Rural electrification and Nigeria’s health sector: A timely intervention with wide-ranging benefits

July 2, 2023 Jerrywright Ukwu 0

On 3 March 2020, the federal government of Nigeria, in compliance with global best practices, announced a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic following recorded cases of the virus in Lagos and Abuja. Although the then president, Muhammadu Buhari, announced only a two-week lockdown, it would extend by another two weeks. This was then followed by social distancing and Read More

Whistleblowing as strategy for reducing health sector corruption in Nigeria

December 16, 2022 Godwin Onyeacholem 0

If all goes well as is expected, the whistleblowing and whistleblower protection draft bill which sprung from a five-day stakeholders’ retreat on the whistleblowing policy organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in May 2021 in Keffi, Nasarawa State, would be considered this month at a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting and then transmitted as an Read More

Workers applaud NASS on move to end dichotomy in health sector

September 27, 2022 Moses John Abuja 0

The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has applauded the National Assembly on its move to amend the University Teaching Hospitals Act Cap U15 LFN, 2004, known as Decree 10 of 1985, saying the amendment would reduce frequent industrial crisis in the sector. Speaking during the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union in Abuja, Tuesday, president of the Read More

NSIA signs pact to invest additional $100m in health sector

September 15, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme Abuja 0

In a bid to reduce the huge amount spent on medical tourism by Nigeria, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) will invest another $100 million in the health sector. NSIA’s Managing Director, Uche Orji, who disclosed this to journalists after its Healthcare Expansion Programme agreement signing ceremony with five tertiary health institutions, and three state governments Thursday in Abuja. The Read More

PGF boss to Ayu: Investigate mismanagement of N30bn mobilised for PDP secretariat

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has challenged the new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to investigate the mismanagement of N30 billions mobilised for the construction of its national secretariat. The APC chieftain also commended the opposition party for organising a successful Read More

Insecurity: Bandits in North-west, North-central are terrorists – PGF boss

October 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has declared that bandits operating in the North-west and North-central parts of the country all have the characteristics of terrorist groups. The APC chieftain however condemned opposition by some persons such as Sheikh Ahmed Gumi to declare the Read More

Maternal mortality from blood loss’ll drop, new commission pledges

October 25, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) has pledged to drastically reduce maternal mortality induced by blood loss during childbirth. At a media briefing, Monday, director general of the commission, Dr. Omale Joseph, alongside sponsor of the agency’s establishment bill, now an Act of the National Assembly, Abas Tajudeen, stated that not less than 15 percent of every 1,000 women die Read More

Nigerian Doctors, among the best in the world – UNTH CMD

October 5, 2021 Emmanuel Nweze 0

The Chief Medical Director of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Ituku Ozalla, Enugu state, Prof. Obinna Onodugo, has rated the Nigerian nedical doctors among the best in the world. Speaking at a symposium organised by the Enugu branch of the Association of Catholic Medical Doctors in Enugu Tuesday, Prof. Onodugo, said Nigerians, who travel abroad for medicare do Read More

Breaking: Again, health workers postpone nationwide strike

October 4, 2021 Admin III 0

Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have postponed their proposed strike. The health bodies said they have reviewed the ultimatum for a strike scheduled to begin by Monday midnight following the outcome of their meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday. A letter signed by Com. Biobelemoye Josiah, Read More

Gombe provides free delivery kits for pregnant women

September 28, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

The Gombe state Primary Health Care Development Agency (GCDA) has taken delivery of medical equipment for facilities in Kwami local government area to improve maternal newborn and child health. Apart from the hospital equipment, some pregnant women were also provided with free delivery kits as they await their delivery. The Gombe state Commissioner for Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, said during Read More

JOHESU suspends nationwide strike, gives fresh ultimatum to FG

September 19, 2021 Moses John, Abuja 0

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has stepped down its proposed nationwide strike to commence scheduled to kickoff on Saturday September 18, 2021 following concrrns on the suffering of Nigerians. To this end, the workers has now given federal government another 15 days window of opportunity to meet its demands, “failure to which it will not be held responsible for its actions.” Read More

Pandemic: Expert urges Nigeria to collaborate with African countries

September 16, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

The founder of TEXEM firms in UK, Dr Alim Abubakre on Thursday urged multi-sector organisations in Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries to collaborate in enhancing their capabilities towards present and future responses to national pandemics. The British-Nigerian expert made this known in Abuja while speaking to journalists on a virtual interview. While referring to relevant authorities, Dr. Abubakre, an Read More

