BY DOYIN OJOSIPE Despite concerted efforts and much resource invested in routine immunisation, Nigeria has not recorded a laudable achievement in the past few years, a new report has shown. The 2016/017 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey which was disseminated in Abuja revealed that while about 77 per cent of children aged 12 to 23 months did not receive all routine immunizations, mistrust, lack of awareness on the part of parents and distance of facilities were key issues responsible for low and incomplete vaccination. The report, which shows that 40 percent of the infant population did not receive vaccination at all, revealed that only 1 in 4 received all recommended vaccines in the country. The report however noted that the benefits of vaccines are optimised when children receive all recommended doses. While the Northern part of the country had the lowest immunisation coverage due to mistrust and refusal of some parents and consequence of long...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE Following an outbreak of Lasa Fever in Lagos State, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) today disclosed that contact identification and tracing has been initiated and case management has begun for other confirmed cases. It also said that the federal government has provided resources including medical supplies to support case management in the State. Two persons have been reportedly killed and a doctor infected at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). It’s about the 49th week of the disease breakout in the country and 113 deaths have been recorded while a total of 689 suspected cases have been reported as at 31st week of 2017, the NCDC has revealed. The NCDC in a press release has therefore advise Nigerians to be more vigilant, maintaining good hygiene, keeping away of food items from rodents, regular washing of hands and not hesitating to report any suspected case to the Center, using the tool free...
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, A Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Jos, Prof. MandongMafila has lamented the low number of practicing Pathologists in the country, pointing out that, with the population of 170 Million people, there exist just about 150 practicing pathologists. The Professor noted that while the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) has only seven consultant pathologists, only five are actively practicing at the moment serving a population of about 4 million people in the state. He also said, “it is extremely difficult for the clinicians to provide disease specific care to the patients with such a deficient number of qualified Pathologists.” Mafila said that virtually all-practicing Pathologists are clustered in the major cities while most general hospitals and primary health care centres have no Pathology service at all. He said, it is sad that the role of Pathologist as a diagnostician has been relegated to the background by...
JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo About four million residents of Osun State will benefit from the free distribution of two million, two hundred thousand mosquito nets by the Catholic Relief Service in conjunction with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) in their desperate move to reduce the menace of malaria disease in the state. The Programme Manager of Catholic Relief Service in the state, Dr. Adetayo Olusola disclosed yesterday at a workshop in Osogbo that $8.8 million have been earmarked for the procurement of mosquitoes insecticidal nets (LLIN) for the use of the people of the state. The target according to him would ensure that a net will be made available to every two residents of the state to curb the spread of the deadly disease. Olusola further disclosed that, the insecticidal nets would be distributed across the 30 local government areas of the state while 14,000 personnel that would distribute the nets are on...
BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos Two persons have been confirmed dead from fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Lagos State at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH). The Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof Chris Bode, who confirmed the development, said no less than 100 hospital workers exposed to the index case are currently being monitored. It was also learnt that a resident doctor has been infected with the disease. According to him, the patients who were presented very late died after spending a few days in admission. Bode said, “Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them. The first was a 39-year old pregnant lady with bleeding disorder who died after a stillbirth.” The CMD said a post-mortem examination had been conducted before her Lassa fever status was eventually suspected and confirmed, saying a resident doctor from the Department of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology who took part...
By David Abakpa Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, ​has advised men ​to encourage their wives to engage in exclusive breastfeeding. ​He gave this advice at a Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign organised by ​the Lagos ​chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ)​. A former NAWOJ President and Director, Public Affairs, Lagos Ministry of Information, ​ Mrs Toro Oladapo, who represented the commissioner, said men should ​encourage the​ir wives to engage in exclusive breastfeeding which is vital during the first six months of life. “Nothing is natural like breast milk,” he said, noting that human milk is better for babies than animal milk. “Thank you so much for promoting the essence of womanhood​.​ “The media should help ensure mothers are breastfeeding to raise a healthy nation. “You will all agree with me that children that are breastfed distinguish themselves academically,’’ he said.  
By RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole yesterday warned state governors in  Nigeria not to build new health centres in their states but instead take good care of existing ones  and make them functional. Adewole dropped this hint while speaking at the Cross River State Health Summit organized by government of Cross River State, yesterday,  in Calabar. The Health minister who spoke on the theme; “Translating Health Policies and Plans Into Action,” said that there is no need buildingnew health care facility centres urging state governments to focus more attention on the rehabilitation and proper taking care of the existing ones warning against embarking on white elephant projects by governments of the 36 states of the federation. He said, ”There is no need building new health care delivery centres, instead of taking care of existing ones ,provide human resources, clear the weeds, provide electricity, and make health centres function...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Nursing Mothers in Nigeria have been urged to exclusively breastfeed their infants to keep them from being infected with diseases such as Pneumonia and diarrhea which are the two leading causes of deaths of children under five. Experts have also noted that “delaying breastfeeding by 2-23 hours after birth increases the risk of dying in the first 28 days of a baby’s life by 40 per cent.” Presenting a fact sheet during the just concluded 2017 World Breastfeeding Week in Abuja, the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) Country Director, Doune Porter who was represented by Mr Simeon Nanama said it is regrettable that while at least 5.4 million infants miss out of exclusive breastfeeding, Nigeria looses over 100, 000 children under five every year being one of the top contributors to maternal mortality in the world. Stressing the need for breastfeeding, he said the inaction of some mothers has lead...
By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano Kano State government has concluded  the July round of poliomyelitis vaccination of over three million children below five years. In a chat with LEADERSHIP , the executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr. Nasir Mahmoud stated that the July exercise was hitch-free, declaring that the exercise covered the entire 44 local government areas of the state. According to him ,the state government is on the verge of total eradication of the polio disease at all levels. Checks reveal that the exercise suffered setback due to cultural misconception and religious misinterpretation. Other obvious hitches as observed were deviations from the laid down regulations by some of the vaccinators, lack of supervision and poor record keeping, instances that are said to be of significance repeatedly by the technical staff in the fight against poliomyelitis disease. Dr .Mahmud explained that the only way to succeed in the fight against poliomyelitis...
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, No fewer than 25 million Nigerian children will never get to start school in their entire live, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has observed. UNICEF, further decried that, northern part of the country ranked high in states that are taken the issue of education very serious. Speaking in Kaduna state at the 2017 National Enrolment Drive Planning Meeting with journalists, UNICEF said it will soon organize a zonal confrence on out of school children in the North Eastern Nigeria. Making her presentation,  UNICEF  Education Specialists, Azuka Menkiti, said an estimated 18.6 million girls in Nigeria are not in school. She added that, out of the 10.5 million out of school children in Nigeria, over 9 million of them are in Qu'ranic education. "Girls in Northern Nigeria are the first to be excluded from education." While insisting that, education is a legal and moral inherent entitlement for everybody, Azuka stressed that only consistent advocacy...