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A former Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Femi Olugbile, has raised the alarm over lapses in the regulatory framework of advanced medical procedures in the country.

lapses medicalOlugbile, a health policy consultant spoke at a seminar organised by Eldorado Medic Jobs Recruitment Limited in Lagos, noting that lack of guidelines and regulation might put the health of Nigerians at risk. He said, “We have realised that there is a need to fill the gap in regulation because we know that many practitioners are performing advanced medical procedures, such as In-vitro Fertilisation and organ transplants in a legal vacuum.

“Some practitioners, in reality, could get away with murder now because of poor regulation. Science cannot jump ahead of the law. However, the law must not hold science back. Everything must go hand in hand.” A Biomedical Engineer, Dr. Aderolu Omokayode, also called on the Federal Government to institute a framework that will protect biomedical practice in the country.

Drugs and Syringe 360x205Experts have said that in order to prevent death from severe malaria, immediate treatment with injectable Artesunate is required, after confirmation with rapid diagnostic tests or laboratory investigation.

Speaking at a media enlightenment campaign, Consultant Medical Parasitologist/Associate Professor at the WHO Centre, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Dr. Wellington Oyibo, noted that the symptoms of severe malaria were unmistakable and could help in preventing deaths from the disease.

Oyibo said some symptoms of the disease become manifest when a child is unable to walk or sit up without assistance, and when the child is unable to feed.

illegal drugsWorried by the danger posed by the activities of illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical stores in Lagos, the state government, through its Taskforce on Fake, Counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Foods, has sealed no fewer than 29 illegal patent medicine stores.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi, said the 29 shops were sealed off for various offences contrary to the provisions of the law on the operation of pharmacies and patent medicine stores in Lagos State. In a release signed by Director, Press & Public Relations, Salako Adeola, Osunkiyesi noted that the latest closure was coming on the heels of the government’s renewed mandate to rid the state of illicit pharmaceutical stores’ operators.

A man claiming to be a doctor has been arrested after years of duping staff of establishments keen on personnel health. Sunday Bartholomew was first detained by management of Excel Hotel in Abuja, where he had duped staff into testing for sexually transmitted infections and paying for hepatitis vaccine, before police took custody of him yesterday evening.

Daily Trust learnt the suspect approached the hotel claiming that Centre for Hepatitis and Disease Control recommended hepatitis screening for staff, and injected those who tested negative with vaccine at N1,000 a shot.Bartholomew told police investigators he injected a total 35 workers in days around his anti-hepatitis campaign programme, and offered antiretroviral drug Lamivudine for sale. All women at the establishment tested positive in a “syphilis strip” test he conducted, and he asked them to meet him at a location in Apo for three doses of injections for which he charged N9,000.

various drugsPharmaceutical industry chiefs under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have called for the review of the new National Drug Distribution Guidelines, describing it as capable of crippling the industry.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, the manufacturers said while an efficient distribution system in the sector is important, the current drug distribution chain in Nigeria is chaotic and also exposes consumers to the dangers of substandard, spurious, falsified and falsely-labelled counterfeit medical products.

united nationsNoting that there has been remarkable strides with the 1996 advent of antiretroviral drugs, which suppresses HIV, the UN stated that a lot more needs to be done. Global HIV/AIDS body, UNAIDS has said the world needs to dramatically step up investment as well as access to treatment to roll back AIDS.

Noting that there has been remarkable strides with the 1996 advent of antiretroviral drugs, which suppresses HIV, the UN stated that a lot more needs to be done. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said "the world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic, now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic.” 

UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe in a report entitled “How AIDS changed everything” pointed out that "in 2011 world leaders called for reaching 15 million people with life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. And that is exactly what the world did — ahead of schedule,”

Resident doctorsThe Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti lamented loss of lives owing to incessant nationwide strike action by doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD)

Dr Majekodunmi Ayodele, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti has called on the Federal Government to sponsor a bill to make industrial actions by medical workers illegal. Ayodele urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set machinery in motion for the restructuring of the health sector by prohibiting medical personnel, whom he said offer essential services, from embarking on strike.

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