Finally the Ministy of Health's website goes live….


We have blogged several times about the lack of credible information collected on the website for the Nigerian Ministry of Health. We have argued that a website is not an exotic appendage, but an absolute essential in today’s world to get your message out, and to engage with the people we claim to serve. The Ministry has responded and recently developed a website @

Okay, not all the links are working yet…but this is really a good start. I am truly impressed by the words of the Minister on the start page of the website:

“We want feedback to ensure this dialogue is dynamic, vibrant and continuous”

Nigerians it is your website. Use it! Send in your comments…engage with the Ministry!

We have also wondered why very few Nigerian ministries, parastatals agencies have a decent website. In 2009, it is difficult to see how information management can work without one…even in Nigeria. This seemed to be moreso the case in the health sector.

So our relief has continued when we also found that the Nigerian Primary Health Care Development Agency had set up a decent website recently here

Okay….looking at the events page , it is obvious that it could be updated a lot more often…There must be a few more events related to primary care on the website, but I guess it is work in progress….

It will be great if this most important site can be developed into a knowledge pool for primary care in Nigeria.

The web pages for other health agencies in Nigeria –

National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA)

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Nigeria Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD)

Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR)

…we look forward to a better future!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

Discussion2 Comments

  1. This is a great start. It needs a lot of work but the initial effort counts for alot. I hope that the information will provide other channels for Nigerian children near and far to be a part of the health solutions needed to improve our country.

  2. Great start. Please work on the links. they are dead ends. Website is global and it does not portray a good national image if links do not work. I hope the developers read this. I have had the same experience with other national agencies website

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