News Reports

Diagram of Genes used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Pacific Standard]

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.

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

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.

A lady wearing skinny jeans. [PHOTO CREDIT: Fashion Nova]

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

glass of water

‘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.

Mobile phone, smart phone, phone, network, MTN, Glo, Airtel

Exposure to mobile phone ‘radiation’ poses no health risk – WHO official

The official says radiation from handsets and mobile phones ”are non-ionising and harmless in spite of their capacity to generate heat.”

Herbs used to tell the story.

Top health stories last week

On August 31, Nigeria joined other African countries to celebrate Africa Traditional Medicine Day.

A traditional herbal medicine practitioner exhibiting his ware at the event

Nigeria seeks inclusion of traditional medicine in universities’ curricula

The event is expected to promote and showcase traditional herbal practitioners in Nigeria and their products to the world.

Man defecating in an open drainage

Improve funding for water, sanitation, WHO tasks poor countries

The WHO Director-General said poor situation threatens progress in public health.

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba

Yaba Psychiatric Hospital resident doctors call off strike

The strike lasted 29 days. It was called to protest the shortage of resident doctors in the institution.

U.S. researchers develop new skin patch for cancer treatment

The device is expected to be approved and get on the market in three to five years.


WHO reports measles setback in Europe as infections reach 90,000

Measles claimed 37 lives in Europe between January and June.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Nigeria reviews guidelines for disease surveillance

Nigeria is expected to be the first country to adapt the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR).

First Lady of Niger State Amina Bello [Photo: Leadership Newspaper]

Cancer: Wife of Niger governor to serve on WHO group

Mrs Bello will serve as a member of the Expert Group for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer Initiative.

Tanko Sununu, chairman house committee on health services; Francis Faduyile, NMA president among other special guests while launching the MDCAN ground breaking building project in Abuja.

National Assembly committed to improving access to health insurance – Lawan

MDCAN unveils the foundation of its new national secretariat complex in Lugbe, Abuja.

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Experts, civil society groups set agenda for El’rufai on health delivery

The group urges the state government to implement the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) project to fast track Universal Health Coverage in Kaduna State.

Nigeria Medical Association Executives address pressmen in Abuja ahead of its National Health Summit Photo credit: Owoseye Ayodamola

NMA outlines agenda for new health ministers

The association sets a three-pronged agenda for the ministers.

Health ministers, Ehanire and Mamora addressing pressman on resumption to office

Five Nigeria health sector challenges new Ministers should urgently tackle

The task before a minister of health is a difficult one in Nigeria due to the myriad of challenges facing the sector.

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq [Photo: Daily Post Nigeria]

Kwara commits N232m to maternal, child health, others – Governor

Governor AbdulRazaq said the fund would enable the state to provide subsidised healthcare delivery to the poor and the vulnerable.

Health ministers, Ehanire and Mamora addressing pressman on resumption to office

New health ‘ministers’, polio eradication, others dominate health stories last week

The health sector at the local and international levels witnessed numerous activities and developments during the week.

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo:]

Raise tax on tobacco, advocates urge Nigerian government

The group said Nigeria gets over N10 billion on tobacco tax yearly, yet no percentage of the levy is earmarked for tobacco control.

File photo of Resident Doctors

Doctors challenge Nigeria’s new health minister on brain drain, others

Mr Saheed said the key to any health system was health insurance that was functional.

Malnourished child (Photo Credit: Sunday Alamba)

African health ministers outline plans to tackle malnutrition, malaria

New strategies are being explored to battle the dual scourge.