sickle cell imageAccording to World Health Organization, approximately 5% of the world’s population carries trait genes for haemoglobin disorders, mainly, sickle-cell disease and thalassaemia.Haemoglobin disorders are genetic blood diseases due to inheritance of mutant haemoglobin genes from both, generally healthy, parents.
Over 300 000 babies with severe haemoglobin disorders are born each year.The health burden of haemoglobin disorders can be effectively reduced through management and prevention programmes.Sickle cell disease is common among the African, Asian nations and amongst people who do not have access to proper medical supervision and care. In the United States mainly the African-Americans are affected, with every one in 500 African-American child being affected with the disease. In Africa nearly 2% of newborns are affected with sickle cell disease. In the United Kingdom more than 200 newborns are infected with sickle cell disease. In the Middle East more than 6000 babies are born annually with sickle cell disease.

Drugs 1The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that the National Health Policy of the present federal government has changed, asserting that the country has no business importing drugs.

Professor Adewole spoke in Benin City, the Edo State capital on the occasion of the inauguration of projects embarked upon by the outgoing Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Professor Michael Ibadin.

pcnThere are 12, 740 licensed pharmacists in the country, the Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, (PCN), Elijah Mohammed, has said.

Licensed pharmacists are those licensed to practice in the industry. Mohammed, who disclosed this during a consultative meeting with Funding/Implementation partners in Abuja on Saturday, said there are over 21,000 registered pharmacists in the country.

NAFDAC 360x350The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Plateau Command on Saturday handed over 5580 kg of expired drugs and medical devices and 2652 kg of psychotropic substances it seized from a warehouse in Jos.
Mr Ibrahim Braji, NDLEA Commander while handing over the seized expired drugs and medical devices to the Zonal Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs Josephine Dailyi, said that the agency seized the drugs from the warehouse of one Jude Okoye, an alleged notorious psychotropic drug dealer.
Donald TrumpThe United States on Friday in Abuja signed 469 million dollars (about N147.5 billion) Country Operation Plan (COP) to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes in Nigeria. The COP was signed by the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah Birx, and Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu.
The ceremony was witnessed by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, who said “Nigerian is working with the embassy and others are committed to changing Nigerian history for better”.

Ahmed YakassaiStakeholders in the health sector have commended the recent move by the Federal Government to ensure that Nigeria embarks upon the production of life-saving vaccines locally. They noted that the approval of the joint venture agreement between the Federal Government and May and Baker Plc will ensure that 20 per cent of the vaccines used in Nigeria are manufactured locally.

For the National President, Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, the approval of the agreement is long overdue.

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