Category: Health

Shocking! Nigeria ranks second largest HIV epidemic nation

Nigeria had the second largest HIV epidemic in 2016, with over 196,000 adolescents representing 10 per cent of the global burden said to be living with HIV/AIDS, according to a World Health Report. The report was given by Mrs Esther Samuel, The Chief Matron, Lagos State Ministry of Health, at a programme by a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Lisa Demi Project, in Lagos. AIDS SYMBOL Newsmen report that Lisa Demi Project, initiated in the U.K., seeks to address the sexual health issues through Talks, Counselling and Entertainment among others. The programme, held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere, Lagos on Thursday, ... Read more

UNICEF, NOA mobilises journalists to fight HIV among young persons in Kaduna

Zaria    –      The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) have mobilised 43 journalists to check the increasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Adolescent and Young Persons (AYPs) in Kaduna State. The Officer in charge of UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office, Dr Idris Baba, said at a One-day Media Dialogue on AYPs HIV Intervention held in Zaria, that the move was necessary to curb the increasing HIV related deaths among AYPs. Baba said that UNICEF had committed significant resources to supporting AYPs HIV intervention in the state, noting that much would not be achieved without ... Read more

Mrs Buhari decries women’s condition, child health in Nigeria

By Ahmed Ubandoma   Daura   –      The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday decried poor conditions of maternal and child health in Nigeria. Mrs Buhari expressed the concern at the inauguration of the 50-bed capacity Maternal and children clinic built and equipped by the Aisha Buhari Foundation in Daura, Katsina State. She said that the situation became possible due to the poor conditions of the primary healthcare facilities. ” Let me reiterate that maternal and child mortality is a serious health challenge which requires support from all quarters before it can be tamed. Mrs ... Read more

CPC charges CSOs on joint awareness creation on consumer protection

By Lucy Nwachukwu Abuja –   The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has charged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the need to take joint responsibility in ensuring increased consumer education in the country. Mr Babatunde Irukera, the Director-General of CPC made the call at a forum for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) organised by the council on Tuesday in Abuja. “I think that we need to engage organisations more in consumer protection; the government and civil society have been subsidising the industry and that is wrong. “CPC is almost like a ... Read more

UNICEF spends N200m to tackle `HIV in adolescents concern’ in Kaduna State

By Maharazu Ahmed   Zaria    –      The officer in-charge of UNICEF Field Office, Kaduna, Dr Idris Baba on Tuesday said the organisation has scaled up support to tackle high HIV prevalence among adolescents in seven local government areas of Kaduna State. Baba, who made the disclosure in Zaria at a forum with media executives in the state, said: “HIV in adolescents remains a big concern; the seven LGAs have higher prevalence of HIV among adolescents in the state.” According to him, only seven per cent of the adolescents surveyed at the beginning of the intervention programme in ... Read more

UNICEF Makes Digital World Safer For Children, Increases Online Access To Most Disadvantaged

NEW YORK, (Sundiata Post) – Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today. The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world presents UNICEF’s first comprehensive look at the different ways digital technology is affecting children’s lives and life chances, identifying dangers as well as opportunities. It argues that governments and the private sector have not kept ... Read more

Sokoto State Govt targets 1m children for measles vaccination

Sokoto   –    Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says the government has targeted one million children for 2017 measles vaccination campaign in 12 local government areas across the state during the first phase of the programme. Tambuwal said at the inauguration of the programme in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of the state, Tambuwal said all necessary arrangements had been concluded for a successful exercise. He said the one million children targeted was realistic, considering the fact that the vaccines would be administered in two phases. “Twelve local government areas will be covered in first phase while 11 local government areas ... Read more

Agency to conduct yellow fever vaccination campaign in three states

By Mustapha Yauri   Abuja   –     The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says it will conduct yellow fever vaccination campaign in Kogi, Kwara and Zamfara states, to stem the spread of the disease. Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of NPHCDA disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja. He said the vaccination campaign became imperative due to cases of yellow fever confirmed few weeks ago in Kogi and Kwara state. He said that Agency in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control mounted the yellow fever response initiative. “The vaccination campaign ... Read more

