10,000 vulnerable Kogi citizens to access free quality healthcare

October 24, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

The Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, has said that 10,000 vulnerable residents of Kogi state would benefit from free quality healthcare services under the ‘BelloCare’ equity fund of Kogi State Health Insurance Agency (KGSHIA). Dr. Audu who stated this at the flag-off ceremony of the health insurance benefits for the people of Ajaokuta local government area Read More

GHD: FG needs $1.2bn annually to meet SDG6 on WASH

October 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

AS Nigeria marks the Global Handwashing Day, WaterAid Nigeria has stated that the financing challenges plaguing Nigeria’s WASH sector and based on research and analysis, estimates the total cost of achieving SDG6 in Nigeria to be US$2.1 billion a year in capital, operations, and maintenance. Speaking during a workshop to mark the occasion of the Global Hand Washing in Abuja Read More

9 out of 10 schools in Nigeria’ve no children’s hand-washing facility – UNICEF

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated that nine out of 10 schools in Nigeria have no place for children to wash their hands. This, according to the international organisation, indicates a downward trend in the fight against infectious diseases. UNICEF said this in a statement released on Friday in Abuja to mark the 2021 “Global Hand-washing Day“ celebrated annually Read More

What the people think about rural roads in Nasarawa

October 8, 2021 Ibragim Salihu 0

The poor condition and the lack of all-weather roads to open up rural areas has been largely attributed to the decay of rural development and indirect benefits that can be for future developments of rural areas. This has adversely contributed to one of the major challenges and future growth of Nigeria’s agriculture sector. These challenges are applicable to every state in the Read More

NGOs conduct free medical care for the elderly

October 4, 2021 Paul Okah 0

A group of non-governmental organisations at the weekend organised a day free medical care for the older people and less privileged in the society. The exercise, which held at the primary health care centre, Jikwoyi, a suburb in Abuja, the nation’s capital, was to mark this year’s International Day of Older Persons. According to the organisers, Mr. Believe Odafe Ogbejeje Read More

Management closes down OAU, asks students to go home

October 2, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Authority of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has announced closing that of the university till further notice. The closure, according to a release by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, Friday evening, became necessary to forestall breakdown of law and order following the continuous protest of the students. A 24-year-old, female, final year student of the Department of Foreign Read More

DRAC laments inaccurate data inclusion for persons with disabilities

September 29, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has expressed concern that there were no plans and inclusion for Persons With Disability (PWDs) due to lack of aggregated data on disability from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the country . The Executive Director, DRAC, Dr Irene Patrick-Ogbogu made this known at the ongoing organization’s Annual Media Retreat on Disabilty Inclusion in Abuja. Read More

Gombe provides free delivery kits for pregnant women

September 28, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

The Gombe state Primary Health Care Development Agency (GCDA) has taken delivery of medical equipment for facilities in Kwami local government area to improve maternal newborn and child health. Apart from the hospital equipment, some pregnant women were also provided with free delivery kits as they await their delivery. The Gombe state Commissioner for Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, said during Read More

Ex-CBN governor reveals what will happen to Nigerian economy

September 25, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Khalifa Muhammad Sanusi has sounded the death knell for Nigerian economy, noting that crude oil on which the economy is anchored has no future and is no longer sought after globally.  Addressing the sixth Kaduna Investment Summit, after inaugurating the state development plan 2021 to 2023, to transform the state into a knowledge-based economy, the Read More

Health workers protest exclusion from health reform committee

September 15, 2021 Moses John 0

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) has kicked against the exclusion of her members from Nigeria’s Presidential Committee on Health Reform. According to a letter dated September 9th, 2021 , addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the workers called for inclusion of the five unions which comprise about 95 percent of the public health Read More

Over 4 billion persons lack social protection, says ILO

September 15, 2021 Moses John 0

Despite the unprecedented worldwide expansion of social protection during the COVID-19 crisis, more than 4 billion people around the world remain entirely unprotected, a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report says. The report finds that the pandemic response was uneven and insufficient, deepening the gap between countries with high and low income levels and failing to afford the much-needed social Read More

Cholera kills 7 in Taraba

August 24, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Cholera outbreak has killed seven persons in Tella town in Gassol local government area of Taraba state.  The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, who confirmed the outbreak to newsmen in Jalingo, said several others  have been hospitalized in health care centers in the area following severe stooling and vomiting. He noted that a team of medical experts from the Read More

Bauchi flags off phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination with 100, 296 doses

