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Promoting health innovation in Nigeria through private sector intervention

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Despite the large number of investments made in Nigeria’s health sector over the past 10 years, the attraction in achieving the desired results of improved health outcomes could be better.
Although healthcare innovations exist within the country, poor capacity/support systems for innovators have been one of the constraints to achieving scale.
A number of innovations have not made valuable or sustainable impact in the health sector due to the lack of enabling systems or programmes. Every year, Nigerians spend an estimated $1 billion  on medical treatment abroad.

Emir of Kano decries high maternal mortality in northern Nigeria

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Survey reveals dearth of craft instructors
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has blamed societal negligence for the high rate of maternal mortality in the country.He lamented that the worst global mortality rate was more visible in northern Nigeria.
“There is no place in the world where we have high number of maternal mortality than in India and Northern Nigeria. Many things are responsible for this, like illiteracy, poverty and related issues. People are just exhibiting I-don’t-care attitudes towards family health,” he said.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

In Nigeria, many citizens don’t know they are contributing to the population problem. Doctor Vickie explains.
 
Family planning does not equate to not having children, or not having enough as you desired – but having them when you want to, ensuring you are financially and mentally prepare, adequate spacing as you want, preventing unwanted and unplanned pregnancies thereby making your home a happy one.

Zamfara meningitis outbreak was avoidable – WHO

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed the outbreak of meningitis in some parts of Nigeria, particularly Zamfara State on lack of robust surveillance, saying the Zamfara outbreak was avoidable.
This was also as the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) warned against spread of the meningitis outbreak to the North Eastern part of Nigeria, which it said is already suffering from malnutrition.

DFID blames meningitis outbreak on weak health system

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nigerian Representative of the Department for International Department, DFID, Dr. Salma Kolo, has said that the outbreak of Cerebrospinal meningitis, CSM, particularly in the north was an indication that the region’s health system is weak.
Dr. Kolo spoke on Tuesday at the emergency meeting of Northern traditional leaders committee on Public Health Centre, with some North-West State governors.

Okorocha donates four hospitals to armed forces, police

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State at the weekend donated one hospital each to the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and Police.
According to the governor, the gesture was to make the state the hub of medical services and tourism destination.
Okorocha explained that his government had also constructed a 200-bed hospital in each of the 27 local council areas of the state.

Nigeria: Numa Health introduces AI platform

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nigeria: Numa Health introduces AI platform

Digital healthcare marketplace Numa Health has launched AskNuma, a mobile phone based artificially intelligent personal healthcare assistant.

 

Co-founders Dr Tobi Obisanya and Anthony Ajose claim the mobile health platform hosts a wide database of health information which users can access in realtime.

 

The virtual assistant provides users with diagnosis based on the results of their interactions and is designed to be able to connect them with the closest and most relevant healthcare facility.

NGO trains 300 Traditional Birth Attendants in Kaduna

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organization, Womanhood Foundation, said on Tuesday it had trained over 300 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) in Kaduna State, as part of efforts to ensure safe motherhood.
The Coordinator of the Foundation, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the beneficiaries were mostly from communities without health facilities.
Abubakar said the aim was to empower the TBOs to go back to their communities and offer help to pregnant women before, during and after delivery.

UNAIDS urges governors to re-strengthen maternal, newborn child health

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appealed to state governors to re-strengthen Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH) to quicken the pace of ending HIV and AIDS in the country.
Dr Bilali Camara, the Country Director, UNAIDS Nigeria, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
Camara urged the governors to commit themselves more to the MNCH week, adding that the event is one of the critical events that help in the prevention of mother to child transmission HIV.

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