For several decades, millions of Nigerians have battled Lymphatic filariasis, one of most debilitating Neglected Tropical Disorders, NTDs, and greatest public health problems in the world. With over 120 million people at risk, Nigeria is the most endemic country in Africa for the disfiguring parasitic disorder and the second most endemic in the world, behind India. Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. People with the disease suffer from lymphadema, elephantiasis and in men, swelling of the scrotum. one of seven diseases that the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, ITFDE, based at The Carter Center, named potentially eradicable. The success against the disorder in
WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread. The shipment of 1,000 vials of life-saving anti-toxins and 17 tonnes of medical supplies arrived in Sanaa on Monday (November 27) after being stalled by the three-week closure of sea and air ports. "It is shocking that in 2017, there are children dying of an ancient disease that is vaccine-preventable and can be easily treated," said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Country Representative in Yemen. The anti-toxins can help stop the spread of the bacterium to vital organs in patients already infected with diphtheria. But no supplies were available in Yemen before the arrival of the WHO shipment on Monday. Antibiotics and vaccines are also ...
Dental health experts have advised Nigerians never to wait until they have major health complications before visiting dentists or hospitals for oral checkup. This advice was given on Monday in Abuja by officials of the Ministry of Health, dental health association and partners at a media briefing ahead of the National Oral Health Week. The 2017 National Oral Heath Week with the theme: “Coming together to improve the smiles of Nigerians”, will be celebrated from December 1 to 5. Oral health is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of diseases and other problems by regular brushing and cleaning of the teeth. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in his speech, said government was committed to encouraging Nigerians to take their dental health seriously because the mo
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is partnering the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), founded by Mrs Toyin Saraki, to create advocacy on maternal and girl child health in Nigeria. The partnership was made known when the UNFPA Country Representative, Dr Diene Keita led a delegation of UNFPA leadership on a courtesy visit to Mrs Saraki in Abuja. The visit was the first official visit of the new country representative of the UN agency aimed at fostering relationship between both parties where UNFPA will fund WBFA’s activities, while WBFA supports UNFPA with advocacy and technical/programmatic interventions. While welcoming the delegation, Mrs Saraki who is the Global Goodwill Ambassador of the International Confederation of Midwives, harped on the need for more advocacy on maternal
A committee is investigating the death of more than 50 children in Tijin and surrounding committees in Wajri council area of Bauchi state. Suspected cases of measles have been reported in the area and across teh state. Head of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency ( BSPHCDA) ,Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa said suspected to have measles been admitted and are receiving treatment in various health facilities. Gamawa maintained that the cause the reported death of children in Tihin and other communities have not been ascertained because they did not die in a health facility as such no sample was obtained to confirm the cause of death. He however said that preliminary reports have indicated that most of the symptoms being exhibited by the children are similar to t
A new project that doles out funding on the basis of performance is seeing improvements in quality and delivery of health care across three states, experts said on Monday. The $170.1 million Nigerian State of Health Investment Project, which started in 2013, runs across 1,470 health centres in Nasarawa, Adamawa and Ondo, and only releases funding on the basis of results. “I think this is the future of health care delivery in Nigeria,” said Dr Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the project’s mid-term review in Abuja. “We are beginning to see improvements in quality of health care delivery. Health facilities are renovated, stores have drugs. We are beginning to look at these results and, hoping from preliminary results, we wi
Federal Government of Nigeria has proposed the sum of 4milion US Dollar for the procurement of Contraceptive Commodities in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, represented by the Director Family Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi made this known on Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 while speaking at the maiden health Communication Conference organized by the Association of Nigerian Health Journalist in Abuja, with a theme: Family Planning 2020: How is Nigeria Faring and sub-theme: Subduing the Challenges of Immunization in Nigeria”. The Minister said that in the proposed 2018 budget, Nigeria has increased funding for procurement of family Planning Commodities. He said “Nigeria has been contributing 3milion US Dollar in UNFPA basket annually for the procurement of Family Planning
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole commiserated with the Executive and members of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), on the death of their members on an auto-crash along Kano- Kaduna express way. A press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by Director, Media and Public Relations, Mrs. Boade Akinola on the media report of the accident quoting the chairman of the Union, Professor Adewole expressed deep shock at the unfortunate incident. He however prayed for the families of the deceased that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the lost and quick recovery for the injured. The Minister has directed the management of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Chika, Zaria where the injured are receiving treatment to provide maximum care a...
