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NDLEATwo officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement ‎Agency, NDLEA, have been declared wanted after absconding with narcotics last month. Daniel Goska, ‎a Superintendent of Narcotics, and Ndubuisi Ughor, a Chief Narcotic Agent, disappeared from their duty posts after a drug suspect, Dayson-Eddie Ifeanyichukwu, was nabbed with 74.4 kilogrammes of banned drugs at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. Mr. Ifeanyichukwu and three other suspects had been arrested by the anti-narcotics agency for unlawful exportation of the banned drugs. The officers were last seen on duty at the Enugu Airport on August 7, the NDLEA said in a statement on Monday. According to the NDLEA rules, absence from duty for 21 days is punishable by dismissal.

Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA’s chairman, said any staff indicted under the law would be treated equally. “The agency has taken necessary steps by stopping the salaries of the officers and declaring them wanted. “Winning the war against illicit drugs demands that while dislodging drug cartels; we must ensure that members of staff comply with best practice at all times. “Efforts are ongoing to charge the officers in line with the rules of engagement. The agency is moving forward and will continue to purge itself of undesirable persons who are deficient in discipline and integrity,” Mr. Giade said.

Drugs 11The Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria has decried the activities of counterfeiters of regulated drug products, saying the organised criminals have been reaping where they had not sown. Speaking at the NAIP’s 18th annual conference whose theme was, ‘Transforming the Nigerian Pharmaceutical Industry: The big picture.’ The industry chiefs said, so far, estimated profits earned from trading in counterfeit drugs was $1.77tn.

In his presentation, the Associate Vice-President, Anti-Counterfeit Co-ordination Sanofi/France, Mr. Geoffroy Bessaud, said drug counterfeiting occured at several levels, ranging from artisanal level to international organised crime networks, with the attendant loss of profit for patent owners. Bessaud noted that apart from the financial loss that licensed drug manufacturers suffer,

President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Mr Olumide Akintayo 360x225The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the board of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. Akintayo, in a statement during the 2015 World Pharmacists Day entitled “Pharmacists: Your Partner in Health”, noted that the absence of the board would enable drug counterfeiters to operate freely in the country. According to him, the dissolution of the board will frustrate the regulatory function of the council and make way for the influx of fake medicines into the country.

He said, “We implore the Federal Government to halt the drift in the operational efficiency of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria by reconstituting it now and subsequently invoking the spirit of the law that provides for perpetual succession in the enabling act. “The absence of PCN Governing Council in a strategic profession like ours boosts the fake drug syndrome tragically.

who logo 1 300x224The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately. The U.N. health agency had previously said doctors should wait to treat some people with HIV until their immune systems suggested they were getting sick. But in a statement yesterday, WHO said the new recommendations are based on recent trials that have found early treatment “keeps people with HIV alive, healthier and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus.”

The new guidance means that all 37 million people with HIV globally should be offered immediate treatment, a prospect that may be unrealistic in poor countries, where many patients are still unable to get medicines. Last year, only about 15 million people with HIV were being treated. WHO says the sickest

nma logo 0As Nigeria marks her 55th independence anniversary today, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says the greater part of the country’s health history is replete with one of the worst health indices in the world since 1960. The NMA president, Dr Kayode Obembe said such outcomes include woes, travails, lamentations and buck passing without effective remediation. He stated this in a statement yesterday ahead of today’s independence celebration while calling for a paradigm shift for the health of all Nigerians. According to him, the failure to establish world class health system is a major factor causing the retardation of Nigeria’s development, which is in keeping with the dictum that ‘health is wealth’. He said “We also observe that the country has never lacked effective recommendations to mitigate our crippling socio-economic, political and developmental woes, rather, poor leadership and poor implementation have been responsible for the uninspiring status of the nation in the global development circle.”

Obembe said notwithstanding these lapses, there is hope for a greater Nigeria, urging all Nigerians to keep faith with government and diligently contribute their quota to the change the present administration promised Nigerians. “Pessimism must give way to hope and optimism, destructive opposition and extremism to virile issue- based constructive dialogue and agitation.

Benue State Free Medical Clinic The main testing tent tests included Malaria TB and HIV 300x225Dr Bola Oyeledun, the Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Integrated Health Programme (CIHP), has raised alarm over the high rate of new HIV infections in Nigeria. Oyeledun said this at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop in Makurdi on Monday. She that the new infections were recorded mostly among youths of between the ages of 20 and 29. However, she said that zero infection for HIV was achievable, especially among the youths, if they are adequately enlightened on their vulnerability, adding that the focus should be on treatment as prevention. She further said that the goal was in line with the global attention which is aimed at reducing new infections as well as other bottlenecks that constitute impediment to achieving the set target.

Oyeledun said the country has been segmented into 32 priority local government areas with the highest HIV prevalent rates in five states, including Benue, Nasarawa, Cross River, Lagos and Akwa Ibom. “It is a like a war room approach. There is need to employ the use of biological monitoring, improve quality of care and regiment. The goal standard means that every patient must get HIV test. “The quality of service delivery must be of high standard and should be available. We must engage the youths positively. “As it has done for Polio, so we must do same for HIV to reduce it to the barest minimum,” said the official. Oyeleduncommended stakeholders in the state for the positive job they are doing in scaling down the infection, urging the leadership of CIHP in the state not to relent in ensuring the drastic reduction of the disease.

ebola more help 300x225The federal government has disclosed that Nigeria contributed the highest number of medical personnel to the African Union (AU) Ebola Support Team to some of the West African states ravaged by Ebola. The permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute stated this when the remaining seven Nigerians left in Sierra Leone returned to Nigeria after a successful response activity to the Ebola victims of the country. The team arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja yesterday. Their return comes   four months after an initial 185 returned last May. The team comprising of medical doctors, laboratory scientists and other related experts left Nigeria last December.

According to Dr Sani Gwarzo, Director Of Port Health Services at the Ministry of Health, who represented the permanent secretary, the Nigerian support to the AU Ebola support wasn’t just substantial, but catalytic in encouraging other African countries to join the effort. He said: “Nigeria has contributed the highest in terms of personnel deployment to both Sierra Leone   and Liberia. and about 185 of the over 200 deployed personnels had earlier returned to the country, who have all been monitored and certified to be ebola free. “Same process would also be adopted for these final seven who have just returned from sierre leone.

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