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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FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

Health experts urge Nigerians to donate blood

Health experts have urged Nigerians to voluntarily donate blood regularly because the national blood bank is gradually drying up. They said people should not wait until emergencies to donate blood. This was the consensus in Abuja on Tuesday at a press briefing organised by the National Blood Transfusion Service in…

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Polio: Over 100,000 children yet to be immunised in Northeastern Nigeria – Minister

Polio remains a threat in Nigeria as over 100,000 child are yet to be immunised against the disease in the northeastern part of country, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says. The minister said this is despite the government making considerable progress in immunisation programmes in the region. Mr Adewole stated…

FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

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World Blood Donor Day: Only 10% of Nigerians donate blood ‘freely’ — FG To mark this year’s World Blood Donor Day, Nigerians have been urged to donate blood more. The Nigerian government said while men should donate blood once every four months, women should do so every three months to…

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NAFDAC partners stakeholders on drugs safety The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is partnering with academic and research institutes to ensure effective monitoring and safety of new drugs in the country. The Director-General, NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, disclosed that the agency is in partnership…

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ANALYSIS: Three years under Buhari, Nigeria’s health sector faces familiar problems

The health sector under the present administration has attracted media attention mostly due to unpleasant events reflecting the true state of healthcare delivery in Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at some of these issues, three years into the Buhari administration. Poor primary healthcare services/facilities In the past three years,…

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Another strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector Hours after health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) suspended their nationwide strike after 44 days, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday served a notice of its own looming strike. JOHESU on Thursday, announced the suspension of a…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

JOHESU Strike: Health Minister talks tough, orders resumption, vows no pay for striking workers

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has directed the governing boards of federal tertiary health institutions to convene emergency meetings of boards and order back to work striking health workers. According to a press statement issued by the ministry on Monday, the minister also had an emergency meeting with the…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Major health stories last week

Federal Govt., JOHESU yet to agree as strike continues The striking health workers are yet to resolve their conflict with the Federal Government as the crisis still lingers on. The strike which has entered it fifth week has paralysed major health activities in secondary and tertiary health institutions across the…

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Eating right aids recovery from illness, healthy living

Getting to eat right after being diagnosed with an ailment that limits the types of food a patient can eat can be very frustrating, a six years diabetic patient, Ajoke Olusola, says. Mrs Olusola was advised by her physician to change her dietary pattern after being diagnosed with diabetes. “I…

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Health forum urges govt., JOHESU to end strike

The Interim officials of the Nigerian Health Institutions Chairmen Forum (NHICF) have called on the federal government and the striking health workers to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike. NHICF is charged with the objective of promoting the health policies of government with a view to articulating them;…

JOHESU Strike: Absence of doctors cripple activities at Asokoro Hospital

Patients at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja have lamented the unavailability of doctors at the hospital to attend to patients especially in emergency cases even as the debilitating strike by JOHESU continues unabated. One of the patients, Hassan Abubakar, who narrated his ordeal to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday said he got…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

JOHESU: Minister sympathises with health workers involved in road accident

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has sympathised with members of the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, who were involved in a road accident on Saturday. In a press statement released by the ministry on Sunday, the minister wished the injured JOHESU members quick recovery. Mr Adewole said that he…

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Measures are in place to curtail spread of Ebola in Nigeria — WHO

The World Health Organisation has assured Nigerians that all measures are being put in place to curtail the Ebola virus should it find its way into the country. The WHO country director, Wondi Alemu, at a Health for All walk in Abuja on Saturday said though there is risk that…

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Major Health stories last week

FG, JOHESU still at loggerheads The Federal government and the Joint Health Sector Union, (JOHESU) are yet to reach an amicable agreement in spite of meetings by both parties. The health workers who have been on strike for five weeks have paralysed most health activities at the secondary and tertiary…

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Six common ailments you can avoid during rainy season

The rains are here again. Many drains will be full with stagnant water due to inadequate waste management.  Some states will experience flooding and grasses will grow around homes. It is the season when contagious diseases are on the rise. These range from viral infections to common diseases. The common diseases associated with the season…

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Hypertension: Foods, drinks patients must avoid or watch

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says African countries have the highest prevalence of hypertension with 46 per cent of their people aged 25- years and above having the disease. Once known to affect the elderly, unfortunately the disease now also affects the young. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are often called "silent…

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World Hypertension Day: Be active, do exercise to avoid disease – Experts

To lower the risk of having hypertension, health experts have urged Nigerians to do regular exercise and reduce sedentary way of life. They gave the advice to mark the World Hypertension Day, which is being celebrated across the world May 17. A medical doctor, Omoteniola Taiwo-Ojo, in a telephone interview…

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Nigerian govt, UNICEF to procure therapeutic food for malnourished Nigerian children

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide malnurished children in Nigeria with Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). RUTF is an energy dense, micronutrient enhanced paste, used in therapeutic feeding. The primary ingredients of RUTF include peanuts,…

Pregnant women suffer as Nigeria’s health workers strike worsens

Uneasy was the contenance on Ebele Nwaka as she struggled to climb down one of the stairs of Asokoro District Hospital. Mrs Nwaka is carrying a seven-month old pregnancy and she is an albino. As our correspondent helps her down the stairs, she complained bitterly. "I came to see my…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Health Workers Strike: Minister directs hospital heads to provide security for staff

The federal government has directed all heads of medical institutions to provide adequate security for the working members of staff to prevent harassment and molestation by members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). According to a press statement issued by the ministry of health on Tuesday, Isaac Adewole, the…

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Why countries must eliminate trans-fatty acid from food – WHO

The World Health Organisation has called for the elimination of industrially produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. In a press statement on Monday, the health agency released a step by step guide called ‘REPLACE’ for governments to follow in achieving the aim. Tran-fatty acids are industrially-produced trans-fats contained…

A health worker attending to sick patients in a hospital ward

ANALYSIS: Return of rains heightens Nigeria concerns about deadly epidemics

It is the raining season in Nigeria, and with the season has come the public health challenge of epidemics. In the last one and a half years, more than 1, 500 Nigerians have died from outbreaks of diseases, most of which are vaccine preventable. Some of the diseases are caused…

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Major health stories last week

Ebola outbreak hits DRC The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sparked an emergency response from health agencies and countries, especially in the West African region. Health officials said at least 17 people have died around the village near the North-western area of the country where…

Deserted corridors of the National Hospital

‎Sorrow, anguish as Nigerians suffer from health workers’ strike

Patients in federal health institutions are currently passing through untold pain even as their relatives have been grumbling for the past 22 days as a result of the ongoing strike by health workers, an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. Three weeks ago, JOHESU, an association of health workers except…

The Chief Executive Officer NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu and the minister of health Isaac Adewole at the press briefing in Abuja on Lassa fever and Ebola.

JOHESU strike won’t affect port screening for Ebola – Health Minister

The ongoing Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) strike, would not hinder the Ebola screening of travellers coming into the country as health workers in the port would not be joining the strike, Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, has said. The minister disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja…