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PSNlogoThe Borno chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) last weekend donated assorted drugs worth N13 million to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to cushion their health demands.

The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Zannah Bulama, made this known while presenting the items to the Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, in Maiduguri. Bulama said that the gesture was to complement government efforts in alleviating the plight of the IDPs in the areas of accessing drugs for their health. “The drugs will go a long way in providing the immediate health needs of the IDPs in camps,” he said.

DrugsRecently, the Federal Government launched a five-year National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) to provide an integrated and comprehensive roadmap for multi-sectoral interventions to address a wide array of drug related issues. The NDCMP, which will be implemented between 2015 and 2019, aims to strengthen responses to drugs in order for it to contribute to the enhanced health, security and well-being of Nigerians.

The menace of illicit drug abuse is an age-long challenge in the country. Budgets have increased dramatically over the last two decades and drug-related prosecutions and incarcerations continue to make news, yet drug problems worsen: adolescent drug abuse is increasing, overdose deaths are at record levels, cannabis are grown in neighborhoods like flowers and are more accessible than before. Of particular note is the health problems related to drugs, especially the spread of HIV/AIDS, cancers, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and other drug-induced antisocial behaviours.

nhis 2 11 300x224In furtherance of its mandate to deepen the penetration of health insurance in the country, as well and take the prospects of universal health coverage forward for Nigeria, The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is intensifying its resolve to decentralize the operation of health insurance in the country. In furtherance of its mandate,the Scheme has initiated a series of advocacy visits to state governors across the country to secure their understanding and cooperation regarding their roles in the new order. This was contained in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja by the Head, Media & PR Division of NHIS, Ayo Osinlu.

It said the first port of call in this nationwide advocacy was the government house in Kaduna, where a high powered team of the Scheme met the leadership of the state recently. Speaking at the occasion, the Ag. Executive Secretary of the Scheme, Mr Olufemi Akingbade stated that NHIS was inspired to make Kaduna its first target, in view of the pragmatic nature of the governor of the state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, and the legacy of his impressive efforts to promote health insurance for the people of the Federal Capital Territory during his tenure as minister of the territory.

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will be among African leaders and heads of state attending the International Conference on Africa’s Fight Against Ebola, holding in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 20 to 21 July, 2015.  The theme of the conference, which is being organized under the auspices of the African Union Commission, is “Africa Helping Africans in Reconstructionand Recovery from Ebola.”. President Buhari who is scheduled to address the gathering, will be represented by Mr. Linus Awute, PermanentSecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health.

The conference will bring together heads of government, ministers, experts, captains of industry and stakeholders who will share experiences of their Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) containment and support efforts. A major objective of the confab is to seek support for post-Ebola recovery and reconstruction in the region, especially for those countries that have been adversely affected by the disease.

elrufai kaduna 300x300Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Thursday solicited the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengthen healthcare services in the state. El-Rufa’i, who made the call when he received officials of the World Bank in his office, said healthcare delivery remained a priority of the administration. He disclosed that the government would forward a bill to the state House of Assembly to streamline activities of its Primary Healthcare Development Agency for effective service delivery. 

“We want to provide a framework for all those that want to help us; it will be a one-stop-shop on healthcare,’’ he said. The governor pledged that the administration would redeem its counterpart obligation to all donor agencies and intervene decisively in areas where resistance was recorded in polio immunisation. The governor commended medical and health workers in the state for their commitment to duty in spite of the poor working environment. 

icuThe Consultant, Intensive Care Unit, Paelon Memorial Clinic, Lagos, Dr. Sylvia Cole, has called for the creation of more intensive care units in the country to cater for patients with life-threatening conditions. Cole made the call during the inauguration of a two-bed ICU unit at the clinic.
The dearth of such ICUs, Cole said, had resulted in the death of many Nigerians. According to her, Lagos, for instance, needs over 100 intensive care bed spaces but the present number is still a far cry from what should be the standard.
She said, “No matter how rich a trauma patient is, he/she may die if there are emergency services like an ICU to stabilise their condition. He/she may lose functions of vital organs like the kidney, liver and become brain dead within this period.

ebola trialsThe development of the prime-boost and other vaccines was accelerated in response to vast outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people have died so far in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France and Senegal getting "prime-boost" immunisations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. The mid-stage, or Phase II, trials are designed primarily to test the vaccines' safety, but will also assess whether they provoke an immune response against the deadly virus.  The development of the prime-boost and other vaccines was accelerated in response to vast outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people have died so far in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

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