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prison cell 1 300x225A 44 -year-old alleged faked medical doctor, Martins Ogwu Okpe, an employee of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, was yesterday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a five-count charge of stealing a Bachelor of Medicine degree (MBBS) of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, to secure and work as a Federal civil servant. The accused, who was put on trial by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, was also alleged to have stolen another Bachelor of Surgery degree of the same university and the National Youth Service Corps certificate belonging to his childhood friend, Doctor Daniel Davidson George.

Okpe, a former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja, who led the Federal Government delegation of medical experts to Liberia during the last Ebola epidemic in that country, was alleged to have impersonated the said George by adopting his full names parades as his own and using his three certificates to secure employment with the federal government. The accused was employed as a Senior Medical Officer in 2006 on Grade Level 12 with the federal ministry of health where he was alleged to have been drawing monthly salaries and allowances before the long arm of the law caught up with him.

downloadIN pursuant to its core mandate of establishment which is regulation of Patent Medicine Vendors (PMV), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) and its associate, Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association (LSMDA) in its bid to reposition the registry to enhance the outcome of its activities.  In the process leading to this partnership, several meetings were held by PCN with officials of these associations to address the fears and grievances of their members and identify ways of enhancing the licensing process and other regulatory roles of PCN.

The following were mutually understood and entered into by the parties at a follow-up meeting held late last year.  According to a release made available to The Guardian, it reads: “pursuant to the mandate of PCN, NAPPMED and its associate, LSMDA shall partner with PCN to carry out the regulation of Patent Medicine Vendors in Nigeria.  “PCN has agreed to liaise with other stakeholders and relevant government agencies with a view to reviewing, from time to time, the approved drug list for Patent Medicine vendors in line with the national drug policy.

ekitiDisturbed by the increasing number of illegal drug outlets in Ekiti State, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PSN) said it has sealed off 236 shops in the state. The council said, the raid conducted by the officers of the drug regulatory body was not meant to send people out of job or create unnecessary panic in the system, but to ensure compliance to rules, particularly on proper registration,  to safeguard the health of the Nigerian citizens. Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti weekend, the PCN Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement, Pharmacist   Stephen Esumobi, said out of 240 premises visited, only four were given a clean bill, describing the development as dangerous and inimical to the people’s wellbeing.

Esumobi revealed that they committed offences ranging from unauthorized sale of medicines, operating without the supervision of a pharmacist and poor storage and documentation facilities. He said the clarification over the allegation that the body was becoming too coercive became imperative in view of the protest staged against the closure of some medicine shops by Association of Drug dealers in Ado Ekiti last Thursday. “It surprised me that people had to protest in that manners and numbers. It shows that it was a premeditated action. We are not out to make life difficult for them, but to ensure compliance to simple rules. As a regulatory body, we cannot allow the sale of drugs that can kill innocent people.

illegal drugsMembers of the National Association of Industrial Pharmacists have condemned unbridled drug importation, saying it contributes to the burden of counterfeiting in the country. Speaking at the third bi-monthly meeting of the association in Lagos on Thursday, a pharmacist and retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Alex Okeke, said most of the counterfeit medicines in Nigeria are imported.He said that one of the major challenges being faced by the regulatory agencies globally is the counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products.

Okeke said there is incontrovertible proof that most of the counterfeit drugs in circulation are imported to Nigeria. He said, “Any drug that goes via land into the country is illegal; because the government has ordered drug importation to be done through the sea and airports only.” He added that a major reason for the circulation of such drugs was the poor funding of the nation’s health sector. “A massive campaign should be embarked upon to enable the government see the need to support the local pharmaceutical industry to build capacity and produce drugs locally to meet the international standards, at cheap and affordable rate, thereby reducing dependence on imported drugs,” Okeke said.

prof rotimiThe Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety at the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation, United Kingdom, Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi, has said that lack of political will to invest in infrastructure is one of the reasons the health sector has been performing below the optimum. Jaiyesimi, a consultant gynaecologist/obstetrician, emphasised the need for the governments at all levels to deliver accessible and affordable care, starting from the rural areas where well-established primary health care centres are few and far between. He said, “The primary care has to be looked at, because the rural areas and the smaller cities are where most Nigerians live and, sorry to say, die also. We need a well-equipped primary health care system, while we do not neglect the secondary and tertiary centres either.

“Though our governments create policies, the problem is in the delivery. The current three per cent of the GDP being allocated to health is grossly inadequate. I would recommend anything between six and 10 per cent if we are serious about revamping the health sector.” Jaiyesimi, who had served as a member of Faculty, First Emergency Care Conference Training in Abuja, emphasised the need for research, saying it would lead to manufacturing of drugs locally, effectively addressing Nigeria’s drug need.

Dr Margaret Chan 300x240The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that about two million people a year contract hepatitis from unsafe injections. It added that there is an urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. The WHO director general, Dr Margaret Chan, disclosed this yesterday in a statement to mark World Hepatitis Day 2015 with the theme “Prevent Hepatitis. Act Now”.She said, “These infections can be averted through the use of sterile syringes that are specifically designed to prevent reuse.”

She noted that eliminating unnecessary injections is also an effective strategy to protect against hepatitis transmission. “There are 16 billion injections administered every year. Around 5 per cent of these injections are for immunisation, a further 5 per cent for procedures like blood transfusions and injectable contraceptives, and the remaining 90 per cent to administer medicines. For many diseases, injections are not the first recommended course of treatment and oral medications could be used,” she said.

health 2 300x225Binji Local Government in Sokoto State has spent N100 million into the construction of 10 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), its Chairman, Alhaji Umaru Danhabe, said in Sokoto, Sokoto State, on Sunday.Danhabe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the council spent N10 million in constructing each of the facilities.

According to him, each of the PHCs had 10 wards with beds for 20 patients. He said that one ambulance had also been provided to each of the centres to cater for emergency situations. The chairman advised the people to promptly report any outbreak of epidemic to the nearest health centres, and assured them of government’s readiness to cater for their health needs.

Source:Leadership Online


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