Health stories in the Nigerian Press


Vanguard: Principal Recipient for the Global Fund Round Five TB Grant, the Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN), commissions of the National TB Reference TB Laboratory at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos. Details here

Guardian: It is a welcome relief that Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja is becoming the preferred option. Kudos to the state government which pumped money into the place as it overhauled the former Ikeja General Hospital. Details here

UN information networks: Local government officials say cholera outbreaks across Katsina, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kano states in northern Nigeria have killed 97 people in the past two weeks, making it the worst outbreak in the north for several years. Details here

Leadership: Man Divorces Wife for Immunising Children. Details here
Funmi Iyanda’s blog: The past two days has been spent breathing in the decay of our lives and systems. From the hospital to the police stations, I watch the desperately ill and hurt, the dying and the sometimes valiant, some times indifferent hospital personnel. Details here
Thisday: Nigeria “leads” in Polio cases. Details here

Thisday: We should all be worried. We should all be angry. I am ready to concede that some things have changed, but obviously not enough has changed to make us shout Uhuru. In fact, most of the stories you hear from our hospitals are heart-breaking. I like to illustrate the rot in this society with personal experience. I will do so again today. Details here

Thisday: Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCAN) has warned that it will soon impose severe sanctions on Medical Colleges in Nigerian universities, over gross violations of admission quota rules and non-adherence to objectives of quality medical education. Details here

Vanguard: Nigerians should expect universal health insurance coverage by 2015, says NHIS boss Details here

Thisday: DNA Testing – the Embarassment of a Nation: Details here

Thisday: Workers of the National Hospital Abuja, yesterday began a three-day protest against alleged insensitivity of the hospital’s management to their welfare. Details here

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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