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FG Partners with Institute to Improve Cancer Treatment Nationwide

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The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to collaborate with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to enhance the procurement and maintenance of radiotherapy equipment in cancer treatment centers across the country. This initiative aims to address the growing need for advanced cancer care services and to boost the nation’s digital economy.

Prof. Usman Aliyu, the Director-General of the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (NICRAT), made this announcement during the City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) Initiative Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement Workshop held in Abuja. He highlighted the significance of replicating the success of the NSIA-Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) cancer center in other regions of the country.

Aliyu emphasized the reliability and efficiency of the NSIA-LUTH cancer center, citing its impressive uptime of 80% to 90%. He expressed the government’s commitment to implementing similar standards nationwide to ensure improved access to quality cancer treatment.

Dr. Tunji Alausa, the Minister of State for Health, underscored the increasing burden of cancer in Nigeria, citing statistics from the 2022 Global Cancer Observatory (GLOBOCAN) report. He emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to address this pressing health challenge and provide comprehensive care and support to cancer patients nationwide.

The workshop served as a platform to engage stakeholders and develop targeted strategies to strengthen the nation’s response to cancer. Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, the Mandate Secretary of Health Services and Environment Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), emphasized the importance of community mobilization and early detection in improving cancer outcomes.

Sophie Bussman-Kemdjo, the Regional Director for Africa and Europe at C/Can, highlighted the organization’s commitment to supporting cities worldwide in their efforts to enhance cancer care. She outlined plans to leverage existing partnerships and prioritize local needs to achieve tangible improvements in cancer treatment outcomes.

The collaboration between the Federal Government and the NSIA, along with support from organizations like C/Can, signals a concerted effort to address the growing challenge of cancer in Nigeria and improve access to quality care for all citizens.

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians to ban on Dex Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has drawn Nigerians’ attention to the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No. 6 Mystic Flower) by the European Union (EU).

The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, in Abuja on Sunday.

“The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.

“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.

“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.

“The products are not in the NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.

She called on members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

The NAFDAC boss advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse reactions or substandard and falsified regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office on 0800-162-3322 or via email: sf.alert@nafdac.gov.ng.

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NAFDAC Recalls J&J Benylin Children cough Syrup Over ‘toxicity findings’

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has recalled Benylin, a children’s cough syrup manufactured by Johnson & Johnson from the market “following recent toxicity findings.”

The NAFDAC, in a statement on Wednesday said the recall became imperative after laboratory analysis showed that the current batch of Benylin, due to expire in April 2024, contained “an unacceptable high level of diethylene glycol.”

Cough syrups containing high quantities of diethylene have been connected to a large number of children deaths in Cameroon and The Gambia.

At least 66 children lost their lives in The Gambia, trigger world health Organisation to issue an alert to citizens warning them of diethylene glycol, known to be deadly in high levels.

The WHO noted that consequences include acute kidney injury, diarrhoea, altered mental state, inability to pass urine, headache and vomiting.

NAFDAC said that the ingredient in Benylin “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals” despite the cough syrup’s marketing claims to treat cough, congestive symptoms, hay fever and allergic conditions in children between two and 12 years old.

The Johnson & Johnson batch in question, with the number 329304, was produced in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2021 and scheduled to expire this month.

It’s unclear how many bottles of Benylin must have been sold within its three years of circulation and how many children were affected since NAFDAC recently detected the toxic substance.

NAFDAC advised Nigerians to shun the syrup and asked pharmacies to discontinue its sale.

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World Health Day: FG Reiterates Commitment To Improved Healthcare In Nigeria

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As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2024 World Health Day, the coordinating minister of health and social welfare, Prof Muhammad Ali Pate, has reaffirms the ministry’s unwavering commitment to advancing the health and well-being of all Nigerians.

The World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April every year. It is observed to raise awareness of global health issues. The theme for this year is “My Health, My Right,

This year’s theme underscores the fundamental principle that every individual has the right to attain the highest standard of physical and mental health without discrimination or barriers.

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As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2024 World Health Day, the coordinating minister of health and social welfare, Prof Muhammad Ali Pate, has reaffirms the ministry’s unwavering commitment to advancing the health and well-being of all Nigerians.

The World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April every year. It is observed to raise awareness of global health issues. The theme for this year is “My Health, My Right,”

 

This year’s theme underscores the fundamental principle that every individual has the right to attain the highest standard of physical and mental health without discrimination or barriers.

The minister, in a statement, said the right to health is not just a lofty ideal; it is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet, for millions of Nigerians, accessing quality healthcare remains a challenge.

In response to this pressing issue, Pate said the Federal Government of Nigeria has implemented various initiatives aimed at promoting equitable access to healthcare services and ensuring that every Nigerian can exercise their right to health.

Prof Pate noted that through targeted government initiatives such as Basic Health Care Provision Fund, (BHCPF) and the Nigeria Health Sector Renewal and Investment Initiative and strategic partnerships, we are reaching remote and underserved communities, providing essential healthcare services and promoting health education.

Also, he said through the BHCPF, the government is strengthening primary healthcare delivery, improving infrastructure, and ensuring the availability of essential drugs and commodities in health facilities across the country

 

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