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NMAThe Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State Chapter on Thursday said the exodus of doctors from Nigeria had reached an alarming proportion and called for improved health sector funding to discourage it.

The Chairman, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote, said in Lagos that more than 40,000 of the 75,000 registered Nigerian doctors, were practising abroad while 70 per cent in the country were thinking of picking jobs outside.

healthcare workersFollowing the presentation of the 2018 budget, the Minster of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the 36 states commissioners for health have said the health sector should be given due priority in the economic development plan.

Adewole, at the 60th National Council on Health (NCH) held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said Nigeria has been bedevilled with several challenges that need to be addressed, such as giving due priority to the health sector, attracting more resources, collective workforce with the various investors and minimizing strike actions among others.

dt 140615 assorted pills 800x600Experts have called for the adoption of newer technologies in Nigeria such as mass serialization and blockchain to reduce the incidence of fake and counterfeit medicines. In blockchain, the company’s strategy is to assign each product as an asset and add them to the blockchain. Each item will be given a unique number (hash) that will be verified through the company’s blockchain technology.

Mass serialization is the process of assigning a unique number to a unit of production (which can be a whole batch or an individual pack) such that it can be identified later.

Nursing mothersThe 36 states governors have raised the alarm over the high maternal and mortality rate in the country. Lamenting the situation where Nigeria is ranked as the second highest in the world for both maternal and under 5 mortality in the world, they described the situation as unacceptable.

Recall that a United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) report revealed that 2,300 children below five years of age and 145 child-bearing women die every day in Nigeria.

National HospitalAbout 100 Nigerian children with cleft lips and palate congenital deformity will over the next 12 months get free medical correction surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Charles Ononiwu, a consultant facial surgeon and Coordinator of the national Hospital Cleft Care Team announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, as part of the 2017 Cleft Week.

A DoctorThe Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has stressed the need for harmony among the various professional bodies and associations in the health sector.

Speaking at the opening of the 53rd annual scientific conference and workshop of the association in Kaduna, the President of the association, Alhaji Toyosi Raheem lamented that there is inter-professional rivalry between the pathologists and medical laboratory scientists.

Isaac adewole2Nigerians will soon have more access to HIV self-test kits, which will allow them know their HIV status from the comfort of their homes, the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister said this while receiving the Amethyst HIV 1 and 2 self-test kits, and 10 ‘Anti-body based HIV rapid Test Kits 2016 evaluation reports’ at the ministry of health secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister said the government is trying to encourage more people to get tested and know their HIV status so as to reduce the prevalence rate in the country.

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