Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tag "health"

    UNICEF: More Nigerians have access to phones than toilets

UNICEF: More Nigerians have access to phones than toilets

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says more Nigerians have access to mobile phones than those with access to toilets.Zaid Jurji, chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF, said this on Monday, while speaking at a workshop on European Union Niger Delta water project, in Rivers state.He said while 140 million Nigerians have mobile phones, only 97million [...]

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    Inside Abuja PHCs where babies are born with the aid of kerosene lamp, torchlight

Inside Abuja PHCs where babies are born with the aid of kerosene lamp, torchlight

"We are usually three during the child delivery, I and two other midwives. One person will be holding the torch for us while one will be conducting the delivery with the third person assisting,” said Odeh Agnes, the midwife at Dafa primary healthcare centre (PHC) in Kwali council, federal capital territory (FCT).The thought of childbirth with the aid of torchlight [...]

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    Osinbajo says all Nigerians must have access to health insurance scheme

Osinbajo says all Nigerians must have access to health insurance scheme

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has advocated a compulsory health insurance scheme for all Nigerians.He said this will enable citizens have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.Osinbajo said this on Wednesday at the ‘Civic Innovation Lab launch-pad for social innovators’ event held in Abuja.He said although the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is useful, it is unable to pull resources together to [...]

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    Strange disease kills eight in Kano

Strange disease kills eight in Kano

The Kano state government has raised the alarm over a strange disease that killed eight persons in Kurimawa village in Dawakin Tofa local government area of the state.Ismail Gwammaja, public relations officer of the ministry of health disclosed this on Tuesday.He said the government had drafted an emergency response team, consisting doctors, pharmacists and other health workers to unravel the cause [...]

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    Research: Genetic mutation created sickle cell anemia

Research: Genetic mutation created sickle cell anemia

A new research says a gene mutation among ancient West Africans caused the sickle cell anemia to be passed down to their descendants.The research work titled “Whole-genome-sequence-based haplotypes reveal single origin of the sickle allele during the holocene wet phase,” said the disease began with a single ancestor who developed the mutation which initially helped to fend off malaria, but unfortunately [...]

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    Adewole: Tobacco, alcohol taxes should be increased — and used to fund health budget

Adewole: Tobacco, alcohol taxes should be increased — and used to fund health budget

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, says consumption taxes on products like alcohol and tobacco should be increased and used for the funding of healthcare.In February, TheCable reported that Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, had written to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking permission to increase tariff on alcohol and cigarettes.Speaking on Tuesday at THISDAY healthcare financing policy dialogue in Abuja, Adewole said Nigeria [...]

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    72 killed as Nigeria records worst outbreak of Lassa fever

72 killed as Nigeria records worst outbreak of Lassa fever

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 72 people have died of Lassa fever since January 1, 2018.The development is contained in the centre’s situation report on the virus.According to the report, dated February 25, 1,081 suspected cases were reported in 18 states.The states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, [...]

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    Understanding current advocacies for an efficient health sector

Understanding current advocacies for an efficient health sector

BY LANRE TEJUOSOIn 2015, I was elected a senator by the good people of Ogun central senatorial district. As a medical doctor with years of medical experience, the president of the senate His Excellency Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON, and my distinguished colleagues counted me worthy to chair the senate committee on health.Being a medical doctor himself, the senate president [...]

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    If we had to crowdfund President Buhari’s next medical trip

If we had to crowdfund President Buhari’s next medical trip

Health is a very sensitive issue to address in this clime; it is a matter of nobody wants to die, but everyone wants to go to heaven. Nobody wants to confront the really tough issues facing quality and affordable healthcare in Nigeria, yet everyone wants quality and affordable healthcare in the country.For decades, we have seen our one percenters, AKA [...]

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    Group advocates all-inclusive employees medical benefits

Group advocates all-inclusive employees medical benefits

The Redbridge Healthcare Group has advocated for stable and all-inclusive healthcare benefits for employees in the country.The group made the call ahead of its maiden employees medical benefits conference scheduled for Abuja on Thursday.Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Henri Onyemachi, chief executive officer of the group, said the essence of the conference is to draw attention to the need [...]

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    The Abuja you probably never knew exists

The Abuja you probably never knew exists

When Ibrahim Yusuf left behind his family members and childhood friends in Niger state in 2016, he felt Abuja was a city "flowing with milk and honey". After an endless search, he settled in Karu, a suburb in Nyanya.“To be sincere, it has not been easy. Although I was able to learn a trade -- I am now a tailor -- [...]

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    FG to enforce ‘no work, no pay’ rule

FG to enforce ‘no work, no pay’ rule

The federal government has started the process of enforcing “no work, no pay” rule, seeking means to ensure any worker who goes on strike will lose his or her pay for the period of the strike.Chris Ngige, minister of labour, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the federal executive council.He said the [...]

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    FG, health workers fail to reach agreement

FG, health workers fail to reach agreement

The federal government has not been able to reach an agreement with striking health workers in the country.On Tuesday, Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, and Isaac Adewole, health minister, met with the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), but the meeting ended in deadlock.Ngige criticised the health workers for "not following the provisions" of existing labour laws, [...]

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    Health situation in northern Nigeria very challenging, says Bill Gates

Health situation in northern Nigeria very challenging, says Bill Gates

Bill Gates, world's richest man, says the health situation in northern Nigeria is "very challenging".The north-east is facing a humanitarian crisis caused by years of Boko Haram insurgency.An estimated two million people are said to have been displaced by the insurgency, with many of them living in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.Speaking with BBC News Pidgin, Gates said Nigeria is [...]

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    Our health sector is in a mess, say Edo doctors

Our health sector is in a mess, say Edo doctors

The Edo state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lamented the "sorry state of the health sector in Edo and Nigeria at large".In a statement on Wednesday, the doctors complained about the poor facilities at the Central Hospital in Edo.According to them, there is hardly any functional ward that is befitting for sick people and laboratories and theatres in [...]

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    CAN asks Nigerians to stop playing politics with Buhari’s health

CAN asks Nigerians to stop playing politics with Buhari’s health

Samson Ayokunle, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has urged Nigerians to stop “playing politics” with the health of President Muhammadu Buhari.Ayokunle said this in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, on Wednesday when he visited the state chapter of the association.Buhari has been receiving medical attention in the UK since May 7.The CAN president urged Nigerians to continue to [...]

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