Nigeria: shortage of antibiotics may affect treatment option-WHO

Sep 21, 2017 0

A report by the World Health Organisation has confirmed serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. The report “Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis” launched on Wednesday found most drugs currently in clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. It found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250 000 people each year. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency that will seriously jeopardize progress in modern medicine,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “There is an urgent need for more investment in research and development for antibiotic-resistant infections including TB, otherwise we will be forced back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery.” In addition to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, WHO has identified 12 classes of priority pathogens –... ...

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Nigeria: Govt Tracking Four Major Diseases Outbreaks

Sep 21, 2017 1

The Federal Government is tracking four major diseases out breaks in Nigeria, Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has disclosed. Mr. Adewole disclosed this in the weekly report of the state of the nation’s public health which he submitted to the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday. Mr. Adewole provided details on the development when he spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting in Abuja. “Council received the weekly report on the state of public health in Nigeria and we did inform council about four major outbreaks that we are currently tracking. “One is Lassa fever and we are quite happy that there is a major decline in a number of reported cases. We have also not reported any deaths in the last two weeks but we still have two cases reported from Edo last week. “We still have cholera in some parts of the country, particularly in Kano, Kebbi, Borno and Zamfara but the outbreak in Borno state is the most significant of all of them. “So... ...

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Nigeria: Health workers declare nationwide strike

Sep 21, 2017 0

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have directed their members in federal hospitals to proceed on an indefinite strike. Biobelemoye Josiah, national of chairman JOHESU, blamed the action on the federal government’s “lackadaisical attitude”. At a press conference in Kwara state on Wednesday, Josiah explained that the union had given government two ultimatums to respond to their demands but the government failed to do so. He urged his colleagues to make the strike “total and comprehensive”. “This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently till this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS. “We once again appeal to FG to tow the oath of honour and implement all agreements, memorandum of understanding,  and courts judgments,  while we urge our members at the tertiary health level to make the strike total and comprehensive.... ...

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Lawyers trade jabs as meningitis outbreak murder trial opens

Sep 20, 2017 0

An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak urged jurors Tuesday not to be swayed by their emotions while prosecutors argued the man’s actions demonstrated a “shocking disregard” for human life.  Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, is on trial for second-degree murder and mail fraud under federal racketeering law for his role in the 2012 outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese told jurors Chin instructed staff to use expired ingredients, falsify documents and neglect cleaning to get the products out the door as quickly as possible. Chin also failed to properly sterilize the drugs, shipped products before they were tested and ignored findings of mold and bacteria in the clean rooms, Varghese said. “Glenn Chin knew better,” Varghese said during his opening statement. ...

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 FDA OKs Glaxo’s inhaler, first one to combine 3 medicines

Sep 20, 2017 0

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler combining three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis. The FDA late Monday approved sales of Trelegy Ellipta, developed jointly by GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Innoviva Inc. It contains three widely used types of medicine to prevent rather than treat  flare-ups of the life-threatening breathing disorders. ...

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Public health authorities declared outbreak of Hepatitis A in Los Angeles County

Sep 20, 2017 0

Public health authorities on Tuesday declared an outbreak of the highly contagious liver disease hepatitis A in Los Angeles County, the third California region to see significant infections this year. Health officials reported the outbreak to the county Board of Supervisors, which requested a briefing due to the proximity of LA to San Diego, which has had more than 420 cases and 16 deaths since early this year. The Los Angeles County outbreak was declared because two of 10 confirmed cases could not be traced back to either San Diego or to Santa Cruz County, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) to the north, where there have been 69 hepatitis A cases since April, the Department of Public Health said. ...

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 England: ‘nivolumab’ Life-extending lung cancer drug approved

Sep 20, 2017 0

A life-extending lung cancer drug will be made immediately available to NHS patients in England, say advisers.  Campaigners, including the late Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill, have repeatedly called for access to the immunotherapy, which can add months to life. Scotland already offers nivolumab to people with advanced disease who have also tried chemotherapy.  England’s drugs watchdog had originally said nivolumab was too expensive. ...

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Nigeria: FHI-Nurses and midwives to embark on industrial action tomorrow  

Sep 20, 2017 0

The nurses and midwives in federal health institutions across the country are set to abide by the decision of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) to embark on industrial action tomorrow if the federal government fails to accede to its demands at the expiration of the ultimatum given to the government by midnight today. Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja tuesday, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), as a bonafide collaborator with JOHESU, called on its members in federal health institutions which include teaching hospitals, research centres and federal medical centres to down tools and stay away from hospitals and other health facilities nationwide on the order of the umbrella body. ...

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