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Nasarawa hospital promises essential services

August 17, 2018 Mohammad Yangida Lafia 0

Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, Nasarawa state has said it will continue to provide essential services in improving the standard of health of the citizens. The new Chief Medical Director of the hospital Dr. Hassan Ibrahim Ikrama, stated this yesterday during his first Press conference in Lafia. Dr. Ikrama, explained that the management of the hospital would not hesitate to Read More

Borno trains health facility managers on maternal mortality

August 17, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar. Maiduguri 0

The Borno state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (BSPHCDA) under the leadership of the Executive Director, Dr. Sule Meleh through ‘Additional Financing- Nigeria States Health Investment Project’ (AF-NSHIP), a World Bank Assisted Project has organized a week- long intensive training on Performance Based Financing (PFB) for Health Facility Managers and Ward Development Chairmen (WDC). This is to address increasing rate of Read More

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Kebbi trains 57 medical personnel

Kebbi state government has successfully trained 57 medical personnel in a bid to enhanced healthcare delivery system in the state. Commissioner in charge of Higher Education, Professor Mukhtar Umar Bunza, made this known in Birnin Kebbi while addressing newsmen on the activities of his ministry. He disclosed that 57 out of 65 graduated in July 2018. He explained further that Read More

NMA calls on lawyers to improve knowledge of medical laws

August 17, 2018 Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja 0

Chairman, Kogi state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)Dr. Kabiru Zubair has called on legal practitioners to upgrade their knowledge of medical laws to facilitate prosecution and speedy dispensation of medical cases. Zubair made the call on Tuesday while on a courtesy visit to the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah at the High Court complex in Lokoja . Read More

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Abuja doctors threaten strike

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Doctors in Abuja yesterday said it will commence an indefinite strike on August 25. Doctors made this known in a statement jointly signed by its president, Michael Olarewaju and secretary, Roland Aigbovo, on Wednesday in Abuja. It said the impending strike follows the failure of FCT Administration to repay “obnoxious” tax deduction from July salaries of staff, among other demands. Read More

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Kano cholera death toll hits 28 in 8 months

August 15, 2018 Bashir Mohammed .Kano 0

The Kano state government has said it had recorded 28 deaths from the outbreak of cholera diseases from January to date. State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, told a press conference yesterday that the state had taken adequate measures to curtail the spread of the diseases. Getso noted that the outbreak of the cholera diseases was as a result Read More

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ICRC trains 50 workers on treatment of casualties

August 15, 2018 John Oba .Abuja 0

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health has commenced the training of nearly 50 surgeons and health care professionals in Abuja on surgical skills management. The three day surgical skills seminar for the management of weapon wounded casualties which started yesterday at Rockview Hotel seeks to equip participants with the capacity Read More

Turmeric side effects you’re not aware of

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Experiencing turmeric side effects can happen to some people, particularly if they are taking too much or consuming the supplement without doctor’s approval. What is turmeric? Turmeric is spice extracted from the turmeric plant, a perennial plant that belongs to the ginger family and has the scientific name Curcuma longa. It provides yellow color to a curry and has been Read More

100m Nigerians’ll suffer from asthma in 2025 – Uba

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Disturbed by asthma-related deaths, especially after losing his wife to the ailment in 2016, Mr. Chiwuike Uba founded Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF) in 2016, to sensitise Nigerians on asthma. PAUL OKAH caught up with him in his Abuja office recently, and the professional accountant, economist and governance expert bared his mind on asthmarelated ailments, activities of the NGO, the role Read More

Yobe: Traditional leaders to record births for polio immunization

August 10, 2018 Musa M. Buba .Damaturu 0

Yobe State Task force on Immunization and Primary Health Care headed by the Deputy Governor, Abubakar D. Aliyu has embarked on advocacy visit to emirate councils across the state to sensitize them on the significance of polio immunization to the new born child. The leader of the delegation, Abubakar D. Aliyu, said they have commenced the sensitization with the Damaturu Read More

‘Only 24% infants are exclusively breastfed in Nigeria’

August 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Federal Ministry of Health has stated that despite the health and economic benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to mother and child, only 24 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed in Nigeria. The Assistant Director, Nutrition Division, Family Health Department in the ministry, Chimay Thompson, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja. Read More

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The Golfers’ back, by Dr. Biodun Ogungbo

August 9, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Have you met a 66-year old who plays golf? Have you met a female golfer with a bad back? Have you met a golfer who had major spine surgery and returned to competitive golf? A grandmother for that matter! Well, meet MariaMmakwe, the quintessential, never give up golfer. We first met her in ’17 complaining of a severe back pain Read More

