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Unidentified Contagious Canine Respiratory Illness Spreads from China to the US, Raising Global Concerns

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Unidentified Contagious Canine Respiratory Illness Spreads from China to the US, Raising Global Concerns

An unidentified and highly contagious respiratory illness that first appeared in China during the summer has now reached the United States, causing alarm among healthcare facilities in Washington D.C, Aso Naija Reports.

This concerning development highlights the potential worldwide impact of this mysterious ailment.

Reports from Fox News indicate a significant increase in sick visits to hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, and clinics in Washington D.C. These visits underscore the severity of the illness and the urgent need for further investigation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken notice of the situation and is actively reviewing data from China. Videos showing groups of individuals undergoing treatment for this unknown respiratory illness have prompted the WHO’s involvement. The emergence of this illness, especially its impact on children, adds complexity to the unfolding situation.

While Chinese health officials attribute the surge in respiratory illnesses to the flu and known pathogens, the WHO has expressed concerns raised by outside scientists. These scientists are advocating for close monitoring of the situation, as they are uncertain whether the recent spike in respiratory illnesses in China could signify the beginning of a new global outbreak.

In response to these concerns, Chinese health officials have assured the WHO that they have not detected any “unusual or novel diseases” associated with the increase in respiratory illnesses and pneumonia among children.

The current uncertainty surrounding the nature of this illness underscores the importance of remaining vigilant. History has shown that undiagnosed clusters of illnesses can lead to the emergence of pandemic-capable viruses, such as SARS and COVID-19, both of which were initially reported as unusual forms of pneumonia. It is crucial to learn from these past experiences and take proactive measures to understand and contain this emerging respiratory illness.

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Minister of State for Health Reveals Reasons Behind Pharmaceutical Companies’ Exit from Nigeria

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Minister of State for Health Reveals Reasons Behind Pharmaceutical Companies’ Exit from Nigeria

According to the federal government, the departure of pharmaceutical companies from Nigeria is attributed to the non-domestication of their products within the country, Aso Naija Reports.

Dr. Tunji Alausa, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, revealed this information during a symposium on World Cancer Day held in Abuja on Monday, February 5.

“We need to change the narrative that companies are leaving our country due to the challenges of doing business. That is not accurate,” Alausa stated. “Let’s face the reality: Nigeria is blessed with a wealth of skilled manpower. If you look at any advanced democratic nation, a significant portion of operating costs for businesses is allocated to personnel, and we have an abundance of it in Nigeria at a reasonable and affordable rate.”

He continued, “These pharmaceutical companies left because we have pharmaceutical laws in place.

There is a NAFDAC policy known as 5+5, which requires companies to domesticate their production after marketing drugs for five years.

However, they did not comply with this requirement and continued to market their products for decades. We are currently reviewing our pharmaceutical laws to ensure that we do not encounter this situation again.”

Alausa emphasized that as companies exit, Nigeria remains a favorable investment destination with ample opportunities for manufacturing. “We have a population of 220 million, which represents a significant consumer base. The country is experiencing a renewed interest from potential investors.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is actively working to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria, and we are developing policies to attract more companies,” he added.

He concluded, “Therefore, we should not be overly concerned about a few companies leaving.

We are striving to encourage more companies to enter the country while also supporting the growth of domestic pharmaceutical companies to fill the gaps left behind.”

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Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Ceases Operations in Nigeria Due to Unforeseen Circumstances

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Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Ceases Operations in Nigeria Due to Unforeseen Circumstances

Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing, previously recognized as the largest syringe manufacturing enterprise in Africa, has officially halted its operations in Awa, located in the Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, Aso Naija gathered.

The company, which established a presence in the South-south region of Nigeria in Awa and was inaugurated in 2017 by former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has cited “unforeseen circumstances affecting our business operations” as the reason for its departure from Nigeria.

Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Limited, owned by Onur Kumral, a Turkish national, was among the numerous industries attracted to Akwa Ibom State by the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

A memorandum announcing the company’s exit was issued to its employees. The company had already ceased production several months ago but officially declared the end of its operations on December 31, 2022.

The memorandum, entitled “Temporary Redundancy – Service Not Needed Till Further Notice,” was signed by the Managing Director of the company, Akin Oyediran. It stated that the company had to “implement temporary measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the company.”

In part, the memorandum read as follows: “We hope this message finds you in good health. It is with great sadness that we inform you of the challenging decision that Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company Limited has had to make due to unforeseen circumstances affecting our business operations.

“After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our current business situation, we regret to inform you that we must implement temporary measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the company.

“Unfortunately, this includes placing all positions, including yours, on temporary redundancy, effective January 1, 2024. We want to emphasize that this decision is not a reflection of your individual performance or dedication to the company. The challenging business environment in which we find ourselves has compelled us to take these difficult steps. Please return all company belongings that are in your possession. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.”

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President Tinubu Urges Diaspora Medical Practitioners to Come Back and Develop Nigeria’s Health Sector

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President Tinubu Urges Diaspora Medical Practitioners to Come back and Develop Nigeria’s Health Sector

President Bola Tinubu has made an appeal to Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora, urging them to return to the country and serve Nigerians, Aso Naija Reports.

Additionally, he emphasized the need for their contribution to the development of Nigeria’s medical sector.

The President expressed his views during the unveiling of Nigeria’s Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday, December 12.

Highlighting health as a fundamental human right, President Tinubu outlined plans for a comprehensive overhaul of physical infrastructure, equipment, and the retraining of frontline health workers, set to commence in 2024.

