‘44 out of 100 new-borns die in Sokoto’ – FG

The Federal Government has raised the alarm over maternal and infant mortality in Sokoto State, saying 44 out of 100 newborn babies in the State die. The Special Adviser in-charge of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Health, Salma Ibrahim, made the recommendation on Thursday, during a courtesy call on Governor Ahmed Aliyu. She disclosed that Sokoto State still has the highest burden of maternal and infant death in the country; and therefore, sought home-grown solutions to maternal and infant fatality in and across the State. “Most of the new-born deaths…

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FG to sign Executive Order to curb rising drug prices – Minister

Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Pate, has said the Federal Government will soon issue an Executive Order to curb escalating drug prices in the country. Prof. Pate, who disclosed this yesterday, explained that the Executive Order is a short-term goal in reducing drug prices. He added that the Federal Government’s mid to long-term goals in reducing drug prices involve the domestication of imported drugs within the next three years in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Prof. Pate, who disclosed this at the…

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“Over 75% of Nigerians can’t afford imported drugs” – Medical agency laments

The importance of integrating indigenous medicine with orthodox health practices for community health and economic development has been emphasised by the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, (NNMDA), which at the weekend lamented Nigeria’s over-dependence on imported drugs and other healthcare products. The Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Martins Emeje, raised the concern at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka during a Community engagement meeting on importance of Integrating Indigenous Medicine with Orthodox Health Practices for Community Health and Economic Development, in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Emeje regretted…

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Narcotics Abuse: NAFDAC deploys ‘track-and-trace’ mechanisms

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has put in place effective mechanisms to ‘track and trace’ narcotic products right from production, the manufacturing plant, to the end user. A statement issued by the agency, at the weekend, said its Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made the disclosure while commissioning the narcotic drugs serialisation pilot project in Lagos. Prof Adeyeye said the move was geared towards tackling the menace of drug and substance abuse in Nigeria, particularly amongst the teeming youth population. She said that narcotics…

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FG to issue Executive Order to lower pharmaceuticals’ costs – Health Minister

Minister of Health, Ali Pate, has disclosed that the Federal Government will soon issue an Executive Order to control pharmaceutical pricing and lower the cost of necessary medications in Nigeria. Pate stared this on Wednesday, while interacting with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu. He explained that the Executive Order aims at enabling local drug manufacturers to thrive, while ensuring fair pricing of essential medicines. According to the Minister, the decision follows the exit of major multi-national pharmaceutical companies from…

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Poor Nigerians decry soaring cost of healthcare, as prices continue to rise

Nigerians have raised concerns over the rising cost of healthcare amid the economic downturn. Most Nigerians, who already have to foot 80% of their medical expenses out of pocket have to bear more financial burden as hospitals adjust fees for medical services. Lately, the rate at which Nigerians ask for donations to foot medical bills has increased tremendously on social media, this is due to the fact that the cost of medications, tests and consultations in hospitals are no longer affordable. Poverty is a major problem crippling the Nigerian health…

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‘Fermented Urine Drug, a disturbing new trend of drug abuse among Northern youths’ – NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of Nigeria has brought to light a disturbing new trend in drug abuse among the Northern youths especially in Borno State. These young individuals are turning to a dangerous and unconventional substance – fermented human urine, known as jenkem – as an alternative to traditional hard drugs. The NDLEA Commander of Narcotics in Borno State, Iliyasu Mani, in a recent press briefing held in Maiduguri, expressed his deep concerns. “The depth of drug abuse has reached a worrying level. What we are witnessing is not…

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Drug Prices Hike:  APC chieftain appeals for Tinubu’s urgent intervention

A chieftain of the All-Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu, to urgently intervene in the hike in prices of essential drugs in the country. Oyintiloye, who made the appeal while speaking with newsmen yesterday in Osogbo, the State capital, said that many Nigerians were currently unable to access most essential drugs due to the extreme high prices. He said that the escalating prices of the drugs could be attributed to a combination of factors, which include the withdrawal of GSK, a major…

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Inflation: Beecham Ampiclox jumps from N750 to N9,000; Augmentin N4,000 to N26,000; Paracetamol N40 to N150 – SBM Survey

A new survey has revealed that the economic hardship assailing Nigerians under President Bola Tinubu has continued to cause incessant hikes in the prices of drugs for malaria and other common conditions.  The survey conducted by SBM Intelligence, titled: ‘Paying the Price on Health’, compared the prices of pharmaceutical products back in 2019 with their prices as of November 20, 2023. Amid unfavourable economic circumstances in the country, British multinational pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, in August 2023, announced plans to cease operations in the country after 51 years. Sanofi, another global…

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Nigerians resort to herbal concoctions, as medication prices soar by over 300%

Following the astronomical increase in the prices of drugs, some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have resorted to herbal concoctions commonly referred to as “agbo” to treat various illnesses. The prices of many prescribed and over-the-counter medications have steadily increased, making these drugs unaffordable and unavailable. Findings revealed that some pharmacies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where some drugs were reported to be scarce or unavailable, such as Augmentin, multivitamins like Omega H3, Ventolin inhaler and Fleming antibiotics. A pharmacist, who spoke anonymously said, “GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) products…

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