By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, Bill Gates and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, yesterday, held a video conference for live contributions on the 2017 midterm review of routine immunisation on polio eradication across the 27 local government areas of Borno State. World’s richest man, Gates, joined the discussions from the United States, Africa’s richest man, Dangote, joined from Lagos  while Governor Shettima spoke from Maiduguri in the midst of stakeholders that include officials of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and partners from agencies of the United Nations and others involved in supporting Immunisation in Nigeria. The Borno State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in Maiduguri was used at the convergence point where officials from Borno State made presentations on successes and challenges so far recorded in 2017 on coverage of Immunisation exercises in the state. Tagged, ’Midterm Review Meeting on Strengthening Routine Immunization in Borno State’, the conference agreed on ways...
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...
By Mohammed Ismail, Abuja Preparations are in top gear by the management of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) to open new offices in seven states as part of its efforts to strengthen and expand its operations across Nigeria, acting registrar/CEO of the council Mr. Tosan Erhabor disclosed while reeling his one year achievement as the helmsman of the council. Erhabor said having strengthened the existing zonal offices, the council deemed it fit to open new offices in Oyo, Kogi, Jigawa, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Katsina states in order to take services to the doorsteps of practitioners. He noted that in its effort to boost service delivery, the council has made the provision of quality, timely and cost effective services its watch word. “We now offer quality, timely and cost effective services to our clients. These are verifiable facts as majority of our members can testify that it is no longer business...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja Northern Youth Development Association in the 19 states  has called on the Minister of Health to revert the suspension of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Executive Secretary, Professor Yusuf Usman. According to the group, in a statement by its chairman, Imran Wada Nas said Nigeria will never progress if innocent and hardworking individuals are punished for only doing their jobs as expected of them. According to the group, since the minister was not the person that appointed the NHIS Executive Secretary, then he has no right to fire or suspend him. “The NHIS Executive Secretary position has a tenure which means that the minister ought to have known that he cannot just wake up and suspend the Executive Secretary because they had a disagreement.” “This is why we are calling on the minister to peacefully reverse his decision on the NHIS Executive Secretary. As youths from the northern part of...
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By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja The Federal Government has declared its willingness to collaborate with traditional healers to develop the nation’s herbal medicine sub sector. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu stated this when he visited a traditional medicine practitioner, Pa Aliyu Giwa, who was renowned for using traditional medicines to treat cancer and other complicated terminal ailments at Adavieba community in Adavi Local Government of Kogi State. The minister, who was accompanied by his Ministry of Health counterpart, Prof. Isaac Adewole, decried the nation’s overdependence on importation, stressing that the tradomedicine sector could be developed to rake in the kind of gains already being enjoyed by Asian countries. He said: “We are tired of importing everything we need from outside; the time has come for us to look inward and see how we can export our traditional medicines.” Onu urged Giwa and other traditional healers and alternative medicine practitioners to release...
By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State weekend asked Edo people to reject plans by Governor Godwin Obaseki to hand over part of the reconstructed Central Hospital to private partners saying such move will make the  facilities unaffordable to the already pauperised citizens of the state. LEADERSHIP recalls that Obaseki penultimate week at a lecture series had hinted that the state government cannot afford to run the hospital due to lack of manpower and huge resources needed to equip it, informing that his government would partner a private firm to run the hospital. However, at a media briefing on Saturday shortly before the start of a stakeholders’ meeting of the Edo PDP, state chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, who regretted that the hospital has not been put to use one year after it was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, blamed former Governor Adams Oshiomhole for...
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 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 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...