Healthcare Sector

‘Why Nigeria is investing more in family planning’

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why is Nigeria restrategising on family planning?
 
Family Planning is one of the strongest anti-poverty strategies and low-hanging fruit for reducing maternal mortality. The success of the introduction of family planning as part of basic health in the health sector is to ensure that a woman’s right as a human right is realised. We want to include Family Planning as part of basic healthcare.
 

August Meeting: State Prepares Health Communicators For Breastfeeding Campaign

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Enugu State Government has embarked on the training of health communicators on how to effectively deliver exclusive breastfeeding campaign messages to women during their annual August Meeting in the state.
 
The state Director of Public Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ossai, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu.
 
August Meeting, a community or faith-based meeting of married women, peculiar to the South East serves as a social integration, re-engineering and economic forum for women.
 

‘Declare family planning national emergency’

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NO less than 214 million   women worldwide that want to prevent pregnancy have  access to modern contraceptives, the UNFPA has stated.
 
Making the declaration in Abuja during the  commemoration of the 2017 World Population Day (WPD), the body remarked that the day should be reviewed to reflect essence of Family Planning.
 
In the views of Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mrs Mairo Mandara,  who spoke at the event,  “Family Planning should be declared a National Emergency.
 

FG spends only N1500 per year on each Nigerian’s healthcare – Minister

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has decried the inadequate attention the government is paying to health and the overdependence on foreign donors to fund health initiatives in the country.
 
Mr. Adewole, who spoke at the Maiden Edition of Health Communication Conference organised by Association of Nigeria Health Journalists, ANHEJ in Abuja on Thursday, said despite the improvement in budgetary allocation to the sector this year, it was still a far cry from global standards.
 

No improvement in newborn survival in Nigeria—Toyin Saraki

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wife of the  Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki has scored Nigeria low on newborn survival, saying the level of improvement in reducing deaths in newborn babies globally has not played out in Nigeria.
 
Mrs Saraki, in a keynote address at the 10th annual general meeting and scientific conference of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM), stated that there has been little improvement in reducing deaths in newborns.
 

Africa is the worst place for children

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The life of a child is a simple one: be a child and enjoy as much of life as you can, while you can.
 
For a typical child in Africa, you have the bonus struggle of beating incredible odds to stay alive.
 
The first battle children have to fight is against their environment, and it depends on whether they end up in the overcrowded slums of Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone or the lush heart of Stockholm, Sweden.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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