The imperative of embracing health insurance

February 7, 2024 Martins Eke 0

In a world where uncertainties loom large and health is undoubtedly our most precious asset, the importance of embracing health insurance cannot be overstated. Yet, despite its critical significance, a huge portion of Nigerians remains uninsured or underinsured, exposing themselves to immense financial risks and potential health crises. One of the primary reasons why Nigerians must embrace health insurance is Read More

Mental health: Make use of your annual leave, HOCSF tells civil servants

January 20, 2024 Admin II 0

  The office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) has encouraged civil servants to always go on annual leave to avert some of the work challenges faced in delivering their duties. The call was made at a two-day training workshop on: ‘Effective Implementation of the Rewards and Recognition System’, organised by the office of the Read More

Enugu: NPC, USAID launch 2023/2024 demographic, health survey

January 19, 2024 Chuks Nweze 0

The National Population Commission (NPC), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other international agencies, Thursday, launched the 2023-2024 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) in Enugu state. Briefing the press at the occasion, the State Director of NPC, Mrs. Odinakachukwu Okolie, said the survey has been instrumental to providing invaluable insight that informs evidence-based policies, Read More

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Brain drain and funding challenges in Nigeria’s health sector 

January 19, 2024 Admin II 0

Over the years, Nigeria has been battling a profound crisis plaguing its health sector exacerbated by the alarming rate of brain drain among its highly-skilled medical professionals. Nigeria’s health sector is in a precarious state as doctors, nurses, and other essential healthcare personnel depart the country for greener pasture abroad. A closer look at the issue reveals a critical factor Read More

Microplastic pollution: Expert advises on use of organic cassava, maize for biodegradable plastic

January 14, 2024 Admin I 0

An expert and Chief Scientist/CEO, Aratibiotech Limited, Dr. Ayodele A. Otaiku, has stated that the use of organic cassava to produce biodegradable plastic is possible as part of an effort to solve the danger microplastic pollution causes to human health. Dr. Ayodele, in a chat with Blueprint said the solution to this is production of plastic from organic maize and non-GMO starch Read More

5, 000 tanker drivers get Leadway comprehensive health insurance

December 22, 2023 David Agba 0

Leadway Health, a prominent health management organisation in Nigeria, has joined forces with the Petroleum Tankers Drivers of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to introduce a robust and reliable comprehensive health insurance plan for over 5,000 petroleum tanker drivers across Nigeria. This strategic partnership, officially launched in Lagos is aligned with the visionary priorities of Read More

Rate of stunting children in Jigawa worries CS-SUNN 

December 18, 2023 Bayo Muhammad Alabira 0

The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has raised concern over the increasing rate of stunting children in Jigawa state, the highest in Nigeria. Chairman of CS-SUNN in the state, Comrade Shua’ibu Musa Kafingana, stated this in a report released weekend in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital. He further lamented that the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for malnourished children Read More

How safe is HPV vaccination for girls?

December 8, 2023 Carl Umegboro 0

Lagos state is the most populous state, the commercial capital of the country and economic hub of West Africa having held the status of the federal capital territory from 1968 until 1991. By these distinct attributes, Lagos is arguably, a pacesetter, thus nicknamed ‘Centre of Excellence’. It therefore places a high demand on the state to be in the lead Read More

WHO restates commitment to health services in North-east

December 5, 2023 Helen Oji 0

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has restated its commitment to provide leadership and coordination to support the government in reaching the underserved and vulnerable populations in North-east Nigeria with essential health services. WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, Monday gave the assurance at 13th Joint Operational Review (JOR) held in Yola, Adamawa state. Dr Mulombo, stated that Read More

Tinubu seeks NASS approval for fresh $8.7bn, €100m loans

November 29, 2023 Taiye  Odewale 0

  President Bola Ahmed  Tinubu has forwarded to both the Senate and the House of Representatives request for  approval for new loans of $8, 669, 168, 559billion and €100 million. Tinubu, in separate letters read on the floor of both chambers  Tuesday , explained to the federal lawmakers that the loans were earlier requested by President Muhammadu Buhari as contained in 2022 – Read More

Nigeria’s mental health crisis

November 28, 2023 Rasheeda Yakubu Usman 0

The upsurge in mental health cases across Nigeria has become a pressing concern in recent years. The term “madness”, commonly used in local parlance to describe mental health conditions, reflects a deep-seated stigma and misunderstanding surrounding these issues. This spike in reported cases is indicative of several complex factors intertwined within the socio-cultural, economic, and healthcare landscape of the nation. Read More

