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Professor of pharmacology at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Isa Hussaini, has said that poor funding on the part of government is frustrating research efforts on cancer and other diseases in Nigeria.
 
Hussaini, who is known for his work on the use of local herbs in cancer therapy, said many of the research grants made available to scientists in the country were provided by international agencies.

University of Ilorin Teaching HospitalThe Nigerian government on Wednesday commenced moves for a major review of the health sector including whether or not doctors in public hospitals should engage in private practice. Several Nigerians have alleged that doctors in public hospitals refer their patients to their own private clinics for treatment in order to make more money.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, while briefing journalists in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, said the Council has set up a committee to review the laws guiding medical practice and how it conflicts with the Nigerian code of conduct for public officials.

Isaac AdewoleThe House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to invite minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to explain the alarming situation of how Nigeria would depend on a laboratory in Dakar Senagal to analyse samples of monkey pox.

The House has then mandated the Committee on Health to investigate an. outbreak of Monkey pox in the country and urged Federal Government and International Community to support the country.

The Nigerian SenateThe Nigerian Senate has proposed ways to curb the spread of Monkeypox, which outbreak was first reported on Tuesday last week in Bayelsa State. The disease has since been reported in at least seven other states in Nigeria.

The Senate while debating a motion sponsored by Ali Wakili, (APC-Bauchi), urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to be pro-active in preventing the disease from becoming an epidemic.

Mental HealthThe Retreat, Nigeria’s purpose built private mental hospital, based in Ikorodu, will hold a mental awareness and free mental health screening on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to mark the World Mental Health Day.
 
WMHD, according to the World Health Organisation, is marked with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
Monkey poxFEAR, yesterday gripped residents of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, following an outbreak of viral epidemic known as Monkey Pox in the state, with report that 10 persons are already infected.Authorities in the state were said to be tracking 49 persons alleged to have come in contact with the infected persons. 
 
The victims, according to sources, have been quarantined in an isolation centre created at the Niger Delta University Hospital, NDUTH, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.The isolation centre was reportedly created by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health at the ourbreak of the epidemic.
EbolaPublic health authorities across West Africa are considering stronger agreements to help the region better share data and transfer materials in efforts to strengthen the region’s ability to prevent and coordinate response to public health emergencies.
 
It comes amidst lessons the region has learnt in the wake of the 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease which hit hardest in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and smaller epidemics of cholera, meningitis and Lassa Fever in Nigeria.

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