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Disabled people try to overcome challenges in Lagos

Monday, September 2, 2019

After a long fight by advocacy groups Nigeria introduced its first anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities in 2019. DW met amateur weightlifter Kingsley Newton and visited NGO Project Enable Africa to see how far social inclusion has come.

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Global Child, Maternal Death Reduces – UN

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The United Nations says thanks improved access to affordable, quality health services, the number of pregnant women or new mothers and young children who die each year has reduced.
In a statement on Thursday, Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization said “In countries that provide everyone with safe, affordable, high-quality health services, women and babies survive and thrive.”
Since the turn of the century, the number of deaths among children under the age of five has been cut almost in half to some 5.3 million worldwide last year.

Emir of Kano advocates national agency for nutrition

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.

“Nigeria is in big problem” – UK-based Nigerian doctor warns

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.

Ikorodu Women Recount The Benefits Of Family Planning

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.

Top health stories last week

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.

Embracing family planning for healthy living

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
 

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