News Reports

UNICEF Building in Geneva

UNICEF convenes global meeting on open defecation

The meeting was part of efforts to support 250 million people globally to abandon open defecation.

Ajinapa water supply scheme

1,110 dead as cholera ravages 29 states in Nigeria – NCDC

About 84 deaths were recorded within corresponding period last year.


Nigeria’s NHIS may collapse in three years – Governing Council

“Pervasive corruption and turmoil past, present and ongoing may eventually lead to the end of the scheme,” warns its supervisory organ.

Nigerian AIDS control agency concealed records of donor funds – Audit Report

The auditor general also highlights a suspected case of fraud where donated equipment were shared physically weeks before they were actually received.

President Muhammadu Buhari 2

Buhari signs bill establishing Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

The agency was established in 2011 and has been in existence without any legislative backing.

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.

World Pneumonia Day: Nigeria urged to improve fight against disease

Pneumonia killed about 920,000 children across the world in 2015.

Drugs used to illustrate the story.

WHO uncovers big national variations in antibiotics consumption

Urgent action is needed to slash unnecessary consumption of the medicines.


Polio Immunisation: WHO collates empty viles for accountability

“We are collecting all the used viles in order to curb diversion of vaccines in the local government.”

Asokoro district hospital

Major health stories in the news last week

The CPC warned Nigerians on the dangers of not parboiling their beans extensively before consumption.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Finally, FG inaugurates governing council for Medical and Dental Council

NMA had vowed to sue government if it did not appoint the council by end of September.

Raw beans used to illustrate the story

Consumer council alerts Nigerians on ‘sniper-treated beans’

The council warns consumers on treatment before consumption.


One million Nigerians currently receiving AIDS treatment — NACA

He said the government has a scale-up plan, called fast-track plan, to put more people on drugs.

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

USAID distributes 3.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets in Akwa Ibom

The bed nets are valued at $9.7 million.


Even before Yusuf, NHIS was an agency steeped in fraud

Crisis in the Nigerian health agency is making headlines of late following allegations of fraud against its chief executive officer

Doctors separate conjoined twins in Abuja hospital

How we successfully separated, stabilised conjoined twins – Nigerian surgeon

Unemployed father of the twins appeal to government for a job


Major health stories in the news last week

At least five people were killed in an outbreak of cholera at Kembu in Balanga Local Government Area, Gombe State

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

NHIS Crisis: Why health minister, governing council, others are against me – Usman Yusuf

Mr Yusuf says all the allegations levelled against him are ‘recycled’.

Babies used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Babies born to older dads may have higher risk of health problems – Study

The older a father’s age, the greater the risk, according to the study.


WHO counters Zimbabwean preacher’s HIV cure claim

The cleric reportedly claimed that a healing plant had been revealed to him by God, sparking a media outcry.

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

1000 pregnant women get grants for free ante-natal care in Bayelsa

The government says N3,000 grant would be given monthly to all pregnant women for their transport to hospitals and clinics.

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

UPDATED: NHIS Scandal: Buhari orders Executive Secretary Usman Yusuf to proceed on ‘administrative leave’

“This is to allow for unfettered investigation into allegations of infractions and financial malfeasance levelled against him.”

Handwashing Day: How cleaner hands can fight infections, save lives

The 2018 Global Handwashing Day was held October 15 under the theme “Clean hands: healthy future”

Doctors separate conjoined twins in Abuja hospital

Doctors separate conjoined twins in Abuja hospital

Yakubu Dogara settled the medical bills of the family.

Children playing

Air Pollution: Majority of children breathe toxic air – WHO

“Air pollution is stunting our children’s brains, affecting their health in more ways than we suspected,” an expert says.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigerian govt inaugurates one year road map for HIV treatment

Mr Adewole explains how the idea to announce the re-establishment of the programme was conceived in South Africa.