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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LASSA FEVER: Rats used to illustrate the story.

More Lassa fever deaths, exit of Nasarawa’s specialist doctors, other major health stories last week

Lassa Fever: Nigeria records five new deaths in three states Five new deaths have been recorded in three states in the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria. The states are Edo, Ondo and Bauchi. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its weekly situation report on the outbreak also…

LASSA FEVER: Rats used to illustrate the story.

Lassa Fever: Five new deaths recorded in three states

Five new deaths have been recorded in three states in the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country since the beginning of the year. The states are Edo, Ondo and Bauchi. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) on Saturday in its weekly situation report on the outbreak also said…

Medical Doctors (health workers) attending to patients used to illustrate the story health

World TB Day: Experts want more funding to fight disease in Nigeria

Tuberculosis (TB) experts have urged government at all levels to significantly increase domestic funding of the fight against the disease. They gave the advice on Monday in Abuja at a press conference to commemorate the World TB Day. The World TB Day is celebrated on March 24 every year to…

Medical Doctors (health workers) attending to patients used to illustrate the story health

Major health news last week

WHO paves way for stronger international human gene-editing regulations The World Health Organisation committee on gene editing has called on all scientists conducting human genome research to open discussions with the committee so as to ensure that their work meets current scientific and ethical best practices. This call was made by the advisory committee…

WHO

World TB Day: Use your money to provide adequate care, WHO urges African leaders

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Africa governments to use domestic resources to fund core Tuberculosis (TB) control services in their countries WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said African governments need to increase their investment on TB. She said their current spending is below the levels required…

A map used to illustrate the spread of Lassa fever across states in Nigeria

23 new Lassa fever cases confirmed in Nigeria

The current Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed at least 114 people this year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Saturday. From January 1 to March 17, a total of 1801 suspected cases were reported from 21 states. Of these, 495 were confirmed positive, 15 probable…

Supplementary Governorship Elections: Official results from polling units (LIVE UPDATES)

Hours after supplementary elections commenced in six states across the country, results have started coming in from the polling units. Nigerians on March 9 went to the polls to elect governors and lawmakers in 29 states across the country. However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governorship elections…

WHO

WHO paves way for stronger international human gene-editing regulations

The World Health Organisation committee on gene editing has called on all scientists conducting human genome research to open discussions with the committee so as to ensure that their work meets current scientific and ethical best practices. This call was made by the advisory committee set up by the health…

Aisha Buhari

Tuberculosis: Aisha Buhari urges Nigerians to go for test

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerians to present themselves for Tuberculosis test, reminding them that the disease is curable and treatable if diagnosed early. Mrs Buhari in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday said the clearest symptom of the disease is when…

Medical Doctors (health workers) attending to patients used to illustrate the story health

WHO unveils new measures for TB eradication

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidelines to improve the treatment of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). The health agency in a statement released on Wednesday recommended shifting to fully oral regimens to treat people with MDR-TB. It explained that the new treatment course is more effective and is…

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 governor-elect

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…