Health

Children selling on Abuja-Jos highway, Nigeria.

World Children’s Day: Invest more in children, UNICEF urges Nigerian govt

The theme of this year’s World Children’s Day is ”KidsTakeOver.”

Nigeria to establish control programme to tackle Noma disease

The disease eats off the soft tissues of the mouth, face or genitals and mainly affects children under the age of 12 in poor countries in Africa

PACFAH holds discussion on Nigeria’s poor health funding (LIVE UPDATES)

‎The proposed 2018 budget has 3.8 per cent allocated to health.

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Major health stories in the news last week

FG cuts state house clinic budget despite increased scutiny by public.

State House clinic

After criticisms, Nigerian govt cuts state house clinic budget

The clinic has been under public scrutiny lately.

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U.S spends over $4 billion on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria — Envoy

The spending stretches from 2004.

women in hospital

Why Nigerian govt must enforce laws against female genital mutilation – Expert

The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act signed into law by former President Jonathan in 2015 bans FGM

Mother and child

Nigeria infant mortality rate falls — UNICEF, Statistics Bureau

The report covers 2016 and 2017.

National Hospital

Cleft Lips: 100 Nigerian to get free reconstructive surgeries

Experts to perform surgery and after care treatment free

Indiscriminate use of antibiotics now global health threat – Experts

Experts link threat to lack of effective regulation and implementation of government policies.

HIV/AIDS: Nigerians to get tools to do self-tests at home – Minister

The minister argues that process will ensure privacy and confidentiality for many.

LASUTH

LASUTH records 74 live births through Assisted Reproductive Technology – Official

LASUTH is exploring ways to reduce the cost by 50 per cent.

Nigerian Senate

Senate considers establishment of new federal health facilities

Lawmakers want to ensure even distribution of the facilities across Nigeria.

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Relief for snakebite victims as 5,000 anti-venom vials arrive Nigeria

More than 250 victims died in the two centres within three weeks.

Experts clarify myths around diabetes

“Diabetes is not as a result of consuming sugar or sugary things.”

Abandoned PHC at ubbe/Ogba Akwanga LGA, Niger state.

INVESTIGATION: The terrible state of Nigeria’s Primary Healthcare Centres (PART ONE)

Unqualified and overworked staff, abandoned facilities and lack of drugs are common tales from this critical sector across the country.

A mother and child

Commonly used drug may be key to stopping thousands of mothers dying

The trial of the drug is also explained here.

Drugs used to illustrate the story.

NAFDAC refutes claim 70% drugs in Nigeria fake

NAFDAC said only about 4 per cent of malaria drugs are fake from the last survey held.

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INVESTIGATION: Years after award of multi-million naira contracts, federal health centres never built

In Enugu State, several federal primary health facilities are either never constructed despite contracts, or left in tatters.

Pregnant woman used to illustrate the story

Commonly used drug may be key to stopping thousands of mothers dying

“In Nigeria… a woman incurs a one in 23 risk of dying during childbirth in her lifetime,”

2018 Budget: Again, Nigeria falls short of AU health funding commitment

Nigeria defaults every year since leading other African countries to commit to 15 per cent annual health funding.

Mother and child

Over half under five Nigerian children risk growing abnormally – Expert

Expert says the current national policy on child development is outdated.