Drug Use: How expired are 'expired drugs' for Bauchi rural dwellers?
Charly Agwam FASLN
Investigation revealed that for many rural dwellers in Bauchi State Nigeria, drugs only expire when and if their local dispensers (usually sellers of drugs in small shops, also called chemist) say so. At least 68 percent of rural patients interviewed said that they only rely on the discretion of their local dispenser for safety and efficacy of non-prescription drugs they buy over-the-counter.
Potential of Nigerian Honeys In The Management of Surgical Wounds
Abdulsalam Mahmud FASLN
A research by African Science Literacy Network (ASLN) Fellow at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun State, Dr. Ezekiel Akinkunmi, suggests that honeys from Nigeria would be effective alternative to antiseptic agents in the management of surgical wound infections caused by Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA) and other multidrug-resistant staphylococci.
How Fruit Flies Can Boost Life And Biomedical Sciences In Nigeria
Rashidatu Abdulazeez & Prof. Andreas Prokop
The key challenges that Nigerian scientists face are poor infrastructure and research funding. Nevertheless, we are faced with having to deliver reproducible and impactful research which addresses our societal problems within shortest possible time. We have to teach and mentor the younger generation of scientists whilst publishing to match the world standards of science and science education.
Drosophila can be an important facilitator and help to square this circle by shifting the balance between investment and outcome in our favour. As has been explained in greater detail above, “you get 10 times more biology for a dollar invested in flies than you get in mice” (Hugo Bellen), and these enormous savings would then be available for infrastructural investments to raise research standards and capabilities.
Scaling up Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention implementation in Nigeria Amid COVID-19
Dr Jamilu Ibrahim Nikau
The international grants Nigeria is currently implementing SMC and other life-saving malaria control interventions will cease one day. Therefore, it is imperative for governments at all levels to increase resources dedicated to the fight against malaria and other infectious diseases to enable the country to attain goal 3, target 3.3 of the sustainable development goal (SDGs).
On his part, Prof. Isa Husseini Marte, who is the Commissioner of Higher Education in Borno State, Nigeria, emphasised the need for the winners and other students to be passionate, hardworking and set lofty goals, if they desire to become world-class scientists or professionals in other science fields, in future.
Husseini Marte, a Professor of Pharmacology, also advised them to have role models and mentors they will look up to for sound tutelage and professional guidance.
While noting that scientists, in the last one century, have transformed the universe by helping to fast-track development globally, the Borno State Commissioner, said: “It is paramount for you to have role models and mentors. But the most important thing, and our greatest expectation on you is that you eventually achieve greater scientific feats, more than what your mentors and role models achieved.”
No Country in Africa Invests 1% of GDP into Research--Scientists
Abdulsalam Mahmud, FASLN
Africa, as a continent, is desirous of attaining rapid scientific growth and technological development. It is the only way for it to catch up with its peers—Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia, and South America. But at the moment, none of its 54 countries invests as much as 1% of their Gross Domestic Products (GDP) into research and development (R&D), as recommended by the African Union (AU). A university scholar, Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina, and some researchers said the inability to meet this R&D funding target has somewhat affected Africa’s research output and innovations.
Fast-tracking Scientific, National Development: The NAS Story
Abdulsalam Mahmud FASLN
It is over four decades, and still counting. This is after it was birthed. But how did it came to being? “The Academy emerged largely from the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN). A Committee comprising eminent Fellows of SAN was set-up. The Committee, after carrying out its delegated assignment, reported back to SAN. In reporting back, the Committee selected about 42 eminent scientists at that time, who they taught should be foundation-members of Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS). So, NAS was set up, and the Academy was inaugurated on the 8 of January, 1977,” said Prof. David Okali.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, the lockdown in FCT, Lagos, Ogun and Kano states for almost five weeks, and still counting in others, affected the research works of some universities’ lecturers in the country. Abdulsalam Mahmud reports.
Now that COVID-19 Has Turned Every Journalist into a Health Reporter
Justina Asishana FASLN
The role of combating the spread of misinformation and disinformation has become pertinent because one misinformation can lead to chaos and possibly the death of individuals. As Journalists, whether we cover health or not, we have a crucial role in combating misinformation and disinformation as well as correcting things that are false.
In its guidelines titled, 'Guidelines for Safe Management of a Dead Body in the Contest of COVID-19', The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) stated that, "whether a COVID-19 patient died in a health facility or in a community, the body must be granted a safe and dignified burial."