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

INTERVIEW: What Nigerian govt is doing to achieve local vaccine production, functional PHCs – NPHCDA DG

Faisal Shuaib was appointed Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, in January. In this interview with Bisi Abidoye, Ayodamola Awoseye and Nike Adebowale of PREMIUM IMES, he speaks on the strategic ways the agency is trying to address the fundamental issues in primary healthcare in Nigeria.…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Major health stories last week

These are the major reports that trended in the health sector last week. 54 babies born HIV positive in Nasarawa- Official Fifty four babies delivered in Nasarawa state between January to September, tested positive to HIV. Zakari Umar, the Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency, NASACA, said 54…

National Hospital

Six years after, cancer machine at National Hospital begins operation

Six years after award of contract, a new state-of-the-art cancer centre at the National Hospital has eventually been constructed and commissioned for use. The plan had been in place to replace the previous cancer machine at the hospital with two new LINAC machines, however, the project had been stalled. The…

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10 percent of drugs in developing countries are substandard — WHO

An estimated 10 per cent of drugs circulating in low and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, a new research by the World Health Organisation says. According to a press statement by WHO on the report, the substandard or falsified products are mostly anti-malaria drugs and antibiotics. Apart from…

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Global response to malaria at crossroads due to reduced funding – WHO

The global fight against malaria may suffer a setback following reduction in funding by international donors and governments of high burdened countries across the world. According to a press statement by World Health Organisation on Wednesday, the 2017 World Malaria Report, indicated that global progress in malaria control has stalled.…

NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.

NHIS to expand access to affordable cancer treatment – Official

Cancer patients under the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, may soon breathe a sigh of relief as plans are underway to increase the coverage and treatment of the disease under the scheme. The acting executive secretary of the agency, Attahiru Ibrahim, disclosed this in his office in Abuja during a…

New equipment at the dental unit of the Ilorin General Hospital

Don’t wait until complications before seeing dentists, experts urge Nigerians

Dental health experts have advised Nigerians never to wait until they have major health complications before visiting dentists or hospitals for oral checkup. This advice was given on Monday in Abuja by officials of the Ministry of Health, dental health association and partners at a media briefing ahead of the…

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Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the major health reports that were published last week. Bauchi records 507 suspected cases of measles — WHO The Bauchi state Health Educator, Ribado Jibrin, said the state would conduct the 2017 measles campaign in two phases to capture eligible children from nine to 59 months…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

‘Senate to pass bill establishing Nigeria disease centre before end of 2017’

A bill for an Act to establish the National Centre for Disease and Control, NCDC, will be passed by the National Assembly before the end of the year, the Chairman, Senate committee on primary health care and communicable diseases, Mao Ohuabunwa, has said. The senator said this in Abuja on…

Nigeria to establish control programme to tackle Noma disease

With over 25,000 children reported to have Noma disease in Nigeria, the federal government is collaborating with partners to establish a national control programme with the goal to eradicate the disease from the country. Noma, also known as Ciwon Noma in Hausa, is an infection which eats off the soft…

PACFAH holds discussion on Nigeria’s poor health funding (LIVE UPDATES)

Concerned about the poor funding of the health sector, the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, PACFaH, is organising a press conference with theme: 'The falling 2018 health sector allocation as a threat to government's health care under one Roof Policy.' PACFaH is advocating adequate funding…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories in the news last week

These are the major health stories that hit public attention last week. After criticisms, Nigerian govt cuts State House clinic budget The Nigerian government allocated N1.03 billion to the State House Medical Centre for its recurrent and capital expenditure in the 2018 budget estimates. This was a huge slash compared…

Only 22 per cent voters partook in Anambra election – INEC

Less than a quarter of the total number of registered voters actually participated in the Anambra governorship election on Saturday. According to the Returning Officer of the election, Zana Akpagu, a total of 2,064,134 residents registered as eligible voters for the election with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Of…

INEC blames corps members for Anambra election delays

The Independent National Electoral Commission has blamed corps members for delays in the commencement of Saturday's governorship election in Anambra State. A spokesperson for the commission, Solomon Soyebi, said most polling units could not open early as planned because many corps members who were meant to serve as poling officers…

PHOTOS: Food, cash handed out to Anambra voters

Agents of different political parties on Saturday openly distributed food and cash gifts at polling booths to sway the support of voters at the ongoing Anambra gubernatorial election, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Reporters and monitors for this newspaper and its partner, the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, witnessed agents…

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After criticisms, Nigerian govt cuts state house clinic budget

The Nigerian government has allocated N1.03 billion to the State House Medical Centre for its recurrent and capital expenditure in the 2018 budget estimates, representing a huge slash compared to the facility's budgets in the last three years. According to the breakdown of the budget, the proposed total recurrent expenditure…

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Blockades: Over 20 million risk death in Yemen — Global donors

Global donors have appealed for the immediate lifting of blockades in Yemen, saying millions of lives are at risk as essential supplies such as food and medicines are running out in the war torn region. The World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF and World Food Programme, WFP, in…

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Why Nigerian govt must enforce laws against female genital mutilation – Expert

The federal government has been urged to ensure implementation of laws against Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, across Nigeria to bring an end to the practice in the country. Lola Alonge, the Executive Director of Child Health Advocacy Initiative, CHAI, made the appeal in a press statement made available to PREMIUM…

National Hospital

Cleft Lips: 100 Nigerian to get free reconstructive surgeries

About 100 Nigerian children with cleft lips and palate congenital deformity will over the next 12 months get free medical correction surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja. Charles Ononiwu, a consultant facial surgeon and Coordinator of the national Hospital Cleft Care Team announced this at a press briefing in Abuja…

Indiscriminate use of antibiotics now global health threat – Experts

Health experts have opined that using antibiotics without prescription from medical experts is one of the major problems causing antibiotic resistance across the world leading to greater challenges in health management. The experts also said lack of effective regulation and implementation of government policies and guidelines on the use and…

HIV/AIDS: Nigerians to get tools to do self-tests at home – Minister

Nigerians will soon have more access to HIV self-test kits, which will allow them know their HIV status from the comfort of their homes, the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister said this while receiving the Amethyst HIV 1 and 2 self-test kits, and 10 'Anti-body based…

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No hope for ailing Chibok girl as Nigerian govt, School trade blame

There is no hope yet on the horizon for Naomi, one of the 82 freed Chibok girls currently at the hospital needing surgery for a kidney condition. While the health of the young woman dangles on the edge, the Ministry of Women Affairs, tasked with the welfare of the freed…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Buhari orders health ministry to probe unknown killer disease in Jigawa

The federal government has directed the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to probe the unknown disease that is alleged to have led to the death of several children in Jigawa State. This directives is coming about 24 hours after media reports that a strange disease has been killing children in…

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Alleged fraud at NHIS: Health Ministry warns agencies against flouting spending limits

The Ministry of Health has warned heads of health agencies and parastatals of sanctions against flouting their statutory expenditure limits and spending without due approval. The permanent secretary of the Ministry, Clement Uwaifo, gave the warning through a circular he issued on Monday to all the units and parastals of…

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After 250 snakebite deaths, Nigerian govt claims no anti-snake venom scarcity

The Federal Government says there is ample stock of anti-snake venom in Nigeria, contrary to a report that the scarcity of the drug has led to the death of hundreds of people within three weeks in two states in the country. According to the report on Sunday by the News…