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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Spanish PM, Pedro Sanchez (Photo Credit: elpais.com)

Spanish PM calls for collaboration to tackle climate change

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, has called on world leaders to embrace climate change policies in order to tackle the effect on humanity. Speaking at the 2019 Goalkeepers event in New York on Wednesday, Mr Sánchez said either the world likes it or not, climate change is a…

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a book presentation at the 53rd Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on Februrary 16, 2017. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe. Andreas Gebert / Anadolu Agency | Keine Weitergabe an Wiederverkäufer.

Using Nigeria as example, Bill Gates condemns uneven development, urges action

American billionaire, Bill Gates, has urged governments across the world to focus more on primary healthcare development and education as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Using Nigeria as an example, Mr Gates also condemned uneven development in societies and urged governments to ensure sufficient spread of developmental…

Ebola health workers in Congo

DRC: WHO set to introduce second experimental vaccine to curb Ebola

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have announced plans to introduce a second experimental Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, from mid- October. WHO in a statement on Monday said the new vaccine will complement the current vaccine…

Cross section of participants at the hall

Goalkeepers Award: Gates Foundation honours changemakers

It was a glittering celebration on Tuesday at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation celebrated three young change-makers who have made positive impacts on the lives of people in their society. The three individuals were presented with the goalkeeper awards. They…

Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari seeks more funding, political will to end TB

Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has called on world leaders to put more funding into fast-tracking efforts at ending tuberculosis (TB). Mrs Buhari, who is also a Global TB Ambassador, made the call during the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis at the UN Headquarters, New York on September, 22. Mrs…

WHO

Yellow Fever outbreak, WHO’s advice on UHC, others dominate health news last week

One of the major events in the health sector last week was the celebration of the first World Patient Safety Day across the globe, including in Nigeria. The day emphasises the need to ensure that patients do not get harmed while receiving medical attention. Here is a round-up of the…

Hospital with pregnant women [Photo: The New York Times]

WHO urges countries to invest one per cent GDP in primary health care

Countries must invest at least one per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) in primary health care development in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage, a new World Health Organisation report has said. The UN health agency in a statement issued on its website on Sunday ahead of the…

A hospital ward with patients

10 things you need to know about yellow fever

In the last three months, over 40 Nigerians have died from yellow fever outbreak in parts of the country. Yellow Fever is caused by a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. The disease is vaccine-preventable and is not contagious and can only be spread through bites from mosquitoes carrying…

Bauchi State

Nigeria records 23 deaths linked to yellow fever in Bauchi

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) said 23 persons have so far died since an outbreak of yellow fever was reported in Alkaleri Local Government Area in Bauchi State. NCDC, in its situation report, said that 23 people have died since…

A cross section of dignitaries at the ongoing 2nd ICMRP conference in Abuja, Nigeria.

Why Nigeria will continue to experience brain drain in health sector – Expert

Nigeria will continue to lose its best medical professionals to other countries if the government does not revive its health institutions, a medical expert has said. A Nigerian physiotherapist in diaspora, Abiodun Akinwuntan, at the 2nd International Conference of Medical Rehabilitation Professionals (ICMRP) in Abuja on Thursday, said many 'rehabilitation…

A patient apparently taking medication under a staircase at Abuja national hospital.

Four out of 10 patients ‘harmed’ while seeking medical treatment — WHO

The World Health Organisation has said four out of ten patients are 'harmed' during the process of seeking medical care. Many of these injuries can be prevented through quality healthcare services, it noted. In order to raise awareness on the importance of patient safety globally, the 72nd World Health Assembly…

Ebola Volunteers

US official labels Ebola outbreak genuine health emergency

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has labelled the on-going Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a genuine health emergency which needs to be urgently contained. Mr Azar, in a teleconference with journalists on Monday, said the situation in the eastern DRC…

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill Gates to African Leaders: Invest more in girl-child education, health

Bill and Melinda Gates have called on African leaders to invest in quality girl-child education and health in order to achieve the sustainable development target. The couple, in their 2019 annual Goalkeepers Report released on Tuesday said, for Sub-Saharan countries, particularly Nigeria, to make progress in achieving the Sustainable Development…

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a book presentation at the 53rd Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on Februrary 16, 2017. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe. Andreas Gebert / Anadolu Agency | Keine Weitergabe an Wiederverkäufer.

Why Nigeria, other Sub-Saharan countries won’t achieve SDG targets by 2030 – Report

Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in health and education by 2030, the 2019 Goalkeepers Report has said. The 2019 Goalkeepers Report released on Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said many low and middle income countries are struggling…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Diversion of malaria drugs, promotion of vaccines, others dominate health news last week

Last week, Nigeria's minister of health and the 36 state health commissioners met at the 62nd National Council of Health Meeting to discuss the state of health care delivery in the country. On the international scene, the World Health Organisation responded to a rumour of death from an unknown illness…

cross section of dignitaries and participants at the conference

Why Nigeria needs more field epidemiologists – Experts

The Nigerian government needs to train more field epidemiologists to be able to face the daunting challenge of disease outbreaks in the country, an official from the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Bolu Omotayo, has said. Mrs Omotayo made this appeal at the 4th Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)…

Sanusi addressing the participants at the conference

My saddest day as Kano Emir – Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, has called on the federal government to show more commitment in its fight against malnutrition in the country. Mr Sanusi also narrated an experience he said was his 'saddest day' as Kano emir. On malnutrition, he said the government can tackle it by establishing…

Executive director Faisal Shuaib giving the keynote address

‘Vaccine derived polio’ won’t stop Nigeria from being certified free – Official

The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will not suffer a setback in the success recorded on wild polio eradication in the country. He said though the country has been experiencing another type of polio known as the 'vaccine derived polio', this…

Hurricane devastation in the Bahamas [Photo: New York Times]

Agency seeks $3.5 million for humanitarian response in Bahamas

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has issued a donor appeal of $3.5 million for humanitarian health response to cater for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The health agency in a statement issued via the WHO website on Monday said the request is for an initial $3.5…

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Yellow Fever outbreak, recruitment of doctors, other dominate health news last week

Last week, new cases of yellow fever were reported in the Northeast Nigerian states of Borno and Bauchi. In response to the outbreak, the Nigerian government and its international partners are embarking on a reactive vaccination campaign in three states. PREMIUM TIMES brings a roundup of some of the important…

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

Yellow Fever: Nigeria launches vaccination campaign to contain disease

The Nigerian government has begun a yellow fever reactive vaccination campaign in three states to contain an outbreak of the disease in Ebonyi State in August. In a statement issued via its site on Saturday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the vaccination exercise will run for 10 days, from…

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

Nigerian govt confirms outbreak of yellow fever in two states

Nigeria's centre for disease control has confirmed the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Bauchi State. The Director General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement on Friday said the agency was first notified of the outbreak on August 29. He said the agency received the report of a confirmed…

Facebook devises educational message to combat vaccine misinformation

The World Health Organization has welcomed Facebook’s effort to curb anti-vaccine information on its social media platform. Facebook management said it would ensure that users of its platform- Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups, Pages and forums – where people seek out information and advice will only find facts about vaccines from…

Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital

Kidnapped medical director of top Nigerian hospital released

The Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Sylvanus Okogbenin, has been released ten days after he was abducted by gunmen. Mr Okogbenin was kidnapped by gunmen on August 26 at the Ramat Park area of Benin City, Edo State capital. He was on his way to Irrua when…

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Top health stories last week

The increasing cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was of concern to international health experts last week. The current outbreak in the Central African country has claimed about 2,000 lives since it started in August 2018. On August 31, Nigeria joined other African countries to celebrate…