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NSHIP trains pharmacists on drugs management in Nasarawa



Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP)

trained 35 pharmacists on essential drugs management for quality healthcare service delivery in Nasarawa State,

Mr Adamu Ohagayen, the state NSHIP Coordinator, said.

He made this known on Monday at the commencement of a three-day workshop for pharmacists on essential drugs

management in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

He said that the importance of pharmacy to the health and socio-economic development of the society cannot be overemphasised,

hence the training.

Ohagayen also said that the workshop was aimed at keeping essential drug managers up-to-speed in handling and dispensing drugs.

He added that “this workshop is to train pharmacists on procedure for procurement of drugs for quality healthcare service delivery.

“The training is necessary because pharmacists play important roles in ensuring effective healthcare service delivery.

“This will go a long way in improving the health status of the people of the state and Nigeria at large.”

The coordinator urged pharmacists to adhere strictly to their professional ethics in the interest of the health sector and for the overall development of the country.

He reiterated the organisation’s continued commitment to train health workers in the state.

The NSHIP Focal Person on Essential Drugs Management, Mr philip Danjuma, also urged pharmacists attending the training to adhere to best practices

while handling drugs.

Mr Reren Ahmadu, a pharmacist with Medical Centre, Karu, Nasarawa State, commended NSHIP for organising the training.

He said it would help participants to learn best practices in drug management, thereby improving health status of the people of the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the training drew participants from the state’s general hospitals, state’s Ministry of Health,

state’s Health Management Board, among others.


Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu



NPopC, NOA target 1m new birth registrations in 2019 in Lagos



To upscale birth registration in Lagos State, one million births are expected to be registered by 2019, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the National Population Commission (NPopC) said on Friday.

According to the two Federal Government bodies, a total of 231,584 registrations comprising 117, 586 boys and 113,998 girls have so far been recorded in Lagos State.

They spoke at a tw-day “Media Workshop on the Need to Scale Up Birth Registration in Lagos State’’, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The workshop was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Lagos State, in collaboration with UNICEF Abuja Office.

Mr Waheed Ishola, the Director of NOA, Lagos State Directorate, said: “On the upscale of birth registration in Lagos State, we  found out that for some time now, the birth registration uptake  of Under-5 in Lagos State is pretty  low.

“And for us to meet the target that is being set, knowing that day in day out, we are having children born in the state, there is need for us to ensure that all the children born in Lagos are registered.

“We are targeting that one million children are registered before the end of 2019.’’

Ishola said registering the birth of a child had many benefits of which include the child having an identity.

However, he identified some challenges militating against the upscale of child birth registration to include lack of awareness on the importance of birth registration, touting, lack of manpower and equipment as well as adequate  funding.

Also, Murphy Adigun, State Director, National Population Commission, told the Nigeria News Agency that it was free to register new births as well as for persons below the age of 17.

“Registration of child births is free and registration centres are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays.

“There are 122 birth registration centres in Lagos State; the number of registration centres in each local government varies according to their sizes and rate of birth registration in the LGA.

`They are located at Local Government Headquarters, Local Council Development Headquarters, Public Health Centres, General Hospitals, Town Halls, Secretariats or any other strategic places designed for the purpose of registering births.

“Some other areas are covered during immunisation days and we also intend having mobile registration centres,’’ he said.

Adigun also restated the benefits of birth registration.

“Registering births enables governments to plan well and make projections.

“It gives the child access to certain essential social services.

“The birth certificate is a legal document which can be used to access visas, scholarships, education and even employment opportunities.

“Most importantly, it is a critical component of a child’s identity,’’ he said.

Adigun urged parents to ensure they report births or register their child after the child is born.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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NGO carries out sensitisation on gender-based violence in 25 LGAs in Niger



A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Rayuwa Sexual Assault Referral Centre, has carried out sensitisation on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in 25 local government areas of Niger.


Dr Inegbenose Inegbenijie, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the NGO, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Minna on Friday.


He said that such sensitisation had become necessary because many did not know what gender-based violence was and ignorance would not be accepted.


He said that they embarked on such a tour to create awareness among the people, the community heads and the emirs.


“Some do not know that a man having sexual intercourse with a child is against the law.


“Also that some people used to initiate in-house settlements of such cases without the consent of the victim is also an offence.


