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ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s missed opportunity amidst successful Demographic Health Survey

A review of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) for 2018 indicates that a crucial opportunity has been missed. While the survey has seen some improvements since the year it started, once again, data on non-communicable disease (NCD) is absent from this all-important document. The Demographic and Health Survey…

Polio immunisation used to illustrate the story (Photo: Continental Research)

First 1000 days of life and routine immunisation in Nigeria

World Breastfeeding Week is observed between August 1 and 7 annually. While global conversations on breastfeeding led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and public health leaders recommend this practice to “improve the health of babies around the world,'' breastfeeding also has links to broader health practices, especially immunisation. This…

Journalists' Psychotherapy Sessions Initiative

How being a journalist in Nigeria can impact mental health

Recognising the rigours of journalism and the effects it can have on journalists’ mental health, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has continued to push the discussion on the need for a holistic approach to the welfare of journalists that addresses both the body and the mind with its…

Treated mosquito nets help prevent against malaria.

Can Nigeria achieve Malaria elimination?

World Malaria Day is celebrated across the globe on April 25 every year. It is a day to draw public attention to one of the greatest public health challenges, especially of low- and middle-income countries [e.g. Nigeria]. After this year's celebration of the Day, Premium Times looks at some of…

PTCIJ training used to illustrate the story.

Centre organises mental wellness session for Nigerian journalists

On March 23, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) gathered a small group of journalists for a mental wellness session at The Olive Prime Psychology Services Centre (TOPS) in Abuja. In recognition of the peculiarity of the journalists’ job and the effects it can have on their mental…

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Studies show hope for millions of Nigerians with Type 2 Diabetes

There are 1.7 million Nigerians with diabetes type 1 and type 2, according to the International Diabetes Federation. That figure is about the same as the population of Bayelsa State. The life of a man or woman with type 2 diabetes in Nigeria is one regular visit to doctors, tests…

Mr Nse Ntuen on hospital bed after the fracas at Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

Patients’ Bill of Rights: Making health a human right in Nigeria

In July 2018, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo launched the Patients' Bill of Rights (PBoR). The event at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja,.organised by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), was attended by critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s health sector, including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). PBoR is an aggregation of patients’ rights that…

People walk through floodwater near Beira, Mozambique, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Health perspective of Cyclone Idai

“We will have cholera, we will have malaria. It’s unavoidable in this situation, so the government is opening a cholera treatment centre already,” Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development in Mozambique, Celso Correia. Tropical Cyclone Idai struck the coastline of Mozambique between March 14 and 15 this year. The…

Drugs

When is the right time to take drugs: Before, after or with meal?

Does eating before taking our drugs or taking them after a meal affect the efficacy of the drugs? A number of us would have been told we should take our drugs after eating, on an empty stomach, or not to take certain drugs with certain foods. What are the factual…

Participants at the cancer awareness march in Abuja

World Cancer Day: How to avoid, detect, treat cancer

Theresa Justin lives in Makurdi. She was only 41 when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June 2017. She recalled feeling calm when the doctors told her because she remembered a woman in her neighbourhood who had survived breast cancer. Jamal Aliu, a 65-year-old resident of Abuja,…

Participants at the TOPS organised workshop (2)

World Mental Health Day: Inadequate personnel, skewed facilities’ distribution worry stakeholders

As the World Mental Health Day was celebrated October 10, a group of stakeholders marked the day in Abuja pondering how to overcome the enormous challenges of mental health care in Nigeria. The meeting was facilitated by Olive Prime Psychological Services, a private institution providing mental health service in the…