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Nigeria to Revamp Hospitals to Curb Medical Tourism

Nigeria to Revamp Hospitals to Curb Medical Tourism

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Nigeria is exploring better ways of re-equipping and making public health institutions efficient in order to save foreign exchange drain arising from medical tourism. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said a news briefing to commemorate the ”5th World Universal Health Coverage Day,” in Abuja on Wednesday. The theme for the commemoration is ”Unite for universal health coverage” and the slogan – ”Now is the time for collective action’’. Ehanire said the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and its partners had developed an operational platform for ensuring that every citizen had access to affordable and comprehensive care in a timely manner. He said that the ministry and its agencies as well as partners were guided by a common vision and goal for Univer
NCDC Assures on Readiness to Fight Lassa Fever, Other Diseases

NCDC Assures on Readiness to Fight Lassa Fever, Other Diseases

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The dry season brings with it many diseases which may range from mild to life threatening. However, in Nigeria, major diseases that are usually more prevalent during the dry season are Lassa fever, cerebrospinal meningitis and yellow fever, experts said.   Because of the seeming danger linked with these diseases, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has called on Nigerians to be careful as the country prepares for the harmattan season. This was the crux of the matter at a brainstorming session in Abuja, organised by the NCDC and civil society organisations to sensitise the populace and discuss NCDC’s preparedness for the season and how the media can support.   Team lead, Lassa fever technical working group, Elsie Ilori said NCDC’s preparation includes the developmen
Bauchi Assembly Approves N103m Loan to Tackle Malnutrition

Bauchi Assembly Approves N103m Loan to Tackle Malnutrition

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The Bauchi House of Assembly has approved N103 million loan request submitted by Gov. Mohammed Abubakar, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports. The loan, which is to be deployed into tackling acute malnutrition and facilitating immunisations, was approved by the lawmakers on Tuesday at plenary. In the letter seeking their approval for the facility, Gov. Abubakar had said that the loan would be obtained from  Keystone Bank for the payment of counterpart contribution in respect of community management of acute malnutrition, and routine immunisation. “We need the loan to enable the state government access the World Bank Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project,” it said. Moving a motion for the approval, Chairman, Committee on Health, Alhaji Ibrah
HCPAN Tasks Government on NHIS and Universal Health Coverage

HCPAN Tasks Government on NHIS and Universal Health Coverage

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The Health Care Providers Association on Nigeria on Tuesday tasked the government to take bold steps in achieving universal health coverage in the country.  The President of the association, Dr. Umar Oluwole Sanda made this call at the Scientific Conference/ Annual General Meeting which held att he Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Alausa, Ikeja with the theme“Awakening Health Insurance in Nigeria to Achieving Universal Health Coverage”.  Dr. Sanda lamented the turbulence and lull in the progress of health insurance in the country, stating that it was a fundamental factor in the choice of the theme for this year’s conference. He opined that though there are many hurdles to cross, from the growing national population to the bad health indices and bad budget alloc
More Mental Health Challenges Imminent In Nigeria If…

More Mental Health Challenges Imminent In Nigeria If…

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Experts have raised alarm over likely increase in cases of mental illness if urgent attention is not paid to some of the underlying factors that may fuel the upsurge. The professionals who gathered at the 49th Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria in Lagos highlighted some of the reasons to include extinction of traditional family structure, desperation to make it at all cost, lack of job security, shortage of psychiatrists, non-passage of mental health bill among others. Professor of Community Health, Akin Osibogun said that the breakdown in traditional family structure remains one of the major factors for increase in suicide, “We need to rebuild our social network. People are committing suicide because they don’t have
FCTA Tasks Health Workers on Service Delivery

FCTA Tasks Health Workers on Service Delivery

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on healthcare workers to improve on current indices in Abuja.   The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Bappah, made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a training of capacity building on Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) organised by Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOMLforR) under the service.   He said that the criteria for earning money for health under SOMLPfoR was performance, adding that FCT had continuously earned in the last two disbursements thereby maintaining the second time as North Central champions.   He, however, explained that capacity building was very key to improving the performance of the FCT health staff.  
Gowon Tasks Council on Quackery in Medical Laboratory Profession

Gowon Tasks Council on Quackery in Medical Laboratory Profession

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Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has advised the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) to improve its regulatory activities against quacks in the profession.   The former head of state said that he was happy that the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology Decree 56 of 1968 promulgated under his government set the tone for Medical laboratory Scientists in Nigeria, and many transformation and successes in the field.   He said,  however, it was worrisome that quackery remained a major problem in the profession in spite of having 25 universities  offering degrees in the field, over 30, 000 medical laboratory scientists , over 23, 000 technicians and over 15, 000 assistants.   He advised the council to step up its regulatory activities so th
Pharmacists Drums Support for Modern Contraceptives Usage

Pharmacists Drums Support for Modern Contraceptives Usage

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PSN-PAS) project says Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs) are key in achieving 27 per cent modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) by 2020.   Dr Edwin Akpotor, Senior Programme Officer, PSN-PAS, said this at the validation meeting of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) 3-year strategic plan document in Abuja on Tuesday.    Akpotor reaffirmed that the PCN’s 3-year strategic plan is geared toward re-positioning and equipping CPs and PPMVs to provide quality primary health care services including Family Planning (FP), management of childhood pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria to the populace.    Akpotor, who identified K
WHO Rates Nigeria Low in Health Coverage

