News Desk

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.

‘No family planning budgets in states’

Monday, April 10, 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.

Child Obesity On The Rise In Lagos – Experts Warned

Monday, April 10, 2017

Experts have called for health education to encourage Nigerians to cultivate healthy lifestyle as part of measures to prevent the steady rise in childhood and adolescents obesity, a situation that end up predisposing them to ill health later in life.
In a new study, experts found 5.8 per cent of school children and adolescents were overweight and 1.7 per cent were obese in Lagos compared to national prevalence of 3.3 per cent for overweight and 1.4 to 4.2 per cent for obesity.

CAN, FOMWAN Partner On Child, Family Health

Saturday, March 4, 2017

In its effort to bring healthcare awareness to the grassroots, Federation of Muslim Women's Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), has partnered with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and religious leaders of the Muslim community on issues of child and family health.
 

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