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Tackling Nigeria’s Medication Management Challenges of Access and Adherence
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Neglected Tropical Diseases: Progress Made, but Challenges Remain
Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its latest progress report on the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) entitled “Global report on neglected tropical diseases 2023.” The report highlights the progress and challenges of delivering NTD care around the world, against a backdrop of COVID-19-related disruptions. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, says, “Around […] The post Neglected Tropical Diseases: Progress Made, but Challenges Remain appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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The world can still end AIDS by 2030
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has called for continued innovation and urgency in ensuring that proven HIV prevention and treatment options reach all those in need, following the discontinuation of the Mosaico HIV vaccine trial. The trial, which began in 2019 as a partnership between the US National Institute of Allergy and […] The post The world can still end AIDS by 2030 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Africa Lags Behind in Trans Fat Elimination Efforts, says WHO Report
According to a new status report from the World Health Organization (WHO), five billion people globally remain unprotected from harmful trans fat, increasing their risk of heart disease and death. Despite the global goal for its total elimination in 2023, progress towards this target has been slow, with only 43 countries having implemented best-practice policies […] The post Africa Lags Behind in Trans Fat Elimination Efforts, says WHO Report appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Major setback for HIV vaccine research
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Laboratory in Lagos bags WHO’s full accreditation for measles and rubella
The Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) in Lagos, Nigeria has achieved full laboratory accreditation status from the World Health Organization (WHO) for its contribution to the fight against measles and rubella in the country. The CPHL is one of the laboratories under the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Measles and Rubella laboratory network. “WHO […] The post Laboratory in Lagos bags WHO’s full accreditation for measles and rubella appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Alarm sounded on Rising Child Malnutrition Amidst Conflicts, Climate Shocks and COVID-19
Five United Nations agencies are calling for accelerated progress on the Global Action Plan on Child Wasting, as increasing numbers of children suffer from acute malnutrition in the face of ongoing conflicts, climate shocks, and the impacts of COVID-19. Currently, more than 30 million children in the 15 worst-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, […] The post Alarm sounded on Rising Child Malnutrition Amidst Conflicts, Climate Shocks and COVID-19 appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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What you need to know about Nigeria’s new mental health law
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari recently signed the country mental health bill into law. Described as groundbreaking, the new law aims, among others, to improve access to mental health care and services in Nigeria. The mental health bill aims to improve access to care and services for people with mental health issues. The bill, which has […] The post What you need to know about Nigeria’s new mental health law appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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The uphill battle for safe abortion in Nigeria
Despite the large number of lives threatened by unsafe practices, abortion remains a highly controversial issue in Nigeria, where it is mostly illegal except to save the life of the mother. Despite the restrictive laws, however, unsafe abortions continue to be a major public health concern in the country, with an estimated 3.5 million induced […] The post The uphill battle for safe abortion in Nigeria appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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7 Million Children in Africa Died Before Fifth Birthday Due to Lack of Access to Health Care
An estimated 7 million children in Africa died before their fifth birthday, according to the latest estimates released by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME). The group also found that 1.9 million babies were stillborn in the same period. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with equitable access […] The post 7 Million Children in Africa Died Before Fifth Birthday Due to Lack of Access to Health Care appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Source of Ebola outbreak remains unknown as Uganda declares victory
Health authorities in Uganda have admitted that even though the country’s latest Ebola outbreak is over, the source of the outbreak still remains unknown. In her remarks at the event marking the official declaration of the end of the outbreak, Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth Ocero, Uganda’s Minister for Health, said the health ministry is working […] The post Source of Ebola outbreak remains unknown as Uganda declares victory appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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COVID-19: Sequencing has dropped by over 90% since Omicron
The World Health Organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has urged countries to increase their COVID-19 sequencing efforts and share data with the global community in order to detect and track the emergence and spread of new variants. The Director-General stated that despite the progress made in the fight against the pandemic, such as the development […] The post COVID-19: Sequencing has dropped by over 90% since Omicron appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Ebola outbreak officially over in Uganda
