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NHIS Seeks Police Presence as Suspended ES Threatens to Resume

NHIS Seeks Police Presence as Suspended ES Threatens to Resume

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The Federal Ministry of Health will, on Monday (today), write to the Nigeria Police Force to secure the National Health Insurance Scheme headquarters in Utako, Abuja, as the suspended Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, has vowed to resume this week. Sources told our correspondent that the move had become necessary due to Usman’s rejection of his suspension by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.   The committee, set up by the minister to investigate Yusuf, which comprises senior officials of the ministry and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, is sitting at the NHIS headquarters. Ministry sources said allowing the suspended NHIS boss to resume could affect the work of the committee and had thus fo
Submit Yourself for Investigation, CACOL Tells NHIS Boss

Submit Yourself for Investigation, CACOL Tells NHIS Boss

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The Coalition of Civil Society Against Corruption has urged the embattled Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman  Yusfu,  to cooperate with the  panel investigating activities in the agency under his administration The spokesperson of the coalition, Comrade Raji Oyewumi, also called for transparency in the on-going investigation of the suspended NHIS boss. “We are disturbed by the mind-blowing revelations of corrupt practices in all key sectors of our national life.  We are undoubtedly optimistic that if this on-going drive against corruption is sustained, our country will no longer be a safe haven for looters. Oyewumi, however, called on the EFCC to subject those found guilty after investigation have been concluded to the dictates of the laws. He ad
First Child to Undergo Double-Hand Transplant Surgery Achieves Dream

First Child to Undergo Double-Hand Transplant Surgery Achieves Dream

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An 8-year-old boy is now able to write, eat and get dressed on his own, thanks to a double-hand transplant performed just a few years ago. The case study, published Tuesday in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, highlights a procedure performed by a team of doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The patient—still enjoying the full function of his hands today—is proof that limb transplantation can be safely and successfully conducted on the youngest of patients. The patient, Zion Harvey, lost his hands after suffering from sepsis that required a double amputation. Doctors said Zion was an especially good candidate for the transplant because he was already taking immunosuppression drugs at the time of the surgery—to prevent the rejection of a donor kidney from his m
Suspension: NHIS Boss Defies Osinbajo, Health Minister

Suspension: NHIS Boss Defies Osinbajo, Health Minister

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Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Prof Usman Yusuf has rejected the suspension order slammed on him by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, a decision approved by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Usman who came on board as NHIS boss last year, was given a marching order by Adewole, to proceed on suspension for three months following mounting petitions against  him on alleged fraudulent practices and nepotism by concerned groups.  The letter suspending Yusuf, who hails from the same state as President Muhammadu Buhari, was given to him on July 6, 2017, directing him to go on three months suspension to pave the way for an independent probe of the mountains of petitions against him.  In the three paragraph letter entitled “Suspension from Office”
Health Ministry Replies Embattled NHIS Chief, Says Suspension Order Stands

Health Ministry Replies Embattled NHIS Chief, Says Suspension Order Stands

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The Federal Ministry of Health has reacted to the response of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, to his suspension. Mr. Yusuf in a July 12 letter addressed to the Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, said he would not obey the suspension order, listing five reasons for his decision. In response, the health ministry in a press statement on Friday said it dissociates itself from Mr. Yusuf’s letter. According to the statement signed by the health ministry’s spokesperson, Boade Akinola, Mr. Yusuf, being a public officer, is bound by the regulations governing the Public Service. “The NHIS is an agency supervised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Administrative Panel of Inquiry raised by the Ministry to investigate activit
Dangerous Chemicals Detected in Macaroni and Cheese Powder

Dangerous Chemicals Detected in Macaroni and Cheese Powder

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A new study found high concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals known as phthalates in the macaroni and cheese powder. New Delhi: Are you one of those who love macaroni and cheese? If so, you might want to give a second thought. A new study found high concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals known as phthalates in the macaroni and cheese powder. The analysis done by the the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging - the group behind KleanUpKraft.org and a consortium of environmental health advocacy groups - revealed phthalate levels were more than four times higher in macaroni and cheese powder. It found evidence of the chemical in 29 of the 30 products tested. The analysis also showed that natural cheeses had the l
Health workers Threatens Strike over Govt Failure to Obey Agreement

Health workers Threatens Strike over Govt Failure to Obey Agreement

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The nation’s health care system may soon witness another round of industrial dispute as the health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union plan to shut down all health institutions in the country over government failure to implement agreement entered into with the unions in 2014 as well as plans to privatize some health facilities in the country. President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Biobelemoye Josiah who made the assertion in Abuja Monday said the government has failed to implement an agreement signed between health workers and the government to adjust salaries of workers even though it has done the same thing for medical doctors who constitute less than five percent of health workers in the country. Josiah said the Federal Ministry
I Will Not Obey Your Suspension Order, NHIS Boss Tells Health Minister

I Will Not Obey Your Suspension Order, NHIS Boss Tells Health Minister

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The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. In his letter dated July 12 on the official letterhead of the NHIS, Mr. Yusuf said he would not comply with the July 6 suspension order. He acknowledged receiving the letter directing he proceeds on a three months suspension, but gave five reasons why he would not comply with the suspension. Mr. Yusuf, 54, took over the state-run health insurance provider on July 29, 2016. But his reign at the health ministry parastatal has been fraught with allegations of fraud. The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief. The lawmakers accused Mr. Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure
Sokoto Communities Battle ‘Snail Fever’

