LAPO partners MfB, re-launches integration project

July 9, 2021 Baba Yusuf 0

An organisation, Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), has re-launched its integration project with LAPO Microfinance Bank (MfB) which ensured that clients of the bank equally had access to health services. LAPO’s executive director, Dr. Honestus Ayo Obadiora, said the project was structured to improve the health status of beneficiaries by reducing hospital attendance and the cost or burden of ill-health 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

NSIP: FG distributes working tools to 248 independent monitors in Adamawa

June 27, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

To ensure effective implementation of the federal government’s National Social Investment Programme in Adamawa state (NSIP), Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Umar Farouk has inaugurated and presented working tools to 248 independent monitors in the state. Speaking at the event in Yola, the minister, who was represented by the national coordinator of the programme, Dr. Read More

FG lauds Zamfara over implementation of NGCARES

June 17, 2021 Editorial III 0

The federal government has commended Governor Bello Matawalle over his preparedness to implement NGCARES in the state, the Director General on Media to the Governor, Yusuf Idris has said in a statement. The commendation was made by the leader of the federal government Assessment and Advisory Team, Professor Funsho Aderigibe, during a courtesy visit to the governor at his office Read More

Kwara assembly passes 14 bills in 2 years

June 10, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara State House of Assembly has in the last two legislative years passed a total of 14 Bills.Similarly, the House under the same period considered also 29 Reports while 32 Motions were moved with resolutions passed on them. The Speaker of the  House, Engr Yakubu Danladi-Salihu disclosed this Thursday during a special plenary marking the second anniversary of the 9th Read More

Buni’s giant strides in Yobe health sector

The north, especially the northeast is one region that has suffered untold infrastructural gap over the years. While succeeding governments since the return of democracy have tried to bring a measure of succor to the state by way of various social interventions, it is on record that such interventions have not particularly made a mark in the life of the Read More

Fresh twists as workers’ protest thickens in Kaduna

The industrial action that has grounded Kaduna state may be far from being over as Governor Nasir el-Rufai ordered the sack of nurses below Grade Level 14 and Kaduna State University (KASU) lecturers who joined the strike.  Governor el-Rufai also declared the labour leaders as bandits, describing their actions as equivalent of banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges facing the state. He Read More

Infrastructural deficit bane of healthcare delivery says Jonathan

April 21, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

… As health minister predicts Covid-19 upsurge Former President of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has said poor investment in healthcare infrastructures across the country is a major reason why many Nigerians travel abroad to seek medical care at very high cost. Speaking during the opening ceremony of a three day Bayelsa Health Summit in Yenagoa, Dr. Jonathan further said that Read More

Waja-Lunguda clash: Of what benefit?

April 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Screaming headlines on the national dailies about communal clashes leave me thinking of how this barbaric act will come to an end in Nigeria. It was late Monday, April 12, 2021, when the two communities Nyuwar and Jessu engaged in a physical battle that claimed 15 lives and houses were razed down to ashes; business premises were affected while property Read More

Why Osun is investing heavily on health, by Gov Oyetola

April 9, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Governor Gboyega Oyetoka of Osun state said Thursday that the state government is investing heavily in the health sector to bring basic health facilities closer to the people at the grassroots. Speaking when he received a delegation from Blueprint Newspapers led by the chairperson of the Editorial Board, Hajiya Zainab Suleiman Okino at Osun State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Oyetola Read More

Medical tourism: Any hope for ordinary Nigerians?

April 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent medical tourism by President Muhammadu Buhari to London has generated lot of uproar across the country, many people are criticising the trip saying the president is not a patriotic citizen as he claims in several events. After meeting with the service chiefs, President Buhari surprised Nigerians with the announcement on his medical trip to London. This is indeed Read More

Buhari demands periodic performance reports from Health Ministry over $890 million Global Fund’s grant

March 18, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday directed the Minister of Health to ensure effective utilisation of Global Fund’s provision of $890 million, over the next three years, to support Nigeria’s fight against HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. President Buhari issued the directive at the virtual launch of the $890 million grant, for the period of 2021-2023, which will also support the establishment Read More

COVID-19: Submit to vaccination exercise, Yahaya tasks Gombe residents

March 18, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

Gombe state Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has called residents to submit themselves and get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as he flagged off the vaccination campaign on Wednesday in Gombe. The governor, who took the jab first to declare the excess open, urged other residents to follow suit even as he stated that, the first phase of the vaccination Read More

Within 48 hours, over 12, 700 take COVID-19 vaccine in Lagos

March 18, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Lagos State Government says it has vaccinated 12,720 people with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 48 hours after the vaccination exercise commenced in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, made this known through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Thursday while giving the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination update for March 16. He said that from the 12, 720 people Read More

Breaking: 88 COVID-19 vaccination centres open in Lagos… see full list

March 16, 2021 Editor 0

A total of 88 health facilities have been selected as centres for vaccination across the 20 local government areas of Lagos state.  The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who revealed this via a press statement said vaccination can only be obtained at any of the 88 accredited facilities listed including military and police hospitals. The commissioner said the vaccination would Read More

Covid-19 pandemic and misconceptions

February 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulation, which makes wearing a face mask in public places a compulsory act and a punishable offence if one refuses to wear it. Immediately, mobile courts were established and scores of offenders were arrested and tried for breaking the new health order. However, the questions to be asked are: Read More

WHO, Yobe govt strengthen health sector capacity on GBV emergencies

February 5, 2021 Editor 0

As number of rape cases increase during the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with the Yobe state government organised a training for 45 primary healthcare providers in selected primary health centres of the state. Declaring the training opened, WHO Programme Manager in the Northeast Nigeria, Mr. Shafiq Muhammad, represented by Dr. Ibrahim Salisu, Read More

Gastro-entritis claims 4 in Sokoto

January 28, 2021 Sidi A. Umar 0

Sokoto state governor, Bar. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Wednesday announced the outbreak of a strange disease with symptoms similar to gastro-entritis that claimed four lives in Helele community of Sokoto North local government. The governor, who disclosed this in a statement he personally signed, said 24 people have been admitted at the specialist hospital Sokoto. The statement read: “It has come Read More

FG to ensure 70% vaccination in two years

January 28, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said the federal government is exploring all options to ensure the vaccination of 70 per cent of Nigeria population in two years. Ehanire made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja. According to him, Nigeria is exploring all options to secure safe and efficacious vaccines to meet the target of covering at least Read More

Fighting high infant, maternal mortality rates with TBAs

January 25, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system is deep in distress. The federal, state and local governments are now groping for a way out of the distress. That explains why Nigeria now musters one of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world. Child mortality rate stands menacingly at 117.2 deaths per 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality rate is equally frightening. Read More

Enugu targets 710,149 more residents for Yellow Fever vaccination

January 18, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Enugu state government has extended its Yellow Fever vaccination to three local government areas, aimed at targeting additional 710,149 residents. Executive Secretary of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr George Ugwu, disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on at the weekend. Ugwu said the new council areas being covered are; Uzo Uwani, Nkanu East and Enugu East.The Read More

When will Nigerians get portable water? By Alhassan A. Bala

January 17, 2021 Alhassan A. Bala 0

Part of what Nigerians expected when the country got her independence on 1st October, 1960 was getting freedom and a better life, most especially in the provision of infrastructure and basic amenities like clean water, electricity, standard health facilities, to name a few. The leaders in the First Republic were overthrown and some killed by military officers in a coup Read More