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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Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja

Why Nigerian govt cannot fund citizens health needs – Official

Nigeria must explore other sources outside the budget to effectively finance its health sector, the Director-General, Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, has said. Mr Akabueze spoke on Tuesday at a workshop in Abuja organised by the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI), under the theme: “Nigeria Value for Money in the…

Benue on map

FG renews appointment of FMC Makurdi director

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Peteru Inunduh as the Medical Director (MD), Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Benue State. According to a press statement signed by a spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, on Tuesday, Mr Inunduh's appointment is a renewal for a second and…

Obi Adigwe, Director-General of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).

INTERVIEW: Over 10,000 Nigerian indigenous plants have ethno medicinal value – Adigwe, DG, NIPRD

Obi Adigwe is the Director-General of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD). The Nigerian government established the agency for research and development of drugs, biological products and pharmaceutical raw materials based on indigenous resources. In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ayodamola Owoseye and Nike Adebowale, Mr…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

52 new cases of Lassa fever recorded in the last seven days –NCDC

The confirmed cases from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 472 as 53 new cases were reported for week 10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its weekly situation update for the reporting week (March 4 to 10) said the 52 new confirmed cases were reported…

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

Major health stories in the news last week

1.9 million Nigerians living with HIV – NACA boss. The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said. The Director-General of NACA, Sani Aliyu, said the percentage of…

Some of the speakers at the Pre- World TB conference

Tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine not enough protection against TB infection – Experts

Receiving vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) during childhood does not totally cover an individual from getting infected with the disease, a health expert, Odume Betrand has said. Bacilli Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is the vaccine for the prevention of TB and often administered to children at birth. However, there are some exceptional cases where people…

University College Hospital Ibadan

World Kidney Day: Survivors, relatives narrate impact of non-renal coverage of NHIS

Kidney disease, like many other diseases, is treatable if detected early. Femi Ibitokun survived kidney failure and lives to tell his story. But Ahmed Semiu did not. Ahmed was 15 years old when doctors diagnosed him with the condition. After that, he had a kidney transplant in India but succumbed…

TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT UNIT, FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE, KEFFI, NASARAWA STATE

About 18 Nigerians die of tuberculosis every hour – Expert

At least 18 Nigerians die from Tuberculosis (TB) every hour, a TB expert, Lovett Lawson, has said. Mr Lawson, the Board Chairman of Stop TB partnership Nigeria, disclosed this at a pre-World TB Day press conference in Abuja on Thursday. The World TB Day is celebrated March 24 to raise…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Election: Oyo police debunk rumours of more killings

The Oyo State police command has debunked rumours of killings of some prominent persons in Ibadan, the state capital. The news had been making rounds on the social media on Sunday sequel to the killing of the deceased Oyo lawmaker and senatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Temitope…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo PDP governorship candidate

PDP’s Seyi Makinde wins Oyo governorship election

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Seyi Makinde, has been declared winner of the Oyo State governorship election. The PDP candidate won 28 out of the 33 local governments in the state, leaving the All Progressives Congress with only five. Mr Makinde received 515, 621 votes to defeat his…

Debris of crashed Ethiopian Airlines [Photo: Sky News]

Nigerian govt confirms death of ex-diplomat in Ethiopian Airlines crash

The Nigerian government has confirmed the death of a diplomat in the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday. Abiodun Bashua was among the 157 passengers and crew members who died in the crash that occurred in Ethiopia. Although he was the only one listed as a Nigerian on the…

Paul-Arkwright

UK expresses concern over military involvement in Rivers poll

The British High Commission in Nigeria has expressed concerns over the report of military interference in the election in Rivers State. The commission was reacting to reports from its election observers about the tension at the collation centre in Port Harcourt. It said the military interference in the polls is…

Alao Akala

APC wins Akala’s ward in governorship, loses assembly election

The All Progressives Congress has won the governorship election in Ward 10 of Ogbomosho North Local Government Area of Oyo State. This is the ward of the former Oyo State governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, who declared his support for the APC. The APC governorship candidate, Adegoke Adelabu, won with 2,390 votes…

Bauchi State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar

Bauchi state governor loses polling unit to PDP

The governor of Bauchi State, Muhammad Abubakar, has lost the election in his polling unit to his major rival, Bala Mohammed, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The governor who contested under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 288 votes while the PDP candidate garnered 358 votes. Mr…

Darius Ishaku, Taraba State Governor

Flared tempers trail arrest of top PDP officials in Taraba

Tempers are boiling over in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, following the Friday arrest of two officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governorship elections on Saturday. At midday Friday, four service vehicles of operatives from the state command of the State Security Service (SSS) drove to…

International Women's Day Celebration

International Women’s Day: Africa needs to invest more to ensure gender balance – WHO

The World Health Organisation has commended the efforts of some Africans countries to resolve gender disparity in the continent but said all must do more. The Africa Regional Director, WHO, Matshidiso Moeti, gave the commendation at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday in commemoration of the International Women’s Day.…

National Hospital

Nigeria’s Lassa fever death toll hits 93

The death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 93, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed. NCDC, in its weekly situation update, stated that 1,374 suspected cases and 93 deaths were reported across 21 states including FCT as of March 3. In the…

WHO employs mobile surveillance system for polio eradication

In an effort to totally eradicate polio from Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a real-time innovative mobile surveillance system aimed at strengthening polio surveillance across the continent. According to WHO, the system is providing valuable and real-time evidence of poliovirus circulation, and helps drive strategic implementation. WHO, in a press…

Rats used to illustrate the story.

Increased Lassa fever deaths, other major health stories last week

Lassa Fever: Nigeria records 381 cases in 2019 Some 381 people have been confirmed positive with Lassa fever in Nigeria as at February 24 this year. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, the country has recorded 83 deaths in confirmed cases.…

WHO

World Hearing Day: WHO launches mobile hearing app

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a free application mobile device, which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app named "hearWHO” is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the…

Lassa fever

Governor, caregiver narrate experiences with Lassa fever

David Eseile is a medical doctor with over 10 years’ experience relating to Lassa fever patients. Mr Eseile is one of the dozens of caregivers who have been infected with the disease while treating patients. “One minute I was all kitted up in my protective gear collecting blood samples from…

Lassa Fever: Nigeria records 381 cases

Some 381 people have been confirmed to be positive with Lassa fever, in Nigeria, as at February 24. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday said since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, the country has recorded 83 deaths in confirmed cases of the disease. This brings the case…

Ms Tanya Hill, US embassy official speaking at the event

Black History Month: Africa must tap potentials of Africans in the diaspora – Panel

Africa needs to bridge the gap between it and Africans in the diaspora so as to develop the continent. Participants gave this advice on Thursday at a panel discussion organised by the United States Embassy, Abuja in commemoration of the Black History Month. The theme of the event was “Building…

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

How community informants help improve polio surveillance – WHO

The engagement of community informants for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance has yielded a positive result in Borno State, the World Health Organisation Nigeria office has said. The global health agency said 17 AFP cases were reported in the state in 2019. In a press statement on Wednesday, WHO said…

Asokoro district hospital

Reports of Lassa fever at Asokoro hospital untrue – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday said there is no suspected Lassa fever case in the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja. The Director-General of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a press statement urged Nigerians to disregard the report circulating on the social media claiming there is a suspected case…