WHO Rates Nigeria Low in Health Coverage

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A Senior Health Specialist at the World Health Organisation, Dr Babatunde Okunola, has said that Nigeria and many other African countries are yet to reach an appreciable level in the provision of Universal Health Coverage to their people. Okunola noted that only four per cent of Nigerians had gained access to quality health care without facing financial hardship.   Speaking during the 2018 African Society for Laboratory Medicine Conference in Abuja on Monday, the WHO specialist said that despite a strong association with economic growth, efforts aimed at transforming universal health coverage from aspiration to reality in Africa had failed to produce the desired results.   Also, warning that the wealth of a country did not necessarily translate to a wider health cove
Document Your Services, Experts Urge Community Pharmacists

Document Your Services, Experts Urge Community Pharmacists

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Community pharmacists have been urged to document their services to Nigerians as part of efforts to improve medical records across the country.   Making the call during the 2018 Community Pharmacists Continuing Education Conference in Lagos with the theme: Evolving Pharmacy Practice: Tool for Economic Growth and Recovery, Lagos State Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, Pharm Obideyi Olabanji explained that such documentations will help practitioners in future interventions as grassroots service providers.    Olabanji added that the theme of the conference was designed to tackle some of the factors challenging pharmacists in their practice which has in turn relegated them to the background.    He identified issues affecting the practice to inc
ESUTH Resident Doctors Call Off Strike

ESUTH Resident Doctors Call Off Strike

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The Association of Resident Doctors in Enugu State Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) has called off its seven days warning strike following state government’s promise to begin processes on payment of allowances. Dr Felix Mba, the President of the Association of Resident Doctors, ESUTH branch, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday. Mba said that the state government had assured them that it had started the processes of the payment of the Healthcare Professional Clinical allowance. “From all indications, the processes have started based on the discussions with the government of Enugu State,” he said. According to the president, all the resident doctors in Enugu were captured for the payment of the Healthcare Professional Clinica
INSURGENCY: Malnutrition Threatens Future of Children in N/E Nigeria

INSURGENCY: Malnutrition Threatens Future of Children in N/E Nigeria

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The world is hungry. Currently, Nigeria is listed among the 10 hungriest nations in the world. By 2030, the world intends to end hunger. What will be Nigeria’s position on the hunger scale? This is the question on the lips of concerned Nigerians and people of other nations. Nigeria’s population is crucial to global population. Currently, the world’s 7th most populous nation, Nigeria’s population is estimated to hit 400 million by 2050. The 2018 Goal Keepers Report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, notes that by 2050, more than 40 per cent of the extremely poor people in the world would be living in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report also showed that by 2050, 152 million Nigerians will be extremely poor, and Nigeria w
Appoint Only Doctors as Perm Sec, Medical Guild Tasks LASG

Appoint Only Doctors as Perm Sec, Medical Guild Tasks LASG

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Medical doctors employed by the Lagos State Government under the auspices of Medical Guild, has demanded that only medical doctors should be appointed into the position of Permanent Secretary in the State Primary HealthCare Board, PHCB, and the Permanent Secretary at the Health Service Commission, HSC, in line with the provisions of the state’s existing Health Reform Law. Speaking recently in Lagos, the Chairman, Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide Saheed appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to apply the existing law and ensure that the vacant positions are filled with medical doctors as provided by law. “As we speak, the position of Permanent Secretary in the State Primary HealthCare Board, PHCB, and the Permanent Secretary at the Health Service Commission, HSC and soon, tha
Stop Paying Lip Service to Health, Medic Admonishes FG

Stop Paying Lip Service to Health, Medic Admonishes FG

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Seeks implementation of Health Act, 15% budgetary allocation to health Irked by what he described as unpleasant situation of Nigeria’s health sector, a former President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr Osahon Enabulele, has urged the Federal Government, various elected state and local governments to stop paying lip service to the health sector. Government has also been admonished to translate into reality, the widely circulated promises including the promise to allocate 15 per cent of the National budget to the health sector. Enabulele who is also the Vice-President, CommonWealth Medical Association, said that to reposition the country’s health sector, there is a need to urgently implement the National Health Act, NHA, amend the NHIS Act, strengthen the na
57 Years After, Buhari Orders Overhaul of Cross River Medical Centre with Lottery Fund

57 Years After, Buhari Orders Overhaul of Cross River Medical Centre with Lottery Fund

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate refurbishing of the Okundi Community Healthcare Centre in Boki LGA of Cross River State 57 years after.   It was built by Nigeria’s former foreign minister, late Chief Matthew T. Mbu in 1961 and handed over to the government of then Eastern Region.   The acting executive secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund, Mallam Bello said the president had directed that the agency should use the proceeds of the lottery to refurbish and equip the health centre to enable the people access it instead of allowing it to waste.   Bello said, “The exercise of equipping this hospital with critical medical facilities through funding from the national lottery is a clear demonstration of the federal government’s desire to foster bette