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90% of HIV drugs in Africa come from India – UNAIDS

Discussions at the ongoing AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, have focused on the dearth of homegrown scientific solutions to HIV/AIDS on the continent. This comes as participants at the conference say that many of the breakthroughs in the treatment and control of the viral disease are coming from abroad instead of within. According to them, donors from the United ...

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HIV-positive persons must beware of tuberculosis

Solaade Ayo-Aderele Although it is one of the world’s oldest diseases, tuberculosis is not currently on the decline. In fact, a recent World Health Organisation report found that the global TB epidemic is even larger than previously thought, revising the estimated global burden of TB upward for the second year in a row. Experts at the TB 2016 in Durban, ...

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Govt Seeks WHO Support to Curb Corruption in Health Sector

The federal government on Monday sought the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in curbing corruption in Nigeria’s health sector following several indictments by foreign donors of diversion of funds particularly in the Federal Ministry of Health. Consequently, the ministry has initiated plans to set up Efficiency Management Unit (EMU) to oversee the proper utilization of funds in the ...

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Nigerian Institute of Medical Research probes rise in sudden deaths

• Tracks AIDS drug resistance, efficacy of malaria medicines • Identifies area in Nigeria where Zika, Dengue, Yellow fever carrying mosquitoes, Aedes aegyptica, are replete • Sets up two commercial ventures to increase bridge funding gap, increase internally generated revenue • Calls for amendment of TETFUND law to enable medical research institutes access it Prof. Innocent Ujah is the Director ...

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‘Health Workers’ Collaboration Will Reduce Mortality Rate’

President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, has said the recent collaboration between pharmacists and other colleagues in the health sector has started yielding positive outcomes. He said collaboration and team work was sine qua non to the delivery of improved healthcare services in the country. It would also reduce mortality rate arising from some chronic ...

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People living with HIV in limbo

For two years, the scandal was waiting to break after Global Fund (GF), which part-funds programmes for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Nigeria, discovered discrepancies in books kept by the federal health ministry’s department of planning, research and statistics (DPRS). It broke when the GF inspector-general published its report, and reacted with a freeze on some of its commitments. Organisations ...

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FG expresses concern over HIV/AIDS transmission

The Federal Government has raised the alarm that “health, security, transport, HIV/AIDS remain at high risk” in the Lagos-Abidjan borders of the West African sub-region. The government also estimated that about 27 million passengers, including many traders from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Cote d’ Ivorie and the Republic of Benin, go through the borders annually. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac ...

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Boehringer Ingelheim increases access to the medication for the treatment of HIV/AIDS

Boehringer Ingelheim is announcing an expansion of its Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement policy. The IP enforcement policy had already been amended in 2007 by an easy-to-use, non-assert declaration for Viramune® (nevirapine). At present, twelve WHO pre-qualified manufacturers qualify for the non-assert declaration for Viramune® and Boehringer Ingelheim grants tiered pricing to 78 countries. Under the revised IP enforcement policy, Boehringer ...

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Minister calls for increase in Nigeria’s budgetary allocation to HIV and AIDs

The Nigerian Government has urged African countries to work towards the production of HIV/AIDs drugs locally to reduce the amount of money spent on importation of the drugs. The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, represented by the Director of Family Health, Dr. Wapada Balami, made the call while meeting with a delegation from Champion for AID-Free Generation in Africa, ...

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40 Percent of Nigerian Youths Engage in Substance Abuse

The consequences of uncontrolled use of alcohol and drug abuse have significantly placed a burden on Nigeria’s healthcare sector. The former Director General, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Otunba Ipinmisho, in this interview with Kasim Sumaina, spoke on the implications of substance abuse to the society and its cost to health facilities in the country What is your take ...

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