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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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…

State House clinic

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…

Chibok Girl

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…

A hospital ward with patients

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…

FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials at a scene of an accident

Divisional Police Officer dies in auto crash

Aminu Mustapha, the Acting Divisional Police Officer in charge of Yaba Police Division of Ondo Town, Ondo State, is dead. The official was killed Sunday evening in a fatal motor accident on the Ondo/Ore road at Omifon town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state. His car was said…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the health stories that trended last week. Nigerians use over 400 million condoms yearly Nigerians use over 400 million condoms annually, a Non-Governmental Organisation, the Society for Family Health, has said. The managing director of the group, Bright Ekweremadu, said during the launch of a new…

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Nigeria must invest more in ICT to improve health sector – Experts

Health practitioners in Nigeria must tap the benefits of information technology in order to change the face of medical practice in the country and avoid being left out of global trends. Medical experts gave this advice on Friday at a conference organised by a group, Nigeria Health, in Abuja. The…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Why I have not constituted boards of parastatals – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday gave reasons why the boards of several parastatals have not been constituted. The non-constitution of the boards of parastatals of various agencies has affected the smooth operations of such agencies. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Mike Ogirima, blamed the…

FEC Meeing

Buhari announces plan to appoint new ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday announced that he plans to expand the Federal Executive Council, an indication more ministers are to be appointed into the cabinet. Mr. Buhari stated this in his address to the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday. “The compressed Federal Executive Council…

A TB patient

Despite global efforts, TB mortality still high in Nigeria, others – WHO

Despite global efforts to reduce the mortality rate of tuberculosis, TB, Nigeria still ranks high among the seven countries which account majorly for the disease globally. Nigeria ranked sixth among the countries with the global burden. Two of the major challenges (for Nigeria) have been the inability to detect cases…

Monkeypox

Monkeypox outbreak affecting sale of bush meat – Official

The outbreak of monkeypox has affected the sale of ‘bush meat’ in the country, a farmer has said. The President of Grass Cutters Farmers Association of Nigeria, GRAFAN, Chinedu Eluwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday that people have become cautious of what they eat, especially…

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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…