August 22, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state government on Saturday flagged off the phase 2 of COVID 19 vaccination with 100,296 doses across the 20 local government areas of the state. The state Chairman Task Force on COVID-19 and deputy of Bauchi state Baba Tela, disclosed this during the inauguration of the phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Bauchi. He said the state received 100,296 Read More

Hon. Beji consolidates lawmaking with projects execution

August 19, 2021 Chris Alu 0

What differentiate a lawmaker from another is his or her ability to carry out responsibilities outside the scope of his duties and performed them excellently, even when he is not prescribed under duress. He does it because of his love and benevolence to the people he is representing.  This is what Hon. Shehu Barwa Beji, is doing in the National Assembly, since the commencement of the 9th Assembly, Beji has not rested on his Read More

Applauding Kano state gov’t and private initiative on free eye surgery

August 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

It was excitement galore in Kano as some individuals who were at the verge of losing their sights got a relief after the state government and two private initiatives came to their aid. BASHIR MOHAMMED reports. Rendering humanitarian services by two reputable international organisations like Albasar Foundation and king Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre had been a laudable gesture Read More

NSOANP, Smile Train improve access to research funding for cleft treatment

August 6, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

As part of efforts to boost the treatment of clefts in Nigeria, the National Surgical Obstetrics Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan for Nigeria (NSOANP), and the world largest cleft charity organisation, Smile Train have trained medical professionals on fundamentals of cleft research, grants writing and publication. The aim of the training according to the organisations is to ensure availability of credible Read More

Covid-19 resurgence: Danger as citizens jettison protocols

August 6, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

‘…Wearing face masks uncomfortable’ …Third wave‘ll be more severe – Don ‘…Govt should raise awareness, enforce rules’ …More variants may come in future if … – Virologist …Nigeria expecting 41,282,770 vaccines – FG Nigeria is currently experiencing a spike in the Covd-19 pandemic with the discovery of the new deadlier Delta variant of the disease in some parts of the Read More

NEDC donates Covid -19, infectious disease lab to Taraba

July 13, 2021 Andrew Ojih,​. 0

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) on Tuesday donated a Covid -19 and infectious disease laboratory to Taraba state government.  The managing director of the commission,​ Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, while donating the items said that the laboratory was to reduce avoidable complications associated with delayed diagnosis and treatment of the Covid-19 disease. Alkali, during the handing over of the facility Read More

UNFPA launches emergency health cases reporting App

July 9, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) on Friday launched a Text4life App to report emergency cases of health related matters in Kaduna state. The Text4life App is based on a USSD code 347161#, a free toll line that once dialled will connect the caller to the person in charge of the Read More

Zamfara: Bandits kill 39 in a reprisal attack

July 9, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

No fewer than 39 innocent people have been killed by the group of recalstrant Bandits in a reprisal mission in Faru district of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state. In a telephone conversation with Blueprint, resident of Faru, Malam Lawali Ahmad Faru said the bandits raided the town at around 4:30 pm on Thursday and began shooting sporadically on Read More

Malaria vaccine ready in 2 years –UNICEF

July 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The UNICEF country representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, Monday said vaccine for malaria would be available in the next two years. Speaking at a meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on primary health at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, Hawkins said, “Malaria vaccine would be introduced in two years to improve health.” He did not expatiate but emphasised the Read More

Local Covid-19 vaccines: AfDB’s initiative Nigerians’ applause

July 2, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

…FG has released N10bn to support production – Ehanire …It‘ll address inequality in global distribution – Expert ‘…Big step in right direction’ …Manufacturers must ensure quality, safety – Varsity teacher  …We’re already upgrading our labs to international standards – NAFDAC The global shortfall in the number of doses of Covid-19 vaccines has created a gap between the higher-income and lower-income countries in Read More

Vaccine: Interfaith dialogue forum takes COVID-19 sensitisation to Yobe

July 2, 2021 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in collaboration with National primary Health care Development Agency (NPHCDA), International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) was in Yobe to sensitise religious leaders on reaching out to their members why they should take Covid-19 vaccine so as not to contract the disease. Chiarman COVID-19 vaccine campaign, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Rev. Zaka Ahuche Peter, said, Read More

FG upgrading Keffi FMC to teaching hospital – Minister

June 25, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The federal government has begun the upgrading of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi in Nasarawa state to a teaching hospital. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osage Ehanire, disclosed this Friday at the Senate during a public hearing on a bill seeking the establishment of a Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital. “The Federal Ministry of Health is already working on Read More