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Ebola Volunteers

US official labels Ebola outbreak genuine health emergency

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, says the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs to be urgently contained

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a book presentation at the 53rd Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on Februrary 16, 2017. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe. Andreas Gebert / Anadolu Agency | Keine Weitergabe an Wiederverkäufer.

Why Nigeria, other Sub-Saharan countries won’t achieve SDG targets by 2030 – Report

The report gives general reasons and also reviews a specific reason for Nigeria.

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Diversion of malaria drugs, promotion of vaccines, others dominate health news last week

The Nigerian government vows to sanction parties involved in the diversion of anti-malaria drugs supplied by Global Fund.

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Millions of donated Malaria drugs diverted in Nigeria — Federal Govt

Global Fund financed the procurement and distribution of 16,290,250 ACTs but only 8,189,226 malaria cases were reported as treated with ACTs.

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

This year, the health survey sought to take blood samples from Nigerians for malaria, anaemia and genotype testing but shuns non-communicable diseases.

cross section of dignitaries and participants at the conference

Why Nigeria needs more field epidemiologists – Experts

Field epidemiologists are health professionals who work at the forefront of disease surveillance.

Sanusi addressing the participants at the conference

My saddest day as Kano Emir – Sanusi

The monarch narrates also speaks on tackling malnutrition in Nigeria.

Executive director Faisal Shuaib giving the keynote address

‘Vaccine derived polio’ won’t stop Nigeria from being certified free – Official

Nigeria was able to record three years of absence of wild polio because of the tireless efforts of field epidemiologists in the country.

Kano gets lion share as Nigerian govt. disburses N6.5bn Basic Health Care Fund

Minister of Health says the 15 states and the FCT met the eligibility criteria

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Yellow Fever: Yankari Games Reserve to get aircraft spray – Official

Recent cases of yellow fever in two states have been linked to the popular games reserve.

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Why Nigeria needs to pay more attention to environmental management – WHO

The international agency says a high percentage of Nigeria’s disease burden is linked to factors in the environment

Osagie Ehanire

I will focus on implementing major health laws, policies – Minister

The new minister says the Nigerian health sector is yet to record any significant improvement since 1999.

Nigerian govt spends N1.8 billion on prevention, treatment of malnutrition in 18 states

“Between that 2017 and now, the ministry has contributed and disbursed about N1.8 billion.”

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Yellow Fever outbreak, recruitment of doctors, other dominate health news last week

The Nigerian government has begun a reactive vaccination campaign in three states

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Yellow Fever: Nigeria launches vaccination campaign to contain disease

The campaign’s target is to vaccinate 1.6 million people aged 9 months to 44 years old.

Hospital with pregnant women [Photo: The New York Times]

ANALYSIS: Why Buhari should sign bill seeking mandatory health insurance for Nigerians

Millions of Nigerians continue to face health mishaps due to causes mostly preventable or at least treatable.

Vaccines used to illustrate the story [Photo: celiac.org]

Nigerian govt confirms outbreak of yellow fever in two states

On Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES reported that at least four of the people have been confirmed dead and 12 hospitalised.

Facebook devises educational message to combat vaccine misinformation

WHO and Facebook want to ensure people access only authoritative information on vaccines and reduce the spread of inaccuracies

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Father’s genes influence whether baby is boy or girl – Study

A man with more brothers is more likely to have sons, while a man with more sisters is more likely to have daughters.

FILE PHOTO: A malnourished child given improvised nutrition

Quality investment in nutrition can save 3.7m lives by 2025 – WHO

The agency says health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life.

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Why NHIS performance is poor in Nigeria – Executive Secretary

Mr Sambo cites the establishing Act as chief among the causes of the challenges of the scheme

Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital

Kidnapped medical director of top Nigerian hospital released

Sylvanus Okogbenin of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital was seized by gunmen on August 26 in Benin City.

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Buttocks, breast enlargement may cause death, plastic surgeon warns

The surgeon says the procedure can result in complications arising from general anaesthesia, just like in any other surgery

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‘Excessive cold water consumption harmful’

The doctor urged young people to avoid excessive drinking of cold water to protect their hearts from damage.

National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

ICT will solve 80% NHIS “transparency” challenges – Executive Secretary

In 2017, about 23,000 ghost enrollees were removed from the NHIS system after a routine check by an ICT team.