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Forty-Three Ebola Cases In DR Congo

2 days ago /

The World Health Organisation has announced that there are 43 cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo. Three people have died in the current outbreak. The organisation announced the outbreak of the virus in the north-east province of Bas-Uele province two weeks ago. The region lies 1,300km north-east of the capital, Kinshasa,...

NHIS Act Amendment: Senate Seeks To Extend Health Insurance Coverage To All Nigerians

6 days ago /

The move came as the Senate held a public hearing on the repeal of the law establishing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to be replaced with the National Health Insurance Commission (NHIC).  Speaking during the public hearing yesterday, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Olarenwanju Tejuosho said the...

Acting President Osinbajo Orders Intensive Screening At Borders To Keep Out Ebola

6 days ago /

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo directed that surveillance be stepped up at the borders in order to forestall ‘import’ of Ebola from Congo. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting. The minister said: “As I stated last week, in matters of...

Disastrous Tomato Pest Returns, Destroys Tomatoes In Gombe

2 weeks ago /

The Gombe State Agricultural Development Project (ADP) says that the tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, has seriously affected tomato harvests in three of the state’s 11 local government areas. Mr Abba Dreba, the Pest Control Officer of the ADP, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday that the affected...

Death Toll Of Meningitis Rises As Delta Records Another Case

1 month ago /

There are indications that the death toll from the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) epidemic has risen above 500 and beyond 4,000 cases from a total of 3,959 cases with 438 deaths reported over the weekend.​Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole​​, was quoted yesterday as saying that 490 people have...

Corps Member Dies Of Heart Failure In Sokoto

1 month ago /

Anthony Ochai, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from Benue state, has died of heart failure in Sokoto.

Minister Dismisses Yari’s Theory On Meningitis

1 month ago /

Minister of state for health says the outbreak of Meningitis in some parts of the country has nothing to do with moral or spiritual lifestyles of Nigerians as postulated by Governor  Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state. Dr Osagie Ehanire, trashed the governor’s statement in an interview with State House correspondents on...

Centre For Disease Control Says Nigeria Has No Vaccines For Type C Meningitis

1 month ago /

The Centre For Disease Control has said there is a limited amount of doses of drugs Meningitis ‘C’ globally.  The Chief Executive Officer/National Coordinator, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known to the Senate Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases in Abuja on Monday The NCDC boss...

Senate President Saraki Pledges Speedy Approval For Meningitis Victims

1 month ago /

The President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki has pledged the commitment of the Senate to ending the menace of CerebroSpinal meningitis (CSM) which has claimed the lives of over 300 Nigerians since January 2017. In a series of tweets on his handle @BukolaSaraki, the Senate’s President pledged that the upper...

China Vows Fresh Smog Crackdown As Toxic Air Shrouds Beijing

1 month ago /

China’s smoggiest cities have pledged to ramp up the battle on pollution after air quality deteriorated in the first few months of this year, the China Daily reported on Monday, as smog blanketed the capital, Beijing, and the surrounding region. Top officials from seven districts in Beijing, Tianjin and cities in Hebei and...

Meningitis Outbreak Kills Over 100 Nigerians

1 month ago /

At least 140 people have been killed in a meningitis outbreak in six states in Nigeria, including the federal capital, Abuja.  More than 80 of the deaths occurred in north-western Zamfara state. Confirming the news, a director at Nigeria's centre for disease control, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzol, said the death toll...

FG Disburses $500m Maternal, Child Fund

2 months ago /

The Federal Government has inaugurated a committee to supervise the $500 million grant disbursement to the 36 states of the federation and FCT to address maternal and child health challenges in the country. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, inaugurated the committee during a retreat organised by the federal programme...

Africa CDC - A New Body To Deal With Africa's Health Emergencies

3 months ago /

The African Union has established a body to detect, manage and to better respond to public health emergencies like the Ebola virus.  The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC) will monitor health threats and manage responses.  The body will collaborate with international health institutions to share information and improve surveillance...

Bird Flu Resurfaces In Kano

5 months ago /

The Kano State Government on Wednesday announced the resurfacing of bird flu in the state. Shehu Bawa, the Director Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano. Mr. Bawa said the outbreak was recorded in one of the poultry farms in...

NASS To Ensure Budget Implementation For Health Sector

5 months ago /

The National Assembly Health and Appropriation committees have resolved to push the executive to ensure that budgets passed for all sectors are implemented for the benefit of Nigerians. This is part of the outcome of a three-day retreat by the committees, on ways to improve Nigeria’s health sector. Also present at the...

NAFDAC Warns Fake Products Importers

6 months ago /

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned importers of fake drugs and unregistered food products to steer clear of the new Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. Mr John Okwori, Head of NAFDAC office in Enugu State, gave the warning in an interview with the News...

Cholera Kills Six In Lagos, 39 Under Observation

8 months ago /

Six people have died of cholera in  Isolo  Local Government Area  of Lagos State after eating contaminated Abacha, a local delicacy of the people of the South-East geopolitical zone. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who briefed reporters about the development at the state’s secretariat on Thursday,  stated that 39 other...

Nigeria Inaugurates E-Health Committee

8 months ago /

Nigeria has inaugurated an e-Health Steering Committee to bring up strategies to address the challenges facing the health sector. The national e-Health structure is to coordinate, guide and monitor e-Health implementations, including setting rules, policies, guidelines and standards to guide stakeholders. Health minister Isaac Adewole inaugurated the committee expected to address some...

Scientists Warn Nigeria Of Zika Virus

8 months ago /

Nigerians have been warned of an imminent Zika virus attack following a new analysis of travel, climate and mosquito patterns in Africa. A research by scientists trying to predict the future path of Zika say that no fewer than 2.6 billion people living in parts of Africa and Asia could be...

Kogi State Bags $1.5m From World Bank

10 months ago /

The Kogi State Government has been awarded $1, 500, 000 by the World Bank to meet set health targets. The Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu, represented Kogi State at the ceremonial launch event for the first disbursement of funds to states on the “Saving One Million Lives Program...


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