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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Ebola Volunteers

WHO seeks greater action against DRC Ebola epidemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for more collaborative efforts from its partners to effectively address the ongoing Ebola Virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since last year, DRC has been witnessing an outbreak of Ebola disease. As at the last count by the international agency…

WHO introduces global registry on human genome editing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) expert advisory committee has approved the first phase of a new global registry to track research on human genome editing. The UN health agency in a statement via its website on Friday said the 18-member committee also announced an online consultation on the governance of genome editing.…

A traditional herbal medicine practitioner exhibiting his ware at the event

Nigeria seeks inclusion of traditional medicine in universities’ curricula

Traditional medicine practitioners in Nigeria have been urged to collaborate and share knowledge with scientific researchers in order enhance the development of the pharmaceutical sector. This advice was given in Abuja on Thursday by the Director –General, NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, at the 2019 African Traditional Medicine organised by the African…

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba

Yaba Psychiatric Hospital resident doctors call off strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY), Lagos, has called off the indefinite strike of its members in the institution. The decision to suspend the strike which began July 31 was announced in a communiqué issued by the association on August 29. It said…

Nigeria Medical Association Executives address pressmen in Abuja ahead of its National Health Summit Photo credit: Owoseye Ayodamola

NMA outlines agenda for new health ministers

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has asked the new ministers of health to intensify efforts aimed at making primary healthcare services accessible to Nigerians. It's president, Francis Faduyile, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, set three tasks for the ministers. These include making primary healthcare sustainable at the…

Health ministers, Ehanire and Mamora addressing pressman on resumption to office

New health ‘ministers’, polio eradication, others dominate health stories last week

The health sector at the local and international levels experienced many activities and developments during the week. Aside from new appointments and nominations, policies expected to revolutionise the African health sector were endorsed and new researches aimed at improving healthcare delivery were assigned. Also, Nigeria and the WHO African Region…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Raise tax on tobacco, advocates urge Nigerian government

Nigerian tobacco control advocates have urged the federal government to raise the tax collected on all tobacco products and earmark a percentage of these for tobacco control activities across the country. This advice was given in Abuja on Thursday during a press conference organised by Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance in…

Malnourished child (Photo Credit: Sunday Alamba)

African health ministers outline plans to tackle malnutrition, malaria

Strategic plans to reduce the double burden of malnutrition and malaria in the African region are being fashioned out at the 69th Regional Committee meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) holding in the Congo Republic. The committee meeting is the highest decision-making body on health in Africa and involves…

A tap of running water used to illustrate the story [Photo: nationals.org.au]

WHO advocates more research on health impact of microplastics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impact on human health. This call was made in a press statement on Thursday following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking water. The organisation also…

vaccination exercise

African health ministers agree on new response strategy for disease outbreaks

African health ministers have adopted a 10-year regional strategy to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response in the continent. The ministers adopted the Regional Strategy for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response 2020–2030 on Wednesday at the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, in Brazzaville, the Republic of…

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

WHO, Heads of African countries glad as region reaches last mile of wild polio

African leaders and developmental partners working on the eradication of polio have been urged not to relent on their achievements in ending polio on the continent. This advice was given on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the Regional Committee for Africa in Brazzaville. The committee meeting, which…

Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria’s ‘new’ health, education ministers report for duty

The newly appointed health ministers, Osagie Ehanire and Olorunimbe Mamora, and education ministers, Adamu Adamu and Emeka Nwajuiba, on Wednesday, assumed office after being sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Ehanire takes charge as Minister of Health while Mr Mamora is now Minister for State for health. Health The…

Health ministers, Ehanire and Mamora addressing pressman on resumption to office

Profiles of Nigeria’s new health ministers Osagie Ehanire and Olorunnimbe Mamora

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated the new ministers who would be working with him in the next four years. He appointed two ministers to run the Ministry of Health. Osagie Ehanire is the senior minister while Olorunnimbe Mamora is the minister of state. Here are the profiles of the…

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba

Yaba psychiatric hospital resident doctors continue strike over shortage of staff

Resident doctors at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY), Lagos, are continuing their indefinite strike over shortage of medical personnel in the hospital. The decision to continue the strike which began July 31 was announced in a press statement on Wednesday. "The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital (FNPHY)…

President Denis Sassou Nguesso

Invest more in healthcare, Congolese president urges colleagues

An African leader has urged his colleagues to strengthen primary healthcare and invest more in human capital to achieve universal health coverage on the continent. Congolese President, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, said this at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Brazzaville which opened on Monday. The committee is…

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica.com]

WHO regional director nominated for second term

The World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, has been nominated to serve in the same capacity for a second five-year term. Ms Moeti was nominated on Tuesday by the 47 Member States of the WHO African Region. Nigeria is one of the countries. The nomination was confirmed…

Buhari appoints new head for National Obstetric Fistula Centre

The federal government has approved the appointment of Johnson Obuna as the substantive head of the National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. The appointment was confirmed in a press statement signed by the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ogundoro Modupe, on Monday. The statement said the appointment…

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

New UNAIDS chief, Ebola drugs, others dominate health stories last week

Science and health recorded major feats last week with the success of new drugs for the treatment of two deadly diseases - Ebola and Tuberculosis. Two new trial drugs passed the test for Ebola treatment while there was a breakthrough in treatment for drug-resistant TB. Also, UNAIDS appointed a new…

TB Patients receiving treatment. (Photo Credit: Damien Foundation)

WHO, Global Funds, Stop TB want global action against tuberculosis

Nearly one year after the first United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, world leaders have been called upon to implement immediate action on their commitments towards eradicating the disease globally. This call was made by the Stop TB Partnership, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the…

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Global artistes, athletes sign pledge to end AIDS, TB, Malaria by 2030

British-Nigerian-American actor, David Oyelowo, has joined other global artistes and athletes to sign an open letter to seven-year- olds, promising to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics by 2030 – the year the children will become adults. By 2030, the seven-year-olds will be 18. Other Signatories include: popular musicians,…

One of the houses in Lokogoma affected by the flood

Five health risks associated with flooding

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies (NIHSA) last week predicted more rains in the oncoming weeks, which could lead to flooding in 74 local government areas, including in the Federal Capital Territory. This prediction followed daily monitoring of flood water level of the River Niger at Lokoja. The agency revealed that…

Breastfeeding Photo: The Guardian

Yellow Fever outbreak, breastfeeding week others dominate health stories last week

The health sector last week witnessed lots of events. One which stood out was the continuation of the World Breastfeeding Week. The week which started August 1, continued till August 7. During the week, the health sector was shocked with the reported cases 16 death due to an ongoing outbreak…

Rise in non-communicable diseases worries health authorities

The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has called on the government to concentrate on tackling non-communicable diseases in the country, warning that they would soon surpass communicable diseases if people do not follow preventive measures. Mr Kallon made this call in Abuja on Tuesday at the launch of…

Breastfeeding Photo: The Guardian

Only one in three Nigerian babies are exclusively breastfed – Report

Only one in three babies born in Nigeria are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives, a new study has shown. This finding was from the National Maternity Entitlement Survey which was presented in Abuja on Tuesday. The presentation was part of the commemoration of the 2019…

A woman breastfeeding her child. [PHOTO CREDIT: Mama Glow]

World Breastfeeding Week: Nine myths about breastfeeding

Becoming a parent is a thing of joy, especially in Africa. Motherhood irrespective of the number of times a woman has put to bed is a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This is because each delivery comes with its peculiar experience. This week, as countries around the world celebrates…