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How iodine may reduce chances of getting pregnant – Study

Iodine deficiency may reduce a woman's chances of getting pregnant, a study by researchers at the National Institute of Health has revealed. The Institute is an agency which conducts basic, clinical, and translational medical research and investigates the causes, treatment, and cure for common and rare diseases. The study noted…

INTERVIEW: UNICEF spent over $10 million in Nigeria to treat acute malnutrition, others in 2017 – Official

A senior nutrition specialist at UNICEF’s Nigeria country office, Bamidele Omotola, in this interview speaks on the efforts made by the global body to curb the ravaging effects of infant malnutrition, morbidity and mortality across the country noting that government's lethargy in providing needed funds is crippling strides made. Excerpts:…

FEATURE: True state of public hospitals in Abuja’s satellite towns

Public hospitals in Nigeria are widely assumed to lack equipment and manpower to provide adequate care for the large volumes of patients that troop into them on daily basis. For this reason, people who can afford it rather patronise private hospitals or travel out on medical tourism for their health…

Nigerian lawyers react to audit report on N4.8 billion corruption in judiciary

Lawyers have reacted to the latest Auditor General of the Federation's report highlighting corruption in the judiciary. PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported findings of the report, including that about N4.8 billion was either misappropriated or unaccounted for between 2012 and 2015 by federal courts across the country. The report said the…

We lost millions to Bwari violence, market fire – Residents

Residents of Bwari, the capital of Bwari Area Council in Abuja, have continued to count their losses following the violence that engulfed the area on Christmas Day.   The Bwari market was burnt down as a result of the clash between Gbagi and Hausa youth which left at least three…

Bwari violence: Three deaths confirmed, curfew imposed on Abuja town

Three people have been confirmed dead in the violence that occurred in Bwari town of Bwari Area Council, Abuja. A dusk to dawn curfew has, consequently, been imposed on the area. The violence occurred in the area on Monday morning leading to burning down of the major market in the…

One feared killed as police quell Bwari, Abuja violence

Calm has returned to Bwari, the capital of Bwari Area Council in Abuja, after violence engulfed the area on Christmas day. The council also hosts the Nigerian Law School and the office of the examination body, JAMB. The violence, which residents said was an ethnic conflict, led to the burning…

Violence in Bwari, Abuja; market razed

There is violence ongoing in Bwari, a town in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Details of the cause of the violence is not immediately clear, but it led to the burning of the main market in the town. Armed soldiers and police officers were seen trying to maintain peace in the…

UPDATED: Cause of NAFDAC fire unknown – Official

The cause of the fire which ravaged the administrative block of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Abuja, Friday morning is yet unknown, an official has said. According to a witness, the fire started around 6:20 a.m and emanated from the back of the building.…

NAFDAC building on fire

The headquarters of the food and drug regulator, NAFDAC, in Abuja is currently on fire. The building is in the Wuse area of Abuja. The cause of the fire is not known yet. A source said the fire started at about 6:20 a.m. and that fire service officials arrived late.…

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Akwa Ibom records huge HIV rate drop

A recent survey conducted in Akwa Ibom State has revealed a significant drop in the overall prevalence rate of HIV in the state. The survey, which was carried out across the 31 local government areas in the state between April and June 2017, shows a drastic fall from 10.8 per…

FEATURE: How Kano successfully immunised 2.6 million children against measles

Over 2.6 million children have been immunised against measles in Kano State in 2017. Officials said the success of the exercise was remarkable but not unexpected, as it was preceded by a thorough preparation and awareness campaign across the 44 local government areas of the state. “I had been waiting…

Medical directors sue Abuja area council over ‘illegal charges’

The Guild of Medical Directors, GMD has asked an High Court in Abuja to look into the 'illegal and unnecessary' taxes collected from them by officials of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC. The counsel to the guild, Akinwale Aderele, who made the plea via an application brought before the judge,…

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Don’t interfere with training, certification of doctors, NMA tells Senate

The National Medical Association, NMA, has urged the senate to allow the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, handle issues of medical education and training, as it is the statutory body created by law for it. The senate committee on health on Tuesday began an investigative hearing regarding allegations…

INTERVIEW: What Nigerian govt is doing to achieve local vaccine production, functional PHCs – NPHCDA DG

Faisal Shuaib was appointed Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, in January. In this interview with Bisi Abidoye, Ayodamola Awoseye and Nike Adebowale of PREMIUM IMES, he speaks on the strategic ways the agency is trying to address the fundamental issues in primary healthcare in Nigeria.…

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2018 Budget: Senate to counter Buhari, ensure better allocation to health – Lawmaker

The Nigerian Senate has vowed to ensure the commencement of the implementation of the 2014 National Health Act from the 2018 fiscal year. The Act which was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan stipulates that one per cent of the consolidated revenue fund be set aside for healthcare…

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Barcelona play 1-1 draw with Valencia

The highly expected match between Valencia and Barcelona lived to its billing ending in a 1-1 draw. Valencia scored first in the end to end encounter through Rodrigo in the 60th minute. A Lionel Messi pass to Jordi Alba was converted by the wing back eight minutes to the end…

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How PDP leaders reacted to Atiku’s exit from APC

Top members of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, have reacted to the news of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s exit from the All Progressive Congress, APC. Mr. Abubakar, a founding member of the PDP in 1998, defected from APC on Friday. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Despite Argentina win, Nigeria drops nine places on FIFA ranking

Despite its thrilling performance in the World Cup qualifiers and the defeat of acclaimed global champions, Argentina, the Super Eagles of Nigeria has dropped nine places in the latest football ranking by FIFA. The latest ranking, which was published on FIFA's official website on Thursday, put Nigeria at the 50th…

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Only one-third of Nigerians in need of HIV treatment are getting it – NACA

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has said only about one in three persons who need treatment for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria are getting the life-saving treatment. The agency has therefore called on state governments to invest in HIV/AIDs programme to enable more people with the virus get…

Children selling on Abuja-Jos highway, Nigeria.

World Children’s Day: Invest more in children, UNICEF urges Nigerian govt

In celebration of the World Children's Day, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has highlighted the importance of investing in every child in Nigeria. Speaking at the event to mark the day in Abuja on Monday, the Chief of Communications, UNICEF, Doune Porter, said that there is an urgent need…

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FIFA announces pots for 2018 World Cup draw

The world football governing body, FIFA, has announced the pots for the 2018 World Cup. The announcement was made on its website on Thursday. Nigeria is placed in Pot 4, which means Nigeria will not play any of the countries in that pot. Those countries are Serbia, Australia, Japan, Morocco,…

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Nigeria infant mortality rate falls — UNICEF, Statistics Bureau

The fifth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) has highlighted a nationwide overall drop in infant mortality rate from 97 per 1000 live births recorded in 2011 to 70 per 1000 live births. The survey was jointly released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund…

NAFDAC refutes claim 70% drugs in Nigeria fake

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has refuted the claim that 70 per cent of pharmaceutical products circulating in Nigeria are fake. The agency said the claim is not evidenced-based and has no scientific proof. He said such claim can also scare foreigners and make…

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Over half under five Nigerian children risk growing abnormally – Expert

Over 60 per cent of under five Nigerian children stand the risk of not developing appropriately due to poor nutrition, a UNICEF Education specialist, Swadchet Sanky has said. She also said 250 million under five children globally are unlikely to reach their full potential because their development had been stunted…