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Man, 46, remanded over production, sale of fake cough syrup in Anambra

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A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State,  has remanded a 46 year-old Ejike Okereke, in prison for alleged production and distribution of fake cough syrup known as Codrux Cough Syrup. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) last  Thursday arraigned Okereke on five count charge before Justice N. I. Oweibo of Awka, Federal High ...

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Lassa fever: 32 quarantined in Delta after doctor’s death

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FOLLOWING the death of a medical doctor from Lassa fever, 32 persons have been quarantined in Asaba, Delta State capital. The late doctor’s hospital in Umuaji area and another private hospital where he was treated at Bonsaac area, all in Asaba, have been shut down and fumigated. A medical practitioner resident in Asaba, who hailed from Anambra State, reportedly died ...

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Buhari appoints five heads of health agencies

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with immediate effect the appointments of five heads of strategic health institutions. The Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi,  made this known in a statement. The health agencies are, Centre for Disease Control, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), ...

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NAFDAC confiscates N25m worth of unregistered drugs in Enugu

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The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Wednesday, confiscated 152 cartons of unregistered Dizapam tablets B.P. worth over N25 million. The drugs which were manufactured at Mumbai, India by Shalina Laboratories PVT. Ltd were released to NAFDAC by Customs Service officials who confiscated them at the Nigerian -Cameroon border in Cross River State. Enugu State Coordinator ...

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UNTH performs 175 Open Heart Surgeries successfully

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The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu says it had successfully conducted 175 Open Heart Surgeries since the reactivation of the program at the hospital in 2013. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital,, Dr. Chris Amah said a total of 22 persons made up of 10 adults and 12 paediatrics had been slated for surgeries with seven already ...

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Pharmacists canvass duty waivers on imported raw materials

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The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN)   Monday called on the federal government to review the import duties on raw materials for the production of drugs in the country. The body said  the lingering Currency Fluctuations and lack of Foreign Exchange had become a major problem to drug manufacturers in Nigeria. It also urged President Mohammed Buhari  to ...

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Patients lament strike at Federal Medical Centre

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Patients, who access medical services at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Wednesday lamented the impact of the strike by health workers at the centre. The National Union of Allied Health Professionals, Yenagoa Chapter, had on May 11, 2016, commenced an indefinite strike over the shortfall in payment of staff salaries at the hospital since January this year. ...

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Women menstruating after 50 years still fertile – Expert

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Dr Arikawe Adeolu, a medical practitioner at Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, on Monday, said women still menstruating after 50 years of age were still fertile. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that every woman was born with specific number of eggs which she loses during menstrual cycle. He said that a woman could only enter ...

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Malaria killed 400,000 persons in 2015, says WHO

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A new report by the World Health Organisation has stated that 400, 000 persons died of malaria infections in 2015. In a report released in Geneva, Switzerland as part of activities to celebrate the World Malaria Day on Monday, WHO estimated that 21 countries including six African countries, would eliminate local transmission of malaria by 2020. The global body in ...

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