“So many rape cases had been settled by community heads with the victims’ families in the past which most time used to involve the exchange of money and gifts.


“This necessitated the sensitisation tour because culprits have to be dealt with according to the law, the abused need justice; the law must take its cause.


“If the culprits are not dealt with, the ugly trend will continue,’’ he said.


Inegbenijie said that they might not be able to mitigate the incidence of rape and its kinds in Minna and Niger in general if the culprits were not brought to book.


The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the NGO also said that they had been to schools to carry out sensitisation against the vice.


He said that they shared flyers, information materials and educative materials among students to help raise awareness about the scourge.


He added that they also gave their contact numbers to the authorities of schools they visited should there be the need for them to contact them.



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Unilorin professor discovers anti-cancer, anti-TB drugs, seeks commercialisation



Prof. Joshua Obaleye of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ilorin,  says his team has discovered anti-malaria, anti-cancer and anti-tuberculosis drugs that can be mass-produced to save lives.

Obaleye told newsmen in Ilorin  that the team which he heads had tested numerous world-class metal compounds from his laboratory for the treatment of various diseases.

According to him, studies show that when a metal is attached with a pharmaceutical, it increases the efficacy of the drug.

The  don, who is also the President, America Chemical Society, Nigeria Chapter, and Chairman, Nigeria Chemical Society, Kwara State Chapter, said that he lacked funding t0 commercialise the drugs.

According to the professor, he has also produced anti-inflammatory drugs and vitamins.

“We need to commercialise all these drugs and invite the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and other regulatory bodies to come over to examine what we have produced to confirm if what we say we have is what we have.

“When they investigate us and find out what we say is authentic, maybe they will be happy to help us.

“We have produced metal anti-tuberculosis, metal anti-malaria, metal antibiotics  and many more. We have produced a lot of them in this lab,” Obaleye said.

“Most of these drugs we have produced in our lab have other applications; even structural studies of them is enough. We can even use them as raw materials for other drugs,” he added.

Obaleye  called for effective collaboration among researchers in

the same discipline as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in order to come out with

world-class discoveries.

He said that collaboration had given him great opportunities to come up with groundbreaking researches.

“We are making a lot of achievements, we have many collaborators from India, we have collaborators in Malaysia, Japan and so many other countries.

“We work with people we know are experts in those areas; if you don’t collaborate, you just be a local champion without any progress,” he said.

He called for government funding  to facilitate  commercialisation of the drugs.


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Expert suggests sensitisation as best approach to curb drug abuse



Mrs Victoria Opakunle, a public nursing officer, on Friday, says  intensive sensitisation is the best approach to curb drug abuse and other vices among youths in Nigeria.

Opakunle, a Head Nurse at Kamwire Medical Centre, IlorinKwara, gave this advice in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday.

She said that alcohol and other drug abuse had been on the increase in the country, especially among youths; adding that the problem had not been given a deserved attention.

“There is the need for a comprehensive prevention and treatment approaches, aimed at changing the physical, social, legal, and economic environments of communities,” she said.

She noted that the environmental approach recognised that the abuser was influenced at multiple levels such as personal, peer, institutional, community, and policy levels.

According to her, dissemination of information is the first approach and that should be used always.

She said that campaigns area were always aimed at offering information, teaching, psycho-social support, advocacy and research for spiritual growth and social change.

“Advocacy is required to disseminate information about alcohol and other drug abuse in addition to finding solutions to the problem and even taking preventive actions on it.

“Information is power; ensuring a drug-free society should be everyones’ concern.

“The entire society is affected when it comes to drug abuse; this is because the consequences are upon the society.

“This is a task for everybody. Everyone must do all he or she can do to get involved and rid his or her territory of drugs peddlers,” she said.

According to her, most youths, who are abusing drugs do not even know what they are doing, as they are ignorant of the implications of their actions.

“Youths, who indulge in drugs, do it because of peer pressure. They want to indulge in what their friends are doing and these decisions have really affected them and the society at large,” she said.

Opakunle urged youths to do away with drugs and ensure that they had a better life, saying that “illicit drug consumption kills and makes you useless”.

She, however, lauded the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for working against drug abuse and making efforts towards ensuring that the country is vices free.


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