Nigeria ‘records 4,000 untreated cases of leprosy annually’

Leprosy is still prevalent in Nigeria, and is seen as the disease of the poor, aggravated by poor hygiene.

WHO updates list of essential antibiotics for treatment of infections

This year’s antibiotics revision is the biggest revision of the antibiotics section in the EML’s 40-year history.

Why meningitis spreads easily in northern Nigeria- MSF Advisor

Vaccination for meningitis is more complex than for other killer diseases like measles, the official said.

Kwara State map

Kwara records 6 cases of cholera

The victims comprise four adult and two children.

Osinbajo, UN, UNFPA, others mourn Babatunde Osotimehin

“…his strong leadership helped keep the heath and rights of the world’s women and girls high on the global agenda,” the UNFPA said.

PROFILE: The life and times of Babatunde Osotimehin

Upon moving into his second term in 2015, Mr. Osotimehin introduced new reforms that increased the effectiveness and efficiency of UNFPA.

Major Health Stories Last Week: Bird flu in seven states, nine new tobacco regulations, others

Nigeria now has a vaccine production agreement with May & Baker.

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

Renovation of Suleja General Hospital to cost N1.1 billion – Gov Bello

The rehabilitation would involve wards, consulting rooms, installation of state of the art medical equipment, etc.

Nine ways to avoid bird flu

Nigerian government has confirmed outbreak of the disease in seven states and Abuja.

Chickens [Photo: Naijagist]

Govt alerts Nigerians on outbreak of bird flu in seven states, Abuja

The federal government has paid over N674 million in compensations to 269 farmers across the affected states.

Mid-Term Report: Meningitis outbreak headlines public health challenges of Buhari administration

Over 1,000 people have died in the past six months from meningitis the government had been warned about.

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

Nigeria introduces 9 new regulations to limit tobacco use (FULL LIST)

Cigarettes will no longer be sold in sticks but in packs only to people above 18 years.

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

Nigerian govt approves joint venture agreement for production of vaccines

The federal government would own 49 per cent of the joint venture while May and Becker would own 51 per cent.

Person smoking cigarette used to illustrate the story

Why implementation of Nigeria’s Tobacco Control Act is slow – Health Minister

“There are several challenges; the most critical is the need for the regulations to return to the National Assembly for approval…”

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Meningitis: Nigerian death toll rises to 1,114

The disease has been detected in 226 local governments.


How Nigeria can combat Hepatitis – Health minister, other experts

Prevention of mother to child transmission is a key way of tackling the disease.

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Global Fund pledges support for Nigeria despite past mismanagement

Some international donor agencies have withdrawn support to Nigeria citing massive corruption and diversion of funds.

Nigeria wants airline sanctioned over corpse transported from Ebola-hit Congo

The body was flown into Nigeria on Monday.

vaccination exercise

Group launches ‘immunization bracelet’ to help Nigeria vaccination record

The bracelet is to be worn on the leg and then wrist of a child from birth.

The World Bank

World Bank says nations ill-prepared to battle pandemic diseases

“Given the scale of risk to human lives and livelihoods, the investment case for financing preparedness is compelling.”

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Health stories in the news last week

These are the health events that made the news last week.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO elects first African Director-General

Mr. Ghebreyesus is the first African to be elected to the position

WHO admits slow response to Ebola

A new director-general will be selected at the ongoing 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

WHO election and the campaign against African health experts, By Tami Hultman

There is a last-minute attack on the candidacy of Tedros Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia.

HIV vaccine realisable – ‎NACA

‎The annual HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day was held on Thursday.