Smile Train provides life-changing surgeries to over 18,600 patients with clefts in one year

August 17, 2023 Content Editor 0

The world’s largest cleft organization, Smile Train,  says it has through its sustainable partnership model experienced groundbreaking growth in Africa, providing 100% free life-changing cleft surgeries to more than 18,600 beneficiaries in the last financial year 2023. A statement by PR & Communications Manager, Africa of the organization Emily Manjeru made available to Blueprint, said it reflects a 13 percent Read More

Take mental health serious, IPCR boss tells staff

August 17, 2023 Lekan Olaseinde 0

The Director General of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Dr. Joseph Ochogwu has said that individual well-being is key to productivity in the work place. Speaking at the Health Talk session titled, “Mental Health/Emotional Intelligence,” Dr. Ochogwu urged staff of the Institute to take adequate  care of their mental issues. Ochogwu said: “Individual well-being  is key to productivity Read More

Rising cases of human organ failure worries Kalu

August 12, 2023 Joshua Egbodo 0

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Okezie Kalu has bemoaned the rising cases of organ failure in Nigeria, saying it has not only become a medical concern but also a challenge to the society. He however said that the parliament will collaborate with the Transplant Association of Nigeria (TAN) and other relevant authorities to ensure that the concerns Read More

Go back to work, Nigerians dying, FG begs resident doctors 

August 9, 2023 Moses John 0

The federal government Tuesday appealed to the striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to end their ongoing strike for the sake of Nigerians  dying in their numbers in  hospitals across the country. Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Mrs Daju Kachallom made the appeal while speaking to journalists in Abuja.  She begged NARD members not to allow Read More

NAFDAC to Nigerians: Shun drug hawkers, ripening fruits, vegetables 

August 8, 2023 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Tuesday, urged Nigerians to shun sellers of artificial ripening fruits, vegetables and hawkers of counterfeit and expired drugs as they are unhealthy to the body.  The Director General, NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the warning in Awka, the Anambra State capital, at the Southeast zone NAFDAC sensitisation workshop on Read More

WHO, UNICEF, IRC renovate, equip, handover isolation centre to Yobe government

August 3, 2023 Editor 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, and IRC have renovated, equipped and handed over an Isolation centre located at Specialist Hospital Potiskum to the Yobe state government in its quest to curb and manage Diphtheria cases, among other diseases. Handing over the facility, the WHO Northeast Emergency Manager, Dr Beatrice Muraguri, and the state coordinator of the WHO, Dr Ningi Read More

FG, Foundation sign MOU on tackling acute cancer burden

August 3, 2023 Editor 0

In order to mitigate Nigeria’s rising cancer burden, the Federal Government through Ministry of Health and FCT Administration, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Medicaid Cancer Foundation, and City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to address the challenge. The landmark agreement, which was signed in Abuja, makes the Nigeria’s capital part of a growing network of Read More

Six Irrua Specialist Hospital staff trained on Metagenomics – CMD

July 30, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

Six staff of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, ISTH, Edo State, have been trained on metagenomic sequencing to strengthen the hospital’s capacity and treatment procedure with the aid of accurate analytical results, the acting Chief Medical Director of the hospital,  Professor Reuben Eifediyi, has said.  Metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental or clinical samples by Read More

Doctors reject FG’s 25% allowance increase, insist strike will go on

July 30, 2023 Editor 0

The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has has insisted that its nationwide strike will continue until the federal government meets their demands. NARD President, Dr Emeka Oji, who spoke during a press conference in Lagos State on Saturday said, “until reasonable progress is made by the government to address our demands as contained in the ultimatum issued to the Read More

UMTH @40: WHO, FG, Borno government strengthen ties towards better healthcare

July 27, 2023 Editor 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Dr. Walter Kazadi Molumbo, has pledged more support for the Nigerian government in strengthening the healthcare and public system, especially during emergencies. Dr. Molumbo, who was represented by the WHO zonal coordinator, Northeast Zone, Dr. Jalal-Eddeen Salah, disclosed this during the ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the University Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Read More

US celebrates strides in fight against malaria, commits to partnership with Nigeria

July 27, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday, celebrated five years of the VectorLink project’s achievements in the fight against malaria in Nigeria. Blueprint reporrs that the five-year, $7.8 million President’s Malaria Initiative VectorLink project, implemented in close partnership with the government of Nigeria, provided technical expertise for surveillance of organisms that host malaria-causing Read More

