News Desk

Abuse of the girl child: different shades, perpetrators and health implications

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sixteen year old Omonsiegho (not her real name), an SS3 girl in a mixed sex Boarding School was asked to stand on her desk; her offence? Not paying attention. For the rest of that class, the punisher; a middle aged, unmarried ‘Geography Teacher’ ignored her pains, suffering and tears as she shifted weight from one lower limb to the other, seeking any position that will reduce her pain and give her some comfort.
 

Agency assures donors of transparency, accountability

Friday, February 17, 2017

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has assured donors of improved transparency and accountability in delivering primary healthcare services in Nigeria.
 
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
 
The NPHCDA boss said he has been working to reposition the agency to imbibe the culture of transparency, accountability, performance management and value for money.
 

Proprietress tasks parents on family planning

Friday, February 17, 2017

The proprietress, Laurel Schools, Jakande Estate, Lagos, Mrs. Christiannah Onawole, has advised parents to have the number of children they can cater for.
 
She said that family planning would ensure that each member of the family gets the maximum support possible to succeed.
 
Onawole said this on Saturday during the 9th Biennial Inter House Sports event of the school in Lagos.
While urging government not to see schools as cash cows, Onawole added that sporting activities enabled pupils to be mentally alert and receptive to learning.
 

Opinion: Why is the Ministry of Health spending my money on condoms?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

As the National Assembly (NASS) considers the 2017 budget, an item  under the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) submission proposes to spend ₦915 million for the provision and distribution contraceptive commodities as part of counterpart fund.
 
This unethical waste of scarce resources is worrying and symptomatic of lack of strategic thinking that this administration is struggling to overcome in several area of policy administration.
 

FG Signs Seventy Million Euro EU Support For Health

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Union (EU) on 70 million Euro support to Revamp Nigeria’s health sector.
 
 
According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the fund will be used to strengthen the nation’s already weak health system and eradicate polio.
 
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion emphasised the need to concentrate on reducing the nation’s burden of maternal child mortality.
 

Nigeria, eight others move to cut maternal, infant mortality

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Disturbed by the high incidence of maternal and child mortality, nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – have committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next five years.
 
 

Enugu Free Maternal Child Health Programme Is Ambiguous — Lawmaker

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A member of Enugu State House of Assembly, Dr Emeka Ogbuobor, has criticised the 2007 free Maternal and Child Healthcare Programme (FMCH), describing it as ambiguous, flawed with chaos and confusion.
 

Ogbuobor, representing Isi-Uzo constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Health, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the programme was no longer working.
 

Ogbuobor said that the programme needed to be revived and streamlined because its  impact on the poor was enormous.
 

Nigerian doctors use candlelight to perform operations

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Some doctors in Nigeria use candlelight to perform operations due to the dearth of funding for the sector, a medical practitioner told a Senate panel during a public hearing on the 2017 budget yesterday.

 

 

Benjamin Anyele, chairman, Health Sector Reform Coalition, said this when he delivered a keynote address to the surprised lawmakers.

 

 

“It has gotten so bad that Nigerians are running mental without knowing, nurses use candlelight to assist in carrying out operations,” Anyele told the lawmakers.

 

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