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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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JUTH undertakes first brain surgery using drilling machine to remove tumour

The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), at the weekend, undertook its first surgery to remove brain tumour using a machine that drills the skull bone to gain access to the tumour. "It is the first Trans-labyrinthine approach to a posterior fossa tumour. We used the C-Arm machine to drill the…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

How we shared N12.7 billion Nigeria health fund – Official

On Tuesday, an official of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) announced that the agency has received ‘the larger part’ of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). His statement added a new layer to the momentum trailing the release and launch of the fund. Uchenna Ewelike, the technical adviser…

Pictures of Nigerian journalists interviewing someone [Photo: The Standard]

Journalists discuss challenges of health reporting in Nigeria

Journalists reporting health in Nigeria need to significantly improve their skills set so that they can present their reports in a way the public can easily understand, players in the sector have advised. They gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja at an event held to celebrate the efforts of…

A hospital ward with patients

#PHC4UHC: How traditional medicine can boost Nigeria’s Universal Health Coverage – Official

Nigeria cannot achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) until traditional medicine is integrated into the country’s health service delivery. The coordinating director of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, Kadiku Olorunkemi, said, "conventional medicine has failed us and now everybody is going back to the use of herbs." He, however, did…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

#PHC4UHC: How we are holding Lagos govt accountable in health sector — CSOs

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Lagos have explained how they monitor the activities of government, especially its spendings on public health. In their advocacy role in the sector, the CSOs said they do self-regulation and operate in networks to ensure transparency in their activities. They were responding to questions from…

Doctors performing surgery on a patient

#PHC4UHC: Doctors identify loopholes in Lagos health insurance

Lagos State plans to roll out a state-run health insurance scheme next month. But doctors in the state are not convinced it will succeed under the planned arrangement. The doctors identified several pitfalls in the draft document establishing the scheme, saying the document is “not yet complete.” Moruf Abdulsalam, the…

Nasirudeen Usman, leader of the NIPSS delegation presenting honorary award to Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos.

Election Tribunal: You Will Not Succeed – Lagos Monarch Tells Atiku

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Wednesday said Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, will not succeed in his quest to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari through the election tribunal. Mr Akiolu advised Mr Atiku to drop his case against Mr Buhari’s re-election, saying he strongly believed the president had…

Jide Idris, Lagos state commissioner for health addressing the NIPSS delegation during a meeting on Tuesday.

#PHC4UHC: How technology will drive health insurance in Lagos – Commissioner

Lagos State is planning to fully roll out its state-run health insurance scheme in June. Ahead of the launch, the government of the state said it adopted a technology based application to capture and ensure ease of access to the scheme by residents. Jide Idris, the state's commissioner for health,…

#PHC4UHC: How State Health Insurance will be implemented in Lagos – Govt, Experts

Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, is among the few states in the country on the verge of kick-starting its state-run health insurance scheme to drive Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Lagos State government said it is, however, in no rush to fully roll out the scheme which it said was…

Secretary to Lagos state government, Tunji Bello.

#PHC4UHC: Lagos govt talks tough, says FG has no business dabbling in LG affairs

The federal government has no business allocating money to the local governments directly as such funds should be given to the states to determine how it would be disbursed, a top Lagos State official has said. Tunji Bello, the Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), said this on Monday…

Interactive session between CSOs and NIPSS delegation in Niger state.

#PHC4UHC: Be accountable when tracking health funds, programmes, policy experts tell CSOs

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been charged to be accountable and transparent, through regular audit of their accounts and self-regulation, when playing advocacy roles in the health sector. They were urged to be keen on generating data and using such to advocate to government for better accountability that will strengthen…

#PHC4UHC: Buhari concerned about Nigerians’ out-of-pocket health spending – NIPSS

How Nigeria will achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the topic of study selected for this year’s Senior Executive Course participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS). The topic was reportedly selected by President Muhammadu Buhari to attain UHC. The president directed the course participants to…

Etsu Nupe laments medical tourism among Nigerians

#PHC4UHC: Etsu Nupe laments medical tourism among Nigerians

Nigerians seek medical attention overseas because the country’s health sector is unreliable, Yahaya Abubakar, the traditional ruler of Nupe kingdom has said. The Etsu Nupe said this on Wednesday while receiving senior executives of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) study tour team at his royal palace…

