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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NHIS crisis taking toll on health service providers, enrolees — Medical Directors

The Guild of Medical Directors, GMD, has called for speedy resolution of the crisis at the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. It says the crisis is having negative effect on the discharge of services to enrolees in the Nigerian health insurance scheme. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had early…

Drug resistant fungus surfaces in UK hospitals

A drug resistant fungus first found in Japan has found its way into hospitals in the United Kingdom, infecting 200 patients. The fungus Candida auris, a family of yeast, can live both inside the body or on the skin. The fungus, which has a potential of causing deadly complications, particularly…

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Nigeria, USAID launch medical warehouse facility

The United State Agency for International Development, USAID, and the Nigerian Ministry of Health on Monday inaugurated a medical facility that will provide medical authorities better access to lifesaving medicines and other essential health commodities. USAID in a press statement said the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse facility, also known as…

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Yemen cholera outbreak reaches world peak

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit half a million on Sunday, with nearly 2000 people reported dead since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The World Health Organisation in a press statement released on Monday said though the overall caseload has declined…

Flood: NCDC urges states to raise surveillance on Hepatitis E

With the incessant cases of flood around the country due to the rainy season, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has called on state governments to increase surveillance alert and be more prepared for outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as Hepatitis E. There is currently an outbreak of the…

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Lagos confirms two deaths from Lassa Fever

Two patients being treated for Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, have been confirmed dead. Both patients whose cases were presented late were said to have died within few days of admission despite all efforts to save them. The Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Chris Bode, while confirming…

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Major health news last week: Exclusive breastfeeding, Ogun quack doctors, others

NEW MOTHERS ADVISED ON EXCLUSIVELY BREASTFEEDING Experts have advised new mothers to try breastfeed their new babies in the first hour of birth and exclusively breastfeed for six months as all the nutrients and immunisation the babies need for protection against diseases and proper development is in the breastmilk. This…

Hepatisis E on increase in Boko Haram-ravaged Borno, NCDC warns

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has reported an increasing number of cases of suspected Hepatitis E in Borno State, Northeast, Nigeria. Borno is the state most ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency which has caused tens of thousands of deaths there. The health agency in its weekly epidemiological…

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Inadequate breastfeeding costs Nigeria $21 billion yearly

Health experts have warned that there is a huge economic cost to not exclusively breastfeeding babies for the first six months of their lives. According to the experts at an event in Abuja on Tuesday, inadequate breastfeeding costs the Nigerian economy an estimated $ 21 billion per year, or 4.…

Counterfeit drugs: Nigeria sets up coordinated centres for drugs distributors

The National Drug Distribution Guidelines is set to take off in Nigeria under which drug sellers in every community would operate from a central location. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this on Monday in Lagos during a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, to solicit his…

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Experts pledge to eliminate Meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030

There is new hope for Africa in the fight against Meningitis as health experts from across the world have pledged to ensure that the killer disease is eliminated from the 'meningitis belt' in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. According to a press release on Monday by the World Health Organisation, the…

Flooding: 11 precautions Nigerians must take to prevent diseases – CDC

With the rise in flooding incidents across the country, Nigerians have been urged to take hygiene seriously to prevent the spread of infectious diseases which are associated with the season. The agency in charge of disease control in Nigeria, NCDC, in an effort to reduce the spread of infectious diseases,…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

HEALTH NEWS THIS WEEK: NHIS controversy continues, Lassa fever in Plateau

REPS REJECT NHIS BUDGET The House of Representatives rejected the 2017 budget proposals of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. The lawmakers said they will not attend to the budget until the Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, appears before them to explain the reason he suspended the Executive Secretary of the…

World Hepatitis Day: Five ways to get the disease, five ways to prevent it

Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for about 1.34 million deaths per year. There are five main types of Hepatitis virus referred to as Types A, B, C, D, and E which your body is prone to. On World Hepatitis…

Yemen on map [Photo Credit: Operation World]

UN agencies call for urgent intervention in Yemen amid cholera outbreak, malnutrition

The international community has been urged to redouble support for the people of Yemen as the country as a protracted political conflict has pushed the country into one of the the world' largest humanitarian crisis. This call was made on Wednesday in a joint statement by the heads of three…

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World Hepatitis Day: Know Your Status To Avoid Liver Diseases, Minister Urges Nigerians

Ahead of the World Hepatitis Day, Nigerians have been urged to know their hepatitis status towards preventing liver diseases and hepatitis-related deaths. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave this advice on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja on the World Hepatitis Day. The advice came on the same…

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Nigeria sets up task force to reduce maternal mortality

The Nigerian government has set up a task force to coordinate strategies for reducing pregnancy related deaths among women. The 36-member task force will focus on six states of the country with the highest maternal mortality cases. The states had been found to have the worst maternal health indicators, using…

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Top Health Stories Last Week: Banned drugs on sale, more women demand CS

SENATE INVESTIGATES 42 ‘BANNED’ ANTI-MALARIA DRUGS The Nigerian Senate said it would investigate reports of 42 anti-malaria drugs banned by the European Union, EU, but which are still in circulation in the country. The EU reportedly banned these drugs as a result of their effect on health, including causing kidney failure.…

Death toll rises to 17 in Kwara cholera outbreak

Seventeen persons have been confirmed dead in 1,617 reported suspected cases as a cholera outbreak continues to ravage Kwara State in North-central Nigeria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, disclosed the grim figures in its weekly epidemiological report for Week 26 released on Tuesday. According to the agency, the…

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Nigeria launches guidelines on essential drugs for treatment

The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja launched two documents which would serve as guidelines for crafting an essential medicine list for medical practitioners in the treatment of patients. A press statement released by the ministry of health stated that the two documents, 2nd Edition of Nigerian Standard Treatment Guidelines…

Experts brainstorm on healthcare challenges in Abuja

The shortage of health workforce and the uneven distribution of available skilled healthcare professionals have been identified as reasons for poor healthcare service delivery in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, called on governments at all levels and private sector alike to develop human resources that would…

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Health Minister intensifies NHIS sweep, suspends eight top staff

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has suspended eight top management staff of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, days after suspending the executive secretary of the agency over corruption allegations. A statement by the health ministry on Monday said the suspension of the officers was to pave the way…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Major health stories last week: NHIS suspension controversy, Lass Fever outbreak, others

NHIS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY DEFIES SUSPENSION The Federal Ministry of Health reacted to the response of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, to his suspension. Mr. Yusuf officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, saying he would not comply with the July 6…

Family, friends pay tribute to Osotimehin in Abuja

Family members, friends and colleagues gathered in Abuja on Friday to pay last respects to the late Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund, UNPFA, Babatunde Osotimehin, who died last month in New York, USA. The late professor was eulogised at two separate events held in his honour by the…

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Health Ministry replies embattled NHIS chief, says suspension order stands

The Federal Ministry of Health has reacted to the response of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, to his suspension. Mr. Yusuf in a July 12 letter, exclusively sourced by PREMIUM TIMES, addressed to the Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, said he would not obey the…