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Dissecting National Health Act: What Nigerians need to know (1)

Obinna Oleh was present as his sister bled to death shortly after giving birth to a set of triplet boys in an Abuja general hospital. He blamed the hospital for the tragedy. The touching story, reported first by PREMIUM TIMES in May, shocked Nigerians as the family sought help for…

Nigerian AIDS control agency concealed records of donor funds – Audit Report

Even as Nigerians ponder the implications of the crisis in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the latest audit report of federal agencies has accused yet another agency in the health sector of refusing to shed light on management of a significant portion of its funds. In the report for…

The signpost at the main entrance of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi. It was first built as a general hospital in 1957 by the government of Defunct Northern Nigeria, and became FMC in 2000. (October 30, 2018) Credits: Samuel Ogundipe/Premium Times.

World Pneumonia Day: Nigeria urged to improve fight against disease

As the world marks the World Pneumonia Day, Nigeria and other countries have been urged to step up fight against a disease experts described as the most infectious killer of infants all over the world. The World Pneumonia Day is observed every November 12 to raise awareness about one of…

Kaduna State map used to illustrate the story.

How I was almost stoned to death in Kaduna crisis — Female journalist

Temitope Mustapha, a news editor with the Voice of Nigeria (VON), has recounted how she was almost stoned to death during last month's religious crisis in Kaduna State. In a lengthy post shared on her Facebook page on Tuesday, the journalist narrated how she fell into coma under a hail…

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Even before Yusuf, NHIS was an agency steeped in fraud

Long before the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) made the headlines with the recent crisis surrounding its repeatedly suspended Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf, the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF) raised an alarm on how monumental fraud, opacity and impunity had become the culture of the agency, PREMIUM TIMES can report.…

Doctors separate conjoined twins in Abuja hospital

How we successfully separated, stabilised conjoined twins – Nigerian surgeon

A paediatric surgeon, Olori Samson, has shed light on how his team successfully separated a conjoined twins at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada. PREMIUM TIMES reported how a team of Nigerian doctors successfully separated the twins in the Abuja based hospital. Mr Samson, one of the surgeons who carried…

File photo of 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.

Nigeria’s immunisation rate increases by 10% – NPHCDA

Routine immunisation rate has increased by 10 per cent across Nigeria in the last two years, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said. The Executive Director of the agency, Faisal Shuaib, stated this on Monday in Abuja at the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on…

The Araromi Oke-Odo market in Lagos

Unsafe food costs low, middle income economies about $110bn annually – World Bank

The impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year, a new study by the World Bank has disclosed. According to a press release published on the organisation’s website, these costs could be avoided if countries adopt preventive measures…

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World Polio Day: What Nigeria needs to do to eradicate scourge – WHO

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to observe the World Polio day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for heightened surveillance if the country is to be certified polio free by the year 2020. In a statement issued to mark the day, the WHO Regional Director for…

Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib.

NSHIP: Govt praises impact of new project on primary health care delivery in Nigeria

The federal government has applauded the impact of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) on primary health care service delivery in the country. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, described the project as the most enduring strategy for enhanced primary health…

Executive Secretary of the scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: NHIS websit]

NHIS: If Buhari knows one-tenth of Yusuf’s ‘atrocities’, he will throw him out – Governing Council

The chairperson, Governing Council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Enyantu Ifenne, says if President Muhammadu Buhari knows a tenth of the 'atrocities' committed by the suspended Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf, ''he (Buhari) will throw him out." "If (Mr) Buhari knows one-tenth of Yusuf's atrocities, he will not keep…

Nigerian economy improved slightly in 2016, but remains in recession -- NBS [Photo Credit: naija247news.com]

Nigerians life expectancy can rise to 74.8 years by 2040 – Study

Life expectancy can rise to 74.8 years in Nigeria by 2040, a study published on Wednesday in international medical journal, The Lancet, has stated. The study ranked Nigeria 156th among 195 nations with an average life expectancy of 65.0 years in 2016, but states the country can rise to 123rd…

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington and the Chairman of the US African Development Foundation, Jack Leslie during the signing of an MOU in Abuja on Thursday.

