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Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed vaccinating a child against meningitis at Dakwa village in Bwari Area Council of Abuja on Thursday (30/3/17). 02148/30/3/2017/Mustapha Sumaila/JAU/BJO/NAN

Meningitis Outbreak: After over 700 deaths, Nigeria needs divine intervention, official says

A public official has called on God to intervene over the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in Nigeria lamenting that the country does not have enough vaccines to curb the spread of the Type C strain of the disease currently ravaging the country. The Chairman of the National Immunization Finance…

3. A cross section of excited teenage mothers, students and other girls from across 7 communities in Lagos and Ogun at CEE-HOPE's seminar on 'Guard Against Rape' in Lagos recently.

SPECIAL REPORT: How poor sex education exposes Nigerian teenage girls to pregnancy, STDs

Seventeen-year-old Rakiya Rabiu, 17, sells groundnut at Bwari, a satellite community in Abuja where she and her her nine months old baby boy live with her aunt.  Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja, Rakiya said she got pregnant at the age of 15 for her water vendor boyfriend, who she…

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Nigerian regulator raises concern on Lucozade, Mirinda, clears Fanta, Sprite

The Consumer Protection Council, CPC, has called for further investigation of soft drinks sold in Nigeria, following the discovery that the benzoic acid in Mirinda (a product of Seven Up Bottling Company) and Lucozade (a product of Suntory) is higher than the Nigerian regulatory standard of 250mg/kg. The benzoic levels…

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What Zamfara govt must do to prevent more deaths from meningitis, other diseases – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has called on the Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, to build primary health care facilities in the state in order to help the people of the state handle common health cases affecting them. Mr. Yari came under fire from across the Nigerian polity…

Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed vaccinating a child against meningitis at Dakwa village in Bwari Area Council of Abuja on Thursday (30/3/17). 02148/30/3/2017/Mustapha Sumaila/JAU/BJO/NAN

Meningitis Outbreak: Nigerian government says vaccination is free

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, on Friday said vaccinations, including against Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM, are provided free of charge by the government. The director general of the agency, Faisal Shuaib, said this via a press statement from his office in reaction to news report that members of the…

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Crippled by poor funding, Nigerian drug research institute in darkness for nine months

An institute established more than 36 years ago to develop drugs, biological products and pharmaceutical raw materials from indigenous resources in Nigeria is presently hampered by lack of funds. Due to the paucity of funds, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, located in the Idu Industrial Layout…

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

NACA urges stronger collaboration between TB, HIV programmes

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has called on state governments to create stronger collaboration between their programmes for the treatment of Tuberculosis and HIV. A statement by the agency on Thursday said the Director General of NACA, Sani Aliyu, made the call in advance of the…

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Court tells Nigerian health workers to suspend strike

The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has restrained health workers under the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals from continuing or embarking on any strike action. According to a statement from the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday, the judge, B.B. Kanyip, said the union should put the strike…

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Don’t use Fanta, Sprite to take any drugs, Govt warns Nigerians

Although they are safe for consumption, Fanta and Sprite should not be used to take any medicine, the federal government has said. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the two beverages, manufactured by the Nigeria Bottling Company, NBC, are safe for human consumption but cannot be taken with any…

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Consumer Protection Council investigates Fanta, Sprite

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has launched an investigation into the safety of additives in Nigerian Bottling Company’s Fanta and Sprite. The CPC’s Director General, Dupe Atoki, who disclosed the position of the council to the media on Thursday said that the investigation became inevitable in view of the safety…

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Nigeria’s Health Minister calls for urgent meeting over Sprite, Fanta crisis

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the health implications of Fanta and Sprite drinks produced in Nigeria. Mr. Adewole directed the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to collaborate with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON in addressing Nigerians on…

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‎NAFDAC reacts to court ruling declaring Fanta, Sprite poisonous with Vitamin C

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has filed an appeal and a motion to stay execution of a judgement on Sprite and Fanta soft drinks. An Igbosere High Court had ordered the Agency to compel the Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, Plc, to carry a mandatory…

