Hajj: 6 Nigerians Die while on Pilgrimage to Mekkah
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Hajj: 6 Nigerians Die while on Pilgrimage to Mekkah

In a recent update from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), it has been revealed that six Nigerian pilgrims participating in the 2023 Hajj have tragically lost their lives during the course of the pilgrimage. Usman Galadima, the head of the NAHCON 2023 Hajj medical team, shared this unfortunate news during a meeting held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. According to Mr. Galadima's presentation, the states of Osun and Kaduna each reported two deaths among their respective delegations for the 2023 Hajj, while Plateau State recorded one. Concerned by the mortality rate, Mr. Galadima emphasized the urgent need to strengthen the pre-Hajj medical screening of intending pilgrims. He stressed the importance of restricting individuals who are deemed "not fit to travel" from participating ...
<strong>US Charges Nigerians For ‘Fraudulently Obtaining Nursing Credentials’</strong>
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US Charges Nigerians For ‘Fraudulently Obtaining Nursing Credentials’

The Texas board of nursing has pressed charges against some nurses for reportedly obtaining educational credentials deceitfully in the United States. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) in a multi-state coordinated law enforcement action, tagged Operation Nightingale, found that some persons had obtained fraudulent nursing degree diplomas and transcripts. The investigation which started on January 25, was targeted at uncovering fraudulent dealings where individuals acquired nursing credentials and used them to qualify to sit for the national nursing board examination.   Tired depressed female african scrub nurse wears face mask blue uniform gloves sits on hospital floor. Exhausted sad black doctor feels burnout stress of corona vir...
<strong>One Million Africans May Die Of Cancer By 2030 – WHO</strong>
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One Million Africans May Die Of Cancer By 2030 – WHO

Dr Matshidisco Moeti, the World Health Organisation, WHO, Regional Director for Africa, expressed fear that cancer mortality may rise to about one million deaths per year by 2030 in Africa if urgent actions and interventions are not undertaken. Moeti said that an estimated 1.1 million new cancer cases are recorded every year in Africa, with about 700,000 deaths. She disclosed this in a message to mark the 2023 World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day is an annual international day commemorated on February 4 to increase awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The theme for 2023 is “Close the care Gap: Uniting our voices and taking action.” Moeti said, “The numbers are stark. Approximately 1.1 million new cancer cases occur each year in Afric...
<strong>Corpse Disappears From Ogun Mortuary</strong>
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Corpse Disappears From Ogun Mortuary

A female corpse yet to be identified scheduled to be buried on Saturday has been reported missing from the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State. A source at the hospital who spoke to Punch said the drama began on Friday when the family of the deceased came to the hospital to take the body for burial only to discover that the corpse was missing. According to the source, the body which was deposited at the morgue on October 2022 could not be found among 69 other bodies shown to the family for verification. Reports say two attendants in charge of the morgue fled the premises. The source said, “The family members of the deceased came from Ijebu-Ode to Sagamu with undertakers and ambulance on January 27, 2023, to claim their corpse for...
<strong>UNICAL Investigates Student’s Death At Health Centre</strong>
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UNICAL Investigates Student’s Death At Health Centre

Prof Florence Obi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, has asked the Medical Board of the varsity to urgently carry out a careful investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a student. The deceased, identified as Miss Precious Agini, was a third-year student of the Department of Library and Information Science, who died on Saturday, January 28 at the varsity’s Medical Centre. The directive was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the institution’s registrar, Mr Gabriel Egbe. Egbe Stated that the VC and the entire university community value the lives of students and are saddened by the painful loss recorded at the Medical Centre of the institution. See Also: BREAKING: Nasarawa Gov’s Son, Hassan Is Dead He said, “The Medical Board is...
<strong>Excessive Fast Can Damage Kidney, NAFDAC Warns</strong>
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Excessive Fast Can Damage Kidney, NAFDAC Warns

Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned that excessive fast can cause kidney problems. The NAFDAC DG stated this on Monday while interacting with journalists in Abuja, noting that using substandard, unwholesome products can equally lead to kidney failure and death. Recall that kidney failure occurs when your kidneys can no longer properly filter your blood. This leads to accumulation of toxins in your blood. The President of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology, Dr Adanze Asinobi, said that about 869 million globally are suffering from kidney problem and in Nigeria, there is an increasing prevalence of the disease. Speaking on the implications of fasting, Adeyeye, NAFDAC DG said, ...
NMA Threatens Strike As Aggrieved Patient’s Relatives Kill Doctor In Delta
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NMA Threatens Strike As Aggrieved Patient’s Relatives Kill Doctor In Delta

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has spoken against the alleged killing of a Delta-based doctor identified as Uyi Iluobe, by relatives of a patient. The incident reportedly happened on Saturday in Oghara, Delta State. The NMA president, Uche Ojinmah, in a statement said the association received the news of the killing with shock and sadness. The association described the onslaught on the doctor, by aggrieved relatives of a patient who passed away from suspected gunshot injuries as unjustifiable. The statement read, “It is unbelievable that in the face of a debilitating medical brain drain, the few doctors that patriotically decided to stay back and take care of our fellow citizens are being murdered by same Nigerians. “While we sympathise with the family of the pa...
<strong>439 Foreign-trained Doctors Failed Competence Exam – MDCN  </strong>
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439 Foreign-trained Doctors Failed Competence Exam – MDCN  

A total of 439 foreign-trained medical and dental graduates failed the assessment examination organised by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). The MDCN conducted the two-day assessment examination on November 23 and 24, 2022, at Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto. This was stated by Dr Tijani Sanusi, the council’s Registrar, in an interview with Punch on Sunday. According to Sanusi, 916 foreign-trained medical and dental candidates took the assessment examination but only 477 candidates were successful. He said, “24 candidates sat for the examination in Dentistry, eight passed and 16 failed. 892 candidates sat for the medical examination, 469 passed and 423 failed.” Sanusi described the assessment as a global practice, noting that no prof...
<strong>507 Lagos Doctors Migrate To UK In Two Years – NMA</strong>
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507 Lagos Doctors Migrate To UK In Two Years – NMA

The Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has disclosed that 507 medical doctors practicing in the state relocated to the United Kingdom in less than two years due to poor working conditions in Nigeria. Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu, the association’s Chairman stated this while interacting with Punch Health Wise. He urged the Federal and State governments to tackle the menace of brain drain in the country’s health sector.   The NMA Chairman said that brain drain has become a serious threat in Nigeria noting that medicine may go into extinction in the country if the menace is not promptly addressed as an emergency. He said, “There is a very big challenge about brain drain. I have said several times that we have to be very deliberate about how we tackle this. ...
NAFDAC Raises Alarm Over Suspected Fake Augmentin
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NAFDAC Raises Alarm Over Suspected Fake Augmentin

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has cautioned Nigerians against suspected fake Augmentin 625mg Tabs in circulation in the country. The agency said the product did not meet up with the labeling requirements.   The alert which was signed by the management of NAFDAC and titled ‘NAFDAC Alert And Sensitization of the Public on Suspected Falsified Augmentin 625mg’ was uploaded on the agency’s website. According to NAFDAC, the suspected counterfeit Augmentin which was produced in April 2021 would expire in April 2024, adding that the batch number is 562626 with NAFDAC registration number – 04-1928.   It read, “The product failed short of the labeling requirements. No inscription “manufactured by” is written on the label -only t...