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Provide palliatives for COVID-19 lockdown, NYCN tells FG

March 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has urged the federal government to distribute health essentials, food and money to citizens to curtail the hardship being suffered as a result policy directives on the coronavirus pandemic. The NYCN, in a statement issued by its national president, Solomon Adodo and made available to journalists, Thursday, said much as the stay-at-home Read More

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Breaking: Four new coronavirus cases recorded in Lagos as LASU puts off convocation

March 19, 2020 Editor 0

Barely 24 hours after five new case were recorded, Lagos state government has made public four new cases of coronavirus. The state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, just disclosed this in a press conference. Meanwhile, the 24th convocation ceremony of the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo has been postponed indefinitely. The decision was in response to the rampaging coronavirus Read More

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Why we must take quantum leap in healthcare, by Osinbajo

March 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of taking 10 million Nigerians out poverty every year for the next ten years is on course and would be actualized by the quantum leap in human capacity development attainments, especially healthcare, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo said this on Monday at the flag-off of the nationwide Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (I-MOP) at the Read More

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FG set to launch Integrated Medical Outreach scheme

March 13, 2020 Editorial III 0

In order to bring succour to poor Nigerians, the federal government is set to flag off the Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (I-MOP) targeted at mothers and children between ages zero to two years. A statement released to newsmen Friday by the Head, Public Relations, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mohammad Ohitoto, indicated that the executive director/CEO of NPHCDA, Read More

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Healthy living: CSOs train journalists on Trans Fat Acids reporting

March 4, 2020 Editorial III 0

A civil society organisation (CSO), Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/ FoEN), Wednesday held a training workshop for journalists in Abuja on the dangers of trans fatty acids (TFAs), which are naturally available in meat and dairy products or industrially produced in unsafe quantities by partially hydrogenating vegetable oils used in cooking or baked products and consumed Read More

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Coronavirus: Lagos assembly tasks Sanwo-Olu on residents’ sensitisation

March 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Lagos state House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure proper sensitisation of the residents of the state about the dreaded Coronavirus. This was  raised under Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Hon. Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1) during plenary Monday and it was seconded by Hon. Lukman Olumo (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1). Shokunle, who chairs the House Committen on Read More

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Kano records 5.8% modern contraceptive use – Expert

January 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Kano state recorded a low prevalence of modern contraceptive use of 5.8 per cent in 2018. An expert on reproductive health, Habib Sadauki, stated this  Thursday at high consultative meeting on family planning in the state. The conference was organised by development Research and Project Centre, dPRC. Mr Sadauki, a consultant gynecologist, recalled that the modern contraceptive use in Kano in Read More

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Christmas: Ndidi, Iheanacho, teammates visit hospital

December 12, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho joined their Leicester City teammates handed out gifts to youngsters at the Leicester Royal Infirmary as part of their annual Christmas visit on Wednesday. The Club’s first team players including Ndidi and Iheanacho handed out gifts, which they contributed to. The entire first team squad had the opportunity to meet children who this Christmas may Read More

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Kaduna hosts national conference on Fistula

December 8, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with Kaduna state Ministry of Health and Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club, will organise a one-day conference on  the need to urgently end Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the state.Programme Coordinator/Head of Office of the  Kaduna-based UNFPA Decentralized Office for Northern Nigeria, Ms Mariama Darboe, said in a statement on Sunday that Read More

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Diabetes threat to maternal, child health – DAN

November 28, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) has lamented that Gestational Diabetes Millitus (GDM) is a serious threat to maternal and child health. Organising secretary, Katsina state chapter of the Association Hussaini Usman made the lamentation Wednesday during a free screening on diabetes organised by the association in collaboration with Roche Diabetes to pregnant mothers in the state held at General Read More

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FG may ring-fence VAT revenue – Minister

October 21, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Ministry of Finance is considering ring-fencing funds generated from an increase in its value-added tax rates for spending on items such as education and health in an effort to make the higher levy more acceptable to taxpayers. The Nigerian Budget Office has proposed to raise the VAT rate to 7.5 per cent from 5.0 per cent in the Read More

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How to end kidney stones

October 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that stick together in concentrated urine. They can be painful when passing through the urinary tract, but usually don’t cause permanent damage rather it causes temporary pain and when lasted untreated can lead to blockage of kidney while the kidney will stop functioning yet if action not taken will cause Read More

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UniAbuja graduates 3 sets of medical students

