When Prof. Usman Yusuf was invited from the United States and appointed as the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme in 2016, he must have congratulated himself and saw an opportunity to help his country. The scheme is aimed at providing easy access to healthcare for all Nigerians at an affordable cost through various prepayment systems. Established under the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, the NHIS had been struggling to realise its mandate and the federal government must have thought that Yusuf was the right man to put it on track. An academic with industry experience in the United States from where the scheme was borrowed, is no doubt an asset for an organization that envisions progress that would make univ...
INTELS Nigeria Limited has built and handed over a modern, fully equipped health centre to the Aruakpor-Umah Community, in Uvwie Local Government Area, Warri of Delta State. The multimillion naira health centre, set up to provide high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive medical care, was donated to the community by INTELS as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility(CSR). The new facility, which consists of an operating theatre, consulting room, five wards including a labour ward, is the first of its kind in the community. The General Manager of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, who was represented at the handover ceremony by Philip Embledon, commended the community for cooperating with the company in the actualisation of the health centre. He s
The Nigerian Stock Exchange has called on individuals and organisations to financially support the purchase of mobile cancer units. The Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Oscar Onyema, who was represented by the Executive Director, Regulation, NSE, Tinuade Awe, at the 5th NSE Corporate Challenge in Lagos on Saturday, said N57m (net of expenses) had been saved up towards the project. “We have some way to go to purchase the first mobile cancer unit but we believe with the continued support of individuals like you and our sponsors, we can make this dream happen soon,” Onyema said. According to him, the NSE Corporate Challenge, which started in 2014, was birthed to stimulate additional awareness about cancer, advocate the importance of early testing/detection and raise funds towards the pu
The Federal Government, Dangote Group, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have identified food fortification as one of the major strategies to decrease the number of over ten million children suffering from malnutrition in Nigeria. This was disclosed when leaders of Nigerian food processing industry, the government and development partners came together recently at the Food Processing and Nutrition Leadership Forum in Lagos. The CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said “we discussed the issue of smuggling, because some of the foods smuggled here to Nigeria are not fortified. They don’t have NAFDAC numbers; neither do they have SON numbers. At least with that, we can end up having a healthy society and environment.”Hajia Aisha Abubakar, Minister of State for Trade and Investment,
The Federal Government said its approach to the fight against malaria has yielded positive result, going by records which confirmed significant drop in malaria prevalence in the country. Government insisted that malaria is still a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the country, in spite of the significant drop in its prevalence from 42 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in 2015, according to Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) report. National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, told journalists in Abuja, yesterday, that the success was due to the ban placed on the use of monotherapeutic drugs such as chloroquine, to treat malaria. “We did extensive research and discovered that the monotherapeutic drugs have lost effect on malaria. We r
As part of efforts to improve life expectancy in Nigeria and other African countries by providing access to top quality and affordable pharmaceuticals, St. Racheal’s Pharma and HealthPlus Limited have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. St. Rachael’s Pharma is an emerging manufacturer of antibiotics for the African pharmaceutical market while HealthPlus is Nigeria’s first integrative pharmacy and fastest growing pharmacy chain in West Africa. At the signing ceremony at St. Racheal’s African Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos on Thursday June 21, both companies announced that the collaboration, would ensure that all St. Racheal’s brand of antibiotics get to patients at half the price of innovators in the market through the HealthPlus Pharmacy outlets which over the past 19years has
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has charged the Federal Government to place healthcare as security issue. He said the nation’s healthcare system is currently in chaos and ineffective, with its global level being a major concern as Nigeria is rated very low in public health. Jide, who stated this in Lagos during the launch of the Pharmacy Framework to strengthen the value chain, said it is the government’s responsibility along with stakeholders in the health sector to protect citizens from disease outbreak and other illnesses, adding that the state of the country shows that every Nigerian is vulnerable to biological threat, like Ebola, Meningitis C and Lassa Fever, with invisible disease, which calls for national security. “Our first priority is to look at heal
In recent times there have been claims and counter claims on the use of lemon (Citrus limon) to effectively treat degenerative diseases such as cancer and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Results of a study published September 2017 in Journal of Advances in Molecular Biology suggest that lyophilized pure fruit juice powder of lemon has anti-proliferative effect against human breast cancer (MCF-7) cell line by suppressing its growth. The Indian researchers from Presidency College Chennai concluded: “Our results showed that lyophilized pure fruit juice powder of Citrus limon inhibited the proliferation of human breast cancer cell line MCF-7 with an IC50 98.16 μg/ml at 48 h incubation, it was shown to promote apoptosis as seen as Deoxy ribo
Fidelity Bank Plc has partnered the Coalition of Sickle Cell Non-Governmental Organisations to commemorate the 2018 World Sickle Cell Day. The lender said in a statement that this year’s celebration would be the ninth since the United Nations General Assembly declared June 19 World Sickle Cell Day in 2008. The Head, Human Resources Recruitment/Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Fidelity Bank, Chris Nnakwe, explained that the bank’s e-banking division worked with the coalition in Nigeria to undertake its first corporate social responsibility initiative through the Fidelity Helping Hands Programme. He said the initiative would be powered by the bank’s mVisa quick response code. According to Nnakwe, about 150,000 children are born with sickle cell disorder in Nige
To complement its corporate social responsibility nutrition and healthy lifestyle project in Nigeria, Mondelez International Foundations has allocated $50million to address nutrition education, active play, provide fresh foods to at-risk children and their families. Director, Cooperate and Government Affairs, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Bala Yesufu said the project is the first Mondelez International Foundation-funded effort in Nigeria, which complements their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. He added that the Foundation is the community partnership arm of Cadbury and owns 74.99 per cent of its shares in Nigeria, while the remaining 25.01% of shares are held by a diverse group of indigenous, individual and institutional investors. Speaking at the launch of the Foundatio...