He proudly stated that Nigeria continues to attract top talent in the medical profession, leading his administration to allocate a substantial amount to the sector in the 2024 budget currently under consideration by the National Assembly. In light of this, he humbly implored Nigerian medical practitioners residing abroad to return home and serve their fellow citizens.

“We encourage those Nigerian health professionals in the Diaspora, just like Professor Ali Pate and Tunji Alausa have done, to sacrifice their time to come back home and serve their people. Consider your contributions here at home, as we say, ‘Charity begins at home’,” he said.

Addressing developed countries that have benefited from the remarkable skills of Nigerian health workers, the President urged them to support the expansion of training facilities in Nigeria as a means to replace those they have recruited from the country. He also encouraged them to explore the various short-term and long-term opportunities available in Nigeria.

President Tinubu acknowledged Nigeria’s vibrant and well-educated society but stressed the urgency of addressing the country’s declining health system amidst the challenges posed by climate change. He expressed his determination for Nigeria to rise and overcome these obstacles.

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Controversies As LUTH Doctor Dies After 72-hour Non-stop Shift

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 Controversies As LUTH Doctor Dies After 72-hour Non-stop Shift

 

Nigerians have taken to X to share their thoughts on the death of a young doctor, identified as Dr. Umoh Michael, who died on Sunday after allegedly working 72 hours straight.

According to reports, Michael died during a church service at the United Evangelical Church on September 17.

He was said to have worked a 72-hour non-stop shift at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, where he was a resident doctor.

Doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors, LUTH chapter, in a letter addressed to the Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof. Wasiu Lanre Adeyemo, attested to the fact that the young doctor was overworked.

They claimed Michael returned home at about 3:00 a.m. Sunday after a 72-hour shift in the hospital, adding that he had barely slept in their apartment before that day.

The statement partly read,We the house officers are in deep grief over the loss of our colleague, a co-house officer (Dr Umoh Michael) who died on 17th September, 2023, after having a 72hrs call in the Neurosurgery Unit.

“He is said to have been on call 72hrs before arriving home on Sunday morning to get set for church service, reaching his worship center (United Evangelical Church) where he slumped in the church at about 11 am.”

“His roommate attested to the fact that Umoh Michael had barely slept in their apartment over the past one week as he was always on call or the day he returned home was around 3 a.m. after surgeries and other activities in the Neurosurgery Unit.”

Reacting to the sad incident, LUTH’s Public Relations Officer, Omolola Fakeye, who spoke on an online platform Online said, “It is not true that anybody worked for 72 hours. I have not been briefed about his death.

“We were at a programme yesterday (Monday), but I will find out; I can’t say anything now. I will check the medical report of what could have happened because anybody can say anything, but the medical report will show us what happened.”

 

A twitter user, drfynrekins, tweeted, “I salute my Hippocratic colleague & wish him farewell on his journey to the great beyond. I hope #nmanigeria would come out strongly and protect these young doctors. These deaths are devastating and unacceptable, and it would further deplete the numbers of those practicing in Nigeria and discourage those still in medical school. Unfortunately, the young doctors are the ones bearing the brunt of the decay in the healthcare system in Nigeria but this trend must be stopped.”

Another X user, Doingood, tweeted, “We all need to be resting. Employers should please help us. May his Soul RIP .”

OgechukwuChime tweeted, “He is taking care of others and forgot to take care of himself.”

Kuwait_magic also tweeted, “He lost his own life in the process of saving other people’s lives. God knows I can’t be this good. I no fit die to make you live.”

Camax3000 wrote, “Overworked, Rest in Peace.”

Mazi_Ibem tweeted, “Lagos State Government should get more doctors from the already saturated labour market to assist. The daily pressure these doctors go through affects their health as well.”

JoelUdanyi also wrote, “This is sad. Result of a health institution being understaffed…if not what else?”

“In a sane environment, it is a crime to work more than 11:30. You are entitled to 1-hour break as well,” Kasalimi2029 tweeted.

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Why NAFDAC banned ‘Indomie Special Chicken’ flavour in Nigeria – DG Moji Adeyeye

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Why NAFDAC banned ‘Indomie Special Chicken’ flavour in Nigeria – DG Moji Adeyeye

 

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has given the reasons behind banning the ‘Indomie Super Chicken’ flavour in Nigeria.

Citing fewer clinical tests, registration and production of the flavour in the country, Adeyeye said the agency has commenced sampling and analysis of other Indomie noodles flavours including their seasonings for the presence of ethylene oxide.

She assured Nigerians of a thorough investigation of the products both at factory and market levels.

In a statement made available signed by the agency on Tuesday and made available to newsmen, Adeyeye claimed that the outcome of the sampling and analysis of the products would be made public.

It partly read, “Indomie instant noodles products and other brands of noodles registered by NAFDAC for sale in the Nigerian market are manufactured in Nigeria and are only granted NAFDAC registration status following a strict regulatory regime covering all aspects of Good Manufacturing Practice.

The Management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC is aware of the recall of Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ by the Ministries of Health in Malaysia and Taiwan on account of the alleged presence of ethylene oxide, a compound associated with an increased risk of cancer.

“NAFDAC, as a responsible and responsive regulator, is taking swift actions to carry out random sampling and analysis of Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) for the presence of ethylene oxide, as well as extending the investigation to other brands of instant noodles offered for sale to Nigerians.

“We use this medium to assure the public that a thorough investigation of the products will be conducted both at the factory and market levels and our findings will be communicated.

The public is also hereby informed that the implicated Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ is not registered by NAFDAC for sale in Nigeria.

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