Stakeholders in the health sector have called for the inclusion of private healthcare institutions in the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS) to ensure quality service delivery. They said the inclusion would ensure accurate and quality data and care, boost the nation’s poor health indices and improve service delivery. The stakeholders included Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership in Child and Family Health @Scale (PSN-PACFaH @ Scale). Others are the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) and Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs). They made the call in Abuja on Saturday at a stakeholders mobilisation works
The National Emergency Management Agency on Friday received a seven-year-old unaccompanied child, 12 pregnant women and 148 others from Libya. The 161 returnees comprising 147 adults, four children and 10 infants were assisted back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration, a United Nations migration agency. NEMA said the flight which arrived at the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 3am, on Friday, was the 50th flight of assisted voluntary returnees from Libya since the rescue effort began in April 2017. The agency said it had brought 10,000 returnees from Libya between April 2017 and now. The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, on behalf of the Federal Government commended the IOM and other development partners for t...
An organisation, Women 4 Woman, on Monday offered free medical services to 500 destitute people in Kaduna to mark the World Hand Washing Day. The event which targeted Almajiris, street urchins, hawkers and other destitute, also focused on educating the beneficiaries on the importance of hand washing in reducing risks of contracting common infections. Founder of the organisation, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar said the group decided to mobilise medical doctors, nurses and volunteers to sensitise the beneficiaries, `because no one cares about sensitizing these children on topics related to health matters.” She said that the 2-day event would focus on educating children and other residents on the simplest and most effective measure of preventing diseases through hand washing. According to her, th
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has ranked Kogi State as lowest in terms of contraceptive usage and adoption of family planning in the middle belt. USAID Dr Gabriel Alobo, USAID Team Leader, Maternal and Child Survival Programme (MCSP) in Kogi, disclosed this in Lokoja at the inauguration of “Kogi State 2018-2021 Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan and Green Dot Logo”. Alobo said Kogi had the lowest contraceptive usage within the Middle Belt region with about 11 per cent for all methods and 8.5 for modern methods, compared with the national average of 15 percent for all methods and 10 percent for modern methods. The development he said made the agency come out with the “Costed Implementation Planning” aimed at moving the state from its current lo
The National Health Management Information System office has said that Nigeria’s health data are not real and accurate. The Head of Nigeria’s NHMIS, Dr. Emmanuel Abatta, stated this during the weekend while speaking at a stakeholders mobilisation workshop on data inclusion which held in Abuja. While noting that about 60 per cent of health care services were provided by Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Patent Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs), Abatta regretted that data generated by these groups of providers were not captured by the NHMIS. He stressed the need for the development and strengthening of data reporting system for CPs and PPMVs in the country to ensure realisation of accurate data that could stand the test of time. He said: “All health data at the public domain ar
A U.S.-based Nigerian heart surgeon, Dr Jonathan Nwiloh, said that he had carried out free heart surgeries for no fewer than 200 indigent Nigerians in need of life-saving interventions. Nwiloh told the News Agency of Nigeria that the open heart surgeries were carried out through his foundation, Joe Nwiloh Heart Foundation, in the last 15 years. The Nigerian founder of the foundation said that he had a passion to help advance the field of cardiovascular surgery in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. He said: “Over the last 15 years since reintroducing open heart surgery in Nigeria, I have been performing free open heart surgeries for indigents who were otherwise doomed to untimely death without these life-saving surgeries. “We have performed free heart surgeries to more than 200 indigents a
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed to Boko Haram and the Federal Government to ensure the safety of its humanitarian workers who have been abducted by the sect. The group is still holding Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old student, who was also taken from her school in Dapchi in February, and everything should be done to ensure she is released promptly and unharmed. ICRC’s pleas come as Boko Haram’s ultimatum to government to accede to their demands draws nearer. It stated that the ICRC was making an urgent public appeal to the Nigerian government, communities and individuals with influence to work towards the release of two committed medical workers abducted in the Northeast earlier this year. The ICRC also pointed out that speed and urgency were critical, sa
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) on Friday sealed up 343 pharmacies, Patent and Proprietary Medicine vendors (PPMVS) in Kebbi State. Director,Inspection and Monitoring of the Council, Mrs. Anthonia O. Aruya while briefing journalists in Birnin Kebbi said they violated the council”s laws and regulations. She said after five days of their inspection of 498 pharmacies , Patent and Proprietary medicine vendors(PPMVs) most of the sealed pharmacies were found guilty of improper handling of controlled substances. Some were sealed over unhygienic environment, poor documentation and dispensing of ethical- prescription of drugs among others. Aruya said “This is the 34th outing of the Council covering 29 states. We visited various areas of Kebbi State. At the end of the exercise,
As the world commemorate the Global Hand-washing Day today, WaterAid Nigeria has disclosed that about 157 million Nigerians lack access to hand washing facilities, even as it said only 16 percent of Nigerian hospitals have the facility in their premises. A statement signed by WaterAid Communication Officer, Oluseyi Abdulmalik, made available to journalists in yesterday pointed out that handwashing with soap is estimated to reduce diarrheal diseases by between 27 and 48 per cent, combined with the use of clean drinking water. Stating that about 60,000 children under five in Nigeria still die each year because of diarrhea linked to dirty water, poor toilets and poor hygiene, the statement noted that handwashing reduce the loss of nutrients and stunting in children under five by 15 per ...
