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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6.5m Nigerian women now use modern contraceptives — Report

A new report on family planning has shown that there has been an improvement in the use of modern contraceptive among women in Nigeria. The report released by the Family Planning 2020 partnership (FP 2020) on Monday revealed that over 6.5 million women in Nigeria are using modern methods of…

Major health stories last week

In one of the major developments in the sector, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) last week held its second National Health Summit and the 25th Triennial Conference of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) in Abuja. Here is a round-up of health stories during the week Police nabbed fake doctor, shutdown…

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Major health stories in the news last week

It was good news from the health sector last week as experts announced that another strain of wild poliovirus has been eradicated globally. Here is a roundup of some health news during the week. Africa 'highly unlikely' to meet 2030 deadline on malaria eradication - Survey Funding gaps across the…

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Why women are susceptible to dental challenges during pregnancy

Dental experts have said the phrase "Gain a child, lose a tooth" is an old wives tale which does not necessarily need to be true for women who take their oral health seriously during pregnancy. Pregnancy is a life-changing experience that affects nearly every aspect of a woman's life, including…

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Another polio strain eradicated

It is good news from the health sector as experts have announced that another strain of wild poliovirus has been eradicated globally. This news was shared by the World Health Organisation in a press statement on Thursday to mark the World Polio Day. The UN health agency said with no…

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Mo Ibrahim urges African govts to close data gaps for sustainable development

Data gaps will threaten Africa's achievement of the sustainable development goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a Mo Ibrahim Foundation's governance report has warned. The analysis published in the foundation's African Governance Report 2019 was released last week. The report, “Agenda 2063 & 2030: Is Africa on Track?" is…

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10 takeaways from National Health Dialogue 2019

Will Nigeria still achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030? This is one big question hundreds of participants from Nigeria and abroad took away with them after two days of spirited discussion of the future of health care in Africa’s most populous nation. At the 2019 National Health Dialogue, the…

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Major health stories last week

Last week, the World Health Organisation advised countries not to relax on their diseases surveillance as the ebola virus ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo is far from over. Also, PREMIUM TIMES held the second edition of its National Health Dialogue in Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event explored…

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Chances of newborns reaching age five vary nearly four-fold among local governments in Nigeria – Study

A child born in Garki Local Government Area of Jigawa State has less chance of celebrating its fifth birthday than another born in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, a new study has shown. Although chances of newborns surviving to adulthood have been rising across the world, including Nigeria,…

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Nigeria, seven others ‘yet to make progress on TB eradication’- Report

A new global report on Tuberculosis released by the World Health Organisation on Thursday has shown that Nigeria and seven other countries are yet to make considerable progress in their efforts to reduce the incidence of TB. The report showed that despite the global increase in the number of people…

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Are Nigerian workplaces really “baby-friendly?”

“I had high hopes of breastfeeding my babies exclusively for six months, unfortunately, I could not. My work schedule was tedious and there was no way I could pull it through.” These were the words of Olusola Ayeni, a banker, and mother of two children. Mrs Ayeni said she knows…

Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Uche Orji

How Nigeria can revive its health sector – Nigerian Sovereign Investment boss

Nigeria needs its government and private individuals working together to revive its health sector and provide quality healthcare for its people. The Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Uche Orji, said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the annual National Health Dialogue (NHD) organised by Premium Times. He said…

The Panel at Day 2 of the National Health Dialogue

National Health Dialogue: Contraceptives do not cause cancer — Expert

The Director of family health, Federal Ministry of Health, Adebimpe Adebiyi, has said family planning or the use of contraceptives do not cause cancer. Mrs Adebiyi disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday at the National Health Dialogue organised by PREMIUM TIMES. The two-day event themed “Universal Health Coverage” – The…

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National Health Dialogue: Experts, survivors demand free cancer screening for Nigerians

Health experts and cancer survivors have called on governments across all strata to make cancer screening and prevention services free and available to Nigerians at the primary healthcare centres. This advice was given in Abuja on Tuesday, during one of the panel sessions at the ongoing annual National Health Dialogue…

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Major health stories last week

The international health community last week commemorated two important events – the World Mental Health and World Sight Day. The events were celebrated the same day, October 10, highlighting two issues of concern among health experts. Also PREMIUM TIMES announced the second edition of its National Health Dialogue, which is…

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One-third of women abused during childbirth in Nigerian health facilities – Study

More than one-third of women in Nigeria and some other lower-income countries experience mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities, a new study has shown. The World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study published on Wednesday in the Lancet was carried out in four countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Myanmar, and Guinea. According to…

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Yellow Fever funding, increasing heart disease top health stories last week

Hope was raised last week on the efficiency of Ebola drugs as the 1000th cured Ebola patient in DRC was discharged from the hospital. Also, some European countries donated funds for the fight against yellow fever in Nigeria and Ebola in the DRC. There was also a lot of reports…

Three in ten children still unprotected from chickenpox disease – WHO

A new study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that despite progress recorded worldwide in combating Rubella virus, three out of ten children are still not protected from the disease. The study conducted by WHO and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that…

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WHO, FIFA partner in ‘fight against tobacco use’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA, on Friday signed a four-year agreement that seeks to promote healthy lifestyles ''by using football as a tool to campaign against global tobacco consumption''. WHO in a statement issued via its website said the memorandum of understanding was signed…

File photo of a female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State.

EU supports Nigeria with N31 million to fight yellow fever

The European Union has pledged to assist Nigeria with N31.8 million to combat the outbreak of yellow fever in Katsina and Bauchi States. There has been an upsurge of yellow fever cases in the two states with more than 30 death reported since September. Health officials said the outbreak was…

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Dangote mulls giving out half of wealth to charity

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, has said he is looking forward to when he would be giving out half of his wealth to humanitarian work especially in the health sector. Mr Dangote, who is the chairman of the Dangote Foundation, said on Wednesday that "he was looking forward to when…

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Spanish PM calls for collaboration to tackle climate change

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, has called on world leaders to embrace climate change policies in order to tackle the effect on humanity. Speaking at the 2019 Goalkeepers event in New York on Wednesday, Mr Sánchez said either the world likes it or not, climate change is a…

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Using Nigeria as example, Bill Gates condemns uneven development, urges action

American billionaire, Bill Gates, has urged governments across the world to focus more on primary healthcare development and education as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Using Nigeria as an example, Mr Gates also condemned uneven development in societies and urged governments to ensure sufficient spread of developmental…

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DRC: WHO set to introduce second experimental vaccine to curb Ebola

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have announced plans to introduce a second experimental Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, from mid- October. WHO in a statement on Monday said the new vaccine will complement the current vaccine…

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Goalkeepers Award: Gates Foundation honours changemakers

It was a glittering celebration on Tuesday at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation celebrated three young change-makers who have made positive impacts on the lives of people in their society. The three individuals were presented with the goalkeeper awards. They…