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Child protection agency warns against early marriage

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Niger Child Right Protection Agency has warned parents against forcing their children into early marriages due to the bad consequences associated with such practice.
 
Hajiya Mairam Kolo, its Director-General, gave the warning on Wednesday in Minna, while distributing relief materials to victims of communal clashes in Lamba village of Paiko Local government area of the state.
 
She defined early or child marriage as any marriage involving a child that is less than 18 years old.
 

Nigeria Has One Of The Highest Numbers Of Newborn Deaths In Africa – UNICEF

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Much as efforts are been geared towards a healthier society for all, UNICEF in a handbook extracted from Faith For Life have decried that, Nigeria still have one of the highest number of newborn deaths in Africa.
 
Making the presentation yesterday in a 2 day workshop on Media Engagement On Dissemination of “Facts For Life” messages, UNICEF resource person, Mrs Tamani Yusuf added that, if Nigeria is desirous of meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), then more attention should be given to newborns.
 

Husbands attitude threatens pregnant wives more – Exec. Chairman

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The attitude of some husbands in Bauchi state constituted a threat to the well-being of their pregnant wives more than other challenges,  the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Mr Adamu Gamawa said on Tuesday.
 
Briefing newsmen in Bauchi on the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), Gamawa said such husbands had prevented their pregnant wives from attending antenatal clinics (ANC).
 

Rising Domestic Violence: Toothlessness of Child’s Rights Act

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It would take the best of psychiatrists and psychoanalysts to go into the mind of a Christopher Sule, to find out what his heart is really made of, whether of stone or of any other hard metal. The Jos, Plateau State father, who is said to be an Evangelist, was arrested last week and arraigned for allegedly torturing his two children with electric cables etc, resulting in severe injuries and scars.
 

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.
 

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