Imole Health For : Let us weigh the impact

November 17, 2023 Sarafa Ibrahim 0

On Wednesday, something unprecedented happened in Osun state. Governor Ademola Adeleke flagged off the enrollment of the entire retirees in the state on the health insurance scheme. By this, no fewer than 23,000 pensioners in Osun state will be covered by a universal healthcare plan. It was unusual, and expectedly, provoked an intriguing question on the bearing of the gesture Read More

Tinubu seeks Senate’s approval for $7.864bn, 100m euro loans

November 1, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

President Bola Tinubu has requested the Senate to approve $7.,864,508,559billion and 100million euro loans being sought from African Development Bank (AFDB) for infrastructure development across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. The planned loans as explained by President Tinubu in a letter of request forwarded to the Senate and read in plenary on Wednesday by Read More

Katsinan Radda: Beyond 100 days and matters arising

October 31, 2023 Prof MK Othman 0

Aspiring to a leadership position is one thing, being at the top is another; they are simply two different scenarios. In the aspiration stage, dreams and fantasies permeate the thought process and produce both workable and seemingly unworkable ideas, making decisions and reasons for action quite difficult. Once one reaches the leadership position, reality brings stresses, challenges, painful choices, and Read More

Mr Ibu undergoes 5 successful surgeries

October 31, 2023 Admin III 0

Nollywood actor, John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, has undergone five surgeries which were all successful. Recall that the legendary thespian, while celebrating his 63rd birthday from the hospital bed, appealed to Nigerians to come to his aid in settling his medical bills. Mr Ibu, while appealing for public assistance, stated that he was battling an ailment that may cost him Read More

Pictures: NHW, NGSG train 25 health misinformation management fellowship members

October 31, 2023 Admin III 0

Nigeria Health Watch (NHW) in collaboration with Niger state government, through its ministry of primary healthcare and that of secondary and tertiary health, has completed a three-day intensive capacity building training for the 25 newly inaugurated state health misinformation management fellowship members. The three days training programme which took place at the Niger state office of the National Programme on Read More

Handwashing with soap under running water most effective health intervention – Salako

October 31, 2023 HELEN OJI 0

The Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with relevant stakeholders across government at all levels has taken steps to deliver adequate sanitation and hygiene services to the citizenry. HELEN OJI report. Research has shown that creating awareness on proper handwashing helps communities to stay healthy by reducing the number of people who get sick with diarrhoea by 23-40%, reducing diarrhoea Read More

Kwache tasks church leaders on fight against climatic change

October 27, 2023 Muazu Abari 0

A United Kingdom-based philanthropist, environmental advocate and founder, I.Y Kwache Foundation, Dr Iliya Yame Kwache, has called on the church to as a matter of urgency take a front seat in the fight against climatic change and global warming if any appreciable progress should be achieved. Dr Kwache made this called Wednesday in Yola while presenting a paper titled “The Read More

GO tasks FG on renewable energy to power health facilities in rural areas

October 25, 2023 Admin III 0

eHealth Africa, a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), has urged the federal government to increase investment in renewable energy to bridge the power supply gap in healthcare infrastructure in rural areas. The group’s Executive Director, Atef Fawaz, who made the call in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday, said the call becomes imperative as improved power supply through renewable energy can reduce Read More

10 ways to boost your mental capacity

October 10, 2023 Editor 0

World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. According to WHO, “World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental Read More

Time to prioritise mental health

October 9, 2023 Zaynab Abubakar 0

Every October 10, the world comes together to observe World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is particularly important and resonant: “Mental health is a universal human right.” It reminds us that mental well-being is something every human being deserves, just like clean air and clean water.   The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that a whopping 20% of Nigerians, or Read More

Advancing primary health care in Nigeria

September 28, 2023 Victor Okeke 0

In recent decades, considerable progress has been made in improving the health outcomes of women, children, and adolescents. However, these advancements have encountered significant challenges and obstacles. The unfinished agenda of preventable mortality among these vulnerable groups persists, while shifting epidemiological patterns demand increased attention to non-communicable diseases. The critical periods of pregnancy and the first two decades of life Read More

AHBN pledges media engagement on health sector development

September 22, 2023 Helen Oji 0

The Coordinator Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Dr. Aminu Magashi has advocated for the reactivation of the culture of holding bi-monthly engagements with members of the media to discuss and inform Nigerians of developments in the health sector. Dr. Magashi, who made the call in Abuja on the sidelines of a courtesy visit paid to him by the newly elected Read More

MAN to govs: Allow LGs provide primary health care services to citizens

September 1, 2023 Bayo Agboola 0

The national president, Muslim Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Tajudeen Ojikutu, on Friday charged governors to allow local governments provide primary health care services to people. Ojikutu gave the charge Friday while speaking with journalists on the commissioning of a 20-bed primary health care centre donated to MAN Ibadan branch by the family of a former permanent secretary in Oyo Read More