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medicinesThe high cost of duty paid on imported pharmaceutical products has been identified as a major factor making access to basic medicines difficult for Nigerians.

Speaking  during a visit by members of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria to the office of World Wide Commercial Ventures Limited in Matori, Lagos,  the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Ananth Narayan, said that the duty charged on pharmaceutical products had jerked prices up thereby making them unaffordable.

IpayeThe Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has said residents with eye problems will soon get free surgery and  glasses. Ipaye spoke at the kick off of a free eye surgery programme organised by The Collectives at Sagamu, Ogun State.

He said residents with cataract and glaucoma would be treated free. Ipaye said over 20,000 residents had benefited from a social health insurance scheme called Araya, where the government takes care  of the less-privileged. He noted that about 24 health centres in the private and public sectors had already enlisted in the scheme, adding that the government pays the premium monthly.

NHIS1The Guild of Medical Directors (GMD) has expressed worry about the low coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) across the country.

It regretted that less than two per cent of Nigeria’s population has enrolled in the scheme, saying this is against what obtains in other African countries, particularly Ghana and Kenya, which it said have enrolled up to 69 per cent of their populations.

Isaac Foloruinso Adewole 300x169 1The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that an estimated of  173, 660 persons were living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Edo State.
 
The Minister who was represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige, Director for Public Health from the Ministry stated this when he led a delegation of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and implementing partners on an advocacy visited Governor Godwin Obaseki in Government House, Benin City,
painful wristMany people with arthritis dread the cooler months because it is literally a period they experience more pain. The increase in intensity of pain robs them of life’s simple pleasures. Even the basics of getting through the day, like getting into the commercial bus, lifting heavy bags or even climbing the stairs, can become sharp reminders of their limitations.
 
Arthritis, a condition many wrongly assume is just a part of the ageing process, which affects millions of people globally. It causes pain and inflammation in joints, commonly the hands, feet and knees.
nma logoThere is only one doctor attending to every 4,000 people in Kaduna state, a huge shortfall from recommendations by the World Health Organisation, doctors there have claimed.
Nigerian Medical Association in Kaduna says the stae has a total 2,000 practising physicians—consisting both public and private facilities and across all tiers of health care. Kaduna has taken steps to bridge the gap by ensuring the state medical school gets accreditation to train doctors and recruiting more physicians.

buhari osibanjo 1A civil society group under the auspices of Civil Society Group for Good Governance (CSGGG) has urged the federal government to introduce universal health care scheme for all Nigerians.universal health care scheme is a health care system that provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a particular country.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, on an independent assessment of University Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) as a pilot site for takeoff of universal health advocacy in the country, the president, CSGGG, Comrade Dominic Ogakwu stressed that the importance of universal health care cannot be overemphasized as there are empirical evidence that the health of a nation significantly enhances its economic development, and vice versa.

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