Health news out of Nigeria in March


…in addition to the on-going saga at the Ministry of Health, which we will write more about as it unfolds…find below a summary of other interesting stories on health out of Nigeria in March…

Channels TV – Declare State of Emergency in Nigeria’s Health Sector- NMA President
President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Dan Gana has asked the government to declare a State of Emergency in the health sector. …details here

…is the NMA waking up to its responsibilities? Compare its influence to the influence of the NBA over legal affairs in Nigeria.

Vanguard – Lassa Fever Kills Two Doctors in Ebonyi
…Federal Ministry of Health have confirmed that Lassa fever, a virus disease carried by rodents like rat, caused the recent death of two medical doctors at the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital (EBSUTH).As a result the state government has declared war on rats as a way of curtailing the spread of the virus. …details here

...interesting public health response…one wonders who the soldiers were

Vanguard – 61 Percent of New HIV/Aids Infections Are Women-NACA
The National Agency For The Control of AIDS (NACA) has revealed that an estimated sixty one percent of Nigerians that are newly infected with HIV/AIDS are women and young girls. …details here

Thisday – Lebanese Community Builds N1bn Hospital
Lebanese community in Kano, has commenced work on a 50-bed state-of-the-art general hospital in Kano, as part of its efforts to contribute to the well-being of the people. …details here

China to aid Nigeria’s health-care with hospital complex
THE Chinese government has offered to build and equip a comprehensive hospital in the Abuja metropolis to be donated to the Federal Government of Nigeria. …details here

….interesting gestures….

Banks, telecom firms, others to contribute pre-profit tax to NHIS
THE National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has revealed a working arrangement that will make banks, telecommunication companies, and other corporate organizations in Nigeria contribute part of their pre-profit taxes to the scheme. …details here

Guardian – Rising to the challenge of maternal, child deaths
Despite all measures being put in place, the statistics of maternal and child death in the country is still gloomy. Experts are however convinced that a concrete and practical public health policy would bring significant improvement in the health of Nigerian mothers and children. …details here

Thisday – Govt Moves to Tackle Meningitis, VVF
Zamfara State government has ordered vaccines for cerebra-spinal-meningitis (CSM), worth N23 million, to curb the spread of the disease in the state and awarded N500million contract to combat Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF). …details here

…did you expect to hear about systems …maybe a rolling scheme to keep a constant stock of vaccine? ….well well….if that is done…there will be no contracts to award next year

Thisday – Nigeria: Fashola Unfolds Devt Plan for Health

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state yesterday said the state government has developed a comprehensive four-year infrastructural development plan for its health sector …details here
no details of the plan in the article…not even the highlights…

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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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