Embrace family planning, health experts beckon women

November 21, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

Health experts in Taraba state have urged women  to embrace family planning. The head of family planning unit of Sintali Ward Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC), Jalingo, Hajiya Hafsatu Saleh, while speaking to journalists disclosed that in the past, less than 10% of women  come for family planning. She noted that good number of women in the past find it difficult Read More

Malaria: AbdulRasaq launches house-to-house distribution of 2.3 million mosquito nets

November 19, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

 Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara state Thursday officialy launched the house-to-house distribution of 2.3million insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs).The government had announced  that it had taken delivery of the nets from global funds as a result of its payment of relevant counterpart funds.  Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said more than 50 percent of health complications reported across public Read More

Buhari calls for urgent international action on tuberculosis

November 19, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the international community to act in unison with rededicated efforts, using latest available technology and tools, to address the Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. In his goodwill message to the roundtable conference of the Board of the “Global Stop TB Partnership,” the president expressed concern that efforts at Read More

Cervical Cancer can be eliminated – WHO

November 18, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

…As Health Minister charges Development partners to join FG in its quest The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated the need for countries of the world to collectively fight Cervical Cancer, saying it can be eliminated in this generation. WHO representative, Dr. Walter Mulombo gave the assurance on Tuesday at a lighting event organized by the National Primary Health Care Read More

HIV/Aids: NASACA partners Nasarawa Assembly to tackle stigmatization

November 16, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Nasarawa state Aids Control Agency (NASACA), Monday, advocated for an effective collaboration with the Nasarawa state house of assembly for  the implementation of the state anti- stigmatisation law. The Executive Director of NASACA Dr. Ruth  Bello made the appeal when the agency paid a courtesy visit to the state assembly standing committee on health in Lafia, the state capital.She Read More

Doctors strike in Cross River over kidnap of members

November 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River chapter, on Wednesday, embarked on an indefinite strike over the kidnapping of its members, Dr Godwin Udo of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. The state Chairman of NMA, Dr Innocent Abang, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Calabar. Abang told NAN that Udo was kidnapped in his residence Read More

Looted items: El-Rufai warns Kaduna residents on health risks

October 25, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has warned that the drugs and grains looted by residents on Saturday from warehouses in Narayi and Kakuri respectively posed huge health risk to anybody who consume the items. According to a statement signed by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, Sunday, the grains packed from a Kakuri warehouse have been Read More

WHO partners Yobe govt, strengthens health sector response on GBV emergencies

October 22, 2020 Editor 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it’s collaborating with Yobe state government, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) among other key partners to strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers on response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in emergencies. WHO Public Health Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Audu Salisu, who represented the Acting Emergency Manager in the Northeast, Nigeria, Dr. Isaac Boateng, disclosed this at Read More

FEC approves bill on establishment of traditional, alternative medicines

October 21, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a bill for the establishment of the National Council for Traditional and Alternative Medicine in Nigeria.Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made this known while briefing to State House correspondents at the end of a weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the bill seeks to take traditional and Read More

Health workers’ COVID-19infection reducing – PTF

October 12, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has said that the rate of COVID-19 infection among health workers has reduced.Speaking at a joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, the minister said more cases are being successfully treated and discharged. The minister, who was represented by the Minister of State for Read More

Gunmen strike in Kogi, kidnap 2 medical doctors

October 10, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

Two Medical doctors working in Kogi state have been kidnapped by yet to be identified  gunmen at eastern Senatorial District. The two victims are identified as Dr Ebiloma Yahaya Aduku of Zonal Hospital Ankpa and Dr Kelechi Mgbahurike of Christ the King Hospital Anyigba. Dr Aduku was kidnapped at Ankpa on the October 6, while Dr Mgbahurike was also kidnapped from his Read More

Revealed! How billionaires became richer as COVID-19 hit many down

October 7, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Billionaires have seen their fortunes hit record highs during the pandemic, with top executives from technology and industry earning the most. The world’s richest saw their wealth climb 27.5% to $10.2trn (£7.9trn) from April to July this year, according to a report from Swiss bank UBS. That was up from the previous peak of $8.9trn at the end of 2017 Read More

Teaching hospital: Anambra installs 64 new computed diagnosis, improves workers welfare