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NBC reacts to court ruling, says Fanta, Sprite safe for consumption with Vitamin C

The Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, has appealed a court order directing the company to include a warning on the bottles of its Fanta and Sprite that its contents cannot be taken with Vitamin C. A Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, Lagos State, had on Monday compelled the National Agency…

The lack of accessible maternal health care for women like Elohor puts both their and their babies' lives in danger. Photo: ActionAid/Nigeria Leak

Nigerian govt launches scheme to improve women’s access to healthcare, nutrition

The Federal Government has launched a programme for informing pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers across the country about health and nutrition issues, using mobile phones. The programme, tagged “mNutrition,” is a process of using mobile technology to send text messages to Nigerians with a view to expanding access to health…

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Nigerian leaders call for gender equality on International Women’s Day

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has appealed to all stakeholders to work towards ensuring the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. This, she said, will aid the objective of sustainable development goals. Mrs Buhari made the appeal on Wednesday in a statement released to…

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NYSC confirms assault on Zamfara corps member, blames ‘overzealous policeman’

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has confirmed the assault of a corps member serving in Zamfara State. But it said the corps member was only slapped by an “overzealous officer”, contrary to the “exaggerated’ accounts of the incident on social media. There have been social media reports that the…

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (2nd right), Zonal Director North -West, Engr.Busari Olalekan(2nd left), Federal Controller of Works, Kaduna State, Engr. Saad Tukur (left) and others during the Minister's inspection tour of the ongoing Emergency Repairs of the Kaduna - Abuja Expressway, Kaduna on Friday 10th, February 2017.

Abuja Airport Closure: Nigerian govt designates five hospitals for emergencies

Ahead of the closure of the Abuja International Airport from Wednesday, Nigeria’s government has selected five hospitals to treat serious accident victims and provide other emergency healthcare services. Three of the hospitals are in Kaduna State while the other two are in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Apart from the…

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NACA cautions Nigerians against discriminating people living with HIV

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has warned against the danger that stigmatisation and discrimination against people living with HIV pose to Nigeria meeting the global goal of ending the HIV scourge by 2030. The Director General of the Agency, Sani Aliyu, gave the warning in a…

Kuchingoro Primary Health Care Centre, Abuja

Director outlines four-point agenda to reposition Nigeria’s primary healthcare system

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, has pledged to ensure the success of the current scheme to revitalize primary health care in Nigeria under a four-point agenda he has formulated to reposition the Agency. Mr. Shuaib made the pledge on Monday while…

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Nigerian govt to help drug manufacturers meet local production target

The federal government has told pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in Nigeria that it is ready to support them in ensuring that 70 per cent of the drugs Nigerians need are produced in the country, in line with the National Drug Policy. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this at a…

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Nigeria health workers threaten strike over rot in sector

The Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, has put Nigeria’s federal government on notice that its members would go on strike after February 27, if it fails to address the rot in the health system. The group, which comprises all hospital health staff, gave the notice on Monday during a…

President Nigeria Medical Association Professor Mike Ogirima

INTERVIEW: Doctors in public hospitals shouldn’t be allowed to run private clinics – NMA President

Mike Ogirima, a professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, is the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and President of Nigeria Orthopaedic Association. He spoke in an exclusive interview with Ayodamola Owoseye, Nike Adebowale and Idris Ibrahim on critical issues in Nigeria’s health sector and doctors’ perspective of the way…

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Boards of Nigerian health agencies coming soon – Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has dropped a hint that boards of federal health agencies would soon be announced. He said the constitution of the boards was being delayed because government was following the procedure for the exercise. Mr. Adewole stated this as he expressed disagreement with the claim…

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EU donates €70 million for healthcare project in Nigeria

The European Union has donated €70 million to a healthcare project that seeks to support nutrition and the final push to eradicate polio in Nigeria. Speaking at the launch of the project, EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, said the project would help to improve access to effective…

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Incessant strike affecting Nigeria’s health sector – Senator

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has decried the incessant strike in the Nigerian health sector, saying it has adversely affected the progress made so far in the sector. He also said that the implementation of the National Health Act, 2014 will go a long way…