News Reports

South Sudan on map

South Sudan bans bleaching products

South Sudan’s ban follows similar moves by Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.

File photo of Resident Doctors

Health stories that made headlines last week

The major news in the sector last week include the threat of another health workers strike in Nigeria.

National Assembly Complex

Groups threaten no vote over gender equality bill

The bill has been in the National Assembly since 2015 awaiting second reading.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Programme to reduce lead poisoning in Nigerian communities yielding result — Study

The study shows the scheme brought extraordinary improvements to an area where hundreds of children had died from lead poisoning.

Bill and Melinda Gates at the press conference on goalkeepers event in New York

More investments in global health will yield incredible returns – Bill and Melinda Gates

Mrs Gates says the world has actually become dramatically healthier in the last 20 years as more money poured into the sector

Man defecating in an open drainage

VIDEO: Open Defecation: The ugly side of Nigeria’s glittering capital city

122,000 Nigerians, including 87,000 children under the age of five, die each year from diarrhoea, with the country losing N455 billion annually due to poor sanitation.”

The signpost at the main entrance of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi. It was first built as a general hospital in 1957 by the government of Defunct Northern Nigeria, and became FMC in 2000. (October 30, 2018) Credits: Samuel Ogundipe/Premium Times.

JOHESU: Strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector

The union says all its agreements with the government are yet to be met.

Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Trust

Buhari approves medical director for FMC, Kebbi

The appointment takes effect from December 27, 2018.

Rats used to illustrate the story.

Researchers urged to develop Lassa fever vaccine

Though some researches on Lassa fever vaccines are in the pipe line, none has been certified for use.

National coordinator, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu [Photo: Health News Extra]

Nigeria set to host international Lassa fever conference

The conference would mark 50 years of discovering the virus in Nigeria.

Hospital beds used to illustrate the story.

Major health stories in the news last week

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $75 million to immunisation intervention in Nigeria
These are some of the stories that dominated the health sector last week.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigerian govt disburses $49 million to Yobe, Osun under ‘save one million lives’ fund

Other states got allocations from the funds.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari rolls out Basic Health Care Provision Fund

The BHCPF is the one percent of the federal Consolidated Revenue and contributions by donor grants set aside to fund basic health care in Nigeria.


Immunisation: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $75 million to Nigeria

The money will go into procuring vaccines and other materials for the exercise.

Lassa fever

First Lassa fever conference holds in Abuja

Lassa fever virus was first isolated in 1969 in Lassa, Borno State in north-east Nigeria

malnourished child

Malnutrition: Nigerian govt budgets N300 million for ‘ready to to use food’

RUTF are enriched food that requires no preparation and is specifically designed to treat severe acute malnutrition.

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories in the news last week

The Akwa Ibom government says it has been paying N400 million quarterly to offset bills for the medical equipment in the hospital

Akwa Ibom procures N5bn worth of Hospital equipment

The state has been paying N400 million quarterly to offset bills for the medical equipment in the hospital.

HIV Ribbon

Group decries N2000 monthly HIV drugs fee

The group wants the government to make the drugs entirely free.

VIDEO: Ways to control Convulsion in children – Dr Onuchukwu

Ways to control Convulsion in children

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Suspension of NHIS boss, mass emigration of doctors, other major health stories in 2018

The health sector started on a controversial note in 2018.

WHO puts Ebola death in DRC at 357

There were a total of 591 Ebola cases.