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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Vaccines used to illustrate the story [Photo: celiac.org]

Major health stories in the news last week

President Muhammadu Buhari last week reiterated his government’s commitment to financing immunisation programme in Nigeria. On the international scene, the World Health Organisation released two major global health reports on cholera outbreak and tobacco use. Here are some of the major stories in the news during the week. Nigeria will…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers)

Why we arrested Adoke in Abuja – Interpol

The Interpol on Thursday told PREMIUM TIMES it took Nigeria's former attorney-general, Bello Adoke, into custody. But the international police organisation said it has no case against Mr Adoke and only carried out the arrest on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. "We have a red notice for…

Mohammed Adoke

Adoke returns to Nigeria, arrested by Interpol

Nigeria’s former attorney-general, Bello Adoke, has been arrested by Interpol agents shortly after arriving in Nigeria from the United Arab Emirates. Mr Adoke was aboard an Emirates flight that touched down in Abuja at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday. He was summarily accosted by a team of officers attached to the…

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

Fewer people using tobacco worldwide – WHO

Fewer people are using tobacco worldwide as a new report shows a steady decline in the number of males using the product. The Report on Tobacco Use released by the World Health Organisation on Thursday shows a decline in the use of tobacco products globally. The WHO report covers the use of…

Cattle used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria Customs takes precautionary measure as cattle disease hits Niger Republic

The Nigeria Customs Service has directed its officials to take precautionary measure at land borders to prevent importation of "charcoal anthrax" diseases into the country. The deputy comptroller –general (E, I&I) of the agency, V.D Dimka, gave this directive in a memo last week. This was as against the backdrop…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Copyright : WHO/Pierre Virot

Major health stories in the news last week

While the World Health Organisation celebrated 40 years of eradication of smallpox virus, the resurgence of some vaccine-preventable diseases, such as polio and measles, is posing concern on the international health scene. Here is a round up of the major health stories last week - WHO celebrates 40 years of…

Toothpaste on a brush used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wikipedia]

Does your toothpaste contain right level of fluoride?

One of the frequent questions dentists asks when you visit their office is what type of toothpaste do you use? We often answer by mentioning the brand and wonder what prompts the question or if there is something wrong with our choice of toothpaste. Toothpaste is a common product used…

vaccination exercise

Major health stories in the news last week

Nigeria last week got the news that it may be certified polio-free in 2020 as the certification process begins this week. A lot also happened on both the local and international health scene during the week. Here is a roundup of the major health stories last week. Polio Eradication: Nigeria…

Malaysia on map

Polio: Malaysia reports first case of polio in 27 years

Health authorities in Malaysia have confirmed the first case of polio in the country, 27 years after the disease has been absent. The Malaysian Health Ministry’s director-general, Noor Hisham, announced on Sunday that the disease was diagnosed in a three-month-old baby on Borneo Island. According to ChannelsTv, Mr Abdullah said…

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Polio Eradication: African commission begins verification visit to Nigeria

The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for poliomyelitis eradication will on Monday begin to assess if Nigeria has successfully eradicated wild poliovirus. This is the first step in the verification process that will determine if Nigeria will eventually join the league of countries which have eliminated the disease. The World…

Gates Foundation’s CEO to step down

The Chief Executive Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond–Hellmann is stepping down after more than five years of holding the position. Ms Desmond –Hellmann will be replaced by Mark Suzman, the foundation’s president of global policy and advocacy and chief strategy officer, on February 1. According to a…

Monkeypox

NCDC confirms UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox ‘visited Nigeria’

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said it is aware of a case of monkeypox disease reported in England. It said the disease was diagnosed in a patient that had visited Nigeria. NCDC in a tweet on NCDC Twitter handle @NCDCgov said it is aware of a case…

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Polio Eradication: Nigeria hopeful as certification process begins

Polio experts have said if Nigeria sustains its current trend of not detecting or reporting any new case of wild polio virus, Nigeria and Africa at large should be certified polio free before the end of 2020. This was disclosed by the Coordinator, Polio Eradication Programme at the World Health…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Nigeria accounted for 25% of malaria cases worldwide in 2018 – WHO

