ebuka

Ebuka Onyeji, a health and investigative reporter at Premium Times Newspaper. Ebuka hails from Ufuma in Orumba North LGA, Anambra state. He bagged a B.SC degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University, Igbariam in 2014.

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scanty walk ways at the National hospital Abuja as a result of the ongoing strike.

Five things likely to happen in Nigeria’s health sector if JOHESU strike persists

The ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is a week old and has crippled healthcare delivery in many parts of the nation. However, the full weight of its impact is yet to be felt, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. "Total collapse of the health sector is what…

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

World Malaria Day: 10 interesting facts about Malaria

As the World Malaria Day 2018, with the theme “Ready to beat malaria” is celebrated globally today, the scourge of malaria in Nigeria is yet to be fully curbed. Despite funds and concerted efforts geared towards the fight against the ailment, it is believed that Nigeria is yet to tackle…

Ogbonna Chimela

INTERVIEW: What Nigerian govt must do to end health workers strike – JOHESU Vice Chairman

Ogbonna Chimela is the National Vice Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). He also doubles as the President of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP). In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ebuka Onyeji, Mr Chimela speaks on the implications if the ongoing strike by JOHESU is…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Health workers’ strike: Nigerian govt sets up committee to reconsider JOHESU demands

The Federal Government says it has set up a committee to review the 'technical and financial' related aspects of the demands by the striking Joint Health Sector Unions. According to the government, this was part of the decisions reached at a meeting of top officials held on Sunday night aimed…

National Hospital

Health Workers Strike: We are unmoved by FG’s ‘No Work no Pay’ threat – JOHESU

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have called a bluff of the federal government's threat to invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’ rule should the unions persist in continuing with their strike. The strike has crippled health care delivery in parts of the country. The union said it is…

NMA President, Mike Ogirima, a professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

NMA names major impediment to Nigeria health sector growth

One of the major problems of the Nigerian health sector is the failure by government to implement existing laws and policies, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said. Mike Ogirima, the president of the association, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja. He said Nigeria’s health and socio-demographic indices…

Ulcer

Five wrong beliefs about Ulcer

Ulcers have become one of the most common medical conditions suffered by many Nigerians. Many sufferers dismiss it as an everyday ailment and therefore rely on self medication without knowing ulcers can pose serious health risks if not treated early and properly. While every disease has its own peculiar complexities,…

A hospital ward with patients

Nigeria’s Lassa fever cases decline to lowest level in four months – NCDC

After more than 100 deaths and almost 400 confirmed infections, Nigeria in April recorded a sharp decline in the spread of Lassa fever. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the lowest number of cases in a single week since the beginning of the outbreak was recorded this…

AUDIO: We are not asking for same salary with doctors – JOHESU

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Wuse District Hospital.

Health Workers Strike: Nigerian govt threatens ‘No Work no Pay’ rule

The federal government says it will invoke the 'no work no pay rule' rule if the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) persist in their strike, which has crippled health care delivery in parts of the country. “If this group of health workers persists on continuing this strike, government will be…

Asokoro district hospital

Health workers’ strike: Abuja hospitals partially comply

There was partial observance in public hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory of the industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU. JOHESU, the association of other health workers apart from medical doctors and dentists, on Tuesday midnight commenced an indefinite strike over failure by the federal government to…

Striking doctors in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Health Crisis: Doctors warn Nigerian govt against acceding to JOHESU’s demands

The Nigerian government is in a dilemma as medical doctors on Tuesday warned it against acceding to some demands over which other workers in the health sector have called a strike. The doctors who specifically opposed salary adjustment and harmonization, one of the major demands of the Joint Health Staff…

File photo of Resident Doctors

Health Crisis: Doctors attack other workers, say JOHESU illegal

Nigerian doctors say they will not join a proposed strike by other workers in the health sector. The doctors through the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) also described the union of the other health workers, JOHESU, as illegal. JOHESU, which includes all health workers except doctors and dentists, announced on Monday…

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Crisis looms in Nigeria hospitals as health workers announce indefinite strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, has announced an indefinite strike that, it says, will paralyse activities in all health institutions across the country. “All federal government health institutions in Nigeria including federal medical centres, specialists’ hospitals, orthopedic hospitals, psychiatric hospitals among others will be the first to shut down.…

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

Don’t introduce GMO crops – Groups warn Nigerian govt

A non-governmental organisation has warned the Nigerian government against the proposed introduction of commercialised genetically modified crops (GMO) into the food system of the country. Nigeria officially signed the Biosafety Bill into law in 2015, making it eligible to join the league of nations that are already using genetic engineering…

NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.

NHIS: Sacked Health Management Organisations get two weeks grace

Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has given 23 Health Management Organisations, (HMOs) two weeks to comply with qualification requirements for which they were initially removed from the scheme. This was the outcome of a meeting Thursday between the management of NHIS and representatives of HMOs, spokesperson of the scheme,…

INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s health centres still dysfunctional a year after govt began reconstruction

Primary health care system in Nigeria is dogged by multiple challenges despite billions of naira spent over the decades on health facilities by government at different levels. Less than 20 percent of the 30,000 public PHCs in the country is fully functional, a recent survey by a nongovernmental body, CISLAC,…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

UPDATED: NHIS chief denies investing scheme’s N25 billion fund on securities

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Yusuf Usman, has described as false a report by Thisday newspaper that the scheme has invested at least N25 billion in government securities. “No penny of NHIS money was invested in Nigeria, abroad or anywhere under my watch,” Mr. Yusuf said…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Embattled NHIS boss apologises for ‘past mistakes’

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Yusuf Usman, on Thursday offered a public apology over his alleged insubordination to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, and "past mistakes' over which he was suspended last year. The minister set up a committee to investigate alleged misconduct by Mr.…

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New malaria drug makes human blood toxic to mosquitoes

There is a new ray of hope in the fight against Africa's most endemic killer, Malaria, as a new research discovers a pill that can make human blood poisonous to mosquitoes and even kill the blood-sucking insect. The new discovery by a group of scientists indicates that the disease-carrying mosquitoes…

Apo Six: Alleged killer cop promoted to AIG, victims’ families cry foul

The families of six victims of extra-judicial killings by police officers that shook Abuja in 2005 have expressed disappointment over the reinstatement and ‘speedy’ promotion of one of the alleged arrowheads, a deputy commissioner of police (DCP), charged with the murders. The then DCP, Ibrahim Danjuma, and four other officers…

Bill Gates’ stance on Buhari’s economic blueprint ‘misunderstood’ – Minister

A Nigerian minister has claimed that the media misinterpreted what American billionaire and philanthropist, Bill Gates, said about Nigeria’s economic plans during his visit to Nigeria. Mr Gates had at the special and expanded National Economic Council, held in Abuja on Thursday, said the present economic template being used by…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Why Nigeria’s NHIS degenerated – Executive Secretary

All shareholders are jointly culpable for the degeneration the Nigerian Health Insurance Scheme has faced over the years, Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme has said. “They tolerated abuses and breaches of confidence for far too long”, Mr. Yusuf said in a statement by Ayo Osinlu, spokesperson of…

Major facts to note about Lassa Fever

The death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country since the beginning of the year recently increased to 110, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This means the country is currently battling its largest Lassa fever outbreak in history. From January 1 to March 4,…

MASSOB protesters

Pro-Biafra group criticises senators’ N13.5 million monthly allowance

The Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has reacted to the revelation that each Nigerian senator collects N13.5 million monthly as running cost in addition to their legitimate salaries and allowances. The pro-Biafra group said the jumbo pay collected by the Senate could be seen as a “criminal…