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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Lagos, Nigeria
March 24th, 2019                                                                                    

It’s time!Let’s End Tuberculosis in Nigeria
…We Need Your Help to Find and Treat TB cases
Lagos Nigeria:  As Nigeria joins the world to celebrate this year’s World TB Day on Sunday March 24, 2019, Development Communication calls on all Nigerians to protect their family members from the menace of the highly infectious disease. TB kills 18 Nigerians every hour and 4,500 people globally every day. The theme for this year’s World Tuberculosis Day is IT’s TIME. World TB Day is a great opportunity to raise more awareness among people on the need to end a curable illness.
It is estimated that 407,000 people in Nigeria have TB each year. This is the estimated number of HIV negative people that have the disease. In addition there are an estimated 63,000 HIV positive people that get TB each year. An estimated 115,000 HIV negative people die from TB in Nigeria each year and an estimated 39,000 HIV positive people also die. It is difficult to appreciate what it means for 154,000 people to be dying each year!
Devcoms Program Director, Akin Jimoh stated that all Nigerians need to be concerned about the missing cases of TB and “we must all be in the forefront to find and treat TB cases” in the country.  “We did it for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and now the cases are on the downward spiral.  We need to help ourselves to find and treat TB,” he added
The National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme Department of Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Dr. Adebola Lawanson said as part of the bold step in finding the missing TB cases in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health with support from partners is rapidly expanding TB diagnostics and treatment services to more sites across the country.
According to the 2017 Global TB Report, Nigeria is among the 14 high burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB, ranking 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries and 2nd in Africa. Forty-seven Nigerians develop active TB, seven of which are children, every hour. One of the major challenges of TB response in Nigeria is attributed to low TB case finding both in adult and children. This is attributed partly to poor knowledge about TB that influence the health seeking behaviour of people, and low TB treatment coverage.
This is why the theme for this year’s World TB Day; IT’S TIME is enjoining the young, old and all stakeholders involved to come together to take action to make Nigeria a TB free country.
According to World Health Organization, about one-third of the world's population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with the disease and cannot transmit the disease.  People infected with TB bacteria have a 10% lifetime risk of falling ill with TB. However, persons with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes, or people who use tobacco, have a much higher risk of falling ill.
In 2017, about 1.7 million people including over 250,000 children globally, died of TB-related causes. Over 95% of TB deaths occurs in low and middle-income countries especially in Africa.
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Exorbitant charges in Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital is forcing Kaduna women to shun antenatal, delivery and post-natal clinics as most of the women laments that they can hardly  afford the fees being charged by the hospital.


However, the Kaduna State government announced that the antenatal care, ANC services to pregnant women in public facilities is free of charge, but pregnant women who patronise these facilities have been forced to pay exorbitant charges to have access to them.


Findings by our Correspondent revealed that, Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial hospital, a stone throw to the government house charges up to N2,000.00 for ANC clinic before being attended to by the heath providers.


Any woman who goes to the hospital must pay N500 for ANC registration, N700 for test and N800 for scanning, which must all be paid at once, or forget accessing services. Any woman who cannot afford the amount would be sent back home, “one of the sources stated.


Our correspondent gathered that the charges have prevented a lot of women from accesing the government facilities and also discouraged many women from visiting the hospital for ANC, especially residents of Tudun Wada area of Kaduna who cannot afford the amount.


Voice of Nigeria could not identify the reason why Yusuf Dantsho Memorial Hospital was charging the amount, compared to other government hospitals like Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, also owned by Kaduna State Government which charges just N500 for same services.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Mrs Victoria Iheme’s son was born with a testis abnormally located outside the scrotum and so needed a surgery for correction. From the Health Centre where she lives in Ikorodu, she was refered to Ikorodu General Hospital for surgery. There and then her trouble began.
According to her, “I came to this Ikorodu General Hospital for almost two months before it was my son’s turn to see the consultant. After seeing the consultant at the surgical section, we were given 2 weeks appointment. The two weeks appointment became a routine with series of tests, scan and xray. It took almost 2 years before my son was eventually booked for surgery. Just when we thought the stress was ending, they said they couldnt find his folder. I was devastated. The doctor refused to attend to him with a temporary file but insisted we start afresh with diagnosis or provide copies of all his tests results which we didnt have. We were later advised by a particular friendly doctor to bribe the staff working at the card room to help us out. That wasn’t strange as I’ve heard about the bribery and corruption going on in public hospitals. Surprisingly, after tipping one of them, my son’s case file was found.”
The long and short of Mrs Iheme’s story is that her son’s surgery was successful but not without her quarreling with one of the doctors who gave them another one month appointment instead of just rebooking the boy for surgery. As a pay back, the doctor she quarreled with, extended her son’s surgery by another one month.
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

6th- 12th of September, 1978 was when the conference was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan which expressed the need for urgent action by all government, health and development workers and the world community to protect and promote the health of all people. The main theme of the conference was “how to bring about an improvement in the general health of the people of the world, especially those in rural areas”. Primary Health Care was therefore chosen as a key strategy to achieve the goal and the year 2000 was accepted as the target year to achieve this goal, the declaration emerged as a major milestone of the twentieth century in the field of public health as it identifies Primary Health Care as the Key to the attainment of the goal of health for all around the globe. It was the first international declaration underlining the importance of Primary Health Care, which has been accepted by member countries of WHO as a key to achieving the goal HEALTH FOR ALL.













