ayodamola

Ayodamola Owoseye is a senior reporter covering the health beat. She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. Damola has a B.A in anthropology and M.Sc in information science. Ayodamola preaches gender equity. her hobbies are tourism, listening to old school music and a lover of pets especially dogs. She can be contacted through: damola@premiumtimesng.com, Facebook page Owoseye Ayodamola, twitter handle @damolaowoseye

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World Blood Donor Day: Experts urge Nigerians to donate blood, save lives

As the world celebrated the World Blood Donor Day, Nigerians have been advised to form a habit of donating blood. Faith Ajani, a medical laboratory scientist and former National Director, Advocacy, at Blood Drive Initiative, said such a habit goes a long way in saving lives. Mr. Ajani, who spoke…

An egg a day may reduce child stunting – Study

Having a child eat an egg everyday may help reduce stunting among children, a study has indicated. According to the result of the six months study done in Ecuador and published in a pediatric journal on Wednesday, babies who consumed an egg daily were nearly half as likely to suffer from stunting, a…

WHO updates list of essential antibiotics for treatment of infections

The World Health Organisation has released a new advisory on antibiotics for treatment of common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances. A press statement by the agency on Tuesday said the updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children. The list also specifies…

Osinbajo, UN, UNFPA, others mourn Babatunde Osotimehin

Local and international organisations and public officials have paid tributes to Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Funds, UNFPA, who passed away on Monday in his home in New York. Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo expressed shock and sadness at the death of the professor at…

Nigerian former minister, head of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, is dead

The Executive Director of the United Nations Populations Fund, UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, is dead. Mr. Osotimehin, Nigeria's former health minister and former head of Nigeria’s aids agency, NACA, died in the early hours of Monday, sources close to him have told PREMIUM TIMES. Born February 6, 1949, the 68-year-old was…

Major Health Stories Last Week: Bird flu in seven states, nine new tobacco regulations, others

BIRD FLU IN SEVEN NIGERIAN STATES The Federal Government alerted the public to the outbreak of Avian Influenza or bird flu in the FCT and seven states of the country. Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, stated this at…

Nine ways to avoid bird flu

The Federal Government on Friday alerted Nigerians to the outbreak of Avian Influenza or bird flu in the Federal Capital Territory and seven states of the country. Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, listed the states affected by the…

Mid-Term Report: Meningitis outbreak headlines public health challenges of Buhari administration

The health sector in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has had a lot of media attention. Not much of this has however been about the government delivering on its promise to provide functional healthcare system to Nigerians. Instead, the headline has been grabbed by epidemic outbreaks in parts of the…

SHOCKING: For not paying ‘police fee’, management stops residents of Abuja estate from going out

There was chaos at the Redeemer Excellent Men Housing Foundation, Pyakassa Lugbe, a suburb of Abuja, as residents of the estate were prevented from going about their various businesses on Thursday by the management of the estate. The management of the estate locked the gates to force the residents to…

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Meningitis: Nigerian death toll rises to 1,114

Nigeria has so far recorded a total of 1,114 deaths in the 22 weeks of the Cerebrospinal Meningitis outbreak which hit the country in November 2016. A statement by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control stated that the outbreak which has been ravaging the country for 22 weeks has affected four…

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Global Fund pledges support for Nigeria despite past mismanagement

International health donor agency, Global Fund, has pledged to continue to support Nigeria with funds, drugs, research and strategies development in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This was disclosed on Friday through a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja. Global Fund, which has been…

Nigeria wants airline sanctioned over corpse transported from Ebola-hit Congo

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has lambasted Kenyan Airline for bringing a corpse from Ebola-hit Congo into the country without proper documentations despite the Ebola alert issued by the country. In a press statement released by the Ministry of Health on Friday, Mr. Adewole demanded the airline be investigated…

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Group launches ‘immunization bracelet’ to help Nigeria vaccination record

A group has introduced a child bracelet to help Nigerian mothers remember the need to get their children immunized and the appointment schedules for the life saving exercise. The bracelet, introduced to Nigeria by Alma Sana, a non-governmental organisation, is to be worn on the leg or wrist of infants.…

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Health stories in the news last week

Medical experts advocate hypertension awareness Health experts have advised Nigerians to watch what they eat, reduce salt intake and constantly monitor their blood pressure (BP) in order to keep hypertension at bay. This advice was given to commemorate the 2017 World Hypertension Day. Nigerians were urged to checked their blood…

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WHO elects first African Director-General

An Ethiopian medical doctor, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has been elected the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. Mr. Ghebreyesus, who was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and will begin his five-year term on 1 July, was elected Tuesday as the first African to occupy the position. He had served as…

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Nigerian govt., British university to partner on health package for elderly

The Nigerian government has accepted a proposal by Birmingham City University, United Kingdom for partnership on a healthcare package in Nigeria. The Health Package for Improving Quality Care on Ageing Population and Diseases in Nigeria (HEPIQ-C) seeks to provide a safety net for elderly persons in the country. The Minister…

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World Hypertension Day – Reduce salt intake to prevent hypertension‎, experts urge Nigerians

Health experts have advised Nigerians to watch what they eat, reduce salt intake and constantly monitor their blood pressure (BP) in order to keep hypertension at bay. The counsel was against the World Hypertension Day which is being celebrated across the world on Wednesday, May 17. ‎In a telephone conversation…

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WHO, partners lament high death of adolescents, call for special care

The World Health Organisation has called on governments to include special care for adolescents in their health budgets so as to reduce preventable deaths. Adolescents are young people in the 10 to 19 years age group. The call followed a report that showed road traffic injuries as the top cause…

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Major Health stories across Nigeria last week

WHO assures emergency Ebola vaccine to prevent outbreak The global vaccine alliance, GAVI, said 300,000 emergency doses of an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck could be available in case of a large-scale outbreak of the disease, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed a fatal case in Congo. The vaccine,…

‎Nigerian govt announces steps to prevent Ebola

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has called on health care providers and the general public to be vigilant and intensify awareness on the symptoms of haemorrhagic fevers. The minister's statement on Saturday follows the announcement by WHO‎ of a confirmed case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo,…

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Nigeria’s Meningitis Death Toll Climbs to 1,069

The death toll from the cerebro spinal meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 1069. A weekly update on the disease on the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, stated that 13,420 suspected cases and 1,069 deaths (eight percent) were reported across 23 states as at May 8.…

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Nigeria to review midwifery practices

The federal government is planning to upgrade the standard of midwifery practices in Nigeria by reviewing the training process and improving motivation for the professionals. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, announced the plan on Wednesday at a programme in commemoration of the 2017 International Day of the Midwife (IDM) in Abuja.…

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Meningitis: Nigerian govt’s failure to heed early warnings, produce vaccines locally causes over 800 deaths

As Nigeria takes stock of the heavy toll of the current meningitis outbreak on its citizens, concerns persist over the continuing failure of the authorities to take obvious measures to check the recurrent disease. The current outbreak this year became an epidemic, despite the country’s past experiences with the disease…

Health minister visits 82 freed Chibok girls receiving hospital care

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has assured the newly freed Chibok schoolgirls of the commitment of the federal government to their health and well-being. Mr. Adewole gave the assurance on Monday during a visit to the 82 girls at a health facility in Abuja where they are currently receiving care.…

Hope brightens for cancer patients as WHO launches pilot scheme for cheaper medicines

The horizon appears brighter for cancer patients in low and middle-income countries such as Nigeria as the World Health Organization launches a pilot scheme that hopes to make some of the most expensive treatments for the disease more widely available in these countries. According to a press statement, the global…