Health sector should be properly funded

November 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

For decades, the Nigerian health sector has suffered from underfunding which has consequently put it in a distressing state. Meanwhile, the political elite and other wealthy Nigerians always jetted off to the UK, Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates, to get their medical care and treatment. These leaders have savagely denied their compatriots, especially those living in rural areas Read More

Diabetes: Will sugar-sweetened beverages tax reduce cases?

November 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

There have been agitations for the federal government to increase the sugar- sweetened beverages tax from N10 to N30 per litre. But TOPE SUNDAY in this report wonders if the tax will reduce the rising cases of diabetes across the country. According to the document by the National Action on Sugar Reduction (NASR), the coalition, which advocates policy measures to Read More

2023: Masari presents budget estimate of N288bn to Katsina assembly 

November 22, 2022 Hamidu Sabo 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has presented the state’s 2023 budget proposal of over N288 billion to the State House of Assembly. Similarly, the governor shed more tears as he bid farewell to the House saying “I’m missing the executed relationship from this budget.” The draft budget tagged, ‘Budget of Transition’, proposes a capital expenditure of over N184.05 Read More

Warji General Hospital needs intervention

September 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

I am writing with a heavy heart to draw the attention of Bauchi state government and other relevant authorities to urgently come to the aid of the nearly collapsed and dilapidated Warji General Hospital. The bad state of Warji General Hospital is worrisome and devastating as it is the only moderate medical facility attending to the need of about 250, Read More

Universal health coverage and the future we desire

September 22, 2022 Claire Nwachukwu 0

Ensuring the health of a people is, of course, larger than the delivery of healthcare to the ailing. The well-being of human beings is affected by the liveability of the environment, and such factors as the quality of housing, the amount of time the citizen spends in traffic commuting from home to work every day, the quality of the water Read More

The way forward on Nigeria’s healthcare delivery

September 9, 2022 Carl Umegboro 0

In a civilised clime, this wouldn’t stir interest but in Nigeria where public officeholders largely manifest adversely in contrast to public interest, it should. Recently, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, underwent a leg surgery in a hospital in home-country. It was a departure from the flawed status quo. Over the years, at any slight ailment, people in authority fly abroad Read More

Community health, family planning and Nigeria’s future

July 20, 2022 Claire Nwachukwu 0

The rate at which the Nigeria population is growing is quite alarming and becoming a problem as the Nigerian economy is finding it difficult to cater for the fast-growing population. Against the background that uncontrolled increase is already stretching the few infrastructure facilities within the country and contributing in massive lives to the poor standards of living. Therefore, there is Read More

Osinbajo’s surgery successful – Presidency

July 17, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has undergone a successful surgery to treat recurrent pains in his leg. In a statement signed by the Medical Director, Duchess International Hospital, Ikeja, Adedoyin Dosunmu-Ogunbi, and released by the Spokesperson to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, Saturday, the Vice President is alert and well. Akande said doctors who performed the surgical operation on Osinbajo, to Read More

Stanbic bank contributes N10bn to boost health sector

June 13, 2022 Suleiman Idris, Lagos 0

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc said its has contributed over N10.2 billion to boost the growth of the sector in Nigeria. The financial organisation affirmed that to further In fulfil its corporate social investment initiative pillars in education, economic empowerment and Healthcare, it will continue to partner with stakeholders in the health sector to further strengthen the system and give Nigerians Read More

Saving our pregnant women and infant babies

May 19, 2022 Adefolarin Olamilekan 0

Health is wealth is a popular idiom.The usage of it speaks volume when, for instance, a family member, a friend or a colleague is sick; moreso, when we ourselves are not in the right frame of healthiness. To this end our understanding and interpretation of this idiom transcends a mere statement of fact about a healthy life. What this means Read More

Plastic pollution, a danger to human health, ecosystem

April 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Over the years, the use of plastics has become common place in the lives of humans. From manufacturing to storage to cooking and other diverse areas, plastics are used in one way or the other. Plastics are found in educational materials, cooking utensils, on the international space station, in medical equipment, and indeed every job and livelihood on the earth. Read More

Only 20% of Nigeria’s health centres have sanitation facilities – Adamu

April 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu has said that only 20% of hospitals have basic sanitation facilities, adding that this should raise concerns over the poor hygiene situations in the country. Adamu said this recently at the Inter-Ministerial Dialogue on Sanitation in Abuja, noting that these statistics were abysmally low and Nigerians should show more commitment to change the narrative. Read More