Nigeria accounted for about 25 per cent of the global burden of malaria in 2018, a new malaria report by the World Health Organisation has shown. The report, however, noted a global drop in malaria cases last year. The World malaria report 2019 released on Wednesday showed that though there…

Mosquito net used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT:The Guardian Nigeria]

Major health stories last week

A major event on the health scene this week was the commemoration of the World AIDS Day (WAD). Although the day is celebrated on December 1 every year, the events started over a week before. The WAD is to honour the people who have fallen to the disease as well…

Decayed teeth

How diabetes patients can manage dental challenges

People living with diabetes have been urged to monitor their blood pressure as there are clear connections between good oral hygiene and the treatment of high blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to easily preventable and serious health conditions such as dental issues. According to the World Health Organsation, Diabetes…

The managing editor of PREMIUM TIMES, Idris Akinbajo, receiving the award for the DG NACA and representative of the US ambassador to Nigeria

Premium Times, others honoured for work in tackling HIV in Nigeria

PREMIUM TIMES was on Friday honoured as one of the most supportive media in the reporting of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The award was given at a ceremony organised by the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) to commemorate the World AIDS Day. The World AIDS Day is celebrated December…

The unveiling of the U=U HIV campaign in Abuja

HIV: Nigeria needs to combat transmission among sex workers, gays, other vulnerable groups – UNAIDS

To become HIV-free, Nigeria needs to combat the transmission of the epidemic among the vulnerable communities, UNAIDS has said. In an interview with journalists in Abuja on Monday, the Country Director of UNAIDS, Erasmus Morah, said new cases of HIV are still being transmitted among the vulnerable groups. These are…

Drugs used to illustrate the story.

Review: Major health stories published last week

Prominent on the health scene this week was the World Antibiotics Awareness week. The celebration is a one week awareness campaign on the importance of antibiotics and the dangers in the misuse of the medicine. Here is a roundup of major health stories in the news last week. HIV/AIDS: New…

Guest arriving the venue

NIPSS graduates executives who produced report on Nigeria’s Universal Health Coverage (LIVE UPDATES)

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) will today hold a graduation programme for the participants of its 2019 Senior Executive Course 41 in Kuru, Plateau State. The 66 graduates were drawn from different professional backgrounds across the country. Expected to grace the occasion is Vice President Yemi…

NIPSS celebrates graduating participants of Senior Executive Course 41

NIPSS celebrates graduating participants of Senior Executive Course 41

It was celebration galore on Friday as the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, had a graduation dinner to celebrate the end of their training. The dinner preludes the formal graduation ceremony which will take place on Saturday. This year, 66…

The Future of Antibiotics....

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: New health challenge emerges with antibiotics misuse

The world is facing a new health challenge due to the misuse of antibiotics which were once wonder drugs for the treatment of infections. This week, the world marks the World Antibiotic Awareness Week to celebrate the remarkable contribution antibiotics have made to public health, and to also call for…

At 2:47pm PU4, Ward 6, Epiie lll, Yenegoa, Bayelsa APC agent has just distrupted on going election and also attacked presiding officer.

U.S., EU, UK, others raise concerns about Bayelsa, Kogi elections

International observers who observed the Bayelsa and Kogi elections on Saturday have expressed concerns about the conduct and conditions under which the elections held. The observers in a joint statement issued under the auspices of the Diplomatic Watch raised alarm over the reports of widespread incidents of violence and intimidation,…

Sen. Dino Melaye, Kogi West [Photo: Pulse]

KogiDecides: Dino Melaye rejects results

The candidate of the PDP in the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun election, Dino Melaye, has condemned the results, calling it ‘fictitious’. Mr Melaye, who was earlier elected to serve in the Senate in February 2019, had the election challenged by his closest rival, Smart Adeyemi of the APC. PREMIUM…

A primary healthcare centre in one of the communities in Enugu West

Major health stories last week

The Third Annual Summit for the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) was one of the major health events which took place in the country last week. The summit was aimed at exposing the lawmakers to the problems in the health sector and seek ways for the country to…