Sokoto Communities Battle ‘Snail Fever’

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Hausawa Maiwa village less than three kilometers from Dange town, headquarters of Dange Shuni Local Government Area of Sokoto State is one of the communities in Sokoto with people affected by schistosomiasis also called Bilharzia, a disease caused by parasitic worms and spread by contact with infested water. The authorities of the local government  revealed that over 50 people mostly children were suffering from Bilharzia in the area. The disease which is categorized under Neglected Tropical Diseases, is also dubbed “snail fever” as the parasites are noted to be released from infested fresh water snail. According to WHO Fact Sheet, symptoms of schistosomiasis are caused by the body’s reaction to the worms’ eggs. “Intestinal schistosomiasis can result in abdominal pain, diarrhoe
UN Approves Use of Unspent Funds on Haitis Cholera Epidemic

UN Approves Use of Unspent Funds on Haitis Cholera Epidemic

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The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution Thursday to transfer unused funds from the peacekeeping mission in Haiti to help fight a cholera epidemic. The 13-year-long peacekeeping mission ends in October, and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says $40.5 million will be left over. He is giving countries that are part of the mission 60 days to inform him whether they are willing to carry out the transfer of unspent money. Deputy U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison has said the U.S. will not contribute, noting it has already spent $100 million to help Haiti fight cholera. U.S. President Donald Trump has called for cuts in U.N. peacekeeping spending. Haiti's cholera outbreak erupted in 2010 when Nepalese peacekeepers helping with earthquake recovery inadvertently contaminated water w...
No Improvement in Newborn Survival in Nigeria—Toyin Saraki

No Improvement in Newborn Survival in Nigeria—Toyin Saraki

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Survival, saying the level of improvement in reducing deaths in newborn babies globally has not played out in Nigeria. Mrs Saraki, in a keynote address at the 10th annual general meeting and scientific conference of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM), stated that there has been little improvement in reducing deaths in newborns. Mrs Saraki, president/Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, represented by Mrs Amy Oyekunle, Executive Director, Global, Wellbeing Foundation Africa stated that records of 240,000 babies dying out of at least seven million babies  born yearly in Nigeria was totally unacceptable. “We all know, there has been a level of improvement in the reduction of under-five child mortality on the global scene, over the past few decades. However, while thi
Osinbajo: FG to Release Two-Year National Survey on Drug Use by December

Osinbajo: FG to Release Two-Year National Survey on Drug Use by December

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▪ As NDLEA plans to build standard rehabilitation centre in Abuja The Acting President,‎ Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said the federal government would release the first national household survey on drug use and health, as well as the national survey of problem of drug use in Nigeria ‎by December. Osinbajo who was represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole gave the hint in Abuja ‎at the grand finale for the commemoration of 2017 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, where he said the increasing number of illegal drug consumption and its impact on the state and society was not in doubt. He noted that as part of national effort to reverse the trend, Nigeria joined member nations in April 2016 during the United Nations general assembly special ‎session
Medical Women Plan Big for 40th Anniversary

Medical Women Plan Big for 40th Anniversary

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As the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), clocks 40 this year, the group has come up with activities to make the anniversary a memorable one. Speaking at the weekend during a press conference in Lagos to announce its forthcoming biennial general scientific meeting and 40th anniversary celebration scheduled to hold at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers and the Medical Research Centre in LASUTH on November 23 and 24 respectively. The Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Dr. Yemisi Kila said the scientific conference was established as part of the Annual General Meeting of the association where stakeholders and policymakers come together to look into current trends in health and preventive care in the health sector. This year, the conference will run on the theme, ‘Women Healt
We Don’t Want Africa to be the Hub of Diseases, Says Minister

We Don’t Want Africa to be the Hub of Diseases, Says Minister

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* Expert: Africa accounts for 0.2% of world patents The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said Africa should not be the hub of diseases as the continent has what it takes to improve on its health care delivery system. The Minister stated this yesterday while playing host to the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation (ANDI), in his office in Abuja. Onu said that the ministry would work closely with ANDI to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria and by exyension to Africa and beyond, stressing that the federal government has the capacity to making sure that the objectives of ANDI is realised. “Our aspiration is not just Nigeria and Africa, we want to influence the world market in respect to drugs of diseases that cannot be cured now. We will supp
FG Convenes a National Summit on PHC in August

FG Convenes a National Summit on PHC in August

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The Federal Government is convening a national summit on Primary Health Care (PHC) in Nigeria in August 2017 to identify, decide and develop consensus and commitment on strategies to urgently revamp PHC in Nigeria and mobilise the needed resources to achieve this goal. The Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib while inaugurating a said this committee charged with the responsibility of organising the summit.   The Executive Director said that the two day summit would also serve as a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas arising from relevant stakeholders with responsibility for promoting primary health care in Nigeria. Dr. Faisal gave an 8-point terms of reference to the committee which include agreement on suitable the