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Safe Motherhood :NGO seeks more investment in family planning services

Friday, May 26, 2017

Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), an NGO, has called for increased funding of family planning services to raise the level of contraceptive use to 36 per cent by 2018.
 
The organisation’s media specialist, Iliya Kure, said in a paper he presented to mark 2017 Safe Motherhood Week, that current national contraceptive commodities usage was slightly above 15 per cent.
 
The paper is entitled `Child spacing: Key strategy to reducing maternal death – time to act.’
 

Meningitis High cost preventing Nigerians from accessing vaccine

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Federal Government’s efforts to check the further spread of the Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis in the country may be marred by high cost of dispensing the vaccine in public and private health institutions.
 
Nigerians who are eager to protect themselves against the deadly disease have said that the cost of procuring the vaccine is prohibitive.
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the recent outbreak of the disease, especially in the northern parts of the country has claimed over 813 lives.
 

Health Minister: Why Buhari Could Not Be Treated in Nigeria

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, has assured Nigerians and the international community that there is no cause for concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.

He also said that the president could not be treated in Nigeria because of the long existing bond between him and his foreign doctors, saying health was a complex issue.
 

Safe Motherhood Day: Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria Determines To Promote Child Spacing - Dr. Hadiza Balarebe

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kaduna State government has budgeted over #100 million to ensure safe methods of child spacing with almost all the necessary commodities provided free in all facilities in the state.
 
The worthy investment is all geared to save mothers and babies through the partnership of the Kaduna State government and partners.
 

Time to end preventable maternal deaths in Nigeria

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It is often said that ‘pregnancy is not a disease’, but this maxim doesn’t chime with the reality in Nigeria. While pregnancy in itself may not be a disease in Nigeria, the health system that should take care of our expectant mothers is afflicted with a chronic, debilitating disease. Yes, a lethal pestilence that has been killing expectant mothers with stealth, stubborn consistency and in staggering numbers.

EU to spend €54 million on maternal, newborn health in Bauchi, Adamawa, Kebbi

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The European Union (EU) will spend 54 million Euros to strengthen and promote primary healthcare, maternal and child health and newborn babies and reduce deaths associated with maternal and child health in Bauchi, Adamawa, and Kebbi States.
 
This was contained in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Abubakar Al-Sadique.‎
 

Midwives key to rural women’s health – Mrs Saraki

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder and President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has advocated for training and equipping of midwives as they hold the key to health of rural women in Nigeria.
 
Speaking at the wrap up of a two weeks advocacy and sensitisation on the roles of midwives in Nigeria, Mrs Saraki said that women encounter midwives more than doctors.
 
She said that in the rural areas, a well trained and equipped midwife would educate the rural woman on many health issues that concern them.
 

Poverty accounts for high level child malnutrition - Expert

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nigeria continues to record high rate of malnutrition as a result of poverty across the country, the Nutrition Specialist, United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) Philomena Irene has said.
 
Irene who made this known yesterday at a two-day UNICEF sponsored workshop with the theme, Investing in Child Malnutrition for the Future #StopchildmalnutritionNigeria in Yola, Adamawa State also said, most malnourished children come from poor home.

HMCAN explains position on the repealing of the NHIS Act

Friday, May 19, 2017
As the National Assembly commences the process of repealing the NHIS Act, the Health & Managed Care Association of Nigeria, (HMCAN )said the newly proposed Bill which is National Health Insurance Commission Bill, would ensure the regulatory agency focuses on the core function of regulation to expand the scheme’s benefit for more Nigerians.
 
 
“If there anything that has been affecting the growth of health insurance in Nigeria,it is the fact that the existing agency that is meant to regulate the scheme is operating as a regulator and operator,which is a major setback for the scheme,” Lekan Ewenla,the Publicity Secretary of HMCAN told BusinessDay in a media interaction.
 
 
Currently,less than 10% percent of Nigerians are covered by the health insurance scheme,raising further concern on Federal government’s effort of achieving Universal Health Coverage,and addressing poor maternal and child health concerns constantly threatening the country.
 

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