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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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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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…

INTERVIEW: Doctors in public hospitals shouldn’t be allowed to run private clinics – NMA President

Mike Ogirima, a professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, is the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and President of Nigeria Orthopaedic Association. He spoke in an exclusive interview with Ayodamola Owoseye, Nike Adebowale and Idris Ibrahim on critical issues in Nigeria’s health sector and doctors’ perspective of the way…

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Health Stories in the News Last Week

European Union donates Seventy Million Euros to Support Nigerian Health Project A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Federal Government and the European Union, EU, for a 70 million euros donation by the union to support the revamping of Nigeria's health sector. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole,…

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Senator decries Nigeria’s budgetary allocation to health The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has decried budgetary allocation to the health sector in Nigeria, saying it was disproportionate to its mandate. Mr. Tejuosho at a news briefing in Abuja said allocation to the sector had continued to “show no…

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Nigeria agency faults professor’s HIV cure claim

The National Centre for Disease Control has faulted the claim by a Nigerian professor of discovering the cure for HIV. Maduike Ezeibe, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia was widely reported of developing a drug that eliminated the deadly virus in…

World Cancer Day: Expert calls for better awareness among Nigerians

As Nigerian joined the rest of the world to mark the World Cancer Day on February 4, an oncologist, Debo Omikunle, has called for better awareness of the disease to ensure early detection. About 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer yearly with more than 7 million dying of the…

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Major health stories across Nigeria last week

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, attributed the prevalence of leprosy in Nigeria to pockets of high endemicity in some states. Mr. Adewole disclosed this while commemorating the 64th anniversary of the World Leprosy Day Celebration with the theme: “Zero Disability Among Children Affected by Leprosy”. He said although Nigeria…

Child obesity in Nigeria remains low despite global increase

Junk foods children eat can make them overweight and lead to medical complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, which were once considered adult diseases, experts have said. However, despite the global increase in child obesity, the latest National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, report on Nutrition and…

INTERVIEW: The challenges faced, successes achieved in dealing with HIV in Nigeria – NACA DG

Sani Aliyu assumed office as the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, NACA, in November last year. He had his first degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and worked for a few years in the State House Clinic, Abuja, before moving to the United Kingdom…

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Major health stories in the news last week

NAFDAC South-east zonal laboratory gets international accreditation The South-east zonal laboratory of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in Anambra State has been accredited to test raw materials. The International Organisation for Standard, ISO,‎ and the International Electro-technical Commission, IEC, presented the accreditation certificate to…

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Lassa kills 4 in Nasarawa Four people were confirmed dead due to the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nasarawa State, north-central Nigeria. The state commissioner for Health, Daniel Iya, said they had recorded 16 suspected cases in the state and the 36 people who had contact with the deceased were…

5 things Trump said at inauguration that World leaders should worry about

In his inauguration speech as America's 45th president, President Donald Trump made it clear his agenda was all about protecting American interest. Here are 5 major highlights of Mr. Trump's speech that other world leaders could be worried about. 1. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign…

UPDATE: 52 dead, 120 injured after Nigerian jet accidentally bombed IDP camp

The MSF, otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, has said that at least 52 people were killed after a Nigerian fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on an internally displaced persons, IDP, camp. The international organisation, whose officials were present at the Rann camp in Borno State when the incident…

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Contraceptive use among Nigerian women on increase

The Federal Government’s advocacy on the use of contraceptive among sexually active women in Nigeria for the prevention of unwanted pregnancy and abortion is beginning to yield positive results as more women are recorded to be embracing the method. Compiled data from the 2015 report of the National Bureau of…

Major health stories across Nigeria last week

Nigeria to adopt new health financing model Nigeria’s federal government is planning to adopt a new financing model based on a partnership between the public and private sectors, to strengthen the nation’s healthcare system. The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting held in Abuja on how…

Resident Doctors On Strike

Major health news across Nigeria last week

The Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, urged stakeholders to prevail on the Nigerian federal government to meet the demands of its members to prevent further strike. Adebayo Sekumade, President of LUTH chapter of the association, made the plea at a news conference organised by the…

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Poor policies, facilities hinder management of mental disorder in Nigeria

Leke Adetayo sat at a beer parlour nursing his drink when this reporter first met him in the company of friends. He felt like the world was coming to an end for him. In fact, he had contemplated suicide, he would much later reveal, because he could no longer stand…

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Major health news across Nigeria last week

HEALTH EXPENDIITURE For several years, Nigeria has consistently spent only about one per cent of its GDP on health, said the Provost of the College of Medicine of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Kehinde Oluwadiya. Mr. Oluwadiya, a professor of medicine, disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “Impact of…

Major health stories across Nigeria last week

STRESS CAN LEAD TO MENTAL ILLNESS Nigerians have been warned not to put themselves under undue stress which can lead to mental illness. A consultant psychiatrist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Alfred Makanjuola, gave the advice at the 2016 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the…