October 7, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The Chief Medical Director, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, said they have installed a total of 64 computed tomographic scan diagnosis machines recently acquired by the state government.Nwankwo, who disclosed this in an interview with Blueprint, said the machine was the most sophisticated in diagnosing all health problems, adding that it was the only one in the Read More

C/River flags off M-IMOP health intervention, targets 800,000 children

October 5, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The Cross River state government has flagged off the Modified Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (M-IMOP) in 10 local government areas, with 800,000 children and over 200,000 women as target. Flagging off the programme in Calabar, Monday, the state deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, said the programme would ensure that those in the hinterlands who are unable to access health facilities Read More

Covid-19: Early preparation responsible for no fatality case in Taraba – Gov Ishaku

September 24, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

Taraba state Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, said his administration is expanding testing and treatment facilities for COVID-19 in preparation for the next phase of its campaign against the pandemic. A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, on Thursday, quoted him as speaking in Jalingo when members of the Task Read More

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Stop stigmatising sickle cell patients- EYUM

September 16, 2020 Helen Oji 0

The founder of EYUM sickle cell Anaemia Foundation, Sandra EYUM, said during the week that sickle cell patients are stigmatised in the society. She made this statement during a television interview Tuesday in Abuja. She added that sickle cell patient should be cared for and people should stop the stigmatization against them. EYUM said the progress in combating sickle cell Read More

CISHAN: 10m Nigerians to know status through HIV self testing

September 16, 2020 Helen Oji 0

The Nigerian AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (2018) Tuesday stated that results so far shows that Nigeria was lagging behind in the move to achieve the 1st of the 95-95-95 target by 2030. The executive secretary of Civil Society for HIV/AIDs in Nigeria, Mr. Walter Ndukwe Ugwuocha, said getting 10million Nigerians to know their HIV status through HIV self testing Read More

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Nigeria to ban alcohol in sachets, polythenes, pet bottles

September 16, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

The federal government has said it will completely phase out high concentration of alcohol in sachet and small polyethylene, Terephthalate and glass bottles. A statement on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health quoted the  director-general of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, as saying during the week in Abuja that: Read More

Similarities, differences between influenza and COVID-19

September 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, comparisons have been drawn to influenza. Both cause respiratory disease, yet there are important differences between the two viruses and how they spread. This has important implications for the public health measures that can be implemented to respond to each virus. How are COVID-19 and influenza viruses similar? In the first place, COVID-19 Read More

Health sector unions’ strike’ll reduce COVID-19 gains, increase loss of lives – PTF

September 14, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 said Monday that the declaration of industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is capable of reducing the gains recorded so far on the fight against the virus and lead to more loss of lives. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of Presidential Task Force, Mr Boss Read More

Help halt spread of COVID-19, NCDC appeals to returning travelers

September 14, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has appealed to all returning travellers to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols in order to ensure that no positive case is imported into the country.The Head of Department, Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, NCDC, Elsie Ilori, made the appeal at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Control COVID-19 pandemic. She said there’s Read More

Breaking: Health workers begin nationwide strike

September 13, 2020 Editor 0

Health workers associations under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) will as from midnight on Sunday proceed on nationwide strike after their talks with the federal government broke down. All the leadership of JOHESU has asked its members to withdraw services from beginning of the current week. Thid was revealed through a statement the union issued on Sunday Read More

Coronavirus: Bollywood star Kumar drinks cow urine in search of cure

September 11, 2020 Agency Report 0

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has revealed that he drinks cow urine daily, joining a growing number of Indians who believe it has medicinal benefits – including against the coronavirus. Kumar is considered a staunch supporter of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which has earmarked millions of dollars for research into products using bovine waste to cure diseases like Read More

How safe is Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine?

September 10, 2020 Duro Joseph with BBC health news 0

Russian scientists have published the first report on their coronavirus vaccine, saying early tests showed signs of an immune response. The report published by medical journal, The Lancet, said every participant developed antibodies to fight the virus and had no serious side effects. Russia licensed the vaccine for local use in August, the first country to do so and before Read More

Diagnostic equipment: Borno to train academics at BOSU

September 10, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state Tuesday directed the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salihu Kwaya Bura, to make submission detailing specialised training that would be required for the operation of high-tech medical equipment to be installed when a teaching hospital is established to enable the take-off of college of medical sciences at the Borno state University. Zulum, who directed Read More