Refuse dump along Gadamaza, Abuja

Refuse dumps take over major parts of Abuja

In many parts of the Abuja municipality and satellite towns, illegal dumps are becoming a common feature of the landscape

A human Liver used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThoughtCo]

Studies show hope for millions of Nigerians with Type 2 Diabetes

Research indicates type 2 diabetes can be reversed.

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

The Nigerian government launched the Patients’ Bill of Rights about eight months ago, many do not know how to put the instrument to use 

Cross section of the general auditorium during a section in Kigali convention centre.

Views from Rwanda: How African countries can achieve Universal Health Coverage

1500 participants from over 40 countries gathered at the Kigali Convention Centre between March 5 and 7 for the second edition of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference.

Breastfeeding Photo: The Guardian

How to feed right in first 1,000 days of life

How breastmilk and the right combination of locally sourced foods can prevent stunting and chronic diseases in children.

Snake used to illustrate the story.

How Nigerian govt’s inaction causes death of hundreds annually from snakebite

During one of such peak snakebite periods last year, 250 victims died within three weeks in Plateau and Gombe states.

Photo used to illustrate the story. [Photo: Artem Bali]

Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions.

Participants at the cancer awareness march in Abuja

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

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says 70,327 Nigerians died from cancer in 2018, while 115,950 new cases of the disease were recorded the same year.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

INTERVIEW: How we’ll disburse N55bn fund across Nigeria, implement health act – Minister

Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is a major provision of the act for health funding which government, included in the budget.

Muhammed Umar, Fatima’s father and the chairman of Damangaza unofficial IDP camp.

Pneumonia: Why vaccine-preventable child-disease still kills thousands in Nigeria

UNICEF estimates that Nigeria records 6.7 million cases of childhood pneumonia every year, with about 200,000 under-five deaths.

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.