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Fathers in 92 countries do not enjoy paid paternity leave — UNICEF

Nearly 90 million children in the world under one year old live in countries where fathers are not entitled to paid paternity leave, a new analysis by the United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) has revealed. According to a press statement by UNICEF on Thursday, the analysis disclosed 92 countries do…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Nigerians consume 20 billion sticks of cigarette annually – Minister

Over 20 billion sticks of cigarettes are consumed annually in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. Mr Adewole also said 4.5 million adults currently use tobacco products, while about 82 per cent of people who visit bars and nightclubs are exposed to second-hand smoke. The minister, who spoke during…

File photo of Resident Doctors

Nigerian doctors shelve strike, give govt one month ultimatum

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has shelved its planned strike. This was the decision reached at a scheduled meeting by the doctors which ended late on Saturday night. Hours after health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) suspended their nationwide strike after 44 days, the resident…

Kuje General hospital

Another strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector

Hours after health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) suspended their nationwide strike after 44 days, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday served a notice of its own looming strike. Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday when JOHESU announced the suspension of a strike that crippled services…

Striking health workers

Health workers union, JOHESU, suspends strike after six weeks

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has suspended its nationwide strike that started six weeks ago. The union announced the decision on Thursday, via a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting. In the communique signed by Biobelemoye Josiah, the national chairman of JOHESU, the union…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole confirms screening activities at abuja airport

Ebola: Minister visits Abuja airport to access screening measures

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday paid an unscheduled visit to the Port-Health Service stand of the Nnamdi International Airport Abuja in an effort to ensure that screening measures are heightened at all ports of entry. In a press statement released by the ministry, the minister’s visit was…

From L - R The Head, Health Promotion Division, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Chris Elemuwa, Country Director WaterAid, ChiChi Okoye and the deputy head of WASH department, Action Against Hunger, Patricia Obroh during a Media chat to mark the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Lack of adequate toilets still a challenge in Nigeria — Group

As Nigeria joins the rest of the World to commemorate the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day, a group, WaterAid, has said nearly half of the schools in Nigeria do not have basic toilets. These toilets, it added are meant to enable adolescent girls manage their menstrual hygiene properly. The Country Director,…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Despite JOHESU’s call, minister expresses govt’s commitment to end health workers’ strike

Despite calls for his sack by striking health workers, the health minister has expressed the government's commitment to end the strike. The health workers, JOHESU, have been on strike for about a month, causing hardship to millions of sick people who use Nigeria's public hospitals. They called for Mr Adewole's…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Health Workers Strike: JOHESU wants health minister sacked

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has called for the immediate removal of Isaac Adewole as Nigeria's Minister of Health. The union said his continued stay remains a major barrier to the resolution of the ongoing nationwide strike by health workers. The minister has been at the forefront of the…

Pregnant women suffer as Nigeria’s health workers strike worsens

Uneasy was the contenance on Ebele Nwaka as she struggled to climb down one of the stairs of Asokoro District Hospital. Mrs Nwaka is carrying a seven-month old pregnancy and she is an albino. As our correspondent helps her down the stairs, she complained bitterly. "I came to see my…

Deserted corridors of the National Hospital

‎Sorrow, anguish as Nigerians suffer from health workers’ strike

Patients in federal health institutions are currently passing through untold pain even as their relatives have been grumbling for the past 22 days as a result of the ongoing strike by health workers, an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. Three weeks ago, JOHESU, an association of health workers except…

L-R, US Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb Stuart Symington, Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole and Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS Dr Sani Aliyu during the Signing of MOU on Nigeria HIV/ AIDS Indicator and Impact Assesment Survey in Abuja on Thursday

U.S. govt donates $90 million for HIV survey in Nigeria — Minister

The United States government has donated about $90 million to support the forthcoming HIV survey in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the survey. The agreement was signed by the minister, the United…

NAFDAC Office

We’re still manufacturing, Emzor says; disputes NAFDAC closure

Only one production site of pharmaceutical firm, Emzor, was shut contrary to the claim of the food and drug regulator, NAFDAC, the company said on Tuesday. In a series of tweets on its Twitter handle, Emzor said NAFDAC only sealed its liquid line. It said the rest of its manufacturing…

NAFDAC office

Codeine Addiction: Nigeria shuts down three pharmaceutical companies

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) has shut down three major pharmaceutical companies for their alleged involvement in the codeine syrup abuse currently ravaging youth in Nigeria. The companies shut are Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd., Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited, and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited. In a…

Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.

Patients suffer as health workers’ strike grounds hospitals in Abuja

Ngozi Ezeokeke slowly wheeled her aged mother through the corridors of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, on Saturday, and the patient's pains were clear on her face. She was drooling, her neck dropped to the shoulder. "Her condition has worsened because nurses are not around to give her regular therapy,"…

The abandoned earth dam in Danjaka, Kunchi local government area in Kano state

How Nigerian lawmakers’ multi-million naira constituency projects are abandoned across communities

"That greenish water over there is our only source of water in this village," Idris Adamu Danjaka said. A man of about 60 years, he was referring to the water in a dam the Nigerian government built in Danjaka, a village in Kunchi Local Government Area of Kano State. The…

From L-R, Representative, Minister of Health, Dr Araoye Segilola, Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr Sani Aliyu and Country Director, US Public Health Service, Dr Mahesh Swaminathan during the Joint Conference on Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey in Abuja on Thursday.

U.S. govt spends $4.6 billion in 14 years on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria – Official

The US President Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has spent about $4.7billion in the past 14 years to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The Country Director, US Public Health Service, Mahesh Swaminathan, stated this on Thursday at a press conference attended by Nigerian officials on the forthcoming Nigeria Aids Indicators…

Binta Nuhu, a Traditional Birth Attendant at Igu, a community in Bwari, a suburb town in the Federal Capital Tertitory.

INTERVIEW: How Nigerian govt can make our practice safer – Traditional birth attendant

Binta Nuhu is a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) in Igu, a community in Bwari on the suburb of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. In this interview with Premium Times' Nike Adebowale, Mrs Nuhu talks about her practise, experiences and challenges. PT: Can you give a brief detail of yourself? Nuhu: My name is…

A tap of running water used to illustrate the story [Photo: nationals.org.au]

INTERVIEW: Less than 10% Nigerian households have access to potable water – UNICEF Chief

Zaid Jurji is the Chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for UNICEF Nigeria. In this exclusive interview with ‘PREMIUM TIMES’ Nike Adebowale, he talks about the WASH project, funding and the problem of open defecation in Nigeria. PT: WASH is one of the projects the United Nations Children’s Fund…

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…

Oral-Polio-Immunization

Nigeria needs N824 billion to buy vaccines over next 10 years

Nigeria needs about $2.7 billion (N824 billion) to buy vaccines over the next 10 years to enable it achieve its target of 84 per cent immunisation coverage by 2028, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said. The Executive Director of NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said the investment will…

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…

mosquito

Group seeks new combination therapies for malaria

Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV) says it is working with various organisations to develop new combination therapies to address the challenges of anti-malarial drug resistance. MMV is an organisation that aims to reduce the burden of malaria in disease endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable…

SPECIAL REPORT: Women in Abuja communities abandon clinics, rely on traditional birth attendants for delivery

Asabe Joshua resides in Igu, a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory. Located about 15 kilometres from Bwari town of Bwari Local Government Area, the community is as rural as you are likely to find in many other parts of Africa's largest economy. A public primary health care centre…