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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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

INTERVIEW: Meningitis: What we’re doing to keep Nigeria’s death toll low this year – NCDC Official

Nigeria is currently in the meningitis season. However, since the outbreak, reported cases and deaths this year have been fewer than for previous years (2016-2018). In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Priscilla Ibekwe, a deputy director with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the incidence officer for cerebrospinal…

FILE PHOTO: A malnourished child given improvised nutrition

Malnutrition: Senator seeks import waiver for ready to use therapeutic food

A Nigerian senator has called on the federal government to grant import waiver to Ready- to- Use Therapeutic foods. Lanre Tejuosho (APC-Ogun Central District) made the call on Monday at an event organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja. The event, “Nigeria Health in Humanitarian Response Dialogue” was…

Boko Haram: Nigeria govt spent over N5 billion on humanitarian services in Borno – Minister

The federal Government has invested over N5 billion on the provision of health and humanitarian services in Borno State in the last three years, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. Mr Adewole, on Monday in Abuja, said the funds were used to cushion the effects of Boko Haram…

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Major Health News Last Week

FG must rescue medical practice from police, emigration- NMA The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says the country’s health sector is heading for a catastrophe unless the federal government urgently halts the current rate of emigration of medical and dental practitioners. NMA in a communique issued by its President, Frances Faduyile,…

Nigerian-German mother seeks life-saving stem cell transplant donor

A Nigerian-German mother of two is hoping for a miracle as she searches for a stem cell donor so that she can live to see her sons grow. Getting the right match has been made difficult by her descent. She has a German mother and a Nigerian father. Astrid, 41,…

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Major health stories in the news last week

Polio: LASG to immunise children aged 0-5 The Lagos State Government will embark on House to House polio immunisation for children aged 0-5 years, irrespective of their previous immunisation status. Modupe Owojuyigbe, Director, Health Education, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, said the exercise is scheduled for May 11 to May…

Refuse dump along Gadamaza, Abuja

Refuse dumps take over major parts of Abuja

The Nigerian capital and its satellite towns and villages are coming under a plague of garbage. A PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that the menace is the result of the general inefficiency of the agencies in the sector. The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) is charged with waste management in the…

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Preeclampsia: A pregnant woman’s nightmare

For Toyin Ajibade (not real name), having a baby went from her happiest moment to her scariest. Mrs Ajibade tried to conceive for six years and finally did through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). But she never imagined the pregnancy would come with complications that almost took her life. “I was looking…

Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook account of BSUTH]

Major health stories last week

Stress disorder tied to increased heart disease risk People who suffer from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, a Swedish study has suggested. According to the study, the risk may be greatest in the months right after stress disorder is diagnosed. The lead…

Oral-Polio-Immunization

Rotary International donates N2.1bn to fight polio

In a bid to put an end to polio in Nigeria, Rotary International has donated $ 5.7 million (about N 2.1 billion) to the Nigerian government to support its fight against the disease. According to a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, the donation was handed over…

Minister of health, Isaac Adewole giving a remark

Nigerian govt approves HIV self-test kit

Nigerians will soon be able to ascertain their HIV status from the comfort of their homes, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. Mr Adewole, on Friday in Abuja, approved a new HIV self-testing kit called Alere HIV Combo (AHC) Rapid Test Kit, which can be used by an…

(L-R), THE HON. MINISTER OF HEALTH,PROF. ISAAC ADEWOLE, HANDLING OVER LETTER OF APPOINTMENT TO THE NEWLY APPOINTED CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR,UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR TEACHING HOSPITAL,CALABAR,CROSS RIVERS STATE, PROF. IKPEME AND DIRECTOR, HOSPITAL SERVICES (FMOH),DR. JOSEPH AMEDU, IN HIS OFFICE.

Buhari appoints new CMD for troubled Calabar teaching hospital

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ikpeme Ikpeme as the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) for the troubled University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Cross River State. According to a press statement by the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, Mr Ikpeme’s appointment will take…

A primary healthcare facility

Why Nigerians don’t seek medical attention early – Experts

Nigerians do not seek early medical attention because of the high poverty rate in the country and lack of adequate health information, some experts have said. The President, Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA), Charmain Emelife, said this while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Monday during a…

Cross section of medical experts and the emir of Juwa ,at the ongoing medical outreach (Photo Credit: Nike Adebowale)

Provision of basic amenities will reduce non-communicable diseases in Nigeria – Experts

The provision of basic social amenities such as clean water and electricity will go a long way in reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the country, a medical practitioner, Leo Egbujiobi has said. Mr Egbujiobi is the president of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Scientists in America,…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Minister warns Nigerians seeking to study medicine in Ukraine

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians seeking to study medicine in Ukraine to ensure the authenticity of the institution. This warning was given in Abuja on Tuesday, by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. According to a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the minister gave the warning after…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Federal govt renews appointment of Ebonyi teaching hospital MD

The Federal Government has renewed the appointment of Emeka Onwe-Ogah as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. The renewal is for a second and final term of four years. According to a press statement by the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Health,…

Tedros Ghebreyesus, DG, WHO [Photo: Scrol.in]

World Health Day: WHO urges improved access to essential health services

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Nigeria and other countries to improve access of their citizens to essential health service. The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said this in a statement issued by the organisation to mark the 2019 World Health Day. The day is celebrated every April…

Nigerian govt ‘working tirelessly’ to reduce medical tourism – Health minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has reiterated the federal government's commitment to ensuring that every Nigerian, irrespective of their location get access to Primary health care services. Mr Adewole, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday to mark the World Health Day, said the federal government plans to…

Ifueko Omogui Okauru

Groups to conduct week-long free medical screening, training in Abuja

In a bid to complement government's effort in the provision of healthcare for Nigerians, a non-governmental organisation, DAGOMO Foundation, is organising a week-long medical outreach in Abuja. The six-day medical outreach is being organised in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) and other partners. The…

Dr Chris Aimahiku

VIDEO: All you need to know about Preeclampsia – Dr Chris Aimahiku

Preeclampsia is a disease where some women develop high blood pressure in pregnancy and it affects kidney making her have protein in her urine. "It is a disease of hypertension and proteinuria. It is a disease that a woman will not have usually since she is not hypertensive; she develops…

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Cyclone Idai: Cholera vaccination campaign begins in Mozambique

In a bid to protect the survivors of Cyclone Idai from a cholera outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Beira, Mozambique. A press statement released by WHO on Wednesday said nearly 900,000 people are expected to receive the vaccine from the GAVI-…

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One in four health facilities globally lacks basic water services – WHO

One in four healthcare facilities around the world lack basic water services, therefore, aiding the spread of infections and antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organisation has said. A new report by WHO and UNICEF's Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) said the lack of water in…

Karishi General hospital

44 Nigerians die of Cerebrospinal Meningitis

As the Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) season reaches its peak in Nigeria, no fewer than 44 people have died from the disease, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed. The NCDC declared that the 2018/2019 meningitis season began on October 1. The agency said in preparation for this year’s…

IDP CAMP

Nigeria moving towards cholera outbreak in IDP camps – NRC

Nigeria is moving close to a major cholera outbreak if urgent sanitary measures are not put in place at the Internal Displaced Camps in the North-east, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned. The Non-Governmental Organisation in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday warned that if…

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More Lassa fever deaths, exit of Nasarawa’s specialist doctors, other major health stories last week

Lassa Fever: Nigeria records five new deaths in three states Five new deaths have been recorded in three states in the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria. The states are Edo, Ondo and Bauchi. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its weekly situation report on the outbreak also…