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, led by the Chairman, Festus Mogae, former President of Botwana.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it has led a national campaign against obesity and other forms of unhealthy lifestyles for healthy living. Chairperson of the FCT branch of the NMA, Fatima Mairami, disclosed this during a road walk in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Olumide Akintayo, a member of the National Executive of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and the immediate past President of the society, in this interview addresses the challenges of practicing pharmacy, fake drug distribution, among other issues bugging the sector. CHIOMA UMEHA has the excerpts:
Health workers under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professional Association (AHPA) have threatened to resume suspended industrial action on June 7, 2016, after a seven-day warning strike starting on May 31, 2016, if the Federal Government fails to implement agreement both parties signed in May 2012.
The health workers who include pharmacists, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, and other staff in the medical and health sector besides doctors, suspended a four-month industrial action in February 2015 after the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, intervened and promised to resolve the issues.
JOHESU and AHCP in a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation titled “Re-Resumption of Strike Action Final Ultimatum”, dated May 23, 2016, and signed by leaders of its eleven affiliated unions said: “…Having waited this long and exercised enough patience, we have no option than to resume the strike we suspended in February 2015 if our collective agreements are not implemented within 15 days with effect from Tuesday, May 17, 2016.