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The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu and other partners during the launch of the National Adolescents and Young People (AYP) HIV Prevention Campaign.

Nigerian launches campaign to curb HIV infection among young people

The Nigerian government has launched a new campaign to curb the spread of HIV amongst young people. The National Adolescents and Young People (AYP) HIV Prevention Campaign aims to reduce new HIV infections among young people by increasing their access to gender responsive, HIV prevention information and services. According to…

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Nigerian govt launches new campaign to curb HIV infection among young people

The Nigerian government has launched a new campaign to curb the spread of HIV amongst young people. The National Adolescents and Young People (AYP) HIV Prevention Campaign aims to reduce new HIV infections among young people by increasing their access to gender responsive, HIV prevention information and services. According to…

UNICEF Building in Geneva

Nigeria needs N959 billion to eradicate open defecation by 2028 — UNICEF

Nigeria needs to invest about N959 billion to eradicate open defecation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. The figure is said to include N725 billion household costs and N234 government costs. Speaking at a two-day media dialogue on European Union (EU) Niger Delta Water Project, in Port Harcourt…

Man defecating in an open drainage

More Nigerians have access to cell phones than toilets – UNICEF Official

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says more people have access to cell phones in Nigeria than they have access to toilets. Quoting a 2018 report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), UNICEF, Zaid Jurji, said 140 million people in Nigeria have…

A new born baby used to illustrate the story [photo: CNS News ]

SPECIAL REPORT: Why preventable Neonatal Tetanus continues to kill newborns in Nigeria

When Mama Adekunle, as she is fondly called, heard the news of the birth of a child to her son, she did what most new grandmothers in Nigeria do - she rushed over to perform her traditional duty of taking care of the new mother and child. This duty includes…

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Two monkeypox cases discovered in UK from patients travelling from Nigeria

The Nigerian government says it is cooperating with authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) to investigate outbreak of monkeypox, after two cases were discovered in the UK from patients with recent travel history from Nigeria. In a statement on Wednesday by its Chief Executive Officer, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Nigeria Centre…

A PHC in Wamba Kurmi (Photo taken by Stephanie Adams)

Nigeria wants PHCs to handle diabetes, hypertension

The Nigerian government plans to equip primary healthcare centres across the country to screen and treat diabetes and hypertension. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made this plan known on Monday while declaring open the 4th Pan- African Diabetic Foot Study Group Conference and the Advance Course on Diabetic Foot/Podiatry…

Nigerian doctors give Buhari administration deadline to constitute crucial medical board

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has given the Nigerian government till the end of September to constitute the Board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) or face its wrath. The President of the association, Francis Faduyile, who announced the ultimatum on Thursday, said the association was prepared…

Former Borno state commissioner, Salma Ibrahim Anas-Kolo

INTERVIEW: How we helped Boko Haram victims manage trauma, despondency – Ex-Borno health commissioner

Salma Anas-Kolo is a former Borno State Commissioner for Health who served between 2011 and 2015, a time when Boko-haram insurgency was at its peak. In a grim statistics by Borno state Government last year, the Boko Haram insurgency in the state led to deaths of almost 100,000 persons with…

Procedures to follow to obtain a new yellow card from the federal Ministry of health.

Nigerian govt improves enforcement of yellow card rule

After years of health and immigration officials routinely conniving to breach the procedure, it appears the rules for the issuance of yellow card is now being strictly enforced in Nigeria. Inoculation against yellow fever is compulsory for international travellers from risk countries like Nigeria to some countries, and the ‘yellow…

USAID representative, Modupe Oduwole, Country Director, AHF, Echey Ijezie, DG NACA, Sani Aliyu, Publisher Premium Times Dapo Olorunyomi

State govts urged to contribute to HIV treatment as funding dwindles

The Director-General of National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA), Sani Aliyu, has appealed to state governments to start providing money for treatment of their residents living with HIV/AIDS. He made the appeal against the backdrop of a plan by the Nigerian government to take ownership of the fight against…

Journalists urged to improve reporting of HIV in Nigeria

Media practitioners have been tasked to make government accountable on expenditure of funds in the fight against HIV in Nigeria. Premium Times Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, gave this advice at a media parley organised by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Abuja on Monday, against the backdrop of limited contribution by government…

Nigerians eating at a food stand in Wuse.

