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Thought Leadership Series

Road Traffic Accidents and the Federal Road Safety Commision

by Ndubuisi Edeoga The Federal Road Safety Commision has been in the news a lot lately. Guardian: January 1, 2009 deadline given to all motorcyclists otherwise known as Okada riders in the country to wear the security crash helmet. Leadership: The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has affirmed its intention to partner stakeholders to reduce […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Ember months and Road Traffic Accidents

It’s December, the season of the so-called “ember months” in Nigeria when road traffic accidents (RTAs) seem to occur with increased frequency. Nigerians have often put forward various reasons for the death toll on the roads during this season (from the presence of “blood-sucking witches on the roads” to other less exotic reasons like the […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Before the first impact: How your little actions can save lives on Nigerian roads

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Mr. Celestine Chima kissed his two children, seven-year-old Goodluck and five-year-old Goodness goodbye and stepped out of his residence in Owerri, the Imo state capital. Celestine was certain about two things; his destination, a small densely populated town called Nekede, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from his house and his mission […]

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Health Health Policy Thought Leadership Series

Should the health sector be tasked with road safety?

There is hardly anyone in Nigeria who does not have a personal tale of road crashes to tell. In 2007, my mother died due to complications of a head injury sustained from an ‘‘okada” (commercial motorcycle) crash. It was a painful and an avoidable death. A report by the CLEEN Foundation showed that in 2013, […]

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Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Putting “safety” back into the Federal Road Safety Commission

There has always been something different about the Federal Road Safety Corps when compared to all the other uniformed forces on our roads in Nigeria. Something about them makes us road users a bit more wary when we are stopped by one of their teams. We know that this may not be one of those […]

Society of Emergency Medicine Practitioners of Nigeria: 2nd Annual General Meeting & Scientific Conference

In the last few decades, Nigeria witnessed one of the worst trauma situations in Africa with the likes of pipeline explosions, flooding, air crashes, road traffic accidents and a host of others. One area of medicine that has been seriously challenged is Emergency Care. Within the communities, both urban and rural, emergency situations are badly […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Do APC and PDP care about the Health of Nigerians?

As we approach the new date for the presidential elections, we decided to use the additional time provided by the postponement to scrutinize the two leading party manifestoes on health in a bit more detail. While there are other parties also in the race, we have chosen for convenience to focus on the manifestoes of […]

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Thought Leadership Series

TRANSFORMING EMERGENCY CARE IN NIGERIA

We are always excited to read about Nigerians actually walking the walk despite an environment that does not seem to encourage innovation in any form. Today we bring to you this interesting report from VESTA Healthcare on a most important workshop that recently help in Abuja. On the 1st and 2nd of June 2009 at […]

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Thought Leadership Series

The health of Nigerians in 2007….Some hope, Many Disappointments …and 10 stories

When we started off….we said…. When your neighbour dies from measles, during child birth, in a car accident, rather than conclude it was as “God wanted it”, think, ask and act on the failures; the missed chance at vaccination, inadequate antenatal care or non-existent emergency services that might have prevented these deaths. The alternative would […]

Top Ten Health News Archive [2014 – 2015]

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1458680960657{margin-top: -20px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Top Ten Health News Archive (2014 – 2015)” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center”][vc_column_text] Top Ten News Items on Health, 25 March 2016 National Assembly wants special funding for health‎ in 2017 Budget. Government pledges increased funding for TB control. Malnutrition: Nigeria To Loose 300,000 Children in 2016 – UNICEF. Anambra govt […]

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Africa Events Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Reality check: Pictures from around Nigeria

We often sit in the big cities and talk and write about health issues. We attend conferences and seminars, dissemination events and policy dialogues. We debate about health policy reform and the national health agenda, we analyse the budget and ask policy makers hard questions.  Sometimes, we sit back and wonder how much they care. […]