September 30, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A professor of anatomy and forensic anthropology at the College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, Samuel Abayomi  Asala, has said the university has graduated three sets of medical students. He made this known in a chat with Blueprint on the sidelines of the 38th inaugural lecture he delivered titled, From the Living Gut to the Speaking Dead Bone: A Journey Through Read More

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Kaduna eye centre’s CMD Alhassan gets performance award

September 19, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Chief Medical Director of the National Eye Centre, Kaduna, Dr Mahmoud Alhassan, has bagged Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN’s) outstanding award for his performance in health care delivery services. National president of MHWUN, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, said Dr Alhassan was chosen from among chief executives of federal tertiary hospitals in the country for the award, based Read More

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Foundation partners CBM on fistula eradication

September 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Survive Fistula Health Care Foundation (SFHF), a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with Chrstofel Blind Mission (CBM), a woman’s health project has pledged to eradicate fistula in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Speaking to our correspondent in Kuje during the advocacy visit to the Gomo of Kuje, the traditional ruler of Kuje, Alhaji Haruna Tanko Jibrin in his palace, Read More

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Majek Fashek health condition ‘critical’, hospitalised in London

September 8, 2019 Editor 0

Veteran Reggae musician, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek aka ‘The Rainmaker’ has been hospitalised in a London hospital for an unknown but serious illness and may need financial assistance to pull through. According to a source close to the musician and one of the parties responsible for  his wellbeing, Majek was flown out of the country on Wednesday Read More

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Insilico medicine develops new drug technology

September 6, 2019 Editorial III 0

Nigeria’s artificial intelligence and longevity consultant at the Africa AI for Healthcare Initiative of Insilico Medicine, Iraneus Ogu, has said a new technology for drug discovery that dramatically accelerates the process from years to weeks has been developed. Ogu disclosed this in Abuja Thursday while fielding questions from the media during an international conference on global health security. He said Read More

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Achieving the health sector targets

September 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

The three targets set by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) for the country’s new health ministers to work on, namely, making primary healthcare sustainable, interfacing with other ministries to achieve better health and encouraging federal government to increase health budget, if implemented, will go a long way at resolving the lingering crisis in Nigeria’s healthcare delivery. The association highlighted the Read More

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Succour as FG strengthens diabetes care at PHCs

August 20, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Federal Ministry of Health is strengthening the primary healthcare system to include diabetes management with foot care assessment and referral into the existing health care service at the primary healthcare level.  The National Desk Officer, Diabetes, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Alayo Sopekan, stated this at the 6th Annual International Diabetes, Podiatry & Diabetes Foot Care workshop in Lagos. Read More

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I’ll transform FMC Umuahia to teaching hospital – CMD

August 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia,Abia state, Dr  Azubuike Onyebuchi has promised to transform the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia  into to a teaching hospital during his tenure as the head of the  medical facility. He said he is poised to change the face of FMC Umuahia in line with current trends in the medical sector. Read More

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Kano designate 1,200 health care facilities for health week

August 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

Permanent Secretary Kano State Ministry of Health, Alhaji Usman Bala Muhammad has said that the state government under governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had concluded  the necessary plan for the commencement of the second round of  2019 Maternal  Newborn and Child Health Week, slated to begin Monday, 19th and 23rd August, 2019 across all the 44 local government areas. Speaking at Read More

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Sickle cell disease and increasing false genotype results

August 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

A lot of efforts have been made by stakeholders to create awareness on the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), yet there is a shocking prevalence rate in the country. Medical experts speak to ENE OSANG on why the problem has persisted. Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 2019 World Sickel Cell Day on June 19. This year’s Read More

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Admin director’s appointment sparks tension in UCTH

August 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

The appointment of the Director of Administration (DA) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has pitched the institution’s staff and stakeholders against the Federal Ministry of Health and the management of UCTH. Recall that the Federal Ministry of Health had, in a letter reference SMH/530/T/1/71, dated July 19th 2019, titled ‘Re: Director of Administration, University of Calabar Teaching Read More

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Expert unveils remedy for prostate cancer in Benin

August 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

Hope has risen for prostate cancer patients as over 10 persons have benefited from new discoveries and tested ‘Brachytherapy (implant) treatment for the ailment. A medical consultant and radiation oncologist, Dr. Oludare Folajimi Adeyemi, disclosed the remarkable breakthrough to journalists after performing another treatment on a prostate cancer patient at the LA oncology clinic in the Benin-City, Edo state capital. Read More