Health in the News in August: Beautiful, Bad and Ugly


The press was full of interesting health related news articles out of Nigeria in August. Find a summary attached. Maybe there is a role for you some where? Think…and maybe …do something positive about your health, or your neighbour’s today!…enjoy!

Guardian – Professor Adenike Grange decries the very poor health status of Nigerians despite the huge budgetary expenditure in the sector.…read more

Guardian – Victims of kerosene explosion in Port Harcourt flown to South Africa for proper medical treatment! Good for the patient…shameful for the country …read more

Guardian – Imo State Governor says; “The streets of Owerri and other major towns will be adorned with ornamental flowers and trees. The streets and drains will be cleared of litter of polythene sachets and other filth that have wrecked the clean initiatives of past administrations.” Is this for real? I hear it is…cannot wait to see the flowers and smell the fresh air…Owerri beckonsread more

Guardian – Patients in Nigeria pay between 2 and 64 times international reference prices for medicines…read more

Guardian – A PEEP was yesterday given into the rationale for the recent suspension of the nation-wide clinic project of former President Olusegun Obasanjo by his successor, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua …read more

Thisdayand the contractor responds… “the allegation that Obasanjo had interest in the company handling the project is wrong. No presidential aide or the President have (sic) any interest whatsoever in the project, which is vital to people in the rural areas.” While describing the project as “Nigeria’s best chance of approaching (sic) the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the health sector,”…read more

Thisday – Proposed plan of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to re-design the academic curriculum for pharmacists in the country has drawn the ire of medical doctors who have called on the Commission to stop the plan, as it was capable of causing confusion in the health sector. …read more

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.

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