ayodamola

Ayodamola Owoseye is a senior reporter covering the health beat for PREMIUM TIMES.  She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, and holds a B.A in Anthropology and M.Sc in Information Science. Ayodamola advocates gender equity and loves travelling and listening to old skool music. Twitter: @damolaowoseye

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A patient apparently taking medication under a staircase at Abuja national hospital.

Four out of 10 patients ‘harmed’ while seeking medical treatment — WHO

The World Health Organisation has said four out of ten patients are 'harmed' during the process of seeking medical care. Many of these injuries can be prevented through quality healthcare services, it noted. In order to raise awareness on the importance of patient safety globally, the 72nd World Health Assembly…

Ebola Volunteers

US official labels Ebola outbreak genuine health emergency

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has labelled the on-going Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a genuine health emergency which needs to be urgently contained. Mr Azar, in a teleconference with journalists on Monday, said the situation in the eastern DRC…

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill Gates to African Leaders: Invest more in girl-child education, health

Bill and Melinda Gates have called on African leaders to invest in quality girl-child education and health in order to achieve the sustainable development target. The couple, in their 2019 annual Goalkeepers Report released on Tuesday said, for Sub-Saharan countries, particularly Nigeria, to make progress in achieving the Sustainable Development…

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a book presentation at the 53rd Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on Februrary 16, 2017. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe. Andreas Gebert / Anadolu Agency | Keine Weitergabe an Wiederverkäufer.

Why Nigeria, other Sub-Saharan countries won’t achieve SDG targets by 2030 – Report

Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in health and education by 2030, the 2019 Goalkeepers Report has said. The 2019 Goalkeepers Report released on Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said many low and middle income countries are struggling…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Diversion of malaria drugs, promotion of vaccines, others dominate health news last week

Last week, Nigeria's minister of health and the 36 state health commissioners met at the 62nd National Council of Health Meeting to discuss the state of health care delivery in the country. On the international scene, the World Health Organisation responded to a rumour of death from an unknown illness…

cross section of dignitaries and participants at the conference

Why Nigeria needs more field epidemiologists – Experts

The Nigerian government needs to train more field epidemiologists to be able to face the daunting challenge of disease outbreaks in the country, an official from the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Bolu Omotayo, has said. Mrs Omotayo made this appeal at the 4th Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)…

Sanusi addressing the participants at the conference

My saddest day as Kano Emir – Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, has called on the federal government to show more commitment in its fight against malnutrition in the country. Mr Sanusi also narrated an experience he said was his 'saddest day' as Kano emir. On malnutrition, he said the government can tackle it by establishing…

Executive director Faisal Shuaib giving the keynote address

‘Vaccine derived polio’ won’t stop Nigeria from being certified free – Official

The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will not suffer a setback in the success recorded on wild polio eradication in the country. He said though the country has been experiencing another type of polio known as the 'vaccine derived polio', this…

Hurricane devastation in the Bahamas [Photo: New York Times]

Agency seeks $3.5 million for humanitarian response in Bahamas

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has issued a donor appeal of $3.5 million for humanitarian health response to cater for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The health agency in a statement issued via the WHO website on Monday said the request is for an initial $3.5…

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Yellow Fever outbreak, recruitment of doctors, other dominate health news last week

Last week, new cases of yellow fever were reported in the Northeast Nigerian states of Borno and Bauchi. In response to the outbreak, the Nigerian government and its international partners are embarking on a reactive vaccination campaign in three states. PREMIUM TIMES brings a roundup of some of the important…

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

Yellow Fever: Nigeria launches vaccination campaign to contain disease

The Nigerian government has begun a yellow fever reactive vaccination campaign in three states to contain an outbreak of the disease in Ebonyi State in August. In a statement issued via its site on Saturday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the vaccination exercise will run for 10 days, from…

Vaccines used to illustrate the story [Photo: celiac.org]

