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outcryDespite stringent criticisms trailing the introduction of Residency Cards, popularly called Kaadi Igbe Ayo, the Ondo State Government on Wednesday instructed all heads of public hospitals and health centres in the state to enforce the use of the card in their various locations.

According to a statement issued by the Ondo State Commissioner of Information, Kayode Akinmade, the directive was handed down by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, at a meeting with some public health coordinators at the Mother and Child Hospital, Akure.

The statement quotes Adeyanju as saying that the residency card scheme was not aimed at making money from the people of the state, as being speculated but that it became necessary owing to the fact that those benefitting from the free medical services provided by the government were non-indigenes.

Pres Muhammadu Buhari 300x225President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to unlock the market potential of the health sector to boost health tourism within the country. The call was made by former minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, Nigeria, adding that the private sector can play a decisive role in improving healthcare delivery. In an interview with Financial Nigeria Magazine in New York on Thursday, made available to LEADERSHIP on Thurday in Abuja, Pate, an Adjunct Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, and an expert in tropical Medicine and infectious disease ,‎  said there are private sector resources potentially out there that can be harnessed.

He said, ” We know that several entities are looking at the potentially exciting role of private equity in Nigeria’s health sector development.” Pate said beyond increasing revenues, the new administration can also reduce the significant inefficiencies and wastage in the health sector as part of its whole-of-government national anti-corruption efforts.

Onyebuchi ChukwuTHE Federal Ministry of Health yesterday said the fake doctor paraded by the police on Tuesday was recruited by the Federal Civil Service Commission and posted to the ministry. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Linus Awute, told newsmen in Abuja yesterday that the ministry would demand a refund of the salaries and allowances paid the ‘doctor’ in the past nine years. According to him: “It is important to place it on record that the Federal Ministry of Health does not employ any of its members of staff directly.

“He was recruited through the Federal Civil Service Commission which has the statutory powers to do so and then deploys such employed civil servants to any ministry, department or agency according to their discipline and relevance.”

hiv treatmentAfter recorded success in monkeys, some African countries are hosting HIV vaccine trials. The success of an experimental vaccine trial with rhesus monkeys is motivating a pharmaceutical company to undertake experimental HIV vaccine tests in Thailand, East and South Africa, and the United States of America US, with 400 healthy participants taking part in the first phase of the trials. 

Scientists say the vaccine protected half of a batch of monkeys against the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, SIV, which is very similar to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.This development came to light just as a former researcher at Iowa State University, was jailed for fraudulently securing millions in funds for further research on a potential vaccine for HIV that turned out to be fake. 

fidsonBased on its recent performance in the Nigerian pharmaceutical Industry, Fidson Healthcare PLC has emerged winner of the 2014 Nigerian Frost & Sullivan Award for Growth Excellence Leadership. This was contained in a press statement made available by the company. According to the statement, the award ceremony held in United Kingdom on May 14, 2015, recognizes Fidson’s definitive vision and strong management, which stoked a growth rate of 26 percent in 2013, cementing its leadership in the Nigerian pharmaceutical market.

According to Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Danielle de la Mare, the Nigerian pharmaceutical market was estimated to be approximately US$1.19 billion in 2013, with year-on-year growth of 12 percent. Fidson’s audited report for the same period shows revenue growth of 29 percent, from N7.2bn in 2012 to N9.2bn in 2013. Fidson grew its gross profit by 26 percent, from N4.1bn in 2012 to N5.1bn to 2013, while its operating profit increased by 60 percent and operating margin by 3 percent.

health innovationMarking it’s sixth consecutive Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, Philips in collaboration with Ori Iyanrin Primary Healthcare Center unveiled an extensive overhaul and refurbishment of the mother and child care facilities at the Healthcare Centre. Philips upgraded the facilities in the labour, paediatric and new born baby wards, designing them to support the well-being and recovery of expectant mothers and their new born babies. It is anticipated that over time, as a result of this pioneering project, many lives will also be saved.

The Healthcare Center, located in Iru/Victoria Island, LCDA, Lagos, has a very high patient in-flow with an average of 300-400 outpatients per month, as well as 30-40 follow up appointments per week. The Healthcare Center records an average of twenty (20) births per month. The labour, pediatric and new born units in the Healthcare Center prior to the refurbishment were in need of an upgrade. 

dollars 660x330It was gathered that Nigeria receives about $450 million every year from the US in form of health aid. This was disclosed by Michael Harvey USAID/Nigeria mission director. He said this while answering questions at the Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) end of project information dissemination meeting in Sokoto. According to him, USA has great concern for health issues in Nigeria and in the northern Nigeria in particular. He said they are celebrating the lives saved, the healthier households built and the durable bonds established between the states in which they carried out interventions.

He also stated that, USAID through TSHIP has spent $89m in Sokoto and Bauchi states from 2009 to 2015.

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