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Health stories in the news last week

These are the health events that made the news last week.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [Photo: devex.com]

WHO elects first African Director-General

Mr. Ghebreyesus is the first African to be elected to the position

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WHO admits slow response to Ebola

A new director-general will be selected at the ongoing 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

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

‎The annual HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day was held on Thursday.

Children carrying water

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

UNICEF says 200,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum across around 80 countries in 2015-2016.

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Nigerian govt., British university to partner on health package for elderly

The package seeks to provide a safety net for elderly persons in the country

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

China should pledge one billion dollars to Global Fund, not $18million, says group

Hypertension check [Photo Credit: Hindustan Times]

World Hypertension Day – Reduce salt intake to prevent hypertension‎, experts urge Nigerians

The WHO says hypertension is one of the main contributors to heart disease and stroke

A photo of young people used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: www.intaward.org.ng]

WHO, partners lament high death of adolescents, call for special care

More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, or 1.2 million deaths a year.

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 11, 2014,  a health worker as he examines patients for Ebola inside a screening tent, at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles),  from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa.  (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
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WHO adopts measures to stop Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

As at Sunday, 11 suspected cases, including three deaths, had been reported.

Vaccination for Meningitis [Photo Credit: SundiataPost]

Major Health stories across Nigeria last week

A teenager wsa detained by a federal hospital for his inability to pay his bills.

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

‎Nigerian govt announces steps to prevent Ebola

The WHO announced a confirmed case of ebola in the DRC.

A doctor attends to a malnourished child at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria Sunday, May 3, 2015, after being rescued from captivity by Boko Haram fighters. Their faces were gaunt with signs of malnutrition but the girls are alive and free, among a group of 275 children and women rescued by the Nigerian military, and the first to arrive at a refugee camp Saturday after a three-day journey to safety. They came from the Sambisa Forest, thought to be the last stronghold of the Islamic extremists, where the Nigerian military said it has rescued more than 677 girls and women and destroyed more than a dozen insurgent camps in the past week. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Malnutrition rate alarming in parts of Nigeria – Group

Nigeria would require $912 million over five years to mitigate malnutrition, an official said.

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 11, 2014,  a health worker as he examines patients for Ebola inside a screening tent, at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles),  from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa.  (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
[Photo Source: VOA News]

New Ebola death confirmed; 300,000 doses of vaccine ‘ready’

The vaccine, known as “rVSV-ZEBOV”, was shown to be highly protective against Ebola in clinical trials published in December 2016.

Vaccination for Meningitis [Photo Credit: SundiataPost]

Nigeria’s Meningitis Death Toll Climbs to 1,069

About 5,724 children majorly within the age group of 5-14 years were affected by the disease.

Fanta [Photo credit: Jason Kerwin]

Nigeria should increase taxes on sugary, processed foods to check malnutrition – Global Panel

The panel also recommended subsidising healthy food.

Maternity Ward [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria to review midwifery practices

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this at an evet to mark the 2017 International Day of the Midwife

Zannah Mustapha standing with the 82 freed Chibok Girls in the forest near Kumshe, while waiting for the Red Cross to arrive.

Nigerian govt hospital ‘detains’ sick teenager for inability to pay bills

Doctors at the hospital referred the 17-year-old to another hospital for more treatment.

Some of the 82 released Chibok schoolgirls during the presentation of drugs to them by the Minster of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, at the Directorate of State Service Hospital, in Abuja on Monday (8/5/17).

Health minister visits 82 freed Chibok girls receiving hospital care

The minister urged the girls not to hide any ailment from their caregivers.

Alaba Market [Photo Credit: Geoffrey Ellis Photos]

Nigeria now dumping ground for inferior, substandard foods – Minister

“We – the regulatory Ministries, Departments and Agencies – all contributed our fair share to this deplorable state of affairs.”

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Hope brightens for cancer patients as WHO launches pilot scheme for cheaper medicines

WHO in September will invite applications for prequalification of biosimilar versions of two products in the WHO Essential Medicines List.

FOMWAN and staff of Ona palace

Muslim women call for increase in Nigeria’s health budget

The proposal for the health sector in this year’s budget is about 4.17 per cent of the total, FOMWAN said.

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Immunisation: Obaseki announces N5 million reward for best-performing local govt

“We will make immunisation service an integral part of our healthcare delivery.”

A Hospital used to illustrate the story

As Gombe battles shortage of nurses, midwives, govt implements more reforms

Gombe currently has 163 doctors, 69 pharmacists, and 1159 nurses and midwives.

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

With over three million, Nigeria has the second highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world.