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Director outlines four-point agenda to reposition Nigeria’s primary healthcare system

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, has pledged to ensure the success of the current scheme to revitalize primary health care in Nigeria under a four-point agenda he has formulated to reposition the Agency. Mr. Shuaib made the pledge on Monday while…

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Nigerian govt to help drug manufacturers meet local production target

The federal government has told pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in Nigeria that it is ready to support them in ensuring that 70 per cent of the drugs Nigerians need are produced in the country, in line with the National Drug Policy. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this at a…

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Nigeria health workers threaten strike over rot in sector

The Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, has put Nigeria’s federal government on notice that its members would go on strike after February 27, if it fails to address the rot in the health system. The group, which comprises all hospital health staff, gave the notice on Monday during a…

INTERVIEW: Doctors in public hospitals shouldn’t be allowed to run private clinics – NMA President

Mike Ogirima, a professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, is the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and President of Nigeria Orthopaedic Association. He spoke in an exclusive interview with Ayodamola Owoseye, Nike Adebowale and Idris Ibrahim on critical issues in Nigeria’s health sector and doctors’ perspective of the way…

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Boards of Nigerian health agencies coming soon – Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has dropped a hint that boards of federal health agencies would soon be announced. He said the constitution of the boards was being delayed because government was following the procedure for the exercise. Mr. Adewole stated this as he expressed disagreement with the claim…

EU donates €70 million for healthcare project in Nigeria

The European Union has donated €70 million to a healthcare project that seeks to support nutrition and the final push to eradicate polio in Nigeria. Speaking at the launch of the project, EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, said the project would help to improve access to effective…

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Incessant strike affecting Nigeria’s health sector – Senator

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has decried the incessant strike in the Nigerian health sector, saying it has adversely affected the progress made so far in the sector. He also said that the implementation of the National Health Act, 2014 will go a long way…

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Valentine: Love carefully, play safe to halt HIV spread – NACA DG

As the world prepares to celebrate Valentine’s day on Tuesday, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has called on Nigerians to play safe especially during the celebrations. The Director General of the agency, Sani Aliyu, in a statement by his office Friday, said that the season of…

Employ qualified doctors in revitalised PHCs, NMA President advises Nigerian govt

The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Mike Ogirima, has called on the federal government to employ a professional doctor in each of the primary healthcare centres, PHCs, to be revitalised. Mr. Ogirima gave the advice on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES. He said this will ensure that patients…

‘In Nigeria, glaucoma affects south east region most’

An ophthalmologist, Nkiru Akaraiwe, has advised Nigerians to go for eye tests at least once in a year to make sure they do not have glaucoma. The president of the the Ophthalmologist Association of Nigeria, Sebastine Nwosu, in a statement on Tuesday, said Mrs. Akaraiwe gave the advice in Enugu…

Nigeria AIDS agency warns against HIV cure ‘publicity’

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sani Aliyu, has expressed displeasure with the publicity given to the claim of a cure for HIV/AIDS by a Nigerian professor. Mr. Aliyu, in a statement by his office on Monday, said it was a great disservice to the…

How to prevent, survive cancer – Expert

Nigerians have been advised on what they need to do to prevent cancer or to survive it if they have the disease. The President of the Association of Radiologists and Clinical Oncologists, Festus Igbinoba, gave the advice on Thursday at a programme organised by his association in Abuja. The programme…

NHIS wants Health Management Organisations investigated for corruption

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has launched a campaign to rid the scheme of corruption, inefficiency and impunity. According to a statement by his office on Thursday, Mr. Yusuf disclosed this during a courtesy call by the NHIS Management on the Independent Corrupt…

Adequate funding needed to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030 – NACA DG

Adequate funding is the only way to meet the target set for the elimination of HIV/AIDS by 2030, the Director General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sani Aliyu, has said. Mr. Aliyu spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at the opening of the 3rd National Council on AIDS,…

No student missing in American University of Nigeria — Official

The American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola has said two women reported missing were former students of the institution. According to the university, the women graduated from the institution years back and were declared missing in Abuja, not kidnapped from the university campus in Yola as rumoured on social media.…

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Save the Children pledges to help educate child victims displaced by Boko Haram

A non-governmental organisation, Save the Children, has disclosed its plans to partner with the federal government in a bid to make education a priority in Nigeria. Tove Wang, CEO of Save the Children Norway, made this known during a media briefing on the preparations for the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on…

INTERVIEW: The challenges faced, successes achieved in dealing with HIV in Nigeria – NACA DG

Sani Aliyu assumed office as the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, NACA, in November last year. He had his first degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and worked for a few years in the State House Clinic, Abuja, before moving to the United Kingdom…

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Nigerian govt delivers N4.3 billion health, nutrition items to north-east

The Federal Ministry of Health has delivered materials worth N4.334 billion to Borno State to flag off the Health and Nutrition Emergency Response Initiative of the federal government in the north-east. According to a press statement by the ministry on Wednesday, the initiative was to fulfil President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise…

Fake, substandard drugs worth N9.3 billion destroyed in Abuja

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday supervised the destruction of fake and unwholesome drugs valued at about N9.31billion. The consignment was the largest seizure in 30 years by the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement…

Major Abuja hospital to be shut for four days

The Wuse General Hospital, one of the main public health facilities in the Federal capital Territory, has announced it would shut down for four days from Thursday. According to a notice posted on the hospital’s premises, this is to allow for a fumigation of the environment. The management of the…

Renovated Abuja Primary Healthcare Centre begins operation

Two weeks after the commissioning of the Model Primary Health Care Centre, Kunchigoro, in Abuja, the authorities are ramping up efforts to ensure that proper services are rendered to the people at the facility. The centre was commissioned under the first phase of a Federal Government scheme to revitalise over…

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Retirement age of Nigerian medical consultants should be raised – CMD

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Chukwu Abali Chukwu, has called on Nigeria’s federal government to raise the retirement age of consultants at the centres to 70 years. The retirement age for all workers at the centres is 60 years, unlike at teaching hospitals where consultants,…

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Many feared dead as Nigerian jet mistakenly drops bomb on IDP camp

Several people are feared dead after a military plane mistakenly dropped a bomb inside the Rann IDP camp in Borno State. The Rann IDP camp in Kala-balge Local Government Area caters for thousands of persons displaced by Boko Haram. A source at the camp told PREMUM TIMES that at least…

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Nigerians urged to embrace scheme to revive primary healthcare sector

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaibu, has urged professionals and stakeholders in Nigeria’s public health sector to embrace the federal government’s plan to revitalize the sector. Mr. Shuaibu made the appeal while addressing staff of the agency, according to a press statement.…

Nigeria committed to National Health Act funding threshold – Osinbajo

The Federal Government is trying to resolve how to meet the threshold stipulated in the National Health Act, NHA, for funding the health sector, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has stated. The Act provides that one per cent of the consolidated revenue fund be charged to the basic health care provision…