Pharmacists may go on strike over commercialisation of facilities at FHIs
Pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) may go on strike, if nothing was done urgently, by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), to stop the commercialisation facilities at Federal Health Institutions (FHIs) especially the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Benin, Edo State, and the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, Imo State.
Health benefits of ‘rainbow in vegetables and fruits’
“RAINBOW in vegetables and fruits” is a name I coined for the variety of vegetables and fruits that nature has provided for us. The rainbow as we all know, is made up of the following colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. All around us are vegetables and fruits in nature with these…
COVENANT University has been considered a key partner in the application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to cancer care, research and education in Africa. This was the outcome of the recently concluded 2015 Global Summit on Cancer at Dana Ferber Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, where the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Ayo, was the guest…
Tragic newborn was UK's youngest organ donor
A newborn baby who died after just 100 minutes became Britain's youngest organ donor after his kidneys and heart valves were given to adult patients, the National Health Service (NHS) said Thursday. Teddy Houlston and twin Noah were born in Cardiff, Wales, on April 22, 2014, but parents Jess Evans and Mike Houlston already knew…
Chinese scientists 'edit' human embryos
In a controversial new research paper, Chinese scientists describe how they were able to manipulate the genomes of human embryos for the first time, raising ethical concerns about this new frontier in science.
‘Cheap, quality malaria drugs will reduce poverty’
Nigeria will on Saturday April 25, 2015 join the rest of the world to mark the World Malaria Day. Fidson Healthcare Limited and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are calling on the global health community to address major gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria, and are issuing updated malaria treatment guidelines. They say despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year. Marketing Manager Anti-Malarial portfolio of Fidson Healthcare Limited, Mr. Tunde Balogun, in this interview with The Guardian the company’s primary responsibility is to ensure the provision and distribution of high quality anti-malarials at cost effective prices. Balogun said Fidson is aware that there is a direct link between poverty and incidence of malaria therefore cost of therapy must be affordable for patients to reduce the economic burden of malaria on them. He said it is possible to eliminate malaria from Nigeria and what Fidson is doing to ensure that. CHUKWUMA MUANYA writes. Excerpts:
Nigeria, China collaborate to develop anti-cancer agents from marine organisms
Anene Moneke, a professor of bioprocess physiology, is the Head of Department of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. His research interests are in the optimal exploitation of production organisms in the advancement of bioprocesses, microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in oil polluted environments, bacterial degradation of aromatic compounds and man made environmental pollutants, evaluation of local raw materials in brewing and food industries and studies on biotransformation systems for the generation of useful compounds. In this interview with EMEKA ANUFORO, he speaks of his department’s recent pact with the Department of Pharmacology, Capital Medical University, China to develop cancer and other drugs using marine agents. Excerpts:
Climate scientists join search for alien Earths
THE hunt for life beyond the Solar System is gaining new partners: Unitred States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA) climatologists.
Medical laboratory scientists oppose against privatisation of public hospitals
IN the wake of on-going Public Private Partnership (PPP) plans embarked upon to manage public hospitals to efficiency, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has condemned attempts to run public hospitals under such arrangements, saying it negates the rights of citizens to affordable healthcare system.
Pharmacists seek Minister’s intervention on FEC’s approval of Doctorate programme
AS part of efforts to improve pharmacy education in Nigeria, pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has solicited the immediate intervention and assistance of the Minister of Education, Mr. Ibrahim Shekarau, to get the Federal Executive Council to approve the B-MAS of the Pharm D programme canvassed by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
Mars might have salty liquid water
RESEARCHERS have long known that there was water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from United States National Aeronautic (NASA’s) Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars. The explanation is that the substance perchlorate has been found in the soil, which lowers the freezing point so the water does not freeze into ice, but is liquid and present in very salty salt water- a brine.