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Why Girl-child Education Is Important

Friday, July 21, 2017

Does girl-child education have any impact in the Nigerian society or any other society for that matter? Of course, girl- child education has been identified as the backbone of the advanced societies of the world.  It is a critical issue that should not be treated with laxity. Its impact in the society is numerous and includes; improving the individual, causing her to be productive and not a burden to the society; it improves the economy of the society through various means such as environmental sustainability; lowers illiteracy rate which also leads to lower poverty rate.
 

August Meeting: State Prepares Health Communicators For Breastfeeding Campaign

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Enugu State Government has embarked on the training of health communicators on how to effectively deliver exclusive breastfeeding campaign messages to women during their annual August Meeting in the state.
 
The state Director of Public Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ossai, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu.
 
August Meeting, a community or faith-based meeting of married women, peculiar to the South East serves as a social integration, re-engineering and economic forum for women.
 

Maternal Mortality: Family Planning To The Rescue

Friday, July 21, 2017

Some years back, at the hospital, Abu obviously restless prayed a silent prayer pleading that his wife’s life be spared, just this once. Two promises he also made if she returns alive, were to allow her rest for as long as she heals and never to compel her into sex without her opinion of what follows after. “I knew it was my fault, though she complained but I didn’t know it takes that long to heal, I thought she just wanted to refuse,” Abu said.

 

‘No family planning budgets in states’

Monday, July 24, 2017

There are no specific budget lines for family planning at the states, the Country Director of Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project Nigeria, Onoriode Ezire, has said.
Quoting a policy brief “Evidence and Advocacy: Unlocking Resources for Family Planning in Nigeria” published by his organization, he said instead, family planning was integrated in the general reproductive health budget.
The project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) and implemented by Palladium among others conducted a qualitative assessment of the family planning policy and funding landscape nationally and in Bauchi, Sokoto, and Ebonyi states in 2016.
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Don't Avoid Vasectomy for Fear of Prostate Cancer: Study

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Men considering a vasectomy shouldn’t worry that the procedure will increase their risk of prostate cancer, researchers say.
 
In a review of past research, they did find a slight increase in the risk of prostate cancer among men who had vasectomies, but the study’s lead author said the finding might be due to other factors and should not be a concern.
 
“It shouldn’t stop you from gaining something that is otherwise very effective for family planning purposes,” said Dr. Bimal Bhindi, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
 

‘Declare family planning national emergency’

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NO less than 214 million   women worldwide that want to prevent pregnancy have  access to modern contraceptives, the UNFPA has stated.
 
Making the declaration in Abuja during the  commemoration of the 2017 World Population Day (WPD), the body remarked that the day should be reviewed to reflect essence of Family Planning.
 
In the views of Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mrs Mairo Mandara,  who spoke at the event,  “Family Planning should be declared a National Emergency.
 

UNICEF, E.U. donate N1.2 bn health equipment to Adamawa state

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The United Nations Children’s Fund in partnership with the European Union have presented health equipment and other materials worth 1.2 billion naira to the Adamawa State Government.
 
The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi, Abdulai Kaikai says the measure is in line with the second phase of the E.U., UNICEF, Federal Government Maternal New-born and Child Health project.
 
He says the project also covers Bauchi and Kebbi States, and in Adamawa State, it is being implemented in 226 Primary Health Care facilities in 21 Local Government Areas.
 

FG spends only N1500 per year on each Nigerian’s healthcare – Minister

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has decried the inadequate attention the government is paying to health and the overdependence on foreign donors to fund health initiatives in the country.
 
Mr. Adewole, who spoke at the Maiden Edition of Health Communication Conference organised by Association of Nigeria Health Journalists, ANHEJ in Abuja on Thursday, said despite the improvement in budgetary allocation to the sector this year, it was still a far cry from global standards.
 

FAMILY PLANNING: Nigeria allocates $4m annually for contraceptives

Monday, July 17, 2017

NIGERIA has restated its commitment towards ensuring access of women to family planning services and commodities with a pledge to achieve a modern contraceptive rate of 27 per cent among all women by 2020.
 
Nigeria also committed to increasing its annual allocation for contraceptives from $3 million to $4 million while ensuring total disbursement of $56 million to the states through  participation in the Global Financing Facility and  international development assistance loans.
 

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