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Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Less than 25% of people living with HIV/AIDS in Edo have access to treatment – Minister

Less than a quarter of people living with HIV/AIDS in Edo State have access to anti-retroviral drugs, an official has said. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said that of the over 173,660 persons living with HIV/AIDS in the state, only 25,730 have access to antiretroviral treatment. According to a…

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Less than a quarter of Nigerian children complete vaccination — Survey

Only about 23 per cent of children in Nigeria have received all recommended vaccines between 2016 and 2017, the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey report, (MICS) has revealed. The report also states that though only one in four children received all recommended vaccines, more children are fully immunised in the southern…

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New mothers should not wash off first milk from nipples before breastfeeding baby — Expert

New mothers should not remove or wash off the colostrum from their nipples before breastfeeding their babies, as it is the first and major vaccine a child can ever receive in life, an official of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF has advised. Ada Ezeogu, a nutrition specialist, gave this…

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Nigeria must make plans to fund own immunisation, expert warns

The lives of millions of children will be at risk between now and 2021 if the federal government fails to take charge of funding immunisation in the country, an official has said. The Chairman, Health Sector Reform Coalition, HSRC, Ben Anyene, gave the warning while responding to questions from journalists…

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FEATURE: Inside the glamorous world of Ankara fabrics

Though considered to be one of the cheapest fabrics in the market today, Ankara which is popularly referred to as African print, has carved its impact in the heart of the fashion world. This reporter traces its unique history and current travails. CHEQUERED HISTORY The fabric which has proven to…

A cross-section of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls recently freed from the Boko Haram terrorists who were handed to the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Al-Hassan by the Department of State Security Service (DSS), in Abuja on Tuesday (30/5/17). The Ministry is to immediately commence a comprehensive process of the girls’ rehabilitation. 
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Heavy disease burden contributes to women mortality in Nigeria – Expert

A heavy disease burden especially at the primary health care level is pushing up the mortality rate of women and children in the country, an expert has alerted. Ben Anyene, a medical doctor and chairman of the Health Sector Reform Coalition, said the phenomenon may have a destabilising impact on…

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NHIS controversy worsens as Reps reject agency’s budget

The House of Representatives has rejected the 2017 budget proposals of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. The rejection may not be unconnected with the raging crisis over the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Usman Yusuf. At its sitting on Wednesday, the Chairman of the committee, Chike…

Resident Doctors

Our grouse with Nigerian govt – Resident doctors

The National Association of Resident Doctors has expressed its frustration over the inability of the federal government to train and ensure the welfare of its members. The National President of the association, John Onyebueze, who said this during the National Executive Council meeting held in Calabar on Wednesday, added that…

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Nigerian sex workers want trade legalised

Sex workers have called for the decriminalisation of commercial sex in Nigeria. They said the step will not only help to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, but also stop violence against sex workers. Speaking at the Sexual Ethnography Dissemination Workshop in Abuja on Wednesday, the National Coordinator…

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Global donors reduce funding for HIV/AIDS treatment

The United States of America and other major donors to HIV/AIDs programmes in Africa have reduced its funding for anti-retroviral drugs and research. The priorities to funding innovation in global healthcare has hit an all-time low in the annual investment for HIV prevention, research and development as major donors have…

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Nigerian radiologists, radiographers disagree over new bill

An association of radiographers has called on the Nigerian government to disregard the bill seeking registration of the proposed National Council of Radiology and Radiation Medicine, NCR, presently before the National Assembly. The bill which has passed the first and second reading and is awaiting public hearing is said to…

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Nigeria’s one million HIV/AIDS patients are in danger — Official

Walter Ugwocha is the Executive Secretary, Civil Society for HIV and AIDS in Nigeria, CISHAN. CISHAN is the umbrella network for all non profits working on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. In this interview with Premium Times' Nike Adebowale, he speaks about why HIV/AIDS patients undergoing treatment in Nigeria are in danger, the country's…

From left: Mr. Niyi Ekisola, Deputy Director, Primary Health Care System Development Agency, Linda Ehrichs, High Commission of Canada, Hajia Aisha Lami Abubakar, Director, Admin & human resources, representing the Chief Executive, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib and Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab, Country Deputy Director, Clinton Access Health Initiative-CHAI at the public presentation of PHC intervention on diarrhea in some States of the Federation.

