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Nigerian Senate

Top Health Stories Last Week: Banned drugs on sale, more women demand CS

SENATE INVESTIGATES 42 ‘BANNED’ ANTI-MALARIA DRUGS The Nigerian Senate said it would investigate reports of 42 anti-malaria drugs banned by the European Union, EU, but which are still in circulation in the country. The EU reportedly banned these drugs as a result of their effect on health, including causing kidney failure.…

Kwara map

Death toll rises to 17 in Kwara cholera outbreak

Seventeen persons have been confirmed dead in 1,617 reported suspected cases as a cholera outbreak continues to ravage Kwara State in North-central Nigeria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, disclosed the grim figures in its weekly epidemiological report for Week 26 released on Tuesday. According to the agency, the…

TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT UNIT, FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE, KEFFI, NASARAWA STATE

Nigeria launches guidelines on essential drugs for treatment

The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja launched two documents which would serve as guidelines for crafting an essential medicine list for medical practitioners in the treatment of patients. A press statement released by the ministry of health stated that the two documents, 2nd Edition of Nigerian Standard Treatment Guidelines…

Director Health Planing Research and Statistics Dr. Akin Oyemakinde during the Human Resources for Health Conference

Experts brainstorm on healthcare challenges in Abuja

The shortage of health workforce and the uneven distribution of available skilled healthcare professionals have been identified as reasons for poor healthcare service delivery in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, called on governments at all levels and private sector alike to develop human resources that would…

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

Health Minister intensifies NHIS sweep, suspends eight top staff

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has suspended eight top management staff of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, days after suspending the executive secretary of the agency over corruption allegations. A statement by the health ministry on Monday said the suspension of the officers was to pave the way…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Major health stories last week: NHIS suspension controversy, Lass Fever outbreak, others

NHIS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY DEFIES SUSPENSION The Federal Ministry of Health reacted to the response of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, to his suspension. Mr. Yusuf officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, saying he would not comply with the July 6…

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Edward Kallon lays wreaths during a memorial programme by UN Systems for the late Executive Director of UNFA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, in Abuja on Friday (14/7/17). 
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Family, friends pay tribute to Osotimehin in Abuja

Family members, friends and colleagues gathered in Abuja on Friday to pay last respects to the late Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund, UNPFA, Babatunde Osotimehin, who died last month in New York, USA. The late professor was eulogised at two separate events held in his honour by the…

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Health Ministry replies embattled NHIS chief, says suspension order stands

The Federal Ministry of Health has reacted to the response of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, to his suspension. Mr. Yusuf in a July 12 letter, exclusively sourced by PREMIUM TIMES, addressed to the Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, said he would not obey the…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

EXCLUSIVE: Five reasons I will ignore Health Minister’s suspension order – NHIS Executive Secretary

The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has given five reasons why he will ignore his suspension from office as ordered by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. Mr. Yusuf, in his letter dated July 12, acknowledged receiving the suspension letter dated July 6,…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

I will not obey your suspension order, NHIS boss tells Nigeria’s Health Minister

The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. In his letter dated July 12 on the official letterhead of the NHIS, Mr. Yusuf said he would not comply with the July 6 suspension order. He acknowledged…

Patients in hospital ward [FILE PHOTO]

Hepatitis E cases on the rise in Borno — Officials

Health officers are reporting increasing cases of Hepatitis E in Borno State, North-east Nigeria. The Nigerian Ministry of Health on June 18 had notified the World Health Organisation, WHO, of an outbreak of the disease in the state. However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on its official Twitter handle…

Lake Chad [Photo Credit: World Water Database]

Nigerian govt outlines eight ways to avert Cholera

Nigerians have been advised to use safe water and ensure general hygiene as part of measures to avert an epidemic outbreak of cholera in the country. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in a weekly epidemiological report gave the advice and outlined eight ways to prevent the disease. WAYS…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Controversy: Nigerian lawmakers ask Health Minister to recall suspended NHIS boss

The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to within a week reinstate the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf. It also asked the minister to halt the re-accreditation of Health Maintenance Organisations, HMOs, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation of…

Lake Chad [Photo Credit: World Water Database]