Tinubu increases health sector budgetary allocation to 10%

July 25, 2023 Tope Sunday 0

The Special Adviser on Health to the President, Dr. Salma Ibrahim-Anas, Tuesday, disclosed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed that 10 percent of the country’s budgetary allocation be given to the health sector. Ibrahim-Anas, who spoke in Abuja at a one-day Gatefield Health Summit, said the president is still willing to increase the health sector budgetary allocation if properly Read More

FG confirms detection of first Anthrax, quarantine affected farm

July 18, 2023 John Oba 0

The federal government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the confirmation of the detection of Anthrax case in a farm in Suleja, Niger state. It also stated that the farm has been quarantine and anthrax spore vaccines deployed to the affected and adjoining farms to vaccinate contact animals. A statement by the Chief Veterinary Officer Read More

Borno government, WHO move to eliminate yellow fever, commence vaccination of 494,498 in 3 LGAs

July 16, 2023 Editor 0

The Borno state government in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners have flagged off vaccination against Yellow Fever Disease in three Local Government Areas of Maiduguri Metropolitan, Jere and Ngala in Borno State. The Executive Director of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the state Professor Mohammed Arab said the exercise which is part of the Read More

Doctors begin five-day warning strike in Nasarawa

July 6, 2023 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Nigeria Medical Association, Nasarawa state has commenced a five-day warning strike following the failure of government to improve on the welfare of its members. The state NMA chairman Mr. Peter Attah disclosed this, Wednesday, at a press conference in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital. He said the decision to embark on the five-day warning strike was reached at the association’s Read More

OYSHIA welcomes partnership with UCH on research

July 3, 2023 Emeka Nze 0

  The Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) has expressed readiness to support and collaborate with the University College Hospital in the area of research. The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, OYSHIA. Dr. Sola Akande made this known on Monday, when he received a delegation from University College Hospital’s Department of Health Policy and Management led by its Read More

World Drug Day: Pharmacist body sensitises students on drug use

June 26, 2023 Uji A. Iliyasu 0

The Abuja branch of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN),  Monday, took its sensitisation campaign against drug abuse to the Community Staff Secondary School, Asokoro, Abuja, to familiarise the students with the dangers of drug abuse, as part of activities to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Speaking at the event, Read More

Eye scheme: 21 regain sight in Edo 

June 18, 2023 Patrick Ahanor 0

Up to 21 indegenes from host communities of Seplat energy have regained their sights after undergoing surgeries through the company’s ‘eye can see’ programme held in Benin City, Edo State capital. The Director, External Affairs and Sustainability of the company, Mrs. Chioma Afe, disclosed that the exercise “is aimed at promoting healthy life and well being at all ages in Read More

Anambra: Group seeks protection against cancer for students with albinism

June 14, 2023 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Tuesday, appealed to governor Chukwuma Soludo to make policies for protection of students living with albinism against cancer across schools. The State Chairman of JONAPWD, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, made the appeal at Awka, Anambra state capital, during the 2023 albinism celebration organised by Anambra State Albinism Association (ASAA), under the theme Read More

Menstrual health: AHF institutes sanitary-pad bank in Nasarawa, sensitises residents, students

May 31, 2023 Paul Okah 0

In commemoration of the 2023 Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), in partnership with Keffi Local Government Area (LGA), Nasarawa state, Wednesday, sensitised secondary school students in Keffi on end to shame and stigma on menstruation. The AHF also instituted a sanitary pad bank, in collaboration with Keffi LGA, Keffi Primary Healthcare Agency and Keffi Ministry of Read More

South Africans blame government for Cholera outbreak

May 25, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The provincial department of health, Wednesday, said 165 people have visited a local hospital in Hammanskraal with symptoms including diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting since last week. Lab tests have confirmed two dozen cases of cholera and 17 people have died, the department said. The infection was showing “a very high fatality rate,” said Health Ministry Director General, Sandile Buthelezi. South Read More

WHO, Borno government train 155 LG rapid response teams

May 18, 2023 Editor 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Borno State Government in collaboration with University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) have trained 155 local government Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) from all the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state including the security compromised areas. Declaring the four-day training open, the Director of Disease Control in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Aliyu Read More

Breaking: Resident doctors announce 5-day warning strike

May 15, 2023 Admin III 0

Following the failure of the Federal Government to meet its demands, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced that it will begin a five-day warning strike. After its six and half hours extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held virtually on Monday, the body said the strike will commence at 8 am on Wednesday, May 17, and will end Read More