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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Council on Health approves 12 recommendations to tackle disease outbreaks

To achieve early disease detection and control, state governments have been advised to establish functional infection prevention committees, emergency operational centres and isolation units. These recommendations, part of 12 were given in a communique released by the emergency National Council on Health meeting held on Monday in Abuja. The meeting…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Minister blames state govts for Lassa Fever spread

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday blamed poor preparation and tardiness by state governments for the current spread of Lassa Fever and other public health challenges in Nigeria. At an emergency meeting of the National Council on Health held in Abuja, Mr. Adewole said states health ministry's lack…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories last week

28 African countries lack cancer machine The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has bemoaned the lack of a single radiotherapy machine for cancer treatment in 28 African countries. Yukiya Amano, Director-General of IAEA, said millions of people continue to suffer from cancer in developing countries, due to lack of access…

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Major health reports of last week

Lassa outbreak: Minister blames doctors for infections The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has blamed the increasing number of health workers infected with Lassa fever on their refusal to take necessary precaution while treating patients. The Minister who said this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when he paid a courtesy call…

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Nigerian govt, May&Baker partner on local vaccines production

The federal government and May&Baker Nigeria Plc have formally kicked off local vaccines production in the country following the inauguration of the Board of Directors of Biovaccines Nigeria Limited in Abuja, the pharmaceutical company has said in a statement.   Biovaccines Nigeria Limited is a joint venture between the Federal…

FG/WHO begins yellow fever vaccination in three states

The federal government on Thursday began a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever in the country. The vaccination kicked off in three states, Kogi, Kwara and Zamfara states and is expected to move to Borno state where the campaign would focus on the camps for internally…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Nigerian govt releases $1 million for contraceptives

The Federal Government has released $1 million for the delivery of contraceptives to enhance quality family planning among Nigerians. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, said plans for the procurement has begun. Nigeria has been…

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Lassa fever: Nigeria records 16 deaths in less than one month

Since the beginning of 2018, Nigeria has recorded 16 deaths from 61 confirmed cases of Lassa fever across the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC in a press statement released on Wednesday said a total number of 107 suspected cases has been recorded in ten states across the…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Health experts advocate autonomy, adequate financing for NCDC

Health experts have urged Nigerian lawmakers to give autonomy to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC so as to be able it fully operate without political hindrances. This plea was given by health partners and key players in the health sector at the public hearing conducted by the Senate…

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WHO donates 853 motorcycles to Nigeria

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has donated 853 motorcycles to the Nigerian government to improve disease surveillance in the country. The vehicles and other items were handed over to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, by the WHO Country Director, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, on Monday in Abuja. At the ceremony, Mr.…

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Major health stories last week

Cluster cases of Lassa fever in Ebonyi, Kogi The Ebonyi State government confirmed the death of one doctor and a nurse from suspected Lassa fever infection. The National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, also confirmed that the state notified it of a cluster breakout of the fever in the state.…

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Nigerian institute develops drugs for Ebola, malaria

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Special Assistant, Communication and Strategy to the Minister of Health, Kazeem Akintunde, on…

INTERVIEW: Why we want Nigeria’s health minister removed – JOHESU Chairman

Olusegun Sotiloye, a physiotherapist, is the chairman, Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, University College Hospital, UCH, chapter. He also doubles as the deputy president south of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals. Both unions comprise all professional health workers in the health sector aside medical doctors and dentists. In…

NCDC confirms Lassa fever among health workers in Ebonyi

The National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed that Ebonyi State has notified it of a cluster breakout of Lassa fever in the state. The health agency in a press statement on its website on Monday said it was notified of four cases of Lassa fever among health care…

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Major Nigeria health stories last week

These are some of the prominent health reports published last week. Polio: Over 900,000 to be immunised in Abuja The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Primary Health Care Development Board says over 900,000 children will be immunised against polio in the first round of 2018 vaccination across Abuja. The Acting Executive…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How patients lose lives, body parts due to alleged medical negligence at Nigerian hospitals

When Kingsley Kalu left home on October 18, 2017, it was with the hope of returning safely as it had been on other days. He never knew he would be crippled by a stray bullet released by a police officer. He never thought he would end up at the hospital…

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Police charge top Akwa Ibom official’s wife for stepdaughter’s abuse

The wife of a top Akwa-Ibom government official was on Friday charged by the police before a magistrate court in Abuja for alleged serial abuse of her 10-year-old stepdaughter. Court documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES on Friday showed that the accused, Chidinma, whose husband is Ini Awak, the permanent secretary,…

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Buhari appoints new heads for four tertiary hospitals

President Muhammadu Buhari has named four heads for major health institutions across Nigeria. The president appointed Ajayi Adekunle as Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State. He appointed Henry Ugboma as Chief Medical Director, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. He appointed T.O. Adebowale as…

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Yellow Fever: Nigeria confirms nine deaths

A yellow fever outbreak is currently ongoing in Nigeria with nine people confirmed dead from the disease, a report has said. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in its situation report on yellow fever in the country released for the first epidemiological week in 2018 said the ailment has…

Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the health stories published last week. Kogi doctors begin indefinite strike The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kogi state chapter has directed its members to begin strike on Monday over alleged failure of the state government to meet their demands. Godwin Tijani, Chairman of the association said…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (2)

November 2017 marked two years that most of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES in 2016 reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. This is the second part in the series for 2017. Read the first part…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (1)

November 2017 marked two years that most of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. Mr. Buhari inaugurated 36 ministers on November 11, 2015 to man 24 federal ministries. However,…

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2017: Sad year in Nigeria’s health sector; over 1,000 die from preventable diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked…

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Actress who played ‘Lousia’ in The Sound of Music is dead

Heather Menzies-Urich, the actress who played the role of Lousia, one of the Von Trapp seven children in the movie, “The Sound of Music” is dead. The Canadian born actress died at age 68. Menzies-Urich's death was announced by the estate of the musical's creators, Rodgers & Hammerstein, on Christmas…

Monkeypox

Major health stories in the news last week

These are the major health reports published last week. Monkeypox: Nigeria records one death, confirms 61 cases Fourteen weeks after the first suspected monkeypox case in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, reported the first death from the disease. The agency also announced 61 confirmed cases. NCDC…