Stakeholders call for rational use of essential medicine in Nigeria

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria- Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale; Centre for Communication and Reproductive Health Services among other stakeholders have called on the 36 States of the federation including Federal Capital Territory, to domesticate the use of National Standard Treatment Guidelines, NSTG and Nigeria Essential Medicines List, NEML guideline to foster rational use of medicines at all levels of healthcare.

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BREAKING: National Assembly Passes 2017 budget

The National Assembly has passed the 2017 Appropriations Bill, raising the budget from N7.28 billion earlier proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari in December last year, to N7.44 trillion.
The Appropriations Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives separately presented their harmonised reports of the budget for consideration and subsequent passage on Thursday.

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National Assembly to increase Health budget to N1.1tr from N304bn

The budgetary allocation to the country’s health sector would be increased to 15 percent in line with the 2001 African Union Abuja declaration, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho (APC, Ogun) said on Wednesday. Addressing newsmen on the budget of the Health sector in Abuja, he said the budget would be increased to enable the country’s address the challenges bedeviling the health sector.

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PACFAH Tasks Media to Actively Report Health Issues

The Partnership Advocacy for Child and Family Health, PACFaH, wants journalists in Nigeria to actively report issues surrounding the health budget and finance.

Health Reform Foundation  of Nigeria, HERFON, Programme Officer on PACFaH project,  Ms. Aanu’ Rotimi, told members of the Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN,  during a symposium in Lagos recently, that regular reports would ensure  deliberations on the health budget are kept on the front burner, and ensure government meets commitments towards adequate funding  of  the health sector.
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A closer look at 2017 Niger State Health Budget

The quality of healthcare services in the country is generally considered as being poor due to shortage of manpower even when Nigerians are among the best doctors and nurses in the world.

In Nigeria, it is estimated that for every 10,000 people, there are four doctors to attend to them as most of the highly train professionals are leaving the country to where there are better infrastructures and better pay package.

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20% of Kaduna children die before their 5th Birthday – PSN-PACFAH

Out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna state, 66,000 (20%) die before their 5th Birthday, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PSN-PACHFAH announced yesterday in Kaduna.

PSN-PACFAH, which is an amalgam of 8 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and allied Non Governmental Organisation, NGOs, said the current Kaduna state under-5 mortality rate was 185 deaths for 1000 births, all from preventable and treatable ailments.

But, the state government said it was aware of the challenge and was poised towards tackling it. The above revelation was made when the Nigerian Country Director of PSN-PCFAH, Mr. Remi Adeseun and his team paid an advocacy visit to the Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency, KSPHCA, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe in her office.

He said: Figures from the most recent Nigerian Demographic Health Survey (NDHS 2013) show that Kaduna state annual live-birth is 337,000 , of this figure, 66,000 die before their fifth birthday.

“The 2013 NDHS also shows that for every 1000 live births, 185 die before their fith birthday. This means that Kaduna state current under-5 mortality rate per 1000 live-births is 185. “Most of the aforementioned deaths are from preventable and treatable diseases such as Malaria, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.

The Survey shows that Diarrhoea and Pneumonia account for 13% and 16% respectably of the under-5 mortality rate in Kaduna state. “In the North West, Kaduna state has the second highest percentage of under-5 mortality rate from Pneumonia. Kaduna State has 16% Under-5 Diarrhoea mortality rate, a figure that is far higher than the National average of 9%. According to him, there was need to address the issue.

He then requested that: “the management of childhood pneumonia and Diarrhoea should be given high priority by the state government through the Ministry of Health. If half of the priority given to malaria is geared towards Pneumonia and Diarrhoea treatment, more innocent lives would be saved.”

In her response, the KSPHCA boss, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, said that the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state was aware of the problem and had taken proactive measures towards tackling it. She said: “There were the challenges that made the present government to overhaul the former law establishing the KSPHCA into its current structure.

“All the departments in the Ministry of Health that are into immunisation and dispensation of drugs and allied services have now been brought under the roof of this agency for proper coordination. “I am sure you are aware of the partnership that the governor signed with the Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation on the eradication of some of these diseases. I want to inform you that the governor has authorised the release of 100% counter-part funds to this cooperation. And I want to assure you that within the time and resources available to us, we shall do our best to solve this malaise,”, she said.

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