Billions of people lack safe drinking water, sanitation — WHO

About 2.1 billion people across the world lack access to safe, readily available water at home and 4.5 billion lack safely managed sanitation. These include millions of Nigerians, says a new report by World Health Organisation, WHO, and United Nation Children's Funds, UNICEF. A statement by the international health agency…

Hospital with pregnant women [Photo: The New York Times]

$2.5 billion funding: Women to access free family planning services soon

Nigerian women and girls will soon be able to access free family planning services as policymakers, donors and advocates have committed about $2.5 billion in funding for developing countries from 2017 to 2020. The pledges were made in London, UK on Tuesday at the Family Planning 2020 summit tagged, Family…

Family Planning Summit 2017 London [Photo Credit: Family Planning 2020 on Twitter]

LIVE UPDATES: #HerFuture: Policymakers, donors, advocates discuss Family Planning

Matters on family planning will be the major issue when policymakers, donors, and advocates from around the world gather on Tuesday morning at the Family Planning Summit in London, UK. They will discuss efforts to reach the world’s Family Planning 2020 goals and ensure that more women and girls around…

Picture of untarred road in the estate

INVESTIGATION: How Redeemed Church officials allegedly duped members of millions in housing scheme

When Oluyemi Ojudu, a civil servant, registered for a housing scheme initiated by a parish in one of Nigeria’s largest Pentecostal churches, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Abuja, he thought it was the beginning of the end of paying exorbitant rent to landlords. "It is the desire of everybody…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Major health stories last week: NHIS head suspended, Ikeme battles leukaemia, others

NHIS Executive Secretary suspended The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, has been suspended. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, approved the suspension with immediate effect, due to allegations of fraud. He was directed to hand over to the most senior officer in the agency, Attahiru…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Suspended Nigeria NHIS chief yet to hand over

The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, failed to formally hand over on Friday as he did not turn up at the office. He had been directed by the Nigerian government to transfer his authority to the most senior officer in the agency, Attahiru Ibrahim.…

FILE PHOTO: Participants at the 7th Annual Nurses Conference in Lagos 
on Tuesday (24/2/15)

West African nurses, midwives meet in Abuja, urged to improve on emergency management

West African nurses and midwives have been tasked to return to the core values of the profession and improve on their training towards emergency response and crisis management so as to be more prepared for future epidemic occurrences in the sub-region. This advice was given at the West African College…

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Nigeria disease control agency to train field epidemiologists for early disease detection

Field epidemiologists from across Nigeria and beyond would be gathering in Abuja for a three-day training on public health disease detection to prevent epidemics. The training with theme "Strengthening One Health Through Field Epidemiology" will start on Wednesday, July 5. A press statement by the ministry of health stated that…

A Hospital ward used to illustrate the story

Nigeria adopts shorter treatment for drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Nigeria has adopted a new regimen that reduces the time required for the treatment of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis from 20 months to about nine months. According to a press statement, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday flagged off the regimen when he commissioned the first extensive drug-resistant Tuberculosis…

Vaccination for Meningitis [Photo Credit: SundiataPost]

Meningitis over, Pharmaceutical companies seek bail out, other major health stories last week

KOGI FLAGS-OFF FREE HEALTHCARE The Kogi State Government flagged-off a special healthcare package which will offer free medical treatment and surgery to 50,000 indigent patients. Among services being delivered are major and minor surgeries, medical investigations and treatments, eye care (surgeries and distribution of free glasses), paediatric and gynaecological care.…

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [Photo: devex.com]

New WHO chief, Ghebreyesus, takes office

Tedros Ghebreyesus, who was recently elected the World Health Organization's, WHO Director-General, resumed for a 5 years term Saturday. Mr. Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian medical doctor, was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and is the first African to occupy the position. He was elected with the highest vote in May…

31 AMBULANCES DONATED BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH. Photo Credit: {NAN}.

Japan donates 31 ambulances to Nigerian health institutions (FULL LIST OF BENEFICIARIES)

Thirty-one ambulance vehicles donated by the Japanese government were on Friday distributed to 31 federal tertiary health institutions across the country. The vehicles were handed over to heads of the institutions by the Nigerian Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, and the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Sandanobu Kusaoke, at the Eagle…