Society advocates integration of physiotherapy in PHS

By Felicia Imohimi Abuja –   The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy on Friday in Abuja urged government to integrate physiotherapy in Primary Healthcare Service (PHS) delivery to prevent diseases and rehabilitate patients with disabilities. Dr Rufai Ahmad, President of the society made the call at a stakeholder’ policy dialogue organised by the society with the theme; “Role of Physiotherapy in Primary Health Care toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC)’’. Ahmad said physiotherapists played a key role in diseases prevention and cure as well as rehabilitation of patients. Specifically, he said that physiotherapists were crucial in preventing arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, stroke ... Read more

Albino Foundation partners FCT Education Board on Albinism rights

By Talatu Maiwada Abuja –  The Albino Foundation (TAF), an NGO, says it has sensitised no fewer than 120 head teachers and principals of primary and secondary schools on Albinism rights, working with the FCT Education Board. Mr Jake Epelle, President of the Foundation, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. He said it was important for teachers to understand the rights of persons with Albinism in order to mitigate the level of discrimination and abuse against children with Albinism in schools. Epelle said the programme provided a platform for teachers ... Read more

Immunization: Bauchi State Govt to focus on community engagement next year

By Amina Ahmed   Bauchi   –    The Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency, Mr Adamu Gamawa, has said that the agency will in 2018 focus more on community engagement, in order to improve routine immunization. Adamu stated this while briefing newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday. He said that there were some cases of non-compliance to routine immunization in the state and the agency would work with the state Emirate Council Committee on Health to resolve such issues. “In 2018, the agency will focus on improving community engagement in routine immunization and we intend to work with the traditional institution. “We ... Read more

NMA laments poor quality of some foreign trained doctors

By Felicia Imohimi Abuja –   The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Wednesday said the poor quality of some foreign trained medical practitioners could be responsible for high mortality in the nation’s health sector. The President of the association, Mike Ogirima, disclosed this at a news conference on the mass failure of some foreign medical graduates at the assessment examination conducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) in October. Ogirima, who was represented by Dr Kingsley Enweremadu, the First Vice President of the association, expressed displeasure about the poor quality of services some of the foreign trained ... Read more

Nigeria loses about N175bn annually to medical tourism – Former health minister

By Dorcas Elusogbon Ile-Ife (Osun) –   The Former Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that Nigeria about was losing N175 billion annually to medical tourism. Chukwu made the claim at opening ceremony of the 2017 Faculty of Clinical Sciences 10th Faculty Week & Scientific Conference, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Tuesday, with theme: “Medical Tourism in Nigeria”. He said that the wasted fund was more than 50 per cent of the proposed total budget for 2018 for the federal health sector. According to him, the health sector is being denied the much needed funding which is affecting ... Read more

Benue Govt, NAFDAC set to destroy N74.8m expired drugs–Commissioner

Makurdi –  The Benue Government said it is working with NAFDAC to destroy its expired drugs kept at the epidemiology unit in Makurdi. Speaking to some Journalists on Monday in Makurdi, the commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecelia Ojabo, said the drugs were from the large procurement of the previous administration. She said other drugs isolated for destruction were those found to have expired in hospitals and health facilities across the state. She said even as the incumbent administration had not made such huge drug procurement, the expiry drugs covered the period between 2003 and 2016 adding some ... Read more

FG inaugurates N28bn Special Health Intervention Project for 2018

By Mustapha Yauri Abuja –   The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Monday inaugurated the N28 billion Special Health Intervention Projects that would strengthen the health system and enhance service delivery. While inaugurating the projects in Abuja, the minister said the special intervention projects would be rolled out in 2018. The minister said the interventions would include Tertiary Health Institution Project and the revitalisation of 774 primary healthcare centres in each local governments area in the country. (1 PHC per LGA). Adewole added that the project would also include the purchase of additional anti-retroviral drugs for 20,000 Nigerians ... Read more

Resident Doctors urge FG to be more proactive in curtailing NCDs

By Olabisi Akinbode Ibadan –  Dr Segun Olaopa, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, has urged the Federal Government to be more proactive in its efforts to curtail Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) in the country. Olaopa made the plea on Monday at a news briefing in Ibadan to herald week-long activities marking the 49th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the association. Theme of the Scientific Conference slated to commence on Wednesday is: “Non-Communicable Diseases in Nigeria: Where Do We Stand?” Olaopa said that theme of the scientific conference was apt in the sense that non-communicable diseases have remained heavy burdens on ... Read more