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has said that washing the hands with soap can prevent transmission of variety of pathogens, as it may be more effective than any vaccine or hygiene practice. This was made known in a speech presented at Dettol’s 2018 Global Handwashing Day event organised by Reckitt Benckiser (RB), in Abuja.He expressed appreciation to the efforts of the company in promoting good hygiene practices in Nigeria. The minister, represented by Mr. Fubara Chuku, national coordinator, Food Safety and Quality Programme at the ministry, said: “This is a demonstration of your commitment to the cause of reducing disease transmission in the country and meeting the SDGs target.” Since its inception a decade ago, communities and leaders worldwide have used the Globa
Would you as a woman get pregnant and bear a stranger’s baby? If not, would you at least do it for your sister or your other relatives? Whether you do or not, surrogacy is fast becoming an attractive assisted reproductive technique all over the world. Dozens of Nigerian couples have embraced surrogacy and are still embracing surrogates to complete their families, even though they are not talking about it as much as they ought to. Nevertheless, surrogacy remains one of the least talked about tools in the fight against infertility. Why do surrogates do what they do? What do they get out of it? How hard is it to give a child to its parents after having it in your womb for nine months? These are among plethora of issues that couples thinking of exploring the world of surrogacy desire to be
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has urged residents to go for regular eye screening to prevent blindness. Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu, Director Public Health Department, Health and Human Service Secretariat, FCTA, gave the advice at a medical outreach in Ruga City Gate Community, FCT, on Saturday to commemorate the World Sight Day. The outreach, which included free eye examination, medication and offering of free medicated glasses, was organised by Public Health Department of Health and Human Service, FCTA, in collaboration with Nigerian Optometric Association, FCT Chapter. Okoroukwu emphasised that the outreach was aimed at joining the rest of the world to celebrate World Sight Day to reawaken consciousness about the importance of eyes and the need to take care of them. ...
No fewer than 18 Nigerians die hourly from Tuberculosis (TB), the National Tuberculosis, Burulli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), said on Friday in Lagos. Mrs Itohowo Uko, the Deputy Directorof NTBLCP in the Federal Ministry of Health, disclosed this at an integrated media parley organised by Breakthrough Action -Nigeria in collaboration with the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in Lagos. Uko, who is also a laboratory scientist described tuberculosis as an airborne infectious disease caused by the germ, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis which affects the lungs mainly but may affect any other part of the body. ”According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2017 global report, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide and Nigeria is classified among the 14 co
The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has assured Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would invest more on health and education in 2019. The Minister gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the Ministry on Sunday in Abuja. According to Akinola, the Minister gave the assurance during a peer review meeting with Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Director (MDs) across the country. “The meeting, was to enable the participants exchange ideas, share experiences and appreciate challenges confronting each facility in order to help government address them and if necessary capture them in the 2019 budget,’’ he said. The minister said, government would not only invest more money on health but als
…how did they get it wrong? Adolescence and the early years of adulthood can be quite challenging. For many Nigerians, it can be stressful. According to experts, this can lead to serious mental illness if not controlled. Nigeria just joined the rest of the world to mark the 2018 World Mental Health Day held under the theme: ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’. It was an occasion to see how good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. Studies have also substantiated the fact that good mental health begins from childhood while half of all mental health conditions in adulthood are said to begin by age 14, and three quarters by 24. The World Health Organiza