Nigerian govt confirms outbreak of yellow fever in two states

Nigeria's centre for disease control has confirmed the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Bauchi State. The Director General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement on Friday said the agency was first notified of the outbreak on August 29. He said the agency received the report of a confirmed…

Facebook devises educational message to combat vaccine misinformation

The World Health Organization has welcomed Facebook’s effort to curb anti-vaccine information on its social media platform. Facebook management said it would ensure that users of its platform- Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups, Pages and forums – where people seek out information and advice will only find facts about vaccines from…

Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital

Kidnapped medical director of top Nigerian hospital released

The Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Sylvanus Okogbenin, has been released ten days after he was abducted by gunmen. Mr Okogbenin was kidnapped by gunmen on August 26 at the Ramat Park area of Benin City, Edo State capital. He was on his way to Irrua when…

Herbs used to tell the story.

Top health stories last week

The increasing cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was of concern to international health experts last week. The current outbreak in the Central African country has claimed about 2,000 lives since it started in August 2018. On August 31, Nigeria joined other African countries to celebrate…

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WHO seeks greater action against DRC Ebola epidemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for more collaborative efforts from its partners to effectively address the ongoing Ebola Virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since last year, DRC has been witnessing an outbreak of Ebola disease. As at the last count by the international agency…

WHO introduces global registry on human genome editing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) expert advisory committee has approved the first phase of a new global registry to track research on human genome editing. The UN health agency in a statement via its website on Friday said the 18-member committee also announced an online consultation on the governance of genome editing.…

A traditional herbal medicine practitioner exhibiting his ware at the event

Nigeria seeks inclusion of traditional medicine in universities’ curricula

Traditional medicine practitioners in Nigeria have been urged to collaborate and share knowledge with scientific researchers in order enhance the development of the pharmaceutical sector. This advice was given in Abuja on Thursday by the Director –General, NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, at the 2019 African Traditional Medicine organised by the African…

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba

Yaba Psychiatric Hospital resident doctors call off strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY), Lagos, has called off the indefinite strike of its members in the institution. The decision to suspend the strike which began July 31 was announced in a communiqué issued by the association on August 29. It said…

Nigeria Medical Association Executives address pressmen in Abuja ahead of its National Health Summit Photo credit: Owoseye Ayodamola

NMA outlines agenda for new health ministers

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has asked the new ministers of health to intensify efforts aimed at making primary healthcare services accessible to Nigerians. It's president, Francis Faduyile, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, set three tasks for the ministers. These include making primary healthcare sustainable at the…

Health ministers, Ehanire and Mamora addressing pressman on resumption to office

New health ‘ministers’, polio eradication, others dominate health stories last week

The health sector at the local and international levels experienced many activities and developments during the week. Aside from new appointments and nominations, policies expected to revolutionise the African health sector were endorsed and new researches aimed at improving healthcare delivery were assigned. Also, Nigeria and the WHO African Region…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Raise tax on tobacco, advocates urge Nigerian government

Nigerian tobacco control advocates have urged the federal government to raise the tax collected on all tobacco products and earmark a percentage of these for tobacco control activities across the country. This advice was given in Abuja on Thursday during a press conference organised by Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance in…

Malnourished child (Photo Credit: Sunday Alamba)

African health ministers outline plans to tackle malnutrition, malaria

Strategic plans to reduce the double burden of malnutrition and malaria in the African region are being fashioned out at the 69th Regional Committee meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) holding in the Congo Republic. The committee meeting is the highest decision-making body on health in Africa and involves…

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WHO advocates more research on health impact of microplastics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impact on human health. This call was made in a press statement on Thursday following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking water. The organisation also…

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African health ministers agree on new response strategy for disease outbreaks

African health ministers have adopted a 10-year regional strategy to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response in the continent. The ministers adopted the Regional Strategy for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response 2020–2030 on Wednesday at the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, in Brazzaville, the Republic of…