Health

Nigeria needs 10 times more health workers to achieve universal health coverage

The country has developed a strategy to better manage what it has.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari pledges to increase health budget

The review will reflect the government’s priority of ensuring Nigerians get better healthcare, Mr Buhari says.

Drugs

Study decries rise in sale of non-prescription antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance caused about two million infections and death of about 50,000 yearly in the U.S and Europe, says an expert

A cross-section of Governors during the APC National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday (27/3/18). 01790/27/3/2018/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

Nigerian governors committed to health insurance scheme – NGF

The governors pledged to maintain ongoing reforms, including domesticating the National Health Insurance Scheme

Fish oil supplement used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Fitness Volt]

Researchers challenge fish oil supplements’ heart benefit

Researchers found that long-chain omega III fats had little or no meaningful effect on the risk of death from any cause.

women in hospital

Nigerian NGOs meet on progress in health MDGS

The one day meeting is being organised by the development Research & Project Center (dRPC).

malnourished child

Hunger: Group tasks government to invest more on child nutrition

Globally, Nigeria contributes to nearly half of all child deaths—that is more than three million children each year.

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

Why Nigeria allocated 64% health budget to primary healthcare – Minister

He says government decided to change focus from teaching hospitals

Members of the Nigerian Youth Champions For Universal Health Coverage during a press briefing in Abuja.

Youth group decries Nigerian govt’s attitude to Universal Health Coverage

Government in 2005 set the target to attain affordable health coverage for 90 per cent of Nigerians by 2015

50 PHCs to run 24-hour services in Abuja – Official

Authorities say they are building 12 new primary healthcare facilities in the FCT

vaccination exercise

123 million infants received vaccine in 2017, WHO, UNICEF say

Nine out of 10 infants received at least one dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Major health stories in the news last week

A research shows babies fed with solids early sleep longer.

Cross River govt to punish 54 health workers for extortion

The government says medical service at primary healthcare level is free in the state.

Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara flags off health insurance scheme

Mr Ahmed says the state government will subsidise premiums paid by enrollees.

Zamfara govt begins renovation of 147 PHCs

The state government says the renovation of 15 PHCs with the aim of upgrading them has commenced

FEATURE: Kaduna community where open defecation attracts seven lashes, N200 fine

The community members spoke on the transformation going on there,

Ebola case in DR Congo

Ebola survivors suffer severe mental, neurological problems – Study

Between 2014 and 2016, Ebola infected around 28,000 in West Africa.

National Hospital

40% of funds allocated to health in Nigeria wasted due to inefficiency – USAID

Official says an efficient health insurance scheme is necessary for achieving universal health coverage.

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar [Photo Credit: Online Nigeria]

Jigawa govt to distribute 3.5 million nets to prevent malaria

The figure is an increase from the 2.5 million nets distributed about three years ago.

vaccination exercise

Cholera Outbreak: WHO begins vaccination exercise in Adamawa

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water.

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Abuja NMA suspends leaders

A seven-member committee will run the association for one month

Permanent secretary ministry of health, Abdullahi Mashi [Photo: Ministry of health ]

Nigeria’s health ministry gets new Permanent Secretary

Mr Mashi takes over from Clement Uwaifo who left the ministry on June 28.

Cholera patients in hospital ward

Adamawa cholera outbreak, benefits of fasting, other major health stories last week

A study also found that nuts improve sperm quality.

NAFDAC office

How we regulate alcoholic drinks in Nigeria – NAFDAC

The NAFDAC chief made a presentation at a global event.

How school-based programme improves female hygiene in Northern Nigeria

Girls for Girls initiative (G4G) is a component of the Girls’ Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) launched by UNICEF in 2017.