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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Lagos State Government has called for increase participation of private health facilities in family planning services to enable the state achiever a target of 74 percent contraceptive prevalent rate, CPR, by 2020. 
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Monday, February 11, 2019

ABUJA – “I had all my children at home with the assistance of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Luckily, there were no complications, and so I am alive with my children. However, many women in this community who developed complications and died during childbirth were buried with their children, dead or alive,” said a nursing mother, Hajia Hassan.
A mother of four, Hajia Hassan lives in Bassa Kuomo, an ancient community in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The people in this community are said to be the original inhabitants of Gwagwalada before it became the Federal Capital Territory. The community of about 12,000 inhabitants lacks government’s presence; be it healthcare, water, light, roads and other amenities. Poverty is well pronounced as it stinks in the air in this community made up of people predominantly peasant farmers with low yields.
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

It is not unusual to find teenagers being delivered of babies. And Nigeria is not an exception. And sadly, too, the situation seems to be taking on a serious trend among teenagers aged 13-18 in particular. GABRIEL OLAWALE investigated this phenomenon and interacted with some of the affected teenagers. Expressing ignorance and naivety, they described their predicament as their own way out of societal menace caused by poverty, peer-pressure and parental deprivation. Medical experts, however, suggest that extensive health education, adequate parental care and inculcation of moral values are some of the measures to curb the growing incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019


Development Communications Network (@Devcoms) in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership Nigeria (@StopTBNigeria) launches a one-month social media campaign on Tuberculosis today 17th January, 2019. The tuberculosis campaign tagged “Speak Out! Stop Tuberculosis in Nigeria” #SOSTBNaija is hosting Richard Mofe-Damijo as the first speaker in a tweet chat.
Campaign time: 11-12 noon. (Every Thursday)

Below are the campaign messages and also quick facts on Tuberculosis in Nigeria




  • According to @WHO 432 people die daily in Nigeria due to #Tuberculosis which ranks Nigeria as having the 2nd highest incidence rate in Africa and 7th among the 30th high TB burden countries in the world .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • .@WHO estimated that about 400,000 people in Nigeria have TB each year. This is a huge burden we all need to "speak out to stop tuberculosis in Nigeria" .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • Among the challenges are how to find the remaining 300,000 cases which are still undetected by the health sector. Of the total 400,000 cases, only 100,000 were reported. Speak out .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • It has been said that “achieving the reduction in TB incidence rate for attainment of the 90-90-90 target of the END TB strategy will be a mirage, if something drastic is not done.” –  .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  •  According to @WHO it’s one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, killing 1.7 million people in 2016 .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • Tuberculosis is usually preventable and curable under the right conditions. Persistent cough, unexplained fatigue, fever, night sweats, appetite loss, weight loss are all symptoms of #TB Be aware!!! .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • To end #Tuberculosis in Nigeria we all need to be aware, stand up, speak out and let people know TB is real, preventable and also curable .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA

Join the conversation tomorrow by 11 a.m. with @RmofeDamijo by following  us on and help spread the messages with hashtag #SOSTBNaija. Thank You. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In 2016, Mrs Mummy Nkoronye was full on joy and expectations as she shopped for baby items and made plans on how to travel to the village in December to present her “new’’ baby, as it is customary, to her mother in-law.
But when she went into labour at a health facility in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, no one expected that it would be a tough one.
That was her fourth journey to the labour room; the labour was prolonged and she wasn’t advised to take another alternative or intervention.
Unfortunately, her husband was not immediately available at the hospital to decide on what measure could have been taken.
Her sister in-law, who narrated the account to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the health workers lack of sense of urgency aggravated the matter.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

In recent times, the advocacy for family planning has become crucial as demand for reproductive, and population reduction, economic, health care grows.
There is no doubt anymore that the benefits of family planning are numerous and if properly executed will go a long way in enabling countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the July 11, 2017 Family Planning Summit in London, U.K., the  Federal Government of Nigeria updated its commitment and pledged to achieve a modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) of 27 per cent among all women by 2020.
The 2017 Family Planning Summit was a forum of network of partners to bring local actions and solutions to scale, particularly for populations that have traditionally been left behind on family planning, such as adolesscents and youth, and women and girls in humanitarian situations.
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