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...
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...
By Tunde Oguntola The federal government has assured that it will set mechanism in motion to ensure timely distribution of Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and National Essential Medicines List (EML), in line with international best practices, to all relevant stakeholders in the health sector. The minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole who stated this at the launching of the second edition of the National Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and the sixth edition of the National Essential Medicines List (EML), described the documents as the core documents in the health sector of every country. Prof. Adewole who explained that the goal of the documents “is in line with National Drug Policy” said the documents will be used for: “Procurement of medicines and their use in the public sector, prescribing medicines in the public health sector, medicines information to healthcare providers, re-imbursement of medicines in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and reference standard...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Prof Ahmed Yakasai, has picked holes in the claim by the Senate that about 42 antimalarial drugs banned by the European Union (EU) were still in circulation at the Nigerian market. Speaking with LEADERSHIP Sunday at the weekend, the PSN president said the drugs being listed as banned were mono therapy drugs, which Nigeria no more uses. Yakasai who expressed disappointment at the claim by the Red Chamber said the alarm raised was uncalled, as the issue had become stale after it had been addressed in the past. The Nigerian Senate had on July 20, 2017 raised the alarm over antimalarial drugs that have been banned in Europe but were still sold in hospitals and pharmacies in Nigeria. The Senate also mandated its committee on Health, both Secondary and Tertiary, chaired by Senator Olarewaju Tejuoso, to urgently carry out an investigation into...
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 DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja   Some years back, at the hospital, Abu obviously restless prayed a silent prayer pleading that his wife’s life be spared, just this once. Two promises he also made if she returns alive, were to allow her rest for as long as she heals and never to compel her into sex without her opinion of what follows after. “I knew it was my fault, though she complained but I didn’t know it takes that long to heal, I thought she just wanted to refuse,” Abu said. Abu had also insisted on having Zahratu fulfil her conjugal duties, notwithstanding her state of health. Zahratu, his wife was between life and death as she went into a preterm labour just six months after conception. The pregnancy wasn’t planned, coming exactly three months after she had a stillbirth through caesarean section. Abu said, “I didn’t even consider that, we did some calculations and thought she...
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...