Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, with a growing population and large healthcare market. Inadequate health financing, high levels of poverty and weak healthcare infrastructure limit access to affordable, high-quality health services. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the country's health system: it highlights an urgent need for adequate health investments through efficient institutions and mechanisms that can drive improvement in health outcomes.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has dared other Governors to reveal the identities of contractors handling projects in their various States.
Governor Wike threw the challenge during the commissioning of the Rumuekini-Aluu road in Obio-Akpor and Ikwerre Local government areas of the state.
He pledged to continue to patronize local contractors who deliver quality road projects for the Rivers State government.
Revealing the names of contractors handling road projects in Rivers State, Wike said governors give contracts to family members rather than prioritize quality.
As part of effort to reduce maternal mortality in the country, the federal government has launched the Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) platform.
The platform seeks to improve the well-being of women, children, adolescents and elderly in Nigeria, according to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.
Mr Ehanire, while speaking at the launch on Monday, said the challenges of the country’s health system are multidimensional and require an integrated, multi-sectoral approach.
President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Dr Bartholomew Brai has called on government and other stakeholders to intensify efforts towards providing food and nutrition support to indigent households and scale up existing social protection programmes in the country. Brai also advocates adequate nutrition in the management of covid-19 patients with attention on energy, protein and fluid balance maintenance.
FG allocates 4.5% of budget to health in 12 years FG, states allocated 6% of budget to health in 2019 Malaria claims 73,680 Nigerians in 4 months Nigeria loses 216,000 children, 22,310 pregnant women this year.
IF the Federal Government and state governments had not been paying lip service to healthcare funding, Nigeria would have been at a vantage position to combat the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world.
No fewer than 42 per cent of women in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, suffer physical or verbal abuse, stigma or discrimination during childbirth.
According to new evidence from a World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study, published October 9, 2019 in the journal Lancet, more than one-third of women in the four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities.
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.
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.
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.