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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Babies used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Major health stories in the news last week

HIV Couples Gave Birth to 72 Negative Babies The Chairman of Bauchi State Agency for the of Control HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy And Malaria (BACATMA), Muhammad Alkali, said some HIV positive couples have been delivered of 72 healthy babies who are HIV negative. He said since the establishment of the agency…

Improve young people’s access to family planning services, experts urge Nigerian govt

Nigeria needs to improve the access of its youth to family planning services so as to avert a population explosion by 2050. This was the consensus on Wednesday at the on-going 2018 National Family Planning Conference holding in Abuja. The conference, the fifth of its kind in the country, is…

dRPC, health experts, others discuss family planning in Nigeria (LIVE UPDATES)

As part efforts to contribute to the debate on Nigeria's impending population explosion, the Research and Project Centre (dRPC) will join other health experts, government officials, civil society organisations and international partners at the ongoing 2018 National Family Planning Conference to call on the government to pay attention to the…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Why Nigeria must prioritise investment in family planning – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to investing in Family Planning (FP) services, identifying it as a critical tool for the country to reap demographic dividend. The demographic dividend is the economic growth that results from a decreased ratio of dependents to the working age…

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World International Disabilities Day: Groups beg NASS to send bill to Buhari for assent

Some concerned Nigerians have appealed to the National Assembly to immediately transmit the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities’ (Prohibition) Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. The International Ford Fellowship Program Alumni Association Nigeria (IFPAAN) and an association of people living with disabilities (PLWD) made the appeal on Monday…

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ANALYSIS: How government failure renders Nigeria’s Health Act ‘ineffective’ (2)

(This is the second part in a series to reivew the National Health Act. Read the first part here.)  The failure by government to implement existing laws and policies is one of the major problems of the Nigerian health sector, Mike Ogirima, the immediate past president of the Nigeria Medical Association…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Major health reports last week

9.4m people living with HIV unaware — UNAIDS report A new report, ‘Knowledge is Power’, has revealed that an estimated 9.4 million people who are infected with HIV virus are not aware. According to the report, released by UNAIDS, 75 per cent of all people living with HIV or 27 million people,…

National coordinator, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu [Photo: Health News Extra]

NCDC confirms yellow fever outbreak in Edo

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Edo State. The health agency in charge of disease control in Nigeria in a press release made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday said it has begun investigations alongside the state public health team following the…

LASSA FEVER: Rats used to illustrate the story.

Lassa Fever: FG asks state govts to start enlightenment campaigns

State governments have been urged to begin public enlightenment on Lassa fever ahead of the 2018/2019 season of the fever. The head of the Lassa Fever National Technical Working Committee at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Elsie Ilori, gave the advice at a Civil Society Organisations and Media…

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Experts decry non-release of N55bn 2018 Basic Health Fund

Health experts have decried the failure of the Nigerian government to release the one per cent of consolidated revenue appropriated in the 2018 Budget for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). The fund is a basic provision under the National Health Act but was only appropriated this year for…

Nigeria reiterates commitment to tackling noma disease

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to tackling Noma disease and has given hope to children born with the disease in the country. Noma is a gangrenous and disfiguring infection that eats away the facial tissue leading to pain, discomfort and discrimination. Despite being preventable and treatable, a large number of noma…

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Major health news last week

World Prematurity Day: Nigeria ranks third with 800,000 pre-term births annually Olubunmi Lawal, the national president, National Association of Paediatric Nurse said Nigeria ranked third with about 800,000 pre-term births, annually. Mrs Lawal in commemoration of the 2018 World Prematurity Day said annually, 15 million babies are born premature globally,…

National Hospital, Abuja

Dissecting National Health Act: What Nigerians need to know (1)

Obinna Oleh was present as his sister bled to death shortly after giving birth to a set of triplet boys in an Abuja general hospital. He blamed the hospital for the tragedy. The touching story, reported first by PREMIUM TIMES in May, shocked Nigerians as the family sought help for…

File photo of a female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State.

Nigerians advised to be alert as meningitis season begins

Nigerians have been cautioned to stop living in crowded rooms, seek medical advice when down with fever and be more alert to the outbreak of the cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in their environment. This advice was given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). It comes with the announcement of…

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World Diabetes Day: Over 25 million Africans living with Type II Diabetes – WHO

Over 25 million people in Africa are living with type II diabetes and more than half of them are unaware of their status and are not receiving treatment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The international health agency's Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, stated this at a press…

Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari tasks wives of governors on maternal, child mortality in Nigeria

Wife of the Nigerian president, Aisha Buhari, has urged wives of state governors in the country to keep championing Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) advocacy in their states. According to a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Mrs Buhari said their commitment is…

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1,110 dead as cholera ravages 29 states in Nigeria – NCDC

Nigeria has recorded 1,110 deaths this year from cholera outbreaks in 29 states across Nigeria as the disease claims more lives in more parts of the country. The death figure this year is several times higher than the 84 recorded within the corresponding period in 2017, the Nigerian Centre for…

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World Diabetes Day: Nine things to do to avoid disease

Do you feel tired, hungry and excessively thirsty all the time? Do you experience blurred vision or a tingling in the feet? Have you lost weight, frequently visited the toilet to urinate? If the answer to these is yes then you could be suffering from diabetes. Diabetes occurs when your…

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Buhari signs bill establishing Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the bill establishing the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The agency, which has been in charge of disease surveillance, preparedness and control in Nigeria, was established in 2011 and has been in existence without any legislative backing. The status quo however changed…

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories in the news last week

Nigerian govt inaugurates governing Medical and Dental Council The federal government on Friday finally inaugurated the governing council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, over a month after the ultimatum given by the professional association expired. The Nigerian Medical Association had given the government until end of September…

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Jr and US Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington.

What Nigeria must do to achieve economic growth – U.S. Govt

The United States says African countries and especially Nigeria must harness the tremendous potentials of their youth population to drive economic growth and prosperity. The Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagay, gave this advice in Abuja on Friday during a media chat at BAZE University. Mr Nagay said…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Finally, FG inaugurates governing council for Medical and Dental Council

The federal government has finally inaugurated the governing council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, over a month after the ultimatum given by the professional association expired. The Nigerian Medical Association had given the government until end of September to appoint the board, failure which it vowed to…

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Major health stories in the news last week

Buhari Acts On NHIS Scandal Over two weeks after the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, brushed aside an order by the governing council of the agency to proceed on indefinite suspension, President Muhammadu Buhari eventually ordered the embattled embattled official to go on “administrative…

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

Yusuf’s suspension, Bauchi’s polio virus, others make health headlines last week

NHIS boss Usman Yusuf suspended indefinitely again Nigeria's health sector was shocked during the week as the governing council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) suspended Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme indefinitely. It was the second time Mr Yusuf was suspended from office since he took…

Prof Olujimi Coker, Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu, Dr Chumy Nwogu, Dr Fatima Kyari and Dr Atinuke Uwajeh at the future of health conference, Abuja

Nigerian returnee health professionals speak on experience, urge colleagues to return

Nigerian healthcare professionals who lived and worked abroad but are back have urged their colleagues still in the diaspora to come back and develop the nation's health sector. The returnees made this call at a conference organised by Nigeria Health Watch in Abuja on Thursday. The theme of the future…