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha accuses APC, INEC of plotting to kill his senatorial ambition

“The evil I feared in the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) has befallen me 10 times in the APC (All Progressives Congress)," said Rochas Okorocha as he launched a fierce attack on the leadership of the ruling party. Mr Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo State, was reacting to the controversy…

Senator Ademola Adeleke at a Magistrate Court in Abuja

Adeleke’s arrest, attempt to hound opposition voices – Governorship candidate

The arrest and ongoing trial of Ademola Adeleke, a Nigerian senator, is an attempt to hound opposition voices in the country, the governorship candidate of Restoration Party in Osun State, Mercy Ayodele, has said. She also suggested that the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, was behind the trial. “Such act was…

Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar receiving senior executives of the NIPSS study tour team course 41 who paid him a courtesy visit at his country home in Minna, the Niger state capital.

#PHC4UHC: Niger governor identifies major challenge of state’s health sector

Inadequate and unequal distribution of human resources for health is a major challenge in the Niger State's health sector, the governor of the state, Abubakar Bello, has said. The governor said this on Tuesday while receiving some senior executives of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) study…

Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar receiving senior executives of the NIPSS study tour team course 41 who paid him a courtesy visit at his country home in Minna, the Niger state capital.

#PHC4UHC: Nigeria’s ex-head of state speaks on challenges of fake drugs

A former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Tuesday described the proliferation of fake, expired and substandard drugs as a major challenge in the Nigerian health sector. Mr Abdulsalami, a retired general, said this while receiving senior executives of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) study tour…

#UHC4PHC: Mohammed Usman, the Executive Secretary of Niger State Contributory Health Scheme (NGSCHS) addressing senior executive of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) study tour team course 41 in Minna, the state capital.

#PHC4UHC: Why we’ll not engage HMOs for health insurance – Niger Govt.

The Niger State Government says it will not engage Health Management Organisations (HMOs) in its newly established State Contributory Health Scheme (NGSCHS). The Permanent Secretary of Niger State Ministry of Health, Makusidi M.M, said the measure became necessary because of the failure of HMOs to deliver services at the national…

Group picture with the NIPSS crew after Monday's study tour.

#PHC4UHC: Nigeria’s policy experts tour primary health institutions

To chart a roadmap for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPPS) is embarking on a study tour of four states in the country, to understudy their primary health systems. The tour, which is aimed at bridging the gap between policymakers and the end…

NCDC launches project to protect health workers from infections

Handwashing: NCDC launches project to protect health workers from infections

Health experts have identified hand washing as a major preventive measure against the spread of viral diseases, especially in health institutions. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) launched the ‘Turn Nigeria Orange’ Project to strengthen the culture of hand hygiene and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in healthcare institutions…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Some Nigerian governors use insecurity as excuse to loot state funds – Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has alleged that some state governors use insecurity as an excuse to steal public funds. Mr Magu said this while making a presentation on corruption, on Tuesday, at the induction ceremony organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum…

Emulate Buhari, Ribadu tells governors-elect

The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has advised incoming Nigerian governors to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari’s style of separating governance from personal interests. “You are lucky you have someone to learn from. Please, emulate President Muhammadu Buhari. He has no business partners, nobody…

Ag. Chairman EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

Terrorism Financing: Magu wants govt to focus attention on NGOs’ activities

To curb terrorism financing, Nigeria must beam its searchlight on the activities of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said. The EFCC boss spoke Tuesday at a retreat for newly elected governors organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum in Abuja. He made…

Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) induction.

NGF holds induction for new, returning governors (LIVE UPDATES)

The programme aimed at preparing newly-elected and returning governors for the task of governance opens for the second day this morning at the State House in Abuja. The event is organised by the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). According to the organisers, the initiative is aimed at supporting…

lawmakers and experts in the health sector on Friday gathered in Abuja.

Why Buhari should sign new health insurance law before May 29

It will take another rigorous legislative process if President Muhammadu Buhari does not assent to the bill repealing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act on or before midnight of May 29. This was the major concern raised when some lawmakers and experts in the health sector on Friday gathered…