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Senator decries Nigeria’s budgetary allocation to health

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has decried budgetary allocation to health sector, saying it was disproportionate in comparison to its mandate.
 
He said that the ministry’s allocation had continued to “show no break in gloomy pattern over the years”.
 
Mr. Tejuosho stated this on Wednesday at a news briefing in Abuja and said that “in the 2017 Capital Budget of N2.24 trillion, the health sector was allocated N51 billion (representing 2.78per cent).”
 

Nigeria gets committees on healthcare

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Nigeria has inaugurated the technical and steering committees to drive the process of improving quality healthcare for mothers, newborn and children.
 
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, inaugurated the steering and technical committees in Abuja.
 
The inauguration of the committees was in direct response for the admission of Nigeria into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) network on quality healthcare for mothers, newborns and children.
 

UNFPA recognises Nigeria, Gambia banning female genital mutilation

Monday, February 6, 2017

The UN Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, says Nigeria and The Gambia are among the countries that have outlawed the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.
 
The UNFPA, in a report on the of 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, commemorated on February 6, stressed the urgent need to abandon the practice.
 

Hajj: Sokoto mulls family planning packages for female intending pilgrims

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sokoto state government may introduce family planning packages to the female intending pilgrims because of the suffering pregnant women go through during Hajj exercise.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal disclosed this at the inauguration of the newly elected officials  of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Sokoto state branch.
 
Tambuwal who was represented by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale said this was  to allow women perform the religious rites while in the holy Land without any hitch.
 

‘41,000 Nigerian children are infected with HIV every year,’ Wellbeing Foundation founder says

Friday, February 3, 2017

Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Mrs Toyin Saraki has said that Nigeria is in the midst of a national health crisis.
 
Mrs Saraki, who is the Chair of Nigeria's Primary Healthcare Revitalization Support Group, however added that the solution to the crisis is within the nation’s grasp.
 

Nigeria, others to increase immunisation coverage

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

African Heads of State have pledged to increase investment in immunisation coverage on the continent.
 
The leaders made the commitment at the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are to increase their country’s political and financial investments in vaccination programmes .
 
The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, noted that while immunisation coverage has improved over the last 15 years , the progress has stagnated in many countries.
 

Trump to cut off funding to UN agencies

Friday, January 27, 2017

A draft executive order from the Trump administration orders government to stop funding any United Nations(UN) agency that promotes “the performance of abortion or sterilisation as a method of family planning.”
 
It’s one of a number of prohibitions in the order that sets up a process for reviewing all American contributions to the UN—and automatically eliminating many others.
 

Tambuwal Inaugurates Forum On Child Rights Protection In Sokoto

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Obviously aware of the need to ensure decent life for younger generations, governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has inaugurated a 17-man Advocacy and Community Engagement Forum to promote child rights, survival, development and protection.
 
Tambuwal who was represented by his deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, assured that, the inter agency forum will be all inclusive.
 

Family planning: private hospitals outdo public

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Latest survey assessment the availability of family planning commodities across Nigeria has found that for every one public health facility able to provide family planning service, three private outlets do the same.
 
The survey suggests government distribution of family planning commodities and services could be better done through private outlets.
 
The FPWatch survey of more than 2500 outlets found private sector accounted for 86% of outlets stocking contraceptives or providing services in Nigeria.
 

2017 health budget promises more child deaths

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Unless the proposed 2017 health budget is amended, millions of Nigerian children will end up dead this year from severe malnutrition and vaccine preventable diseases, experts have proclaimed.
This is despite president Buhari’s avowed promise that his government will ensure the provision of adequate healthcare delivery to Nigerians.
 

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