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World Health Day: Equipping Nigerian nurses, midwives for roles in curbing coronavirus

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals are at the crux of it all and key to the resolution of the emergency. They have been hailed “heroes” for this very reason, and across Europe and the rest of the world, neighbourhoods and cities have been applauding their…

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Drone Story: Inside Abuja’s ‘unauthorised’ IDP camps

At least 34 unauthorised IDP camps exist within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), an overflow of the insurgency-propelled migration from battered communities in the North-east. This humanitarian crisis is on a scale that is insufficiently captured by the agencies charged with the responsibility of such capture. The Internally Displaced Persons…

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20 “hidden” destinations of purported health spendings in 2020 proposed budget

About N5 billion will go to service major construction works in the nation’s health sector in the 2020 proposed budget, but development experts, working around accountability process in public budgeting, worry that this may come to waste because the projects they are nominated to develop are not captured in the…

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Nigeria records over 99,000 cases of infectious diseases in three years

Not less than 99,000 cases of infectious diseases were recorded in Nigeria in the past three years, an analysis done by PREMIUM TIMES has revealed. Top of the ailments recorded were cholera, measles and Lassa fever. Other diseases that affected a large number of Nigerians during the period include cerebrospinal…

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South-south leads Nigeria’s huge alcohol consumption, NBS data shows

Alcohol consumption is a big business in Nigeria with consumers spending just less than a quarter of a trillion naira in 2016. According to the latest data from the nation’s statistics bureau, in 2016 alone, Nigerians spent at least N208 billion on alcohol - this amount was more than the…

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When is the right time to take drugs: Before, after or with meal?

Does eating before taking our drugs or taking them after a meal affect the efficacy of the drugs? A number of us would have been told we should take our drugs after eating, on an empty stomach, or not to take certain drugs with certain foods. What are the factual…

The first phase of the event which held at the Durumi junior secondary school has 38 beneficiaries from the IDP camps and the less privileged in the community, located at games village Apo area one axis. The beneficiaries include 28 children from IDPs and 10 outside the IDP camps, 14 in JSS1, 18 in JSS2, and 6 in JSS3, the student received a full package which includes school bag, textbooks, scandal socks and other basic material. The foundation paid the school fees of the 38 beneficiaries.

Group sponsors education of 38 internally displaced children in Abuja

A humanitarian organisation has launched a back to school programme targetting about two thousand children from internally displaced persons camps and rural communities in Abuja. Hope For All Foundation, which is based in Abuja, launched the first phase of the scheme on Friday at the Durumi Junior Secondary School with…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Why preventable Neonatal Tetanus continues to kill newborns in Nigeria

When Mama Adekunle, as she is fondly called, heard the news of the birth of a child to her son, she did what most new grandmothers in Nigeria do - she rushed over to perform her traditional duty of taking care of the new mother and child. This duty includes…

Women with their babies

First 1000 Days Of Life: How to lay foundation for health, well-being

Child mortality has risen in Nigeria in the past few years, despite efforts to combat the menace. The rate measured at 87 per 1000 births in 1990 rose to 100 per 1000 in 2003. According to a publication by WHO, under-five mortality ratio in Nigeria is 201 per 1000 live…

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World Hepatitis Day: How Nigeria has fared in battling scourge

Tosan (surname withheld) was diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 2011, after her elder brother compelled the whole family to go for the test in order to know their status. She said her brother made that decision after he was diagnosed of having the disease while taking some medical examination which…

The abandoned earth dam in Danjaka, Kunchi local government area in Kano state

How Nigerian lawmakers’ multi-million naira constituency projects are abandoned across communities

"That greenish water over there is our only source of water in this village," Idris Adamu Danjaka said. A man of about 60 years, he was referring to the water in a dam the Nigerian government built in Danjaka, a village in Kunchi Local Government Area of Kano State. The…

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Why Nigeria can’t defeat a disease threatening 97% of its population

Malaria continues to be a major public health problem in 97 countries and territories in the tropics and subtropics. Globally, approximately 214 million cases of malaria occur annually and 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of being infected. Approximately 438,000 deaths were attributed to malaria alone in…