officials and a number of confidence building measures were discussed to consolidate the current successes so far recorded to reposition LUTH as The Preferred Destination for Nigerians in need of specialised medical care. “This followed the intervention of many eminent personalities who had expressed concern over the...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has visited some health facilities at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State to ensure their functionality. The Minister also interacted with the displaced persons at the camps and assured them that federal government would continue to provide healthcare services at the camp. Adewole, who was accompanied by the WHO Country Director, Alemu Wondi, the Commissioner of Health, Borno State, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, the National Coordinator, Health and Nutrition Emergency Response Programme, Dr. Ngozi Azodoh and other government officials   visited Teachers Village IDP Camp in Maiduguri where a good number of the displaced persons receive healthcare services. The Minister also had a discussion with some of the ad-hoc staff providing psychosocial health service at the camp where he expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment shown by the ad-hoc staff in conducting their assignment. Adewole had earlier visited the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric...
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...
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...
By AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, Abuja The federal government has been urged to institute a national intervention programme that will draw out a pragmatic approach to tackling Noma disease in the country. Noma (cancrum oris) is a gangrene that develops in the mouth and rapidly spreads to other parts of the face. The disease is almost found exclusively in conditions of poverty, poor living conditions, poor hygiene and malnutrition and if not treated leads to death in 70-90 percent cases. Malnutrition is a major factor that pre-disposes people to the disease. The executive director, Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), Dr Ver-or Ngutor, made the call when he spoke to a select journalists yesterday in Abuja to mark the 2017 Noma Day. OHAI is a non-governmental organisation advocating for better attention for the prevention and treatment of Noma. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its resolved to tackle the menace  set the 22nd day of May every year...
  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...