Kwara records first case of monkey pox

June 23, 2022 Umar Bayo Abdullwahab 0

The Kwara state government Thursday confirmed the first case of monkey pox involving  a 29 year old Nigerian driver in the state.  The state’s commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasaq, broke the news in a statement in Ilorin, the state capital. He said the victim had contact his wife and four neighbours where lives in Gbubu in edu local government Read More

WBDD: Regular blood donation maintains healthy liver – AMLSN

June 14, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Regular blood donation will ensure that the donor maintains healthy liver, burns excess fat and protect against cancer by reducing iron deposit in the body, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has said.  Speaking on Tuesday during a rally in Kaduna to commemorate the 2022 World Blood Donor Day, the medical laboratory scientists said the benefits of Read More

PCN seals 25, 000 illegal pharmaceutical outlets in 8 years

June 8, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed up no fewer than 25,000 illegal pharmaceutical premises in eight years. Dr Elijah Mohammed, Registrar of the council, made this known on the sidelines of the public presentation of his scorecard on Wednesday in Abuja. Mohammed said the premises were sealed due to poor documentation, poor hygienic environment, non regularisation of papers Read More

In Imo, Commissioner opens up on Hope Uzodimma’s health status 

June 2, 2022 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Imo state, Hon Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, has dismissed the rumour making the rounds on social media that Governor Hope Uzodimma is down with stroke. In a press statement issued and made available to Blueprint, Emelumba said the rumour was the handiwork of “descendants of Lucifer who are vainly wishing the governor evil”. While describing Read More

Reports of monkeypox outbreak origin, fabrication – US

May 31, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States Mission has debunked recent misleading posts on social media on the origin of the current global outbreak of monkeypox disease, and supposed calls for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate “so-called U.S.-controlled laboratories” in Nigeria. A press statement by the Mission said, “Such reports are pure fabrication. There is zero merit to any allegations regarding the Read More

MHD: AHF, experts sensitise deaf FCT students, distribute sanitary pads

May 30, 2022 Paul Okah 0

In celebration of the 2022 Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), an international organisation, AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Education and health experts, has held a sensitisation workshop for students of the Kuje School of the Deaf in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Addressing participants Monday in the school, Read More

MDCAN tasks FG on funding for quality healthcare delivery

May 24, 2022 Helen Oji 0

The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has enjoined government at all levels to increase funding for healthcare delivery and health worker capacity development in the country. President of the association, Dr Victor Makanjuola, made the appeal while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.  MDCAN is a group of medical specialists in different fields of medicine and Read More

Buhari signs National Health Authority Bill into law, 3 million poor Nigerians to enjoy coverage

May 20, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, repealing thereby, the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The President said at the signing of the new law that a Fund will be set up “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot Read More

Health Union hits FG over ‘economic hardship, insecurity’

May 15, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has expressed its regrets over what it described as ‘excruciating economic hardship and spate of insecurity’ in the country, and has therefore called on the organised labour to rescue the situation by coming up with a blueprint. In a press release jointly signed by NUAHP National President, Comrade (Dr) Obinna Ogbonna, and Read More

Untold healthcare stories of Nigerians

May 10, 2022 Omale Omachi Samuel 0

National Health Insurance Scheme was set up with the aim of making healthcare more accessible, and affordable to Nigerians, but in many cases, the reverse is the case. Many have died, and many are still dying due to the inefficiency in the system and the people that are meant to carry out their responsibilities at the right time. The scheme Read More

Mosquito and malaria

WMD: Chevron restates commitment to fight against malaria

May 5, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Rick Kennedy, has said it would continue to contribute to Nigeria’s development by helping to improve the health of the citizens. Kennedy gave the assurance at an event marking the World Malaria Day. The managing director said Chevron’s partnership with Global Funds is an indication of its commitment to ensuring a healthy nation. Read More

Mosquito and malaria

World Malaria Day: US pledges support as Nigeria ranks highest globally, loses 200,000 lives, spends N646bn annually to tackle scourge

Nigeria loses over $1.1 billion (N645.7 billion) yearly to prevention and treatment of malaria as well as other costs, just as no fewer than 200,000 Nigerians were killed by malaria with 61 million others afflicted in 2021. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced this figure Monday during the celebration of the World Malaria Day (WMD). April 25 was set aside Read More

Mosquito and malaria

World Malaria Day: US, Nigeria advance fight against malaria

April 25, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Over the past year, the United States and Nigeria together have advanced the fight against malaria, despite immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Committed and courageous frontline health workers, especially nurses, midwives, and community health workers, across the country went the extra mile to ensure essential malaria services were sustained. A press statement by the U.S. Embassy, Mondsy, said Read More