Less than 10 % young people know their HIV status in Kaduna –UNICEF

By Philip Yatai Kaduna –   The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that less than 10 per cent of young people in Kaduna State knew their HIV status. The HIV and AIDS Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna, Dr Idris Baba, made this known in Kaduna at the 2017 World AIDS Day, organised by the Kaduna State Agency for the Control of AIDS (KADSACA). The activity began with a rally from the Ministry of Health to KADSACA office along Katuru Road, Malali. Baba said the figure, based on the 2017 data of the United Nations Programm on HIV and AIDS ... Read more

FreshNews Launches Initiative to Promote Maternal Health

 Endorses Noel Empraw, Queen Ugo, Moses Bliss As Brand Ambassadors ABUJA, (Sundiata Post) — An online media group, FreshNEWS has kicked-off an initiative to raise awareness for the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths as well as promote access to proper medical care for pregnant women and children in Nigeria. Speaking at the launch of the initiative tagged: No Woman Should Die Giving Birth in Abuja on Friday December 1st 2017, the Managing Director of FreshNEWS, Desmond Utomwen said: “the initiative will be directed at promoting well-being for all and at all ages with the aim of improving reproductive, maternal ... Read more

Council immunises 41, 671 children against measles

By Muhammad Nasir Bashir   Dutse   –      The Miga Local Government Council of Jigawa, on Monday said over 41,671 children were vaccinated against measles in the area during the just concluded measles immunisation exercise in the state. Alhaji Abdullahi Yakubu, the Information Officer of the council, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) in Dutse. Yakubu said that the area’s Facilitator of the World Health Organisation, Malam Nura Muhammad Kazaure, made the figure known while presenting the report of the vaccination exercise. He added that the Manager, Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) in the council, ... Read more

16, 000 persons living with HIV died in Borno in 3 years — Network

By Rabiu Sani Maiduguri –  The Borno chapter of the Network of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWAN), says more than 16, 000 members of the organisation died in the past three years in Borno. Its Chairman, Hassan Mustapha, told newsmen on Saturday in Maiduguri that the victims died due to the activities of Boko Haram, which made it difficult for patients to access Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and other support services. Mustapha was speaking against the backdrop of the 2017 World AIDS Day. He explained that more than 27, 000 persons were registered for ART between 2011 ... Read more

Foundation wants healthcare insurance for people living with HIV/AIDS

By Talatu Maiwada Abuja –   An NGO, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has urged Federal Government to adopt healthcare insurance scheme for people living with HIV/AIDS to reduce dependency on donor funds for its treatment and prevention. Dr Kema Onu, the Site Coordinator of AHF Nigeria, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Onu spoke on the sidelines of events commemorating the 2017 World AIDS Day celebration. According to Wikipaedia, every Dec.1, since1988, has been designated as the World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread ... Read more

Polio: UNICEF immunizes 2m children in rural areas of 4 states

By Saidu Adamu Jalingo –  The Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in conjunction with UNICEF said it immunized more than two million children in rural communities of Jigawa, Niger, Taraba and Zamfara states in the past one year. Dr. Esther Obinya, a UNICEF health specialist and the National Coordinator of the Hard To Reach (HTR) project, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo on Saturday, that the initiative of reaching rural communities with vaccines was recording a lot of success. She disclosed that the HTR project was able to reach more than 900,000 pregnant women in the four states ... Read more

Efficient healthcare: Association seeks improved welfare for medical doctors

By Felicia Imohimi Abuja –   The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) FCT, has urged government at all levels to make the improvement of medical doctors’ welfare a priority to promote efficient healthcare. The President of the association, Dr. Michael Olanrewaju, made the call on Saturday in a sideline interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the commemoration of ARD’s Annual Health Week in Abuja. NAN reports that the theme of the week is, “Universal Health Coverage: Are we there yet?” Olanrewaju identified poor working environment, dearth of manpower and infrastructure, as well as distant accommodation as some ... Read more

