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hepaIt’s that time of the year again when all efforts are geared towards stemming the tide of the deadly monster of viral hepatitis. A laudable initiative of the World Health Organisation, it is debateable if stakeholders across the globe are keying into the vision of the apex health institution, as many member countries are yet to reduce their burden.

One of those countries yet to significantly eliminate its load of the viral disease is Nigeria, which still emerged among the 11 countries with about 50% of the global weight of chronic hepatitis. Countries in this group are Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, and Viet Nam.

nafdac logoThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said that there are no “killer” antimalarial medicines in circulation in the country.

NAFDAC‘s Acting Director-General, Dr. Yetunde Oni, at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, also urged Nigerians not to panic over the news of banned anti-malarial drugs been sold in the country.

hiv aids copy2 300x224WHO alerts countries to the increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs detailed in a report based on national surveys conducted in several countries. The Organization warns that this growing threat could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken.
 
The WHO HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV that was resistant to some of the most widely used HIV medicines. Once the threshold of 10% has been reached, WHO recommends those countries urgently review their HIV treatment programmes.
Godwin Obaseki 300x205The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki , has said that his administration is set to privatise the state’s Specialist Hospital in Benin to provide world-class health care services of the people.
 
This was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the  Edo State Government and the Catholic Relief Services which donated over two million treated mosquito nets to residents on Wednesday.

senate 1The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday said it would investigate reports of 42 anti-malaria drugs banned by the European Union, EU but which are still in circulation in the country.

The EU reportedly banned these drugs as a result of their effect on health, including causing kidney failure. One of the banned drugs is Artesunate which is widely used in Nigerian households. The motion calling for the investigation was sponsored by Theodore Orji, representing Abia Central Senatorial district.

saac AdewoleAccess to treatment will be now be made easier for People Living With HIV/AIDS as they will soon be able to collect their medicine at shopping malls thanks to the introduction of special ATM machines. Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole The machines, or rather pharmacy dispensing units, are equipped to dispense medication and are set to be rolled out at Gauteng malls in South Africa.
 
The Gauteng Department of Health in partnership with organisations EQUIP and Right to Care are engaging in a pilot project to ensure sufficient and easy access to treatment by people living with HIV/ AIDS. To achieve the 90-90-90 challenge – a plan to ensure that 90% of all South Africans know their HIV status by 2020 – the pharmacy dispensing units are being set up in selected areas of Johannesburg to ensure accessibility of HIV/Aids treatment.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has called for fair hearing in the ongoing probe of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, who was controversially suspended over allegations of N960 million fraud. A highly placed source in the Presidency told our correspondent last night that the acting president had, in a letter dated July 13 and written to the Ministry of Health, noted the suspension.
 
The source also quoted the acting president as demanding that his office be briefed after the investigation.

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