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INTERVIEW: Why we agreed to help Nigeria pay $76 million debt to Japan – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Paulin Basinga is the Country Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria, a major international donor supporting development in several sectors in the country. As the head of the operations of the Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Basinga works in close collaboration with government at the federal and state…

Meningitis kills four in Niger

The Niger State Government has confirmed the death of four persons in the state from ‘C strain’ cerebrospinal meningitis. The state commissioner of health, Mustapha Jubril at a press statement on Wednesday said about 31 cases have so far been reported with nine laboratory tests confirmed including the four deaths.…

ECOWAS opens Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control in Abuja

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has opened its Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) office in Abuja. The technical opening of the centre on Wednesday was attended by members of the West African Health Organisation, two ministers from ECOWAS and development partners. The centre will…

Nigerian hospital receives new radiotherapy machine

The National Hospital in Abuja has received a new radiotherapy machine. The new machine, when installed, is expected to enable the hospital attend to more cancer patients in the country, officials say. With the new addition, the hospital can now boast of three radiotherapy machines. One was recently installed and…

PTCIJ launches fact-checking websites, Dubawa, Udeme

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, will today launch two fact-checking sites designed further promote transparency and deepen the democratic space. The sites will be launched at the Shehu Musa Yar'adua Centre in Abuja by 10:00 a.m. Expected at the launch are dignitaries such as Yemi Kale, Statistician…

Major Health Stories from Last Week

One in three Nigerian households consume contaminated water – Report About one in three households in Nigeria consume contaminated water, a survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed. The survey was carried out in 2016/2017 by the NBS in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency…

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Seven in ten deaths caused by Non Communicable Diseases – WHO

About seven in ten deaths annually are caused by Non Communicable Diseases, NCD, the World Health Organisation has said. The international health agency in a press statement issued on Friday said more than 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 70 die from NCDs annually. Examples of diseases…

EXCLUSIVE: How probe panel found NHIS’ Usman Yusuf guilty of fraud, misconducts

The recent reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, stirred nationwide controversy and left some staff of the agency bemused. Some of the staff protested at the premises of the agency Thursday last week when Mr. Yusuf reported back to his office. During the…

FEATURE: Patients lament long waiting time at Nigerian hospitals as govt seeks solutions

Mamunat Isah had been at the Kubwa General Hospital's waiting room since 8.00 a.m. trying to see the doctor. It was 1.00 p.m. and she was yet to see the doctor. Mrs. Isah, who had a resigned look on her face had been sitting at the same spot for a…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories last week

These are the major health reports published last week. Reinstatement of NHIS Executive Secretary generates controversy The reinstatement of the suspended National Health Insurance Scheme Executive Director, Usman Yusuf, generated lot of controversy among workers in the agency as well as the nation. President Muhammadu Buhari during the week ordered…

Health workers express mixed reactions to reinstatement of NHIS Boss

Health workers have expressed mixed reactions to the controversial reinstatement on Tuesday of the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf. Some of the workers who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said they were reluctant to take a stand until the conditions for Mr. Yusuf's suspension and…

NHIS Controversy: Workers protest as Executive Secretary Yusuf resumes

The newly reinstated Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Yusuf Usman, on Thursday resumed work as workers under the scheme staged a protest at the premises of the headquarters of the agency in Abuja. The workers under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria…

Babangida letter saga: Police detain PREMIUM TIMES reporter, confiscate phone

The police briefly detained a PREMIUM TIMES reporter who arrived at the Force Headquarters with Kassim Afegbua on Wednesday morning. Mr. Afegbua, a longtime spokesperson for a former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, turned himself in two days after he was declared wanted on allegations that he made "false statements, injurious falsehood, defamation of character…

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Buhari ignores health minister, reinstates suspended NHIS chief

President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf. Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017, following allegations of gross misconduct. A panel commissioned by the minister after Mr. Yusuf's suspension later found him culpable…

Why constant cancer screening is important — Minister

To reduce the risk of having cancer, it is very important to engage in regular physical exercise and medical screening for the disease. The Minister of health, Isaac Adewole, gave this advice on Saturday in commemoration of the World Cancer Day, celebrated across the world every February 4. Celebrities on…

Council on Health approves 12 recommendations to tackle disease outbreaks

To achieve early disease detection and control, state governments have been advised to establish functional infection prevention committees, emergency operational centres and isolation units. These recommendations, part of 12 were given in a communique released by the emergency National Council on Health meeting held on Monday in Abuja. The meeting…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Minister blames state govts for Lassa Fever spread

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday blamed poor preparation and tardiness by state governments for the current spread of Lassa Fever and other public health challenges in Nigeria. At an emergency meeting of the National Council on Health held in Abuja, Mr. Adewole said states health ministry's lack…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories last week

28 African countries lack cancer machine The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has bemoaned the lack of a single radiotherapy machine for cancer treatment in 28 African countries. Yukiya Amano, Director-General of IAEA, said millions of people continue to suffer from cancer in developing countries, due to lack of access…

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Major health reports of last week

Lassa outbreak: Minister blames doctors for infections The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has blamed the increasing number of health workers infected with Lassa fever on their refusal to take necessary precaution while treating patients. The Minister who said this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when he paid a courtesy call…

Nigerian govt, May&Baker partner on local vaccines production

The federal government and May&Baker Nigeria Plc have formally kicked off local vaccines production in the country following the inauguration of the Board of Directors of Biovaccines Nigeria Limited in Abuja, the pharmaceutical company has said in a statement.   Biovaccines Nigeria Limited is a joint venture between the Federal…

FG/WHO begins yellow fever vaccination in three states

The federal government on Thursday began a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever in the country. The vaccination kicked off in three states, Kogi, Kwara and Zamfara states and is expected to move to Borno state where the campaign would focus on the camps for internally…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Nigerian govt releases $1 million for contraceptives

The Federal Government has released $1 million for the delivery of contraceptives to enhance quality family planning among Nigerians. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, said plans for the procurement has begun. Nigeria has been…

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Lassa fever: Nigeria records 16 deaths in less than one month

Since the beginning of 2018, Nigeria has recorded 16 deaths from 61 confirmed cases of Lassa fever across the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC in a press statement released on Wednesday said a total number of 107 suspected cases has been recorded in ten states across the…

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Health experts advocate autonomy, adequate financing for NCDC

Health experts have urged Nigerian lawmakers to give autonomy to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC so as to be able it fully operate without political hindrances. This plea was given by health partners and key players in the health sector at the public hearing conducted by the Senate…

WHO donates 853 motorcycles to Nigeria

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has donated 853 motorcycles to the Nigerian government to improve disease surveillance in the country. The vehicles and other items were handed over to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, by the WHO Country Director, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, on Monday in Abuja. At the ceremony, Mr.…