ayodamola

Ayodamola Owoseye is a senior reporter covering the health beat. She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. Damola has a B.A in anthropology and M.Sc in information science. Ayodamola preaches gender equity. her hobbies are tourism, listening to old school music and a lover of pets especially dogs. She can be contacted through: damola@premiumtimesng.com, Facebook page Owoseye Ayodamola, twitter handle @damolaowoseye

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Children of Ikot Nkpenne community, in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, fetching water from the borehole constructed by UNICEF and EU [Nike Adebowale]

World Water Week: How two thirds of Nigerians survive without potable water

Lola Owoade spends about N1,500 monthly on sachet water. This is because she is not sure if the water in her residence is safe for drinking. Mrs Owoade's house has a borehole. On Arab Road in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, where she lives, most houses do not have public…

USAID representative, Modupe Oduwole, Country Director, AHF, Echey Ijezie, DG NACA, Sani Aliyu, Publisher Premium Times Dapo Olorunyomi

State govts urged to contribute to HIV treatment as funding dwindles

The Director-General of National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA), Sani Aliyu, has appealed to state governments to start providing money for treatment of their residents living with HIV/AIDS. He made the appeal against the backdrop of a plan by the Nigerian government to take ownership of the fight against…

Journalists urged to improve reporting of HIV in Nigeria

Media practitioners have been tasked to make government accountable on expenditure of funds in the fight against HIV in Nigeria. Premium Times Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, gave this advice at a media parley organised by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Abuja on Monday, against the backdrop of limited contribution by government…

Medical doctors used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Medicalworld Nigeria]

Major health stories in the news last week

Abuja doctors threaten to embark on strike The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Abuja chapter, says it will commence an indefinite strike on August 25. The union in a statement jointly signed by its president, Michael Olarewaju, and secretary, Roland Aigbovo, said the impending strike follows the failure of FCT…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe granted bail, released

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who has been detained since Tuesday has been released. Mr Ogundipe was released on Friday morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja. The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

USAID donates $11 million to Nigeria for health survey

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $11 million for the conduct of the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, at a joint press conference in Abuja on Thursday said the survey will be conducted by his ministry and the…

women in hospital

Culture, religious misconceptions hindering family planning in Nigeria

Efforts to slow down population growth and reduce maternal and child mortality rate in Nigeria through family planning are not yielding the desired result, studies have shown. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh globally. The National Population Commission estimates the country’s population at 198 million.…

Oral-Polio-Immunization

How local artisans enhance effective immunisation coverage – Experts

Health experts have urged the federal government and civil society organisations to always involve local artisans and community members in health campaigns so as to get maximum results. Speaking at a one-day high-level strategic meeting on Routine Immunisation in Abuja on Thursday, a public health expert, Paul Bassi said it…

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories last week

Only 24% infants exclusively breastfed in Nigeria – Health Ministry The Federal Ministry of Health says in spite of the health and economic benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to mother and child, only 24 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed in Nigeria. Chimay Thompson, the Assistant Director, Nutrition Division, Family…

Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole

Cholera kills 11 in Kano, other health stories last week

Only 24% infants exclusively breastfed in Nigeria – Health Ministry The Federal Ministry of Health says in spite of the health and economic benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to mother and child, only 24 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed in Nigeria. Chimay Thompson, the Assistant Director, Nutrition Division, Family…

A PHC in Wamba Kurmi (Photo taken by Stephanie Adams)

Nigeria needs N10 billion to complete 900 abandoned PHCs – Official

Nigeria will require about N10 billion to complete 900 abandoned primary healthcare centres scattered across the country, an official of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Abdullahi Bulama, has said. Mr Bulama, Director, Planning Research Statistics, NPHCDA said in Abuja on Thursday that the agency does not intend to accommodate…

Participants at the one day dRPC high strategic dialogue on routine immunization.

DRPC, other health experts discuss accountability in Nigeria’s routine immunisation (LIVE UPDATES)

The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) is organising a “one day high level strategic dialogue” on advocacy and accountability on routine immunisation in Nigeria. The dialogue is being organised in conjunction with the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN). The event will have in attendance the…

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.

