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

PPB tasks FG to involve states in cancer control plan

March 3, 2022 Editorial III 0

The executive-director of Project Pink Blue (PPB), Runcie C.W Chidebe, has called on the federal government to ensure that governors begin to implement cancer control plan in their various states. Chidebe while speaking at the movie premiere on the challenges of cancer patients held in Abuja to commemorate the just concluded 2022 International World Cancer Day, expressed concern that cancer Read More

Cleft gave me different understanding of life – Patient

February 26, 2022 Editor 0

Dental Technician Kaosarat Bankole recently gave a heart-wrenching story on her ordeals of living with an untreated cleft of the palate, and how things eventually turned around for the better after her encounter with Smile Train. “Cleft gave me a different meaning to my life. I couldn’t talk or express myself around people apart from people close to me like Read More

Africa’s COVID-19 cases exceed 11m – Official

February 20, 2022 Editorial IV 0

A total of 11,104,160 COVID-19 cases were reported in Africa as of Saturday evening, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The specialised healthcare agency of the African Union said the COVID-19 death toll across the continent stands at 246,584, while 10,254,788 patients have recovered from the disease so far. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Read More

COVID-19: Nigeria, others to receive mRNA vaccines technology in Africa

February 20, 2022 Helen Oji 0

World Health Organisation (WHO) says Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia will be the first countries on the African continent to receive the technology needed to produce game-changing mRNA vaccines to fight COVID-19 The announcement was made at a ceremony on Friday, hosted by the WHO, the European Council, France and South Africa with their respective Presidents in Read More

Infant mortality: Ogun seeks reduction in sickle cell death

February 17, 2022 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

The Ogun state government has said a prevention, low-cost diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell disease would contribute to a drastic reduction in under-five mortality in the state. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, made this known while declaring open a two-day training of health workers on Comprehensive Newborn Screening Programme (CNBSP) for Sickle Cell Disorders organised by the Read More

Doctors’ exodus worsening depleting manpower in health sector, lawmaker cries out

February 17, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

Reported exodus of Nigerian medical practitioners to other countries is worsening already depleting man-power in the health sector, the lawmaker representing Bakassi in Cross River House of Assembly, and Chairman, House Committee on Health, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, has warned. He said the problem could be brought to an end with provision/procurement of modern medical equipment/tools in the country’s hospitals, Read More

Trans-Fat: How healthy is your meal?

February 9, 2022 Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello 0

What is fulfilment without some sort of financial security? However little, money makes the world go round, and enables us live a good life and achieve our aims. There is no way of achieving all of these without hard work. Amid our busy schedule, we sometimes forget that staying healthy is priority. Afterall, good health is the necessary wealth that Read More

COVID-19: FCT Minister takes booster shot, rallies residents

February 6, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has called on residents of the nation’s capital to take the booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, while sharing his unpleasant experience with the disease. In his message to residents of the territory after taking his booster shot on Friday, the Minister said, “I thank God Almighty that I Read More

2021: How Cholera killed 175 in Kaduna – Commissioner

February 3, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Kaduna state lost 175 people to cholera outbreak across the 23 local government area of the state in 2021, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Baloni, has said. Speaking while receiving cholera testing equipment donated by the World Health Organisation to the state government on Thursday, Dr Amina said the state witnessed huge cases of cholera outbreaks in 2021, Read More

Health union cautions NMA, FMH against suppressive action over Cadre status

January 26, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) Tuesday cautioned the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) against conniving with the Federal Ministry of Health to jeopardise full implementation of the circular on pharmacist consultants cadre. The Union had in a Circular Reference Number: HCSF/CSO/HRM/T3 issued on 13th September, 2020, conveyed the approval of the NCE on its pharmacists consultant cadre. In Read More

Over 1 million COVID-19 cases hit US in single day

January 4, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The United States recorded more than one million Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the Omicron variant spread at a blistering pace. There were 1,080,211 new cases in the country, a global record, with the number of cases doubling on the previous week. It comes a day after top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci Read More