Health stories from the papers in September

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Find a few health stories from the papers in September…nothing ground breaking but the first one could be very significant…read on!

ThisDay: Yar’Adua says that the assignment of responsibility for primary health-care to local governments is a major defect. He said it was, in his view, clearly a mistake to have assigned responsibility for primary health-care services on which about 80 per cent of the population depend, to the tier of government with the least capacity for providing efficient health-care services. Details here…

Guardian: PRESIDENT Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has put paid to the continuation of the controversial local council primary healthcare centres initiated by his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Details here…

Guardian: THE Yobe State government has awarded contracts for the establishment and building of a new General Hospital in Damaturu, the State Capital at the total cost of N1.6 billion. Details here…

Nigeriaworld: Gbagada Rotary to provide artificial limbs to 50 amputees. Details here…

Tribue: The Federal Government has moved to end the frequent flight of Nigerians of all social classes to seek medical check-up and treatment abroad as it has partnered with American Hospital Limited, a US-based hospital agency, to build a world class hospital at a cost of $500 million in the country. Details here…

http://www.nigeriahealthwatch.com/

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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 (www.epiafric.com), 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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  1. with regard to the last story…are nigerians fleeing only because there are no world class hospitals or is there more to it?…i had a hard time reading the rest of the article due to some ridiculous advertisement…just curious if this new hospital will really curb the problem or if the money could be better spent maybe increasing wages of doctors so they stay in country…

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