Baby cough: Types and symptoms

August 9, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Most of the illnesses that are contracted by children have coughing as one of the most obvious symptoms. Even though the sound produced by coughing is often very concerning, more often than not it is not an indication of a serious illness. Baby cough is rather an important mechanism to clear out the airways present in the chest and throat. Read More

Healthmore than absence of disease: Adequate nutrition critical part By Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose

August 9, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

When faced with crisis, our natural reaction is to deal with its immediate threats. Ateka (not real name), came to the makeshift clinic with profuse diarrhoea: they diagnosed cholera. The urgent concern in the midst of that humanitarian crisis was to treat the infection and send her home as quickly as possible. But, she came back to the treatment centre Read More

UNICEF, UKAID changing female education narrative in the North

August 3, 2018 Blueprint Admin4 0

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), without mincing words and going by its slogan of ‘UNICEF for every child, is not leaving any stone unturned in girl-child education through the G4G programme in the country. MARTIN PAUL writes that beyond the conventional training, the programme is an eye opener for the girl-child to stand up in the society. How it Read More

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Mental health: Stakeholders call for more funding

August 2, 2018 Temitope Musowo .Lagos 0

Stakeholders at a public hearing, organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee On Health, have urged the government to increase funding of the treatment of persons with mental disorder. Commending the bill “A Law to Establish the Lagos State Mental Health Service And Provide For The Protection and Care of Persons”, a consultant mental physician, Adesoji Banji, urged Read More

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UHC: Govt needs to put in more money – FMC Jabi chair

August 2, 2018 Ajuma Edwina Ogiri. Abuja 0

The Chairman, Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, has said for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to be achieved in Nigeria, government needs to put in more money into the scheme and set up a very effective regulatory mechanism. The Chairman, Dr. Alex Ideh, said this will ensure that what is given to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) moves to the HMOs Read More

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When neurosurgeons came to Abuja!, by Dr. Biodun Ogungbo

August 2, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

CAANS in Abuja Over a hundred neurosurgeons descended on Abuja last week for a conference. The 3rd Continental Association of African Neurological Societies (CAANS) Congress took place in Abuja, Nigeria from the 24th – 26th July, 2018. The choice of Abuja as a congress venue was born out of the desire to honor the West African sub region’s contribution to Read More

S leep apnea in toddlers

August 2, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. There are three kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by a blockage; central sleep apnea, in which there is no blockage but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe; and mixed apnea, which is Read More

Why I parted ways with Kwankwaso – Ganduje

Day Ganduje launched Kano Contributory Healthcare Scheme

August 2, 2018 Adam Alqali 0

ADAM ALQALI reports on the recent launch of the Kano State Contributory Healthcare Scheme (KSCHS) aimed to protect families from the challenges associated with huge medical bills, limit inflationary rise in the cost of healthcare services; as well as ensuring equitable distribution of healthcare costs across different income groups, amongst others Achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) has no doubt remained Read More

FG unveils Patients’ Bill of Right

August 1, 2018 Adeola Tukuru. Abuja 0

The Federal Government through the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) yesterday unveiled the country’s first Patients’ Bill of Right to protect Nigerians. The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during the launch in Abuja ‎said the federal government is aware of the problems of the masses, particularly in the health care sector and the administration is putting things in place to tackle Read More

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Commissioner tasks medical directors on professionalism

August 1, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

Kano state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso has called on medical directors in charge of both secondary and primary health care facilities and other health workers to be up and doing in fulfilling their assigned professional responsibilities. Getso made the call at the two day Bi- – annual meeting with medical personnel in charge of both facilities on Read More

Gov Abubakar and Bauchi health sector, by Sani Abubakar

July 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Health is wealth. This is somehow sounding like a cliché except that virtually anyone who will read this would have lived long enough to understand its truth. There cannot be said to be good governance if the illness or ill-health still ravages the population. A responsible government therefore does everything within its power to ensure the citizens can access health Read More

NAFDAC seizes 2.4m bottles of cough syrup

July 30, 2018 Blueprint Admin4 0

The Federal Ministry of Health has seized 2.4 million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine after a recent audit of the substance carried out by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). According to a statement by Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry in Abuja, the seizure demonstrated the federal government’s resolve to Read More

How age affects appetite By Alex Johnstone

July 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

We all need food to everyday, but our changing relationship with it through the years can have a big impact on our health. Do you eat to live or live to eat? We have a complicated relationship with food, influenced by cost, availability and even peer pressure. But something we all share is appetite – our desire to eat. While Read More