APC group lauds Buhari’s strategic responses to Covid-19 pandemic

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the aiges of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has commended the firm responses of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administratiom to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group, which is a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, particularly lauded President Buhari’s setting up of an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by the Vice Read More

Health workers protest exclusion from health reform committee

September 15, 2021 Moses John 0

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) has kicked against the exclusion of her members from Nigeria’s Presidential Committee on Health Reform. According to a letter dated September 9th, 2021 , addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the workers called for inclusion of the five unions which comprise about 95 percent of the public health Read More

Insecurity: FG, NSCDC plan strategic meeting on protection of National Assets

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) are making efforts to further safeguard Nigeria’s critical assets and infrastructure across the country against backdrop of insecurity confronting the Nation. Some of the critical infrastructure including; Chemical Sector, Commercial Facilities Sector, Communications Sector, Critical, Manufacturing Sector, Dams Sector, Defence Industrial Base Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Energy Sector, Read More

Pictures: Kogi govt procures Nigeria’s first hyperbaric oxygen treatment chamber

August 29, 2021 Admin III 0

The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, has procured Nigeria’s first hyperbaric oxygen treatment chamber to strengthen the state’s healthcare system and provide quality healthcare Services. The newly acquired equipment is hoping to strengthen the critical institutions and systems required to effectively provide affordable and quality healthcare service to the people. The governor, in a statement, signed by the Read More

Resident doctors: One strike too many

August 13, 2021 Admin III 0

The current strike embarked upon by the doctors makes it the second time that they will go on strike this year. In April, this year, their strike lasted for 10 days and this month, the industrial action is on-going. TOPE SUNDAY in this piece takes a look at development . The strike The current industrial action by the medical doctors Read More

80 percent of healthcare centers operate below standard – CODE report

August 5, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Connected Development (CODE), has through its social mobilisation and accountability movement in Africa @followthemoney, said 80 percent of the 90 healthcare centres in 15 states of Nigeria, falls short of minimum standard. The group’s leader Ms. Khadija Muhammad Abdulhameed, stated this at a town hall meeting held in Jos, the Plateau state capital. She said finding from the group’s Read More

We’ll invest $200 million in Nigeria’s health sector – NSIA boss

July 30, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) said Thursday that it intends to spend over $200 million on projects in the country’s health sector. Managing Director of the NSIA, Mr Uche Orji said this at the weekly ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team.He said the amount would be raised in collaboration with some interested investors to do something unique Read More

AfreximBank to support Ogun infrastructure with $200m

June 29, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

The African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) has disclosed its plans to support infrastructural development in Ogun state with an envelope of $200million. The fund, according to the bank, will be dedicated towards projects and other developmental initiatives embarked upon by the incumbent administration in the state. President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank, Benedict Oramah, who made Read More

Senate passes bills for Otukpo health sciences varsity, Suleja ICT institute

June 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday passed a bill to establish the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo, Benue state. Also passed was a bill for the establishment of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Suleja. The passage of both bills followed consideration of two separate reports by the Committees on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND. Chairman of Read More

Karu community leaders accuse AMAC of distorting master plan

June 21, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Some indigenous leaders of Karu community have accused the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC ) chairman, Abdullahi Candido of abuse of office by deliberately distorting the original development plans at the Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC ) in Karu. The worried leaders said the ongoing illegal construction of shops, meant for commercial purposes within the premises of the PHC, as approved Read More

Oyetola emerges Blueprint Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2020

June 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governor of The State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, was on Thursday named the Blueprint Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2020. The Governor was presented with the award by the Estu Nupe, who doubled as the Royal Father of Day on the occasion, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, at the Blueprint Impact Series Awards, held in Abuja. This is coming barely seven days Read More

FG offers to increase health workers’ hazard allowance

June 2, 2021 Helen Oji 0

The federal government has made an offer to increase hazard allowance for all health workers in government health establishments in the country. Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige said this while briefing newsmen Wednesday in Abuja at the end of a meeting between the Presidential Committee on Salaries(PSC), relevant Federal Government Stakeholders and Health Professional Association and Trade Unions. Read More