A non governmental organization, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Nigeria, said it has conducted free HIV/AIDS tests and counseling services for over 450,000 people in Kogi State in the last six years of its programme in the state. Kogi State Coordinator of AHF Nigeria, Dr Victor Popoola, who disclosed this in Lokoja on the occasion of the organization's 30th anniversary, said that a total of 2,000 persons living with HIV AIDS in the state have so far been linked with health facilities and placed on treatment. According to him, AHF which was founded in the United States by Mr Michael Weinstein 30 years ago to provide free health supports and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, has so far established strong presence in six states in Nigeria namely, FCT, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, Anamb
….Citizens lament, want urgent action to fix facilities If there is anywhere that epitomizes the parlous state of healthcare facilities in Nigeria, it is the South East geo-political zone. In the region made up five states – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, it’s a nightmare for citizens to access healthcare as most healthcare projects exist on paper or at best abandoned. The Daily Times investigation also found that drugs in most healthcare centres in most state in the South East are expired. Here are snippets… Obollo Ile and Ofiambela…as home of ‘ghost projects’ After asking at least 10 different people at Obollo Afor, the headquarters of Udenu Local Government Area, about the location of Obollo Ile, there was still no clue. Everyone claimed there was only Obollo Eke and Obol
Lagos State is said to be impressively emerging out of HIV/AIDS epidemic with a drop in cases of infected persons. According to the CEO of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr Oluseyi Temowo, there is about 217, 658 positive people in the state, and about 64, 554 are on Anti-retroviral (ARV). Temowo stated this while highlighting activities the state is embarking on to observe this year’s World AIDS Day on First of December, with the theme- ‘Right to Health- Making it happen.’ He said going by the records compiled between January and June this year at outreaches and in communities, “we know that there is a dropping of 1.7 percent.” “For the screening done among communities the prevalence rate is 0.3 percent, whereby 576, 406 were screened at different health faciliti
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday stated that despite political differences, key political leaders of the state still maintain a healthy relationship. Speaking during the burial of the late Pa Albert Mene, the father of the Executive Director, Finance at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Derek Mene, in Khana Local Government Area of the state, Wike said friendship endures over all other considerations. He said: “We are still friends despite our political differences. Derek Mene is my friend, even though we disagree to agree.” The Governor described the burial of the late Pa Mene as a celebration of life, noting that he led a worthy life and left lasting legacies. He said: “This is a celebration of life. For a man to beget a child like the Executive Dire
…advocates safe C-section Nigerian gynaecologists have finally admitted that the growing number of obstetric fistula cases (holes developed between the vagina and rectum or bladder) are as a result of surgical errors caused by doctors and healthcare professionals during medical procedures, most often, during caesarean sections (CS). They conceded to this fact after several hospital-based studies proved that there is now an increase in iatrogenic fistulas, giving rise to more maternal morbidity and mortality. Some of the studies were explained in a presentation by Prof. Oladosu Ojenbgede, during a ‘hands-on training on VVF repair workshop’ at the 51st annual scientific conference of The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrician of Nigeria (SOGON) held at Usmanu Danfodiyo University T
Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered that experiences of social and emotional exclusion in mainstream schools can adversely affect how pupils with autism view themselves, increasing their risk of developing low self-esteem, a poor sense of self-worth and mental health problems. Examining 17 previous studies in the area, researchers discovered that how pupils with autism view themselves is closely linked to their perceptions of how other’s treat and interact with them. They found that a tendency of many pupils with the condition to internalise the negative attitudes and reactions of others toward them, combined with u
Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON) has decried the lack of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons (ENT) in Nigeria’s health sector. Prof. Onyekwere Nwaorgu, the President of the Society said this on Friday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen. He identified the number of ENT surgeons in the country as less than 200, while 199 were still on training, describing such number as grossly inadequate to meet the health needs of a population of over 180 million. Nwaorgu emphasised that if there was enough manpower in the area of specialty, such diseases would be detected and corrected early. He further attributed the inadequacy of the specialists on decayed infrastructure in health facilities and lack of supportive policies that would boost the performance of the pro