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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Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Health stories in the news last week

100,000 Nigerian children suffer cerebral malaria yearly More than 100,000 Nigerian children suffer from cerebral malaria annually, a medical practitioner, Samuel Oyo, said. Mr Oyo said the disease which is caused by the female mosquito can lead to other sickness if not promptly treated and advised prompt treatment to avoid…

Nigerian hospital seeks more land for expansion

The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Meta, Lagos, Adedamola Dada, has appealed to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to assist the facility in persuading the Nigerian Railway Corporation to release more land space to the hospital for expansion. Mr Dada, in a press statement signed by…

How Nigeria can use family planning to reduce maternal, child mortality – Official

Despite some gains, Nigeria still has a long way to go in the implementation of family planning measures, a health official said on Thursday. Kayode Afolabi, Director/Head-RH, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), speaking at a one-day health dialogue held in Abuja, said in spite Nigeria's commitment and investment, the country…

Cold chain store at Sushi area council

SPECIAL REPORT: How poor electricity supply, inadequate facilities affect storage of vaccines, immunisation in Nigerian capital

John Awodi is a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW) and the immunisation officer at Tungan Maje Primary Healthcare Centre in Gwagwalada Area Council of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. His duty involves ensuring vaccines are kept in potent condition and are available for use on immunisation days at his centre. This…

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, (ATBTH), Bauchi. [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

World Sight Day – Experts harp on improved eye care services

Eye specialists have called on the federal government to include eye care services in the primary health care centres in order to make such services available to every Nigerian especially those in rural areas. This, they said would reduce the rate of blindness in the country from eye defects such…

Representatives from the 5 PAS states (Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Niger and Taraba)

Experts task health CSOs to advocate more on family planning

Experts at a one day health dialogue have called on civil society organisations to increase advocacy on family planning in Nigeria in order to achieve the desired goal. The dialogue, held in Abuja on Thursday, was organised by development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry…

Participants at a one day meeting on updates to states on new national family planning policies and policy directions and update from states on family planning situation and innovations in Abuja on Thursday.

LIVE UPDATES: dRPC, Nigeria’s health ministry, others discuss gender issues in family planning

As part efforts to strengthen implementation of family planning programmes in Nigeria, the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) is organising a one day high level meeting for developmental partners in the sector. The meeting which would be held in Abuja on Thursday is in collaboration with the federal ministry…

Empty paediatric section at the National Hospital

Focus on children’s mental health, WHO urges African leaders

The World Health Organisation has called on African countries especially those with insurgency crises to focus more attention on the mental health of children and adolescents. This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day. On October 10 every year, the world observes the…

A flooded street at Bale at Ajegunle lkorodu, Lagos state [picture used to illustrate the story

Flooding, new cancer machine, other major health stories last week

These are some of the reports in the health sector published last week: Flood Disaster: WHO steps up disease prevention efforts In a bid to prevent disastrous epidemics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is stepping up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care, to flood victims…

Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife. [PHOTO CREDIT: Joblanda]

Buhari renews appointment of OAUTH CMD, appoints new one for UniUyoTH

President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointment of Victor Adetiloye as the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State. According to a press statement by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, this renewal makes it the second and final term for Mr Adetiloye, a professor…

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

Zimbabwe to vaccinate 1.4 million against cholera in Harare

Zimbabwe, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, is launching an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign to protect 1.4 million people at high risk of cholera in its capital, Harare. According to a press statement by Vaccine Alliance on Wednesday, the immunisation drive is part of…

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

Nigeria partners UK to enhance disease control

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday in Abuja signed a memorandum of understanding with Public Health England (PHE) in a bid to strengthen international disease control across borders. With this agreement, the British public health institute would be helping Nigeria and four other countries to improve their…

WHO seeks increased investment to achieve goal of toilet for all by 2030

The World Health Organisation has urged governments across the world to increase their investment in providing toilet amenities for their citizens, so as to attain the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of universal sanitation coverage by 2030. In a press statement on Monday, WHO said the only way the goal,…

UNFPA donates relief material to Nigerian flood victims

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated over 5,700 relief material to the Nigerian government in response to flood-affected states in the country. The acting UNFPA Country Representative, Eugene Konguyny, made the donation to the Minister of State, Health, Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja. According to a press statement by…

France President, Emmanuel Macron

French President Macron calls for more investment in climate

French President Emmanuel Macron has challenged world leaders to help in saving the world by investing more in climate change activities. Mr Macron while speaking on Wednesday in New York at the Goalkeepers event organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said the only way to forestall impeding disaster…

An Ebola patient being attended to

Ebola: WHO asks DR CONGO neighbours to be on Ebola alert

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries surrounding the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to scale up efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola through their borders. The call followed a sudden setback in containing the disease and accessing some Ebola patients in the DRC. In a statement…

WHO reappoints Bloomberg non-communicable diseases ambassador

The World Health Organisation's Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, has renewed the appointment of Michael Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. The renewal of his appointment as the MEDs Ambassador was done in New York, as world leaders meet at the United Nations. The leaders have…

France President, Emmanuel Macron

France pledges to increase aid to Africa for girl child education, others

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to remain committed and increase the aid given by France to less developed countries, especially in Africa, in order to assist with women development in the continent. Mr Macron, speaking at the goalkeepers’ event in New York on Wednesday, said France would be…

Asokoro district hospital

World Contraception Day: Five easy family planning methods

On September 26, every year, the world contraception day is celebrated to improve awareness about contraception and help people make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Most persons of reproductive age in Nigeria are yet to imbibe the culture of using contraception also known as family planning to…

The World Bank

What Nigeria, other developing countries must do to improve citizens lives – World Bank

The President of World Bank, Jim Kim, has called on world leaders especially those from Africa and Asia to invest in human capital development as a means of improving the lives of younger generations. This, he said, would enable young people improve their survival skills. Mr Kim made this submission…

Abuja quary facility located in Kubwa Extension II Residential Area

SPECIAL REPORT: Govt dithers as Abuja community residents suffer from quarry activities

Livingstone Akanni lives in Kubwa Extension II Residential Area, a suburb some kilometres from the Abuja city centre. The serenity cast by the shadow of an imposing rock was an attraction for many of the about 5,000 people who built their homes in the area. But since a quarry firm…

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories last week

Africa needs family planning – Report Booming population will become a problem for Africa by 2050 if the continent does not begin to seriously promote family planning, a report has warned. African population is beginning to overstretch the low infrastructural facilities in the continent, leading to mass migration to European…

Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari to speak on global fight against tuberculosis

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, will be soliciting for increased political commitment to funding the global fight against tuberculosis at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mrs Buhari who departs for New York on Sunday alongside President Muhammadu Buhari, will address the General Assembly’s High…

At 11:05 am ,Senator Omisore arrived PU 3,ward 1, Ife east to cast his vote

Omisore votes, decries vote buying

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the ongoing governorship election in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, has cast his vote at the Polling Unit 3 Ward 1, Ife East. Mr Omisore, a former deputy governor of the state and former senator, arrived the polling unit around 11: 05…

Sunday taking money from his bag to be given to electorates who had already voted...

Osun Poll: APC, PDP adopt new ways of vote buying

The two major contending parties in the ongoing Osun governorship election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), have devised new methods of voters' inducement. Rather than the usual money sharing around the polling unit, the parties have resorted to collating names for payment later. The…