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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Meningitis Outbreak: Northern leaders seek ways to curb, avert recurrence of epidemic

A weak Primary Health Care system, low knowledge of disease symptoms among health workers and poor disease surveillance outlook across the country are the major contributing factors to epidemic outbreak of preventable diseases across the country. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made this observation on Tuesday in Kaduna at…

INTERVIEW: Our problems with Nigerian doctors, govt health policies – Nurses’ President

Adeniji Abdulrafiu Ajani, a Chief Nursing Officer and President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), spoke in this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ayodamola Owoseye and Idris Ibrahim on some of the challenges the nursing profession is facing in Nigeria. Excerpts: PT- Nurses in Ondo State recently…

Meningitis Outbreak: Despite contrary facts, Nigerian govt claims it now has enough vaccines

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that it has acquired enough vaccines to combat the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis Type C epidemic currently ravaging the country. The Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, gave the assurance on Tuesday in Kaduna at an emergency meeting of…

Nigeria Meningitis Outbreak: Death toll rises to 438 as mass immunisation commences in Zamfara

The death toll from suspected cases of meningitis has reached 438, an official said. John Oladejo, the incident manager of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, stated this in a statement released by the centre. "As at April 5, 2017, 3,959 suspected cases have been reported as part of…

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Nigeria Meningitis Outbreak: Death toll rises to 336

The death toll from the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, outbreak across several states has increased to 336, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said. Several states, mainly in northern Nigeria, have been affected by the disease as officials struggle to secure enough vaccines to prevent it. “As at April…

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Nigeria gets 500,000 doses of meningitis vaccines to combat outbreak

Then Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Health would check the scourge of meningitis ravaging some states. The ministry confirmed that so far, 328 have died of suspected meningitis. Worst hit states at Zamfara and Katsina. In a press statement signed by Boade…

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Nigeria Meningitis Epidemic: Death toll rises to 328 as health ministry advises citizens

The Federal Ministry of Health in response to the current cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak across some states in the country has issued a public advisory note on how to curtail the spread of the disease and advised Nigerians to remain calm as the ministry is working to put an end to…

Meningitis: What Nigerians should look out for – Medical Experts

Some medical experts have advised Nigerians to seek early attention when ill especially if they are suspicious of meningitis because the disease is curable if presented early. The meningitis outbreak across several states has caused the death of over 282 people in the past two months. Adefunke Babatola, a paediatrician,…

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282 deaths: What Nigerian govt, affected states are doing about meningitis outbreak

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has expressed concern about rising cases of deaths and ill-health following the outbreak of meningitis in some parts of the country. At least 282 deaths have so far been recorded across five states due to the disease. The Acting Executive Secretary of the commission,…

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WHO launches global initiative to cut medication errors by half

The World Health Organisation has launched a global initiative to reduce harm associated with medication by 50 per cent over the next five years. The Global Patient Safety Challenge on medication safety initiative aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors and the severe harm…

High measles outbreak across Europe threatens progress towards elimination – WHO

The high reported cases of measles outbreak across Europe has threatened the progress towards elimination of the disease in the region. A press statement from the World Health Organisation, European Region, noted that over 500 measles cases were reported for January 2017 and the continual spread of the disease within…

Women with disabilities urge Nigerian govt to pass Disability Right Bill

Women with disabilities, under the aegis of Cedar Seeds Foundation, have asked the Nigerian government to support the empowerment of women especially those with disabilities by passing and assenting to the Nigeria Disability Right Bill which is currently at the Senate. Lois Aula, the Executive Director of the organisation, at a press…

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World Tuberculosis Day: Nigeria outlines plans to improve identification, treatment The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, unveiled a Gene-Xpert Laboratory at the Kunchingoro Primary Healthcare Model Centre, to commemorate the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day and bring TB screening closer to the community. The Gene-Xpert MTB/RIF technology will be used as…

World Tuberculosis Day: Nigeria outlines plans to improve identification, treatment

‎The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, flagged off a Gene-Xpert Laboratory at the Kunchingoro Primary Healthcare Model Centre, Abuja on Friday to commemorate the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. Mr. Adewole said the Federal Ministry of Health took the strep in partnership with international donors as a way of achieving this…

WHO issues new ethics code to protect rights of Tuberculosis patients, health workers

Ahead of the World Tuberculosis Day coming up on Friday, the World Health Organization, WHO, has issued a new ethics guidance to ensure countries implementing its ‘End TB Strategy’ adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of tuberculosis patients and care givers. Tuberculosis is the world’s most infectious…

World Oral Health Day: Low Awareness of Dental Services Affecting Oral Hygiene in Nigeria

The National Dental Association, NDA, has said poor public awareness on oral hygiene and available dental services is affecting dental care in Nigeria. The association made the observation on Monday in Abuja on the occasion of the World Oral Health Day. The World Oral Health Day is celebrated every March…

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FG To Revitalise National Primary Healthcare The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the federal government is committed to repositioning the health sector through the revitalisation of the primary healthcare system. Mr. Adewole, during the launch of the National Primary Healthcare Supply Chain, said the revitalisation of the nation’s primary…

SPECIAL REPORT: Leprosy patients, care givers tremble as key donor pulls out of Nigeria

THE LEPER'S TALE Mustapha Abdullahi, a resident of Egabi in Kaduna State, has been battling leprosy for over eight years. The 42-year-old, down with hives on his skin and severe deformity on both limbs, is a patient at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre (NTBLC), Saye, in Zaria, Kaduna State.…

EXCLUSIVE: Experts react as Buhari administration fails to appoint heads of Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals

Shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari came into office just before the end of May in 2015, he dissolved the boards of federal parastatals. The action was not unusual of a new administration. But close to two years after, the vacancies created by the dissolution of the boards are yet to…

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Nigeria could save $1.5 billion yearly – UNFPA The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, said Nigeria would be saving $1.5 billion annually by investing in maternal health. The Deputy Representative of UNFPA, Eugene Kongnyuy, said investing in maternal health is a smart investment as it will translate to reducing the…

WHO attributes 1.7 million child death to environmental pollution

The World Health Organization has attributed more than one in every four deaths of children under the age of five to unhealthy environments. Recent health reports released by the agency showed that 1.7 million children under the age of five die every year due to environmental risks such as indoor…

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WHO lists antibiotic resistance bacteria The World Health Organisation, WHO, published it’s first-ever list of antibiotic resistant “priority pathogens”, a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose threat to human health. The list is divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics: critical, high…

Turkish Airlines flight cancelled after passengers protested non-functional air conditioning

A Turkish airline TK0626 flight from Lagos to Istanbul scheduled for Monday was cancelled as passengers refused to travel due to the plane's faulty air conditioning system. The passengers had already boarded and were set to take off when they realised the problem with the cooling system. The pilot and…

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Health stories in the news last week

Malaria vaccine in trial phase The Director for Vaccines at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Orin Levine, said scientists at the organisation were moving to the next stage of evaluation of a malaria vaccine candidate. He said experts, researchers and physicians at the organisation were working towards finding solutions…

Consumption of fruits, vegetables linked to long life

Public health experts from Imperial College, London, are linking new dietary patterns to longevity through the reduction of risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer and early death. According to a new study released on Thursday in London, researchers at the college made this known in a review of the outcome…