Federal government launches technical support programme for healthcare services

Federal Government, on Tuesday, launched a structured and coherent Technical Support Programme (TSP) that would help the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), to effectively deliver the required technical support to states in the delivery of Primary Health Care (PHC) services. It was also designed to reposition the NPHCDA in driver’s seat to harness resources from both public and private sector stakeholders for improved Universal Health Coverage (UCH). Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who launched the programme in Abuja, observed that absence of such technical support was responsible…

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Plan thickens to increase contraceptive prevalence rate by 2020

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PSN-PACFaH@Scale) to ensure that the 2020 family planning target is achieved. In this regard, the society said it will use the modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) campaign to expand access to family planning and other primary healthcare services. NAN reports that the CPR provides a measure of population coverage of contraceptive use, taking into account all sources of supply and all contraceptive methods; it is the most widely reported measure of outcome for family planning programs…

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Medical doctor arraigned for alleged hacking, N28 million car theft

A 26-year-old medical doctor-turned hacker, Michael Williams, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State charged with stealing a Porsche car valued at N28 million. The accused, who lives at 2667, Hilton Layout, Lekki area of Lagos State, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty. Police Prosecutor Peter Nwangwu told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 10 at Ajah on the Epe-Lekki Expressway at 7.50pm. Nwangwu said the accused committed the…

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Research: No strong evidence to suggest cannabis reduces chronic pain

Researchers say there is no strong evidence to suggest that cannabis reduces chronic non-cancer pain, in spite of the growing use of the psychoactive drug worldwide for medicinal purposes. Researchers at the University of New South Wales Sydney, conducting what was touted as one of the longest community studies of its kind, found no clear role for cannabis in treating chronic non-cancer pain. The four-year study involved 1,500 participants, with those using cannabis “experiencing greater pain and anxiety,” “coping less well with their pain” and reporting that pain was “interfering…

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Federal government launches HIV/AIDS indicator, impact survey

The Federal Government, on Thursday, launched the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), which, they believe, would end the era of ‘guess work’ in terms of the burden of HIV disease in Nigeria. The survey would be conducted by experts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the United States of America, in at least 170, 000 households in Nigeria and would be supervised by the Federal Ministry of Health and National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA). It would, undoubtedly, bequeath NACA and other stakeholders with good…

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Compound in red wine anti-cancer: Scientists

A new study shows that Resveratrol, a compound in red wine can stop a mutated protein, which is present in more than half of all breast cancer cases, from aggregating. The compound which can be found in grapes and red wine, may restore our body’s natural ability to fight off cancer. Resveratrol is a bioactive compound that can be found in the skin of grapes, red wine, peanuts, blueberries, and cranberries, among others. Recently, research has been paying increasing attention to this fascinating compound, as its unexpected health benefits are…

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Psychiatrists: Codeine, Tramadol ban not enough

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPHY), Yaba, Lagos, has taken mental health education to the Ojuelegba Motor Park, notorious for drug abuse in the state. The education was in commemoration of the International War Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day (IWADAITD) held annually on June 26. The President of the association, Dr Raliat Akerele, said at the event that the association chose the park to educate people on the dangers of drug abuse because it reportedly harboured people who abused drugs. The theme for the…

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Islamic scholar urges Northerners to embrace immunisation

An Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Gumi, has called on Muslims to accept polio vaccination and other routine immunisation for their children’s wellbeing. Speaking at Journalists’ Initiative on Immunisation Against Polio (JAP), Kaduna State chapter event, Gumi assured parents that vaccines for polio and other routine immunisation were safe. Gumi, who is also a medical practitioner, said polio and other communicable diseases required the support of all stakeholders, with a view to addressing the problem of the deadly disease in the country. He commended World Health Organisation (WHO) for its…

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NAFDAC DG Adeyeye sacks consultants over anomalies

Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has revoked the appointments of consultants to the agency over allegations of anomalies and irregularities In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, Prof. Adeyeye noted that the activities of the consultants were detrimental to the Federal Government’s ease of doing business policy. “The operations of the NAFDAC Appointed Consultants in recent times have been fraught with a lot of challenges and irregularities, which militated against…

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Why women are at higher risk of STIs – Physician

A Physician, Dr David Bawa, says women are more prone to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) due to their anatomy. Bawa told our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja that women were more susceptible to infections due to the open structure of their genitals. “A woman’s anatomy alone makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections than a man. “Unlike the relatively thick skin of the male organ, a woman’s cervical is covered by a thin, more delicate mucous membrane that more easily allows viruses and bacteria to pass through and cause…

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