Rotary spends $2.2bn to end polio, immunises 400m children annually

October 24, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As the world mark World Polio Day on Sunday, Rotary International said it has spent $2.2 billion globally to end polio across the world, while immunising with its partners over 400 million children annually. The 2021 PolioPlus key message made available to Blueprint in Kaduna, said Rotary has been fighting to eradicate polio for over three decades and remains fully Read More

Health care: PHC-TWG holds maiden meeting in Yobe

October 21, 2021 Yusuf A Yusuf, 0

The Yobe State Primary Health Care Technical Working Group (PHC TWG) has Thursday held its maiden meeting aimed at improving primary health care delivery in the state. In a statement signed by the Yobe state director information services who doubles as the chairman social mobilization and community engagements sub working group, Hajiya Husna Ibrahim, indicates that the meeting held at Read More

U.S. donates over 3.5m COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria

October 15, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States has donated over 3.5 million dozes of COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria through the worldwide initiative ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, COVAX. A press statement by US embassy, Thursday, read in part: “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the arrival of 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer vaccine for the public health and benefit of the Read More

Kaduna govt signs MoU with pharmaceutical coys

October 14, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 The Kaduna state government has advised pharmaceutical companies to establish factories in the state, to leverage on its population, strategic location, link to other cities in the North and its sound investment climate. The Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni, gave the advice at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kaduna State Health Supplies Management Agency Read More

Brain drain: Address challenges in health sector, doctors beg FG

October 12, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Following the lack of adequate remuneration and brain drain witnessed in the health sector, medical doctors, under the auspices of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), have called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene; in order to curb the menace.Addressing journalists Tuesday in Abuja,  at a press conference to flag-off the 2021 Annual Physician Week of the NMA, NMA President, Read More

Breaking: Again, health workers postpone nationwide strike

October 4, 2021 Editor 0

Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have postponed their proposed strike. The health bodies said they have reviewed the ultimatum for a strike scheduled to begin by Monday midnight following the outcome of their meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday. A letter signed by Com. Biobelemoye Josiah, Read More

Like resident doctors, health workers begin strike

September 29, 2021 Moses John 0

  Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have said that they would withdraw their services from all federal health institutions as from September 30, 2021 after the expiration of her 15 days ultimatum.National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, in a statement urged the federal government to act on its 15 Read More

COVID-19 vaccination not license to immortality – Edo govt

September 28, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

A 71 year-old woman who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 disease, has reportedly died from the virus in EdoThe state team leader on  COVID-19, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie,  who disclosed this in Benin City said the unnamed “woman was admitted on the 23rd into our treatment facility and died on the 27th of September 2021.”  According to Osagie, medical records showed that the  Read More

WCD – CSOs call for adequate funding, prioritization of family planning in Nigeria

September 28, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Civil Society Organisations rganizations (CSOs), have called for adequate funding and privatisation of family planning in Nigeria. Addressing journalist on Monday in Abuja during the inaugural meeting of champions and advocacy, the chairman management committee, Dr. Ejika Oji, urged the government to support family health in commemoration of World Contraception Day (WCD). He said: “Family planning investment is key to Read More

Why Nigerians are reluctant to take COVID-19 vaccine – Pharmacist explains hesitancy in Covid-19 vaccine intake

September 27, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Nigerians are hesitant in taking the Covid-19 vaccine because information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is not readily available to the people, Pharmacist Abdullahi Galadima, has said. Galadima, the National Vaccine Security and Logistic Consultant with World Health Organisation, said this while delivering a lecture to mark the World Pharmacist Day organised by Pharmacist Society of Nigeria, Kaduna Read More

COVID-19 vaccine card racketeers risk jail – FG

September 26, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

The federal government has decried the reported attempt of selling COVID-19 vaccination cards to clients who would rather put themselves and others at risk than seek protection (vaccinate) against the disease.The government warned  that it will not in any way  condone the crimnal and sabotaging act from anyone. The Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Read More

World Pharmacists Day: Work with stakeholders to save lives, Saraki tasks pharmacists

September 25, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has implored pharmacists in states across the federation to live up to their mandates by working together with physicians, nurses, laboratory scientists, organizations and stakeholders in the health sector; in order to tackle health issues. Speaking Saturday in Abuja, during the 2021 World Pharmacists Day commemoration organized by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Read More

