“Tinubu having sleepless nights over pharmaceutical drugs’ price hike” – Minister

The Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa, has said that President Bola Tinubu is having sleepless nights over the hike in drug prices and scarcity of essential medicines in the country. The Minister noted that the high cost of drugs and the exit of some multi-national pharmaceutical companies from Nigeria were key issues the president was working tirelessly to address. Recall that in August 2023, British multinational drug maker and biotechnology company GlaxoSmithKline announced its exit from Nigeria. Following its exit, the prices of the…

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Allocate part of fuel subsidy to enrol Nigerians in NHIS” – Reps. ask Tinubu

The House of Representatives has called upon President Bola Tinubu to allocate the funds saved from fuel subsidy removal towards enrolling Nigerians in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). This resolution was prompted by a motion put forth by Bashiru Dawodu, a legislator from Lagos State. In his Motion, Dawodu pointed out that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has not sufficiently covered vulnerable Nigerians, with only 5 million enrolled in the scheme. He suggested that the government could utilize the savings from subsidy removal, which amounts to N50 billion, to…

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78 percent of Nigerian senior citizens at risk of Parkinson disease

A physiotherapist, Professor Matthew Olaogun, has said that at least 78 per cent of Nigerians of 60 years and above are at the mercy of Parkinson disease. Olaogun said this on Tuesday at the 7th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Association of Clinical and Academic Physiotherapists of Nigeria (ACAPN) at the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo. He said that there was need for those showing symptoms of the disease to quickly consult health personnel for the disease to be handled early. Olaogun, who was the keynote…

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Brain Drain: FG to engage retired medical practitioners – Health minister

Minister of Health, Prof. Ali Pate, has confirmed that the Federal Government has made provisions for retired medical providers in non-administrative positions to be re-engaged on a contractual basis. Addressing newsmen during a visit to the National Hospital Abuja, the minister stated that the decision became necessary due to the human resource gap being experienced in the health sector due to ‘brain drain’ of clinical manpower. Ali also stated that in the health sector, human resource is one of the most important and not the building or equipment alone. He…

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Diphtheria: UNICEF Nigeria raises alarm over unprecedented outbreak, advocates urgent vaccination

The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF Nigeria has raised an alarm about the urgent need for widespread vaccination against the unprecedented outbreak of diphtheria. The outbreak has so far resulted in over 11,500 suspected cases, more than 7,000 confirmed cases, and claimed the lives of 453 people, mostly children. In a statement issued Wednesday in Kaduna, UNICEF said most cases are children aged between 4 to 15 years who have not received even a single dose of the vital vaccine, laying bare the urgency of the vaccination situation in Nigeria.…

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Diphtheria spreads to 18 States; kills 453, infects 7,202

The Federal Government has disclosed that Nigeria has recorded 7,202 confirmed cases and 453 deaths from diphtheria since the confirmation of the current outbreak in December 2022. A joint statement from the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday, said as of September 24, 2023, “there have been 11,587 reported suspected cases, out of which 7,202 were confirmed cases from 105 local government areas (LGAs) in (18) States, including the…

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Diptheria: 11,000 suspected cases raises need for urgent vaccination in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare says it is aware of the mounting concern regarding the recent Diphtheria outbreak across several states with over 11,000 suspected case. The ministry gave the assurance that urgent vaccination efforts were underway. The Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, gave the assurance in an interview on Monday in Abuja. He said that since the confirmation of the re-emergence of diphtheria, the Federal Government had continued to respond to the outbreaks across different states. According to…

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Improved Health Care: Haemodialysis Group seeks partnership with Liberty TV & FM stations

As part of efforts towards providing succour to Nigerians who require haemodialysis service delivery, a group, named: ‘Rayuwa da Zurfi’ has sought partnership of ATAR communications Nig. Ltd, owners of Liberty TV/Radio FMs stations and other online News platforms. Leading the group, Haj Jamila Zanna Mohammed said their aim is to review the barriers to effective dialysis management and highlight opportunities for improvement. Receiving the group at the corporate headquarters of ATAR communications, the Executive Chairman, (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan commended them for taking up the onerous task of providing…

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Ministerial Screening: “NAFDAC is not functioning; fake drugs are killing people” – Nephrologist

A nephrologist, Tunji Alausa, says the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has failed in its mandate to regulate the prevalence of fake drugs in the country. Speaking yesterday when he appeared before the Senate for screening as a ministerial nominee from Lagos State, Alausa said the regulatory agency needs urgent reform, adding that the country’s healthcare system is “really sub-optimal”. According to him, Nigeria needs to build a quality regulatory body to “take care” and tackle the fake drugs in pharmaceutical stores across the country.…

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Subsidy Removal: Health workers to join NLC strike

Healthcare workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, (JOHESU) have said that they will join the planned strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) scheduled to commence on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. The NLC has put plans in place for a nationwide strike scheduled to begin next Wednesday. Though a court order which barred the congress from going on strike in June still stands, our correspondent learnt that the Congress noted that it could not fold its arms…

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