Abuja City Gate

Blindness: How health researchers failed Abuja community

The authorities are yet to get to the roots of a strange eye disease that has blinded 15 residents of Ruga in the Wuye Ruga community or city gate.

sanitary pads used to illustrate the tory. [PHOTO CREDIT: Saathi Pads]

With govts failing, Nigerian youth take over fight against ‘menstrual period poverty’

Advocates want women sanitary pads to be given out free like condoms.

Snake used to illustrate the story.

Harmattan: How to keep snakes away from your home

It is estimated more than 10,000 people are bitten by snakes each year in Nigeria


ANALYSIS: How government failure renders Nigeria’s Health Act ‘ineffective’ (2)

The Act, though signed into law in 2014, has been largely unimplemented.

Man defecating in an open drainage

World Toilet Day: Experts worried Nigeria may overtake India as number one in open defecation

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2017 reports reveal that 28.5 per cent of the Nigerian population practise open defecation, while 110 million citizens lack access to improved sanitation.

National Hospital

Dissecting National Health Act: What Nigerians need to know (1)

PREMIUM TIMES introduces a series to explain comprehensively the provisions of the Act.

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

ANALYSIS: NHIS Controversy: Does Governing Council have powers to suspend Executive Secretary?

Lawyers express divergent views on the “contentious” issue

Participants at the TOPS organised workshop (2)

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

About 250 psychiatrists attend to tens of millions of Nigerians.

Women with their babies

First 1000 Days Of Life: How to lay foundation for health, well-being

Exclusive breastfeeding and adequate immunisation are ways to ensure healthy well-being of babies.

The reception area at the Abaji Central

How poor power supply cripples Abuja primary healthcare centres

Even in the few relatively well-equipped centres, health workers lament they cannot do much due to lack of electricity

Nigerians eating at a food stand in Wuse.

FEATURE: Roadside food vendors thrive across Nigeria despite health risks

According to a 2007 study from the FAO, 2.5 billion people globally eat street food every day.

women in hospital

Culture, religious misconceptions hindering family planning in Nigeria

A fast growing population and high rate of child and maternal deaths recommend contraception but Nigerians are reluctant to embrace it despite campaigns

FEATURE: Kaduna community where open defecation attracts seven lashes, N200 fine

The community members spoke on the transformation going on there,

How school-based programme improves female hygiene in Northern Nigeria

Girls for Girls initiative (G4G) is a component of the Girls’ Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) launched by UNICEF in 2017.

I ran into Dr Tedros in the corridors of the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, on the night he was elected Director General

When WHO’s director general visited Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

Dr. Tedros’ leadership has been very inspiring and we will push to make this a progressive era for health security in Nigeria.

Picture of the environment at the National Hospital

40 Days Of JOHESU Strike: Timeline of Nigeria’s health sector crisis

“We have already crossed the Rubicon, so there is no going back,” a union leader said.

Francis Adedayo Faduyile

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerian doctors are leaving country to other climes – NMA President

The pathologist also speaks on the ongoing JOHESU strike and how to curb quackery in the medical profession.

National Bio-Technology Development Agency.

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria is adopting GMOs – Official

“We don’t know the long term side effect of eating GMO foods, but there is a lot of ongoing research on that.”

Health workers used to illustrate the story.

ANALYSIS: Health Sector Crisis: Are Nigerian doctors asking for too much?

Medical doctors’ threat over JOHESU has reignited concerns about their wide edge above all other skilled workers in the civil service.

Pregnant women suffer as Nigeria’s health workers strike worsens

The nationwide strike was called by JOHESU, an association comprising all other health workers except doctors, is taking its toll on patients.

A health worker attending to sick patients in a hospital ward

ANALYSIS: Return of rains heightens Nigeria concerns about deadly epidemics

High number of deaths from five recent disease outbreaks has exposed Nigeria’s low level of preparedness against epidemics.

VVF Centre

How thousands of women get VVF treatment in North-west Nigeria

Thousands of women in the states in North-west Nigeria surfer from VVF.

Hand washing

World Hand Hygiene Day: How washing of hands saves lives

About 7 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men do not wash their hands after using the bathroom.

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

“I have been delivering women of babies for over 25 years”

A typical street in a slum in Abuja (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

In Abuja, malaria is a slum’s nightmare

Malaria is the number one cause of illness in the slums.