Showing posts from February 17, 2019

Adelusi-Adeluyi To Address Executive Dialogue On Ecomony, Pharmacy Growth

Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, former Nigerian Minister of Health and president of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, is billed to address an Executive Dialogue on Public and Private Sector Collaboration for Economic Growth in the Pharmaceutical Sector. This dialogue will hold in Sandton, South Africa, on February 14. Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi who is also the founder and Chairman of Juli PLC will speak on “Solutions and measures to combat counterfeit medicines”. The problem of fake and counterfeit medicines has plagued Nigeria and many developing countries for decades. According to Adelusi-Adeluyi, “the problem of fake and counterfeit medicines has grown increasingly complex over the years and only a multi-pronged approach that has both the private and public sectors acting in concert is best placed to address it effectively.” He added that “an executive dialogue of this nature that seeks to inspire multi-sector collaboration, therefore, is clearly in the right d

Index Case Finding, A New Way To Identify Adolescents With HIV

Chioma Umeha Research has shown that knowing one’s HIV status can help in making healthy decisions to prevent acquiring or transmitting the Human Immune Virus (HIV). Nigeria is home to 10 per cent of Adolescents Living With HIV(ALHIV) globally, that is about 240,000, according to a project initiated in response to the 2016 National Adolescents and Young Peoples (AYP) HIV strategy. However, this number is not reflected in HIV Testing Services (HTS) and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) services, hence the need to identify Adolescents Living With HIV and put them on treatment. To this effect, a new study seeks to find adolescents living with HIV, link them to treatment, and ensure they remain in treatment. It also seeks to observe and document factors that facilitate successful scale - up in identification and treatment of AYP living with HIV in service programmes in three States in Nigeria including, Lagos State. However, the study uses family-based and index case finding a

Improving Maternal Care Through Health Insurance

Nursing and pregnant women waiting to receive care at   Agbongbon Primary Health Centre, Ibadan Oyo State, recently. Efforts to reduce out-of-pocket payments for healthcare, a huge burden on households and individuals remain a mirage in view of the poverty level of Nigerians which is put at 70 per cent. However, health insurance provides financial protection for pregnant women, spreading risks and pooling funds which would make maternal healthcare affordable and accessible, writes CHIOMA UMEHA. Every day, Nigeria loses about 145 women of childbearing age, making her the second largest contributor to the maternal mortality rate in the world, according to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). When this statistic was released in 2017, it generated different responses from different people even as many disputed the figure. Though pregnancy and child birth supposed to be safe and normal, so many women and their new born die due to pregnancy and child birth rela