Health news around the country


Guardian: A LACK of funds (sic) is delaying the proposed N247 million new model sero-prevalence or (not sure what “or” means) sentinel surveillance survey on the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Daily Trust: “First Lady” Turai Yar’adua is collaborating with the Africa Cancer Care Inc and the ministry of health (sic) to build a $40 million cancer preventive care centre.

Thisday: Gastro-enteritis claims 51 lives in some villages in Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba and Kaltungo Local Government Areas of Gombe State has claimed 21 lives. (Thisday seems uncertain if it is 21 or 51 lives…but you could call the MoH to confirm :))

Vanguard: THE most ambitious nationwide child spacing and prevention of excessive bleeding that occurs after child birth, popularly known as Post Partum Haemorhage (PPH) in medical parlance, was, yesterday, launched in Enugu as part of efforts to check post-natal deaths among women. (sic)(sic)(sic)

Thiday: Again…Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday lamented the current state of Nigerian healthcare sector, saying a drastic measure (sic) at the primary healthcare level would be required to overcome the downward trend.

Vanguard: THE European Union- Partnership to Re-inforce Immunisation Efficiency (EU- PRIME) has earmarked the sum N1.3 billion Naira for the 2009 polio eradication programme in Nigeria.

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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