Showing posts from January 24, 2016

PSN hail set-up of more diagnostic centres, special committee

…Says, FG, Minister on track to eradicate disease The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has commended the government over the outcome of the Tuesdays   emergency meeting of the National Council on Health(NCH) in Abuja, which include the establiment of additional eight Lassa fever diagnostic centres in the country within the next three months, among other measures to eradicate the disease. According to PSN, the outlined measures of NCH deliberations as contained in the communique is indicative of   the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) under the supervision of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole and his team from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to eradicate Lassa Fever in the country. In a statement on Thursday, jointly signed by the newly elected president of the association, Ahmed Yakasai and   Pharm. Gbolagade Iyiola, National Secretary, PSN, which was made available to

One out of three Nigerian couples have fertility problems – Dr. Taiwo

Dr. Orebamjo Taiwo is the Medical Director/CEO of Lifeshore Fertility Centre, a subsidiary of Parklande Specialist Hospital, Surulere, Lagos.  Taiwo who is also Consultant Gyneacologist/ Fertility Expert in an exclusive interview with NEWSWATCH TIMES disclosed that one in three that is 33 per cent couples in Nigeria, have fertility problems. In this interview, he recommended solutions to infertility challenges for men with low sperm count and likewise women with fibroid and blocked tubes.  The fertility expert further announced that his clinic provides fertility programmes for couples trying for conception for more than a year, including; Invitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine insemination (IUI), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) among others. The Head Obstetrician/ Gyneacologist, Reddington Hospital, revealed that his goal is to put smiles on the face of couples who are looking for children. CHIOMA UMEHA (HEALTH EDITOR) writes. Dr. Orebamjo Taiwo Infertility has been gi

Court remands fake Cough Syrup producer in prison

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, remanded a businessman, Kenneth Chibuko Chinwoke for allegedly producing fake codeine cough syrup in Prison custody following his arraignment by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). A statement signed by Anslem Okonkwor, Public Relations Unit, NAFDAC, said that the suspect was arraigned before Justice Jude kanyioh Dagat. The prosecuting counsel, Umar Shamaki informed the court that the accused imported the fake product. The charge was read to him and he was asked to take his plea. But, the suspect pleaded not guilty. The charge reads: “That you Kenneth Chibuko Chiokwe, male of No 5, Laniyo, Idi Oro Mushin Lagos, imported fake drug codeine cough syrup, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the counterfeit and fake Drug and unwholesome processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap C34 LFN2004 and punishable under section 3(1)(a) of the same Act.” Shamaki to

RB, group present ‘Save a Child a Minute’ N7.2b programme to VP

• Nigeria to receive N1.2b to create healthier country RB, one of the leading consumer health and hygiene companies has proposed partnership with the federal government to fight diarrhoea which claims annually, the lives of nearly 100,000 of children under five years. The initiative is in the tune of about N7.2 billion, out of which Nigeria will access about N1.2 billion for “creating a Healthier and Prosperous nation.” The RB West Africa and Global team members, along with ‘Save the Children’ representatives visited the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to share the proposal and discuss avenues of partnership with government to further the social and economic goals of the country. Rahul Murgai, the Managing Director, RB West Africa shared the his company’s global vision which is to provide consumers with innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. He further said that RB has been operating in the country for over 50 years, noting that N

New PSN boss pledges to establish Medicines Information Centre

• Rolls out 23-point agenda for improved healthcare Adverse drug events occur frequently and lead to a significant number of fatalities each yearly across the world, Nigeria inclusive. For instance, it has been estimated that fatalities directly attributable to adverse drug reactions are the fourth to sixth leading cause of death in US hospitals, exceeding deaths caused by pneumonia and diabetes. The economic burden resulting from drug-related morbidity and mortality is equally significant and has been conservatively estimated at $US30 billion dollars annually, and could exceed $US130 billion in a worst-case scenario. In view of this, the new National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, yesterday announced that PSN has commenced a project to reduce adverse drug events and medication related errors, reducing prescription, dosage and duplicate therapy errors in the country. Yakasai, who said this while rolling out his 23-point agenda