Health

Karishi General hospital

PEP: The HIV ‘prevention drug’ many Nigerians don’t know about

Despite the availability of these preventive drugs in hospitals, many Nigerians continue to get infected with the dreaded ailment.

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Major health stories in the news last week

Nigeria now fourth worst hit country by the HIV epidemic, and other health stories made the headlines last week.

Some of the speakers at the Pre- World TB conference

Tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine not enough protection against TB infection – Experts

Nigeria ranks at one of the highest prevalent TB countries that are still discussing detecting and treatment of the disease.

University College Hospital Ibadan

World Kidney Day: Survivors, relatives narrate impact of non-renal coverage of NHIS

The World Health Organisation says an estimated 850 million people have kidney disease from various causes

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole

Akwa Ibom ranks highest in HIV prevalence rate in Nigeria

About 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with HIV.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigerian govt battles $10bn annual infrastructure deficit in Health sector

The government says it is planning to build a Medical City in Abuja to provide first class medical services in the country.

TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT UNIT, FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE, KEFFI, NASARAWA STATE

About 18 Nigerians die of tuberculosis every hour – Expert

An estimated 418,000 new TB cases occurred in Nigeria in 2018.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigeria improves on HIV ranking, now fourth worst hit country — Minister

Earlier estimates placed Nigeria second behind South Africa.

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1.9 million Nigerians living with HIV – NACA boss.

Before the survey, three million Nigerians were estimated to be living with HIV.

Tunisia on map. [Photo credit: TravelsFinders.Com]

Tunisia’s mysterious baby deaths rise to 15

Judicial spokesman Sofiene Selliti said that prosecutors were investigating the 15 deaths.

A Hospital ward with health workers used to illustrate the story

How ‘contact tracing’ helps curb Lassa fever spread – NCDC

An official speaks on the challenges of contact tracing.

International Women's Day Celebration

International Women’s Day: Africa needs to invest more to ensure gender balance – WHO

The global health agency says Africa can only achieve rapid economic and transformation by addressing the gender-based differences

Horse Flu: Kaduna Govt quarantines 18 horses

Veterinary experts say the outbreak might endanger thousands of horses usually assembled for the famous Kaduna International Polo Competition.

National Hospital

Nigeria’s Lassa fever death toll hits 93

This week has one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases, the NCDC says.

NAPTIP Office [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

NAPTIP arrests man for allegedly raping minor

The suspect also reportedly impregnated the victim.

WHO employs mobile surveillance system for polio eradication

Nigeria remains the only country in Africa yet to interrupt the spread of wild poliovirus.

Babies used to illustrate story

Untreated herpes during pregnancy can cause blindness in newborns – Medical expert

Mr Tenmang urges pregnant women to go for their routine antenatal as the disease can be detected and treated

Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda speaking at the opening ceremony of the event on Monday. The ministry is a co-host of the event.

#AHAIC2019 (LIVE UPDATES): Nigerian delegation holds session to bridge child, family health funding gaps

Nigeria hosted the 2001 conference now known as “the Abuja Declaration”, where African leaders pledged at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets to their health sectors.

Photo used to illustrate the story. [Photo: Artem Bali]

Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions.

Nigerian delegation holds session to bridge child, family health funding gaps

#AHAIC2019: DRPC, NIPPS lead Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for major health conference

The three-day event started on Monday at the Kigali Convention Center in Rwanda.

Map of AFrica

Global Fund for Health: How seven African countries squandered millions of foreign aid

An audit report last year revealed how aid money disappeared in the hands of corrupt officials

Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State

Lassa fever: Ondo spends N1.6 million to treat each patient – Official

According to him, the most affected areas were Owo, Ose and Akoko North in Ondo State.

Rats used to illustrate the story.

Increased Lassa fever deaths, other major health stories last week

Rising Lassa Fever fatality rate and impact of community informants on polio surveillance in Nigeria are the top health news last week.

Kaduna local barbers shaving their customers

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the unsafe haircutting practices in Nigeria (2)

Despite the prevalence of these practices in some parts of Nigeria, experts highlight the risks.

WHO

World Hearing Day: WHO launches mobile hearing app

The app named “hearWHO” is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss.