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Kaduna Agency Warns On Use Of Expired Drugs Looted In NAFDAC Store

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Kaduna Agency Warns On Use Of Expired Drugs Looted In NAFDAC Store

The Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse, Prevention, and Treatment has warned against consuming drugs looted by #EndSars protesters at the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Laboratory in Kaduna.

Dr. Joseph Maigari, the Director-General (DG) of the Bureau, gave the warning in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the impounded fake and expired drugs and other items being kept by NAFDAC at the facility were looted on Saturday.

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Maigari said that the protesters also stole some controlled substances which included codeine and tramadol.

He explained that the looted substances constituted a serious threat to public health, as the wrong usage of such substances can alter the mental state of users.

Prolong usage can also lead to behavioral changes such as reckless, impulsive, and compulsive acts and eventually mental disorder.

“Such substances can also lead to precipitation and worsening of already existing major mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorders amongst others.

“Severe physical health outcomes including liver damage, respiratory depression, coma, and death are not left out.”

Maigari urged security agencies and the general public to help in tracing the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

He also cautioned against self-medication as well as indiscriminate purchase and usage of over the counter medications, except on the prescription of authorized medical experts.

The DG urged parents to monitor their children and steer them away from using hard drugs.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready By December — U.S. Disease Expert

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COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready By December — U.S. Disease Expert

Top U.S. infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said that the first doses of a successful COVID-19 vaccine would be available to some hardest-hit Americans by late December or early January.

Fauci, who is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated this during a live Facebook chat on Thursday.

He said Americans would know in December whether or not they would have a safe and effective vaccine, citing leading vaccine developers, Pfizer, and Moderna.

The comments came as the country reported no fewer than 74,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

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The U.S. coronavirus caseload currently stands at no fewer than 8.9 million, including 228,194 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Fauci said the first preliminary COVID-19 vaccine trial results should be out within the next few weeks.

According to him, the first vaccine doses will likely be made available to individuals considered most in need “by the end of December or the beginning of January.”

He was, however, quick to warn that it would take time for normalcy to return to the country even with an effective vaccine.

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The U.S. Government has since pre-ordered millions of promising vaccine candidates with Pfizer and Moderna, whose final stage of clinical testing began in late July.

Reports quoted Moderna as saying on Thursday that it was “on track to deliver interim data from its large, late-stage trial next month”.

Pfizer was expected to release its interim results in October but has missed the target, and expectations are that it would do so in early or mid-November.

After release, the data will then be reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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Medical Practitioner Urges FG To Allocate 15% Of Annual Budgets To Health

Dr. Muhammad-Bashir Yahaya, a medical practitioner, has urged the Federal Government to fulfill its commitment of allocating 15 percent of annual budgets to health to bridge the funding gap in the psychiatric health sub-sector

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Dr. Muhammad-Bashir Yahaya, a medical practitioner, has urged the Federal Government to fulfill its commitment of allocating 15 percent of annual budgets to health to bridge the funding gap in the psychiatric health sub-sector.

Dr. Yahaya, a medical practitioner, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja where he said that psychiatric health care was not getting adequate attention leading to a vacuum in the sub-sector.

According to him, psychiatric health gets far less attention than it requires and that has led to a huge gap in the provision of psychiatric healthcare with few available professionals and fewer facilities for optimal care delivery.

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“With an improvement in overall funding of healthcare in the country, psychiatric health can also be further advocated for alongside other aspects of health in the country,’’ he said.

He said a significant step to bridging the funding gap in psychiatric health would be to first have the government adhere to “The Abuja Declaration’’.

“The Abuja Declaration recommended that all countries in Africa should allow at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to health.

Heads of State and Governments of member countries of the African Union in 2001 made the “Abuja Declaration”, in which the leaders pledged to commit at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to improve health care delivery in their countries.

NAN reports that the increase in the 2021 budget allocation to the health sector still fell below the Federal Government’s pledge to commit at least 15 percent of the nation’s annual budgets to improve the health sector.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 8 presented N13.8 trillion as a 2021 budget estimate to a joint session of the National Assembly.

The proposed allocation to the health sector in the budget is N512. 21 billion for both current and capital expenditures, and N35 billion for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF),

The figure represents a 157 percent increase in capital allocation to the health sector in the 2021 budget estimate compared to N46 billion and N25.5 billion allocated to the health ministry and BHCPF in the 2020 budget.

Dr. Yahaya also told NAN that donations to psychiatric healthcare by individuals and corporate bodies could also supplement its funding needs.

“Having more robust health insurance coverage for all citizens of the country that would adequately cover mental health is also needed.

“This is needed to ensure that people can access psychiatric healthcare where necessary without the delays associated with paying out-of-pocket expenses,’’ he said.

 

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World Bank Approves $12bn To Developing Countries For COVID Vaccines

The World Bank on Wednesday approved 12 billion dollars to help developing countries buy COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, the organization said in a statement.

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World Bank Approves $12bn To Developing Countries For COVID Vaccines

The World Bank on Wednesday approved 12 billion dollars to help developing countries buy COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, the organization said in a statement.

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an envelope of 12 billion dollars for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens,” the bank said.

The World Bank seeks to support the vaccination of up to a billion people, the statement said.

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The 12 billion Dollars is part of the WorldBank Group’s package to provide up to 160 billion dollars through June 2021 to help more than 100 countries.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease worldwide has surpassed 38 million, Johns Hopkins University said.

The global tally currently stands at 38,041,143, with 1,084,888 deaths and 26,388,633 recoveries, the university said.

WHO declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.

 

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