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Representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Vishal Gujadhur, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Council, Yewande Sadiku and Budgit's lead partner Oluseun Onigbinde during the launch of state of states report.

‎Group raises concern over debt profile of states

A civic technology organisation, Budgit Nigeria, has expressed its concerns over the increasing debt profile of states in the country. The organisation also said that states should desist from depending solely on external loans. BudgIT's Lead Partner, Oluseun Onigbinde, who spoke during the launch of the organisation’s state of state…

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Commissioner ‘politicising’ Oyo doctor’s strike — Union

Almost three months after embarking on an indefinite strike, the Association of Resident Doctors, LAUTECH Chapter has accused the state commissioner of health, Azeez Adeduntan, of playing politics with the welfare of members. In a statement released on Saturday and jointly signed by the association’s president, Sebastine Oiwoh, and general…

A female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State.
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How false vaccination rumour caused panic across Nigeria

Hundred of parents on Monday rushed to withdraw their children from public primary schools in Damaturu, Yobe State, following a rumour that an unusual injection was being administered on school children. According to the rumour, a non-governmental organisation was administering the injection on the heads of male and navel of…

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Nigeria needs to spend N712 billion annually to bridge healthcare financing deficit – BudgIT

Nigeria needs to spend about N712 billion annually to bridge its healthcare financing deficit, a civic technology organization, BudgIT Nigeria says. BudgIT's Lead Partner, Oluseun Onigbinde, who made the observation on Thursday, called on the federal government to strengthen primary health care centres to be able to tackle epidemics in the country.…

The Chairman of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union, MHWUN, Anzuka Peters.

Our strike endangers the health of Nigerians – Chairman, NAFDAC workers’ union

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Nike Adebowale, the Chairman of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union, MHWUN, Anzuka Peters, speaks on the ongoing strike by workers of the agency and how Nigerians stand to lose if not resolved. …

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Nigeria govt to ban open drugs markets from 2019

Open drug markets will be outlawed in Nigeria and shut down by the end of next year, the federal government has said. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made this known on Monday in Lagos at a workshop organised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control…

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Doctors’ union slam treatment of colleagues in state hospitals

The National Association of Resident Doctors has expressed dismay over the poor treatment of some of its members, especially those in the State University Teaching hospitals. The doctors lamented that some of its members had been sacked while others have had their salaries withheld without reason. The newly-elected president of…

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Nigeria health workers’ union, JOHESU, suspends strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals, JOHESU, has suspended its nine-day-old strike. The union made the decision following a nine-hour meeting with the federal government in Abuja on Saturday. The national chairman of the union, Biobelemoye Josiah, said the strike had been suspended "in principle", as…

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NAFDAC Crisis: Despite exit of DG, workers vow to continue strike

Despite the exit of the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, workers of the food and drug regulator said they will continue their strike. PREMIUM TIMES broke the news of the exit of Yetunde Oni on Thursday following a directive by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The SGF…

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NAFDAC Crisis: Nigerian govt approves immediate retirement of DG

The Nigerian government has approved the retirement of the acting director general of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni. The directive for Mrs. Oni’s ‘immediate retirement’ was granted by the R.P. Ugo, a Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the…

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Nigerian government to fund treatment of 50,000 new HIV patients yearly – Buhari

The Nigerian government says it plans to use domestic funds to provide antiretroviral drugs for additional 50,000 HIV patients every year, a development that experts say would boost treatment of the scourge in the country. According to a press statement released on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this plan at…

National Hospital, Abuja

JOHESU strike: Minister faults health workers ahead Tuesday reconciliation meeting

Ahead of a meeting scheduled for Tuesday to find a common ground between the two parties, the Nigerian government has accused health workers of not following procedure before they began their nationwide strike Thursday last week. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who called the reconciliation meeting, said…

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Striking health workers union accuses hospital official of slapping member

Striking health workers have accused an official of a teaching hospital of slapping one of them. They also called on the federal government for protection against further assault. In a statement on Sunday signed by its National Chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care…

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HEALTH WORKERS STRIKE: Abuja hospitals yet to comply

Normal activities continued in government hospitals in Abuja on Thursday as health workers are yet to comply with the call by the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, to embark on strike over alleged inability of the federal government to meet their demands. JOHESU had on Wednesday insisted on going on…

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Nurses, midvives, other health workers across Nigeria commence strike Wednesday

The major unions of health workers have announced the commencement of their nationwide strike on Wednesday. The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, announced the strike on Tuesday. According to a statement signed by the…

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Measles: Nigeria has highest number of unimmunized children in world – UNICEF

The incidence of measles among children under the age of five increased more than two-fold in the northern part of Nigeria between 2014 and 2016, a survey has revealed. This was revealed just as UNICEF said the country has the highest number of children in the world not immunised with…

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Resident doctors suspend strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has suspended its strike. The suspension was announced in the early hours of Thursday after a meeting of the executives of the association. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the doctors failed to reach a decision in an earlier meeting. The strike by the doctors,…

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

Another Group Threatens Total Shutdown of Nigerian Hospitals

With the Nigerian government still trying to pacify resident doctors at public hospitals to return to work, another group of professionals in the sector has joined the fray. The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, says it will begin a nationwide strike on September 20.…

The minister of health, prof. Isaac Adewole and the minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige during the meeting with resident doctors, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Resident doctors meeting deadlocked as strike continues

‎The meeting of the executives of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has been deadlocked. The meeting was called to review government's offers to the striking doctors with a view to call off the strike. The meeting, which started at 11 p.m. in Abuja ended at 7 a.m. for…

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Resident doctors meeting deadlocked as strike continues

Striking resident doctors ended their meeting in the early hours of Saturday without a resolution. The meeting PREMIUM TIMES learnt, will continue today, Saturday. The executives of the resident doctors, NARD, met to review the offer of the federal government at their meeting with the government delegation on Wednesday. The…

The minister of health, prof. Isaac Adewole and the minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige during the meeting with resident doctors, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Why resident doctors’ strike continues despite government overtures

The strike embarked on by resident doctors will continue‎ despite a meeting between them and a federal government delegation, officials have said.   The doctors resolved to continue the strike until members of the association review government’s offers.   The meeting to broker peace between members of National Association of…

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Meeting ongoing between striking doctors, ministers

The meeting to resolve the strike by resident doctors, NARD, is ongoing in Abuja. The meeting is being attended by the leadership of the NARD as well as the Ministers of Health, Isaac Adewole; Labour, Chris Ngige, and the representative of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA. Before the meeting started,…

University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, recently carried out successful open heart surgeries.

Resident Doctors’ Strike: How major Nigerian hospitals fared

Despite the directive from the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to its members to embark on a total strike, skeletal operations by some doctors were still observed at various health institutions across the country. PREMIUM TIMES reporters visited some health institutions across the country and noticed minimal activities going…

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Resident doctors commence nationwide strike

Resident doctors across Nigeria have commenced a nationwide indefinite strike. The doctors resolved to proceed on the strike after a meeting of its national leadership that ended in the early hours of Monday. In a brief statement obtained by Vanguard Newspapers, the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors,…

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Resident doctors haven’t suspended strike — Official

The chairman of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Osogbo chapter, Folarin Olarewaju, has denied claims that the association has suspended its plan to go on strike. He said rather the association will hold an emergency executive committee meeting on Sunday, where a decision will be made. Mr. Olarewaju admitted…