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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World Diabetes Day: Nine things to do to avoid disease

Do you feel tired, hungry and excessively thirsty all the time? Do you experience blurred vision or a tingling in the feet? Have you lost weight, frequently visited the toilet to urinate? If the answer to these is yes then you could be suffering from diabetes. Diabetes occurs when your…

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Buhari signs bill establishing Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the bill establishing the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The agency, which has been in charge of disease surveillance, preparedness and control in Nigeria, was established in 2011 and has been in existence without any legislative backing. The status quo however changed…

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories in the news last week

Nigerian govt inaugurates governing Medical and Dental Council The federal government on Friday finally inaugurated the governing council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, over a month after the ultimatum given by the professional association expired. The Nigerian Medical Association had given the government until end of September…

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Jr and US Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington.

What Nigeria must do to achieve economic growth – U.S. Govt

The United States says African countries and especially Nigeria must harness the tremendous potentials of their youth population to drive economic growth and prosperity. The Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagay, gave this advice in Abuja on Friday during a media chat at BAZE University. Mr Nagay said…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Finally, FG inaugurates governing council for Medical and Dental Council

The federal government has finally inaugurated the governing council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, over a month after the ultimatum given by the professional association expired. The Nigerian Medical Association had given the government until end of September to appoint the board, failure which it vowed to…

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Major health stories in the news last week

Buhari Acts On NHIS Scandal Over two weeks after the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, brushed aside an order by the governing council of the agency to proceed on indefinite suspension, President Muhammadu Buhari eventually ordered the embattled embattled official to go on “administrative…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Yusuf’s suspension, Bauchi’s polio virus, others make health headlines last week

NHIS boss Usman Yusuf suspended indefinitely again Nigeria's health sector was shocked during the week as the governing council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) suspended Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme indefinitely. It was the second time Mr Yusuf was suspended from office since he took…

Prof Olujimi Coker, Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu, Dr Chumy Nwogu, Dr Fatima Kyari and Dr Atinuke Uwajeh at the future of health conference, Abuja

Nigerian returnee health professionals speak on experience, urge colleagues to return

Nigerian healthcare professionals who lived and worked abroad but are back have urged their colleagues still in the diaspora to come back and develop the nation's health sector. The returnees made this call at a conference organised by Nigeria Health Watch in Abuja on Thursday. The theme of the future…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Health stories in the news last week

100,000 Nigerian children suffer cerebral malaria yearly More than 100,000 Nigerian children suffer from cerebral malaria annually, a medical practitioner, Samuel Oyo, said. Mr Oyo said the disease which is caused by the female mosquito can lead to other sickness if not promptly treated and advised prompt treatment to avoid…

Nigerian hospital seeks more land for expansion

The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Meta, Lagos, Adedamola Dada, has appealed to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to assist the facility in persuading the Nigerian Railway Corporation to release more land space to the hospital for expansion. Mr Dada, in a press statement signed by…

How Nigeria can use family planning to reduce maternal, child mortality – Official

Despite some gains, Nigeria still has a long way to go in the implementation of family planning measures, a health official said on Thursday. Kayode Afolabi, Director/Head-RH, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), speaking at a one-day health dialogue held in Abuja, said in spite Nigeria's commitment and investment, the country…

Cold chain store at Sushi area council

SPECIAL REPORT: How poor electricity supply, inadequate facilities affect storage of vaccines, immunisation in Nigerian capital

John Awodi is a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW) and the immunisation officer at Tungan Maje Primary Healthcare Centre in Gwagwalada Area Council of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. His duty involves ensuring vaccines are kept in potent condition and are available for use on immunisation days at his centre. This…

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, (ATBTH), Bauchi. [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

World Sight Day – Experts harp on improved eye care services

Eye specialists have called on the federal government to include eye care services in the primary health care centres in order to make such services available to every Nigerian especially those in rural areas. This, they said would reduce the rate of blindness in the country from eye defects such…

Representatives from the 5 PAS states (Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Niger and Taraba)

Experts task health CSOs to advocate more on family planning

Experts at a one day health dialogue have called on civil society organisations to increase advocacy on family planning in Nigeria in order to achieve the desired goal. The dialogue, held in Abuja on Thursday, was organised by development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry…

Participants at a one day meeting on updates to states on new national family planning policies and policy directions and update from states on family planning situation and innovations in Abuja on Thursday.

LIVE UPDATES: dRPC, Nigeria’s health ministry, others discuss gender issues in family planning

As part efforts to strengthen implementation of family planning programmes in Nigeria, the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) is organising a one day high level meeting for developmental partners in the sector. The meeting which would be held in Abuja on Thursday is in collaboration with the federal ministry…

Empty paediatric section at the National Hospital

Focus on children’s mental health, WHO urges African leaders

The World Health Organisation has called on African countries especially those with insurgency crises to focus more attention on the mental health of children and adolescents. This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day. On October 10 every year, the world observes the…

A flooded street at Bale at Ajegunle lkorodu, Lagos state [picture used to illustrate the story

Flooding, new cancer machine, other major health stories last week

These are some of the reports in the health sector published last week: Flood Disaster: WHO steps up disease prevention efforts In a bid to prevent disastrous epidemics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is stepping up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care, to flood victims…

Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife. [PHOTO CREDIT: Joblanda]

Buhari renews appointment of OAUTH CMD, appoints new one for UniUyoTH

President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointment of Victor Adetiloye as the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State. According to a press statement by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, this renewal makes it the second and final term for Mr Adetiloye, a professor…

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Zimbabwe to vaccinate 1.4 million against cholera in Harare

Zimbabwe, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, is launching an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign to protect 1.4 million people at high risk of cholera in its capital, Harare. According to a press statement by Vaccine Alliance on Wednesday, the immunisation drive is part of…

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

Nigeria partners UK to enhance disease control

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday in Abuja signed a memorandum of understanding with Public Health England (PHE) in a bid to strengthen international disease control across borders. With this agreement, the British public health institute would be helping Nigeria and four other countries to improve their…

WHO seeks increased investment to achieve goal of toilet for all by 2030

The World Health Organisation has urged governments across the world to increase their investment in providing toilet amenities for their citizens, so as to attain the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of universal sanitation coverage by 2030. In a press statement on Monday, WHO said the only way the goal,…

UNFPA donates relief material to Nigerian flood victims

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated over 5,700 relief material to the Nigerian government in response to flood-affected states in the country. The acting UNFPA Country Representative, Eugene Konguyny, made the donation to the Minister of State, Health, Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja. According to a press statement by…

France President, Emmanuel Macron

French President Macron calls for more investment in climate

French President Emmanuel Macron has challenged world leaders to help in saving the world by investing more in climate change activities. Mr Macron while speaking on Wednesday in New York at the Goalkeepers event organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said the only way to forestall impeding disaster…

An Ebola patient being attended to

Ebola: WHO asks DR CONGO neighbours to be on Ebola alert

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries surrounding the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to scale up efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola through their borders. The call followed a sudden setback in containing the disease and accessing some Ebola patients in the DRC. In a statement…

WHO reappoints Bloomberg non-communicable diseases ambassador

The World Health Organisation's Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, has renewed the appointment of Michael Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. The renewal of his appointment as the MEDs Ambassador was done in New York, as world leaders meet at the United Nations. The leaders have…