US agency signs agreement with Kebbi govt to invest $10 million in agribusinesses

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) has entered a $10 million agreement with Kebbi State Government to provide seed capital and technical assistance to local agribusinesses in the state. The agreement, which will last for five years, is to develop and expand local agricultural enterprises in the northern Nigerian…

Multitude of people.

World population to grow by 2.2 billion by 2050 — UN Report

Global population is set to grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050, a United Nations report has said. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population 2018 Report released Wednesday, more than half of that growth - 1.3 billion - is likely to be…

NGO marks milestone after medical care for one million HIV/AIDs patients

A non-governmental organisation says it has reached a milestone in its history after providing medical care to over one million persons living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. AIDs Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global AIDS organisation operating in 41 countries, including Nigeria. In a statement on Thursday, the organisation said providing medical…

VVF operation in a Nigerian clinic

Abuja hospital acquires latest surgical equipment

A landmark has been reached in health care delivery in Nigeria as a private hospital in Abuja announced the acquisition of the latest laser surgical machine in the world. The 120 watts Holmium "Moses" Technology laser machine, bought by Kelina Hospital, Abuja has a surgery time 25 per cent faster…

Cold chain store at Sushi area council

SPECIAL REPORT: How poor electricity supply, inadequate facilities affect storage of vaccines, immunisation in Nigerian capital

John Awodi is a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW) and the immunisation officer at Tungan Maje Primary Healthcare Centre in Gwagwalada Area Council of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. His duty involves ensuring vaccines are kept in potent condition and are available for use on immunisation days at his centre. This…

Representatives from the 5 PAS states (Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Niger and Taraba)

Experts task health CSOs to advocate more on family planning

Experts at a one day health dialogue have called on civil society organisations to increase advocacy on family planning in Nigeria in order to achieve the desired goal. The dialogue, held in Abuja on Thursday, was organised by development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry…

WHO

WHO, Africa CDC collaborate to advance universal health coverage

As part of its efforts to advance Universal Health Coverage in Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has strengthened its ties with the African Union Commission (AUC) through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The organisations are collaborating to tackle the numerous health challenges facing the…

Participants at a one day meeting on updates to states on new national family planning policies and policy directions and update from states on family planning situation and innovations in Abuja on Thursday.

LIVE UPDATES: dRPC, Nigeria’s health ministry, others discuss gender issues in family planning

As part efforts to strengthen implementation of family planning programmes in Nigeria, the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) is organising a one day high level meeting for developmental partners in the sector. The meeting which would be held in Abuja on Thursday is in collaboration with the federal ministry…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

Workers again accuse NHIS boss of fraud, demand his sack

Senior workers at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on Monday urged the Nigerian government to ask the Executive Secretary of the scheme, Usman Yusuf, to step aside after again accusing him of fraud. At a press briefing in Abuja, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria at the…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

5% of basic health fund to be disbursed for health emergencies- Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that five per cent of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund will go to health emergency management which covers all aspect of health, including accidents and disease outbreaks. Mr Adewole spoke in Abuja, while receiving top management officials from the Public Health England…

National Hospital

Second cancer machine at National Hospital to begin operations January – Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that the second cancer machine at the National Hospital, Abuja will commence operations January 2019. Mr Adewole said this while inspecting the cancer centre extension and a newly installed second cancer equipment. According to a statement issued on Friday and signed by…

Wuse District Hospital.

National Minimum Wage: Abuja hospitals partially join strike

Some hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) did not fully join the ongoing nationwide strike called by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). The warning strike commenced midnight Wednesday over the federal government’s failure to reconvene the tripartite committee constituted in November last year to recommend a new national minimum…

Priscilla Ankut Component Lead, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme and other participants at the 4th Network meeting on Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) in Abuja.

More awareness needed to tackle sexual violence – Experts

The component lead, Rule of Law and Anti - Corruption (RoLAC) programme, Priscilla Ankut, has called for increased awareness on sexual assaults and rape in the country. Speaking at the 4th network meeting of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) on Thursday in Abuja, Mrs Ankut said sexual assault has become…