NAFDAC raises alert over fake anti-hypertension drug

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has alerted the public to the circulation of a fake anti-hypertensive drug. NAFDAC’s Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the drug, Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg (containing Glibenclamide) was already on sale in Cameroun. “NAFDAC is alerting the public, especially healthcare providers, to the circulation of confirmed faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets in Cameroun. “The faked product has been found to contain Glibenclamide instead of Hydrochlorothiazide. “In March, the World Health Organisation was informed by an NGO in…

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Sign minimum wage bill before May 1, workers beg Buhari

Workers in the Federal Capital Territory have begged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the minimum wage bill submitted to him by the National Assembly since March 27. Some of the workers who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja expressed concerns over the delay in signing the bill into law, adding that it was causing unnecessary anxiety. A civil servant based in Abuja, Mrs. Kema Nwokedi, said the work of the tripartite committee should be completed by the President. She asked the President to sign the…

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Don’t ask for Caesarean section if there’s no strict reason for it – Physician

A gynaecologist, Dr. Adebayo Bamisebi, on Tuesday advised pregnant women to only have Cesarean Section if there’s genuine reason for it. Bamisebi, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ibeju-Lekki General Hospital, Akodo, Lagos, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, noted that some women who deliver through C-Section do so on flimsy excuse or based on fashion. “Earning a Caesarean section is for a special reason. It could be because of a problem with the baby or the mother or even both of…

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Macular Hole Can Lead to Blindness- Optometrist

Dr Progress Oyegbeda, the Chief Medical Director, Clear Vision Eye Clinic in Bayelsa, has warned that macular hole in the eyes could lead to blindness, if not treated. Oyegbeda told our reporter on Wednesday in Benin that macular holes in the eyes are “a small break in the macular, located in the centre of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina”. “When a stage-3 macular hole develops, most central and detailed vision can be lost, if left untreated; a macular hole can lead to a detached retina, a sight-threatening condition…

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Shocking: Mother has Double Birth in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi mother has stunned doctors by giving birth to healthy twins 26 days after a first child was born prematurely. Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby boy last month through normal delivery, but doctors missed the presence of a second uterus. “She didn’t realise she was still pregnant with the twins. Her waters broke again 26 days after the first baby was born and she rushed to us,” Sheila Poddar, a gynaecologist who treated the woman, told AFP. Podder carried out an emergency caesarean section to deliver the…

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FG Expresses Fear as Nigeria Ranks 2nd Position in Open Defecation

The Federal Government (FG) is bothered with the ranking of Nigeria as second in prevalence of open defecation, and has expressed fear that the country may lead the chart if drastic interventions were not taken. This was even as it tasked all states and local governments to prioritize the National Action Plan on WASH and open defecation roadmap. The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, made the call in Abuja yesterday during a workshop on the implementation of the National Action Plan for the revitalisation of the WASH sector…

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UNICEF Reveals Cause Of Poor Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Services In Nigeria

The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) says over 3.6 million people lack access to potable water, sanitation and hygiene services in Nigeria. UNICEF’s Representative in the country,Mr Mohamed Fall, made this known on Friday in a statement to commemorate World Water Day scheduled for March 22 with the 2019 theme: “Living no one behind”. Fall identified 1.1 million as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of violence and conflict, noting that many of them are out-of-reach in remote areas still impacted by conflict. “About 800,000 people are…

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In Just 9 Minutes, Nigerian Woman Gives Birth to Sextuplets in US Hospital

A Nigerian woman by the name Thelma Chiaka gave birth to Sextuplets in just 9 minutes at Women’s hospital of Texas, United States of America (USA). She had two sets of twin’s boys and one set of twins girls delivered between between 4.59am and 4.59am according to Fox news. She delivered at exactly 29 weeks and two days and the bundles of joy are all in good condition. Now Thelma Chiaka is getting some much needed rest after delivering six babies in the span of nine minutes. Chiaka has named…

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Lassa Fever Results to 83 deaths, 381 Confirmed Cases in 2019- NCDC Reports

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC ) has registered 83 deaths, 381 confirmed cases and 1,279 suspected cases of Lassa fever in 2019. Dr Kola Jinadu, Senior Technical Adviser to the NCDC Chief Executive Officer, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday. He was speaking at a health journalism masterclass organised by NIGERIA HEALTHWATCH, a non-governmental organisation. The senior technical adviser said the centre also has 12 probable cases, adding that the cases cut across 21 states of the country. “We so far…

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Lassa fever Spreads To 33 States, 1,447 Cases Recorded

The National Centre for Disease Control has said a total of 1,447 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been reported in 33 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, since the outbreak of the disease this year. The centre also said since the outbreak, there had been 93 deaths, with case fatality ratio in the confirmed cases put at 22.1 per cent. The latest report of the agency on the spread of the disease showed that 20 states, together with the FCT, had recorded at least one confirmed case across 66…

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Expert Warns Against Using Breastmilk to Treat Eye Infections in Children

Dr Panshak Tenmang, a Senior Registrar at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), has advised mothers to avoid the use of breast milk to treat eye infections in children. Tenmang, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos, that such practice could do more harm than good to the eyes of their babies. “It is a myth that the use of substances such as urine, sugar solution, black powder, native herbs and petrol were efficacious in the treatment of various eye ailments in children. “It’s a…

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Panadol Extra Contains a lot of Salt, Study Finds

A recent study says one can exceed the recommended daily intake of salt by taking few doses of painkillers — thus increasing the chances of cardiovascular diseases. Health experts have over the years advised a reduction in the consumption of salt. The maximum salt intake recommended daily is 6g. High consumption of sodium chloride, also referred to as table salt, has been linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke. A study revealed that the salt content of painkillers including Panadol Extra, paracetamol, cold and flu remedies, heartburn and indigestion drugs,…

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Global Polio Eradication: Africa Will Be Polio-Free – If Nigeria Records No New Cases By August

Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. The immunization experts also emphasized the importance of increased domestic investment in disease surveillance and the need for community engagement to drive vaccine deployment during outbreaks. “The regional experts’ meeting presented a unique opportunity to assess current and future immunization needs in Africa,” said RITAG Chair, Helen Rees. “We have…

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