ayodamola

Ayodamola Owoseye is a senior reporter covering the health beat. She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. Damola has a B.A in anthropology and M.Sc in information science. Ayodamola preaches gender equity. her hobbies are tourism, listening to old school music and a lover of pets especially dogs. She can be contacted through: damola@premiumtimesng.com, Facebook page Owoseye Ayodamola, twitter handle @damolaowoseye

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Africa needs family planning, education to address unsustainable population growth – Report

Booming population will become a problem for Africa by 2050 if the continent does not begin to seriously promote family planning, a report has warned. This warning was contained in the Goalkeeper data report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation ahead of the Goalkeepers event in New York.…

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.

Bill Gates restates investment in human capital as way out of poverty for Nigeria, others

The co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, has reiterated the need for African governments, especially Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to invest more in human development as this is the only sure means to curb the rising poverty level in both counties. Mr Gates in a…

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Major health stories last week

Cancer: Scientists Reveal How To Boost Radiotherapy Scientists have identified a molecular pathway that links the movement of energy-producing centres, or mitochondria, in cancer cells to resistance to radiotherapy. This, they say, could lead to improved cancer treatment. Although previous studies have already revealed that the pathway, called Arf6-AMP1-PRKD2, plays…

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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…

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Global Fund accuses Nigerian CSO officials of misappropriating millions donated to fight Tuberculosis

Global Fund, an international donor agency, has accused officials of a Nigerian civil society organisation (CSO) of stealing from money meant for their staff salaries. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is an international financing organisation founded by billionaire American couple, Bill and Melinda Gates; recently deceased former…

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Global hunger continues to rise with Africa worst hit – UN report

The population of hungry people is rising across the world, a UN report has shown, with more than a quarter of them in Africa. Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were found in the continent. A new report on the State…

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Over 1.4 billion adults faced risk of diseases in 2016 due to inactivity – Report

Government has been advised to encourage Nigerians to make physical exercise a daily routine, following a report that more than a quarter of the world's adult population faced risk of diseases in 2016 due to inactive lifestyles. According to a new data published in the Lancet Global Health, one in…

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Major health stories in the news last week

Sweden faces shortage of doctors, nurses Swedes are frustrated over their universal healthcare, one of the main pillars of their cherished welfare state, with long waiting queues due to a shortage of nurses and doctors in some areas. The AFP citing official data said 80 percent of the healthcare sector…

The reception area at the Abaji Central

How poor power supply cripples Abuja primary healthcare centres

Abaji is a major satellite town of the Federal Capital Territory and the headquarters of a council by that name. The New Township Primary Healthcare Centre is located by the roadside in the heart of the town and is thus very accessible. But lack of steady power supply has affected…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Again, minister outlines challenges facing routine immunisation in Nigeria

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has identified data falsification, low accountability, poor coordination and weak service delivery as part of the challenges affecting effective routine immunisation (RI) in Nigeria. The minister, speaking at the 68th meeting of the World Health Organisation Regional Committee for Africa in Dakar, Senegal, assured…

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Aisha Buhari calls for increased adolescent health information for AIDS control

The wife of the Nigerian president, Aisha Buhari, has called on partners in the advocacy against HIV to scale up adolescent health information, saying this would help in the control and prevention of the disease across the world. According to a statement by Suleiman Haruna, her director of information, Mrs…

Man defecating in an open drainage

SPECIAL REPORT: Why open defecation is prevalent across Nigeria

“Driver, abeg park, somebody want to poopoo,” a passenger yelled above the music blaring from the bus radio. “Oh, why naah," the bus driver responded indignantly. "Why the person no do am for Lokoja when we stop. I don’t like this ooo. I have been stopping too much sef,” the…

Former Borno state commissioner, Salma Ibrahim Anas-Kolo

INTERVIEW: How we helped Boko Haram victims manage trauma, despondency – Ex-Borno health commissioner

Salma Anas-Kolo is a former Borno State Commissioner for Health who served between 2011 and 2015, a time when Boko-haram insurgency was at its peak. In a grim statistics by Borno state Government last year, the Boko Haram insurgency in the state led to deaths of almost 100,000 persons with…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

SON alerts on cancer-causing school uniforms, other health stories last week

WHO says Africa’s life expectancy improving A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has shown a high improvement in health in the region. The report said life expectancy across Africa had improved significantly, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services…

Children of Ikot Nkpenne community, in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, fetching water from the borehole constructed by UNICEF and EU [Nike Adebowale]

World Water Week: How two thirds of Nigerians survive without potable water

Lola Owoade spends about N1,500 monthly on sachet water. This is because she is not sure if the water in her residence is safe for drinking. Mrs Owoade's house has a borehole. On Arab Road in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, where she lives, most houses do not have public…

USAID representative, Modupe Oduwole, Country Director, AHF, Echey Ijezie, DG NACA, Sani Aliyu, Publisher Premium Times Dapo Olorunyomi

State govts urged to contribute to HIV treatment as funding dwindles

The Director-General of National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA), Sani Aliyu, has appealed to state governments to start providing money for treatment of their residents living with HIV/AIDS. He made the appeal against the backdrop of a plan by the Nigerian government to take ownership of the fight against…

Journalists urged to improve reporting of HIV in Nigeria

Media practitioners have been tasked to make government accountable on expenditure of funds in the fight against HIV in Nigeria. Premium Times Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, gave this advice at a media parley organised by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Abuja on Monday, against the backdrop of limited contribution by government…

Major health stories in the news last week

Abuja doctors threaten to embark on strike The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Abuja chapter, says it will commence an indefinite strike on August 25. The union in a statement jointly signed by its president, Michael Olarewaju, and secretary, Roland Aigbovo, said the impending strike follows the failure of FCT…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe granted bail, released

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who has been detained since Tuesday has been released. Mr Ogundipe was released on Friday morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja. The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

USAID donates $11 million to Nigeria for health survey

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $11 million for the conduct of the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, at a joint press conference in Abuja on Thursday said the survey will be conducted by his ministry and the…

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Culture, religious misconceptions hindering family planning in Nigeria

Efforts to slow down population growth and reduce maternal and child mortality rate in Nigeria through family planning are not yielding the desired result, studies have shown. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh globally. The National Population Commission estimates the country’s population at 198 million.…

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How local artisans enhance effective immunisation coverage – Experts

Health experts have urged the federal government and civil society organisations to always involve local artisans and community members in health campaigns so as to get maximum results. Speaking at a one-day high-level strategic meeting on Routine Immunisation in Abuja on Thursday, a public health expert, Paul Bassi said it…

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories last week

Only 24% infants exclusively breastfed in Nigeria – Health Ministry The Federal Ministry of Health says in spite of the health and economic benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to mother and child, only 24 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed in Nigeria. Chimay Thompson, the Assistant Director, Nutrition Division, Family…

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Cholera kills 11 in Kano, other health stories last week

Only 24% infants exclusively breastfed in Nigeria – Health Ministry The Federal Ministry of Health says in spite of the health and economic benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to mother and child, only 24 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed in Nigeria. Chimay Thompson, the Assistant Director, Nutrition Division, Family…

A PHC in Wamba Kurmi (Photo taken by Stephanie Adams)

Nigeria needs N10 billion to complete 900 abandoned PHCs – Official

Nigeria will require about N10 billion to complete 900 abandoned primary healthcare centres scattered across the country, an official of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Abdullahi Bulama, has said. Mr Bulama, Director, Planning Research Statistics, NPHCDA said in Abuja on Thursday that the agency does not intend to accommodate…