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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has called for the establishment of an independent national body to handle issues of nutrition in the country. Sanusi who made the call at a Conference in Abuja on Wednesday, explained that if some communicable diseases could have national agencies, there should also be a body or an agency focusing on nutrition to address malnutrition in the country.

He said most diseases affecting children, had malnutrition as underline cause, hence the need to tackle that head on.

Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/emir-of-kano-advocates-national-agency-for-nutrition.html

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

A UK-based Nigerian doctor, Dr Harvey Olufunmilayo, has decried the huge number of Nigerian doctors seeking greener pastures abroad.
Olufunmilayo, who practises in Leeds, said about 1,000 Nigerian doctors passed the Plab1 exam in March 2018 to enable them practice in the UK.
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) had in January 2018 said that there were 4,000 patients to one doctor in Nigeria, describing the trend as unacceptable.
Olufunmilayo, who took to his Twitter handle, explained that four million Nigerian patients would be denied access to a doctor should the 1,000 doctors leave Nigerian shores.
He said, “In March, about 1,500 doctors wrote the Plab1 exam to work in the UK and about 1,000 passed. In a country that 1 doctor cares for about 4,000 patients; losing 1,000 doctors means 4million Nigerians will find it harder to see a doctor. We are playing with fire as a nation.
Read more at:https://www.herald.ng/nigeria-is-in-big-problem-uk-based-nigerian-doctor...

Monday, September 9, 2019

Nigeria’s population is growing at a scary rate and experts say it is having a significant effect on the environment. Ugandan journalist Shifa Mwesigye, in this special report for The Nation, examines this challenge and suggests the way out.
At 11 am, Elizabeth heads out into the hills where she meets her friends from the neighbourhood. They descend onto the forest in their village of Burak in Shongom, Gombe State to cut down trees and collect firewood for preparing meals for their families. Here they meet tens of other women and children collecting firewood.
When Elizabeth’s mother was her age 20 years ago, the forest was sprouting down the hills and neighbouring their farm. They didn’t have to move long distances to collect firewood. Today, Elizabeth has to walk at least 4 kilometres to collect the firewood because the forest has been destroyed so much and the bare land turned into agricultural and settlement zones.
The demand for fuelwood in Shongom has grown because according to the state’s website, the population in Gombe State increased from 158,339 in 1990 to 2.8 million people by 2015, increasing demand for cooking energy. Secondly, businessmen cut down trees and transport them to the cities where it is used as fuelwood, timber for making furniture and building houses for the ever-increasing population that requires housing.
Read more at:https://thenationonlineng.net/high-population-eats-up-nigerias-forests/

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Family planning is the best gift government has given to us; we are living a life without worries and fears, say women who are living in Ikorodu local government area, Lagos state.
At a field trip to Ita-Elewa Primary Healthcare Center, at Ikorodu, Lagos State, organised by Family Planning Media Advocacy Working Group in collaboration with Public Health Sustainability Advocacy Initiative, PHSAI, the women from Ikorodu Community who came out en mass to access family planning services, were enormously singing the praises of family planning.
One of the women is Mrs Basirat Bakare, a 34 year old married woman with three kids. To her, “What is the benefit of giving birth to children, without planning for them, without sending them to school? I have suffered a lot, I don’t want my children to suffer too. That is the reason I am using all my funds to give them the best.”
Read more at: leadership.ng/2019/08/20/ikorodu-women-recount-the-benefits-of-family-planning/

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

About 830 women die daily from avoidable childbirth and pregnancy complications. Half of these women live in sub-Saharan Africa. 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
 

Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities. Young adolescents face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy than other women. Researchers say these women are not dying as a result of any illness. But rather from a lack of basic healthcare measures.
Pregnancy complications are health problems that occur during pregnancy. They usually involve the mother's health, the baby's health, or both. Before they become pregnant, some women have health problems that could lead to complications in their pregnancy. Other problems arise during the pregnancy. Whether a complication is common or rare, there are ways to manage problems that come up during pregnancy
Africa has a high maternal mortality rate due to several pregnancy complications. How do we tackle them in the bid to reduce the mortality rate?
Read more at: https://www.pulse.ng/lifestyle/beauty-health/9-major-pregnancy-complicat...