The menace of counterfeit products

April 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

Recently, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) raised an alarm that over 70 per cent of medical drugs being dispensed in the country are substandard. The startling disclosure was made by the agency on its official website ahead of the recent national summit tagged held in Abuja “Re-imaging Primary Healthcare in Nigeria.” It stated that majority of Nigerians do Read More

Caring for hearing health

March 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

On March 3, this year, the global community marked the World Hearing Day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) set aside the day to focus on the importance of safe listening as a means of maintaining good hearing health across the course of life. The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “To Hear for Life, Listen with Care.” According to experts, Read More

NGO launches mental health book, preaches more advocacies

March 4, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

A Non-governmental Organisation, Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI), Thursday, restated its resolve to concertedly alongside other stakeholders build a mentally healthy society for the adolescents in the country. The President and Founder of MHEI, Mr Zion Ameh Abba, gave the assurance in Abuja during a book launch titled; ‘Adolescent Mental Health Handbook’. The book launch which coincided with March 3rd Read More

Foundation pays for 500 to access healthcare services in Cross River

January 25, 2022 Joseph Obung 0

The Ben Akak Foundation has paid for the healthcare service of 500 persons to access free healthcare service for the next one year under the Cross River State Healthcare Insurance Scheme, tagged ‘Ayade Care.’ The healthcare insurance scheme, it was gathered, is programmed to provide affordable service for anyone who could register with N1,000 annually, health status and medical history Read More

Armed forces to partner NPHCDA on healthcare delivery

January 23, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has expressed the readiness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in sustaining the collaborative healthcare arrangement with the National Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to ensure that children in areas affected by insecurity are vaccinated.  This, he said would improve healthcare services for members of the AFN and the nation Read More

Zamfara speaker donates car to health union

December 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The speaker of the Zamfara state House of Assembly, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, Monday donated a brand new 406 car to Zamfara State Environmental and Community Health Workers Union with the aim of encouraging them to contribute to public health in the state. While handing over the car to the officials of the union, Magarya said the gesture was in line Read More

Bauchi speaker offers free eye-care service to 350 constituents

December 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, has sponsored the eye-care treatment of 350 members of his constituency in Ningi local government area of the state. At the flagging off of free medical eye care services, the speaker said his partnership with Makka Eye Clinic Bauchi to conduct the exercise is to alleviate the hardship faced Read More

Organic agric’ll boost food production, increase foreign reserve – Minister

December 19, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammed Abubakar, has revealed that effective organic farming will boost food production, increase Nigeria’s foreign reserve, improve healthcare and increase the life span of Nigerians.  He said, Nigeria as a nation has both physical and human resources to excel in organic farming and is one of the best organic producers in the Read More

Jigawa LG procures sickle cell screening machines for couples

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Yan’kwashi local government of Jigawa state has procured five sickle cell anemia screening machines for screening of couples before marriage engagement to ensure the have healthy babies. The chairman of the council Muburak Ahmad made this known while addressing news men in his office as part of his celebration of 100 days in office. He said the machines were Read More

NHIS tasks healthcare providers on enrollees’ rights

November 17, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has advised healthcare service providers to respect the rights and privileges of enrollees for improved health status of Nigerians. General Manager and zonal coordinator, North Central B zone , NHIS, Mrs. Monica Saror, made the call at a stakeholders’ forum in Lafia, Wednesday. She said the scheme was established to ensure that every Nigerian Read More

Vedic Lifecare Hospital resolves issues with health agencies, opens soon

November 8, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The management of Vedic Lifecare Hospital has assured the public that the health facility which was earlier sealed by the Health Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) will soon be re-opened after meeting necessary requirements. “On 29th October 2021, Vedic Lifecare Hospital, Lekki Phase 1 was sealed by the Health Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA). This was due to the fact Read More

FG, World Bank to raise $30m for COVID-19 vaccine plant

October 20, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Wednesday that Nigeria and the World Bank are collaborating to raise $30 million to finance a vaccine plant. He stated this during a conference tagged: “The Health Access and Socio-Economic Development Beyond COVID-19: The First Multisectoral Approach to Solution Finding” in Abuja. The conference was organised by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development Read More

Sanwo-Olu, Uduaghan, Kyari, others for The Witness Newspaper foundation launch

October 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Witness, a credible Nigerian newspaper in digital and print formats, is set to launch a non-governmental organization, ‘The Witness Newspaper Foundation’, in commemoration of its fourth year anniversary. The event is billed to hold on Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at the prestigious Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly Intercontinental Hotel), Victoria Island, Lagos. A statement on Monday by the managing director of the newspaper, Read More