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Health must be seen, felt and palpated in every household

With these words the new Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange started of her the talk titled “Implementing Health Sector Reform for better Performance” delivered at the the annual lecture of THE LANCET, one of medicines pre-eminent journals. Her primary objective would be to get health care to those who need it most in […]

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Grange takes centre stage

The Lancet is one of the preeminent medical journals in the world. Every year it invites someone whose work has had, or has to potential to have a profound effect on public health to deliver an annual lecture. Recent lectures have been delivered by the Prime Minister of Norway in 2006, and 2 Nobel Prize […]

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Health news in October

The quality of some of the health reporting in the Nigerian press is still extremely poor. It is obvious that most of those reporting health stories apart from the few that have benefited from training on HIV/AIDS issues from JAAIDS founded by Omololu Falobi have no contextual knowledge of the issues. But we will continue […]

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125,000 people living with HIV are accessing antiretrovirals in Nigeria

In 2001, the Nigerian Government government declared an ambitious national treatment antiretroviral target (the drug treatment for HIV/AIDS) to reach 100,000 people by 2003, scaling up to 250 000 by the end of 2006. The ambitious aim was to have 1 million people in treatment by 2009. A recent report by the The Health Reform […]

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Nigerian Doctors in the UK meet

The Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists and General Practitioners (MANSAG) is holding its annual conference and general meeting this weekend. For details click here In other news, the health minister proposes a Tertiary Hospitals Commission suggesting that she acknowledges the need to improve tertiary health care while focusing on primary health care as a priority […]

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Why children continue to die from a disease that can be prevented with 50 cents!

…Our inability to raise coverage of routine immunisation in Nigeria remains one of the biggest scandals of our age. Huge outbreaks are still happening in 2007! 3 years ago I had one of the most disturbing experiences of my public health career, working to manage an outbreak of measles in Adamawa state, with a case-fatality […]

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Nigerian Health Minister in London and other updates

Recently we blogged about the appointment of Professor Adenike Grange as Minister of Health and the enthusiastic response in the Nigerian health sector. She comes to London to deliver the UCL Lancet Lecture for 2007 on Friday 9 November at 6 p.m. UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre, Cruciform Building, Gower Street. Her talk is titled: ‘Implementing […]

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Health stories from the papers in September

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 […]

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Oh No…just how do we communicate this?

Like many on this forum will know, Nigeria has come to be closely associated with the near collapse of the Global Polio Eradication programme. Several states in Northern Nigeria suspended polio immunization efforts for nearly a year in 2003-04 in response to vaccine safety rumours (vaccines allegedly causing impotence) that led parents to refuse to […]

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Doctors in power: We are proud!

Since restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, we in the medical profession have been extremely lucky to have some of our own in positions of power in Nigeria, called to serve the people in a capacity that can have far more impact than a stethoscope. Considering the text of the Hippocartic oath that we […]

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Health minister calls for probe of donor funds

Without wanting to sound like an inveterate praise singer, Professor Grange gets it right again, calling for a probe of her ministry’s finances, especially donor funds. The Ministry of Health has largely been seen as an unattractive posting as it does not obviously command the huge resources of say Petroleum or Finance, and yet because […]

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Kanu Heart Foundation: Proving sceptics wrong

The Kanu Heart Foundation is often in the the news …and rightly so! When Kanu set up his foundation in 2002 and officially commenced operations in London and Nigeria to help people living with different heart ailments in Nigeria and other African countries, I as many others were skeptical about its long term viability. Far […]

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Information is power? Keeping it hidden is also powerful!

A lot of interesting bilateral health related initiatives seem to be happening behind the scenes in Nigeria. One is reassured by the beginnings of central coordination. However, one cannot help but worry about the little interest public bodies take in communicating their activities to the public. It is really a pity that public bodies in […]