Friday, August 16, 2019

NIgeria’s population, according to experts, is growing at a scary rate. Ugandan journalist Shifa Mwesigye, in this report for The Nation, examines the way out of this challenge.

 

He has 21 children. Mustafa blames it on the lack of knowledge of family planning and its benefits. He says he would have had fewer if he knew what he now knows. His oldest child is 33 years and the youngest is nine.
“I did not plan to have many. It just happened that my wives and I had them. Every year, my wives would each give birth. The knowledge of family planning came late when I had 18 children,” Mustafa says. He has two wives, Mastula and Amina. “By this time, I wanted to stop but I did not know what to do.”
Mustafa’s story is a reflection of current studies and statistics; it mirrors the lives of many families in the poorest communities of Africa. Yet, Nigeria is special as it is already the most populous African nation and on the seventh rank in the world. If its population of 200 million people continues to grow at the current rate of 3.2 per cent each year, the country will have the third-largest population worldwide with 411 million people by 2050.
Read more at:https://thenationonlineng.net/how-nigeria-can-curb-population-explosion/

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The increasing cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was of concern to international health experts last week. The current outbreak in the Central African country has claimed about 2,000 lives since it started in August 2018.
On August 31, Nigeria joined other African countries to celebrate Africa Traditional Medicine Day. On that occasion, Nigeria Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, called for the study of African herbal medicine in Nigerian universities.
PREMIUM TIMES brings you a roundup of some of the major news in the health sector during the week.
Kwara commits N232m to maternal, child health, others – Governor
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Monday said his administration has paid N232 million in counterparts funding to address maternal and child health, nutrition and malaria in the state.
The governor disclosed this at a two-day health symposium held in Ilorin with the theme: “Partnership for Health Innovation in Kwara State.
Read more at: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/349944-top-health-stories-l...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

An estimated 1.25 million induced abortions occurred in Nigeria in 2012, equivalent to a rate of 33 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The estimated unintended pregnancy rate was 59 per 1,000 women in their reproductive age. Available data showed that 56 per cent of unintended pregnancies were resolved by abortion. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI report
 
Read more: https://www.newtelegraphng.com/2019/08/embracing-family-planning-for-hea...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A non Governmental Organization, Development Communication, (DevCom) Network has urged the Federal government of Nigeria to declare State of emergency on education.
To celebrate this year’s International Youth Day, themed “Transforming Education” it is pertinent to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” as enshrined in Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, Akin Jimoh, DevComs Program Director said.
Jimoh said, in order to address the present turmoil, gap in educational development among Nigerian youths, the Nigerian government, parents as well as guardians, should take education as a paramount goal and a basic necessity of life.
“Education is the best gift to bequeath to a child as it gives people the tools to help provide for themselves in the future.  It has positive impact on key development parameters such that the rate of poverty, early girl child pregnancies and other social vices will be reduced among a large number of Nigerian youths.
Read more at: https://mapnews.ng/international-youth-day-ngo-urge-fg-to-declare-state-...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A non Governmental Organization, Development Communication, (DevCom) Network has urged the Federal government of Nigeria to declare State of emergency on education.
To celebrate this year’s International Youth Day, themed “Transforming Education” it is pertinent to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” as enshrined in Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, Akin Jimoh, DevComs Program Director said.
Jimoh said, in order to address the present turmoil, gap in educational development among Nigerian youths, the Nigerian government, parents as well as guardians, should take education as a paramount goal and a basic necessity of life.
“Education is the best gift to bequeath to a child as it gives people the tools to help provide for themselves in the future.  It has positive impact on key development parameters such that the rate of poverty, early girl child pregnancies and other social vices will be reduced among a large number of Nigerian youths.
“Specifically Nigeria need to take action now to prepare the youth population to take over leadership roles as evidenced in most progressive countries today. The involvement and education of young people in all facet of life should be taken with all seriousness.
 
Read more at:  https://mapnews.ng/international-youth-day-ngo-urge-fg-to-declare-state-...