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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Permanent secretary ministry of health, Abdullahi Mashi [Photo: Ministry of health ]

Nigeria’s health ministry gets new Permanent Secretary

The new Permanent Secretary of Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullahi Mashi, has assumed office, a press statement from the ministry has stated. According to the statement on Monday by spokesperson of the ministry, Boade Akinola, Mr Mashi is one of the three permanent secretaries whose redeployment was approved by…

Cholera patients in hospital ward

Adamawa cholera outbreak, benefits of fasting, other major health stories last week

Adamawa Records 1,564 Cases Of Cholera Amos Ujulu, Director of Disease Control Department (DCD) at Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA) said the state has recorded 1,564 cases of cholera this year. Mr Ujulu, in his presentation on the recent outbreak of cholera to the State Executive Council…

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Our grouse with APC, why we’re the real deal – “Reformed APC”

A group within Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, has created a splinter faction and accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of incompetence and failure. The group is believed to have the backing of key leaders of the party including the Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara;…

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‘nPDP’ faction announces new APC bloc

A faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, believed to be backed by senior government officials pushing to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, has announced the formation of a new party bloc. The group said it is now the "Reformed APC", and the "authentic" faction of the party. It…

Professor Oyewale Tomori [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria cannot start producing vaccines now – Professor of Virology

Oyewale Tomori is a professor of virology, educational administrator and former vice chancellor. He is a fellow of the Academy of Science of Nigeria, fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria and fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom. Mr Tomori is currently the…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Major health stories last week

Minister recommends TB screening as ‘pre-employment test’ for public servants The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has recommended Tuberculosis (TB) screening as a pre-medical test for newly employed public servants in both federal and state government agencies. He also advised that the test should be extended to newly admitted students…

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Nigeria not prepared for disease outbreak – Group

Nigeria is not prepared for the next unknown epidemic, a report published by a new international health website has warned. In fact, many countries are not prepared to combat the outbreak of any new epidemic, the website, PreventEpidemics.org, stated. The website communicates the risk of epidemics at the country level…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Minister recommends TB screening as ‘pre-employment test’ for public servants

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has recommended Tuberculosis (TB) screening as a pre-medical test for newly employed public servants in both Federal and State Government agencies. He also advised that the test should be extended to newly admitted students into secondary and tertiary institutions in the country. Mr Adewole,…

Polio: Most countries in Africa falling short on immunisation, surveillance — Group

Nigeria remains the only country in Africa yet to interrupt the spread of Wild Polio Virus, the African Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication (ARCC), has said. ARCC, in its closing ceremony in Abuja urged Nigeria and other countries in the region to strengthen its surveillance, immunisation and other specific…

National Hospital

Top health stories across Nigeria last week

National Hospital celebrates ’13 years of uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation’ The National Hospital, Abuja, celebrated 13 years of providing uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation Services (IVF) to Nigerians. The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Jaf Momoh, said lot of pregnancies had been achieved at the IVF centre which had served as encouragement…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

Oyegun hails Buhari, wishes Oshiomhole luck as he steps down as APC chairman

The outgoing national party chairman of the governing All Progressive Congress of Nigeria (APC), John Oyegun, has described his tenure as fruitful and progressive in spite the challenges the party had during his tenure. The outgoing chairman in his speech at the ongoing APC National Convention holding in Abuja said…

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Nigeria set for commercial production of home grown anti-sickle cell drug

There is hope for sickle cell anaemia patients in Nigeria following an agreement to start commercial production of a home grown drug for the disease. The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) signed the agreement with a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, to produce the drug called…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Health minister launches mobile Tuberculosis detection facility in Kano

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated a Tuberculosis Mobile detection facility in Kano State. A statement by the ministry on Thursday said the facility was inaugurated under the Wellness on Wheels (WoW) programme at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Kano to improve detection of the infectious killer disease…

FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

Health experts urge Nigerians to donate blood

Health experts have urged Nigerians to voluntarily donate blood regularly because the national blood bank is gradually drying up. They said people should not wait until emergencies to donate blood. This was the consensus in Abuja on Tuesday at a press briefing organised by the National Blood Transfusion Service in…

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Polio: Over 100,000 children yet to be immunised in Northeastern Nigeria – Minister

Polio remains a threat in Nigeria as over 100,000 child are yet to be immunised against the disease in the northeastern part of country, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says. The minister said this is despite the government making considerable progress in immunisation programmes in the region. Mr Adewole stated…

FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

Major health stories published last week

World Blood Donor Day: Only 10% of Nigerians donate blood ‘freely’ — FG To mark this year’s World Blood Donor Day, Nigerians have been urged to donate blood more. The Nigerian government said while men should donate blood once every four months, women should do so every three months to…

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Major health stories last week

NAFDAC partners stakeholders on drugs safety The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is partnering with academic and research institutes to ensure effective monitoring and safety of new drugs in the country. The Director-General, NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, disclosed that the agency is in partnership…

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ANALYSIS: Three years under Buhari, Nigeria’s health sector faces familiar problems

The health sector under the present administration has attracted media attention mostly due to unpleasant events reflecting the true state of healthcare delivery in Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at some of these issues, three years into the Buhari administration. Poor primary healthcare services/facilities In the past three years,…

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Major health stories last week

Another strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector Hours after health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) suspended their nationwide strike after 44 days, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday served a notice of its own looming strike. JOHESU on Thursday, announced the suspension of a…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

JOHESU Strike: Health Minister talks tough, orders resumption, vows no pay for striking workers

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has directed the governing boards of federal tertiary health institutions to convene emergency meetings of boards and order back to work striking health workers. According to a press statement issued by the ministry on Monday, the minister also had an emergency meeting with the…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Major health stories last week

Federal Govt., JOHESU yet to agree as strike continues The striking health workers are yet to resolve their conflict with the Federal Government as the crisis still lingers on. The strike which has entered it fifth week has paralysed major health activities in secondary and tertiary health institutions across the…

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Eating right aids recovery from illness, healthy living

Getting to eat right after being diagnosed with an ailment that limits the types of food a patient can eat can be very frustrating, a six years diabetic patient, Ajoke Olusola, says. Mrs Olusola was advised by her physician to change her dietary pattern after being diagnosed with diabetes. “I…

Empty paediatric section at the National Hospital

Health forum urges govt., JOHESU to end strike

The Interim officials of the Nigerian Health Institutions Chairmen Forum (NHICF) have called on the federal government and the striking health workers to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike. NHICF is charged with the objective of promoting the health policies of government with a view to articulating them;…

JOHESU Strike: Absence of doctors cripple activities at Asokoro Hospital

Patients at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja have lamented the unavailability of doctors at the hospital to attend to patients especially in emergency cases even as the debilitating strike by JOHESU continues unabated. One of the patients, Hassan Abubakar, who narrated his ordeal to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday said he got…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

JOHESU: Minister sympathises with health workers involved in road accident

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has sympathised with members of the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, who were involved in a road accident on Saturday. In a press statement released by the ministry on Sunday, the minister wished the injured JOHESU members quick recovery. Mr Adewole said that he…