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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Measures are in place to curtail spread of Ebola in Nigeria — WHO

The World Health Organisation has assured Nigerians that all measures are being put in place to curtail the Ebola virus should it find its way into the country. The WHO country director, Wondi Alemu, at a Health for All walk in Abuja on Saturday said though there is risk that…

Deserted corridors of the National Hospital

Major Health stories last week

FG, JOHESU still at loggerheads The Federal government and the Joint Health Sector Union, (JOHESU) are yet to reach an amicable agreement in spite of meetings by both parties. The health workers who have been on strike for five weeks have paralysed most health activities at the secondary and tertiary…

A Hospital ward with health workers used to illustrate the story

Six common ailments you can avoid during rainy season

The rains are here again. Many drains will be full with stagnant water due to inadequate waste management.  Some states will experience flooding and grasses will grow around homes. It is the season when contagious diseases are on the rise. These range from viral infections to common diseases. The common diseases associated with the season…

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Hypertension: Foods, drinks patients must avoid or watch

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says African countries have the highest prevalence of hypertension with 46 per cent of their people aged 25- years and above having the disease. Once known to affect the elderly, unfortunately the disease now also affects the young. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are often called "silent…

People exercising [Photo credit: Al Jazeera]

World Hypertension Day: Be active, do exercise to avoid disease – Experts

To lower the risk of having hypertension, health experts have urged Nigerians to do regular exercise and reduce sedentary way of life. They gave the advice to mark the World Hypertension Day, which is being celebrated across the world May 17. A medical doctor, Omoteniola Taiwo-Ojo, in a telephone interview…

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Nigerian govt, UNICEF to procure therapeutic food for malnourished Nigerian children

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide malnurished children in Nigeria with Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). RUTF is an energy dense, micronutrient enhanced paste, used in therapeutic feeding. The primary ingredients of RUTF include peanuts,…

Pregnant women suffer as Nigeria’s health workers strike worsens

Uneasy was the contenance on Ebele Nwaka as she struggled to climb down one of the stairs of Asokoro District Hospital. Mrs Nwaka is carrying a seven-month old pregnancy and she is an albino. As our correspondent helps her down the stairs, she complained bitterly. "I came to see my…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Health Workers Strike: Minister directs hospital heads to provide security for staff

The federal government has directed all heads of medical institutions to provide adequate security for the working members of staff to prevent harassment and molestation by members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). According to a press statement issued by the ministry of health on Tuesday, Isaac Adewole, the…

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Why countries must eliminate trans-fatty acid from food – WHO

The World Health Organisation has called for the elimination of industrially produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. In a press statement on Monday, the health agency released a step by step guide called ‘REPLACE’ for governments to follow in achieving the aim. Tran-fatty acids are industrially-produced trans-fats contained…

A health worker attending to sick patients in a hospital ward

ANALYSIS: Return of rains heightens Nigeria concerns about deadly epidemics

It is the raining season in Nigeria, and with the season has come the public health challenge of epidemics. In the last one and a half years, more than 1, 500 Nigerians have died from outbreaks of diseases, most of which are vaccine preventable. Some of the diseases are caused…

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Major health stories last week

Ebola outbreak hits DRC The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sparked an emergency response from health agencies and countries, especially in the West African region. Health officials said at least 17 people have died around the village near the North-western area of the country where…

Deserted corridors of the National Hospital

‎Sorrow, anguish as Nigerians suffer from health workers’ strike

Patients in federal health institutions are currently passing through untold pain even as their relatives have been grumbling for the past 22 days as a result of the ongoing strike by health workers, an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. Three weeks ago, JOHESU, an association of health workers except…

The Chief Executive Officer NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu and the minister of health Isaac Adewole at the press briefing in Abuja on Lassa fever and Ebola.

JOHESU strike won’t affect port screening for Ebola – Health Minister

The ongoing Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) strike, would not hinder the Ebola screening of travellers coming into the country as health workers in the port would not be joining the strike, Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, has said. The minister disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja…

Nigeria declares Lassa fever outbreak over

The Federal Ministry of Health has declared the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country over. This is coming after four and half months of the country combating the disease in 22 states. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in Abuja on Thursday said the announcement follows the epidemiological review by…

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What we’re doing to prevent Ebola outbreak in Nigeria – Health Minister

The Federal Ministry of Health has stepped up surveillance at all entry points into Nigeria to prevent the spread of Ebola disease into the country, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. This, he said, is as a result of the Ebola outbreak reported in Democratic Republic of Congo…

Codeine is one of the drus being abused by young people

Codeine Ban: Five other pharmaceutical drugs abused by Nigerians

The abuse of drugs among youth has become a disturbing trend in Nigeria. This recently led to the federal government's ban on codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for making cough syrup. There is little information on how many drug users there are in Nigeria. The abuse of prescription drugs…

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About 600,000 Nigerians to receive oral cholera vaccine by June — WHO

About 600,000 people will be given oral cholera vaccine (OCV) in Bauchi State, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. In a press statement issued on Monday, the international health partner said the exercise, which will be completed by mid-June, is part of a campaign that will be the largest…

Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.

Patients suffer as health workers’ strike grounds hospitals in Abuja

Ngozi Ezeokeke slowly wheeled her aged mother through the corridors of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, on Saturday, and the patient's pains were clear on her face. She was drooling, her neck dropped to the shoulder. "Her condition has worsened because nurses are not around to give her regular therapy,"…

Codeine is one of the drus being abused by young people

Major health news last week

Association of midwives, nurses want employment of professionals The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has pleaded with the Federal Government to employ more professionally-trained midwives. The chairman of NANNM, Margret Akninsola who made this call ahead of the International Day of the Midwife, said employing professionally-trained midwives…

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29% of Nigeria’s healthcare facilities lack safe water, toilets – Saraki

About 29 per cent of healthcare facilities across Nigeria have no access to safe water and toilets, the founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA),Toyin Saraki, said quoting a WHO report. Mrs Saraki, wife of Senate President Bukola Saraki, at the launch of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) global water, sanitation…

Asokoro district hospital

Health advocates stress importance of data for policy making decisions

Health advocates have stressed the importance of data collection as an effective tool for policy making decisions in the healthcare delivery system. The importance of data for effective health planning was emphasised on Wednesday during this year’s senior civil servants’ workshop on healthcare administration in Nigeria. The workshop was organised…

Rivers State Toxic Smog

Seven million people die annually from polluted air – WHO

Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. A new data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. According to a press statement issued by the health organisation on Wednesday,…

Codeine is one of the drus being abused by young people

We didn’t ban codeine because of BBC documentary — Nigerian govt

The Federal Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that its decision to ban codeine as a pharmaceutical agent did not follow a report by the BBC that highlighted the danger of the substance. Olajide Oshundun, a ministry spokesperson, told PREMIUM TIMES in a statement that the announcement on May 1…

Codeine is one of the drus being abused by young people

Addiction: Nigeria bans production, importation of codeine containing syrups

The Federal Ministry of Health has banned the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the directive to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in his office on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Major health stories last week

World Malaria Day – Nigeria pledges commitment to eliminating malaria Globally, there were lots of activities in the health sector in commemoration of the World Malaria Day celebrated April 25. With the theme “Ready to Beat Malaria”, governments, health development partners, policy makers and philanthropist financing humanitarian activities used the…