Uganda has declared the end of an Ebola outbreak caused by Sudan ebolavirus, just four months after the first case was confirmed in the country’s central Mubende district on September 20, 2022. The country’s Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Acero, praised the swift response to the outbreak, which included surveillance, contact tracing, and […] The post Ebola outbreak officially over in Uganda appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 24th December 2022
Buhari signs mental health bill into law. How NHIA Act will set pace for robust health insurance in Nigeria. New COVID-19 variants not in Nigeria, says NCDC. Looking ahead in 2023: Rekindling hope in Nigeria’s Health Sector. Six states account for 84% cholera cases – NCDC. NARD demands CMDs’ sanction over attacks on workers. NAFDAC […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 24th December 2022 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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No level of alcohol consumption is safe for health – WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a statement in The Lancet Public Health stating that there is no safe amount of alcohol that does not affect health. Alcohol, classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, causes at least seven types of cancer, including the most common types […] The post No level of alcohol consumption is safe for health – WHO appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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From ‘Stalled’ to ‘Transiting’: Activating Nigeria’s Demographic Dividend
Every year, at the National Council on Health (NCH), health leaders across Nigeria congregate to deliberate and approve policies aimed at improving the health of all Nigerians. The NCH, legislated through the National Health Act 2014 remains the highest decision-making body on matters relating to health in Nigeria. The 63rd NCH which kicked off on […] The post From ‘Stalled’ to ‘Transiting’: Activating Nigeria’s Demographic Dividend appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Looking Ahead In 2023 – Rekindling Hope in Nigeria’s Health Sector
The start of a new year comes with fresh expectations, hopes, and dreams. In 2018, Nigeria Health Watch hosted its inaugural Future of Health Conference with the theme “Defining the Health Sector of Our Dreams in Nigeria.” The newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari had just been sworn in to begin his first four-year term. This […] The post Looking Ahead In 2023 – Rekindling Hope in Nigeria’s Health Sector appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 30th December 2022
FG introduces N10 per litre excise duty on carbonated drinks to curb non-communicable diseases. How to improve health outcomes in Nigeria, by Osinbajo, Mustapha, others. Buhari signs National Health Authority Bill into law. President orders minister to submit progress report on vaccine production. Monkeypox Outbreak Tops 1,000 Cases, WHO Warns Of ‘Real’ Risk. WHO: COVID-19 […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 30th December 2022 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Reflecting on Nigeria’s Health Sector in 2022: Hope For 2023?
The resilience of the health sector was tested when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted global economies and health sectors simultaneously in 2020. Routine health programmes in Nigeria, such as childhood immunisation, reproductive health and maternal health services were disrupted, and it was clear that our health systems were not resilient enough to protect us from major […] The post Reflecting on Nigeria’s Health Sector in 2022: Hope For 2023? appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Jela’s Development Initiatives: Promoting Inclusiveness in Mental Health Interventions
The World Health Organization (WHO) clearly states that complete emotional and mental well-being are critical components of good health care. Efforts to improve access to mental health services continue to generate global attention as an estimated one in eight people lived with a mental disorder before the COVID-19 pandemic. While mental health continues to gain […] The post Jela’s Development Initiatives: Promoting Inclusiveness in Mental Health Interventions appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Nigerian health ministry’s social media hiatus further widens misinformation gap
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 24th December 2022
Implementation of SSB tax policy non-negotiable — NASS. COVID-19: US govt hails Nigeria, as 12 states achieve over 70% herd immunity. NAFDAC alerts Nigerians on existence of fake COVID-19 test kits. Doctors, nurses’ emigration affecting our health sector – FG. Population: Stakeholders seek improved uptake of family planning services. Cholera: Cross River govt confirms 20 […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 24th December 2022 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Why the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be declared over yet
While the COVID-19 pandemic has declined significantly in 2022, there are still many gaps and uncertainties that prevent the World Health Organization (WHO) from declaring the pandemic over. Addressing journalists recently, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noted that gaps in surveillance, testing, vaccination, treatment, and health systems are preventing the ending of the pandemic. […] The post Why the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be declared over yet appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Family Planning Offers a Pathway to Universal Health Coverage But Will Nigeria Take It?
