By MUH’D ZANGINA, Kura Jigawa MNCH Accountability Forum (JiMAF)  has commended Jigawa State government for increasing monthly grant for free maternal and child  ‎medical treatment from N15 million to N75million. The group described the review of the grant as a welcome development that will go in tandem ‎with the growing demand for more resources to tackle the high rate of maternal and child death in the state. This was contained in a press statement signed by the co-chair, JIMAF, Comrade Baffa Nayaya, which is a platform comprising civil societies, media, government and citizens who are working to improve. According to the statement, the government has demonstrated a high sense of concern and answers public call ‎on the need to increase its commitment in improving maternal and child health care service. The group who are also partners to Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), MNCH2, has called on the state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru,...
By Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakiliki The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF yesterday said that with the two cases reported in Benue State yesterday, the number of cases so far recorded in Nigeria since the outbreak of the diseases now stands at 94 with only nine confirmed. UNICEF Health Specialist, Dr Eghe Abe during a one day advocacy meeting with media executives in southern states on Monkey Pox held in Uyo Akwa Ibom State stated that though no death have been recorded, the virus is spreading which requires urgent attention. Presenting a paper titled, “Understanding the Epidemiology of monkey pox viral disease”, Dr. Abe who debunked the rumour making the rounds that some military personals are vaccinating children with monkey pox vaccine said that the diseases do not have any treatment or vaccine adding that such rumours are misleading and must be ignored and discarded. He maintained that so far, suspected cases of monkey pox...
The United Nations Childrens Fund, UNICEF Wednesday said that with the recent 2 cases reported in Benue State yesterday, the number of cases so far recorded in Nigeria since the outbreak of the diseases now stands at 94 suspected cases with only 9 confirmed. UNICEF Health Specialist, Dr. Eghe Abe during a One day Advocacy meeting with media executives in Southern States on Monkey Pox held in Uyo Akwa Ibom state stated that though no death have been recorded, the virus is spreading which requires urgent attention. Presenting a paper titled, understanding the Epidemiology of moneypox viral disease Dr. Abe who debunked the rumour making the round that some military personals are vaccinating children with Monkey pox vaccine said that the diseases so not have any treatment or vaccine adding that such rumours are misleading and must be ignored and discarded. He maintained that so far, suspected cases of monkey pox are...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Rivers State Traders and Market Women Association (RSTMWA) has resolved to partner with each other to check the incidence of fake and counterfeit products in stores and market in Rivers State. That agreement was reached on Tuesday during a courtesy visit by the executives of RSTMWA to the South-South Zonal NAFDAC in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Speaking during the visit, the zonal coordinator of the agency, Mrs. Chinelo Ejeh, commended the market association for been responsive and said that the new cooperation will help the agency in its task of ridding the market of unwholesome products. Ejeh, stated that NAFDAC has not been relenting in carrying out its routine inspections across the state and even in the markets, adding, “The agency often meet resistance from the market leaders whenever they come for inspections." She further...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recorded more than 90 per cent decrease in polio outbreak in Africa in 2012, an official, Mr Basi Wadzin, has said. Wadzin is the State Coordinator of WHO in Plateau. He stated this at the administration of polio vaccines to children at the Primary Health Care Centre in Jos North Local Government Area organised by Rotary Club, District 9125. The official said globally between 1,000 and 350,000 cases of polio outbreaks were recorded annually in the 80’s and that Nigeria had been certified polio free for almost two years until another outbreak in 2016 in some remote and insecure areas of Borno. “We are hoping that at the end of 2019, Nigeria and Africa will be certified polio free and we will be able to reach inaccessible areas in the country. “We hope for the possibility to reach every child with concerted efforts from government and other donors...
BY ONYEANUNA ONYEDIKACHI , Abuja A new Nigeria research data has revealed how big tobacco companies  violet legal framework which provides against advertising to young and vulnerable children. The Nigerian Tobacco Control Research Group (NTCRG) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN), in collaboration with the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) at the  public presentation of the study in Abuja said that the research shows how tobacco companies strategically situate tobacco products and advertisements near primary and secondary schools with the aim of enticing kids to experiment smoking. The research work titled- “Big Tobacco: Tiny Targets Nigeria Report” exposes widespread sale of tobacco products along paths of primary and secondary schools in five states where there was also deliberate display of tobacco products next to sweets and drinks, making them easily accessible, and sales of single tobacco sticks at very affordable rates, among other tactics of getting children to smoke...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kaduna State branch has applauded the contribution of the federal, state government alongside development partners such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and a host of other stakeholders in the provision of vaccination services across the country. Meanwhile, the medical umbrella body has also lamented the decline in immunization coverage in Nigeria with its attendant implications on the future of the country if not addressed. The medical body said, the 2016/2017 National Immunization Coverage Survey (NICS) indicates that, only 33 percent of children between 12-23 months of age had 3 doses of pentavalent vaccine against the global target of 90 percent and only 23 percent were fully immunized. Addressing newsmen preparatory to the 2017 annual physician's week celebration with the theme: Declining immunization coverage,  threat to national development and security, Way forward" the NMA Chairman in the State, Dr....
By Osa Okhomina, Yenagoa Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has called on the people of the state to discountenance the rumour making the rounds that, the Nigerian Army authorities are carrying out a medical outreach to endanger the health and safety of the people. A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo noted that the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson made the call, while receiving a letter of commendation from the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in Government House. Governor Dickson, who described the rumour as unfounded, urged Nigerians not to panic, but rather cooperate with the military in discharging its medical outreach and community support initiatives, which he said were designed to impact positively on the people. Reiterating his administration’s commitment towards sustaining the prevailing peace, security and stability in the state, Governor Dickson assured the Nigerian Army and other security agencies of...
BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday lamented that Nigeria loses billions of naira to overseas medical trips annually. He spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, while commissioning the 400-bed Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital (ABUADTH), Ado Ekiti. Osinbajo, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, said the hospital, which he described as a masterpiece will help stop Nigerians from seeking medical treatments abroad and enhance healthcare delivery system in the country. Osinbajo who commended the founder, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) for his vision and love for humanity, said what he did is a watershed in the history of the nation. He said, “This hospital will go a long way in conserving funds being spent by Nigerians on medical trips abroad. With this, Nigerians can now treat Nigerians. “It takes a man with vision and large heart for his nation and people to...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna As the United Nations Children Fund  (UNICEF) continues to spread the hand washing message around Kaduna communities and schools as part of activities marking the global hand washing day for the year 2017,  it has been disclosed from research that there are approximately 5000 germs on the hands at any given time. This was disclosed in the remarks of the Water and Sanitation Hygein (WASH) Specialist with UNICEF at one of the hand washing awareness campaign in LEA primary school kasuwan magani in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State. According to her,  this years theme : Our hands,  our future" is basically to stressed the importance of proper hand washing to guarantee a safe future. She emphasized that effective handwashing can reduce the transmission of faeco-oral diseases by 47% while the use of sanitary latrine can reduce transmission by about 50%. "Research conducted by Centres for Disease Control, Atlanta,...