USAID awards $300m to UNICEF for mothers, children globally

May 6, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded about $300 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the lives of mothers and children globally. A press statement by USAID, Thursday, said Administrator Samantha Power announced the renewal of USAID’s long-standing and successful partnership with UNICEF to improve the health and well-being of mothers, children, families, and Read More

FG opposes creation of special agency for sickle cell, others

May 5, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The federal government, through its Ministry of Health on Wednesday kicked against the suggested establishment of an agency for Sickle Cell, and other health disorders. Speaking at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions, specifically on the Bill seeking the agency’s establishment, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire noted that rather than establishing such Read More

COVID-19: NYSC partners healthcare agency for successful vaccination

The management of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said it has made adequate arrangement with the National Primary Healthcare Agency to ensure that corps members are vaccinated against the dreaded corona virus nationwide. According to a statement from the office of  the Director-General of NYSC, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, and made available to Blueprint,  the exercise was holding successfully in all Read More

Again, NGO raises alarm over Nigeria’s 100,000 daily HIV infection rate

May 3, 2021 Uko Etim 0

A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Greater Women Initiative for Health and Right (GWIHR) Monday raised the alarm over the scale of HIV infections in Nigeria currently standing at 100,000 per day. A resource person, Mr Micheal Akanji, discloded this at a media round table organised by the organisation and sponsored by AVAC 2020/2021 fellowship, in Uyo while giving an overview Read More

World Immunization Week: Poverty, low education, geographic barriers still challenge – USAID

April 28, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark 2021 World Immunization Week the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has said poverty, low education rates, geographic barriers, social exclusion, and humanitarian crises remain challenges to fully protecting women, children, and families around the world and ensuring no one is left behind. A press statement by Acting Administrator, USAID Office of Press Relations, Gloria Read More

Healthcare: How Kaduna spent N121bn in 5 years – Balarabe

April 28, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Kaduna state government has demonstrated its commitment to guaranteed health and wellness of its citizens by spending N121.3bn on the health sector in the last five years.The Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, who made this known at the 2021 graduation of the 3rd  cohort of the Health Leadership Academy, also said that access to basic healthcare is not just fundamental Read More

Mosquito and malaria

U.S. Launches $90m malaria control effort in 8 states

April 28, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hhas launched a $90 million national malaria elimination programme in eight vulnerable states. The agency in a press statement, Wednesday in Abuja, said: “USAID Mission Director, Anne Patterson, joined the Coordinator of Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme to launch a new activity to control the country’s leading killer of children  malaria, in rural areas of Read More

COVID-19: FG vaccinates 1.2m Nigerians, says hesitancy still strong

April 26, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 said Monday that 1,173,869 Nigerians have been vaccinated with the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccines.This was disclosed by the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha at a briefing in Abuja. He said the Presidential Steering Committee is concerned that vaccine hesitancy Read More

Revealed! When first batch of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines will expire

April 26, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

 The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has said that the first  batch of AstraZeneca vaccine received will expire  on June 28, 2021 and July 9, 2021.Chief executive officer of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said this at a media briefing in Abuja. “The batches of AstraZeneca we received have expiring dates of June 28 and Read More

AUPCTRE backs JUSUN, PASAN, ASUP strikes, urges FG to meet demands

April 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has thrown its weight behind the on-going strike actions embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Parliamentary Staff Union of Nigeria (PASAN) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) urges government to urgently accedes to the Union demands. Comrade Sikiru Waheed General Read More

Covid hospital on fire, 23 confirmed dead

April 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

At least 23 people died when a fire broke out in a coronavirus intensive care unit in Baghdad, medical and security sources told AFP. The explosion was caused by “a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders,” the medical sources said, adding that several dozen people had also been wounded. Videos on social media showed firefighters trying to extinguish flames Read More

NLTF commissions, hands over medical equipment to primary healthcare clinic in Nasarawa community

April 23, 2021 Editor 0

The National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) has said it is working with the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Special Duties & Inter- Governmental Affairs Senator George Akume for timely delivery of good governance. The Executive Secretary of National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF), Dr. Bello Maigari disclosed this during the commissioning and handover of vital medical equipment Read More

PSN urges effort towards zero malaria, as 3.3bn people at risk

April 22, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged governmental and non governmental organisations including donor agencies to intensify efforts towards zero malaria, noting that 3.3billion people mostly Africans remain at risk of the disease. Ahead of the World Malaria Day 2021 slated for Sunday, April 25 with global theme: ‘Zero Malaria Starts With Me’, and PSN sub theme: “Pharmacists Stand Against Malaria”, PSN Read More

US partners Ondo on HIV treatment

April 22, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The United States of America has partnered Ondo state government on the treatment of HIV patients. The Consul-General of the United States of America in Nigeria, Claire Pierengelo, stated that over 12,000 people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Ondo state had received treatment through the APIN Public Health Initiative. He stated this at the inauguration of the HIV Read More

TB kills more Nigerians than COVID-19, says NGO

April 22, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

Statistics by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that Tuberculosis, a pulmonary disease characterised by persistent coughing, killed more Nigerians in 2019 than the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 WHO ‘global tuberculosis report’  stated that an estimated 150,000 Nigerians died of TB in 2019 alone while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 2,061 persons died of COVID-19 in the Read More

U.S supports additional 45,000 living with HIV in Oyo, Ondo

April 16, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. government is set to identify and place an additional 45,000 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Oyo and Ondo states on life-saving anti-retroviral treatment as part of efforts to move Nigeria towards HIV epidemic control. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is providing HIV treatment to Read More

In Nasarawa, first lady advocates proper nutrition for pregnant women

April 16, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The wife of Nasarawa state governor, Silifat Abdullahi Sule, Friday, advocated proper nutrition for pregnant women and nursing mothers in the state. She stated this Lafia, at a one day high level advocacy and policy dialogue on the Nutrition situation in Nasarawa state, organised by the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) in partnership with the Nasarawa state government. Read More

COVID-19: Nigeria has vaccinated over 1 million people – NPHCDA

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

 The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced  that Nigeria had so far vaccinated over a million eligible people out of its target of 70 percent of the nation’s population. The NPHCDA disclosed this on its official Twitter handle, on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that for the country to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, Read More

Yobe: WHO trains 40 doctors, nurses on rape clinical management

April 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In its quest to provide proper care for survivors of Gender Based-Violence (GBV), the World Health Organisation (WHO) is partnering Yobe state government to train 40 doctors, nurses and midwives on clinical management of rape and intimate partner. Speaking at the training in Damaturu, the state capital, Mr. Muhammad Shafiq, the World Health Organisation Emergency Manager, Health Emergencies Programme who Read More

Investment in infrastructure, human devt panacea to insecurity – Ango Abdullahi

April 7, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Ex-vice chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Chairman, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, has called for massive investment in human development, security and infrastructure as panacea to spate of insecurity across the country.Ango, who called for recalcitrant bandits to be rehabilitated and integrated, noted that the root of banditry is still very young in Nigeria and can easily Read More

COVID-19 vaccine: Disregard fake news, coalition tells Nigerians

April 5, 2021 Editor 0

The National Vanguard on Covid-19 Administration and Advocacy has urged Nigerians to treat reports of side effects from the AstraZeneca jab as fake news, noting that some elements are out to frustrate the ongoing vaccination exercise.  This followed the claim of blood vomit by a woman in Kaduna after allegedly being administered the vaccine.  While the state government has vowed Read More