Healthcare services

Checking the increasing rate of unsafe abortion

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WHEN Mildred Haruna (not real name) was raped during an armed robbery incident in her Lagos environ in 2005, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life.
Soon after the traumatising incident, Mildred discovered that she was pregnant. Her grief further increased because even if she decided to keep the pregnancy, her mega salary could not sustain the baby. Also, the baby some day may be referred to as a bastard since he did not have a father.

NGO Calls For Establishment Of Delivery Rooms In IDPs Camp In FCT

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Yusra Peace Care Foundation, an NGO, has called for the construction of delivery rooms in Durumi IDPs camp in FCT to reduce the risk of maternal and child mortality.
Dr Fahad Muhammed, who is in charge of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) clinic, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.

Detention of new mums over medical bills rampant – Report

Friday, January 12, 2018

A new report presented by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) have flayed widespread detention of women who cannot pay medical bills upon delivery.
The report also indicated that the Federal Government has not done much to reduce the high maternal mortality rate from 2008 to date.


Women Bleed To Death Over Poor Access To Healthcare

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fatimah Isah, from Gwiwa LGA of Jigawa state bled to death following pregnancy complications.
Fatima was unable to access quality healthcare during pregnancy and delivery.
As a teenager, she suffered pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, no thanks to pro-longed labour.  Fatima developed the condition as a result of labour that lasted for two weeks.

Govt launches three-year plan on family health

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A family planning costed implementation plan for 2016 to 2018 to provide direction for a sustainable family planning programme with detailed activities, strategies, goals and indicators to address all components towards achieving the state’s vision on family and reproductive health has been launched by the Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board.
The three-year plan is aimed at increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate among families in the state from 26% to 52% by 2018.

2017: Sad year in Nigeria’s health sector; over 1,000 die from preventable diseases

Monday, January 1, 2018

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released.
PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017.
1,166 people died of meningitis in six months

‘Our mandate is to make PHCs more efficient’

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dr. Faisal Shuaib is the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). In this interview with Vincent Ikuomola and Olugbenga Adanikin, he identified challenges confronting access to primary health care delivery in the country and concerted efforts being made to provide sustainable solutions to the sector. Excerpts:
We know how paramount the health care centres are to your mandate. Considering their current status, will you say you are satisfied?

Low income women cry to Ambode over poor maternal healthcare

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Women in Lagos State have cried out to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over what they described as the exorbitant cost of accessing maternal healthcare in government-owned medical facilities in the state, demanding that the state government redefine the term ‘free healthcare’ which it claims to be offering to expectant women.