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Nigeria sitting On A Keg Of Gun Powder – NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder due to what it described as the high rate and prevalence of drug addicts across the country.

The agency said it was shocking that Nigeria was leading even beyond the international coverage of drug abuse globally. The Director, Public Affairs, NAFDAC, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, said this on Saturday. NAN reports that Jimoh said the agency has an average conservative estimate of about 15 million people who are on drugs and 3 million of them could be conveniently called drug addicts.

According to him, this development had forced the agency to conclude that the level of drug abuse has led to the high level of violence, kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery and even dangerous driving by some Nigerian drivers. He said most youths under the age bracket of 19 to 22 and even parents, both male and female, have seriously engaged in taking hard concoction.

Jimoh recalled that NAFDAC had recently destroyed billions of Naira worth of containers loaded with tramadol and other related hard drugs which if it had ordinarily gone into circulation would have destroyed several lives. He also disclosed that NAFDAC had shifted away from being just a mere regulatory agency of public health institutions, but now a key driver in the present transformation agenda in changing the diversification of the economy.

He said that NAFDAC was controlling the chemicals imported by the petrochemical industries into the country.

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House of Reps Okays Compulsory ‘Genotype Test’ For Intending Couples

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The House of Representatives has okayed compulsory genotype tests for intending couples as part of measures to prevent sickle cell disease, according to a report by PUNCH.

The House charged government registries, churches and mosques to demand the tests before joining persons as husband and wife.

This is part of the resolutions passed by the lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday when they unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Umar Sarki titled ‘Call on the Federal Ministry of Health to develop an efficient system for management of sickle cell disease in Nigeria’.

Adopting the motion, the House called on the Federal Ministry of Health to introduce free and compulsory new-born screening programme, which will include screening for sickle cell disease in all hospitals in Nigeria.

The House also called on the ministry to provide free treatment and counselling service to patients with sickle cell disease, while asking it to “sensitise religious institutions and the judiciary to include results of genotype tests as one of the conditions for marriage”.

They also urged the Federal Ministry of Education to include sickle cell education in science subjects in all primary and secondary schools, while mandating the House committees on Health Care Services, Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, and Basic Education and Services to ensure implementation of the resolutions.

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Shocking As Plastic Chair Is Being Used As Wheelchair At Emergency Unit Of Federal Teaching Hospital

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A plastic chair which is allegedly used as a wheelchair at the emergency unit of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) has gone viral on social media.

A Twitter user @TheAppetizers who shared the photo tweeted “UNTH Enugu Upgraded their Emergency and casualty Wheelchair to 4G. Am i the only person who noticed this?”

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Buhari Commissions Air Force Hospital In Daura[PHOTOS]

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President Muhammadu Buhari today commissioned the Air Force Reference hospital at his hometown Daura in Katsina State.

Commissioning of the new health facility which the President described as a critical milestone recorded by the nation’s armed forces, had Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, Governor Ganduje of Kano state, Perm Sec. Defence Mrs Nuratu Batagarawa, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar in attendance.

Speaking at the event, President Buhari revealed that the Federal Government invested huge resources in the health sector in the last 4 years which include an increased budgetary allocation to the sector from N259 billion in 2015 to N340 billion in 2018.

“Accordingly, significant stride has been made to life expectancy and reduced some of the killer diseases associated with child and maternal mortality claiming 70 death per 100,000 and 90 persons by the year 2007 as explained in the United Nations sustainable development goals.

“Despite this, more efforts are needed to fill in the wide range of diseases and remain persistent in the emerging health issues in our society.

“To achieve this, we must now reveal effort to focus on providing more efficient funding on the health sector” he said. 

President Buhari commissions Air Force Hospital in Daura (photos)
President Buhari commissions Air Force Hospital in Daura (photos)
President Buhari commissions Air Force Hospital in Daura (photos)
President Buhari commissions Air Force Hospital in Daura (photos)
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