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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Measles: Nigeria has highest unvaccinated children worldwide – WHO Report

Though there has been a substantial decline in global measles death, Nigeria still tops the chart of number of children not vaccinated against measles. A new report published by the World Health Organisation indicates that 20.8 million children worldwide are still missing their first measles vaccine dose and more than half…

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Major Health Stories In The News Last Week

Nigeria govt confirm six new cases of monkey pox The federal government has confirmed six additional cases of monkeypox from the samples sent to the World Health Organisation's laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. The Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, said two cases each were confirmed in Bayelsa and Akwa…

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Preparing for end-of-year events? Here are Nigeria’s top nine textile markets

Nigerians are fashionable people who take advantage of parties, celebrations or festivals to buy clothes. This has become a trend politicians, elites, church members and social group members also use for making impressions. The colourful and well decorated Ankara fabric has become synonymous with every political and social campaign in…

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Nigerian govt confirms six new cases of Monkeypox

The federal government has confirmed six additional cases of Monkeypox. The cases are amongst those sent to the World Health Organisation's laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, a statement by the Ministry of Health said Friday. The Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, said two cases each were confirmed in Bayelsa…

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FEATURE: What the law says on government-employed doctors engaging in private practice

The Nigerian government through the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said on October 11 it was reviewing practices in the health sector, especially whether medical doctors employed by government can engage in private practice. The minister said government had set up a committee to review the laws guiding medical practice…

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Nigerian govt releases N3.5 billion for nationwide vaccination – Official

The Nigerian government has released N3.5 billion for a vaccination programme against communicable diseases across the country, with the one targeting measles in 19 states in northern Nigeria billed to start October 26. The spokesperson of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, while briefing State House correspondents after the monthly National…

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Nigeria has third highest infant mortality rate in the world – WHO

Nearly ten per cent of new-born deaths in the world last year occurred in Nigeria, a new report by the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has revealed. According to the report, five countries accounted for half of all new-born deaths last year, with Nigeria third in the list. These are…

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Flooding helped spread monkeypox — Health officials

The flooding in some parts of the country has been identified as a leading cause of the monkeypox outbreak ravaging some states in Nigeria. The Delta State coordinator of the World Health Organisation, WHO, Bassey Bassey, who was represented by Casmir Ifeanyi at a colloquium organised by the Association of…

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Beware of organ harvesters, minister warns Nigerians

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has urged Nigerians going on medical tourism to be careful and patronise only accredited institutions so as not to fall victims of organ harvesters. Mr. Adewole, while speaking to journalists after the Federal Executive Meeting on Wednesday, alerted Nigerians on the rising cases of…

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UPDATED: Nigeria confirms three cases of Monkeypox

The federal government says three suspected samples of the deadly Monkeypox virus sent to Senegal for testing, have been confirmed. The Minister Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made this announcement at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday. The federal government sent the samples for analysis at the World Health…

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.

WHO pledges continuous support for Nigeria

The World Health Organisation has assured Nigeria that it would continue supporting the nation in its fight against epidemic diseases and in emergency responses especially in the North-eastern part of the country. The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, during a press briefing in Abuja on Saturday said the…

Hope rises for sufferers of elephantiasis, says Nigerian officials

There is hope for thousands of Nigerians disfigured by lymphatic filariasis, a tropical disease which has become a public health concern, says Yisa Saka, the director of Neglected Tropical Disease Programs with the Ministry of Health. Lymphatic filariasis, also known as Elephantiasis is a human disease caused by parasitic worms…

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Nigeria commences major review of health sector; public doctors may be barred from private practice

The Nigerian government on Wednesday commenced moves for a major review of the health sector including whether or not doctors in public hospitals should engage in private practice. Several Nigerians have alleged that doctors in public hospitals refer their patients to their own private clinics for treatment in order to…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Nigerian govt to begin mass yellow fever vaccination December – Minister

The federal government will begin a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever by December, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has said.    Mr. Adewole who briefed state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday said the intended vaccination is as a result of the current outbreak of yellow fever…

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Child, adolescent obesity increases tenfold in last four decades – WHO

The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades.   This was the finding of a new study led by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation, WHO. The study was published in The Lancet ahead of World Obesity Day, October…

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Seven tips to avoid monkeypox

Monkeypox has been causing panic across Nigeria since the first suspected case of the viral disease was reported  in Bayelsa State last week. It has since spread to six other states. These are Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa-Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River The Executive Officer of the National Centre for Disease…

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Major Health Stories Last Week: Monkeypox, State House clinic commercialisation, others

OUTBREAK OF VIRAL MONKEYPOX IN THREE STATES A viral disease, Monkeypox, has broken out in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, with 13 reported cases. Three suspected cases of the disease were also reported in Rivers state, and another in Akwa Ibom State. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, and the…

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Nigerian govt refutes rumour its medical outreach programme caused monkeypox

The Federal Government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of monkeypox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture,…

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Monkeypox: Three suspected cases recorded in Rivers 

Three suspected cases of monkeypox disease have been reported in Rivers State, a neighbouring state of Bayelsa, where similar cases were first reported. Bayelsa State had earlier recorded cases of the viral disease on Thursday. Thirteen people suspected to have been in contact with the first victim identified with the disease had been…

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

‎Panel indicts Nigeria’s NHIS chief; health minister extends his suspension indefinitely

The suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has been extended indefinitely. Mr. Yusuf has been on three months suspension since July 6, based on the directive of the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to allow for fair and uninterrupted investigation of the…

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Medical experts brainstorm on improved funding for cancer in Nigeria

Health experts have called on the federal government to redouble efforts in establishing funding for cancer treatment which constitutes the highest cause of medical tourism. The experts made this call in Abuja on Tuesday at an oncology conference where they converged to discuss the way forward for cancer funding in…

New plan to cut Cholera deaths by 90% set for launch

The horizon appears brighter for countries such as Nigeria burdened by cholera as an ambitious new strategy to reduce death from the disease by 90 per cent by 2030 will be launched on Wednesday by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control, GTFCC. GTFCC is a diverse network of more…

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WHO seeks periodic deworming to reduce health risk for children

Periodic deworming of children and adults can drastically reduce parasitic intestinal worms and improve the health and nutrient intake, the World Health Organisation says. In a press statement on the newly approved WHO Guidelines on need for deworming, the global health agency said a single tablet treatment can protect the…

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Major Health Stories Last Week: JOHESU suspends strike, mobile testing of tuberculosis

JOHESU suspends strike The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals, JOHESU, has suspended its nine-day-old strike. The union made the decision following a nine-hour meeting with the federal government in Abuja. The national chairman of the union, Biobelemoye Josiah, said the strike had been suspended “in principle”,…

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Nigeria’s 10 most powerful trade unions

Trade Unions have become an integral part of many professional bodies across the world.  In Nigeria, workers have various unions which serve as the mouthpiece of members within the profession. The major aim of such unions is to defend the rights of members. There are numerous trade unions in Nigeria under…