The recent International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) saw Thailand host up to 3,500 reproductive health and family planning experts and advocates in Pattaya City, Thailand. The country reduced their total fertility rate from 6.15 to 1.5 between 1960 and 2020. They therefore had significant learnings to share on the ways they were able to […] The post Family Planning Offers a Pathway to Universal Health Coverage But Will Nigeria Take It? appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Made in Cameroon: The Locally Fabricated Incubator Designed to Give Pre-Term Babies a Fighting Chance
By Leocadia Bongben (Lead Writer) Two years ago, Stella Kimbi lost her first baby. “At 28 weeks of my pregnancy, I started bleeding and was taken to the hospital. I delivered a small baby and was told the baby had to remain in an incubator. At the health center, there was no incubator, so my […] The post Made in Cameroon: The Locally Fabricated Incubator Designed to Give Pre-Term Babies a Fighting Chance appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 16th December 2022
CPHIA 2022: African leaders, experts meet in Rwanda to appraise public health. Edo Specialist Hospital launches endoscopic services, prosthetics, orthotics units. COVID-19: As Nigeria relaxes travel protocols, NCDC to give biweekly situation reports. Stakeholders advocate more funding for basic health care. Africa to meet 60% vaccine need by 2040. Unhealthy environment causes 12.6m deaths worldwide, […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 16th December 2022 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 15th December 2022
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Waiting in Hope: Alice’s Cervical Cancer Story
It has been 10 months since 44-year-old Alice Akin* received a cervical cancer diagnosis. “Will the pain ever go away? It is better to die than to live like this, the pain is too much for me to bear,” She mutters at intervals, tears rolling down her face as she talks about her cancer journey. “It […] The post Waiting in Hope: Alice’s Cervical Cancer Story appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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For the Love of Children: Providing Low Cost Fortified Meals for Children in Kontagora Hospital
By Anibe Idajili (Lead Writer) On the last day of October 2022, four women from conflict-affected communities in Niger State arrived at Kontagora General Hospital. They were all carrying children who appeared to be severely malnourished. Kontagora General Hospital is in Kontagora town in north-west Niger State. The town is surrounded by smaller communities like […] The post For the Love of Children: Providing Low Cost Fortified Meals for Children in Kontagora Hospital appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 9th December 2022
Joint effort needed to reduce out-of-pocket health expenditure — Ehanire. Nigeria has Africa’s highest TB, paediatric HIV – WHO. Uganda receives Ebola vaccine candidates for trials. Sweetened Beverage: Advocates call for increased tax. Abayomi tasks Doctors For Change on brain drain. FG To Promote Appropriate Blood Use In Hospital — Health Minister. UHC: Half of […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 9th December 2022 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 8th December 2022
The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 8th December 2022 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Rights to Vulnerable Populations
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) underpins the rights women and girls have to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. However, women and girls, especially in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings (FCV) and persons with disabilities do not have the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and face poor access […] The post Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Rights to Vulnerable Populations appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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The Volunteer Traditional Birth Attendant Plugging the Healthcare Gap for Women in Durumi IDP Camp
It is mid-morning on a Wednesday and Liliatu Ayuba is on her way back to the camp clinic after a short break. She is well respected in the Durumi Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camp and constantly pauses to respond to greetings of “Ina Kwana Maman Auta (Good morning, Maman Auta),” as she is fondly called. Spotting […] The post The Volunteer Traditional Birth Attendant Plugging the Healthcare Gap for Women in Durumi IDP Camp appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Elton John to play Glastonbury as epic tour draws to close
LONDON (AP) — Elton John is scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in June, [...]
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Germany’s soul-searching begins after another World Cup flop
AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Another World Cup, another World Cup flop. Germany is facing another round [...]
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Messi, Argentina try to avoid World Cup upset vs. Australia
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Australia’s players speak in glowing, almost reverential terms about Lionel Messi. [...]
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