NYSC’ll sustain health scheme in rural areas’
In a statement by the NYSC Lagos Public Relations Officer, Belinda Faniyi, The Director-General of the NYSC, …
HIV/AIDS: Nigeria facing antiretroviral drugs shortage, says UN
The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS has said that it is working to address the growing shortage of anti-retroviral drugs in various health facilities in Nigeria.
The UNAIDS Country Director, Dr Bilali Camara, on Monday described the situation as an emergency. He said that UNAIDS was discussing with the Federal Ministry of Health, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS and some major donors over the issue.
Camara said that the problem was caused by difficulties being encountered by Global Fund to manage its resources in the country. Global Fund is one of the major donor agencies in Nigeria.
He said, “UNAIDS is very much concerned about the antiretroviral drugs crisis in Nigeria and it is working with Country Coordinating Mechanism to quickly address the problem. It is a new issue that comes up within Nigeria and Global fund relationship, we are working to rebuild their confidence and bring them back to the field. He said that we also want to understand that cutting and depleting their resources hurt Nigerians. Camara said that the global fund was established to save lives, as such “its action is negatively affecting HIV/AIDS response in the country.” He said, “We are moving forward to rekindle global fund’s relationship with Nigeria.
“There is clarity on their expectation and what is needed from Nigeria.” The National Coordinator, NEPHWAN, Mr. Victor Omosehin, said that the drugs were not available in many centres. Omosehin said people living with HIV in Taraba now take pediatric drugs due to non-availability of the adult drugs in the state. He said that taking pediatric drugs by adult would lead to resistance.
PepsiCo Inc has announced today that by 2025 at least two thirds of its drinks will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12 oz serving, up from about 40 percent now.
The move, which it plans to achieve by introducing more zero and low-calorie drinks and reformulating existing drinks, comes as PepsiCo and rival Coca-Cola come under increasing pressure from health experts and governments who blame them for fuelling epidemics of obesity and diabetes. The New York based PepsiCo also said that the new global target is more ambitious than its previous goal of reducing sugar by 25 percent in certain drinks in certain markets by 2020. …
CAF Keen to Establish Health Map for African Footballers
Plans are far advanced towards the establishment of a Health Map for African Footballers by the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) in the quest to set-up a medical database of footballers across the continent and beyond. …