News Desk

10 causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Maternal mortality has been determined unequally at different times and different regions. However, a consensus has now been reached. In practice, the definition adopted by the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is now almost universally applied. Read more about the causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria!
 

Health ministers from West Africa meet to address maternal mortality

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A meeting of health ministers from ECOWAS member countries has kicked off in Abuja.
 
The meeting, which is held annually, is organised by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO).
 
Speaking with journalists at the ECOWAS secretariat on Tuesday, Kofi Busai, director of primary health at WAHO, said this year’s meeting is looking at ways to reducing maternal mortality in the region.
 

UNICEF seeks monarch's support to address issues affecting children

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The United Nation Children’s Fund [UNICEF], on Thursday solicited the support of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in addressing issues related to child protection, survival and development in Nigeria.
 
Mr Mohamed Malick-Fall, the newly appointed UNICEF Country Representative, made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit on the Emir at his Palace in Kano.
 

NURHI raises alarm over fake ‘family planners’ in Oyo

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Non-Governmental Organization, The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), has raised the alarm over the increasing number of fake health workers going to markets and public places in Oyo State to administer family planning injections on unsuspecting women.
 

PROFILE: The life and times of Babatunde Osotimehin

Monday, June 5, 2017

Babatunde Osotimehin was a global leader of public health, women’s empowerment and young people, particularly focused on promoting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as population and development.
 
After his appointment as UNFPA Executive Director, effective 2011, he spearheaded efforts by the international community to advance the milestone consensus of the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994.
 

Gov’t to commit N100m to child spacing services

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has assured women in the state of a “truly free access” to child spacing services with effect from July.
 
Balarabe gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State on Monday.
 
She spoke on the sideline of a three-day workshop on costed implementation plan for child spacing organised by Palladium and Pathfinder International to promote child spacing in the state.

Osotimehin, former minister of health, is dead

Monday, June 5, 2017

Babatunde Osotimehin, Nigeria’s minister of health from December 2008 to March 2010, is dead.
 
Up until his death, the 68-year-old was the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
 
According to sources at the UNFPA, his death was announced at the Nigerian office of the UN body on Monday morning.
 
He was said to have died in New York.
 

Children as victims of violence

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Although the theme of the 2017 edition of Children’s Day was “Child Protection and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Issues and Opportunities,” half of Nigerian children sadly still experience physical violence and the shameful phenomenon is prevalent across the 36 states of Nigeria. Evidence from 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) shows that in Nigeria, 91 percent of children age 2-14 years have been subjected to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment by their mothers/caretakers or other household members.

Nigeria loses 2,300 children, 145 child bearing women daily’

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nigeria loses about 2, 300 children who are below five years of age and 145 women of children bearing age every day.
Deputy Director, Maternal, and Child Health project of the Society for Family Health, Mrs Bolanle Oyebola, said this yesterday during the health outreach organized by the Lydia Dolapo Komolafe Foundation at Wukara community of the Federal Capital Territory.
Over 200 members of the community received free malaria, HIV and vital signs screening during the exercise.

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