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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‎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…

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Nigeria currently testing locally produced ‘cure’ for epilepsy – Minister

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has disclosed that one of the agencies under the ministry may have developed a drug for the treatment of epilepsy. Mr. Onu, made this disclosure at an investment forum organised in New York by his ministry for Nigerians in the United States.…

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Nigerian govt restates commitment to polio eradication

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicating polio in Nigeria by making funds available early for the purchase of vaccines for immunization against the disease. The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, at a stakeholders meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication held in Abuja on Thursday, restated…

World Vaccination Week: Dangote, Bill Gates speak on efforts to end polio

In a push to eliminate polio in Africa and rid the world of the disease, Aliko Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations have engaged more than 138,000 vaccinators to conduct vaccinations across five African countries in the Lake Chad area. In a joint press statement on Tuesday to mark the World…

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World Malaria Day: Nigerians warned to stop using Chloroquine for malaria treatment

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has urged Nigerians to stop using chloroquine, or Artemisinin as a monotherapy in treatment of malaria, as he listed steps that Nigerians need to take to combat the killer disease in the country. Mr. Adewole, a professor of Medicine who was speaking in Abuja…

Autopsy suggests Senator Adeleke had ‘drug overdose’

The autopsy done on the remains of Isiaka Adeleke, the Osun West Senator who died on Sunday in Osogbo is suggesting that the late lawmaker had an overdose of painkillers in his system, family and medical sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. The sources said a medical examination of the tissues…

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Meningitis: A killer disease Nigeria was not prepared for

In February, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, raised an alarm over the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis across north-western Nigeria. The first case of the disease was reported in Zamfara State in November, 2016, but did not become a national concern until February when the NCDC said it…

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WHO wants Nigeria, other developing countries to invest more in water, sanitation

Developing countries have been tasked to increase their current national spending to provide safe and reliable service on water and sanitation so as to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets on universal access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030. A newly published report by the World…

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…