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Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme Usman YusufThe suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole.
 
In his letter dated July 12 on the official letterhead of the NHIS, Mr. Yusuf said he would not comply with the July 6 suspension order. He acknowledged receiving the letter directing he proceeds on a three months suspension, but gave five reasons why he would not comply with the suspension.

A nurse attending to a sickle cell patient YouTubeMrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, wife of Abia Governor, on Wednesday said the aspiration of her foundation, Vicar Hope Foundation (VHF), was to provide free routine drugs to suffers of sickle cell anaemia.

Ikpeazu spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a counselling session organised by the foundation for sickle cell patients in Umuahia.

senateThe senate has passed a bill that compels hospitals across the country to treat gunshot victims without demanding police report or financial deposit. The bill titled, “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots” was passed during the senate’s Tuesday’s plenary session.
 
The bill also mandates security agents to assist people with gunshot wounds and ensure that they are taken to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment. President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, while passing the bill said most gunshot victims are not criminals.

Heart diseasesBlack men may have similar risk of coronary heart disease as white men, but their first cardiac event is twice as likely to be fatal. That means preventing a first heart attack is even more crucial for blacks, according to research findings reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

In an analysis that examined cardiac events in three major heart studies, researchers found that in two of these studies, black adults aged 45-64 have about twice the risk of fatal events compared with whites. The same is true for older individuals, with less pronounced differences. The study found that this high risk may be due to cardiovascular risk factors and the conditions in which people are born, grow, work and live — known as social determinants of health.

zikaDevastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death.Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, United States (U.S.), have learned that the Zika virus infects the fetus by manipulating the body’s normal barrier to infection. Moreover, they showed that a malaria drug that interferes with this process protects the fetus from viral infection. That drug already is approved for use in pregnant women for other medical purposes.

“We found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine effectively blocks viral transmission to the fetus,” said senior author Indira Mysorekar, PhD, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and of pathology and immunology. “This drug already is used in pregnant women to treat malaria, and we suggest that it warrants evaluation in primates and women to diminish the risks of Zika infection and disease in developing fetuses.”

Isaac AdewoleThe House of Representatives on Wednesday summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over his decision to suspend the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Yusuf Usman.

The House, in its resolution in Abuja, directed the minister to reinstate the ES within seven days and to also halt the re-accreditation of Health Maintenance Organisations pending the outcome of the intervention by the House.

Isaac Adewole 1Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that the country is headed for a ‘demographic disaster’ if it doesn’t adopt a more aggressive policy to contraceptive usage. Adewole spoke as a panelist at the 2017 Family Planning summit, London which was live streamed across several platforms.

Data from UN population Division, predicts that by the year 2050 Nigeria will have over 400 million population making it the third with largest growth after India and China.

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