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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Blood pressure checker device [Photo Credit: Daily Mail]

Major health stories last week

Nigeria needs to invest $8 billion yearly in potable water – UNICEF About $8 billion needs to be invested annually in providing potable water in Nigeria, if the country must achieve Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. SDGs Goal 6 aims at ensuring availability and sustainable…

Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib.

INTERVIEW: How new initiatives will change Nigeria’s primary healthcare delivery – NPHCDA boss

Faisal Shuaib is the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ayodamola Owoseye and Nike Adebowale, he speaks on the strategic ways the agency is trying to address fundamental issues in primary healthcare delivery in Nigeria, especially through the Community Health Influencers,…

Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

INTERVIEW: ‎What we’re doing to stop Lassa fever, meningitis, other diseases killing Nigerians – NCDC CEO

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Owoseye Ayodamola and Adebowale Nike on March 2 in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, speaks on the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, government’s effort to improve testing of specimens and the activities of the…

How to prevent blindness from glaucoma – Expert

As the World Glaucoma Day was marked on Monday, Nigerians above forty years have been advised to go for eye check at least twice a year, to protect themselves against blindness from the disease. Glaucoma is a disease that affects the nerves of the eyes and leads to gradual blindness…

Major health stories last week

Nigeria to benefit from U.S. $533m charity fund for Africa Nigeria will benefit from about 533 million dollars to be released by the United States to some African countries humanitarian assistance. The benefactors are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region. U.S.…

Journalists should make state governments accountable for healthcare delivery in Nigeria – Minister

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has urged the media to interrogate state governments more on their practical commitment to health care delivery in the country. Mr. Adewole made this call on Tuesday in Abuja at a health financing policy dialogue organised by THISDAY Newspaper. The summit was held under…

Lassa fever

Lassa fever: Nigeria’s death toll rises to 110

The death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has increased to 110, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said. The health agency in its weekly situation report for week nine, released on Tuesday disclosed that 35 new confirmed cases…

Bollywood Actor, Irrafan Khan, suffering from “rare disease”

Bollywood actor, Irrfan Khan, has revealed he is suffering from what he describes as a “rare disease”. According to BBC, the 51-year-old Indian actor who has acted in more than 100 movies wrote on his Twitter page on Monday that he does not want his fans to speculate about his…

LIVE UPDATES: Major summit on financing Nigeria’s healthcare holds ‎in Abuja

Concerned about the poor funding of the health sector, members of the World Bank Group, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, will on Tuesday join other policy makers and stakeholders at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, for a summit on ‎provision of quality healthcare…

Home owner assaulted by guards at ‘Redeemed Church’ estate

There was chaos on Saturday at a housing estate in the suburb of Abuja, as a security official allegedly assaulted a woman he was trying to stop from building a perimeter fence around her house. Loice Benjamin-Anyawueze was allegedly beaten in front of her house at the Redeemer Excellent Men…

Global body wants drug abuse decriminalised

Drug advocates have called on the federal government to abolish policies that criminalise drug users but treat it as a public health issue. Ruth Dreifuss, former Swiss president and Chair Global Commission on Drug Policy in a public lecture on Friday in Abuja, said the current drug policies implemented by…

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Lassa fever: Nigerian death toll rises to 90

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has officially confirmed the death of 90 persons from Lassa fever. The situation report from NCDC for week eight, released on Friday disclosed that from January 1 to February 25, 2018, 1081 suspected cases and 90 deaths have been reported from 18 states…

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Lassa fever: Death toll rises to 54 across Nigeria

Nigeria has so far recorded 54 deaths in the seven weeks of the Lassa fever outbreak which hit the country early 2018. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its weekly epidemiological report for week seven, released on Wednesday, disclosed that a total of 913 suspected cases of the…

Bill Cosby [Photo credit: CNN]

Bill Cosby’s daughter dies

Bill Cosby has lost one of his daughters, Ensa Cosby, to a kidney disease. The spokesman for the comedian, Andrew Wyatt, told AP that Ms. Cosby died on Friday in Massachusetts. Though the spokesman did not immediately give details, he however said “the Cosby family should be kept in prayers…

Buhari

Buhari directs ministers to inaugurate boards of parastatals

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all ministers to inaugurate the boards of various parastatals under their supervision. The president issued this directive on Monday through a circular signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. The circular directed all ministers to proceed with the inauguration of…

vaccination exercise

Major health stories last week

These are some of the highpoints of reports published in the national and global health terrains last week. Nigeria has 11th highest newborn deaths globally – UNICEF Nigeria has the 11th highest rate of newborn deaths in the world, a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said.…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerian health workers are vulnerable during disease outbreaks  – Health Minister

Isaac Folorunso Adewole is a Nigerian professor of gynaecology and obstetrics. Since November 2015, he has been the Minister of Health in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. He is a former vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan and President of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ebuka Onyeji…

INTERVIEW: Why we agreed to help Nigeria pay $76 million debt to Japan – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Paulin Basinga is the Country Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria, a major international donor supporting development in several sectors in the country. As the head of the operations of the Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Basinga works in close collaboration with government at the federal and state…

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Meningitis kills four in Niger

The Niger State Government has confirmed the death of four persons in the state from ‘C strain’ cerebrospinal meningitis. The state commissioner of health, Mustapha Jubril at a press statement on Wednesday said about 31 cases have so far been reported with nine laboratory tests confirmed including the four deaths.…

ECOWAS opens Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control in Abuja

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has opened its Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) office in Abuja. The technical opening of the centre on Wednesday was attended by members of the West African Health Organisation, two ministers from ECOWAS and development partners. The centre will…

Nigerian hospital receives new radiotherapy machine

The National Hospital in Abuja has received a new radiotherapy machine. The new machine, when installed, is expected to enable the hospital attend to more cancer patients in the country, officials say. With the new addition, the hospital can now boast of three radiotherapy machines. One was recently installed and…

PTCIJ launches fact-checking websites, Dubawa, Udeme

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, will today launch two fact-checking sites designed further promote transparency and deepen the democratic space. The sites will be launched at the Shehu Musa Yar'adua Centre in Abuja by 10:00 a.m. Expected at the launch are dignitaries such as Yemi Kale, Statistician…

Major Health Stories from Last Week

One in three Nigerian households consume contaminated water – Report About one in three households in Nigeria consume contaminated water, a survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed. The survey was carried out in 2016/2017 by the NBS in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency…

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Seven in ten deaths caused by Non Communicable Diseases – WHO

About seven in ten deaths annually are caused by Non Communicable Diseases, NCD, the World Health Organisation has said. The international health agency in a press statement issued on Friday said more than 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 70 die from NCDs annually. Examples of diseases…

NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.

EXCLUSIVE: How probe panel found NHIS’ Usman Yusuf guilty of fraud, misconducts

The recent reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, stirred nationwide controversy and left some staff of the agency bemused. Some of the staff protested at the premises of the agency Thursday last week when Mr. Yusuf reported back to his office. During the…