Breaking: NMA down tools over Covid-19 handling in Cross River

July 5, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Cross River state branch, has ordered all its members in public and private hospitals to observe “total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services” over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. It berated the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for not reflecting the 5 COVID-19 confirmed cases from University of Calabar Teaching Read More

Breaking: Akeredolu’s aide takes over health ministry in Ondo

July 4, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN has approved that his special adviser on Health, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, should oversee activities of the Ministry of Health.  The latest development followed the death of the substantive Commissioner, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, two days ago.  Dr Jibayo, a two-term lawmaker at the Lagos State House of Assembly is a consummate medical practitioner. He is a Read More

Police conduct free prostate cancer screening, treatment

July 2, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has launched a benign prostate hypertrophy/prostate cancer screening and surgical intervention among police officers and men who are 40 years and above.   The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Idris, while flagging off the medical intervention organised in partnership with the Stanley Medical Foundation and sponsored by the Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Thursday, at Read More

Real cause of Ondo health commissioner’s death revealed

July 2, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The Ondo state commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, has reportedly died of COVID- 19 infections. Adegbenro was said to have died at the state infectious disease hospital. His death came two days after Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu announced that he has tested positive for COVID- 19. Adegbenro who is said to be in his60s, is a native of Ilara-Mokin, Ifedore Read More

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WHO warns against use of masks during exercise

July 2, 2020 Editorial III 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning Wednesday in an update of its coronavirus disease advice for the public. It said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which make it difficult to breathe and would promote the Read More

NMA to LASG: Pay hazard allowance

July 2, 2020 Helen Oji 0

The Lagos State Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has appealed to the Lagos State government to take the advantage of the two weeks extension of the strike notice issued by members of the Medical Guild, an umbrella body of medical doctors under the employ of the State to pay the COVID-19 hazard allowances and resolve other outstanding issues. Read More

40m Nigeria women at risk of cervical cancer – Minister

July 2, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, during the week raised the alarm that 40 million women in Nigeria from the age of 15 and above were at risk of developing cervical cancer. He also said the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Cancer of the Cervix (2017-2021) has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  A release Read More

What happened at FMC Lokoja – Kogi govt

July 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Kogi state government has finally opened up on an impasse at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, the state capital.According to a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, “The attention of the Kogi state government has been drawn to the unfortunate scuffle between the staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja and some patients’ relatives at Read More

EHA Clinics open COVID-19 treatment facility in Abuja

June 29, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

EHA Clinics, a subsidiary of e-Health Africa, has opened a state of the art COVID-19 isolation and treatment  facility in Abuja.Speaking to newsmen while officially unveiling the facility, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EHA, Adam Thomson, said the “facility will provide treatment for patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.” He said the facility was designed as a Read More

Strike: Ondo sacks resident doctors

June 27, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Residents doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching hospitals Akure  (UNIMETH) have been sacked. Their sacking was announced in a letter announcing the suspension of the institution residency training programme from August 1st, 2020, urging all Resident doctors directly employed by the hospital to seek continuation of their programme in other institutions where there are ongoing training program. Blueprint Read More

‘How Covid-19 impacts negatively on nutritional status of Nigerians’

June 25, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

By As Covid-19 continues to rage the country, the disease has impacted negatively on the nutritional status of Nigerians, the Executive Secretary of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), Mrs Beatrice Eluaka, has said. Addressing a virtual media training Webinar on Covid-19 organised by Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) on Wednesday, Eluaka said people with nutrition based diseases such as Read More

COVID-19: Umahi reviews 2020 budget, reduces it by 26 percent

June 24, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Wednesday presented his proposed intention of reducing the 2020 budget by 26 percent against the proposal earlier approved by the state House of Assembly in December, 2019.The year’s fiscal budget was approved at N178.366 billion but the governor due to the effect of Covid-19 in the state decided to revise it down to N131.847 billion. Umahi disclosed Read More

In Nasarawa, LG health workers suspend strike

June 23, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) at the local government level in Nasarawa state Tuesday, suspended its 10 days old strike. Chairman of the union Mr. Ayuba Ismaila Oko, made this known while briefing the state House of Assembly committees on local government and health in Lafia, the state capital.The union said it was as a result of Read More

Health workers still neglect other ailments over COVID-19 – PTF

June 22, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on the Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, said health workers are neglecting other patients with other ailments not related to the Coronavirus.Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force, said the situation is capable of eroding the gains recorded on the Read More

No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free – NCDC boss

June 22, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Director-General of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said Monday that no state in the country is COVID-19 free.The NCDC boss said this during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on the Control of COVID-19 in Abuja.He said states need to start testing now as the agency is working to develop its laboratory capacity Read More

As resident doctors suspend strike: FG splashes N13.6bn on 55,031 health workers’ insurance, allowances

The federal government Sunday said it has paid N13.642, 485,146.00 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance and hazard allowance to 55,031 health workers health workers at 35 COVID-19 designated hospitals and medical centres across the country. A breakdown of this showed the sum of N9billion was expended on insurance, while the balance of N4, 642,485billion was used to settle the Read More

Finally, Buhari reacts to Nigeria’s polio-free status

June 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerians on the historic occasion as Nigeria becomes Wild Polio Virus Free, while appreciating all partners, local and international, for their relentless efforts in ensuring the clean health bill.This achievement, the president said, reflects the resilient spirit of Nigerians, particularly the capacity of hardworking men and women in the health industry, who drew resources and Read More

Gbajabiamila hails resident doctors for calling off strike

June 21, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has commended members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for calling off their nationwide strike following his interventions and those of others. Gbajabiamila said by their action, the resident doctors have once again proved that they truly have Nigerians at heart.The Speaker in a statement by his Special Adviser Read More

Sickle Cell: Group urges increased awareness, free treatment scheme

June 21, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As Nigeria takes the lead in sickle cell prevalence globally, Sickle Cell Patients Health Promotion Center (SCPHPC) Kaduna has urged governments at all levels to increase awareness on the disease to curb its spread in the country.Founder of the Center, Hajiya Badiya Magaji Inuwa, who made the call during the 2020 World Sickle Cell Day celebration in Kaduna equally urged Read More

As resident doctors strike amidst Covid-19…

June 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report looks at the impact of the nationwide strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) as the nation continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.  The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Monday this week commenced a nationwide strike after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum it issued Read More

Nigerian varsities’ scientists discover Covid-19 vaccine

June 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

Nigerian Universities’ Scientists, under the aegis of Covid-19 Research Group, Friday announced the discovery of a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus pandemic. Addressing journalists Friday at Adeleke University, Ede, in Osun state, the leader of the team, Dr. Oladipo Kolawole, said the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans. Kolawole, a specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Read More

Lagos hospital clears air on death of senator

June 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The First Cardiology Consultant (FCC) Hospital, Ikoyi, Tuesday debunked the rumour that a Nigerian senator, Adebayo Osinowo, died at its facility Monday. The late Osinowo, popularly called ‘Pepperito’ was a Nigerian Senator who represented the Lagos East Senatorial District. He died Monday from complications from an undisclosed ailment. Shortly after his demise, news circulated on social media and some news Read More