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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Monkeypox

2017: Sad year in Nigeria’s health sector; over 1,000 die from preventable diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked…

Heather Menzies-Urich

Actress who played ‘Lousia’ in The Sound of Music is dead

Heather Menzies-Urich, the actress who played the role of Lousia, one of the Von Trapp seven children in the movie, “The Sound of Music” is dead. The Canadian born actress died at age 68. Menzies-Urich's death was announced by the estate of the musical's creators, Rodgers & Hammerstein, on Christmas…

Monkeypox

Major health stories in the news last week

These are the major health reports published last week. Monkeypox: Nigeria records one death, confirms 61 cases Fourteen weeks after the first suspected monkeypox case in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, reported the first death from the disease. The agency also announced 61 confirmed cases. NCDC…

Internally Displaced Persons

After 61 deaths, Cholera outbreak in Borno finally over

The cholera outbreak which has plagued Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camps in Borno State for the past five months is finally over, the World Health Organisation, WHO, said. The outbreak began in August on the outskirts of Maiduguri, and quickly spread through several camps for internally displaced persons and host…

Federal Vaccine Production Laboratory, Yaba, Lagos

Nigeria’s vaccine production centre remains comatose despite govt assurances

Months after the Federal Government announced plans to restart local vaccine production at the Federal Vaccine Production Laboratory, Yaba, Lagos, nothing significant has changed at the facility, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed. The Yaba Vaccine Production Laboratory located at no 1, University Road, Yaba, Lagos is currently under lock…

Monkeypox

Monkeypox: Nigeria records one death, confirms 61 cases

Fourteen weeks after the first suspected monkeypox case in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has reported the first death from the disease. The agency also announced 61 confirmed cases. According to the situation report for monkeypox outbreak released by the health agency for the epidemiological week…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the major health issues in the news last week: Nigerian health workers pass vote of no confidence on Minister The professional rivalry in the Nigerian health sector is threatening to boil over as other unions in the sector have accused the ministry of showing blatant favouritism…

Health workers used to illustrate the story.

Health workers’ union proposes N1.2 billion hospital

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, is planning to build a 300 bed space specialist hospital to cater for the health needs of its members. The union, at the flag-off of the construction of another 150-bed space specialist hospital in Dakibiyu District Abuja, said N1.2 billion was…

File photo of Resident Doctors

At least half of world’s population can’t afford basic healthcare — WHO

At least half of the world's population cannot afford essential health services even as a large number of households are being pushed daily into poverty each year, indicates a new report from the World Bank and World Health Organisation, WHO. In demographics, the global population is the total number of…

Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, also known as Kwam 1. [Photo credit: Encomium Magazine]

‎Wasiu Ayinde loses daughter Wasilat

The popular Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, also known as Kwam 1, has lost one of his daughters, Wasilat. Wasilat Anifowose died in Canada after a brief illness. The deceased, said to be 34 years old, reportedly died in the early hours of Tuesday from complications arising from diabetes. Many…

Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole

Nigerian health workers pass vote of no confidence on Minister

The professional rivalry in the Nigerian health sector is threatening to boil over as other unions in the sector have accused the ministry of showing blatant favouritism to medical doctors, and have passed a vote of no confidence on the minister, Isaac Adewole. In a press statement on Monday, the…

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Community health workers to begin administering contraceptives in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has given its nod to Community Health Extension Workers, CHEW, to begin administering family planning contraception and implants for women, in an effort to increase family planning coverage across the country. According to a statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, the ministry and partners have begun…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the reports published on developments in the health sector last week. Nigeria loses N175 billion annually to medical tourism - former Health Minister A former minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said Nigeria loses N175 billion annually to medical tourism. Mr. Chukwu at opening ceremony of the…

Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib.

INTERVIEW: What Nigerian govt is doing to achieve local vaccine production, functional PHCs – NPHCDA DG

Faisal Shuaib was appointed Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, in January. In this interview with Bisi Abidoye, Ayodamola Awoseye and Nike Adebowale of PREMIUM IMES, he speaks on the strategic ways the agency is trying to address the fundamental issues in primary healthcare in Nigeria.…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Major health stories last week

These are the major reports that trended in the health sector last week. 54 babies born HIV positive in Nasarawa- Official Fifty four babies delivered in Nasarawa state between January to September, tested positive to HIV. Zakari Umar, the Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency, NASACA, said 54…

National Hospital

Six years after, cancer machine at National Hospital begins operation

Six years after award of contract, a new state-of-the-art cancer centre at the National Hospital has eventually been constructed and commissioned for use. The plan had been in place to replace the previous cancer machine at the hospital with two new LINAC machines, however, the project had been stalled. The…

WHO 2

10 percent of drugs in developing countries are substandard — WHO

An estimated 10 per cent of drugs circulating in low and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, a new research by the World Health Organisation says. According to a press statement by WHO on the report, the substandard or falsified products are mostly anti-malaria drugs and antibiotics. Apart from…

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Global response to malaria at crossroads due to reduced funding – WHO

The global fight against malaria may suffer a setback following reduction in funding by international donors and governments of high burdened countries across the world. According to a press statement by World Health Organisation on Wednesday, the 2017 World Malaria Report, indicated that global progress in malaria control has stalled.…

NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.

NHIS to expand access to affordable cancer treatment – Official

Cancer patients under the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, may soon breathe a sigh of relief as plans are underway to increase the coverage and treatment of the disease under the scheme. The acting executive secretary of the agency, Attahiru Ibrahim, disclosed this in his office in Abuja during a…

New equipment at the dental unit of the Ilorin General Hospital

Don’t wait until complications before seeing dentists, experts urge Nigerians

Dental health experts have advised Nigerians never to wait until they have major health complications before visiting dentists or hospitals for oral checkup. This advice was given on Monday in Abuja by officials of the Ministry of Health, dental health association and partners at a media briefing ahead of the…

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Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the major health reports that were published last week. Bauchi records 507 suspected cases of measles — WHO The Bauchi state Health Educator, Ribado Jibrin, said the state would conduct the 2017 measles campaign in two phases to capture eligible children from nine to 59 months…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

‘Senate to pass bill establishing Nigeria disease centre before end of 2017’

A bill for an Act to establish the National Centre for Disease and Control, NCDC, will be passed by the National Assembly before the end of the year, the Chairman, Senate committee on primary health care and communicable diseases, Mao Ohuabunwa, has said. The senator said this in Abuja on…

Nigeria to establish control programme to tackle Noma disease

With over 25,000 children reported to have Noma disease in Nigeria, the federal government is collaborating with partners to establish a national control programme with the goal to eradicate the disease from the country. Noma, also known as Ciwon Noma in Hausa, is an infection which eats off the soft…

PACFAH holds discussion on Nigeria’s poor health funding (LIVE UPDATES)

Concerned about the poor funding of the health sector, the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, PACFaH, is organising a press conference with theme: 'The falling 2018 health sector allocation as a threat to government's health care under one Roof Policy.' PACFaH is advocating adequate funding…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories in the news last week

These are the major health stories that hit public attention last week. After criticisms, Nigerian govt cuts State House clinic budget The Nigerian government allocated N1.03 billion to the State House Medical Centre for its recurrent and capital expenditure in the 2018 budget estimates. This was a huge slash compared…