21 people die of meningitis in Sokoto – Health Commissioner

The official said identification and treatment of the disease is hampered by residents’ belief in witchcraft.

Kuchingoro Primary Health Care Centre, Abuja

Major health stories in the news last week

A Nigerian drug company was acquired by a French firm.

Kuchingoro Primary Health Care Centre, Abuja

World Tuberculosis Day: Nigeria outlines plans to improve identification, treatment

“Currently Sokoto has the estimated highest prevalence cases in Nigeria with 127 TB cases per 100,000 in 2016.”


French firm takes over Nigerian drug manufacturing company, Swipha

Swipha was the first Nigerian pharmaceutical company to obtain ISO 9001 certification in 2007.


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

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development has had no power supply for nine months.

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

NACA urges stronger collaboration between TB, HIV programmes

Tuberculosis is the most common infection suffered by people living with HIV.


WHO issues new ethics code to protect rights of Tuberculosis patients, health workers

Tuberculosis is the world’s most infectious killer disease, claiming about 5,000 lives each day


Premium Times Centre ​launches Health Tracker to deepen accountability in Nigeria’s public health delivery

“This way, capital projects will be better tracked to promote citizen participation as veritable mechanisms…”

Maternity Ward [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigerian govt deployed 1,473 graduate midwives to PHCs in 2016 – Official

“The midwives were deployed to PHC facilities in rural areas throughout the 36 states and FCT in 2016.”

GSK HQ [Photo: The Business TImes]

GSK gets new Managing Director

Mr. Akshikar joined the Nigeria business in January 2017 from Mumbai, India.


Kidney theft: Patient surviving on life support machine – Commissioner

A doctor allegedly removed the victim’s kidney illegally during a surgery.

Nigerian Senate

Senate investigates NHIS chief, Usman Yusuf, for alleged N960 million procurement scam

Usman Yusuf was appointed head of NHIS in July 2016.

Photo: Continental Research

Nigeria asks UNICEF’s help to improve capacity of health extension workers

An official said this would help in to improve the health of mothers and children in Nigeria.


World Oral Health Day: Low Awareness of Dental Services Affecting Oral Hygiene in Nigeria

The World Oral Health Day is celebrated every March 20 across the world.

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Health in the news last week

The controversy surrounding consumption of coke and fanta dominated the news.

One of the wards at Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife

Court tells Nigerian health workers to suspend strike

The judge, B.B. Kanyip, said the union should put the strike on hold.

Fanta [Photo credit: Jason Kerwin]

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

The Minister of Health said the two beverages are safe for human consumption but cannot be taken with any drug.

Queens College

Mass bacterial infection in Queens College; Lagos govt wants school shut down

At least 1,222 students suffered abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea in one month.

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Nigeria alerts on new strain of meningitis

“…we would want to put an end to annual outbreak of meningitis in some of the northern states.”

Fanta [Photo credit: Jason Kerwin]

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

A court ruled that Fanta and Sprite could be toxic.

Fanta and Sprite [Photo: Kitchen Butterfly]

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

The court ruled that drinking the soft drinks with Vitamin C could be poisonous.

Fanta and Sprite [Photo: Kitchen Butterfly]

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

A court had ruled that the NBC provide more information to customers.

Federal Medical Centre Asaba [Photo:]

EXCLUSIVE: Experts react as Buhari administration fails to appoint heads of Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals

About 20 of the 52 federal health care centres across Nigeria do not have substantive heads.

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

Major health stories last week

More than half pregnant women still gave birth without any assistance from a skilled health worker, an official said.

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 programme aims to use mobile technology to scale up health and nutrition outcomes in Nigeria