WHO to conduct training on integration of oral cholera vaccine

April 24, 2022 Helen Oji 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it will conduct a hybrid training for health professionals. WHO also emphasized the importance of integrating the oral cholera vaccine (OCV) as option for emergency and preventive cholera outbreak in endemic countries. The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Rebecca Matshidiso Moeti, who said the training will commence from 25th to 29th April in Read More

Implementation of NSOANP will strengthen surgical care – FG

April 17, 2022 Editor 0

The Federal Government has said the implementation of the National Surgical, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan (NSOANP) for Nigeria at sub – national levels will expand access to surgical care and give positive and improved outcomes leading to better healthcare for Nigerians. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who stated this in Abuja at a workshop on dissemination of NSOANP Read More

Health Union holds NEC, tasks FG on hazard allowance, others

April 10, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has restated it’s age long demand for the payment of hazard allowance and need for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to look into it’s various demands as contained in its communique. Signed by Comrade Obinna Ogbonna and Comrade Martin Egbanubi, the Union President and General Secretary respectively, the Union noted with dismay Read More

Maternal health: WAHO set to curb perinatal deaths, hosts West Africa policy makers, stakeholders

April 10, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

Against the backdrop of annual 9.4 million perinatal deaths worldwide with 98 percent occurrence in Africa, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) has moved against the scourge. At present, the West African sub-region has the highest death rate in the world. According to ECOWAS 2009 – 2013 report, in the year 2000, there were 510,000 maternal deaths globally with 238,000, Read More

COVID-19: 11 months after, FG lifts restrictions on curfew, large gatherings

April 6, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Eleven months after, the federal government Wednesday lifted the nationwide midnight curfew earlier imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Similarly, restrictions on parties, concerts, other large gatherings and related activities were also lifted. Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 announced this in a statement in Abuja. The message was titled “Implementation Guidelines for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions.” The nationwide ban on social Read More

World Oral Health Day: NGO, NDA takes campaign to FCT suburbs

March 23, 2022 Paul Okah 0

In commemoration of the 2022 World Oral Health Day, the Centre for School Health Education and Environmental Hygiene (CSHEEH), in collaboration with the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA)- FCT Chapter and Unilever, has sensitised pupils of LEA Primary School, Gbagalape, FCT, on maintaining good oral hygiene. Speaking to participants at the event held Wednesday, the Executive Director of CSHEEH, Dr (Mrs) Read More

Registrar tasks new community health practitioners exco on quacks 

March 22, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Registrar Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria has appealed to the elected executive of National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria to prioritise professionalism of their members and weed out quacks. National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria elected Comrade Kabir Yahaya Ahmed as National President, while Reverend Cannon Nengi Brown was elected Deputy National President Read More

Smile Train, KidsOR donate pediatric facilities to Kano specialist hospital

March 20, 2022 Editor 0

Global charities Smile Train and Kids Operating Room (KidsOR) have unveiled the refurbished children’s operating room at the Armed Forces Specialist Hospital in Kano, bringing safer, more timely pediatric surgery closer to the community in the North West Region of Nigeria. The launch comes at a time when Smile Train and KidsOR are celebrating the successful delivery of 12 out Read More

TB: FG, stakeholders solicit media partnership on awareness, funding

March 17, 2022 Paul Okah 0

The Head of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Anyaike, has solicited the support of media organizations for more awareness on the spread of tuberculosis in Nigeria. Speaking Thursday in Abuja during the press briefing on Pre-World TB Day, ahead of March 24 World Tuberculosis Day celebration, Anyaike said the media remains a key Read More

Garki hospital concession: 703 NISA staff, 42,627 NHIS FHIS enrolees’ fate uncertain, FCTA wants agreement terminated in one month

March 14, 2022 Tope Sunday 0

The fate of over 700 staffers  and some 42, 627 National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the Federal Health Insurance Scheme(FHIS) of NISA Premier Hospital  among several others, may be hanging in the balance as the Federal Capital Territory  Administration served a notice to terminate the concession agreement on the expiry date of 31st March, 2022 and also take custody of Garki Hospital from Read More

Universal health coverage: Yobe flags off mass social mobilisation campaign

March 5, 2022 Yusuf A. Yusuf, Damaturu 0

As part of comprehensive plan to commence enrollment into the informal sector programme of contributory health scheme,Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA), Saturday, flagged off one month mass social mobilisation campaign with Keke Napep Riders Association using strategic and tergeted messaging for the wider public. Flagging off the campaign in Damaturu, the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Babagana Read More