Six months maternity leave tops health stories last week

NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.
NHIS Head Office used to illustrate the issue.

NHIS Delists Four Healthcare Facilities

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has delisted four Healthcare Facilities (HCF) in Bauchi State over non-adherence to rules and regulations guiding the scheme.

Sani Affa, the NHIS Coordinator in the state, said the four healthcare facilities were delisted for poor performance.

The facilities are “Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Health Centre, Peoples Clinic Ltd, Alwadata Consultants Hospital and Under-5 Health Centre all in Bauchi,”

He said the facilities were approved to provide primary and secondary healthcare services to NHIS clients but they worked in conflict with the rules guiding NHIS.

Antimicrobial Resistance worries WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that 10 million deaths might be recorded per year globally from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), effective from 2050, if not checked.

The WHO Country Representative, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, who gave the warning in a paper he presented at 2nd National Summit in Abuja said most of the deaths would be recorded in Africa and Asia.

He said four million of this estimated figure would occur in Africa while another four million would be recorded in Asia.

AMR occurs when micro-organism such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections ineffective.


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Nigeria’s health minister advocates six months maternity leave

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has assured Nigerians that his ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to increase maternity leave from four to six months.

The federal government had earlier pegged it at four months in June.

The minister, at the flagoff and policy dialogue of the World breastfeeding week in Abuja, said this will give mothers adequate time to practice exclusive breastfeeding as only 17 per cent of Nigerian babies are breastfed exclusively for the first six months.

Exclusive breastfeeding is the act of mothers putting newborn on strict breast milk diet for the first six months of their lives without giving them water or any other dietary supplements.

Shun Medical Tourism, Obasanjo tells Nigerians

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians to shun medical tourism.

The former President was in Bayelsa for medical check-up and also as a guest of the Bayelsa government which launched a new health programme on Monday.

Mr Obasanjo described the standard of the medical facilities at the Bayelsa State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, where he had the check-up as ‘high’.

He said with the presence of top quality health care facilities in some parts of the country, Nigerians have no business traveling abroad for treatment.

Thousands of Nigerians travel abroad each year to seek medical treatment as the nation’s health care system remains poorly funded and equipped.

Nigeria Launches Initiative To Protect Patients’ Rights

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said the newly launched Patients’ Bill of Rights (PBoR) will translate into new standards of quality, equity and dignity in patients’ experience in healthcare in Nigeria.

Speaking at the launch of the PBoR, which was organised by the Consumer Protection Council and the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Osinbajo said the bill will stand as a bridge of dignity ”that links the right to life of an individual and minimum standards of healthcare.”

“The preeminent human right is the right to life. But the right to life is a hollow platitude where life itself is without respect for the dignity of the individual.

“The Patients’ Bill of Right is the bridge of dignity that links the right to life and minimum standards of healthcare that all of us deserve just by being human beings.

Ebola In North Kivu, DRC

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that preliminary laboratory results indicate a cluster of cases of Ebola virus in North Kivu province.

The announcement was issued little more than a week after the Ministry of Health declared the end of an outbreak in Equateur Province in the far western part of the country, some 2500 km from North Kivu.

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) informed WHO that four out of six samples tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa. Further testing is on-going.

Ebola disease remains a constant threat in the DRC

Include Hepatitis In NHIS Treatment

A former Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon has tasked the federal government to come up with a ‘National Treatment Programme’ which will enable the country to effectively tackle the menace of viral hepatitis.

Speaking in Abuja at the launch of the “National Directory of Viral Hepatitis Service in Nigeria”, the retired general said there is a need to improve advocacy and sensitisation programmes on hepatitis so that many Nigerians can get tested, know their status and also seek treatment if necessary.

The directory is meant to show places were hepatitis services such as awareness, screening and support in Nigeria can be gotten.

Mr Gowon said both federal and state governments need to give serious consideration for an upward review of the annual budgetary allocation given to the health ministries and also include hepatitis treatment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

National Steering Committee For Diabetes Awareness

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the Diabetes Awareness and Care Project (DAC) in Abuja.

Mr. Adewole said the project is been embark upon by the Non Communicable Disease Division of the federal ministry of health in collaboration with the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation with support from the World Diabetes Foundation.

The project would first be implemented in two state of the country, namely FCT and Imo State.

Mr Adewole said the aim of the project was to increase diabetes awareness, improve access to care and strengthen two way referral systems for diabetes in Imo and FCT.

Eliminating Obstetric Fistula

An estimated 150,000 women and girls are living with untreated fistula in Nigeria, the minister of health, Isaac Adewole said.

Mr Adewole at the High Level Awareness Seminar on Fistula, held in Abuja said with an annual incidence of 12,000 -15,000 cases, approximately, the country contributes 15 per cent to the global burden of the obstetric fistula.

In Nigeria the most common cause of Obstetric Fistula is prolonged obstructed labour due to limited access to emergency obstetric care.

To reduce the burden the minister called for stronger awareness towards the elimination of Obstetric Fistula (OF) in Nigeria, adding that it would reduce the rate of maternal mortality.


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