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”I Have Cure For COVID-19,” Pharm Ben Amodu Insists.



”I Have Cure For COVID-19,” Pharm Ben Amodu Insists
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Foremost pharmacist and proprietor of Africa Alternative Medicine Hospital, based in Abuja, Ben Amodu has laid claim to drugs that can cure covid-19.

Pharm. Amodu, a Fellow of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and alternative medicine caregiver, in an interview in Abuja said that he has drugs that can handle all the symptoms of the new Corona virus.

Pharm. (Dr) Ben Amodu displaying his products

The researcher and owner of 30-bed alternative medicine hospital reiterated that his SAABMAL drug for cure of malarial fever and typhoid is more effective than chloroquine.

“It is listed by NAFDAC and it’s in the market doing very well. It cures malaria within a few hours of use, and even typhoid. And now it can prevent and cure Coronavirus,” he explained..

He further pointed out, “The SAABMAL, which beat chloroquine in an international forum in Addis Ababa, was tested in a suppressive test, provilative test and creative test. It has 95% effectiveness against f.persiferium which is a positive agent of malaria and it’s also an absolvent in the treatment of so many diseases”

The researcher claimed that his drugs, SAABMAL, SAAB and SAABFAT6 recently cured three patients, who were exhibiting symptoms of Corona virus, in a very short time, adding that the claim is verifiable.

The major problem with the handling of the dreaded virus, he stressed, was the lack of faith in alternative medicine, by the government.

“I am a lead phyto-medicine researcher. Immediately the pandemic broke out, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology issued a statement that whosoever was a local researcher, that has knowledge in this area, should write to his office. I was the first person to contact them,” he pointed out.

But to his dismay, the office of the Honourable Minister has not reached out to him, even when he reminded him of his claims, after a long wait.

“We are ready to work with the government,” he said, stressing that “SAABMAL, which has been listed more than 10 years ago is for malaria and typhoid and, by latest discovery now, it can cure of Corona virus” he said.

“SAABFAT6 takes care of and prevents cancer of the lungs, pneumonia and fibrosis. It boosts the immune. So far, the combo of my three products are fantastic. I have two vaccines for Nigeria, which I have given government to test. What else Am I to do?” Amodu querried.

He remarked, “My research work is just the same as the ones Nigeria want to get from other countries”.

Hear him: “Nigerians should know that what we have is better than what the world has. I always subject my products to analysis, in line with the best practices. I appeared on NTA panorama and promised to produce malaria drugs that will be the best in the world and it has come to past. SAABMAL We sent SAABMAL to America for analysis, then an American publisher expose our products details to the world. Also, WHO sponsored us to UN to present it and the presentation was for suppression, prevention and cure of malaria, compared to the standard of chloroquine arthemytamin.”

He urged Nigerians and the Nigerian government to get serious with the handling of covid-19, if it wants results.

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Finally, FG Bans Sachet Alcoholic Drinks



By Elizabeth Okwe

The National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned alcoholic beverages produced in sachets less than 200ml.

The agency said the five-year window given to the manufacturers of the products to stop producing the drinks in sachets and pet bottles which began in 2018 elapsed on January 31, 2024.

She said enforcement of the ban commenced on February 1, 2024.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, while addressing the media over the development in Abuja on Monday, said the ban was not a sudden development but a result of a multilateral Committee that agreed that the ban would be in phases whereby production would be reduced by 50 percent by 2020 while outright ban would be on January 31, 2024.

Given that decision, the DG said NAFDAC did not issue renewal licenses exceeding January 2024 to any manufacturer of the products.

According to her, the agency took the route of wiping out the drinks in such sachets because of the negative effects on underage children.

She said because the drinks come in pocket-friendly sizes, accessible and affordable, children easily fell for the packages only to face the consequences in the future.

“This decision was based on the recommendation of a high-powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC on one hand, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), and the Industry represented by the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), in December 2018.

“As a commitment to the decision reached at the end of this Committee meeting, producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce the production by 5 percent with effect from 31st January 2022 while ensuring the product is completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024”.