Foundation distributes 28,000 condoms in Abuja to commemorate World AIDS Day

By Talatu Maiwada Abuja –  An NGO, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), says it has distributed 28,000 condoms in six states of the federation to commemorate the 2017 World AIDS Day. Mrs Christy Awunor, the Senior Nursing Officer of AHF, made this known in Abuja on Friday, while speaking at an event commemorating the World AIDS Day. Awunor said that distribution of the condoms would help to increase awareness on the use of condoms and its role in preventing spread of HIV/AIDS. According to Wikipaedia, every Dec.1, since1988, has been designated as the World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the ... Read more

World AIDS Day : Kano govt proposes a bill on compulsory HIV Testing

By Aisha Ahmed Kano –  The Kano State Government said on Friday that it had been working to propose a bill on compulsory HIV/AIDS testing for all new couples in the state. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, disclosed this at a news conference to commemorate the World HIV/AIDS day in Kano. He said that the Ganduje administration had taken health as a priority and was working tirelessly to ensure quality healthcare delivery services in the state. Dr Getso explained that the state government, in collaboration with the state Hisbah Board, had proposed the bill, which was awaiting passage ... Read more

Ekiti seals off two unregistered private health facilities

Ekiti State Government has sealed two unregistered private health facilities in the state capital. The affected facilities were, Bethsaida Medical Center and His Healing Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, Ado Ekiti. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo, who made this known while monitoring the level of health facilities in the state, explained that the closure was due to failure of the owners to register the affected facilities. Speaking through the Director, Health Services and Training in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Sanya Adetoye, the Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to guaranteeing access to quality ... Read more

Researchers launch 2 studies in Africa on new HIV vaccine

Bengaluru   –     Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time in more than a decade there are now two big HIV vaccine clinical trials taking place at the same time. The new study is testing a two-vaccine combination developed by Johnson and Johnson (J&J) with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and ... Read more

UNICEF, Kaduna Govt screen 4, 343 youths for HIV in Jema’a LG

  By Philip Yatai Kafanchan (Kaduna State) –  United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Kaduna State Government has screened 4,343 youths for HIV/Aids in Jema’a Local Government Area of the state from August to date. They also provided HIV counseling and testing services to 21,015 youths in the area within the months under review. The Coordinator, Local Action Committee on Aids in the area, Mrs Binta Yem, made the disclosure in Kafanchan on Wednesday, at skills acquisition training organised for young girls. NAN reports that the training programme was part of activities organised to mark the 2017 World ... Read more

WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

London   –      Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flat-lining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the WHO said on Wednesday. WHO said in its annual World Malaria Report said malaria infected around 216 million people in 91 countries in 2016, an increase of five million cases over the previous year. The UN organisation said malaria killed 445,000 people, about the same number as in 2015. The vast majority of deaths were in children under the age of five in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. “Globally … after ... Read more

Minister inaugurates group as National Advocates for Health

Jessica Onyegbula Abuja –  The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday, inaugurated a group of eminent Nigerians as National Advocates for Health (NAH). Adewole, who inaugurated the group in Abuja, urged members of the group to “help change the narrative on health at different levels in the country.” The minister stressed the need for the advocates to use their influence and network to canvass for improved health service delivery in the country, especially at the grassroots. He also called for the promotion of systems approach to healthcare delivery in Nigeria and promised Federal Government’s commitment toward improved, refurbished ... Read more

FRC to checkmate decay in health sector

By Stanley Nwanosike Enugu –  The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), on Tuesday, said it had focused on health institutions in order to check the growing decay in the health sector. Mr Victor Muruako, the FRC Acting Chairman, made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. “Our emphasis on health institutions in our nationwide fiscal verification throughout the country is to get the administrators of these institutions to be up-and-doing. ”We want them to be alive to their monitoring and supervisory roles so that the money spent by the Federal Government on these institutions is accountable,’’ Muruako ... Read more

NHIS coverage: resident doctors make case for women, others

By Felicia Imohimi Abuja –   The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), FCT chapter has appealed to all tiers of government to include market women, security men and artisans in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to reduce financial burden. Dr Michael Olarewaju, the President of the association made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, as part of activities to commemorate its health week tagged; “Universal Health Coverage, Are we there yet? The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NHIS, established in 2004 to provide quality and affordable access to health care, has the ... Read more

