Health

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

Community health programme to be replicated across Nigeria by December – NPHCDA Boss

CHIPS is designed to harmonise community-level healthcare interventions and services under the guidance of the Federal Government

Archilin, one of the many varieties of cough syrup with Codeine. Bought from a drug bandit in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja at N2,000.

Nigeria to pay N1bn to manufacturers of seized codeine

An official said that there were about 2.5 million seizures of codeine made across the country.

lawmakers and experts in the health sector on Friday gathered in Abuja.

Why Buhari should sign new health insurance law before May 29

Titled “National Health Insurance Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019”, the new bill, when made law is expected to invalidate some aspects of the old law.

After several deaths, Nigeria finally receives 4,000 vials of anti-snake venom drugs

NAN reports that the shortage of the drug had led to several deaths in some snake-treatment centres.

WHO

New WHO report indicates global rise in measles

Although the African region saw a decline in number of cases in 2018, it remains the region with the highest burden of the disease.

NAFDAC office

NAFDAC denies report of 70 per cent fake medicines in Nigeria

Mrs Adeyeye said NAFDAC carried out further surveys between 2017 and 2018 which showed that Nigerian medicines were 98 per cent wholesome.

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

Korean firm launches new anti-malaria drug in Nigeria

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who was briefed on the efficacy of the drug.

mosquito

Nigeria anxiously waiting for result of trial vaccine in Malawi – FG

Mr Adewole said that the success of the vaccine would catalyse global efforts at eliminating malaria.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

‘Surplus Doctors’: After backlash, Ngige backtracks, claims he was misquoted

“No, I am not worried… we have a surplus. If you have a surplus, you export…” minister Ngige had said.

Pregnant woman used to illustrate the story.

Preeclampsia: A pregnant woman’s nightmare

Medical doctors say early presentation is vital for successful case management of the killer disease

Chris Ngige. [PHOTO CREDIT: Sahara Reporters]

Health experts, Nigerians criticise Ngige over ‘surplus’ doctors comment

Mr Ngige said the country has ‘enough’ medical doctors to attend to the needs of Nigerians.

polio-victims

Nigeria poised to be declared polio-free in six months — Agency

For a country to be certified polio-free, it must have gone two years without reporting a case of polio.

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

African Vaccination Week: Nigeria to conduct mass immunisation

The exercise is to mark the African Vaccination Week.

A new born baby used to illustrate the story [photo: CNS News ]

Measles: Nigeria had highest number of unvaccinated under-one-year-olds in 2017 – UNICEF

WHO listed Nigeria among nine African countries with fresh measles outbreaks this year

mosquito

World Malaria Day: WHO, U.S. call for more efforts to tackle disease

The WHO said increased investments in malaria prevention and control will go a long way in fighting the disease.

vaccination exercise

21.1m children denied first dose of measles vaccine yearly on average — UNICEF

The ground for the global measles outbreaks we are witnessing today was laid years ago.

Drone used to illustrate the story (Photo by Darrel Und from Pexels)

Drones to deliver vaccines, blood, drugs across Ghana

The aim is for deliveries to arrive within 30 minutes.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

Despite official data stating otherwise, Ngige claims Nigeria has ‘surplus’ doctors

The labour minister says he is not worried by the mass exodus of Nigerian doctors

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

World Meningitis Day: Survivors need more support in Nigeria – NCDC

“We all have a collective responsibility to address this public health challenge,” the NCDC says of meningitis.

NAFDAC Office

NAFDAC alerts public of fake anti-hypertension drug

The agency says the drug is currently in circulation in Cameroon.

Mosquito used to illustrate the story. Photo: WebMD

World’s first malaria vaccine launched in Malawi

“Thirty years in the making, RTS,S is the first and to date the only, vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children.”

Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook account of BSUTH]

Major health stories last week

Hospital cuts prices for key medical services, new appointments, study results made the headlines in the week

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Benue teaching hospital cuts prices for key medical services

Hip replacement surgery is N60,000 and a session of dialysis is N15,000.

‘Addictive’ use of smartphones, Internet worries Nigerian health officials

Adolescents who become dependent on their smartphones could experience negative alterations in brain development, a psychiatrist argues.

Sex workers used to illustrate the story. {PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Seven things you did not know about Truvada

Truvada is intended to be used along with condoms, not in place of them, and doesn’t protect against other sexually transmitted diseases