According to her, the future of the country supersedes other considerations in the enforcement of the policy.

Noting that saving Nigerian children and protecting the health of the larger society is paramount, Adeyeye said: “The people who are mostly at risk of the negative effect of consumption of the banned pack sizes of alcoholic beverages are the under-aged and commercial vehicle drivers and riders.

“To curb the menace of abuse of alcohol, the World Health Organization recommended some actions and strategies to Policy-Makers that have shown to be effective and cost-effective, which include: regulating the marketing of alcoholic beverages (in particular to younger people) and regulating and restricting the availability of alcohol.”

She said in the course of enforcing the ban it was discovered that some manufacturers were still in production of the banned products and still had stacks of both finished products and packaging materials of the products in their possession.

“This situation is of course not acceptable, and the Agency views this as flagrant disobedience to the laws of Nigeria,” she noted.

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Fed Govt to Increase Primary Health Centres from 8,300 to 17,600



The Federal Government has said it will work with state governments and development partners to increase the number of primary healthcare centres from 8,300 to 17,600 nationwide in the next four years.

The initiative will be complemented with the training of 120,000 Frontline Health Workers who are expected to enter the Health sector soon as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, broke the news in his keynote address at a two-day meeting of Northeast Forum of Health Commissioners, which started yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Pate, who was represented by the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Muyi Aina, listed the three-pronged strategic approach adopted by the agency.

These, the minister said, include institutional strengthening and effective coordination of all primary healthcare services, efficient, equitable, quality and trust worthy services.

He said there would be a strong collaboration with all stakeholders towards achieving frontline health security and routinised basic health care services among others.

Pate stressed the need for collective interventions of Federal, state, and development partners to be more people-centred and well-coordinated to achieve the overall sustainable goals.

The Northeast, like many other parts of Nigeria, the minister regretted, still has unacceptably poor health induces which he said calls for a strong collaboration rather than fragmentation of efforts at the national and subnational levels.

Pate said: “The Nigerian Health Sector Renewal Investment Programme, which encapsulates our strategic vision for the sector, was geared towards cohesive common goal to save lives, reduce both physical and financial pains, and produce health for all Nigerians.”

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum urged the World Health Organisations (WHO) to fulfill its promises to the state and prioritise enhanced TB reduction and management, provide DNA machines for gender-based violence management, build hospitals in Biu and Munguno local government areas.

Zulum stressed that “these promises were not mere expression of goodwill; they represented the lifelines for our people, for mothers delivering children, for victims of unimaginable violence, for the entire communities struggling against diseases”

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FG Approves Establishment of Teaching Hospital in Taraba



The Federal Government has approved the citing of a teaching hospital in Taraba State.

The teaching hospital to be sited at the federal university in Wukari local government council of the state was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a letter dated 26th of September 2022, the President gave the nod to the leadership of the institution to go ahead with the establishment of the health institution.

The letter which was signed on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, by the Director of Health, Teaching Hospital Division, Dr. Noah Andrew, urged the leadership of the university to make sure that all the needed facilities are in place.

He said, “kindly ensure that the University provides a conducive environment for the clinical training of paramedical students in medical and Allied Science.”

This, as stated in the letter, a copy of which was on Thursday made available to our state correspondent, can be actualized by “building lecture theaters.”

More to the requirements, the need for the leadership of the institution to as well build laboratories and hostels in the “newly established federal teaching hospital, Wukari” the letter said, has become necessary.

Part of the letter reads, “I am directed to refer to a letter dated 2nd September 2022 referenced SGF 6/T/380 from the Secretary of the Government of the Federation to inform you that His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari, has graciously approved the establishment of a federal teaching hospital for the federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.”

Overwhelmed by the tidings, some members of the host community who bared their minds on the development believed that the much-desired development would be heralded not only to the community but the local government council at large.

They were also of the view that several unemployed youths from the council and the state at large would be engaged by the hospital.

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