COVID-19: 87 escape, declared health risk in Edo

September 23, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

The Edo state government has declared 87 persons health risk to other lawful citizens following the inability of officials to trace the individuals over  issues bothering their COVID-19 status.Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie, the state team lead on COVID-19 who disclosed this on Thursday during an update of the pandemic said, “It has become impossible to trace the individuals due to wrong contact details Read More

AbdulRazaq lauds Buhari over approval of neuropsychiatric hospital for Kwara

September 19, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

MKwara state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving Kwara as the host state for the federal neuropsychiatric hospital for the north central zone. In a statement Sunday, the governor said the approval is a dream come true for the administration and the three senators from Kwara, especially Senator Yahya Oloriegbe (Kwara Central), who all worked hard to Read More

Pharmaceutical Society assures Nigerians on safety, efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines

September 19, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Kaduna state chapter has urged Nigerians to ensure that they take the full doses of Covid-19 vaccine, while assuring Nigerians that the vaccines are safe and effective. Speaking to Blueprint in Kaduna on the forthcoming 2021 World Pharmacist Day scheduled for September 25th with the theme “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health”, Chairman of PSN Kaduna Read More

Kwara training midwives, nurses of international standard – College provost

September 19, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state college of Nursing and Midwives has been repositioned to train professional Nurses and Midwives that will compete with their counterparts in any part of the world.Already, the institution has secured accreditation for all it’s courses by the Nursing and midwifery Council of Nigeria following the upgrade of infrastructure facilities by goverrnor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.These were contained in a statement Read More

Doctors’ Strike: Aremu appeals to doctors, govt on court order

September 19, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The striking National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have been urged to respect the National Industrial Court order and return to work, while Federal Government and health authorities have been urged to shelve no pay order. Resident doctors in public health facilities in Nigeria have been on strike for over 40 days for various reasons, that included delays in the payment Read More

JOHESU suspends nationwide strike, gives fresh ultimatum to FG

September 19, 2021 Moses John, Abuja 0

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has stepped down its proposed nationwide strike to commence scheduled to kickoff on Saturday September 18, 2021 following concrrns on the suffering of Nigerians. To this end, the workers has now given federal government another 15 days window of opportunity to meet its demands, “failure to which it will not be held responsible for its actions.” Read More

Vaccination: Edo govt exempts hospitals from enforcement

September 16, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

The Edo state government has exempted patients and visitors to public hospitals from its ongoing enforcement of anti-coranavirus vaccination.As part of the COVID-19 protocol enforcement, government agents, on Wednesday, the government barred civil servants and visitors without proof of vaccination from its offices and facilities – an action that has left many people stranded.  However, the permanent secretary of the dtate Read More

‘Pneumonia kills over 120,000 people yearly in Nigeria’

September 15, 2021 Bayo Muhammad Alabira 0

The Chief of Party, Save the Children International (SCI), a non-governmental organisation, Dr Adamu Isa, has said Pneumonia kills between 80,000 and 120,000 children under the age of five yearly in Nigeria. He stated this recently while answering questions from media partners from Lagos, Jigawa states and the FCT during a two-day media roundtable discussion held in Abuja. Dr Isa Read More

FG rolls out measures to curb spread of cholera

September 14, 2021 HELEN OJI 0

As part of measures to curb the spread of cholera outbreak in Nigeria, the federal government has flagged off a nationwide national environmental sanitation response programme in the country. HELEN OJI reports Nigeria is currently experiencing cholera outbreak in several parts of the country with reported cases of fatalities. Latest situation report from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released Read More

Pregnant woman, HIV patient die of COVID-19 in Edo

September 13, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

A 33-year-old pregnant woman has died from COVID-19 related illness at the Stella Obasanjo hospital in Benin City, Edo state. The state team lead on COVID-19 Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie disclosed this on Monday during an update of the pandemic. Osagie also said a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) patient who afterwards contracted COVID-19 has died of the pandemic. He stated that the deceased patients were Read More

‘US provides treatment for 83% of HIV-positive patients’

September 8, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Kathleen FitzGibbon, Tuesday, joined the Director of Public Health, Minister of Health, Dr. M.O. Alex-Okoh,  who represented the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanaire, to mark the closing of a U.S. government activity that made a significant contribution to the HIV response in Nigeria over the last decade.    A press statement by the US Embassy in Abuja said: “The Strengthening Integrated Read More