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Federal University Dutse ‘develops’ herbal anti-diabetic, anti-cancer drugs

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Salihu Ibrahim Isma’il, department of biochemistry, Federal Unversity Dutse, Jigawa, has developed herbal anti-diabetic and anti-cancer drugs.

Fatima Batul-Muktar, the vice-chancellor of the university, disclosed this in Dutse on Monday.

“I am glad to inform you that one of our staff, Dr Salihu Ibrahim Isma’il of the Biochemistry Department has developed a herbal anti-diabetic and anti-cancer drugs,” Fatima-Batul said.

The vice chancellor said the anti-diabetic drug has successfully passed a pre-clinical stage.

She said it has also gotten ethical approval for a clinical trial by Kano State Hospitals Management Board (KSHMB).

According to her, the clinical trial will soon commence at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital (MAWSH), Kano.

Batul-Muktar, who identified research as one of the important works of a university, said the varsity’s academic staffers have successfully completed 16 research works in different fields since its establishment in 2011, adding that “19 research works are currently ongoing”.

Meanwhile, she also disclosed that fifty four students of the institution graduated with first class.

Batul-Muktar said of the 427 graduating students, 223 made second class upper, 149 had second class lower, while only a student made third class.

“At inception in 2011/2012 academic session with five academic departments and three faculties, the university has now increased its academic departments to 19 and five faculties,” she said.

According to her, the students’ population has steadily increased from 202 to 5,963.

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HOSPITALS’ SHUTDOWN AMID EBOLA NEXT DOOR: So much fear inside us

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The nation’s health sector is in crisis. With the shutdown of federal and state health facilities, patients are groaning. The situation is dicey. Reason: The facilities mostly serve the common man who doesn’t have the resources to access medical care in private hospitals. Meanwhile, his accessing healthcare in public institutions now is like the camel passing through the eye of the needle because the institutions have been shut down by striking health workers.

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FG ‘yet to refund’ £200,000 used for Ekwueme’s treatment

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The federal government has reportedly not refunded the £200,000 used in the treatment of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme.
Ekwueme died in a London hospital in November 2017, at the age 85.
Prior to that, the federal government had
undertaken to fund his medical treatment abroad. Upon his death, it also set up a committee to oversee his burial.
However, six months after, one of the persons involved in the events surrounding Ekwueme’s treatment and burial has said the family is yet to get the money it used in treating the late icon — a claim the federal government has denied.
Emmanuel Chukwuma, the archbishop of Enugu ecclesiastical province, Anglican communion, who is said to be a counselor to the family, told Daily Sun that the federal government “delayed” the payment, forwarding the money after the family had done so.
He also said the hospital had to return the money to the government but Ekwueme’s family is yet to get a refund, six months after.
“A lot of things are wrong in this administration … Right now, the money meant for Ekwueme’s treatment is not yet released,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
“The hospital has returned the money but government has refused to release it back to the family. Over 200,000 pounds and so on and so forth. They delayed in paying the medical bill of late Ekwueme until the family paid the bill to the London clinic.
“When the London clinic was paid by government after the family had paid, the hospital said the family had paid and returned the money to the Central Bank. Now, the money, which CBN should refund to Ekwueme’s family is now being held.
“This money has been signed out. Where is the medical bill refund released by the Central Bank of Nigeria, which was returned by London clinic? That is the question, where is it? It should be refunded to the family and if this doesn’t happen, I am going to speak more and this is going to cause serious scandal for the federal government.”
FG SAYS ‘NO TRUTH’ IN THE BISHOP’S CLAIMS
The newspaper said it was not able to get replies from both the CBN and Lai Mohammed, minister of information, regarding the matter.
But Chris Ngige, minister of labour, who was the deputy chairman of the committee that oversaw Ekwueme’s burial, was quoted as saying Chukwuma’s claims are false.
He also denied that the hospital bill was up to £200,000.
He reportedly told Daily Sun: “No truth in that at all … the bill was not up to that but FG picked the entire bill and other ancillary bills like air ambulance, casket, etc. I’m deputy chair of FG burial committee hence in a position to know.”

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19 JOHESU members involved in auto crash

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At least 19 members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) sustained injuries in an accident along the Benin-Auchi Road on Saturday.
The workers are said to be staff of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) chapter of the union.
According to Channels, 40 of the health workers were on their way to a function in Auchi when the accident occurred.
The injured victims were subsequently rushed to the Otibho Okhai Hospital in Irrua, Edo state, where they were being treated by doctors and consultants on duty.
Esteem Tagar, president of the association of resident doctors at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, who confirmed the incident, said no life was lost in the accident.
The union has been on strike since April 17.
Part of the health workers’ demands include upward review of their salaries to be at same level with the doctors, a request both the federal government and the doctors kicked against.
Others are improved facilities, employment of additional health professionals, implementation of court judgments, upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years, and harmonisation of salaries of all healthcare workers in the country.
The National Industrial Court in Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the health workers to resume work within 24 hours but JOHESU asked its members to continue with the strike.
The union has “relaxed” its strike in Lagos, Kano, Yobe and Niger states, but called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Isaac Adewole, minister of health, for allegedly taking sides with doctors in the ongoing strike.

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