DRPC organises dialogue on routine immunisation

The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) is organising a "one day high level strategic dialogue" on advocacy and accountability on routine immunisation in Nigeria. The dialogue is being organised in conjunction with the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN). The event which will be held in…

NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.

Six months maternity leave tops health stories last week

NHIS Delists Four Healthcare Facilities The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has delisted four Healthcare Facilities (HCF) in Bauchi State over non-adherence to rules and regulations guiding the scheme. Sani Affa, the NHIS Coordinator in the state, said the four healthcare facilities were delisted for poor performance. The facilities are…

women in hospital

Nigeria’s health minister advocates six months maternity leave

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has assured Nigerians that his ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to increase maternity leave from four to six months. The federal government had earlier pegged it at four months in June. The minister who made the disclosure at the…

National Hospital

HIV myths debunked, Nigerian doctors abroad, other health stories last week

About 30 adolescent gets infected with HIV per hour About 30 adolescents particularly girls within the age range of 15 to 19 get infected with HIV every hour, a report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. The health agency said while there has been substantial progress in the fight against…

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

World Hepatitis Day: How Nigeria has fared in battling scourge

Tosan (surname withheld) was diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 2011, after her elder brother compelled the whole family to go for the test in order to know their status. She said her brother made that decision after he was diagnosed of having the disease while taking some medical examination which…

Ahead of world hepatitis day, here’s what to know about the disease

The World Hepatitis day, observed July 28 every year is aimed at raising global awareness on hepatitis. Hepatitis is the inflammation of liver tissue. There are five group of Hepatitis A, B,C, D and E. The disease is regarded as a silent killer because while some people do not have…

Cholera: New cases decline – NCDC

Although cholera cases are still being reported from eight states, there has been a general decline in the number of new cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said. The eight states where cases are still being reported are Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Kogi, Plateau and Kaduna. NCDC…

Fish oil supplement used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Fitness Volt]

Major health stories last week

WHO says sex addiction sign of mental illness The World Health Organisation has recognised sex addiction or “compulsive sexual behaviour” as a mental disorder, but said Saturday it remained unclear if it was an addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse. The contentious term “sex addiction” has been around for…

Variety of beer used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: nigerianbrands]

Liver diseases rising due to increasing alcohol consumption — Report

Deaths due to liver diseases are on the rise in the United States and researchers have blamed it on the increasing consumption of alcohol. A research led by the University of Michigan, found that deaths due to cirrhosis (a severe liver disease) or liver disease is on the rise in…

malnourished child

Hunger: Group tasks government to invest more on child nutrition

A non-governmental organisation working on child nutrition in Nigeria has raised alarm on the increasing malnutrition among children under the age of five in the country. The Executive Secretary, Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS_SUNN), Beatrice Eluaka, in a media roundtable in Abuja urged the government to get…

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Major health stories in the news last week

Body weight contributes to infertility – Physician The body mass of an individual can have a significant effect on their fertility, a physician, Okezie Emenike, said. Mr Emenike said being overweight or underweight can cause infertility. He said it was important to understand that both underweight and overweight women and men…

Ward 09, PU 029, voting has commenced and voters are seen on the queue. However, the card reader is very slow.

#EkitiDecides2018: Large turnout of elderly voters

Many elderly people on Saturday came out to vote in the governorship election in Ekiti State. PREMIUM TIMES noticed in many polling units visited that many elderly people of both sexes were assisted to the units by their relatives. In some of the polling booths, some of the elderly people were seated…

8:55am Erinmope 2, Ward Ward 7, Unit 9. The election is in progress. The PO of this unit only complain about the Card Reader's malfunctioning.

Ekiti: Accreditation commences early in Fayose’s town

The governorship election in Ekiti State started early as materials were transported to many polling units visited by PREMIUM TIMES. Election materials got to some polling units before 7 am and INEC staff were seen on ground at most of the units. Materials also got early to St. David Primary…