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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Council introduces scheme to improve lab test results in Nigeria

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, MLSCN, has rolled out an external quality assurance, EQA, programme to enhance the quality of laboratory test results in Nigeria. The council is carrying out the exercise in collaboration with OneWorld Accuracy, a Canada-based firm currently operating in 23 African countries, said Erhabor…

African govts must spend more to fight HIV — UN official

African countries have been urged to spend more to demonstrate their commitment to the goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS from the continent by 2030. Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS Regional Director East and South Africa, made this call on Thursday, on the second day of an international conference on the fight against AIDS.…

ECOWAS health, environment ministers meet in Abuja to adopt approach to emergencies

West African Ministers of Health and Environment will on Saturday converge in Abuja to fashion out a formula for combating infectious diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever that have lately ravaged the sub-region. The meeting on "One Health" approach, holding under the umbrella of ECOWAS Ministers, is being promoted…

Donors being prepared for the exercise the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03240/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

Nigeria to establish blood service commission, trauma centre — Health Minister

The Nigerian government is drafting a law to establish a National Blood Service Commission and a network of 17 trauma care centres across the country. The commission is expected to enhance the performance of the National Blood Transfusion Service, NBTS. The draft, which is being prepared by the Federal Ministry…

Nigeria appoints Timi Dakolo, Mr Eazi as anti-tobacco lead campaigners

The Federal Government has appointed two popular musicians, Timi Dakolo and Mr Eazi, as well as Saadatu Aliyu of the World Economic Forum’s Abuja Global Shapers Hub as anti-tobacco ambassadors. A statement by the Ministry of Health said their appointment was to leverage on their influence with young Nigerians. The…

Onaiyekan wants children, young adults screened for HIV

Religious groups must get more involved in the campaign against HIV/AIDS and educate their followers on the need to have their children screened for the disease. The Catholic Archbishop for Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, made the call on Wednesday at an international conference on how to improve faith-based organisations'…

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,…