1.3 billion people at risk of tuberculosis – WHO

Globally, an estimated 10 million people developed TB in 2017.

Contraceptives [photo: Medium]

Africa needs family planning, education to address unsustainable population growth – Report

“Africa, even though it’s only 14 per cent of the population of the world, it’s 24 per cent of the births already”


10 million cases of TB recorded in 2017 – WHO

Nigeria and seven other countries recorded two-third of the cases.

UNICEF Building in Geneva

Nigeria needs N959 billion to eradicate open defecation by 2028 — UNICEF

Nigeria is among top five countries practising open defecation, says the agency.

Man defecating in an open drainage

More Nigerians have access to cell phones than toilets – UNICEF Official

The official says140 million have cell phones, while only 97 million have access to improved sanitation in Nigeria

Dakwa phc

Major health stories last week

The Nigerian government says it is cooperating with authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) to investigate outbreak of monkeypox.

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH)

Group writes health minister, demands spending details on LUTH, other hospitals

SERAP submits an FOI request to the health minister.

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

SPECIAL REPORT: Why preventable Neonatal Tetanus continues to kill newborns in Nigeria

A World Health Organisation report listed Nigeria as one of only 18 countries yet to eliminate the child killer disease.


Global Fund accuses Nigerian CSO officials of misappropriating millions donated to fight Tuberculosis

The indicted Nigerian officials said they were not adequately compensated for their work

Zimbabwe on map

Zimbabwe cholera outbreak highlights failure to invest in infrastructure, health system – Amnesty International

Initial cases of cholera were reported in Gweru and Harare last month and the capital is now the worst affected area.


Two monkeypox cases discovered in UK from patients travelling from Nigeria

Nigeria and UK authorities are working on a joint investigation.

A PHC in Wamba Kurmi (Photo taken by Stephanie Adams)

Nigeria wants PHCs to handle diabetes, hypertension

About 50 percent of diabetic patients present their cases when the only option is amputation, a doctor laments

A Market used to illustrate the story

Global hunger continues to rise with Africa worst hit – UN report

Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were in Africa.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Nigerian govt unveils project to improve storage in health facilities

The warehouse in a box project promotes efficient and integrated health sector supply chain management.

A Maternity Ward used to illustrate the story [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

70% Kaduna children don’t have birth certificates – Official

As a result of not being registered at birth, government cannot reach most children with critical health intervention programmes

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH)

LUTH deteriorating, in crisis – Report

Apart from LUTH, two other hospitals are covered in the report.


Over 1.4 billion adults faced risk of diseases in 2016 due to inactivity – Report

At least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activities per week are required to stay healthy, experts say.

Zimbabwe on map

Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency in capital after death toll rises to 20

The large scale and severity of the outbreak has been attributed to poor sanitation among others.

The U.S. Ambassador, Stuart Symington at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

How US is partnering Nigeria to strengthen health sector – Diplomat

The official speaks on these areas of collaboration.


Nutritionist mentions how to identify artificially ripened fruits

The nutritionist added that calcium carbide remained the most commonly used chemical for ripening these fruits.

File photo of Resident Doctors

Major health stories in the news last week

Nigerian doctors give government deadline to constitute crucial medical board, as ABUTH prepares for first heart surgery in Northern Nigeria.

Women with their babies

First 1000 Days Of Life: How to lay foundation for health, well-being

Exclusive breastfeeding and adequate immunisation are ways to ensure healthy well-being of babies.

Nigerian doctors give Buhari administration deadline to constitute crucial medical board

“If the council is not constituted, we will take decisive steps that will make people know that we are serious about it.”

Ahmadu-Bello-University-Teaching-Hospital-ABUTH. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nigerian Scholars]

ABUTH to conduct first open heart surgery in Northern Nigeria – CMD

He says the hospital is at the verge of establishing a linear treatment centre for advanced radiation treatment of cancer patients.

The reception area at the Abaji Central

How poor power supply cripples Abuja primary healthcare centres

Even in the few relatively well-equipped centres, health workers lament they cannot do much due to lack of electricity