FEATURE: Roadside food vendors thrive across Nigeria despite health risks

Mama Oyibo sells cooked beans, roasted plantain (boli in local parlance) and yam, alongside fish and cow skin 'Kpomo,' a delicacy some Nigerians love. She sells her food at the street adjacent the popular Wuse Market, in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He spot is an open space whose only shed…

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How local artisans enhance effective immunisation coverage – Experts

Health experts have urged the federal government and civil society organisations to always involve local artisans and community members in health campaigns so as to get maximum results. Speaking at a one-day high-level strategic meeting on Routine Immunisation in Abuja on Thursday, a public health expert, Paul Bassi said it…

Participants at the one day dRPC high strategic dialogue on routine immunization.

DRPC, other health experts discuss accountability in Nigeria’s routine immunisation (LIVE UPDATES)

The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) is organising a “one day high level strategic dialogue” on advocacy and accountability on routine immunisation in Nigeria. The dialogue is being organised in conjunction with the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN). The event will have in attendance the…

Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere

UPDATED: Imo Deputy Governor Eze Madumere sacked amidst restraining court order

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, has been sacked from office. He was sacked by 19 of the 27 members of the Imo House of Assembly. The Assembly had earlier received a report by a seven-member panel set up by the state chief judge which allegedly indicted Mr…

The Minister of State, Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and executive members of the National Medical Association (NMA) during a courtesy visit to the minister in Abuja.

Minister receives new NMA executives, calls for attitudinal change

The Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, has called for a change of attitude from medical doctors towards their patients in the course of discharging their duties. According to a press statement released on Monday and signed by the ministry’s spokesperson, Boade Akinola, Mr Ehanire made the call while…

Some pupils of Anuli community school, Ezenifite in Anambra state, using the Tiptap to wash their hands.

Amidst Nigerians’ poor access to potable water, reprieve comes to Anambra community

Sanitation in Nigeria continues to decline,even as 70 million persons still lack potable water despite efforts by governments and partners to improve access. Amidst the challenges, reprieve has come to a community in Anambra State, which practised open defecation. The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 5), revealed that access to…

Nigeria needs 10 times more health workers to achieve universal health coverage

Nigeria needs to produce an estimated 450,000 health workers yearly in the next ten years to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Senior Technical Advisor for Development Research and Project Center (dRPC)-PAS, Emmanuel Abanida, said this in Abuja on Thursday, quoting the World Health…

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Nigerian NGOs meet on progress in health MDGS

A group of non-governmental organisations working in the health sector will Thursday meet in Abuja to review how the Nigerian government is monitoring the implementation of the 2014 Task Shifting Task Sharing (TS) policy. Task shifting/Task Sharing is a strategy for accelerating the progress towards achievements of Millennium Development Goals…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Why Nigeria allocated 64% health budget to primary healthcare – Minister

The Nigerian government allocated the largest chunk of is 2018 health budget to primary healthcare because the facilities are closest to the people, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has said. Mr Adewole said giving 64 per cent of the ministry's budget to the subsector was a sign that the current…

Members of the Nigerian Youth Champions For Universal Health Coverage during a press briefing in Abuja.

Youth group decries Nigerian govt’s attitude to Universal Health Coverage

A coalition of Nigerian youth has lamented the failure of Nigeria to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), three years after the deadline set by the federal government to achieve the goal. UHC, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is ensuring that all people have access to needed health services…

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Abuja NMA suspends leaders

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT branch, has suspended its executives over alleged abuse of office and high-handedness. Consequently, a caretaker committee has been set up to run the affairs of the association for one month. The seven-member committee has also been mandated to organise the Annual General Meeting slated…

How school-based programme improves female hygiene in Northern Nigeria

Hadiza Isah is a class 6 pupil of Tudunwada Model Primary School, Tsakuwa in Talata Marafa Local Government Area of Zamfara State. She proudly told how her personal hygiene has improved in the past few months. Hadizah said she began to feel the improvement, especially during her menstrual period, after…

Professor Oyewale Tomori [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria cannot start producing vaccines now – Professor of Virology

Oyewale Tomori is a professor of virology, educational administrator and former vice chancellor. He is a fellow of the Academy of Science of Nigeria, fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria and fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom. Mr Tomori is currently the…