NPHCDA ready to deliver optimal health care services in Nigeria

Abuja –  The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said it was committed to delivering optimal health care in the country, through the provision of technical and pragmatic support to states and local governments. Dr Faisal Shuab, Executive Director NPHCDA, disclosed this at the Midterm Review Meeting of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) on Monday in Abuja. According to Shuab, the establishment of NPHCDA is one of the most important milestones in the evolution of Primary Health Care (PHC), adding that it is the cornerstone of Nigeria’s health system. He said the country had witnessed some progress ... Read more

FG Tackles Wastages, Supports State LMCUs with Working Tools

(Sundiata Post) – The Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Supply Chain Integration Project (NSCIP) of the National Product Supply Chain Management Programme (NPSCMP) is supporting the Logistics Management Coordination Units (LMCU) in all states of the country with state of the art equipment to bolster their activities towards ensuring that health commodities are available to patients and reduce incidences of wastages and expiries at health facilities. Equipment delivered to each state LMCU include; Generating sets, work stations, desktops/laptops computers, printers, photocopiers, scanners, projectors, print papers and metal shelves. In his brief before the equipment were distributed, the National ... Read more

SOGON seeks training of more doctors, nurses in neonatal resuscitation

By Muhammad Nasir Bello Sokoto –   The Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has stressed the need for government to increase training of doctors and nurses in neonatal resuscitation to reduce maternal mortality in the country. The President of the society, Prof. Oluwarotimi Akinola, made the call at a news conference following a communique issued at the end of the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the society on Saturday in Sokoto. Akinola also urged government to financially support and implement evidence-based integrated interventions that proved to improve maternal and child health. He added that ... Read more

TUC president advises Nigerian women on healthy living

By Talatu Maiwada Abuja –   The President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Bobboi Kaigama, on Friday, advised women to take their health seriously as they pursue their goals in attaining successful careers. Kaigama gave the advice during a seminar by the TUC Women Commission with the theme “Women and Trade Union: The Gains and The future” in Abuja. The union boss, represented by the President of PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Olabode, said the life and health of any career woman was important to the labour movement, as well as her immediate family and the nation. He said “Nigeria is ... Read more

Seek medical checkup to avoid sudden death–Experts

By Talatu Maiwada Abuja –  The program Director of Caritas Nigeria, Dr Amana Effiong, on Friday advised Nigerians to seek medical care regularly to avoid sudden death from various health complications. Effiong, who gave the advice during medical outreach to Durumi community, as part of activities to mark Caritas Nigeria at seven in Abuja, listed such complications to include high blood pressure, diabetes among others. “The underprivileged communities are usually ignorant of their health and that is why we are here to give some free medical checks to the people in the community. “Caritas is seven, we are celebrating to ... Read more

Pharmacists Council seals 339 illegal premises in FCT

By Felicia Imohimi Abuja –   The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) on Friday says it has sealed 339 illegal pharmaceutical premises in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Registrar of the council, Mr Elijah Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the council’s enforcement team efforts to curb activities of illegal pharmaceutical outfits in the country. Mohammmed said enforcement exercise was carried out by the team on Nov. 20 to Nov. 23. He added that out of the 496 premises visited in the metropolis during the enforcement exercise, 20 pharmacies, 290 illegal medicine shops and 29 patent medicine stores ... Read more

Society decries dearth of ENT surgeons in Nigeria

By Felicia Imohimi Abuja –   Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON), on Friday decried the inadequacy of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons (ENT) in Nigeria’s health sector. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oto-Rhino-Laryngological is the study of diseases which affect the eye, nose, throat as well as the surrounding areas of the head. Prof. Onyekwere Nwaorgu, President of the Society, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, said such gap was responsible for the rate of ENT diseases in the country. Nwaorgu who identified the number of ENT surgeons in the country as less than ... Read more

Kaduna govt sensitises citizens to health hazards of used plastic items

By Ezra Musa Kaduna –  The Kaduna State Government on Thursday launched a public sensitization campaign on used plastic materials, as part of efforts to reduce their health and environmental hazards in the state. The Commissioner for Environment, Amina Sijuwade, led a road walk to sensitise the public to the dangers of plastic bottles, bags and other materials which were not biodegradable and could pollute the environment. She said that plastic materials constituted serious challenges to the soil, drains and homes, while causing environmental degradation. “We hope that with our road walk, members of the public will know why it is important ... Read more