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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 […]

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Health in the News in August: Beautiful, Bad and Ugly

The press was full of interesting health related news articles out of Nigeria in August. Find a summary attached. Maybe there is a role for you some where? Think…and maybe …do something positive about your health, or your neighbour’s today!…enjoy! Guardian – Professor Adenike Grange decries the very poor health status of Nigerians despite the […]

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Grange unveils plans

The optimism surrounding the recent appointment of Professor Adenike Grange as health minister seems justified looking at recent reports. In her first meeting with key stakeholders in the Nigerian health sector, she has emphasized that it is time to move from a focus on policy to implementation and evaluation. To kick this off, she is […]

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Is your health digging an unhealthy hole in your pocket?….

The provision of private health care in Nigeria is changing. This change is most profound among staff and dependants of the public and organised private sector. Previously …this was the deal. A company would have a “retainership” with one or more private hospitals. The hospital would bill the company for services provided at the end […]

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Why you should give blood

Found this extremely important posting on Naijablog. Just as important is to ask Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora to become organ donors. I know quite a few country men on waiting lists for kidneys etc. No easy wait…our people do not donate blood, and do not sign up to be organ donors. Who pays […]

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NIGERIAN CITIES DROWN IN MOUNTAINS OF GARBAGE

Things have never been this bad. Our epileptic industrialisation is leaving problems we cannot cope with. If I told my son that as early as 1970s a refuse disposal van drove past our neighborhood in the campus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka collecting refuse, and that the Estate Department would come round once a […]

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MCDN awakes…Kerosene explosions continue

NTA news….reports the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is holding its annual congress in Abuja and has made a strong statement against the advertising by alternative medicine practitioners promising a treatment for every possible ailment. They also made some positive noise about medical education and the importance of medical schools not to admit more […]

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In memory of Dr Ihekweazu, health centre controversy and health as cash cow

Avid followers of this blog would have noticed that Chikwe was off to Nigeria for a while recently. This was due to his bereavement, his father Dr Umelobi Ihekweazu having passed on a few weeks ago. I’m sure our readers join me in expressing our condolences. There’s a tribute to the late Dr Ihekweazu here […]