• Presidency, Rivers State To Tackle HIV/AIDS, Malaria Scourge

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 22, 2012
    A tripartite partnership has been initiated by the Presidency, Rivers State government and the 23 local government areas in Rivers state to ease the scourge of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and malaria. Th...
  • Nigeria To Start Printing Of New Encoded Yellow Fever Card – Health Minister

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 17, 2012

    The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday said that the ministry had started the printing of new yellow fever cards with encoded security details to replace the old ones.

    Chukwu said this when the newly appointed WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr Rui Gamavaz, paid a courtesy visit to the ministry.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that in May, about 125 Nigerians were deported by the South African authorities because they were alleged not to have possessed genuine yellow fever card.

    He said that Nigeria had established collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation (GAVI) to ensure effective control of any unforeseen eventuality that might arise as a result of outbreak from neighbouring countries.

    ``On the yellow fever aspect, the issue we have with South Africa diplomatically, it has been resolved but for the health aspect.

    ``What we are doing now, we are printing new yellow cards, which once they are printed, these ones have better security features and they will gradually replace the old yellow card.

    `` We are walking with GAVI now to some extent they have accepted our proposal for a campaign for yellow fever.

    ``So, if able by next year with the assistance of GAVI we will source yellow fever vaccines we will begin a special campaign.

    ``Because we remain at risks, even recently Cameroon had some outbreak and we are neighbours with them and from either ways the disease can cross from either ways but we need to get more people immunised in Nigeria if we are not to have recurrence of 1995 disaster.’’

    Chukwu expressed concern over the ineffectiveness in the use of mosquito treated net to eradicate malaria in Nigeria.

    He said that the method did not conform with the country's weather condition, stressing that a lot of people complained that it was generating a lot of heat.

    Chukwu said that the indoor residual spraying was an expensive method to embark on, besides, many Nigerians preferred staying outside to receive fresh air.

    The minister also appealed to WHO to collaborate with the country in ensuring that polio was totally eradicated.

    He said that more laboratories would be established for polio diagnosis.

    Chukwu said that Nigeria was also making progress in reducing maternal and new born mortality through the Save One Million Lives initiatives.

    He pledged Nigeria's cooperation with the new country representative to achieve success in promoting the health of the citizens.

    Responding, the WHO country representative appreciated the Federal Government's efforts in promoting the health of Nigerians.

    Gamavaz gave the assurance that WHO would identify the health challenges in Nigeria and work toward addressing the issues.

    He pledged to build on the existing relationship of his predecessors, stressing that efforts would be put in place to ensure success in promoting good health of the people.



  • WHO: Financial Shortfall Threatens Anti-Malaria Fight In Sub-Saharan Africa

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 17, 2012
    The WHO World Malaria Report 2012, says financial shortfall threatens progress on malaria deaths throughout sub-Saharan Africa, just as historic gains are being realised. The WHO said in a statement on Monday that the progress continued in 2012. It als...
  • NMA Calls On The National Assembly To Ensure Speedy Passage Of Health Bill

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 17, 2012

    The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele, has called on the National Assembly to ensure the speedy passage of the National Health Bill.

    He made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday to discuss the outcome of the association’s national executive meeting, held in Nasarawa State from Dec. 9, to Dec. 16.

    Enabulele said that this call was necessitated by the recent protest march held against the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu in Abuja.

    He said that the march was an attempt to scuttle the passage of the National Health Bill (NHB), which he said was a veritable tool for transforming the health care system of Nigeria.

    “The NMA calls on the distinguished members of the National Assembly, to resist any vacuous act of blackmail and intimidation in their consideration of the NHB.

    “But to be guided at all times by international best practises and the need to secure health dividends of democracy for the poorest of the poor,'' he said.

    The NMA president said that the bill had passed through the first and second readings in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.

    The association also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to reconstitute the governing board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), to enable it perform its statutory regulatory functions.

    He added that if the council was granted a protected tenure, there would be sustained progress in the regulation of medical and dental practises.

    The association also called on the Federal Government to accelerate public-private partnership in the health care sector.

    The NMA president said that it remained a veritable tool for improving service availability, productivity and delivery in the sector.

    Enabulele said that there had been a heavy burden of taxation on the salaries of health care workers, hence, an increased level of restiveness and job dissatisfaction.

    “The NMA calls on all tiers and levels of government, the Ministry of Finance, FIRS, Joint Tax Board, all state internal revenue boards, to review the current taxation of salaries of health care workers.”

    Commenting on polio eradication, the president called on state governments in polio high risk states, to engage the services of members of the NMA in their states and boarder states.

    “This is to ensure polio comes to an end for the benefit of Nigerians and in line with global commitment.”

    He said that NEC also suspended Dr A. A.G. Jimoh, for allegations levelled against him by some patients, over his inappropriate handling of their fertility case.

    “He would be referred to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for necessary action,’’ He said.

    He said that association was saddened by the death of the Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, Gen. Owoye Azazi, and the four others, who died on Saturday.

    The NMA president, however, urged Nigerians to drive carefully during the festive season and called for faster rehabilitation of roads and other means of transport in the country.

  • FG Committed To Polio Eradication – Minister

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 16, 2012
    Minister of State for health, Ali Pate, said in Sokoto on Sunday that the Federal Government was fully committed to the eradication of polio in the shortest possible time. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Pate made the remark when he paid ...
  • Flood: Olodu Community Relocates, Seeks Government’s Assistance

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 16, 2012
    Olodu community in Delta, one of the towns ravaged by the recent flood disaster has relocated three kilometres away from their ancestral home,  traditional ruler of the area has said. The traditional ruler, Obi Alexander Ifechukude, stated this on...
  • Polio: Traditional Rulers Advocate Punishment For Erring Parents

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 16, 2012
    Apparently worried by instances of parents disallowing their wards to be vaccinated against the polio virus, traditional rulers in Kaduna State have advocated for persecution and appropriate punishment for such parents. The traditional rulers made thei...
  • Fashola Pledges To Assist Other States In Polio Eradication Efforts

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 15, 2012
    Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Saturday launched the first ``Mop-Up’’ polio eradication campaign in the state, pledging to assist other states in efforts to eradicate polio. Fashola made the promise at the onset of four-day polio ...
  • First Lady Pledges Increased Advocacy For Women’s Health

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 13, 2012
    The First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has pledged to increase advocacy and not to relent in efforts to promote the wellbeing of Nigerian women. The First Lady made the pledge during the launch of a book, “Health Journalism: A Journey With Moji ...
  • New Case Of Type-one Wild Polio Reported In FCT

    By Leadership Newspapers on Dec 10, 2012
    Two years after the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded its last case of wild polio virus in Dobi village, Gwagwalada Area Council, a new case of the virus and another suspected case was yesterday recorded in Jahi village, a community in the Abuja...