Lassa fever

Major facts to note about Lassa Fever

Experts say the country is currently battling its largest Lassa fever outbreak in history.


WHO warns Nigeria, 15 other African countries of listeriosis outbreak

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe illness, including severe sepsis and meningitis, sometimes resulting in death.

vaccination exercise

Nigeria’s locally-produced vaccines ready ‘within the next 3 – 4 years’

Nigeria produced its own vaccines between 1940 and 1991 to tackle such ailments as smallpox, yellow fever, and rabies. 

Own the fight against HIV/AIDS, U.S. urges Nigeria

The U.S. says it is time for Nigeria to brace up to the challenges of battling the scourge.

Nigerian govt. to fund treatment of additional 50,000 people living with HIV – Official

Half of the estimated 3.2million Nigerians living with HIV are aware of their status, authorities say.


NAFDAC registers 54 products in first South-East zonal registration

Before now, residents of the zone travelled to Lagos or Abuja to register their products.

Striking doctors in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Kogi doctors suspend 72-day-old strike

He said the suspension was to honour the NMA National President, Mike Ogirima.

Blood pressure checker device [Photo Credit: Daily Mail]

Major health stories last week

There are some killer high blood pressure drugs in the market.

INVESTIGATION: Nigerian health centres still abandoned a year after govt launched reconstruction

The federal government flagged off the scheme last year, but PHCs remain almost commonly deficient in health care delivery.

Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib.

INTERVIEW: How new initiatives will change Nigeria’s primary healthcare delivery – NPHCDA boss

The government is sending CHIPS, CHEWS and J-CHEWS health agents to communities.

Plateau community decries prolonged closure of PHCs due to herders, farmers clashes

The health centre was shut down in 2012 following attack by herders.

Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo clamps down on fake clinics, shuts eight facilities in Ibadan

The facilities were closed for quackery practices, illegal operations, unqualified medical personnel, and failure to maintain the minimum standard of practice

Glaucoma, 2nd highest cause of blindness globally – Expert

Statistics show that about 70 million people suffer from glaucoma worldwide.

Nigeria health workers threaten ‘mega strike’

The government has 30 days to respond to JOHESU’s demands.

INTERVIEW: ‎What we’re doing to stop Lassa fever, meningitis, other diseases killing Nigerians – NCDC CEO

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control boss explains what his agency is doing to check spread of diseases. ‎

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

CSNAC seeks update on ICPC investigation of NHIS Executive Secretary

The group says it has sent an FoI request to ICPC

Zaid Jurgi, Chief of WASH, UNICEF during his presentation at a media dialogue on Water Supply and Sanitation in Jos, Plateau STATE (FILE PHOTO)

Nigeria needs to invest $8 billion yearly in potable water – UNICEF

Over 60 million Nigerians still lack access to potable water, says the global agency

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Nigeria records 756,000 under-five deaths annually – Official

Nigeria contributes 11 per cent of total global deaths of under-five.

A Hospital ward with health workers used to illustrate the story

Lassa Fever: Three die in Ekiti

Lassa Fever: Three die in Ekiti

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate urges Nigerian govt to declare state of emergency in health sector

Nigeria ranks second highest in the World on child mortality, according to the latest UNICEF statistics.

How to prevent blindness from glaucoma – Expert

Ten facts about the disease are also stated.

Major health stories last week

Nigeria is to benefit from U.S. $533 million charity fund for Africa.

Nigeria must determine benzene content of soft drinks – SON

The regulator also speaks on energy drinks.

Lassa fever

Treatment of Lassa fever is free – Nigerian govt

Over 100 people have died of the disease.

Nigerian bakeries still use cancer-causing chemical in bread – Food expert

A researcher finds potassium bromate in 72 per cent of bread samples.