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Lagos State…really leading the way

Much has been written about the new Government of Lagos State under its unlikely Governor Babtunde Raji Fashola. Much has been said about the intriguing circumstances that threw up this non-politician to governance…and how this act of fate seems to be transforming Lagos State. But the health sector, its never really been on any one’s […]

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Bring Back the Community Health Clinics!

While we wait for all the new Health minister and the anticipated utopia that would follow, it would be nice to add more issues to her to do list. Growing up in a very rural part of Nigeria, our only source of health care was a “dispenser”. This man/woman probably a well trained nurse practitioner […]

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MSF and Nigeria…joint at birth

by chikwe ihekweazu I recently attended the Scientific Day of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without boarders) in London where they presented some of the good work they do around the world. MSF is probably the best known non-governmental organisaton in the world and their good work was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999…and […]

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On the regulation of Nigerian health professionals

An anonymous commentator on the last post mentioned that the next Minister must put in place a regulatory body to which health professionals are accountable, to deal with cases of negligence and breaches of professional ethics. The commentator mentioned the General Medical council in the UK as a possible model. The truth is that these […]

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Minister of Health for Nigeria: A Job Description

….if I was looking…this is what I would be looking for: With the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney Generals Office, the Ministry of Health belongs to a small group of ministries that are unique in the specificity of its functions. Health and health services involves complexities that are extremely difficult to understand in detail […]

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Behold our finest public hospital

We have previously written a blog titled: National Hospital Abuja: Unrealised Expectations. Pls read it to put the rest of the blog in perspective. Our interest was aroused by several reports in the press this week….with titles similar to this: Nigeria: National Hospital Rejects Health Ministry Now read the comments of the Chief Medical Director, […]

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Lagos State…really leading the way

Much has been written about the new Government of Lagos State under its unlikely Governor Babtunde Raji Fashola. Much has been said about the intriguing circumstances that threw up this non-politician to governance…and how this act of fate seems to be transforming Lagos State. But the health sector, its never really been on any one’s […]

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DFID launches PATHS II in Nigeria

The UK Department for International Development has just launched the second phase of the Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems in Nigeria. The project has been running for the last six years and has been credited with supporting some of the achievements of NAFDAC, the drug control agency and supporting the introduction of better health information […]

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Nigeria still on our minds: even in Iceland

I hear you asking “Iceland?…Yes! The same thought crossed my mind when I saw that this year’s International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococccal Diseases was holding in Reykjavik. It was definitely not top of my list of “must-visit” destinations…and I must confess that their national hobby; whale watching, will not exactly send my adrenaline pumping…but […]

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Masters in Public Health

by chikwe ihekweazu Have you noticed how many Nigerians are doing MPHs these days? I teach a specific module at a few MPH classes in Universities in the UK and have noticed and increasing number of colleagues from Nigeria. Always proud of the few that have chosen this career path, we have often stayed in […]

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Read the new National Health Bill

Quoting Prof Grange, our last Minsiter of Health: “….the absence of a National Health Act to back up the National Health Policy has been a fundamental weakness which needed to be tackled frontally. This weakness means that there is no health legislation describing the national health system and defining the roles and responsibilities of the […]

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Pls Mr President…Give us the Minister of Health we deserve

by chikwe ihekweazuToday is the 29th of May. In Nigeria it is called “Democracy Day” and celebrated by 140 million Nigerians staying at home. While June 12 is still fondly remembered and celebrated by most Nigerians as the day we conducted our most successful election to date…we are all forced to celebrate the 29th of […]