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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Health stories that made headlines last week

JOHESU: Health workers' strike looms in Nigeria The Nigerian health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have threatened to resume their suspended strike. JOHESU on Wednesday threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended last year May, if the dispute is not resolved within two weeks. JOHESU, through…

Bill and Melinda Gates at the press conference on goalkeepers event in New York

More investments in global health will yield incredible returns – Bill and Melinda Gates

After years of putting billions of dollars of their own money into the support of the sector and other humanitarian causes across the world, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates say more investments in global health will yield incredible returns for mankind. The couple spoke on Wednesday in a teleconference with…

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Researchers urged to develop Lassa fever vaccine

Scientist and researchers have been tasked to intensify their researches towards developing a vaccine that could prevent the spread of Lassa fever across the continent in the nearest possible future. This plea was made at the ongoing maiden Lassa fever international conference which held in Abuja on Wednesday. Though some…

National coordinator, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu [Photo: Health News Extra]

Nigeria set to host international Lassa fever conference

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is set to host the first-ever international Lassa fever conference in Nigeria. This will hold between January 16 and 17 in Abuja. The theme of the conference is; ‘50 years of Lassa fever: Rising to the challenge.’ The conference would mark 50 years…

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Major health stories in the news last week

1. Nigerian govt disburses $49 million to Yobe, Osun under ‘save one million lives’ fund Impressed by the outstanding performance of some states under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR), the federal government has disbursed more funds. Yobe State was awarded the highest amount of the newly…

Sadiq Umar, the Kwara North senatorial candidate for All Progressive Congress in the 2019 general elections in Kwara state

INTERVIEW: Why APC is ahead of PDP in Kwara today – Senatorial Candidate

Sadiq Umar is the Kwara North senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections. A pharmacist, he has worked for many years in the health development sector under DFID and USAID. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Umar explains why he is leaving his…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigerian govt disburses $49 million to Yobe, Osun under ‘save one million lives’ fund

Impressed by the outstanding performance of some states under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR), the federal government has disbursed more funds. Yobe State was awarded the highest amount of the newly disbursed funds as it got $29 million (appox. N10.5 billion) being the highest performing state…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari rolls out Basic Health Care Provision Fund

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday rolled out the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) appropriated by the National Assembly in the 2018 budget. The BHCPF is the one per cent of the federal government Consolidated Revenue and contributions from donor grants set aside to fund the basic health needs of…

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Immunisation: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $75 million to Nigeria

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will commit $75 million to immunisation intervention in Nigeria over the next five years, the philanthropic organisation has pledged. The country director of the foundation, Paul Bassinga, made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja at the launch of the second National Strategic Health Development…

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories in the news last week

Akwa Ibom procures N5bn worth of Hospital equipment Akwa Ibom State government has purchased medical equipment worth N5 billion for Ibom Specialist Hospital to boost healthcare delivery in the state. Dominic Ukpong, the state’s commissioner for health, disclosed that the state has been paying N400 million quarterly to offset bills…

VIDEO: Ways to control Convulsion in children – Dr Onuchukwu

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How Nigeria fared in surveillance, management of communicable diseases in 2018

Every year, Nigeria battles communicable diseases, some of which are on the national priority list for eradication. PREMIUM TIMES analyses how Nigeria fared in 2018 in the surveilance, prevention and management of six diseases that caused the death of hundreds of people in the country. 1. Polio Since the beginning…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Suspension of NHIS boss, mass emigration of doctors, other major health stories in 2018

For the health sector, the outgoing 2018 was eventful. There were lots of issues, controversies, medical breakthroughs and disappointments. The health sector started on a controversial note as one of the major health unions in the country called for the sack of the minister of health, Isaac Adewole. The country…

A little boy being treated for suspect case of meningitis

Nigeria’s CDC issues tips to prevent spread of meningitis

With new cases of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) confirmed in two states, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has called on Nigerians to be on high alert against the disease. This advice was given in a press statement signed by the agency's director general, Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Tuesday. According to…

Tips to stay safe on the road this festive season

Holiday seasons are times of celebrations, parties and having fun, but they are also periods when many fatal crashes occur. Increase in alcohol consumption combined with congestion and distraction on the roads, often results in more injuries and fatalities. According to the World Health Organisation, about 1.35 million people die…

Empty paediatric section at the National Hospital

Major health stories last week

These are some of the stories that dominated the health sector last week. Budget 2019: Buhari proposes N315 billion recurrent health expenditure Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, has proposed a recurrent expenditure of N315.62 billion for the ministry of health in its 2019 appropriation bill summited to the National Assembly on Wednesday. This…

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Festive Season – 10 tips to maintain healthy diet

Maintaining a healthy eating habit can be quite challenging especially during festive seasons. With the celebration come lots of food temptations such as chocolates, cakes, carbonated drinks, alcohol, meats, and other mouth-watering delicacies. This will make it difficult for those with a strict dietary pattern to stick to the plan.…

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13 percent of Nigeria’s Female Genital Mutilation performed by medical professionals

13 percent of women - about one out of every ten - who have been genitally mutilated (Female Genital Mutilation) in Nigeria were cut by medical professionals, Eugene Kongnyuy, Acting Country Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), has said. Despite the increasing campaigns against the barbaric act, many medical professionals have…

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Budget 2019: Buhari proposes N315 billion recurrent health expenditure

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, has proposed a recurrent expenditure of N 315.62 billion for the ministry of health in its 2019 appropriation bill summited to the National Assembly on Wednesday. This is about 46.3 billion increase from last year's recurrent expenditure, which was N269.3 billion. Mr Buhari, while reading his…

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Inserting finger, using soap in vagina kills sexual pleasure- Expert

Inserting one's finger or soap into the vagina causes infections which can overtime kill sexual pleasure, a gynaecologist at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Imran Morhason-Bello, has said. In order to reduce infections and preserve the natural anatomy of the vagina, Mr Morhason-Bello advised women to stop using soap…

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Dolapo Osinbajo speaks against indiscriminate drug use

The wife of the vice president, Dolapo Osinbajo, has appealed to Nigerians to stop the use of hard drugs. Mrs Osinbajo, in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, by the Presidential Advisory…

The signpost at the main entrance of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi. It was first built as a general hospital in 1957 by the government of Defunct Northern Nigeria, and became FMC in 2000. (October 30, 2018) Credits: Samuel Ogundipe/Premium Times.

Nigerians advised on how to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases

Nigerians have been urged to reduce their salt and sugar intake as well as improve on sedimentary lifestyle to curb the threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. This advice was given on Tuesday in Abuja at the high-level meeting on the multisectoral action plan on non-communicable diseases in…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigeria needs N134bn to strengthen national health security – Official

Nigeria needs to mobilise N134 billion over the next five years to enhance national health security in line with global standard. The Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Centre (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated this at the launch of the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) in Abuja on…

ASUU Strike: Lecturers meet Nigerian govt delegation

UPDATED: ASUU Strike: Lecturers walk out of meeting with govt delegation

Representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday staged a walkout from a meeting with a federal government delegation. The government delegation was led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige. Despite the walkout, Mr Ngige expressed optimism that the strike would soon be called…

Tabitha Mparime recently in New York at the Global Citizen’s Movement Maker Summit

INTERVIEW: How we’re tackling sexual violence in Uganda – Activist

What sparks the movement that changes the world? This was the question that Global Citizen’s Movement Maker Summit sought to answer at the Global Citizen event held on September 25 in New York City. At the event, three people working with different missions on changing their world received the Wailsitz…