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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,…

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‘Nigeria loses 3,000 women, children to preventable diseases daily’

Nigeria loses 3,000 children and women daily to preventable diseases due to poor access to basic healthcare, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib has said. Mr. Shuaib said some the children die before their fifth birthdays because of the country’s poor health system.…

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SHOCKING: Ex-minister’s son on trial for alleged N1.2 billion fraud granted permission to travel for hajj

A former minister’s son, Shamsudeen Bala, was on Wednesday granted permission to travel for lesser hajj by a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja. The lesser hajj is an Islamic rite to Saudi Arabia recommended for Muslims who can afford it. It is not mandatory on Muslims, neither is it…

R-L Prof. Alashle Abimiku, Executive Director, International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE), Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Dr. Sani Aliyu, Director General National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Chidi Nwanneka Deputy Director Policy and Strategy (NACA) during the 20th Anniversary of Annual HIV Vaccine Awareness  Press Conference held in Abuja

HIV vaccine realisable – ‎NACA

Recent developments have indicated that the global efforts to develop an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine is realisable. This is according to the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Sani Aliyu, who spoke during a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, to mark the 20th anniversary…

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Number of refugee children up five-folds since 2010 — UNICEF

The number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has increased in recent times, the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has stated in a new report. According to UNICEF, the number is nearly five-fold since 2010, with at least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children recorded in some 80…

L-R Walter Ugwuocha, Executive Secretary of Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Mrs Oluwakemi Gbadamosi and Maureen Onyia - Ekwuazi, head occupational health and safety NLC

Group calls on China, Nigeria to raise contributions to HIV, Tuberculosis funding

A civil society organization involved in HIV/AIDS prevention activities in Nigeria has urged the Chinese government to scale up its commitment to Global Fund by pledging one billion dollars to the fund. Global Fund is an international financing organization that aims to attract and disburse additional resources to prevention and…

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Ebola: Nigeria intensifies screening at airports

Following the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, the Nigerian government has beefed up checks at its various airports. The federal government also urged Nigerians to remain calm as it is committed to ensuring that the disease is not imported into the country. The Minister of Health,…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria’s dilapidated PHCs where torchlights are used for birth delivery

Manpower shortage and deficient infrastructure, especially inadequate equipment and power supply, are the major obstacles to meaningful primary health care delivery in Nigeria, an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES has revealed. The All Progressives Congress-led federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has anchored its public health agenda on a scheme to…

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Muslim women call for increase in Nigeria’s health budget

The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, has called for an immediate increase in the national health budget.   The association, a member of the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) project, said that said the budget should not only be increased but should be…

PIC. 8. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS BATCH 'A' STREAM 2 CORPS MEMBERS SERVING IN LAGOS STATE DURING THE CLOSE OF THEIR ORIENTATION PROGRAMME, IN LAGOS ON WEDNESDAY (29/6/16). 
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How corps member was killed in Abuja hours before passing-out — NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has confirmed the death of Charity Thilza, a 25-year-old corps member who was serving in Abuja. The graduate of Linguistics and English from the University of Maiduguri was shot around 3 a.m. on Monday while returning home from a nightclub, The Caribbean, in Wuse…

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 treatment should be included in Nigeria’s health insurance scheme – NACA boss

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Sani Aliyu, has called for the integration of HIV treatment into the Health Insurance Scheme. This, he said, will help increase the number of people that will be placed on treatment. Mr. Aliyu who spoke at the…

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Acute malnutrition not peculiar to northern Nigeria, official warns

The Ministry of Health has warned of the presence of acute malnutrition in different parts of the country. The ministry on Friday warned that malnutrition was not peculiar to Northern Nigeria, saying Delta State alone has about 40,000 proven cases of acute malnutrition. Speaking at a two-day media dialogue on…

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Meningitis Outbreak: Nigerian death toll rises to 813

Over 800 Nigerians have been killed by meningitis since the latest outbreak of the epidemic in the country 16 weeks ago. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this figure on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House in Abuja. Mr. Adewole said though the outbreak…

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…