By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives has urged the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) to take urgent steps in controlling malaria epidemic in Kano State. This is as it said the programme should be aimed towards taking proactive measures in order to be better prepared and bring emergency situation such as the one in Kano under control. The resolution was contained in a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Abubakar Nuhu Danburam. In his debate, Danburam noted that since October, 2016 when Kano State witnessed unprecedented malaria epidemic, it has been spreading despite all efforts to bring it under control through the provision of mosquito nets and administration of drugs. He said one of the challenges that face the people of Kano Municipal Federal Constituency and the state at large is the inadequate provision and distribution of mosquito nets, which protect the people against malaria infection adding that malaria epidemic usually occurs...
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 Ruth Tene Natsa The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, recently released two reports on “Food Systems and Diets: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century” and “Improving Nutrition Through Enhanced Food Environments”, funded by the Department For International Development (DFID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ruth Tene Natsa writes on the challenges and recommendations as proffered by the reports. Poverty, rising population and attendant problems as well as low literacy level are challenges that confront many Nigerians at present. It is estimated that well over 100 million Nigerians live on less than $1 a day. There is no hiding the fact that hunger and malnutrition are realities which many Nigerians live with today which the current economic recession has compounded. However, these challenges are not peculiar to Nigeria and Nigerians alone. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DFID, James Wharton MP in his foreword in...
By PAUL UWADIMA, Abuja In the effort to improve health care facilities in the country, the Saudi German Hospital (SGH) Dubai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto,  to cooperate and develop infrastructure as well as establish a cardiac surgery facility at the hospital. According to the statement made available to LEADERSHIP Friday in Abuja, yesterday, by the Saudi German Hospital Dubai, the SGH Dubai will send a team of doctors and technicians to the University Teaching Hospital to train the doctors. Also doctors from Nigeria would travel to Dubai to be trained under the German Professors.  Similarly, as a further development, a telemedicine facility will be developed to discuss medical cases between the two hospitals while the treatment of complex medical cases would be done at Dubai. The statement revealed that free second opinion service will be provided to patients under the MoU. Speaking at the occasion the CEO of Saudi German Hospital, Dr Reem Osman said...
BY VICTOR OKEKE, Abuja With a backlog of over 200,000 women living with fistula and 12,000 new cases occurring every year, Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria are to begin a programme of free treatment of Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). Engender Health Nigeria Country Project Manager for the USAID-funded Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project, Chief Iyeme Efem  told newsmen in Abuja that the Minister of Health, Professor Professor Isaac Adewole has given his approval for the programme in order to tackle the mounting backlog of women living with fistula in the country. “One strategy we introduced to the honourable Minister of Health which he has signed is that we should expand the pool of number of centres that are conducting fistula repairs.” “The Minister said that the skills are resident in the Teaching Hospitals and he has signed a memo to all the teaching hospitals waiving the fees for fistula repairs. He has waived fees for...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja Youths and the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) will henceforth be included in Family Planning(FP) programmes, the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning ( AAFP) has said. Speaking at a Media parley in Abuja, the Chairman, AAFP, Dr Ejike Oji said although success has been recorded so far with the family planning intervention programmes, increase in number of unwanted pregnancies, sexual abuse and maternal deaths among the youths and in IDPs is still a clog in the wheel of national progress. Oji said, the youths and the IDPs are the missing gap who needs to be heard and also be able to make a choice on whether to be pregnant and when to be pregnant. “family planning in IDP centers, there’s a lot of sexual abuse going on there and nobody is taking care of them so that’s why we are paying attention to make sure that they have family...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The European Union (EU) said that it has spent over N105m on the newly constructed Federal Capital Territory (FCT) vaccines cold store facility located at Apo-Abuja. Speaking when he handed over the facility to the FCT administration at the weekend, the leader of EU-Support for Immunization Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN) project, Dr. Isah Ibrahim explained that the cost of the building, including borehole stand at about N31m, which is different from the cost of the renovation. “The building and the borehole alone cost about N31m, the cost of solar refrigerator system is different, the cost of the four-wheel vehicle is different, the cost of the renovation of the facilities is also different. So if you put everything together including the computers, it is above N105m, but that is at about five years ago and if you put it at the current value, it is over N200m”, he said. Ibrahim explained that...

Cholera Hits Borno IDPs Camps, Kills 7

By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri - Seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been confirmed dead while 100 others were discharged from Muna and Dala Lawanti cholera treatment centre in the past three weeks following the outbreak of cholera in Borno IDPs camps. This was disclosed yesterday in Maiduguri by the medical director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Anna Cillers, while briefing journalists on measures to prevent further spread of cholera in Maiduguri metropolis and camps. She said that over 200 patients were admitted at the Dala treatment centre, since the outbreak of cholera last month. She said, “In the last 24 hours in Maiduguri metropolis of Borno state, we have received over 50 patients at MSF’s Cholera Treatment Unit at Dala. The total number of patients admitted from the start of the outbreak till now is over 200 with 100 patients discharged and seven people dead .” Cillers said the MSF is working in collaboration with...
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...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja To forestall quackery in the in health records profession, the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria(HRORBN) yesterday inaugurated a 12 man committee who will be responsible for investigating and penalizing defaulters charged with breaking ethical standards. Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Registrar, HRORBN, Alhaji Mohammed Mami said the new committee members whose appointment is subject to the approval of the Minister of Health will assist in monitoring of operations, identifying of issues suitable for professional review, finding out hospitals and clinics that engage unlicensed members to practice, professional(s) reportedly involved in examination malpractices. Mami further call on health care providers and management of health facilities to engage the services of qualified and licenced practitioners to strengthen their health records department. “this will facilitate the collection, aggregation and analysis of qualitative health data especially in the area of informed medical care, monitoring and evaluation, disease surveillance and...