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Nigeria flags off scheme to revive 10,000 primary health care centres

The Federal Government has flagged off a scheme to revitalise over 10,000 healthcare centers across Nigeria. The scheme is to avail poor Nigerians with qualitative and affordable health services, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said on Tuesday at the commissioning of the Model Primary Health Care Centre, Kuchigoro in…

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Nigerian govt denies new polio claims in Cross River

The case of an infant in Cross River State reported on Tuesday with partial paralysis is not related to polio as speculated, the Federal Government has clarified. According to the Acting Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Emmanuel Odu, the case was that of clubfoot, which…

Fear of new Polio case in Cross River

A new case of a disease suspected to be polio has been reported in Cross River State, according to a Channels Television news report. The case, which was reported on Tuesday, was said to have caused partial paralysis of an infant, Anthony Edet Eyibio, in Ekpene-Eki community of Odukpani Local…

Nigeria releases test results on suspected plastic rice

Recent reports of plastic rice in Nigeria were untrue as the suspicious shipment merely contained a significant amount of contaminants, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said. The acting Director-General of the agency, Yetunde Oni, at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, said though…

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Only 10 per cent of Nigerians have taken HIV test- NACA

Only about 10 per cent of Nigerians have ever taken HIV test, the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, NACA, has said. The agency made this known in a press statement released on Sunday to mark the celebration of Christmas. “Statistic has shown that only about 10 percent of…

INTERVIEW: How we protected 5,700 Nigerian children from polio paralysis – NPHCDA Executive Director

The acting Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Emmanuel Odu, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Nike Adebowale, spoke extensively on the activities of the agency, and developments in Nigeria's health sector in the outgoing year. He also spoke on what to expect in 2017.…

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Healthcare: Nigerian govt to ensure one fully functional PHC in each senatorial district

The Federal Government plans to make primary healthcare accessible to Nigerians by ensuring at least one fully functional centre to deliver the services in each of the 109 senatorial districts of Nigeria. The acting Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Emmanuel Odu, disclosed this in an…

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Report adverse drugs reactions, NAFDAC urges Nigerians

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has called on Nigerians to take reports of adverse drugs reactions more seriously. The agency gave the advice through its acting Director-General, Yetunde Oni, at a media chat on pharmacovigilance and malaria held in Abuja on Tuesday. The advice…

Nigerian govt calls for vigilance after Lassa Fever death

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has called on members of the public to be vigilant over Lassa fever. He also confirmed the death of a health worker from  the disease in Ogun State. Mr. Adewole gave the advice through a press statement by his ministry on Wednesday. The authorities…

Nigeria announces policy proposal to restructure inefficient primary healthcare system

To make Nigeria's inefficient primary healthcare system effective, the government plans an overhaul that could lead to some sort of financial autonomy for individual health centres. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who stated this on Monday, said the move could lead to primary healthcare centres, PHCs, "having full control…

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Nigerian government spends only 1 per cent of GDP on health – Don

For several years, Nigeria has consistently spent only about one per cent of its GDP on health, a professor has said. The Provost of the College of Medicine of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Kehinde Oluwadiya, said public spending on health in Nigeria amount to only 1 per cent of…

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Nigeria’s pharmaceutical research institute laments inadequate funding

The Director General of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, Karniyus Gamaniel, has called for improved capital funding of research institutions in Nigeria. Mr. Gamaniel, a professor of pharmacology, made the call at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday. He said the institution had never received…

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Global Fund to invest N1 billion on health in Nigeria – Minister

International financing organization, Global Fund, has arranged to invest about N1 billion in the Nigerian health sector over the next three years, says the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. The Fund, which as at July, had disbursed $30 billion to countries and communities in need across the globe, has the…

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NACA decries rate of mother to child HIV transmission in Nigeria

The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Sani Aliyu, has expressed his concern over the rate of mother to child transmission of HIV in Nigeria. Mr. Aliyu, who was appointed to the position in July, stated this on Friday in Abuja at the Annual Health Correspondents…

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Nasarawa residents get free surgical operations

About 100 free surgeries have been successfully carried out in Nasarawa State. This is in line with the federal government’s Rapid Response programme which aims to reach 10,000 citizens who cannot afford medical bills. The programme, which was introduced in July by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, is part…

Unwanted pregnancy mainly caused by wrong use of contraceptives – Health Minister

The major cause of unwanted pregnancy is improper use of contraceptives, Nigeria's health minister has said. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr. Adewole,  a professor of  gynaecology, reacted to complaints over the high rate of unwanted pregnancies allegedly…

Nigerian govt., Unilever sign MOU on oral health programme

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with UNILEVER to re-introduce and ensure sustainability of the Schools Oral Health Programme. The programme had been launched in 2013 in Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory.

 A press statement by the ministry disclosed that the…

Nigerians living with HIV protest, disrupt government conference

Activities at the first day of the HIV/AIDS preventive conference which started Tuesday in Abuja was disrupted as people living with the disease staged a protest.

 Members of the Society for Women and Children Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, SOWCHAN, who trooped out in scores, ran towards a podium where…

Family doctors seek partnership with government to improve health services

The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria, SOFPON, has offered to partner with the Federal Government to improve the management, advancement and transformation of health care delivery in Nigeria. According to a Channel Television news report, the society made the offer on Wednesday at a press briefing to mark the…

Do not slash 2017 health budget, Minister tells lawmakers

Ahead of the presentation of the 2017 budget to the National Assembly, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has appealed to the lawmakers not to cut proposals for the health sector. Mr. Adewole made the appeal against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding the 2016 health budget. Of that budget,…

Pneumonia replaces malaria as number one child killer disease in Nigeria – Report

Pneumonia has overtaken malaria as the number one killer disease among children under the age of five in Nigeria. A report by the International Vaccines Access Centre (IVAC) revealed that the disease was responsible for 127,000 child deaths in the country last year. This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja…

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Nigeria offers to help South Sudan’s health sector

Nigeria has promised to help improve South Sudan’s health sector. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the promise in Abuja Thursday at a meeting with a delegation from South Sudan on a ministerial study visit to Nigeria. Mr. Adewole told the delegation that Nigeria would deploy human and capital…

Nigerians have 3rd highest rate of premature births in the world

About 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide annually and Nigeria is the third largest contributor to this, an official has said. The Minister of Health, Isaac Oyewole, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at an event held to mark the World Prematurity and Pneumonia Day. Mr. Adewole, a professor…

Group commences free heart surgery for 200 children

Hospital for Humanity, a non-profit healthcare provider, has commenced free surgical operation for about 200 Nigerian children suffering heart defects. This was disclosed during a media briefing held by the organisation on Thursday in Abuja. Myna Shegog, the group’s director, said the group is carrying out the exercise as part…

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Why rape, domestic violence persists in Nigeria – HURMA

Rape and domestic violence are on the increase in Nigeria because government policy ensures few offenders are brought to justice, a civil society group has stated. The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda, HURMA, which made the observation on Wednesday, called on government to improve its policy on the crimes as a…