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Medical practitioners and other stakeholders in the health sector have applauded the Primary Healthcare Development Agency bill and the Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Agency bill sponsored by the Speaker House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, describing the two health care sector related bills as important bills that would enhance the well-being of the citizenry.
Speaking, Friday at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly during a public hearing on three health care related bills namely, A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of Akwa Ibom state Health Insurance Agency, and A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and for Matters Connected therewith, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke and a bill for a law to make provisions for the establishment and control of private hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Akwa Ibom State and for other matters connected therewith, 2016, sponsored by a former Speaker of the House and member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Hon. Aniekan Uko, the Commisioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Akwa Ibom State branch, representative of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, in the state, a former legislator and Medical director, St. Atanasius Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Akpanobong, State Co-ordinator, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Miss. Vivian Imebu, Former Chairman, Hospital Management Board, and currently the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Sir. Dr. Val Attah , and the State Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Imo Okon, among others, hailed the Speaker of the Assembly, Barr. Luke for the bill. They noted that the Primary healthcare development agency bill will help in the improvement of health care delivery service at the rural areas.
However, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ukpong, asked the House to stand down on the Bill for a Law to Make Provisions for the Establishment and Control of Private Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities in Akwa Ibom State and for Other Matters Connected Therewith , which is sponsored by Hon. Aniekan Uko, saying the bill needed to be properly fine tuned and re-presented at a later date, as there were loopholes in the composition of the bill.

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Measuring a moving target: Symposium on Hormone Sensing

What do the meat industry have in common? The answer is hormones. Secreted into the blood by specialized organs and tissues, hormones communicate a bewildering array of signals to a myriad of target sites.
Two weeks ago, The Physiological Society brought together experts in physiology, endocrinology, chemistry, physics and engineering, to discuss how to produce a new generation of tools and methods for detecting hormones inside our bodies
“The biggest hurdle facing basic and clinical endocrinologists is how we can measure hormones inside the body,” said one of the symposium organizers, Timothy Wells, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at Cardiff University.
Addressed by UK and international experts in hormone-receptor interactions, light-based sensing and nanocarbon-based sensing, the Society’s symposium explored how these molecular interactions could be exploited to quantify the dynamic changes in circulating hormone levels.
Cutting edge work featured
One of the potential approaches was presented by Frank Vollmer and his colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. He and his team are attempting to reach the ultimate limit of detection, by sensing single molecule interactions and the resultant changes in three-dimensional shape. Their new technique, which was published this week in Nature Photonics , may enable the detection of individual hormone molecules.
Thus, the day of talks highlighted just how far we’ve come since Ernest Starling coined the term hormone in 1905.

The event, titled “Novel approaches to Hormone Sensing, The Inaugural Bayliss-Starling Symposium,” was part of the society’s H3 symposia. The next symposium will be held on 15 November about one of the biggest discoveries in biotech, CRISPR. Visit our website for more info:


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COMMITMENT by George Verwer

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure, I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colourless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have time to be right, first, tops, recognized, praises, rewarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, learn on His presence, walk by patience, live by prayer, and labour by power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, comprised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up,let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go until he comes, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me-my banner will be clear!