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Kano Strange Disease : DG NAFDAC Presents Preliminary Result of Clinical Test to Ganduje

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Kano Strange Disease : DG NAFDAC Presents Preliminary result of clinical test to Ganduje

*** Kano to have NAFDAC Lab soon

The Director General of National Agency for Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof Mojisola Adeyeye has presented a preliminary result of clinical test of the samples of some substances to ascertain the cause of the strange illness in the state.

She made the presentation during a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at his office in Kano, Tuesday evening.

Prof Adedeye disclosed that, there are 5 substances involved in the development.
“Out of the 5 substances, only 3 were registered and the remaining 2 were not registered.
“We still wonder how they came into the country. As our investigation reveals that, they were not imported into the country through our Ports.”

She explained that, some of those substances were found to be poisonous. “When one takes them, he or she would find it very difficult to breath normally. That is close to death, Sir.”

Indicating how the Agency takes the matter seriously, she disclosed that, there are 6 Directorates on the issue, engaged in trying to define coherent and scientific explanation to it.

“The substances have Citric Acid. We also went to 2 companies that have the registered substances with them, though their substances are registered, but we still put them on hold, to avoid certain things. Until after our examination,” she explained.

Adeyeye assured that when the final result is out she would present it to the state government. She commended the effort being made by the Acting Managing Director of the State Consumer Protection Council, Baffa Babba Dan Agundi, over his unrelenting commitment in fighting the marketing of the poisonous substances, alongside fake and counterfeit drugs flooding the state.

“Your Excellency, I am pleased and glad to inform you that, our Agency will establish Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) here in Kano. Sir it is the first one to be established in the country. We are also building state office of the Agency with Laboratory. So Kano will henceforth have its Lab, well equipped,” she revealed.

In his remarks, governor Ganduje assured them of his administration’s commitment towards partnering with NAFDAC in specified areas, “just to keep our state and the nation in general, safer and healthier.”
“We also appreciate your effort in working hand in hand with us in taming this strange illness in the state,” he said.

Ganduje hinted that, for now the source of those substances are known to authorities, “While we arrested many consignments, we are still combing our markets thoroughly.”

He said he was happy that the process of substance examination was hastened, “…that we are today receiving a preliminary result. This is commendable. We will also continue with the public enlightenment. We need to work very hard as the Fasting period is fast approaching us. When people use all kinds of substances as appetizer,” he assured.

Governor reminded her about the effort of the state government in building Drugs market at the newly Dangwauro Modern market, adding that, “The Drug market there is almost completed. We put in place, at the Drug market, offices of NAFDAC, NDLEA, Customs and Excise, among other relevant agencies. We will not relent in our effort to control drug market in the state.”

NAFDAC Boss presented an Award of Excellence to the governor for his commitment and unhindered political will in dealing, decisively, with drug abusers and mismanagers in the state.

The NADAC boss was accompanied by the Director Enforcement of the agency, State Coordinator of NAFDAC, former President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, among others.

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) on Saturday suspended its 10 days old strike after sustained pressure mounted on them to shelve the strike by stakeholders.
The National President of the Association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said the strike was suspended after series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
He said based on their responsibility to Nigerians and the fact that the Federal government has met some of their demands they have no option but to call off the strike.

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

The Senate committee on health has faulted the strike action embarked upon by the resident Doctors which is having a telling effect on patients.

The chairman of the committee Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe said Nigerians would hold the resident doctors responsible for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action.

Oloriegbe spoke at the public hearing  of the bill entitled  “Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021” sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) 

According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the doctors ongoing strike to no avail. 

“We had a marathon meeting just before Easter on March 21st specifically and we agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors.

He said there three Germain issues which included the payment of salary to house officers which as at that time they also agreed had been essentially been cleared which was the major reason they wanted to go on strike.

“The second one was what they claimed to be payment to local resident doctors, which was an aberration where there was not supposed to be local but the government agreed to commence payment which has started to be done.

“Those are the two critical ones that were germane most of the other issues that were raised were not even issues within the purview of the federal government because they were issues of state governments that owed salaries or something. 

He said they are issues that relate to things that were in 2014, 2015 which was as at that meeting, the Federal Ministry of Finance confirmed that a committee has been set up to look at the other aspects. 

“So we are surprised that the resident doctors went on strike. However, we are not reneging, my counterparts in the house of Representatives are meeting with the resident doctors.”

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Nassarawa State Government has raised the alarm over shortages of essential supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens who are yet to access the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination particularly the vulnerable persons in the state.

This state commissioner of health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba-Yahaya made the disclosure during the World Health Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Wednesday.

According to him, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the light on the inequalities among the citizens amidst shortages of essential supplies, poor people have been pushed to the back of the queue in accessing COVID-19 test kits in the state.”

He continued: “There are several shades of inequalities, discrimination based on gender, place of residence, income, educational level, age, ethnicity and disability to disadvantage of the vulnerable populations across the state.”

He, however, emphasized that there was need to start to act on the social and economic determinations of the people, by working across sectors to improve living and working conditions, particularly the marginalized groups.

While reacting on the challenges being faced by the vulnerable persons in the state, he urged leaders at various levels to work together to address inequalities in their respective countries, specially on COVID-19 vaccines.

The commissioner of health also admonished pharmaceutical companies to expand their manufacturing capacity to overcome current supply shortages in the state, urging wealthy individuals to partner with the state government so that the most at risk populations in all countries could be protected.

Also residents in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Awe, Keana and Obi local government areas and others in the state have expressed worry over lack of access to COVID-19 test in their locality.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. John Daniel, said they could not access the COVID-19 test in their community, owning to the fact that the health workers trained by the Primary Development Agency in charge of administering COVID-19 tests are focussing on tge rich in the state.

He said: “We are poor people. We have been relegatedto the background because we are not government workers.”

Also speaking to our correspondent, Ovey Timothy, said since the state government commenced the COVID-19 test the health workers have not be able to reach their community.

His words: “We are calling on the state government to urgently intervene and come to their rescue.”

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