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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Egypt to ‘support’ 14 African countries fight hepatitis C

The Egyptian government has announced its intention to provide hepatitis C treatment for one million people in 14 African countries. This promise was reportedly made by the Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, Hala Zaid, on Wednesday at the opening of the African Hepatitis Summit 2019. The two days summit…

FG denies reports of Ebola case in Nigeria

The federal government has debunked the report of the discovery of a case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria. The Ministry of Health in a press statement signed by its director of media, Boade Akinola, described as false the message circulating on social media claiming a reported case of…

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

Nigeria not at risk of Ebola outbreak – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has assured Nigerians that chances of the Ebola Virus being imported from Uganda or Democratic Republic of Congo are low as there are no direct routes from those countries to Nigeria. NCDC, in a press statement released on Sunday, said this conclusion was…

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Over 20 per cent of Nigerians have mental illness – Psychiatrist A consultant psychiatrist at the Federal Medical Center, Gusau, Zamfara State, Aremu Saad, said over 20 per cent of Nigerians suffer from different forms of mental illnesses. He said many of the patients do not know that they are…

Why Nigeria, other African countries unable to tackle maternal, child deaths – UNICEF

Nigeria and many other African countries are struggling to end preventable maternal and child deaths due to the acute shortage of skilled health professionals, a UNICEF report has shown. The report, released this month, showed that although much progress has been made globally in the last two decades, most Africa…

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Nigeria, other African nations show poor progress in tackling Hepatitis — WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lamented the slow progress in tackling Viral Hepatitis B in Africa. The African region of the UN agency, in a press statement on Friday, said only three countries - Uganda, Rwanda and Cabo Verde - out of the 47 countries in the region are…

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

NCDC partners German agency to strengthen health security in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to strengthen health security in Nigeria. RKI is Germany’s national public health institute. It has a mandate similar to NCDC. Both agencies have the mandate to safeguard the…

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Polio Vaccination: Nigerian soldiers to lead health workers to hostile locations – Buratai The Nigeria Army will henceforth conduct polio vaccination in locations in Borno State made inaccessible to health workers by the Boko Haram insurgency, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said. This decision was taken as…

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Poliovirus that originated from Nigeria found in Cameroon – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has received notification of the detection of a circulating vaccine-derived type 2 poliovirus in Cameroon. The global health agency said the virus originated from Nigeria. The alert was raised by the Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN). According to a press statement by the UN health…

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One in five boys ‘married off’ before age 15 – UNICEF

One in five or 23 million boys globally were married before the age of 15, the United Nation Children's Fund, (UNICEF) says. The United Nation agency also said in a new report that an estimated 115 million men around the world were married as children. The UN agency in a…

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Street food consumed in Lagos, Kano ‘highly contaminated’ – Study

People living in Lagos and Kano may need to be wary of what they consume outside their homes as a study shows a high level of contamination of food consumed in these states. The food were reportedly contaminated with chemicals, metals, pesticides residue, among others. To address this, food experts…

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Over 1 million sexually transmitted infections reported daily — WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said over one million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are being reported daily among people aged 15 to 49 years. A new data released by the UN health agency on Thursday said more than 376 million new cases are reported annually…

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World Food Safety Day: 420,000 people die from eating contaminated food — WHO

Every year, an estimated 420,000 people around the world lose their lives from eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses or chemical substances. Nearly one in ten people – an estimated 600 million people – also fall sick for the same reason, the World Health Organisation has said. In a press…

FG inaugurates governing boards of five health regulatory bodies

The Nigerian government on Monday inaugurated the members of the governing boards of five professional health regulatory bodies. They were inaugurated in Abuja by permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi. The inaugurated members are to serve as the governing boards of the Health Professional Regulatory Boards/Councils under the supervision…

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Kano discovers new polio case — first in three years A fresh case of Circulating Polio Virus (CPV) has been discovered in sewage located at Darmanawa Ward in Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State. The new incidence has interrupted a three-year polio-free record of the state. According to medical…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Nigerians urged to support implementation of tobacco control act

As Nigeria joins the World in commemorating the “World No Tobacco Day”, Nigerians have been urged to support the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act. NTCA is an anti-tobacco law which was signed into law in 2015. The law, when implemented among others is meant to protect the health…

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World No Tobacco Day: Ten reasons you should quit smoking

Tobacco smoking is one of the social vices which have been identified by health experts to be harmful to the body. Tobacco has grave consequences on the health of the users and people around the users who inhale the smoke. On May 31, yearly, the World observes a World No…

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How lack of spousal consent deters Nigerian women from family planning

Haleema Yousef lives in an uncompleted building in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja. She shares the single room with her husband and five children. The shack also serves as a shop where she does henna designs for her customers and prepares the 'moi-moi' (a local delicacy) her children help her…

Lassa fever

After 129 deaths, Nigeria declares Lassa fever emergency over

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared the emergency phase of the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country over. This is after four and a half months of the country combating the disease in 21 states, leading to 129 deaths. The announcement was made in a press statement…

Malaria Eradication: WHO, Monaco to inject €2 million euros in eight nations

As part of the measures to eliminate malaria in Africa, the Principality of Monaco and the WHO Regional Office for Africa have forged a new partnership which aims at reducing all malaria-related deaths in the Sahel region. The partnership was announced in a press statement on Thursday. According to WHO,…

Cholera patients in hospital ward

Cholera: Nigeria identifies 83 local government areas as ‘hotspots’

As the rainy season begins, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has identified 83 local government areas as “hotspots” for cholera in the country. The agency says three states, Bauchi, Kano and Zamfara, carry over 70 per cent of the burden of the disease in the country. Cholera “hotspots”…

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WHO set to vaccinate 800, 000 against cholera in DRC

More than 800,000 people will soon be immunised against cholera in North Kivu in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The vaccination campaign will be implemented by the DRC Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners and funded by…

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH)

LUTH resident doctors, management disagree on strike

The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the hospital's Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have expressed opposing views on an ongoing strike. The management of the hospital in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday said the striking doctors had agreed to embrace peace…

82% of Nigerian men not screened of prostate cancer — Study

A study has revealed that most men in Nigeria do not have knowledge of prostate cancer and have not been screened of the disease. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men but screening for the disease is not yet a common practice in the country. The true…

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WHO certifies Algeria, Argentina malaria-free

The World Health Organisation has declared Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free. A statement released by the agency on Wednesday said both countries were presented the malaria-free certification having successfully ''interrupted the indigenous transmission of the disease''. The certificates were presented by the WHO Director-General, Ghebreyesus Tedros, to representatives from Algeria…