Dakwa PHC

Experts decry non-release of N55bn 2018 Basic Health Fund

The 2018 budget provides the sum as one per cent of consolidated revenue for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

National Noma Day: Nigeria has no data on disease yet – Ministry

The ailment usually occurs in children below the age of six and is about 90 per cent fatal.

Nigeria reiterates commitment to tackling noma disease

Despite being preventable and treatable, a large number of noma patients die.

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

WHO launches plan to tackle malaria in Nigeria, others

The plan aims at reducing global rates of infections and deaths from malaria.


Major health news last week

Three in ten Nigerians suffer from mental disorders.

National Hospital

Dissecting National Health Act: What Nigerians need to know (1)

PREMIUM TIMES introduces a series to explain comprehensively the provisions of the Act.

File photo of a female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State.

Nigerians advised to be alert as meningitis season begins

The advice was given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

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

World Prematurity Day: Nigeria ranks 3rd with 800,000 pre-term births annually – Association

15 million babies are born premature, globally.

National Hospital

Alleged Medical Negligence: Again, trial of doctors, others stalled

The application, instituted in 2016, is yet to witness its first hearing.

Abiodun Egwuene

VIDEO: Expert urges Nigerians to stop indiscriminate use of antibiotics

Misuse of antibiotics has made treatment of deadly diseases more difficult as most of the bacteria become resistant to medication.

Asokoro district hospital

Three in ten Nigerians suffer from mental disorders – Official

“Unfortunately, the attention given to mental health disorders in Nigeria is inadequate.”


World Diabetes Day: Over 25 million Africans living with Type II Diabetes – WHO

Africa has seen rise in number of cases due to lifestyle changes, including unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity, says an expert.

Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari tasks wives of governors on maternal, child mortality in Nigeria

The wife of the president says their commitment is needed to reduce the phenomenon.

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.


World Diabetes Day: Nine things to do to avoid disease

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic non-communicable diseases in the world.

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.

HealthCheck: Is killer ‘Evolution’ drink in circulation in Nigeria?

The claim that the drink contains lethal poison that causes death is yet to be verified.

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.