Make diarrhea drugs available in Nigerian public hospitals — Experts

Nigerian state governments have been urged to make Zinc and Low-osmolarity (Lo-ORS) drugs available in public health facilities in Nigeria. Zinc tablets and ORS are drugs used for the treatment of diarrhea in infants and children. The advice was given on Thursday in Abuja by Global Affairs Canada, (GAC), the…

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

FG spends only N1500 per year on each Nigerian’s healthcare – Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has decried the inadequate attention the government is paying to health and the overdependence on foreign donors to fund health initiatives in the country. Mr. Adewole, who spoke at the Maiden Edition of Health Communication Conference organised by Association of Nigeria Health Journalists, ANHEJ…

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Excessive intake of soft drinks ’causes erectile dysfunction’ — Report

A new research has shown that excessive intake of soft drinks is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to develop and maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. The research also shows that large percentage of men do not limit the volume of…

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Nigeria reaches major landmark in fight against HIV/AIDS

Nigeria has reached a landmark in the fight against HIV/AIDS as fewer people newly get infected than those on treatment. The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Sani Aliyu, said with the feat, the country has crossed the “tipping point” for the epidemic. Mr. Aliyu…

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Nigerian regulators yet to act months after evidence of unsafe acid levels in Mirinda, Lucozade

Two months after the Consumer Protection Council reported alarming levels of benzoic acid in Mirinda and Lucozade drinks, Nigerian government regulators responsible for taking action have kept mum and have done nothing about it. The CPC had in April revealed that the benzoic levels in the two drinks were above…

The Executive Secretary of NHIS, Dr Usman Yusuf, Director General of NACA Dr Sani Aliyu and Dr. Ipaye Tunde, Commissioner of Health Ogun State

HIV/AIDS: Nigeria risks one million deaths in five years, NACA warns

Nigeria risks losing about one million of its citizens to HIV if its government does not take control of the full sponsorship of the treatment, an official has said. The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Sani Aliyu, said Nigeria must take full sponsorship of…

The Charge 'D'Affairs U.S mission Nigeria, David Young and the executive chairman of bwari area council, Musa Dikko during the commissioning of the Jikoko health clinic/flag off of the Bwari area council immunization campaign

U.S. provides $10,000 to complete Abuja rural health facility

A community health clinic completed with the assistance of the United States government was on Friday commissioned in a rural suburb of Abuja. The clinic was initiated by the Jikoko community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital, but the project stalled until the U.S. government offered $10,000 for…

L-R: Dr. Modibo Kassougu, Chief of Health, UNICEF, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and Dr. Dorothy Nwodo, Director, Disease Control & Immunisation NPHCDA at the Inauguration of National Emergency Routine Immunisation Coordination Centre (NERICC) at NPHCDA Headquarters, Abuja, Today Tuesday, 4th July, 2017.

Nigeria establishes centre to coordinate immunisation activities

The Nigerian Government has established an emergency centre to coordinate immunisation activities in the country, as part of the effort to meet the national target of 85 percent coverage for routine immunisation. The National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Centre will govern routine immunisation programmes and projects in the country. Speaking…

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

New HIV drug already in use in Nigeria — Govt.

The Nigerian Government has said Dolutegravir (DTG), the new drug for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, is already being used in Nigeria, although only by those who can afford it because of its high cost. DTG can improve and prolong the lives of people who suffer side effect and resistance to…

Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, NACA, Sani Aliyu

Nigeria AIDS agency seeks private sector support, funding

In a bid to increase its internal funding, and sustain the national response to combat HIV/AIDS in the country, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has made moves to enhance its partnership with the private sector. According to a statement released on Saturday, the agency seeks to…

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U.S. supports families affected by HIV/AIDS in Lagos with N2.9 million

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria has awarded a N2.9 million micro grant to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in some part of Lagos state. According to a Channels Television news report, the announcement was made on Friday. The Mission gave the grant to 50 women caregivers to support the…

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle) and others during a Briefing of the Senate on the Planned Closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja Runway for Repairs at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, 17th January  2017.

National Assembly ‘blocks’ statutory health funds over fraud scare

The National Assembly has said it would not set aside one percent of consolidated revenue for the health sector as statutorily required, until it is sure of judicious and transparent disbursement of the fund. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this…

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2017 Batch ‘A’ members taking oath during their swearing-in ceremony in Abuja on Thursday (25/5/17).

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Nigeria’s MDAs ignore Osinbajo, reject Corps members

Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Abuja are rejecting members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, posted to them for the compulsory one-year service, despite a policy directive by the Nigerian government against their rejection. The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had warned that no corps member should be rejected,…